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this is bbc news. i'm annita mcveigh. the headlines at two. the prime minister's deputy, damian green, strenuously denies claims that pornography was found on a computer in his commons office in 2008. it's among several further allegations about the conduct of mps — the home secretary says wholesale change is needed. if there are rumours or allegations, we need to bring them out, find out what is going on and deal with them in a transparent way so they don't happen again. catalonia's sacked leader and four of his former ministers turn themselves in to belgian police — a judge must decide whether to execute european arrest warrants issued by spain. the investigating judge has to decide within 2a hours, which means that a decision has to be made no later than 917 tomorrow morning. touchdown in tokyo — donald trump says no nation should
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underestimate american resolve — as he begins his asian tour. the harvey weinstein scandal — michelle pfeiffer tells the bbc of her hopes the culture will change in hollywood. more than a dozen people treated for minor injuries after fireworks malfunction at an event in wiltshire. and in the midst of the westminster harassment scandal — we're in for an explosive week in parliament — in half an hour. good afternoon, welcome to bbc news. theresa may's most senior minister
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has denied a claim that police found pornography on his computer during a raid on his office nine years ago. damian green, the first secretary of state, said the allegation made by a former police chief, bob quick, was "completely untrue" and a "political smear". he strongly denied that pornography was found and said police had never reported this to him at the time. mr quick, a former assistant commissioner in the metropolitan police — has told the bbc he stands by the claim and is to take part in a whitehall inquiry into allegations against mr green. our political correspondent susana mendonca reports. the bad blood between the prime minister's deputy and this ex—police chief goes back a long way. eight years ago, damian green's parliamentary offices were searched as part of an inquiry into home office leaks during which he was briefly arrested. that inquiry was led by the then metropolitan police assistant commissioner bob quick. today, this claim in a national newspaper that a computer in that office had contained pornography.
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damian green's rebuttal was sharp and swift. he said this story is completely untrue. a disreputable, political smear. the police have never suggested to me that improper material was found on my parliamentary computer. mr green also said that the story had come from a tainted and untrustworthy source. he was referring to former assistant commissioner, bob quick, who has since told the bbc he stands by his account and he would give evidence tomorrow to a whitehall official investigating other allegations against mr green. it's the latest twist in the scandal that's seen a series of claims of improper conduct and sexual harassment engulfing westminster. this senior backbench conservative says part of the problem is that party systems are not set up to support potential victims. this is the problem that the whip‘s office has. because their primary role is to make sure that government or opposition business goes through. but, of course, they have these other roles, which are incredibly important, which is the welfare of members of parliament,
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welfare of our staff. at the same time, thought, they are trying to get government business through. there's a complete contradiction. and that has to stop. all the party leaders will get together tomorrow to discuss the prospect of a new system for reporting sexual harassment. the meeting tomorrow with the prime minister, we can talk about sanctions and whether if there's a case against an mp that they are are suspended in the first instance or there's an investigation and then they're suspended. and that needs to be due process, it needs to be transparent and clear. what's clear is that political parties across westminster have been tainted by recent allegations and they want to be seen to be doing something about it. jeremy corbyn has been addressing the scandal at the northwest regional conference in blackpool this afternoon, he said his party was not afraid to turn the spotlight on itself. everybody must be
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genuinely listened to. because abuse of power often hides in plain sight. we know it is there, especially those who experienced it everyday, but as a society too often we don't challenge it. change happens when led by those who suffer from abuse of power we can collectively stand up of power we can collectively stand up and say, no more. so faced with ongoing revelations about sexual harassment, we must make this a turning point, of real change. we must say, no more, we must no longer allow women or anyone else to be abused in the workplace or anyone else. this is not about peering into some dark recesses. this kind of abuse, sexism and misogyny has been hiding in plain sight. it is all around us. it is sadly in our schools and universities, it is in
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oui’ schools and universities, it is in our businesses and workplaces, newspapers, tv screens, and yes, it is in the corridors of power. that must change. it is not enough to say this is wrong and then only tinker with procedures. how we respond to this moment will shape the way we live oui’ moment will shape the way we live our lives. we need to make a fundamental shift in the balance of power and transformed the way our society works. labour is committed, not just to challenging society works. labour is committed, notjust to challenging a warped and degrading coach in westminster and gci’oss degrading coach in westminster and across society but to overturning it —— culture. this week we appointed a leading barrister to investigate if and how the party got it so painfully wrong in the case of bex
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bailey. we are not afraid to turn the spotlight on ourselves and we are now appointing an independent organisation to offer support to anyone affected by harassment in the party and a first step towards complaints in our procedures. jeremy corbyn, speaking today. the former catalan leader carles puigdemont has turned himself in to the belgian police. a european warrant had been issued for his arrest in belgium on friday. meanwhile thousands of protesters have gathered in barcelona to demand the release of a number of pro—independence ministers being held by the spanish authorities under charges of sedition and rebellion. in the last hour, a spokesman for the brussels public prosecutor says five people have handed themselves in to belgian authorities. finch this morning the five persons that have been sought by the spanish authorities presented themselves at
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the federal police of brussels. they we re the federal police of brussels. they were taken into custody at 9:17am, so were taken into custody at 9:17am, so this morning. in the presence of their lawyers they were officially notified of the european arrest warrants. in compliance with this procedure, the brussels prosecutor ‘s office will seize and investigate ifjudge in order to execute the european arrest warrants. the investigative judge can decide accordingly, refuse to execute the european arrest warrant, releasing them under conditions or under bail. as often in the persons involved will be heard by the investigative judge in this building. the investigative judge as to decide within 2a hours, which means that a
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decision has to be made no later than 917 tomorrow morning. our correspondent gavin lee has been following developments from barcelona and explained how belgian prosecutors have reacted. i spoke to the prosecutors's offers a short while before the press conference, they said no comment. there was a lot of detail before that, there was something going on. we now know from the brussels prosecutor that at 70 minutes past nine this morning carles puigdemont and four other ministers handed themselves in to the police station in brussels, they were then arrested. there's now a 2k hour period in which will set before the judge and they will have time to declare whether or not they believe they should be granted appeal. this european arrest warrant is connected to grave allegations of sedition and rebellion against the state and embezzlement in spain. there's talk ofa embezzlement in spain. there's talk of a maximum prison sentence of 30 yea rs of of a maximum prison sentence of 30 years of those charges were carried
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forward. i spoke to carles puigdemontjust days ago at a press conference and asked him why he was in belgium and how long he would be here. he says he has no faith in the judicial system, it is closely linked to the spanish government. he said belgium was number 20 in a leak ofjudicial independence worldwide, spain was number 48 and his lawyer said they would appeal the decision because they believe they will not get a because they believe they will not getafair because they believe they will not get a fair trial. what we can expect now, thejudge will sit get a fair trial. what we can expect now, the judge will sit at the same time tomorrow so and 70 minutes past nine there will be a decision on whether carles puigdemont and the others will be taken into custody, that they will not run away, and they can be free on bail. there will be 15 days from then in which the appeal will run out, and they can decide to extend it all they will go back to madrid. what we can expect is quite a long drawn out process for extradition for carles
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puigdemont. gavin lee, in barcelona. the royal college of psychiatrists says the number of unfilled consultant posts in england has doubled in the past four years. the college says the shortage is alarming, and has led to increased waiting times and lower standards of care, as ben ando reports. good health, it is said, is a matter for both body and mind. but some with mental health difficulties have to wait months to see a consultant psychiatrist. that, according to figures from the royal college of psychiatrists, is because in england one in ten of those jobs are not filled. it is a scandal that if you need to see a consultant psychiatrist you can't. if you had cancer you would see a cancer specialist quite quickly, within a couple of weeks. if you needed an operation you would see a surgeon. it is not right that people with mental health problems can not go to see a psychiatrist when they need one. in wales, the number of unfilled consultant psychiatric posts stands at 9%, in scotland it's marginally better at 6%, while in northern ireland, just 2% ofjobs are vacant. the department of health says it knows it needs more psychiatrists,
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especially in the light of an increase in demand for mental health services. that is why it is expanding doctors' training places by 25%. it says that is the largest single increase ever. but training a psychiatrist to consultant level takes over a decade. while mental illness is moving up the health agenda, it will be some time before the supply of psychiatrists can match the increasing demands. ben ando, bbc news. a number of young children were among fourteen people injured
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at a fireworks display in wiltshire. last night's event at the antrobus hotel in amesbury was cut short after a display box malfunctioned, sending fireworks toward the crowd. ambulance crews treated fourteen people for minor injuries. in a statement, the hotel said it was mortified by what happened and has apologised. police in london have arrested a 16 year old boy on suspicion of grievous bodily harm after two acid attacks last week. two delivery drivers on mopeds were sprayed with a corrosive substance in separate attacks in walthamstow and tottenham in north east london. a 14 year old boy who was arrested on friday has been released under investigation. donald trump has arrived in asia — with a warning that no nation should underestimate americas resolve. the president's first stop on his tour, which is expected to be dominated by the crisis over north korea's nuclear programme, was an airbase near tokyo, where he addressed us and japanese troops. rupert wingfield—hayes‘ report from tokyo contains some flash photography. under bright sunny skies, air force 0ne touched down at this air base just outside tokyo. with the military band playing hail to the chief and a stage flanked by fighter
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jets the president was given a rock star welcome by 2000 us troops stationed in japan. and star welcome by 2000 us troops stationed injapan. and then he got to don a militaryjacket. president trump could have landed at tokyo airport and been met by the japanese prime minister shinzo abe, it is significant that instead for this first stop on his asian tour he has chosen to land here at a us military base and address us military personnel. when he spoke, it was of america's overwhelming military might, and without naming the country directly, this veiled threat to north korea's dictator, kim jong—un. to north korea's dictator, kim jong-un. the one, no dictator, no regime and no nation should underestimate, ever, american resolve —— no one. every once in awhile, in the past, they
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underestimated us. it was not pleasa nt underestimated us. it was not pleasant for them, was not pleasant. minutes later marine 0ne pleasant for them, was not pleasant. minutes later marine one to the president to another of his favourite places, golf course. they are waiting to welcome —— there waiting to welcome him that the japanese prime minister commission surveyed. they are no such close friends, the japanese prime minister had special hats made the occasion, with their names, and the slogan make alliance even greater. not the catchiest slogan but you get the point. then it was tempted the fairway. shinzo abe and has deliberately cast himself as donald trump's number one friend in asia. today he got his payoff. president trump lavished praise on him and japan calling it a treasured partner and a crucial ally. 0n japan calling it a treasured partner and a crucial ally. on monday the us president will fulfil another long—held ambition, an official welcome from japan's emperor. rupert
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wingfield hayes, bbc news, tokyo. it is 16 minutes past two. the headlines on bbc news. the prime minister's deputy, damian green, strenuously denies pornography was found on a computer in his commons office in 2008. catalonia's sacked leader carles puigdemont and four of his former ministers turn themselves into belgian police after arrest warrants issued by spain. and president trump says no nation should underestimate american resolve as he arrives in japan at the start of a marathon asian tour. the heir to the throne in saudi arabia has overseen a major purge in the country's leadership. eleven princes, four current ministers and dozens of former ministers have been detained. crown prince mohammed bin salman is the head of a newly—established anti—corruption committee — and he appears to have sidelined
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a number of powerful figures. 0ur security correspondent frank gardner reports. saudi arabia has been shaken by two shocks within hours of each other, first, a ballistic missile fired by houthi rebels in yemen reportedly reached the capital, riyadh, before they were shot down. this is a big step, they are using ballistic missiles, long—range missiles, likely from iran to put pressure on the saudi arabian government which has been bombarding yemen for years now. next in an unrelated move came the news that several prominent princes including serving ministers had been detained in a sweeping anti—corruption purge led by the crown prince mohammed bin salman. the heir to the throne has been moving fast to consolidate his growing power while spearheading a modern reform programme. this move will now give him nominal control of all the country's security forces but at the same time the removal
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from office of several well known figures is sure to upset some more conservative elements. saudi arabia is a deeply tribal society, unused to sudden change. it's currently conducting a war in yemen, another against so—called islamic state and a boycott of qatar. what is clear is that the mohammed bin salman regime is struggling very much. he's trying to consolidate power and this attack by houthis on the capital is an embarrassment, to say the least. these are risky times in the desert kingdom. frank gardner, bbc news. some tv companies based in britain may have to move overseas in the event of a so—called ‘hard brexit‘. that's the view of the commercial broadcasters association, which represents international media networks such as disney and discovery. here's our business correspondent, joe lynam. eurosports, the discovery channel and disney tv are some of the world's most popular channels and they all have their european headquarters in london,
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allowing them to broadcast over the eu. but their place could be jeopardised if britain quits the eu without a comprehensive trade deal. broadcasters say they can only wait a few more months before being forced to move thousands ofjobs to other eu countries. we estimate that nearly one in four jobs in the uk broadcasting sector is working either exclusively or in part on an international channel. on top of that you have well over half a billion a year in investment going in wages, overheads and all the technology that it takes to get a channel on to air. there are 2,300 tv channels in the eu, of which 1,100 are based in the uk. of those, 650 are aimed exclusively at eu audiences. the broadcasting watchdog 0fcom says brexit is the single biggest issue facing the industry, and the government said
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it was working to get the right deal for a sector which makes an important contribution to our thriving creative industries. joe lynam, bbc news. mark pollock's track record of overcoming adversity has inspired people all over the world. he won two commonwealth games rowing medals, and after losing his sight, he became the first blind person to trek to the south pole. and when he was left paralysed by a fall, he vowed that he would find a way to walk again. now, with the help of cutting edge robotic technology, that ambition is gradually becoming a reality. mark is using what he's learnt, to help others, including the former jockeyjonjo bright. 0ur northern ireland correspondent chris page has been to meet them. successful sportspeople stretch themselves to the limit. mark pollock and jonjo bright are no exception. but now, they are pushing
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the scientific boundaries in search of a cure for paralysis. mark was a commonwealth games rowing medallist. after losing his sight, he became the first blind person to trek to the south pole in 2009. the next year, he fell from a second—storey window and was paralysed from the waist down. but he wasn't going to shirk his biggest challenge yet and has become a global pioneer in using robotic legs and electrical stimulation of the spine. i suppose here, we're operating at the intersection where humans and technology collide. it is a terrible start, paralysis, but it has an exciting future. adversity has brought mark and jonjo bright together. jonjo bright was a promising amateur jockey and then had a spinal injury after being thrown from a horse.
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he has had to accept he will never walk again. he is up on his feet three times a week thanks to physio. it allows me to stand and walk, as your body has been designed to do. at no point do i ever feel better than i do after i have been walking and the exoskeleton. .. my blood pressure feels good, my muscles feel nice and loose. mentally it is healthy for you as well. after his accident five years ago, jonjo bright became more aware of what mark had been doing. throughout the world there are people, there i believe it can beat paralysis. mark's team are trying to bring it all together. i think that is great. has mark's story been an inspiration? to everyone, i think. now, with the support of his new friend, mark's charitable foundation is building on the research carried out on mark himself by funding trials for other people.
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the charity's annual fundraiser, run in the dark, is taking place in 50 cities worldwide in november. if i could see you walk i would take it every time. that's not the case. but what i am trying to do is to explore a way of finding a cure for paralysis. along the way we are meeting scientists working on this. if you take the blindness and paralysis out of it, it's an exciting time right now. step—by—step and inch by inch, they are making new ground in their quest. it is a story of determination, hope, and strength. chris page, bbc news. two very brave and determined men. the hollywood actress, michelle pfeiffer, has spoken for the first time about the sexual abuse scandal in hollywood. a series of revelations have followed the publication of allegations against the film producer, harvey weinstein.
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joining british actress 0livia coleman on the andrew marr show, michelle pfeiffer said many women in the industry were now talking about the issue. i've had some experiences, i have to say, since this has all come out. there really hasn't been one woman i have talked to who hasn't had an experience, and itjust goes to show you how systemic the problem is. i know i'm having conversations with women i've known my whole life and we've never discussed this, and it's coming out. do you think this will change the atmosphere for younger women coming into the industry, that men will think three or four times? i think all the men are thinking. i hope so! there is a lot of reflection going on with men and women. you know, i was actually thinking myself, thinking back, and thinking, well, you know... where is that line between, oh, i got hit on, and i was inappropriately, you know... 7
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is it about power, basically? well, i think that when you're in a position of power and you're in a position to intimidate someone, i think that it becomes... the cases were young women in their 205. it seems like it is women in their 20s. they are younger and purposely targeted. 0livia colman and michelle pfeiffer. cycling enthusiasts have gathered in prague for an annual festival celebrating historic bicycles. as part of the events, cyclists raced penny farthing bikes. tim allman reports. meet the members of the czech velocipede —ists club, claimed to be the oldest sporting club in europe. every year the men and women,
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although mostly men, come to this park in prague to remember simpler times. slower pace of life, riding their penny farthing ‘s. there is a spot of racing albeit at a sedate pace, there is also some formation displays cycling. the riders may hark back to the 19th century but this event is more recent than that. translation: it started as a race, that tradition was born in 1993 when prague hosted the world championship of historic bicycles. we had some broken arms and concussions so we decided it was better to go more slowly and enjoy the ride in the autumn. and enjoy they did. and no doubt come the same time next year when the leaves turn gold they were
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written. the gentlemen and even the odd lady of the czech velocipede —ists club, doing what velocipede —ists club, doing what velocipede —ists do. tim allman, bbc news. rather than than me, i'll stick with my regular bicycle! let's go to get the weather from ben, my regular bicycle! let's go to get the weatherfrom ben, for cycling or whatever else you are doing today. some beautiful weather, lovely crisp autumn sunshine, it gets dark early so autumn sunshine, it gets dark early so you need to go out quickly but it looks like blue skies and sunshine for many, some showers drifting across northern ireland to wales and the south—west and authors show was to the north—east. in between, plenty of sunshine, doing very little to temperatures, 7—10d at best. for any bonfires tonight it will turn chilly quickly, this haze of blue on the map shows where we
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are expecting widespread frost in central and eastern areas. outside, things turning mild as the night goes on. where we keep clear skies to the knights spots in the countryside and temperatures will be between —4 and minus six degrees. any early fog patches clearing quickly. things will cloud overfrom the west with patchy rain, heavy rain confined to the far north—west of scotland, eastern areas will feel decidedly chilly. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines at 2.30pm: theresa may's deputy, damian green faces calls from conservative mps to stand down, following allegations that police found pornography on a computer during a raid on his westminster office nearly a decade ago. he says the claims are "completely untrue" and a "political smear". ousted catalan leader carles puigdemont and four associates have handed themselves in to police in belgium. they are accused of rebellion and sedition following catalonia's
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declaration of independence from spain. president trump begins the longest tour of asia by a us president in 25 years, touching down in tokyo earlier. he told a crowd of us and japanese troops that no nation should underestimate american resolve. and michelle pfeiffer talks to the bbc of her hopes of a culture change in hollywood following the harvey weinstein scandal. now on bbc news, the week in parliament. hello and welcome to the week in parliament. allegations of sexual harassment
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swirl round westminster as all the parties agree to work together to deal with the problem. we have a duty to ensure that everyone coming here to contribute to public life is treated with respect. labour forces the government to hand over their assessments of the impact of brexit to a committee of mps.


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