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this is bbc news. the headlines at apm. the moment us senators voted to shut down the american national government — after failing to agree on spending. what we've just witnessed on the floor was a cynical decision by senior democrats. the blame should crash entirely on president trump's shoulders. britain could get a bespoke trade deal with the eu, says president macron. in return, he says, the uk would have to abide by single market rules. carillion‘s auditors are under fire for not raising concerns before the firm's collapse — and parliament launches an inquiry into the firm's pension deficit turkey deploys tanks to shell kurdish fighters in northern syria — as turkish air strikes are ordered. it's a year since donald trump was inaugurated as president. the president has not gone to florida as planned, in a bid to break political
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deadlock in washington. and in sport — a moment to reflect on the life of cyrille regis, the former england player described as a "trailblazer" for black players in modern football — at stadiums across the country. and on dateline london, janel hill and her panel of guests examine uk—french relations and why iran has upset russians. that's in half an hour, here on bbc news. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the us national government has officially shut down, a year to the day after donald trump took office as president. senators had failed to agree a stop—gap budget — amid a bitter dispute president trump's republicans and the opposition democrats over
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immigration and border security. the impasse will affect hundreds of thousands of federal workers, but essential government services will carry on. the recriminations have already begun. david willis reports from washington. the ayes 50, the nays are 49. the vote to keep funding the federal government was well short of the majority needed, the last hope of avoiding an embarrassing government shut down had failed. three fifths of the senators duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative, the motion is not agreed to. the bill had passed in the house of representatives 2a hours earlier, but at issue, aside from the money itself, was how that money was spent. democrats sought a provision in the bill protecting the so—called dreamers, 800,000 young people brought into this country illegally, whose right to remain is due to be revoked in a few weeks' time. the democratic leader in the senate met with president trump for more
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than an hour at the white house, but the two men failed to reach a deal. the way things went today, the way you turned from a bipartisan deal, it's almost as if you were rooting for a shut down. and now we'll have one. and the blame should crash entirely on president trump's shoulders. many republicans support efforts to legitimise the status of the dreamers, but they want it tied to other provisions, such as president trump's border wall, and not made part of a government funding bill. what we have just witnessed on the floor was a cynical decision by senate democrats to shove aside millions of americans for the sake of irresponsible political games. the government shut down was 100% avoidable. the last government shut down here in 2013 lasted 16 days, and led to around 800,000 government
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workers being placed on temporary leave. for president trump, the man who brands himself the deal maker in chief, this is a political embarrassment. the first day of the government shut down coincides with the first anniversary of his inauguration. david willis, bbc news, washington. and we'll be getting more on the government shutdown, later in the programme. mary lou mcdonald, a member of the irish parliament, is to succeed gerry adams as president of sinn fein. as the only candidate to be nominated, mary lou mcdonald will formally be elected at a special conference next month. mr adams is retiring after leading the republican party for more than 30 years. two children who went missing in sheffield yesterday evening have been found. police launched an appeal to help find marcel menyhart, who's 12, and 13—year—old marcela menyhartova, who went missing last night at around eight o'clock in the evening.
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they were last seen at the city's ice rink near the suburb of attercliffe, but were found safe and well in the city this afternoon. the french president has suggested the uk could get a bespoke trade deal with the european union after brexit, but again warned it could not expect full access to the single market unless it accepted its rules. in an interview to be broadcast in full on the andrew marr show tomorrow, emmanuel macron said he respected, but regretted, the brexit vote. a bespoke special solution for britain? sure. this special way should be consistent with the preservation of the single market and our collective interests, and you should understand that you cannot, by definition, have the full access to the single market, if you don't tick the box.
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to get full access to the single market, you need contribution the budget, and you have to accept... the freedoms. the freedoms and the four pillars. and you have to accept the jurisdiction. as soon as you decide not to join this preconditions, it is not full access, so it is something perhaps between this full access and a trade agreement. you can see that interview in full on bbc one tomorrow morning, 9am, amber andrew marr show. the chair of the work and pensions select committee, frank field, has criticised auditors for not raising concerns about carillion before the construction giant collapsed, with debts of around £1.5 billion. mps on the committee have begun an inquiry into the way carillion‘s pension deficit was handled. their labour chairman says regulators should have stepped in much earlier. 0ur political correspondent emma vardy has been following the story and spoke to me a little earlier. so the question that frank field is
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raising here is why alarm bells were ringing much sooner, because kpmg had been auditing the accounts of liszt for many years. they'd given them a clean bill of health, a sign of, to say they were going concern, which means they were judged to have the cash flow to continue operating. but having been given that sign off by kpmg, a few months later carillion were looking to be in serious trouble. there were questions over how those judgments mould made and with such a big black hole in the pensions fund, known to be around almost £600 million, why weren't the auditors picking that up sooner? why was that clean bill of health given? it's notjust the bosses of the company carillion facing scrutiny, frank field said it is the auditors who need to be questioned as well. we will, as a committee, be looking at why did we reach this position, why did kpmg sign off these
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accounts, saying this is a going concern as a company, for the next 12 months? how did that mislead, if they wanted to be misled, the directors of the company, who, the chief executive paid himself almost £2 million, based on a prosperous company during that year? all those we want to again unravel, but it brings us back to when we reported on bhs, when we made clear recommendations to the government for changes in the law, and we are still awaiting even a green or white paper what the government might do. so any response from kpmg themselves? yes, so in recent days they've obviously been getting a lot of questions about their role in all of questions about their role in all of this. they've previously said to newspapers that the audits were done appropriately and responsibly and that kpmg will cooperate with any enquiry. but as you see, frank field is very keen to put the spotlight on
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them here, because it was as a result of the sign off from kpmg that then the shareholders of the company carillion were continued to paper big dividends, the bosses were taking big salaries, and in the light of the collapse it looks like a poorjudgment. concern also about the pensions, the deficit, the hole that has appeared there. how worried are people about this? yeah, that's right. incredibly worried, of course, because with that 600 million back hole in the pensions fund it means that people who are members of these pension funds could see a cut to their pensions, their pensions can increase much less than they were hoping. 0f pensions can increase much less than they were hoping. of course that's going to have a huge impact on people's futures and it undermines the confidence that people have who are members of pension schemes like this will stop if you look at the numbers it looks like some 28,000 members of the pension scheme is connected with carillion‘s and wider than that we don't have clear a nswe rs than that we don't have clear answers as to how the subsidiary companies that are owed money
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because of work they've already undertaken by carillion, some 30,000 firms owed money here. some banks have set up some loans, but that is seen as a have set up some loans, but that is seen as a short—term sticking plaster. so really we are not anywhere near the end of this. actually, in the days, weeks and months to come, the ripple effects will continue to be felt. the prime minister theresa may has done an interview with the german newspaper bild, in which she says there won't be a second brexit referendum. she also assures germans living in the uk and britons in germany that their status is secure and they can stay. 0ur berlin correspondentjenny hill said mrs may was trying to provide confidence and stability to the germans. i think the primary message here is one of attempted reassurance. mrs may knows, of course, that germans prize stability perhaps above all else, and that is why we are hearing again that germans living in britain will be allowed to stay once brexit comes into force, and that there will be no second referendum. but i think secondly, and very importantly, she is trying to nudge that reminder, as if germany needs the reminder, of the importance
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of the trading relationship between the two countries. mrs may will know that german business leaders are really rattled. they are concerned about what happens, particularly if britain leaves the eu without any kind of deal at all. the trading relationship is very important to germany. so there will be interest when she says she wants this free trade deal, a special deal that is unlike any other in existence. people will want to know what she means by that, but it is worth bearing in mind that mrs may is unlikely to shift the german position, the bottom line hasn't changed. if she wants britain to have access to the single market, they will have to accept freedom of movement too. that is germany's bottom line. worth bearing in mind too that germany takes a dim view of any attempt to divide the remaining 26 member states, and try and negotiate something in a bipartisan way.
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that is something that might cause some concern, some might read that into what's going on here. by and large, this is a fairly neutral interview in the bild tabloid newspaper. that is an interesting choice. it's a popular newspaper, but it's certainly not the choice of top politicians or the business world. you mention mrs may's timing, that i think will also raise eyebrows. this weekend germany is very much focussed on a key vote, set to take place tomorrow, which could see angela merkel‘s attempts at forming a stable government fall apart. that is what everyone here is focussed on right now. i doubt very much whether angela merkel or her ministers will have either the time or inclination to dwell on brexit. that was jenny hill. british tourists travelling to jamaica are being advised to stay in their resorts after a state of emergency was declared around montego bay.
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there's been a surge in gang—related violence in the area. every year, around 200,000 britons visit. nick davis reports. for a country that depends on tourism, the pictures of troops on the streets in montego bay, jamaica's biggest resort, isn't ideal, but the government says it is something that needs to be done. the security forces are expected and have been directed to treat citizens with respect and protect the dignity and safety of all. most of the tourists who visit montego bay and much of the north coast stay in gated or guarded all—inclusive hotels where security isn't an issue. but crime in the city has spiked. last year saw the 1,600 people murdered in jamaica. 335 of them in stjames, the area where montego bay is. most of the crime is gang—related and focused in a small number of communities.
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the foreign office has advised holidaymakers that they should only travel to and from the airport to their hotels and when they do take excursions to make sure they are arranged by official tour reps. the authorities say there will be more roadblocks and vehicle searches as they go after the gangs and their guns. a similar state of emergency in 2010, in kingston, saw the murder rate drop to its lowest levels in years, a statistic that meant lives saved. in montego bay it's hoped the same will happen again. nick davis, bbc news, jamaica. we're hoping to speak to a tourist who is travelling around jamaica from the montego bay area, later in the programme, so stay tuned for that. the turkish military says it has launched new ground and air strikes in northern syria against an organisation they consider to be terrorists. the new campaign, dubbed operation olive branch, is aimed at the ypg — or kurdish people's
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protection units — as well as the islamic state group. it is seeking to oust kurdish fighters from the afrin region, held by them since 2012. some of these forces helped the us to fight the islamic state group. the headlines on bbc news. many government services in america have shut down after politicians failed to pass a spending bill. essential services, including national security and air traffic control, will continue. president macron says britain could get a bespoke trade deal with the eu. but, in return, the french leader told the bbc that the uk would have to abide by single market rules. carillion's auditors are under fire for not raising concerns before the firm's collapse — and parliament launches an inquiry into the firm's pension deficit. in sport, chelsea put four past brighton in the early kick—off in
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the premier league. eden hazard scoring twice for the champions, who move up to third. arsenal are four up move up to third. arsenal are four up at home to crystal palace. saracens' hopes of reaching the european champions quarterfinals are just. - defending champions leading 34—14 ai: they they are currently ospreys, which they are currently doing. tomorrow's results need to go their way. it's a nervous time. roger federer breezed through to the fourth round of the australian open. the five—time champion in melbourne beat richard gasquet in straight sets. novak djokovic is also through. and england's ross fisher shares the lead at the abu dhabi championship going into the final round. he's 17 under par, along with thomas pieters, a shot ahead of rory mcilroy. this horse makes history as the first horse to win the clarence chase three times. a full round—up later. more now on the one year anniversary of donald trump's presidency. any celebrations he may have had planned have been somewhat marred
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by the shutdown on services announced in congress last night, but how has he performed on some of his key election pledges? christian fraser takes a look at the first year in the trump white house. 12 months in the white house, his first year as a politician. so what does the report card of the 45th president look like? let us remind ourselves what candidate trump had promised. the mantra was, of course, "make america great again". and here is how he proposed to do it. isis will be gone if i am elected president. 0bamacare has to be replaced. i am going to build a wall and mexico is going to pay for it, right? complete shut down of muslims entering the united states. 0urjobs are being stolen like candy from a baby. it's not going to happen any more, folks. let's start with the economy, because there is a curious
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disconnect here. the president has record low approval ratings, but the stock market is hitting record highs. this week the dowjones smashed through the 26,000 mark for the first time ever, and the economists say it is mr trump that should take the credit. he's delivered on the tax cuts he promised. but will the boom on the markets eventually translate into wage growth? 0n trade, there is more to do. the first thing he did in office was to withdraw from the trans—pacific partnership. the nafta negotiation, that is ongoing. mr trump's warning to canada and mexico is he wants better terms or he will pull out. it looks like he is serious. what about repealing and replacing 0bamacare? that turned into a congressional nightmare for the republicans. the tax reform bill chips away at one of the affordable care act's foundations, the individual mandate. but the president's comments in december that essentially the job was done — that is fake news, it isn't. where the president will think he scores highly
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is on foreign policy. having vowed to destroy isis, the caliphate is on the run in syria and iraq. despite the often alarming public feud with the rocket man, kimjong—un, north and south korea are at least talking, for which the president has claimed credit. what about the wall? perhaps the campaign promise that resonated most with the base. right now the president is demanding congressional funding as part of immigration reform, and there is still plenty of resistance. the one thing we can say with some certainty is that mexico isn't going to pay for it. at least not directly. the promised ban on muslims, well, that became a travel ban on countries that were predominantly muslim. the legal challenge to that is ongoing. the courts, much like the media, have incurred the president's wrath. 0n policy it's a mixed report, with some successes. the one thing that has changed beyond all recognition is the oval 0ffice staffing list. the national security adviser,
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general mike flynn, he lasted just 2a days, replaced by general mcmaster. flynn is now co—operating with the special counsel robert mueller. 0ut too the chief of staff, reince priebus, sacked injuly, having failed to stop leaks from the oval office. in came the ringmaster, generaljohn kelly. fbi directorjames comey was fired for his role in the russia investigation, replaced by christopher wray. and sean spicer, the press secretary resigned the day after antony scaramucci was brought in as white house communications director. the mooch lasted six days. spicer was replaced by sarah huckerbee sanders. and then there is steve bannon, the chief strategist. the self—proclaimed architect of trump's election victory. buried like no other. this week, he was subpoenaed by the special counsel, following his explosive comments to michael wolff, author of fire and fury.
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so, quite a year. the president has persisted with the mandate on which he was elected, but approval ratings remain low. he has lost special elections in virginia and alabama, and perhaps the ultimate test of mr trump's presidency will come later this year, with the midterms. well, we went out onto the streets of washington to find out what locals there thought of the impasse. i'm just very disappointed that we could not come to an agreement about this. it's stupidity. it's politicians in general. i can't believe we can't compromise these days. there's common ground in the middle. i'm that our government is this dysfunctional. i think it's chaos and i really think that we need to work together to do the work
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of the people here. this is ridiculous. probably both sides are to blame. everybody wants to blame somebody in all these things, but wasn't like this snuck up on them. they've had several weeks to do this. as the presidents who said he was the art of the deal master, i feel he should be able to get everybody in a room and get a deal. joining us now from washington is our correspondent sally nabil. the blame game is well and truly on at the moment. we've got it being described as a democrat shutdown, the chuck schumer shutdown, but many people saying the republicans on the white house, they own the senate, they own the house, they should have been able to get an agreement, a deal? yes, this is absolutely true. it's by all means a blame game. every party is trying to put the blame on the other. the democrats
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have been calling it a trump shutdown, whereas the republicans have been calling it the chuck schumer shutdown, but this is the first time the government shuts down when one single party is in full control of the congress. in fact, we've been talking to people here and they kind of blamed all politicians. some have blamed democrats, others have blamed the presidents, but some also blamed all the politicians involved, because they should have come out with a compromise that would try to reach a solution to avoid this inconvenient situation. in fact, solution to avoid this inconvenient situation. infact, it's solution to avoid this inconvenient situation. in fact, it's notjust inconvenient for the us citizens, it's also inconvenient for tourists. we met this lady coming all the way from new york to dc, and it's the first time to visit dc in 20 years, and she was really annoyed when she found out that parks and museums, all of this would be closed, and she won't be able to enjoy herself in dc. on won't be able to enjoy herself in dc. 0n the other hand, we will have
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hundreds of thousands of civil serva nts hundreds of thousands of civil servants not showing up at work, and they won't be paid until this issue is resolved. the last time the government shutdown happened was backin government shutdown happened was back in 2013, during president 0bama's time, and the government lost billions of dollars. around 800,000 people, civil servants, lost billions of dollars. around 800,000 people, civilservants, did not show up at work because of that. sally nabil, thank you very much. let's go back to the story about the foreign office advice to all holiday makers travelling to the montego bay area due to a state of emergency there. tourists are being told not to leave their resorts. 0n the line we have a woman on holiday in jamaica, from 0n the line we have a woman on holiday injamaica, from bristol, she's there with friends. she's been driving around. i believe you drove from montego bay to kingston, for a day trip. how was that? good morning, yeah, we set off early this
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morning, yeah, we set off early this morning, 6:30am. we heard about the state of emergency from friends in the uk that have been texturing is common to find out what's happening and make sure we were fine, because we haven't heard anything ourselves. we had a curfew last night, we had to be endorsed by 7p. we weren't sure, was not really formal —— we have to be indoors by 7pm will stop we we re have to be indoors by 7pm will stop we were in the hotel anyway. this morning we approached the reception staff to ask if it was safe, because we heard the warren office advised we heard the warren office advised we stayed indoors, in hotels. the reception is staff said carry on with your plans, you will be fine. so we did. it feels fine, to be honest. do you feel the warnings have been exaggerated ? honest. do you feel the warnings have been exaggerated? well, when we asked local people they said they get messages like this all the time and you have to take it with a pinch of salt and use your common sense,
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make sure you are aware of what areas to avoid, where is says, the time of day, make sure you're not going on your own, just like any other country. it's not different to any other country that has tourist issues, security, but the impression we get is as long as you follow normal, common—sense rules, you will be fine. we've been here for almost ten days and it doesn't feel any different today than the remainder of the holiday. would you travel back to montego bay? we are travelling back today, yeah, so we'll be here for another three or four hours and will head back there. would you travel to jamaica as a holiday destination again? definitely, i'd recommend everyone to come. you talk about the roadblocks. what does it feel like to see all that security presence on the roads and out in public? well, to be honest, we saw checkpoints before the state of emergency was declared, so it's not been that
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different. we have travelled to other countries where security is like that on a regular, daily basis, so like that on a regular, daily basis, soa like that on a regular, daily basis, so a heavy army, heavy arms police checks and army, so it wasn't really that new to others. because we've been seeing it from the beginning of a holiday, from the moment we got to the airport, it's not only different today, just because of the state of emergency. it feels like a regular day. when they say they want to see your tourist card, because it's obvious i'm travelling with jamaican heritage people, but i'm white myself, so it's obvious, they let us pass. they don't even stop our car. it seems like they know who they are looking for and who to stop and they are letting those cars go. thanks very much and a safe journey back to montego bay. yeah. thank you. cheers, bye—bye. montego bay. yeah. thank you. cheers, bye-bye. let's say hello, to
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staff, who has the weather. —— stav danaos. ii el 2155352 agitate the and . . 55 the band of and overnight as the band of rain , 59311555 ~ and overnight as the band of rain , starts to— ,, and evernightas the band of rain , 5t5rt5 to working, and evernightas the band of rain , eterte to working, it will turn to starts to working, it will turn to snow in northern ireland and wales, with a significant high school risk developing. a bit milder across the far south—west, but further and north and east it will be a cold night under clear skies. we are likely to have some travel issues through sunday, throughout sunday, across some northern areas the snow and ice, keeps tuned to your bbc local radio. here's the messy winter remix of rain, sleet and snow across parts of wales, central and northern england, particularly over the high ground and into what scotland, all—day we could see snow over the high ground and it will feel very cold and raw. further south and west, although we'll have some heavy rain in the south—west, it's going to feel much milder. temperatures 10-12. so
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to feel much milder. temperatures 10—12. so slowly things are turning better next week. this is bbc news, our latest headlines: the us government grinds to a halt on the first anniversary of president trump's inauguration, as the senate fails to agree on a budget to fund many public services. what we have just witnessed on the floor is a cynical decision by senior democrats. the blame should crash entirely on president trump's shoulders. a special trade deal after brexit — french president emmanuel macron says a deal is on the cards but warns access to the single market will come at a price. carillion's auditors are under fire for not raising concerns before the firm's collapse — and parliament launches an inquiry into the firm's pension deficit. turkey deploys tanks to shell kurdish fighters in northern syria — as turkish air strikes are ordered.
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the move is likely to cause tensions with the united states. north korea will send 22 athletes to compete in three sports at the winter olympics in south korea in february. north and south korea agreed a breakthrough deal earlier this month in the first high—level talks in two years. now on bbc news — dateline london. hello, and a very warm welcome to dateline london, i'mjane hill. this week we are looking at new relations between france and the uk — we ask whether germany's mrs merkel will get a deal to form a government and remain chancellor,

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