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it's america first for trade, donald trump tells global finance leaders, but the us is still open for business. the high—flying audience queued for over an hour to hear the president declare a booming us would benefit everyone. america first does not mean america alone. when the united states grows, so does the world. we'll be asking how the president's speech went down. also tonight: charting a new course, the brexit secretary outlines his vision for the years immediately after britain's departure from the eu. the fatal crash in a stolen car that left five dead. the 15—year—old driver is detained for four and a half years. six male bbc presenters agree a salary cut after a row over unequal pay. the company whose meat is off the menu. the food standards agency says it's recalled products because of hygiene issues. and we reveal the winner of a british academy film award for outstanding contribution.
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and later in the hour on bbc news we are at huish park for fa cup sportsday. it's the fourth round, and will history repeat itself between yeovil town and manchester united? good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. donald trump has told an audience of business and political leaders that his mantra of "america first" does not mean "america alone". speaking at the world economic forum in davos in switzerland, mr trump said the us was doing "fa ntastically well" and was "open for business". but he hit out at what he called other countries‘ "predatory" trading practices. earlier, the president said he was prepared to apologise for sharing social media posts by the far right group britain first. our north america editor, jon sopel,
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is in davos this evening. it isa it is a very rare thing for the us president to come to davos, and a year ago would have been unthinkable for donald trump to have turned up here, the home of the 1%, the elite, the globalists, the very people he railed against during his presidential campaign. but something funny has happened over the past couple of days. he seemed to quite like them, and they seemed to quite like him. wherever donald trump has gone in davos, the crowds have gone with him. and wherever the cameras have been, the president has been pleased to oblige. i hope we're going to bring back many billions of dollars into the us. i think that will happen. it's already happening. but billions of dollars is coming back into the us and i think that will just continue. how much today? how much?
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probably a lot. and that was the theme of his speech. america first, yes, but an america welcoming the world. i will always put america first, just like the leaders of other countries should put their country first also. but america first does not mean america alone. when the united states grows, so does the world. but at the end of a week in which the us imposed extra charges on some imported goods from china, he played down talk of a trade war. nevertheless, there was a warning. we cannot have free and open trade if some countries exploit the system at the expense of others. we support free trade, but it needs to be fair, and it needs to be reciprocal. because in the end, unfair trade undermines us all.
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some stood to applaud, but it wasn't the ovation given to president xi of china last year. this hasn't been a complete meeting of minds, but then again it was never going to be. that said, donald trump has been more conciliatory than many would have expected, and the audience have reacted more warmly. it may be that davos 2018 turns out to be a win—win. and the president was in conciliatory, almost repentant mood over those britain first anti—muslim retweets from last year that brought him to blows with the prime minister. here's what's fair. if you're telling me those are horrible people, horrible, racist people, i would certainly apologise, if you'd like me to do that. i know nothing about them. so, yes, he would apologise, he just didn't actually say sorry. the president has now left the swiss alps, and if not yet a fully paid—up member of the davos set, he will probably be invited back.
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there's a lot they liked about what donald trump said, and who would disagree with his central message, that a booming us economy is good for the global economy? jon sopel, bbc news, davos. the brexit secretary, david davis, has outlined the government's plan for the transition period after britain leaves the european union in march next year. he said that during the time—limited transition period, the uk would be free to sign new trade agreements. but mr davis tried to play down rifts within the conservative party over europe, insisting there is "no difference" between himself, the chancellor and the prime minister over brexit. our political correspondent alex forsyth reports. in teesside today the brexit secretary was trying to calm troubled waters. surrounded by businesses dependent on eu trade, he promised certainty and continuity when we leave. david davis set out the government's plans for a transition period of up to two years after brexit.
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this is a bridge to a new future partnership, where crucially the united kingdom is outside the single market and outside of the customs union. he said for business there would be no dramatic change, but the uk would start to talk trade with other countries, all to be negotiated with the eu, but for now it's comments by his cabinet colleague that is causing problems. the chancellor said there could be very modest changes in eu relations. if the cabinet can't agree on its position, how can you possibly negotiate with brussels? look, i'm in politics, and people debate, and they have different views. there's a diversity of views on this subject, in all parties. that doesn't mean that we don't have or can't have a coherent and forceful view, in the interests of the united kingdom. ministers don't always want their divisions laid bare. today the chancellor insisted he backed the government's view. i was speaking about our trade
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relationship with the eu, and it is the government's policy that we want to maintain the maximum possible access to markets, and the minimum friction at our borders. nonetheless, his comments angered some tory mps, although they insisted they are still behind theresa may. downing street has made it clear that the chancellor did not represent government policy, and government policy remains as set out by the prime minister. but the businesses brexit will affect say the political discord is damaging. this car parts manufacturer in redcar relies on being able to import from and export to the eu, and its boss wants far more clarity from the government about its long—term brexit plan. i think it's been pretty shambolic, and ijust want them to get on with it. from the contrary statements coming out and infighting that is happening, i don't know what they're expecting to achieve, i don't know what their targets are,
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because it's just wishy—washy. businesses like those here which rely heavily on trade with the eu crave certainty. the government says that's what the transition phase will offer. the trouble is the conservative party simply cannot agree on what should come beyond. and as talks slowly approach future trade relations, what has so far been a fragile truce among the tories looks rocky. alex forsyth, bbc news, teesside. the uk economy grew faster than expected in the last three months of 2017, according to new figures. the office for national statistics said it grew by 0.5% instead of the expected 0.4%. but economic growth for the whole of last year was the slowest since 2012. 0ur economics editor kamal ahmed reports. building a stronger economy. global growth in china lifting businesses like this one in oxfordshire, making health equipment for export. it's been a challenge.
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it took about three or four years for us to gain approval for us to sell into in china, but with a bit of patience and dedication we've now got those approvals, and we are seeing that uplift in business now that were able to expand into the market the size of china. speeding around the world economic forum in davos, the chancellor, selling britain abroad. 0ur export markets are growing, we've seen strong growth in services in this quarter. the economy is just resilient — it has been much more resilient than people expected. also here, the governor of the bank of england. yes, the uk economy is growing, but it is slower than many of our competitors. the world economy's accelerating, and we haven't seen that yet, but there's prospect, and i think this is the important point. there's the prospect this year, as there is greater clarity about the relationship with europe and subsequently with the rest of the world, for re—coupling, if i can use that term, borrowed from gwyneth paltrow.
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a conscious re—coupling of the economy, with the uk economy with the global economy. gwyneth paltrow to one side, let's look at the positives first. the uk has certainly had a better end to the year than many people expected. employment is high and growth is picking up, butjust as the governor warned, there is this drag on the economy, and that at least in part is down to brexit uncertainty. we talk to businesses who tell us they're waiting for greater clarity about the future before they invest. what i'm very clear about is that as we move forward, and we made very good progress in december, as we move forward in this negotiation, we will be able to start to deliver that clarity. it's not all about brexit, of course. economies are complicated things, and we haven't reached full velocity. that productivity problem, that income squeeze, all way down on our performance. i think we've still got
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the same problem — austerity is rolling on, the government hasn't listened, that's impacting upon people's wages as well as the demand overall. a lack of investment. we've been seeing it for years now. we need to scale up investment in our economy to grow our economy and make it more productive. the economy is being fixed, to an extent. manufacturers are doing well. will that optimism now spread to the rest of britain? kamalahmed, bbc news, davos. nhs england has decided that its guidance to hospitals to postpone all non—urgent surgery will not be extended beyond the end of this month. hospitals had been advised to defer non—emergency operations until mid—january, which was then extended in a bid to free up hospital staff and beds. the defence secretary's suggestion that russia could kill "thousands and thousands and thousands" of people in the uk, with an attack on key infrastructure, has been ridiculed in moscow. the russian defence ministry said gavin williamson had "lost his grasp on reason" and his comments were worthy of a
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monty python sketch. the bbc says it is "grateful" to six male presenters who have agreed to a pay cut after revelations of pay inequality at the corporation emerged. the details are still being worked out but the six are huw edwards, nicky campbell, john humphrys, jon sopel, nick robinson, and jeremy vine. 0ur media editor, amol rajan is with me now. will this go some way to sorting out the row over unequal pay? frankly, not so much. the move is significant, probably inevitable and driven by short and long—term factors. short—term factors, next week the most senior people at the bbc and carrie gracie, who resigned as china editor of equal pay, will be in front of a select committee and this was an attempt to get ahead of that story. the longer term, the economics of television. many of the
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people signed their salaries in an earlier era when there was more money washing around and the market was more bubbly and people were able to get the deals. that era has vanished and the big money is now in entertainment rather than news, and people getting jobs in news know they will not get the same sort of salaries as previously. does it equal eyes pay much? i don't think it does. for lots of the ball equal pay is not about big disparities right now but about historic injustices, accumulated disadvantage over the course of a career. reducing a fuel high—profile salaries might be a loud and effective gesture but i don't think it will address those underlying issues. —— a few high—profile salaries. a 15—year—old boy who crashed a stolen car, killing five people, has been jailed for four—and—a—half years. the three children and two adults were passengers in the car when it crashed into a tree. the family of one of the children expressed their anger, saying the sentence was too short, as phil bodmer reports from leeds crown court.
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the faces of three children killed ina carcrash in a car crash in leeds last november. ellis was just 12, in a car crash in leeds last november. ellis wasjust12, his brother was 1a, and darnell was 15. they were killed in a stolen car alongside friends who were both 24. the vehicle hit a tree near houses in leeds, after the 15—year—old driver, who cannot be named, lost control. the impact split the car in two. today, he was sentenced to four and a half years in prison. no words can ever describe the pain that we feel. relatives of one of the victims said it wasn't enough. he will serve two years in prison. it will serve two years in prison. it will never be long enough, ever. that is a couple of years for each person's life. we have lost one of
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our siblings. she has lost both of her children. when police arrived they say it was a scene of total carnage. today, leeds crown court heard how witnesses saw the car driving erratically on the wrong side of the road, running red lights and travelling up to 88 mph in a 40 mph zone. it was a truly horrendous incident, to lose three children and two adults in such a significant incident. absolutely horrendous. many people affected by it, and no sentence will ever compensate for the loss the families and communities of leeds have felt. the court heard that the boy had shown remorse, with thejudge court heard that the boy had shown remorse, with the judge telling him that his actions that night will shape his life every day from now on. the time is 6:15. our top story this evening: donald trump has told global finance leaders that his "america first" trade policy does not mean "america alone". and still to come, behind—the—scenes at the film school where students have received ten of this
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year's bafta nominations. coming up on fa cup sportsday on bbc news: we're live from yeovil town, where manchester united will be playing tonight. and in the rest of the sport, it was australia's day on australia day in adelaide, as england's cricketers lost the fourth one—day international. the number of tower blocks with the same cladding as grenfell tower that have now had it fully replaced is just three. that's despite official figures showing that nearly 300 towers have failed fire safety tests since the disaster injune. some of the replacement delays are due to disputes over who should cover the costs. 0ur north of england correspondent, judith moritz, reports from manchester. matthew crisp had high expectations for high—rise living. a first—time buyer, he chose this trendy city centre flat. it's just about affordable, but his monthly bills have suddenly trebled. his building is clad in the same material as the grenfell tower.
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residents here have been asked to pay to make it fire safe, but they are refusing. it could cost each of them many thousands of pounds. it's not so much about being prepared to pay it or not, it's about being able to afford paying it or not. that increase is huge for me, and has a huge impact on my life, and it'sjust for the interim measures. if i'm stung with a bill which is potentially tens of thousands of pounds for the actual re—cladding, i really don't know what i will do. what's the worst case scenario? i may not be able to afford to carry on living here. new figures show that in england, nearly 300 high—rise buildings with the same cladding as grenfell tower have failed safety tests. 98 of those are private apartment blocks. only three towers, all council owned, have been through the whole process of having the cladding replaced. in some cases, the delay is because of arguments between property managers and flat owners over who should cover the costs, which could run into millions per building. the main issue here is time.
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people are living in unsafe flats. and what we do not want to see is long, long, drawn—out legal battles, which have already started, between leaseholders and landlords, saying who should pay and who shouldn't pay, then it will go to appeal, and so forth. we could easily be sitting here in two to three years' time still arguing about this. this apartment block in manchester has different cladding to the kind used at grenfell tower, but since the disaster, it too has failed safety tests, and residents here are also being asked to foot the bill. the developer has offered short—term funding so that work to install new fire alarms can begin. i always said if i was going to buy a flat, i would buy it here... but residents, including fay northcott, are still facing the prospect of the costs being passed to them down the line. fay saved hard to buy a property in her 20s and says this just makes things much harder. the incentive to live in a flat in the city centre is diminishing rapidly. there is no incentive for you to
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live in the city centre any more. how would we know that once this has blown over, in april, may, june, we're going to get another massive bill landed on the doorstep? there are similar cases around the country. the government says it wants private landlords to follow the lead of the public sector and not charge residents to make their homes safe from fire. judith moritz, bbc news, manchester. the pub chain wetherspoons has apologised to customers and found anoher supplier after it had to take steaks off the menu. the food standards agency is investigating the derby—based company russell hume, which supplies pub chains and hotels, as well as schools and care homes. our business correspondent emma simpson is here. what is the fsc looking at? galle we have had a bit more detail today. pressure has steadily been growing for some answers. this all started on tuesday with wetherspoons suspending its popular steak night.
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its drivers tried to pick up supplies from russell hume and fund the gates locked. the country said there had been mislabelling issues. wetherspoons did not like the sound of it and immediately with judy stea ks. of it and immediately with judy steaks. 0n of it and immediately with judy steaks. on wednesday it emerged that the food standards agency had been investigating russell hume what it calls serious noncompliance with food hygiene regulations. the company was forced to halt production at its six sites and/or deliveries were suspended. it was also asked to make sure its customers withdrew unused meat. it turns out those customers included a host of household names, to jamie —— from jamie oliver to butlins, pub chains, morrisons and burger king. tonight the fsa said they were looking at use by dates and whether the company had the right food safety procedures in place. so far the company had not been able to demonstrate this and that is why they took this action. but they also
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stress there is no indication that anyone has become ill from eating meat supplied by this company. russell hume said in a statement it was shocked by the action, it has had an unblemished reputation for over 50 yea rs. had an unblemished reputation for over 50 years. it was complying with the investigation, which still continues. a court has ruled that a coroner was wrong to exclude the names of the alleged suspects in a new inquest into the birmingham pub bombings. 21 people were killed when two ira bombs exploded more than 40 years ago. sima kotecha reports. 1974 — two bombs exploded in birmingham city centre, killing 21 people. six men were falsely imprisoned for carrying out the attacks. they were later acquitted. those responsible have never been prosecuted. in 2016, it was announced there would be a new inquest into the bombings, but the coroner ruled out naming the alleged suspects in evidence. now a judicial review has ruled the coroner must think again. in court, the honourable
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mrsjustice carr said... julie hambleton‘s sister, maxine, was killed in the attack. it is illogical to not have the perpetrators in scope. as such, it is extremely good news. however, we now have to wait to see what the coroner's next decision is. this judgment handed down today is a significant step forward for the families. however, theirfight is not over yet. the coroner will have 21 days to appeal if he chooses to do so. the coroner had argued it was not his job to point the finger of blame. today, a court chose to disagree with him. for those who lost loved ones in the bombings, the fight for justice continues. sima kotecha, bbc news, birmingham. in just under a months time,
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the winners of this year's british academy film awards will be announced. but tonight we can reveal the recipient of the award for outstanding contribution to british film. and the winner is... the national film and television school. this year, the school's former students have received ten individual bafta nominations, forfilms including darkest hour, star wars and blade runner 2049. just last year, its graduates were involved in films that took £9.1 billion at the box office worldwide. chi chi izundu went to the school to meet some of the nominees and the current students. the 1979 release of alien, the first film a graduate from the national film and television school won a bafta for. skip forward to 2018 — studying their craft is very hands—on. the courses here are so practical
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93% of graduates get a job in their specialism within the industry, just likejessica jones, who graduated in 2016, and is now nominated for a bafta that's part of the music composition team for darkest hour. lots of people don't know about it, and it's sort of tucked away in the middle of the country and, yeah, but i think it used to be studios so it is definitely the kind of place where you meet lots of different people and you learn your trade and you meet people learning their craft, so you'll meet cinematographers and producers and editors, and i'm still really close with all those people now. 0ur island, whatever the cost may be... then there's the alumni. the school maintains links with those working in the industry who regularly come back to teach, like oscar—winning composer dario marianelli. but i think the uniqueness of the film school is that the composition students will work alongside the production students and the director students, and the writers. think of every big
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british blockbuster, from the harry potter franchise right through to the wallace and gromit animation series. this school and its students have had a hand in it. the students even get to learn how to build a set like this. so far, graduates have managed to scoop ten oscars and 129 baftas, but for the first time the school itself will be acknowledged for its contribution. it's not just film and tv production. gaming, animation and model—making are also points of pride for staff and students. to win the outstanding contribution to cinema award, it's unbelievable, and it's such a vote of confidence in the school. you know, for 47 years we've really worked hard to provide the people of the future of the film, television and now games industries. britain still attracts foreign film investment, which is largely thanks to the broad skill base of british movie—makers which this school plays a crucial role in providing. chi chi izundu, bbc news, at the national film
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and television school. time for a look at the weather, here's lucy martin. a lovely day today, how is the weekend? it certainly was, but change this began. we could see —— we did see plenty of blue skies today. the west was certainly best. this one sent in from morecambe babe. but moving into the weekend, change on the cards, weather france working in from the west. they will bring some milder air, but also some outbreaks of rain. quite windy as well. as we go through this evening and overnight, we will start to see cloud and outbreaks of rain pushing into scotland, part of western and north—western england, south west england and wales. in the east with clearer skies, temperatures falling away, 12 pages of mist and fog could develop. as we go into tomorrow, a
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bright but chilly start in the south east, any patches of mist and fog lifting. the rain fairly heavy in the north but it will move eastwards, behind that, something a bit brighterfeeding eastwards, behind that, something a bit brighter feeding in four parts of scotland, northern ireland and northern england. perhaps thundery showers for parts of scotland. there will be gales or severe gales in the north of scotland. but temperatures in the double figures, maximum of 12 celsius tomorrow. we will continue to get milder airfrom the celsius tomorrow. we will continue to get milder air from the south west. apart from the far north, which will be cooler, but with some brightness will stop some rain on sunday sitting across scotland and northern ireland into northern england. further south, more cloudy but were brighter intervals at time. some showers in the west. but we could see highs of 14 celsius by the time we get to sunday. so the weekend, a change on the way, it will be mild temperatures mostly in double figures. windy at times,
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particularly later on saturday in the far north. there will also be some rain, particularly on saturday. a reminder of our main story: donald trump has told global finance leaders that his "america first" trade policy does not mean "america alone". that's all from the bbc news at six, so it's goodbye from me, and on bbc one, we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. this is bbc news, our latest headlines: president donald trump tells the world economic forum in davos the us is open for business but he will always put america us first when it comes to trade. the brexit secretary david davis sets out the uk's ambitions for an transition period after it leaves the european union. six of the bbc‘s leading male news presenters have agreed to take a pay cut, after revelations about unequal pay at the corporation. i was earning a lot of money and it seemed entirely proper to me that i should earn less money, so i have taken a cut.
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should earn less money, so i have taken a cut. the food standards agency says it has taken action to stop any meat leaving sites of the company, russell hume, due to concern about safety. a 15—year—old has been detained for more than four years after five passengers of the stolen car he was driving in leeds, were killed. the uk economy grew faster than expected in the last three months of 2017, thanks to an increase in the services sector. in a moment it will be time for sportsday but first a look at what else is coming up this evening on bbc news. after seven o'clock this evening we are expecting the us department of commerce to announce if it will be adding high import tariffs
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