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hello. it's monday. it's 10 o'clock. i'm victoria derbyshire. you're watching bbc news at nine good morning. the toughest regulation of the internet in the with me lukwesa burak. world. that is what the government the headlines: is proposing today. new powers for the regulator to shut down entire tech companies could be fined or websites and big personalfines the regulator to shut down entire websites and big personal fines were tech bosses. one british woman, blocked if they fail to protect children. campaigners say the plans laleh shahravesh, is facing jail in dubai for comments she wrote on would make britain a world pioneer. five days before the uk is due to leave the eu without a deal, labour facebook. the culture secretary tells us exclusively it should be up expects more talks with the to individual countries to decide government to try to break the break how to regulate what is on the that deadlock. the ultra low emission zone. the new intranet. pollution charge comes into force in i don't make the laws in the uae. central london to tackle the i do hope to legislate for them here. there is a concern that people have capital's toxic air. expressed that what we might do a british woman faces a prison here would encourage people sentence in dubai for calling her elsewhere to go much former husband an idiot online and further and to do things of which we would not approve, but i think it's important his new wife a horse. it isjust that we act as we believe shocking. no one would expect that having posted something on facebook several years ago it could possibly
lead to such a traumatic experience. kirstjen nielsen, the woman who has enforced some president trump's med controversial border policies, resigned as us secretary of homeland security. and in sport, as what —— watford secure their place in the fa cup final watford secure their place in the fa cupfinal in watford secure their place in the fa cup final in a dramatic comeback over world , cup final in a dramatic comeback over world, we will have all the sport in half an hour. —— over wolves. good morning and welcome to the bbc news at nine. for the first time, internet sites and social media companies such as facebook and twitter could have their services blocked and face heavy fines if they don't stick to new internet safety laws. under government proposals,
bosses could be held responsible for sites failing to tackle terrorist propaganda and child abuse. here's our media editor, amol rajan. over the past few years, the tech giants have come under sustained pressure to clean up their act. terrorist propaganda such as the live broadcast of a recent attack in new zealand have caused horror. so, too, have stories about child grooming online, and the appalling death of 14—year—old molly russell, who took her own life after seeing images of self—harm on instagram — which is owned by facebook — prompted an outcry. this long—delayed white paper is broad in scope and bold in its recommendations. for the first time, oversight of the internet will be entrusted to a regulator. a statutory duty of care to protect users will be enforced. and there is a potential for heavy fines to be administered. but many details remain unclear, which is why there is now a 12—week consultation. the government hasn't yet decided whether it will set up a new regulator or entrust this work to an existing watchdog, such as ofcom. children's charities want tough penalties.
now is the time to act, and the uk has an opportunity now. if we see statutory regulation, that will be the uk going further and faster than any other country in the world to tackle online harms. the new rules will apply to any company that allows people to share or discover user—generated content, or to interact with others. while facebook welcome the proposals in principle, they say any new rules must protect innovation and freedom of speech. critics say applying the same rules to companies of such varying size will favour those few companies that can afford staff to oversee compliance, so entrenching the power of big tech. amol rajan, bbc news. jeremy wright is the culture secretary and he announced the government's plans today. what we are proposing to do is to say to those companies that operate online and deal with material that is user generated content, that they must abide by a duty of care to keep their users as safe as possible, and we will set out in codes of practice
exactly what that might involve and there will be an independent regulator to make sure that is what happens, with penalties that will make these companies set up and take notice. that is the kind of system that we believe will work most effectively in making the internet a safer place. jeremy wright, culture speaking earlier. with just five days to go before britain is meant to leave the eu without a deal, labour thinks there could be more proposals that will break the deadlock. they say both parties will need to compromise if they are to reach a deal that they failed to reach a compromise last week after three days of meetings. the prime minister says both parties will need to compromise, if there's to be a deal but they failed to reach an agreement last week
after 3 days of meetings and she's been heavily criticised by some conservatives. mrs may is due at an emergency summit in brussels on wednesday, when eu leaders will expect to hear fresh plans. adam fleming is in luxembourg. this isa adam fleming is in luxembourg. this is a meeting of foreign affairs ministers in luxembourg today where brexit is not on the agenda but the foreign secretary will be arriving any minute now and you can bet we will be asking him about the cross— party will be asking him about the cross—party talks and some of his cou nterpa rts cross—party talks and some of his counterparts in europe will be asking him about it on the margins of this meeting as well and that is because the eu wants to see an end product, or at least a bit more progress in the cross—party process in the uk. you remember that the deal that was struck between theresa may and the other 27 leaders at the last summit was that the uk would indicate a way forward by the end of this week. i think the feeling generally amongst the eu is that convincing way forward does not appear to exist yet. 0k, theresa may is reaching out tojeremy corbyn and talking to the labour party, which in eu's ices progress because they
have been calling for that, but is it progress enough for the eu to make a decision about what happens next? i think they are waiting just as we are waiting to find out what the actual end product is from this process. adam, the point is here, if nothing is agreed on wednesday, if they say we are not happy with that, on friday does that mean we are out with no deal? yes. in eu law now and in british law, the day the uk leaves the eu is the 12th of april, whether there is a deal or not. that is the legal default which is the drug and everyone has started using. but if you speak to people on the eu side, you don't really find anyone who wants there to be a disorderly brexit, as they call it here, no—deal brexit. everybody thinks it is virtually a given that there will be some kind of extension to the brexit process. it is just a question of what that extension is for and how long it is. is it a
short extension of a couple of weeks to allow no—deal to happen in a few days' time? is it a longer extension, perhaps until the 22nd of may, the day before the european parliament elections? is it the uk's preferred exit date of the 30th of june? oras many preferred exit date of the 30th of june? or as many countries are saying in the eu now, is it a much longer extension, perhaps until the end of the year or even until earlier on in 2020? that is what is being put forward to donald tusk, the president of the european council, who will share that meeting of leaders on wednesday, where they will make that decision. 0k, we will leave it there for now but thank you. let's come back to london and oui’ you. let's come back to london and our political correspondent ben wright in westminster. who is going to be sitting down with whom and when is it likely to take place? talks between labour and the government have been continuing since the middle of last week went theresa may announced that she was
abandoning her attempt to get their withdrawal agreement through on the backs of tories and the dup. she now realises she has got to go cross— party realises she has got to go cross—party if she has any chance of getting the withdrawal agreement through. we are not sure yet if they will be face—to—face talks today but there have been informal conversations going on over the weekend and we should know more later this morning. the reason we are in this mess now is because their withdrawal agreement has been rejected three times by the house of commons, which is why, as things stand, we are set to leave the european union at the end of this week, on friday, without a deal. and it is because of that scenario that we are facing that there is going to be this emergency summit on wednesday between theresa may and eu leaders, where they try to thrash out the second extension to that timeline. theresa may has asked for the 30th of june timeline. theresa may has asked for the 30th ofjune and as you have been hearing from adam, that is up for discussion. some eu leaders
think there should be a longer extension, maybe up to a year, to uk breathing space and work out what they want from brexit, and go away and think about it. other eu leaders think it could be and everyone's interest to present britain with a tight timetable, effectively saying sort this out in the next few weeks oi’ sort this out in the next few weeks or leave with out a deal. that is the ultimate that will be had in brussels when theresa may goes on wednesday. -- that is the argument. do we know what a halfway meeting point between the two parties is likely to look like? that is the question. we know what the two party red lines are at the moment. labour has said for a long time that they think in the future after brexit the uk should have a permanent customs union with the european union, acting as a single trade bloc the goods. they won't close a single market access, they want alignment on workers' rights, at least the uk
mirroring the eu on workers' rights. for the government, they have said all along that the uk must have an independent trade policy after brexit, so no customs union. it will be hard to see whether compromise can be. it feels like it has got to be around the issue of customs, as a minimum. theresa may has been talking in the last few days about the need for compromise. it feels like that is where this will be. both sides are having to please parties that are very divided on this. you have got labour, who not only want a customs union, that many labour party members who are insisting that another referendum should be part of the negotiation being had with the government and should be a requirement. on theresa may's side there is the tory party, many of whom are really angry about the idea of dropping opposition to a customs union, and think that brexit should mean an independent trade policy, and they will be very
resista nt to policy, and they will be very resistant to a compromise on that front. both parties are being pulled in different directions but at the moment the talks are continuing, and i get the sense that they are being had ina i get the sense that they are being had in a genuine spirit of cooperation and both sides want them to work. then right speaking to us from westminster. thank you. —— ben wright. drivers with the most polluting vehicles will be charged for driving into london's city centre. the ultra low emission zone is set to be expanded to cover the entire area between the north circular and sell circular by 2021 and cities across england are also considering similar schemes, with birmingham and leeds saying they will introduce clean zones. our science and environment correspondent, victoria gill, has more.
the dangerous reality of city life. these images, filmed with a heat sensitive camera, show the pollution from vehicles being pumped into our streets. it's invisible, but on busy city streets like this we're all breathing it, and long—term exposure to air pollution from traffic can damage our lungs, our hearts, and it reduces our life expectancy. that's why london is embarking on a bold venture — the world's first ultra low emission zone. from today, the most—polluting vehicles will have to pay to enter the city centre. the idea is to discourage people to drive into central london if they've got polluting vehicles, to encourage them to walk, cycle, or use public transport. if they have to drive into central london, to use a cleanerform of vehicle — electric, hybrid, hydrogen—powered. but if you are going to drive in a more polluting vehicle, you have to pay for that. so what is a more polluting vehicle? well, it's based on a standard emissions test. petrol vehicles registered before
2005 are likely to be subject to this new charge. but most diesel vehicles registered before 2016 will be liable. and what will it cost? well, if you include the congestion charge, it could cost £24 per day to drive a car or van into central london. for small business owners like alex, who runs a house clearance and recycling company, it's meant upgrading his van to a newer one that's compatible with these ultra low emission rules. i haven't been paid in two months. really? yeah. and that's because of the outlay for the new vehicles? entirely due to this, yes. the vehicle itself was 19,000 and then we had to pay for the box on the back, so the total is nearly 30,000. you specifically bought that because of the new regulations? yes, i had no choice. it's been really, really tough and we've had to borrow money right, left and centre and really scrape through. alex supports the effort to improve air quality. this is the boundary,
where there's that red thing. but the timing of these regulations has actually left him unable to invest in newer cleaner technology than his company van. i'd much rather have fully electric, but then the infrastructure's not there yet, and also the electric vehicles are not quite there yet. similar schemes are planned in leeds and birmingham next year, but this national experiment to clean up the air that we breathe will begin on the busy streets of central london. victoria gill, bbc news. leslie ash mall is in trafalgar square behind us and that site behind you could be very different thing. that is the mayor's hope. he was hoping to reduce pollution levels in london by 50% in two years but as you can sit has not made much this morning. from this morning it is thought that 40,000 vehicles will
be paying this charge every day. and as victoria were saying, it is quite draconian. if you have got a van and it is registered before september 2016, you will be paying £12 50 on top of the £11.50 you are already paying and congestion charge. some of these lorries passing me are going to have to pay £100 per day to drive into central london. don't forget that this charge is 24/7, so evenif forget that this charge is 24/7, so even if you come into town at midnight, you will be charged this fee. there is some confusion. when we say the centre of london, we are talking primarily the congestion zone, aren't we? yes, at the moment this charge only refers to the area is already covered by the congestion charge zone. the cameras which monitor cards for congestion charge will do the same population as well.
however, in two years, this scheme is going to extend pretty much to most of greater london, and that is when it really will have a big impact. millions of people will be caught up in that zone. that really will have a big impact. and as victoria was saying, other cities are considering this scheme as well. leeds and birmingham go live with similar sorts of schemes next year. and our people that are aware that this charge has come into place today? —— are people aware? this charge has come into place today? -- are people aware? yes, some people are aware that i think lots of people are not. there are signs when you drive into the zone but you have got to be concentrating to see them, to be honest. if you do not know and you do not pay, you will be fined £160, which will go down to £80 if you pay within to weeks. i think a lot of people will
be caught out by this. there have been adverts but if you drive into london and you don't usually live here, chances are you will not have seen it. it is worthwhile checking your vehicle and you can do that on the transport for london website. put in yourcar the transport for london website. put in your car registration and if you are coming into london, please do be aware that you may have to pay in advance. that is quite a hefty fine. lesley ashmall, thank you very much indeed. it is 9:17am. the headlines on bbc news: a new online regulation means that tech companies could be fined or blocked if they fail to protect children. campaigners say the plans would make britain a world pioneer. five days before the uk is due to leave the eu without a deal, labour expects more talks with the government to try to break the brexit deadlock. a new pollution charge comes into force in central london to tackle the capital's toxic air. in the sports
news this morning: watford will face manchester city in the fa cup final. they came from 2—0 down to stun wolves in extra time in the semifinals, the first time in 35 yea rs semifinals, the first time in 35 years that watford have reached the final. arsenal's hopes of a top four finish were dented by everton. phil jagielka's goal condemned them to a 1-0 jagielka's goal condemned them to a 1—0 defeat and they will slip to fifth if chelsea pick up a point tonight. and the thames was a sea of light blue at cambridge surged to victory in the name's and women's boat races with james cracknell becoming the oldest winner at the ripe old age of 46. more on all of those stories in half an hour. see you then. a british woman is facing a possible two yearjail sentence in dubai after allegedly breaking the state's cybercrime laws with facebook post she wrote while in the uk.
laleh shahravesh posted critical comments about her ex—husband's new wife three years ago. she was arrested while visiting dubai last month. ben ando has the details. on the 10th of march, laleh shahravesh and her daughter travelled to dubai from their home in london to attend her ex—husband's funeral. but on arrival laleh was arrested and detained because of something she'd written on social media three years ago. in 2016, she'd logged onto facebook and seen that, unknown to her, and shortly after their divorce was finalised, her ex—husband had remarried. angry, she posted: "you married a horse, you idiot". the comments were reported to the police and under dubai's strict cybercrime laws laleh shahravesh was potentially a criminal. her daughter was allowed to fly home but laleh‘s passport was confiscated and she was put on bail awaiting trial. she was actually quite distraught. she was in tears for most of the conversation. just the anguish of being separated from her daughter and the reasons they went over there to pay respects to her ex—husband and the father of her daughter. and it's just kind of shocking.
no one would expect that, having posted something on facebook several years ago could possibly lead to such a traumatic experience. the foreign office says it is in contact with the authorities in the united arab emirates and its staff are providing support for the family. unless dubai's ruler does intervene, the next court date for laleh shahravesh is on thursday, when she is expected to plead not guilty. if convicted, she could be jailed for up to two years. ben ando, bbc news. the us secretary of homeland security, kirstjen nielsen, who enforced some of president trump's controversial border policies, has resigned. ms nielsen was responsible for implementing the proposed border wall and the separation of migrant families. her departure follows growing anger in the white house at the failure to reduce the number of migrants entering the us illegally across the southern border.
cbs correspondent errol barnett sent us an update from washington. president trump confirmed this ousting in a series of tweets. this had percolated many times before but this time it is serious. it seems to follow a weekend in which president trump has bolstered his positioning on immigration issues. in fact, the outgoing secretary, kirstjen nielsen, was side by side with president trump in california late last week as the president highlighted newly renovated border wall fencing, some two miles of it. the president also over the weekend said the us is full. it immigration system is overloaded. one other thing the president has threatened to do in recent days is scrap the united states asylum system along the southern border altogether. while it is unclear if that will even happen, it would need
congressional approval, even happen, it would need congressionalapproval, it even happen, it would need congressional approval, it is part ofa congressional approval, it is part of a tougher direction for the president when it comes to immigration and border security issues. kirstjen nielsen in fact was grilled by the house homeland security committee in march for a perceived poor treatment of migrant families at the border. democrats, newly emboldened without oversight responsibility, have put a stop light on kirstjen nielsen and her action as the secretary of the department of homeland security. president trump announcing that for right now she will be replaced by the commissioner of the customs and border protection entity. he becomes acting secretary of dhs. the world's first ultra low emission zone has come into force in london in an attempt to lower dangerous levels of pollution in the city. drivers of diesel cars over 4 years old
and petrol cars registered more than 13 years ago will have to pay an extra £12.50 a day to drive into the centre of the city. leeds and birmingham are planning similar rules. joining me from birmingham isjenny bates, and air pollution campaigner for friends of the earth. what do you make of today, a world's first? absolutely. and very much needed and not before time. abolition is so dangerous. i don't think people necessarily realise because it is largely invisible. children's lungs can develop smaller. it is in the same category as smoking and of the world health organisation categorisation for causing lung cancer. it can trigger heart attacks and strokes and that sort of thing. it is absolutely needed. we think the ultra low emission zone in london needs to go even further, to the whole of london, and ready come in soonerfor the the whole of london, and ready come in sooner for the extension, but generally it is a really welcome step and an essential step, and here
in birmingham as well it is really good that the council are planning to do something similar to include cards. cards are a huge part of the problem. they are the single biggest pa rt problem. they are the single biggest part of the local red transport problem, which is the main problem for these illegal levels. we need clea n for these illegal levels. we need clean air zones and many more towns and cities. it is notjust in a few big cities but so many of our towns and cities. the point is it can make places better, more attractive, so long as we invest in alternatives as well. we have got to make it easy for people to get rid of their dirty vehicles. we need safe cycling, better and more affordable public transport. free buses for the under 30s, we are saying. and the government should be leading on a scrappage scheme to help people get rid of those dirty vehicles and it shouldn't just offer clean vehicles. we need alternatives to driving. mobility credits where you can get a railway season ticket, that kind of thing. all these things are essential and they can be good for business. we do need to cut traffic
levels because all vehicles produce very dangerous particles of air pollution which can get deep into your lungs. we need to cut traffic levels as well. you are saying healthier city centres, but that businesses will be shouting at the screen right now, saying possibly also poorer. i will most likely go out of business. certainly in the centre of london to begin with, as a result of this new scheme. what is your response to that? of course nobody wants businesses to go out of business. that is why the mayor has got some level of scrappage scheme that he is doing. but the government needs to be leading on a national scrappage scheme so that people can get rid of their dirty vehicles. we have got to act. most businesses will have children and grandchildren and elderly parents who will be affected by this. air pollution in vehicles can be really bad. it is a workers' issue as well and people
travelling a lot in vehicles can be really affected. if you get so many vehicles that don't need to be there off the roads, that will make it better for businesses anyway. then they can get around the city quicker with less congestion. we have got to make it easy and affordable for people that there is no question. we have got to act because this is a health crisis and it is one that affects some of the most vulnerable in society, the elderly and young people, and some of the most disadvantaged as well tend to live where the air pollution is worse. disadvantaged as well tend to live where the air pollution is worselj where the air pollution is worse.|j know there is the £50 million scrappage scheme. we have heard the mayor of london saying it is not enough. i want to touch on the source of pollutants. friends of the earth, what do they make on the point that cut emissions do not contribute most to air pollution? nationally cards are the biggest single contributor to the local road traffic problem, which is the main
issue for the illegal levels of the toxic gas we have, nitrogen dioxide. the other main pollutant i was mentioning a very fine particles, which has a more diverse range of sources, that actually road traffic is really important. yes, cars, particularly diesels, are still the main problem for the illegal levels, and it is still a very big part of the particles as well. for the particles, as i was saying, it is not just what comes particles, as i was saying, it is notjust what comes out of particles, as i was saying, it is not just what comes out of the exhaust. it is also tyre wear and break abrasion, so that is why it can be important to cut car miles and for climate reasons alone we need a 20% cut in car miles across the uk by 2030. all the pollutants have different mixtures of sources, but there is no question, road traffic is the key thing to tackle immediately. along with all the other sources as well. jenny, just
very quickly and finally, what ultimately would you like to see happen to diesel cars? you talk about things going one step further. would you like to see them scrapped altogether? absolutely and the government is planning to do that. get rid of diesel and petrol cars and vans by 2040, which we say it is far too late. there is an immediate crisis now and we say it should be at least 2030 when we get rid of all these fossil fuel dirty burning vehicles. yes, the future is different and it can be attractive and good for everyone. how pollution costs the uk economy £20 billion a year. —— air pollution. that is with a mix of things including the nhs. and the government is spending billions on building more roads, which willjust add to traffic and
congestion and pollution and climate emissions. we have got to act now. jenny from friends of the earth, thank you. you are watching bbc news. in a moment we will have the weather but first let's find out what victoria derbyshire has coming up what victoria derbyshire has coming up on the programme at ten o'clock. a man built to be the uk's first openly trans grime rapper says he expects a backlash were coming out and worries that some artists will not want to work with him. nate ethan watson, who was 34 and from wolverhampton, is nine months into transitioning from female to male and he has performed with some of the greatest urban grime stars in the greatest urban grime stars in the world. we will talk to him later. and we will talk to the minister in charge of making your children safe online. that is at ten o'clock on bbc two, bbc news and online. stay tuned for victoria later. the annual celebration of
british theatre took place in london last night with the olivier awards. kyle soller won best actor for his part in the inheritance and patsy ferran took best actress for her role in summer and smoke beating gillian anderson and other household names to the award. well done to them. thomas magill caught up with patsy ferran on the red carpet after the ceremony. um, i don't know what's happening. i think it's worth asking you as well about the calibre of the people you were up against. gillian anderson and eileen atkins. that's mad. that's pure madness. these are people, four women, who i look up to and i'm not supposed to be... and sort of like having tom hiddleston looking at me and saying congratulations and i'm like, "why are these people talking to me? this is crazy." i'm really happy.
yeah. i'm glad that people responded so positively to the show. that was the winner of the olivier best actress award. now, time for a look at the weather with simon king. a rather misty and murky start to the day. for many of us, brightening up the day. for many of us, brightening up quite nicely. some warm, sunny spells although some showers across southern parts. it's across wales, the midlands, into the south—east of england, we see the showers today. could be quite heavy, perhaps thundery, one to breaking out in the midlands towards the merseyside area. cloud in the north—east of scotla nd area. cloud in the north—east of scotland and england making it feel chilly. elsewhere, temperatures 14-17d, chilly. elsewhere, temperatures 14—17d, perhaps as high as 19 in the home counties. tonight, showers across southern parts merging to
give longer spells of rain. clear skies further north, not especially cold, especially in the south, temperatures remaining at 10 degrees. during tuesday, sunshine in the north, cloud and rain in the south. goodbye. hello. this is bbc news with lukwesa burak. the headlines... under new online regulations tech companies could be fined or blocked if they failed to protect children stop campaigners say the plans would make britain a world pioneer. five days before the uk is due to leave the eu without a deal labour expects more talks with the government to try to break the brexit deadlock. the ultra low emissions zone, the new pollution charge comes into charge in central london to tackle the capital ‘s toxic air. and a british woman is facing a prison
sentence in dubai for calling her former husband an idiot online. and his new wife a horse. kirsten nielsen, the woman whose enforced some of president trumps controversial border policies has resigned as us secretary of homeland security. sports direct owner, mike ashley, has offered to guarantee 150 million pounds, in new funding for the department store, debenhams as long as he is appointed chief executive. mr ashley also urged executives at debenhams to take a lie detector test, accusing them of what he calls "faleshood and denials". the retailer is struggling to survive and could enter a pre—planned administration within days. joining us with more on this is the bbc business presenter dominik o'connell. a bit of drama. lie
detector test? we don't often get lie detector tests in city takeovers but mike ashley and some other sports directors said they had taken test and passed. it's all about the fate of debenhams, struggling department store chain, a large degree of debt, for too much for it to continue in its current form. mike ashley wants to save it, wants to ta ke mike ashley wants to save it, wants to take control of it, already owns nearly a third of it, about 29% and is offering to put up more money as long as he becomes chief executive and the company doesn't go ahead with its alternative refinancing plan which would see all the shareholders including mike ashley wiped out. the deadline for that refinancing plan is coming either late today or possibly, not entirely sure it later in the week but it's very soon. mike ashley if he wants to stop he has to stop talking and put its money where his mouth is.
the fate of debenhams will be decided in the next couple of days. why is that this push back against him or is that clear? they say he hasn't made a concrete offer. they cannot say whether they will accept the offer until he puts a formal offer on the table. he's talked about putting an offer and set out conditions that will be around the offer like him becoming chief executive immediately but there isn't an offer for them to accept. we are betwixt and between at the minute. it looks more like the current alternative, the plan a, the refinancing plan will go through but the ball is mike ashley plasma court. turning to nissan, is this an apology coming from them? not an apology. overnight nissan voted to remove carlos ghosn, the former chief executive superstar, kind of a formality, it had been happening anyway. he's been rearrested, will be out ofjail until april the 14th at the earliest. what is happening
now, you see the fate of carlos ghosn becoming less important and the fate of happens to renault and nissan, this big alliance that he struck 20 years ago, that is up for grabs in nissan is reasserting itself. there will still be an alliance but on slightly different terms to what it was in the past. dominic, thank you. ministers should consider banning the use of 5g technology made by huawei in westminster, according to a government cyber—security official. ian levy, technical director of the national cyber security centre, told panorama that "shoddy" engineering makes the chinese firm's products more likely to be vulnerable to attack. huwei says it will soon reveal plans to tackle the problem. spencer kelly reports. it's the company that could soon be allowed to build the uk's next—generation mobile network but now, as well as concerns over links to the chinese state, a top cyber security official says its mobile network gear should be banned from sensitive areas of the uk because of concerns over the company's security practices.
the security engineering in huawei is unlike anything else. it's engineering like it's back in the year 2000. it's very, very shoddy. and leads to cyber security issues that we then have to manage in return. huawei says it plans to spend more than $2 billion tackling the problems identified. translation: we hope to turn this challenge into an opportunity moving forward. i believe that if we can carry out this programme as planned, huawei will become the strongest player in the telecom industry, in terms of security and reliability. so, this is the $2 billion, the transformation programme they've announced. as we say in the report, we've seen nothing to give us any confidence that transformation programme is going to do what they say is going to do. the us has concerns about deployment of huawei's products, with some claiming it may have an impact on information sharing with the uk.
we can always share things the old school way, you know, paper, back and forth. but in terms of electronically communicate across huawei gear, huawei networks would be... risky at best. the company is dismissive of the us‘s accusations. translation: we have a country here that virtually uses no huawei equipment and doesn't even know if our 5g equipment is square or round. yet, it has been incessantly expressing security concerns over huawei. uk ministers are expected to reveal in may whether the government will restrict or even forbid use of huawei technology in the uk's next—generation mobile networks. spencer kelly, bbc news. panorama's investigation ‘can we trust huawei?‘ is on bbc one at 8.30 tonight.
time for a sports update with sally nugent. good morning, the 18th of may, wembley stadium, manchester city play watford. watford produced one of the finer comebacks in fa cup semifinal history to see off wolves ina dramatic semifinal history to see off wolves in a dramatic extra time. david ornstein has the details. in a competition renowned for producing moments of magic the latest courtesy of watford. through to a first fa cup final since 1984 thanks to an incredible comeback. although they made the better start moves were the more clinical, matt doherty gave the travelling masses reason to believe this will be their day. after the restart it was to stop that is brilliant. and the mexican wrestlers mass to celebrate. once joy was tempered when a moment of sheer audacity gave watford hope and hope
became reality as a challenge on troy dini in the closing minutes allowed the captain to net a dramatic late equaliser. absolutely emphatic. watford carried the momentum into the added period and capitalised. the remarkable turnaround completed. heaven for watford, heartbreak for wolves. watford, heartbreak for wolves. watford within touching distance of the fa cup. they will return in may the fa cup. they will return in may the 18th for a shot at glory, only standing in their way or the might of manchester city. david ornstein, abc news. i always believed, to be honest. and we have to believe, when we do not believe, we are not going to achieve the things that we did at the end. we achieve because we believe until the last minute. and
the boys keep so cool to do that. believe until the last minute. and the boys keep so cool to do thatm is no surprise watford ‘s remarkable comeback is featured in most of the back pages. the son says reporting the player was angry when he discovered he was left out of the starting line—up but he put his fury to good use when he came on as a substitute. you can see that lovely picture of the grand national winner, returning to ireland yesterday. and the telegraph in the premier league arsenal mist the chance to jump in the premier league arsenal mist the chance tojump up to in the premier league arsenal mist the chance to jump up to third after a narrow defeat at everton. phil jaleel kate looked in the only goal of the game at goodison park.
arsenal remain forward but could slip out of the champions league qualification spot if chelsea avoid defeat against west ham. we played well today and limited arsenal to very few chances and created quite a few ourselves. starting to find our feet with a little bit of momentum these last few games. a key aspect is to keep a clean sheet and give our strikers a chance to win the game. chelsea kick off at stamford bridge at apm. you can listen to full match commentary on radio 5 live from 7pm. there was more crowd u nrest live from 7pm. there was more crowd unrest in scotland as rangers beat motherwell 3—0. the captain had a cigarette lighter and other objects thrown at him stop as for the match itself the hat—trick cemented rangers second place. in the table. just this morning barry middleton has announced his retirement from
international hockey. he is great britain and england hockey ‘s most capped player having played 432 times and scored 119 goals. he played in four olympic games, four world cups, eight european championships and four commonwealth games. now we've seen some terrible misses at the toe down the years but this might be the best is the worst? former stoke forward, somehow managing to stop a shot going in. all he needed to do was literally not touch the ball at all. and they would have been fine. it was like he was dry to save it. terrible. now they say cricket these days as a batsman ‘s game, hard enough for the bowlers at the best of times but this is quite something. the builder in the indian premier league. the
ball hit the stumps, the batsman chris lynn already walking off. but look. you see some confusion. the bales haven't come off, the stumps light up. comes back down and lands on the stumps, that means not out. lynn went on to score 50 as his side won the game. nowjust before i go, remind you can get a full roundup of all of the sports news on sportsday, at 6:30pm. we'll be looking ahead to the match between chelsea and west ham and of course, plenty of other stuff too. that's all the sport for now. more from the bbc sports centre at 11:15am. goodbye. sally, thank you. the final day of campaigning in israel today is what has been billed as one of the toughest elections.
the president, benjamin netanyahu his right—wing likud party, is in a tight race with the new centre—right, blue and white alliance, led by the former army chief, benny gantz. the internationally recognised government in libya, says more than 20 people have been killed in 4 days of fighting, around the capital tripoli. rebel forces led by general khalifa haftar, are trying to seize the city in defiance of international calls for restraint. the un has called for an urgent truce whilst the united states have demanded an immediate halt to the offensive. a campaign is being launched to raise awareness of a system to help people alert the police if they're in danger but unable to speak. the "silent solution" system, prompts the caller on a mobile to press 5—5 if they call 999 and can't talk to the call handler. peter cooke reports.
just one of the 20,000 silent calls made to 999 in the uk every day. but many callers using a mobile are unaware of a system to inform police, without speaking, that they might be in danger. it enables someone who is too scared to make a noise or speak to press 55 when prompted. the system has been operating in the uk since 2002, but officials say it's not widely known to the public. the prompts, the questions and the automated system allow that filter to take place, to make sure that when you do press 55, it's when you're in danger, when you've got a real need, that you will get that response that you need as a priority. today's campaign is being launched during national stalking awareness week. it is being supported by the family of murder victim kerry power. she was strangled by her former partner david wilder at her home in plymouth in 2013.
her death led to calls for the system to be reviewed, as she may have been misinformed about what happened during a silent call. hello, metropolitan police, what's your emergency? it's hoped a wider understanding of how the system works could potentially save lives in the future. in india — the country's ruling party and main opposition have been putting the finishing touches to their election campaigns before voting begins later this week. it's the biggest election in india's history — with 900 million people eligible to vote. prime minister narendra modi is seeking a second term but faces opposition from rahul gandhi, the head of the congress party, who has aimed his campaign at the government's record on the economy. matthew amroliwala has the latest from delhi. there is a famous saying here that the indian government is like a
piece of flat bread. it needs to be flipped on the griddle or it will burn the will it flip this time? a year ago it would have seemed ridiculous to even pose the question. narendra modi looked invincible. but the state elections at the end of 2018 were a major setback. the economy is slowing, unemployment growing, making air clea n unemployment growing, making air clean in india, i will double your wages and create 10 millionjobs india, those promises haven't quite been delivered so it gives rahul gandhi and the opposition a chance. so what will decide this election, who will decide the election? will it be urban voters, rural voters, the under 25 play mac? how this country, population, female voters, is expected more women will build this time than men. and every state
is different. the issues are different, the languages are different, the languages are different, the languages are different, the alliances are different. which means small shifts can have huge consequences. which perhaps explains why india has a habit of kicking out the incumbent even when the economy is doing well. but most people expect their entry modi to win this election perhaps without an outright majority. one final thought though, india has a history of getting the predictions wrong. as indians head to the polls this week — one of the election pledges by narendra modi was to clean the ganges by 2020. it has been a priority for the government — but the deadline has been extended and the costs have gone up. bbc hindi's nitin srivastav travelled thousands of kilometres to take stock of the efforts so far. gangotri glacier in the himalayas. the origin of the ganges, a source of life for millions. you can see the crystal clear water running down the hills of uttarakhand in northern india.
once known as manchester of the east, the industrial city of kanpur was used by the british in the 19th century. waste and sewage has flowed into the river unchecked since then. affecting thousands of people who live on the river banks. translation: there isn't a single soul in this village who is not suffering from skin disease due to water contamination. the problem is we cannot survive without water. hundreds of leather factories in this region have either been relocated or shutdown to stop chemical waste entering the river. but it's not been enough. you can see freshly clean, washed hide skin. it was cleaned overnight by chemicals in the tanneries in the area. there are hundreds of them and the chemicals
finds its way into the river ganges via this drain. this massive stench in the area. our next stop, varanasi. the ganges is considered holy by millions of hindus. india's prime minister narendra modi promised to clean it when he was elected. in 2015 he allocated $3 billion to a five year project to clean the ganges by 2020 however, locals here aren't optimistic. translation: people spit wherever they want and throw garbage in the river. i don't think river pollution will ever be tackled properly. government efforts to clean the river are visible all along this stretch of the river but clearly more needs to be done. the story is the same as everywhere. dozens of polluted sewage drains coming out of the city of millions and merging
into the river. of course bringing along idols of hindu gods, goddesses, liquor bottles, plastic bottles and whatnot. by the time it reaches west bengal which borders bangladesh, huge deposits of silt and waste have entered the river. we met a family who recently lost a member due to contaminated river water. translation: my daughter—in—law was on medication for two years but lost the battle. there was a high amount of arsenic in the river and ground water and the damage to her skin and body was immense. there is no denying cleaning up this river is a monumental task. as india heads into another election this issue will
continue to dominate the campaign. a small animals rights protest in cuba has made history as the first independent march authorised in the communist state for decades. the unprecedented event had activists calling for animal protection laws while carrying their pets through the capital, havana. georgina smythe has more. small steps towards bigger freedoms. that's the message a small protest in cuba is sending as 400 demonstrators walked peacefully through the cuban capital, havana. they called for the implementation of animal protection laws, carrying signs and their four legged friends, chanting a note to animal mistreatment. it's an unusual sight in the country for nearly 60 years every aspect of life has been controlled by the cuban communist government and the state still plans
—— micro clamps down on unapproved political speeches. the significance of the march wasn't lost on those in the crowd. it's not really common, it's a step, an achievement, an opening, an initiative and in a manner of speaking it's an historic event. organisers say it's the first independent march authorised in the 1—party independent march authorised in the 1— party state independent march authorised in the 1—party state in decades. cuba has been changing past fast in the last few years and it's up this relatively tame demonstration won't be the last time its citizens can express themselves in public. earlier — we told you about london's attempt to lower pollution in the city, by charging drivers of older, more polluting vehicles. but there is an alternative to petrol and diesel fuel. the world's longest electric car road—trip has just come to an end in sydney, australia. the bbc‘s tim allman has more. when you've been on a long journey,
this must be quite a sight. a convoy of electric cars crossing the sydney harbour bridge. leading the way, the blue bandit, a vehicle thatjust keeps going and going and going.|j wa nted keeps going and going and going.|j wanted to do my bit to promote this technology and do something which would stretch the imagination, provide an electric car from amsterdam to literally the other side of the world to show it can be done stuff like and we use electric vehicles for daily use? the scale of this trip was immense. the scale of this trip was immense. the vehicle travelled more than 95,000 kilometres, more than twice the circumference of the earth. he visited 33 countries in a journey that lasted more than three years. along the way, he relied on the
kindness of strangers who offered him food, shelter and the occasional use of an electrical socket. quite a journey, quite a car. but one imagines the trip home is likely to bea imagines the trip home is likely to be a lot quicker! bandit. what's cuter than one great dane puppy? 17 great dane puppies. vets in arizona helped this great dane, called cleo, deliver 19 pups via caesarean section. all but two survived and in just a few weeks, they will weigh more than 20 pounds, and a fully grown male can weigh as much as 14 stone. now it's time for the weather. good morning. cloud in the south of england, clouding some of the
skyscrapers. this is the satellite picture from earlier. cloud trailing through wales and northern ireland. cloud coming in from the north sea as well. some holes in the cloud. parts of norfolk, getting some hazy sunshine. continuing with sunny spells across much of east anglia, through into the north midlands, northern england, the cloud in the north—east tending to disappear. staying quite cloudy on the coast of the north sea and the north—east. the cloud continuing in the south. some showers here. temperatures up to about 18 celsius. but chillier across north sea coast. tonight, we continue with this zone of cloud and with it, cloud moving southwards. keeping temperatures at between 7-9d. keeping temperatures at between 7—9d. further north, some clear spells, a little bit chilly, not desperately cold to start tuesday
morning. on tuesday, the cloud and rain in the south linked in with this weather front. sticking around southern parts through the day on tuesday. quite grey, damp places. further north wales, east anglia, scotla nd further north wales, east anglia, scotland and northern ireland, a day of sunny spells. not as warm as today. temperatures struggling, 10-13d, today. temperatures struggling, 10—13d, even chillier than that on the north sea coast because we have aircoming from the north sea coast because we have air coming from the north—east, coming from scandinavia. you notice the yellow and orange colours get replaced by blue. it will be a sunny day for many on wednesday. a bit of cloud drifting here and there especially in the north—east of scotland. otherwise it should be largely fine and dry but it will be a chilly day, maximum temperatures 7-8d a chilly day, maximum temperatures 7—8d in the north—east, perhaps 9-12, 13 7—8d in the north—east, perhaps 9—12, 13 degrees further south and west. for the end of the week,