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Donald Trump considers a new executive order

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The President has promised to take "firm steps" to protect US

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security after the courts there blocked his original travel ban.

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Could Britain's Brexit strategy divide the European Union?

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That's the fear of one of the bloc's top officials.

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New Zealand's stranded whales - hundreds are saved by the high tide

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after the country's biggest beaching in a century.

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And England break Welsh hearts with a last-gasp

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President Trump says he's determined to take "firm steps" to protect

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He is considering signing a new executive order on immigration,

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after the courts blocked his initial attempt to bar travellers from seven

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Our Washington Correspondent, David Willis, sent this report.

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Stepping into the warmth of a Florida winter.

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Yet the President and first Lady's weekend retreat offers little

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respite from the chilly climate in his Presidency.

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Efforts to make good on a key campaign promise,

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having been stymied by the courts, Mr Trump is characteristically

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My administration is committed to your security.

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It will not allow our generous system of immigration to be turned

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against us as a tool for terrorism and truly bad people.

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We must take firm steps today to ensure that we are safe tomorrow.

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Earlier, he had taken to Twitter to lament his latest legal rebuff.

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Our legal system is broken, he wrote.

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77% of refugees allowed into the US since the travel reprieve hail

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Signed at the end of a frantic first week in office,

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Donald Trump's executive order suspended America's refugee

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programme and banned travellers from seven Muslim majority nations

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As well as causing chaos at airports, it caught many of

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his own officials flat-footed, and sparked protests

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And whilst that policy was put on hold by the courts, it has emerged

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that immigration officials rounded up hundreds of people in raids over

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the last week as part of a separate move by the Trump administration to

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crack down on illegal immigrants who have committed crimes in the US.

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We also have a lot of other options, including just filing a brand-new

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His patience with the legal system running thin, Mr Trump told

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reporters on his way to Florida that he is

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considering circumventing the

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system by signing a new executive order.

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To his opponents, many of whom took to the streets again today

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in protest at the travel ban, that would be seen as a tactical retreat,

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but with challenges pending in other courts,

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He spent the day golfing in Florida, the bunkers and the

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water hazards nothing compared to the obstacles that may lie ahead.

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David is in Washington for us tonight.

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There are three options for the President. He can order his lawyers

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to take the matter to the highest Court in the land, the US Supreme

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Court. But that Court is currently divided along ideological lines and

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there is a seat vacant so there is no guarantee that that tactic would

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work. Or he can get the matter sent back to the appeals Court for

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consideration by wider panel of judges than heard the case last week

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or he can just simply choose to modify or rewrite that controversial

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executive order, bringing in and addressing some of the complaints

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that were raised by the judges. They will be burning the midnight oil in

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the building behind me over the weekend, trying to work out which of

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those options to take. But three weeks into his Presidency, Donald

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Trump has been taught a lesson, if you like, that he cannot impose his

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will easily on the legal or the political systems of the United

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States. David, thank you very much. European Union countries

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could struggle to maintain a united front during Brexit negotiations,

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according to the President Jean Claude Juncker has told

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a German radio station that the challenge of Britain

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dealing with each country individually will put

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pressure on the bloc. Our political correspondent, Chris

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Mason, is in Westminster tonight. What's your interpretation

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of what he's had to say, Chris? It is really interesting bee so

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often we focus on the conversation here in Britain about the

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forthcoming Brexit negotiations and the excitement of sun and the fear

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of others. This interview is an insight into the hopes and fears on

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the other side of the channel and Jean Claude Juncker acknowledging

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publicly a potential vulnerability by the European Union that a bloc of

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27 sitting around a table would inevitably run the risk, he says, of

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being divided. He says Britain could attempt to offer something to other

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countries and there is a positive sense in Brussels that up to now,

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there has been an attempt to give Brussels together and keep the EU

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together as one bloc and that has worked but they fear that may no

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longer be the case. What of the reaction? Nothing specific for the

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Department exiting the European Union, they point to what the press

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-- Prime Minister said in the past about a constructive relationship

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with the EU wants on the outside and there is a reminder, not that they

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need it, the scale and significance of what is to come, just weeks to go

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until the UK triggers Article 50 and a process of Brexit begins. Chris,

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thank you. 50,000 people have signed a petition

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urging the Government not to scrap a scheme which allows unaccompanied

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child refugees into the UK. Earlier this week, the Government

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announced the programme, which has so far brought in 200

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vulnerable children, would end in March because it

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encouraged people trafficking. But religious leaders have warned

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more children would die The Labour peer Lord Dubs,

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a former refugee, also criticised The message to the Prime Minister

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is that there are thousands of unaccompanied child refugees in

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Europe who are suffering terribly. We should at least

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take some of them. The government should not

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close their doors in the arbitrary Proposals for new official secrets

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legislation could see journalists and whistleblowers jailed

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for publishing leaked material, Under the plans, which were

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drafted for the Government by the Law Commission,

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people who disclose official information that could harm the UK's

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economy would face prosecution. Campaigners have raised concerns

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about the impact on free The Cabinet Office says it

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won't comment whilst A least six people have been killed

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and more than 20 injured in a car bomb attack in Lashkar Gar -

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the capital of Afghanistan's A car loaded with explosives

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was driven into a group They had been queuing

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to collect their salaries. The Taliban have taken

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responsibility for the attack having Conservationists in New Zealand say

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more than 200 pilot whales who became stranded near a remote

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beach in New Zealand have been helped by the high tide

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to swim back out to sea. Hundreds of animals died

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the previous day when they became stuck in the waters

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near Farewell Spit in the South Island,

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as Fiona Lamdin reports. Doing whatever they can to help

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before it's too late. These volunteers have been

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working for many hours, trying to keep the whales cool

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as they lie stranded. Some say singing also

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helps to keep them calm, but what they really need

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is high tide. Very quickly, this tide has come

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racing in, and now we're all up to our knees,

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some people up to their waists in water, and we're starting to get

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a bit of floating happening, and we're just helping assist

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the whales with their breathing until the water gets deep enough

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so that they can swim. This is one of the worst whale

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strandings in New Zealand's history. 400 whales came into

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Farewell Spit on Thursday. And then, another 240

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arrived a day later. Conservationists aren't sure

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why beaching happens. One theory is the

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shallow water affects The eco-location is designed

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for deepwater use, and doesn't work They become confused

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when they end up in places like Farewell Spit, which is a very

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shallow, sandy beach. And if one does get

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distressed, and others follow it, it's difficult for them

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to know which way to go. Most of these Wales managed to

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refloat. Rescue teams will be focused on the remaining few. Fiona

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Lamdin, BBC News. A Royal Navy warship has rescued 14

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sailors after their racing yacht The Clyde Challenger yacht

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lost its mast in rough waters on a journey back from the Azores,

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and drifted for two days. HMS Dragon was diverted 500 miles

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from a routine deployment to assist. All crew have been

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carried to safety. England have extended their winning

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streak to 16 matches as they beat Wales 21-16 in a dramatic

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Six Nations match in Cardiff. Earlier, Ireland recorded

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their biggest ever victory in the competition as they thrashed

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Italy 63-10 in Rome. Our sports correspondent

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Joe Wilson reports. A brave daffodil shows

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its face in February. The coach had bantered

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about Welsh shenanigans. Inside the stadium,

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roof open, heat on. Nothing contrived in the eyes

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of the Welsh captain. With all the modern

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scientific preparation, rugby still comes down,

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often, to brute strength Ben Youngs with the first

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try of the game. But with half-time

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approaching, perfect timing. Second half, England

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waiting to pounce. Dan Biggar, bruised ribs

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and all, broke for Wales Breathless, Daly,

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the defender, won here. Four minutes to play

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and England had the ball. Elliot Daly, that last-ditch

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defender, now the flying finisher. Obviously, there is a great amount

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of belief in this team. I think that is what is exciting

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about hopefully what is to come. It is not the finished article

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and hopefully we'll just keep So, England's remarkable

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winning run continues. But to win here, with a win

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like that, must feel as significant Well, after a first week defeat,

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Ireland dared not lose again. And Rome was the perfect

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place for a break. CJ Stander had a hat-trick

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against Italy. Including Ireland's fourth

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try before half-time. Craig Gilroy scored three

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tries in 11 minutes. Never mind consecutive victories,

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Italy's Irish coach would love one. You can see more on all of today's

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stories on the BBC News Channel. Come the middle of next week it

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might feel like spring for some of us. It doesn't feel like spring at

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the moment.

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