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Tonight at ten: Jacob Zuma steps

down as president of South Africa,

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after persistent allegations

of fraud and corruption.

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He addressed the nation a short

while ago, saying he wanted

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above all to prevent any violent

protests, and to maintain

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the unity of the ruling ANC.

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I have therefore come

to the decision to resign

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as President of the Republic

with immediate effect.

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He's been head of state for nine

years, but he's been under mounting

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pressure in the past year,

over allegations of wrongdoing.

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We'll have the latest

from South Africa,

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where a new president,

Cyril Ramophosa, will be formally

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sworn in within 24 hours.

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Also tonight...

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In Florida, at least one person had

died and dozens injured,

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in a gun attack at a high school.

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20 months after the referendum,

Boris Johnson tries to reach out

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to those still opposed to Brexit,

and says it's cause for hope

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not fear.

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It's not some great V-sign from the

cliffs of Dover, it is the

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expression of a legitimate and

natural desire of self-government by

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the people, for the people and of

the people.

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Following the kidnap, rape

and murder of a 20 year-old woman,

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her uncle is sent prison

for at least 40 years.

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In Northern Ireland,

the DUP says there's no prospect

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of a return to devolved government,

after the failure

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of the latest talks.

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And, at the Winter Olympics,

Team GB's use of technology

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in the skeleton competition,

has finally been approved.

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And coming up on Sportsday on BBC

News: Liverpool lay a marker

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in the Champions League

with an impressive start

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to their last 16 tie

against Porto in Portugal.

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Good evening.

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Jacob Zuma has resigned

as president of South Africa,

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with immediate effect.

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He made the announcement

in a televised address

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a short while ago, bringing

to an end his turbulent

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9 years in power.

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Mr Zuma, who's faced persistent

allegations of corruption,

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said he disagreed with the way

the ruling party, the ANC,

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had demanded his resignation.

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He'll be formally succeeded

by Cyril Ramaphosa, the new leader

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of the ANC, tomorrow.

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Our Africa editor Fergal

Keane has the latest.

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A former prisoner on Robben Island

with Nelson Mandela, Jacob Zuma was

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once head of ANC intelligence. A

backroom operator with a gift for

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manoeuvring party enemies. He could

also present an affable and

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apparently open face. I first

interviewed him nearly two decades

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ago when, as deputy president, he

was encouraging South Africans to

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use condoms to prevent the spread of

aids. Do you use a condom?

Yes, I

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do.

But questions about his

character soon at

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character soon at surface to. He was

accused of raping the HIV-positive

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daughter of a friend. He did not

wear a condom. A populist, a crowd

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pleaser, he appealed to the ANC

grassroots, and with their backing,

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became party leader in 2009. Even

though he already faced serious

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corruption charges. I interviewed

him again just as he was about to

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become state president. A lot of

people think you are a crock.

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people think you are a crock.

Is

that so? I want to see those people,

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they must tell me!

Are you a crook?

Me? I don't know. I must learn what

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a crook is.

It was his relationship

with this family, the Guptas, Indian

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immigrants which forced the ANC

party to act. The Guptas are accused

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of using the president to acquire

state assets worth millions of

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pounds. So powerful, they are

alleged, they could hire and fire

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cabinet ministers. Today they also

felt the pressure. This was a police

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raid on their compound in

Johannesburg. Seemingly untouchable

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until now, criminal charges may be

imminent. If ever you wanted proof

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of the changed political

temperature, this was it. The police

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seem at last to have found their

courage. This may be giving police

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the address of another Gupta

property. People are angry. But it

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is the fear of losing the support of

the black majority which has

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prompted the ANC to act. Near

Pretoria, this man is an unemployed

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driver who once thought Jacob Zuma

was the answer for South Africa's

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problems. No more.

When Jacob Zuma

came to power I thought we would get

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jobs and better conditions, but now,

now we are in trouble.

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now we are in trouble.

Thank you.

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As I was saying, Jacob Zuma, former

president now, made that

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announcement in that televised

address to the South African nation

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in the past couple of hours. He

spoke for about half an hour and it

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seemed for quite a long time he

would not resign until the last

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section of the address itself and

this is what he had to say.

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No life should be lost in my name.

And also, the ANC should never be

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divided in my name. I have therefore

come to the decision to resign as

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president of the Republic with

immediate effect.

The statement

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there at the end of the address by

Jacob Zuma. Let's go to Pretoria and

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talk to our Africa editor Fergal

Keane. Let's talk about the end of

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this very turbulent presidency and

what is now lying ahead for South

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Africa?

Well, what a dramatic night.

We were standing out here, looking

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at the sun going down over Pretoria

when we were summoned suddenly

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inside. I was sitting yards away

from Jacob Zuma. For a long period

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he went through very defensive

language we heard earlier in the day

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saying essentially, I am the victim.

Then suddenly that moment of

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resignation. I could see him

closely. There was a certain sort of

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melancholy at the end. He stood and

waved at us and said we will meet

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again and

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moved on. But he will not be meeting

the press again, unless it is on the

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steps of the courthouse. He is

facing multiple corruption charges.

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Today, the big work begins for Cyril

Ramaphosa, the man who will take

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over this country. He said he will

tackle the corruption which was

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endemic under Jacob Zuma. Corruption

has caused so much poverty and

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instability. He knows he has to act

quickly here.

Many thanks. Fergal

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Keane with the latest in Pretoria

after the resignation of Jacob Zuma.

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Well, another story developing

tonight which is a shooting. Reports

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from Florida in the last half hour

says the shooting at a high school

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has left a number of people dead and

dozens injured. Our North America

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editor Jon Sopel is in Washington.

He is monitoring events for us. What

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is the latest you have?

Let me start

with a statistic. This is the 19th

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school shooting so far in 2018, we

are in the middle of February. The

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president is monitoring by far the

worst shooting and yet again the

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terrified pictures of children

running for their lives as an active

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shooter is on school premises, and

running as fast as they can to try

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to get to safety. We understand the

shooter himself is in custody. He is

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believed to be an 18-year-old former

student of this school. He is now

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under arrest. The authorities are

saying a number of fatalities and a

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number of people have been injured.

Donald Trump has treated in the last

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hour or so: Mike Prez and

condolences of the victims of the

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terrible Florida shooting. No child,

parent or teacher should feel unsafe

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in a school.

-- my prayers and condolences to the

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family of the victims.

Is he going to change security? It

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is hard to see how he will and it is

hard to see that the president will

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come out and say he supports greater

gun control.

Thank you for that

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update, Jon Sopel at the White

House.

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Boris Johnson has urged his fellow

Brexiters not to "gloat"

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about the UK's departure

from the EU, and he's appealed

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for people to unite behind

the vision of an "outward-looking,

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confident" UK outside

the European Union.

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Mr Johnson also insisted

the referendum result

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could not be reversed,

and he questioned the economic

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benefits of staying in the single

market and customs union,

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which the government

is committed to leave.

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His speech was the first of a series

of speeches by ministers,

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ahead of key talks with EU

negotiators next month,

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as our political correspondent

Vicki Young reports.

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We're on the road to Brexit.

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But Cabinet ministers are still

arguing about which route to take.

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Do we stay close to the European

Union and all its rules, or take off

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in a completely different direction?

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Many are anxious about

the journey ahead.

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Including Liberal Democrats,

who laid on this less-than-friendly

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welcome for the Foreign Secretary.

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He is trying to reach out to soothe

concerns and convince them

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that Brexit is grounds for much more

hope than fear.

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It is not good enough for us now

to say to Remainers,

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"you lost, get over it."

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Because we must accept the vast

majority are actuated

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by entirely noble sentiments.

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Brexit is not about shutting

Britain off, he said,

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it is about going global.

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I absolutely refuse to accept

the suggestion that it is some

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un-British spasm of bad manners.

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It is not some great V sign

from the cliffs of Dover.

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It is the expression

of a legitimate and natural desire

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for self-government of the people,

by the people, for the people.

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At times, this speech felt

like a return to the heat

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of the referendum debate.

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And Mr Johnson certainly has not

changed his mind about the need

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to diverge from EU rules.

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The British people should not have

new EU laws affecting their everyday

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lives imposed from abroad

when they have no power to elect

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or remove those who make those laws.

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That would be intolerable,

it would be undemocratic,

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and it would make it

all but impossible for us to do

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serious free trade deals.

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He did say he was happy

for Britain to remain subject

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to EU law during a transmission

or implementation period.

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That could start after March 2019

and last around two years.

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As the face of the Leave campaign,

some question whether Boris Johnson

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is the right person to try to heal

the divisions of Brexit.

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But he acknowledges today that that

positive case for leaving

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the EU still needs to be made and

says that he has to try to make it.

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But what about the obstacles

that could lie ahead?

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Conservative MPs still disagree.

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Boris is really good

at the broad brush strokes.

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But I think what is really needed

now are the details.

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You know, we're just over 14

months away from the UK

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leaving the European Union.

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And details on things

like customs and borders,

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how the really difficult

of the Irish border

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is going to be delivered,

how EU citizens will be able

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to stay here, the position

that they will be in -

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all that is needed now.

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We now have accept the fact we have

had the referendum, we not having a

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second one, we are not being part of

the single market or the customs

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union, we are taking back control,

and that's what this speech

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was all about.

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More flesh on the bones

is what critics want.

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Downing Street insists they will get

that in the coming days

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when the spotlight turns

to Theresa May and what is billed

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as a significant speech on security.

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Vicki Young, BBC News, Westminster.

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Boris Johnson's doubts

about the economic benefits

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of staying in the single market

were being expressed, as figures

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showed the economy of the Eurozone

enjoyed its strongest period

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of growth since 2007,

expanding by 2.5% last year.

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The UK's economy is estimated

to have grown by 1.8%

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over the same period.

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Our economics editor Kamal Ahmed

is here to look at how the UK

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economy compares to

that of the wider EU.

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Boris Johnson spoke of a Britain no

longer lashed to the EU,

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our biggest trading partner.

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It is a partner that has

suffered economically.

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If we go back to before

the financial crisis, EU growth

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was pretty good, peaking at over 3%.

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Then the financial crisis hit the

world economy, and EU growth

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plunged, like much of the rest of

the world, into recession.

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Then the EU was hit

by a second crisis -

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the eurozone crisis -

and a second recession.

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But - last year, a significant

change.

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Economic reform and global growth

led to this rapid pick up, growth

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that was epitomised by this man,

Emmanuel Macron, the president of

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France and poster child of an

economically confident EU.

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These figures are really good,

overall, and if we have a look

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in particular at the French figures,

here we have, well, very good news.

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We have a sign of improvement,

both on the domestic side

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and on the external side.

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First, on the external side,

for sure French growth is benefiting

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from the firming in world growth,

and, in particular,

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it is strongly benefiting

from the improvement,

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the strengthening,

of Eurozone growth.

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Now, over the last ten years,

the picture for Britain

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has been different.

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We suffered the same drop

in fortunes during the financial

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crisis, but from 2012 onwards,

we were top of the economic league,

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as the rest of the EU struggled.

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Now, with Brexit uncertainty,

growth has slowed, just

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as it is speeding up

across the Channel.

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Had it not been for the strength

in European and global growth,

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the economy would have performed

much worse than this.

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I mean, in our view,

the growth would have been probably

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around 0.5 percentage points less

without the strength

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in European and global growth.

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Nearly 50% of our exports go

to the EU, so a strong rest

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of Europe matters to the UK.

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As the government plans

the UK's exit from the EU,

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the economic relationship

between Britain and the rest

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of Europe will be a vital part

of those Brexit negotiations.

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In Northern Ireland, the Democractic

Unionist Party says there's no

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prospect of a deal to restore

Northern Ireland's devolved

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Government, despite the intensive

negotiations of recent days.

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The DUP leader Arlene Foster said

that one of the main stumbling

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blocks was Sinn Fein's desire

for an Irish Language Act.

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Our Ireland correspondent Chris Page

has the latest from Stormont.

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A breakthrough seemed likely when

Theresa May visited Northern Ireland

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on Monday. She and the Irish Prime

Minister said they were hopeful of a

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deal between the parties at

Stormont. Now, the prospect.

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Renewed power-sharing is

disappearing. Unionists accused

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Republicans of asking for too much.

We have, as I've said before, run

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out of road in respect of this

process. We're not going to be able

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to get Executive up and running

because there is not a fair and

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balanced package available.

Sinn

Fein say the DUP are to blame for

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the collapse of the talks.

There was

a lot of expectation over the course

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of the last number of days were

people were either briefed or were

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discussing the fact that there

potentially was a deal on the table.

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I'm saying confidently that we had

an accommodation with the DUP and

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the DUP leadership have failed to

close on that accommodation.

The

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most difficult disagreement to

resolve has been over the Irish

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language. Nationalists want a new

law to protect and promote it.

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Unionists want a wider piece of

legislation including cultural

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elements which are more important to

them. Valentine's Day brought a

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demonstration at Stormont about

another sticking point in the talks,

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Sinn Fein want to legalise same-sex

marriage in Northern Ireland. The

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DUP don't. There have been no

ministers in place here for more

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than a year now. That means civil

servants have been running Northern

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Ireland, but they don't have the

power to make any major decisions.

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The Westminster government

acknowledges the uncertainty is

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affecting public services and can

can't continue.

We need to consider

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practical steps. In the continued

absence of an Executive other

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challenging decisions will have to

be taken by the UK Government.

The

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DUP have said ministers should be

appointed in London to take on

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Stormont's powers. A fix for the

broken politics of this part of the

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UK feels a lot further away tonight.

Chris Page, BBC News, Belfast.

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A man has been jailed for life,

with a minimum term of 40 years,

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after being found guilty

at the Old Bailey of kidnapping,

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raping and murdering his niece

and the attempted murder

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of a second woman.

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The court had heard that

Mujahid Arshid of Kingston,

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in south-west London,

had developed an obsession with this

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20 year-old niece Celine Dookhran

and the surviving victim,

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who cannot be identified.

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Our home affairs correspondent,

June Kelly, reports.

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Celine Dookhran was 20 years old,

she worked in a bank

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and had a boyfriend.

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She also had a jealous uncle,

who was a savage sexual predator,

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he kidnapped Celine and then raped

and murdered her.

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Mujahid Arshid also raped and tried

to kill another young woman.

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As a rape survivor, his second

victim can't be identified.

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Celine Dookhran's mother

and stepfather were in court

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to see a man who'd married

into their family found guilty.

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A police officer read

a statement on their behalf.

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We are pleased with the verdict

and the sentence, but we would

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like our final words to be

about our wonderful Celine.

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We love you, we miss

you and we thank you for being

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an amazing, brilliant,

funny, intelligent and caring

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daughter, sister and

cousin and friend.

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Arshid's blue pick-up

truck was caught on CCTV,

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he was transporting a freezer,

which was part of his plot.

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Two-days later he was back

in his truck and the

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kidnapping was under way.

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He had bundled his two victims,

bound and gagged, into the open boot

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and covered them with a tarpaulin.

0:19:380:19:40

He checked it before he set off.

0:19:400:19:45

Arshid was a builder

and he brought his captives

0:19:450:19:48

to a then empty house he was working

on in Kingston,

0:19:480:19:52

in south-west London.

0:19:520:19:53

Once inside, one after another,

he forced the women

0:19:530:19:55

upstairs and raped them.

0:19:550:19:59

He killed his neice Celine

by cutting her throat with a knife

0:19:590:20:01

and stuffing her mouth with a sock.

0:20:010:20:04

He then locked her body

in the freezer he'd

0:20:040:20:06

installed two-days earlier.

0:20:060:20:09

When it came to the second victim,

he slashed her throat

0:20:090:20:13

and wrists and told her,

"You've got ten minutes to live."

0:20:130:20:16

Astonishingly, she survived.

0:20:160:20:17

Then, desperate to try to find

a way out, she convinced

0:20:170:20:22

Arshid that from here

they could run away together.

0:20:220:20:30

Arshid later went on the run and

headed for the port of Folkestone.

0:20:300:20:34

He checked into a hotel,

and this is where he was arrested.

0:20:340:20:37

It's emerged that down the years

opportunities were missed to stop

0:20:370:20:39

Mujahid Arshid's sexual offending.

0:20:390:20:40

It was in 2008 that he first

abused his surviving victim,

0:20:400:20:43

this went on for a year.

0:20:430:20:45

In 2011, she finally

told some of her family,

0:20:450:20:47

but her story wasn't accepted.

0:20:470:20:51

In 2013, Arshid was caught

in an online sting inviting

0:20:510:20:55

an undercover police officer to drug

and rape her.

0:20:550:20:59

The following year he was

interviewed by detectives,

0:20:590:21:01

prosecutors decided they couldn't

bring a case because the police

0:21:010:21:04

hadn't found key evidence.

0:21:040:21:08

Arshid's controlling

behaviour culminating

0:21:080:21:10

in the killing of Celine Dookhran.

0:21:100:21:13

Today her mother said her daughter

had fallen victim to "pure evil."

0:21:130:21:15

June Kelly, BBC News.

0:21:150:21:23

Oxfam's director in Asia has told

the BBC she is aware of past

0:21:230:21:26

cases of misconduct,

involving some of the charity's

0:21:260:21:29

workers in the Philippines,

Bangladesh and Nepal.

0:21:290:21:32

During the day, senior

Oxfam officials met

0:21:320:21:36

the Charity Commission,

which is investigating

0:21:360:21:38

the organisation's handling of abuse

claims against former staff

0:21:380:21:42

in Haiti, back in 2011.

0:21:420:21:44

Our correspondent,

Angus Crawford, has the latest.

0:21:440:21:45

A scandal made in the poverty

of Haiti's shanty towns,

0:21:450:21:49

where a small number of aid

workers became exploiters.

0:21:490:21:54

It continues to send shockwaves

through the entire sector.

0:21:540:21:58

And today, new revelations

from Oxfam about other

0:21:580:22:02

under reported cases

involving its workers.

0:22:020:22:04

There were cases in the Philippines.

0:22:040:22:05

There were also cases in Bangladesh.

0:22:050:22:08

There were whistleblowers coming

forward in Bangladesh,

0:22:080:22:12

as far as I know.

0:22:120:22:14

There was also a case

I think in Nepal.

0:22:140:22:19

Abusers exploit the chaos

and confusion of natural

0:22:190:22:26

disasters, like here in 2013,

during Typhoon Haiyan,

0:22:260:22:28

in the Philippines.

0:22:280:22:31

Lan Mercado says even if they are

caught and disciplined,

0:22:310:22:34

charities aren't warning each other

about unsuitable staff.

0:22:340:22:37

Not yet, but that's a practice

that we need to start because...

0:22:370:22:43

You know, the funny thing

about cases like this

0:22:430:22:48

is we always see them

as reputational risks, no.

0:22:480:22:52

But the way to manage reputational

risks is not to keep silent.

0:22:520:22:55

But in disaster zones, speed is key.

0:22:550:23:00

Charities scale up their efforts

within hours, employing

0:23:000:23:04

thousands of new staff,

operating in what can

0:23:040:23:07

be a lawless vacuum.

0:23:070:23:12

When the first crisis passes,

sometimes within days or weeks,

0:23:120:23:18

many move on to a new emergency,

and possibly a new employer.

0:23:180:23:20

So a problem for the whole sector,

but one the International

0:23:200:23:23

Development Secretary

wants tackling now.

0:23:230:23:26

Unless you create a culture that

prioritizes the safety of vulnerable

0:23:260:23:32

people and ensures victims

and whistleblowers can come

0:23:320:23:35

forward without fear,

we will not work with you.

0:23:350:23:40

And unless you report every serious

incident and allegation,

0:23:400:23:44

no matter how damaging

to your reputation,

0:23:440:23:45

we cannot be your partners.

0:23:450:23:49

She's looking at the possibility

of setting up a worldwide register

0:23:490:23:57

of aid workers and tomorrow meets

officers from the National Crime

0:23:570:24:00

Agency, which says it's

closely monitoring events.

0:24:000:24:04

This British charity today dismissed

a member of staff accused of sexual

0:24:040:24:10

misconduct while at Oxfam in Haiti

in 2011, something he failed to tell

0:24:100:24:13

them when he applied for the job.

0:24:130:24:17

And tonight, Oxfam has revealed that

last year it sacked its country

0:24:170:24:21

director in Haiti for mismanagement

and inappropriate behaviour.

0:24:210:24:24

Angus Crawford, BBC News.

0:24:240:24:32

There is a "pervasive lack of trust"

among people with disabilities

0:24:320:24:37

about the way that their welfare

claims are assessed, according

0:24:370:24:40

to a parliamentary committee.

0:24:400:24:41

A new report says assessment work

by private contractors is often

0:24:410:24:46

riddled with errors and that

claimants don't trust

0:24:460:24:47

assessors to record evidence

of their health accurately.

0:24:470:24:54

The Government says

the system works well

0:24:540:24:55

for the majority of claimants.

0:24:550:24:56

Our disability correspondent,

Nikki Fox, reports.

0:24:560:24:58

Anastasia is having a good day,

but most of the time she's

0:24:580:25:01

in constant pain and struggles

to leave the house.

0:25:010:25:03

The 24-year-old has

multiple sclerosis and used

0:25:030:25:06

to work full-time.

0:25:060:25:11

Now she relies on disability

benefits, but applying for those

0:25:110:25:13

benefits has taken its toll.

0:25:130:25:14

I don't know how other

people can cope with it.

0:25:140:25:17

Why do I feel so crushed

and not believed?

0:25:170:25:21

When she was assessed at home

by a healthcare professional

0:25:210:25:25

from a private company,

Anastasia told her assessor

0:25:250:25:28

she could only walk 20 meters.

0:25:280:25:31

But when the report came back,

it said she could walk further.

0:25:310:25:34

As a result, she lost

part of her benefits.

0:25:340:25:36

She didn't give me a physical

assessment, I was sat

0:25:360:25:39

down the entire time.

0:25:390:25:40

I was very, very cross about that.

0:25:400:25:45

The committee heard evidence

to suggest that Anastasia's

0:25:450:25:48

experience is far from a one-off.

0:25:480:25:52

One of the assessors wrote down

things which didn't even happen.

0:25:520:25:55

The lady who was assessing me

was very unprofessional.

0:25:550:25:58

I looked at it and I

just cried, basically.

0:25:580:26:02

They received an unprecedented

number of responses detailing

0:26:020:26:04

failings in the system.

0:26:040:26:06

Their report says, "the Government's

low bar for what is considered

0:26:060:26:08

acceptable leaves room

for assessments to be riddled

0:26:080:26:12

with obvious errors and omissions."

0:26:120:26:15

It also says assessors risk

being viewed as "at best,

0:26:150:26:18

lacking in competence and,

at worst, actively deceitful."

0:26:180:26:21

Some parents were asked

when exactly their children had

0:26:210:26:24

caught Down's Syndrome.

0:26:240:26:27

Another claimant said, "apparently,

I walk my dog daily,

0:26:270:26:30

which is baffling, because I can

barely walk and I don't have a dog."

0:26:300:26:33

Since 2013, more than 200,000 people

have appealed the outcome

0:26:330:26:36

of their assessment.

0:26:360:26:39

The committee hopes that

its recommendations will reduce

0:26:390:26:42

the need for so many

to have to appeal.

0:26:420:26:45

We've asked the Government to record

all these key assessments,

0:26:450:26:49

so there can't be a dispute of -

I said that.

0:26:490:26:52

No, you didn't.

0:26:520:26:53

Yes, you did.

0:26:530:26:54

There's a record there.

0:26:540:26:55

The Government says it's exploring

options to promote greater

0:26:550:26:57

transparency and the majority

of claimants are happy

0:26:570:27:01

with their overall experience.

0:27:010:27:07

But with current contracts up

for review and targets

0:27:070:27:09

being consistently missed ,it's

uncertain who will carry out these

0:27:090:27:16

will carry out these

assessments in the future.

0:27:160:27:18

Nikki Fox, BBC News.

0:27:180:27:19

Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe's main

opposition leader, has died.

0:27:190:27:26

The 65-year-old, a former

mine worker, had been

0:27:260:27:27

suffering from cancer.

0:27:270:27:28

Mr Tsvangirai's career was marked

by a long political struggle

0:27:280:27:36

against the former President,

Robert Mugabe, and he was beaten

0:27:370:27:39

and imprisonned many times.

0:27:390:27:47

The Movement for Democratic Change -

that he set up in 2000 -

0:27:570:28:00

said tonight that they had lost

an 'icon and fighter for democracy'.

0:28:000:28:03

Liverpool are one step closer

to the Champions League

0:28:030:28:05

quarter-finals after beating Porto

5-0 in Portugal in

0:28:050:28:07

their last 16 match.

0:28:070:28:08

Sadio Mane scored a hat-trick

and that means Jurgen Klopp's side

0:28:080:28:11

will take a comfortable lead back

to Anfield for the second leg.

0:28:110:28:14

In tonight's other tie,

current holders Real Madrid beat

0:28:140:28:16

Paris St Germain 3-1.

0:28:160:28:17

At the Winter Olympics

in South Korea, Team GB's use

0:28:170:28:19

of technology has been approved,

averting a dispute about

0:28:190:28:22

the legality of the kit used

in the skeleton competition.

0:28:220:28:24

Some opponents have complained

that the technology used in Team

0:28:240:28:26

GB's skinsuits gives them

an unfair advantage.

0:28:260:28:34

Our sports correspondent,

Andy Swiss, reports

0:28:350:28:36

now from Pyeongchang.

0:28:360:28:38

Sliding into controversy.

0:28:380:28:39

The skeleton is Britain's

winter sports speciality.

0:28:390:28:40

COMMENTATOR:

Lizzie Yarnold

is the Olympic champion!

0:28:400:28:42

But now the team's speed

is under scrutiny.

0:28:420:28:44

After being no more than solid this

season, here in Pyeongchang they're

0:28:440:28:47

suddenly looking spectacular.

0:28:470:28:51

Setting the pace in final training,

so why the improvement?

0:28:510:28:54

Well, they're wearing

brand-new skinsuits specially

0:28:540:29:00

designed for the Games.

0:29:000:29:01

And in the sport of the finest

margins, they've found an edge.

0:29:010:29:04

Well of course we push

the boundaries, it's

0:29:040:29:06

the Winter Olympic Games.

0:29:060:29:08

No one sleeps, every nation will be

getting the best kit that they can,

0:29:080:29:11

and we're exactly the same.

0:29:110:29:15

But the skinsuit, developed

by scientists in Northampton

0:29:150:29:20

and which has special drag-resistant

ridges, has raised eyebrows.

0:29:200:29:23

The rules stipulate no

aerodynamic elements

0:29:230:29:26

can be attached to kit,

and some are questioning

0:29:260:29:28

its legality.

0:29:280:29:29

I was notified this morning

about the speedsuits.

0:29:290:29:32

So, yeah, that's interesting.

0:29:320:29:34

I'm just curious to

know if that is legal.

0:29:340:29:36

Do you think there's

a question there?

0:29:360:29:38

I do, yeah.

0:29:380:29:40

A frosty reception, then,

but tonight the controversial

0:29:400:29:43

skinsuit was cleared

by the authorities.

0:29:430:29:47

Well, when Britain's sliders

hurtle round this track

0:29:470:29:52

over the next few days,

they'll be hoping their new kit

0:29:520:29:54

could make that vital difference.

0:29:540:29:57

And British sport knows

all about making the most

0:29:570:29:59

of cutting-edge clothing.

0:29:590:30:02

Skinsuit technology has been a key

to British track cycling success

0:30:020:30:05

over the last decade,

and skeleton has also led the way.

0:30:050:30:08

COMMENTATOR:

Oh, yes!

Amy Williams is the queen of speed!

0:30:080:30:14

In 2010 there were questions

about Amy Williams' helmet

0:30:140:30:17

before she won gold.

0:30:170:30:21

For me, in Vancouver, we sent them

off to the jury months beforehand.

0:30:210:30:24

They got checked and

okayed by the jury.

0:30:240:30:26

So we knew 100% they were legal.

0:30:260:30:29

So I have no worries whatsoever.

0:30:290:30:31

I would just say, people just don't

want you winning, do they?

0:30:310:30:35

And winning is what Britain's done

now two Games running.

0:30:350:30:40

A hat-trick here, it

seems, would be a triumph

0:30:400:30:44

of technology as well as talent.

0:30:440:30:48

Andy Swiss, BBC News, Pyeongchang.

0:30:480:30:52

Newsnight is coming up on BBC Two.

Here's Evan.

0:30:520:30:54

Tonight, we'll ask the DUP what next

for Northern Ireland after those

0:30:540:30:57

power-sharing talks collapse.

0:30:570:30:58

And, new trouble for Oxfam

as another big name ambassador

0:30:580:31:00

halts his association

with the charity.

0:31:000:31:02

Join me now on BBC Two.

0:31:020:31:08

That's Newsnight with Evan.

0:31:080:31:09

Here on BBC One it's time

for the news where you are.

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