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The Prime Minister, Theresa May, says she has "absolute faith"

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in the Trident nuclear missile system, despite claims

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that an unarmed test firing veered off course.

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It's claimed an unarmed rocket fired from HMS Vengeance

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in the Atlantic Ocean shot off in the direction of

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But on the BBC's Andrew Marr programme this morning, Mrs May

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declined to answer if she'd been made aware of the incident before

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a crucial vote on the future of the Trident programme

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in Parliament, as Daniel Boettcher reports.

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This is what the launch of a Trident missile looks like.

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Last June, the Royal Navy carried out what it calls

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a routine unarmed test launch from HMS Vengeance.

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But according to the Sunday Times, it went wrong.

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The paper says the submarine was about

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It was due to fire the missile 5600 miles to a location of the West

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Instead, the paper says it may have veered off in

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That was just weeks before a vote in parliament to renew

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Britain's ageing Vanguard submarines.

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Today, the Prime Minister was asked four times if she

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had known about the alleged incident when she had made a statement on

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The issue we were talking about in the House

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It was about whether or not we should renew Trident, whether we

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should look to the future and have a replacement Trident.

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That is what we were talking about in the House of Commons.

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That is what the House of Commons voted for.

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He doesn't want to defend our country with an

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There are tests that take place all the time

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What we were talking about was the future.

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The paper says there had been four previous Trident tests since 2000.

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In the past, the MoD has issued a press release and video of

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The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused the Prime Minister of

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not telling the public about the alleged misfiring.

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I think this failure is something that ought to

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pause everyone for a moment and just think what happened.

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We understand the Prime Minister chose not to

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inform Parliament about this and it has come out through the media

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It is a pretty catastrophic error when a missile

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While the Ministry of Defence is the test launch was a success

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for the crew and the boat, it has not denied the report

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that the missile itself might have veered off course.

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But it does say the capability and effectiveness

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of the Trident missile is unquestionable.

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The Prime Minister has also confirmed she'll visit America

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to meet President Trump on Friday - the first world leader to meet him

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Mrs May said Britain's "special relationship" with the US

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would allow her to speak up to say she disagrees with some

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Here's our political correspondent, Susanna Mendonca.

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As Britain pulls away from its ties with the European Union, it is

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looking to rekindle old alliances with a brand-new American president.

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The special relationship between the UK and the US has been

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We will have the opportunity to talk about our future

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possible trading relationship, but also some of the world challenges

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that we will face, issues like defeating terrorism,

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Comparisons will be drawn to another female British Prime

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Minister who forged a close relationship with

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Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher were united in

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their free trade aims back in the 1980s,

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and it has been reported that

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Donald Trump has already referred Theresa May is his Maggie.

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But no previous US president has been so

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In particular with women, who turned out in their hundreds of thousands

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to protest against him in America yesterday and in cities including

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Mrs May wouldn't be drawn on whether she plans to challenge Mr

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Trump on the things he has said about women.

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I think the biggest statement that will be made about

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the role of women is the fact that I will be there as a female Prime

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Minister, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, talking to him

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directly about the interest that we share.

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No longer back of the queue on trade, Mrs May's focus in her talks

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with Mr Trump will be on building a future

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trade deal with the US after Britain leaves the EU.

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He and people around him have also spoken about

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the importance of a trade arrangement with the United Kingdom,

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and that that is something they are looking to talk to us about

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I would expect to be able to talk to him about that

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alongside the other issues I will discuss with him

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If Mr Trump's inauguration speech is anything to

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go by, though, he is more focused on protectionism than free-trade,

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insisting that he will put America first.

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So critics say the Government should be cautious about putting US

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No trade agreement with America, however ambitious, can replace

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or match what we are potentially going to lose on our

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As Brexit negotiations loom, though, Mrs May knows that she needs trade

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This week's meeting with the US president is a

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At least 36 people have been killed and many more injured after a train

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derailed in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

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Many people are still trapped in the wreckage and it's feared

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It's not yet clear what caused the train to derail, but police

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are investigating claims the track could have been tampered with.

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The former president of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, has flown into exile -

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22 years after taking control of the west African state in a coup.

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He sparked a political crisis when he refused

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to accept the outcome of the country's election.

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Jammeh finally agreed to hand over power to the winner

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after the leaders of neighbouring countries threatened

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Many councils in England are taking far too long to determine patients'

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needs so they can be discharged from hospital.

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Guidelines say the assessment should be done within six weeks -

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but a report for the health watchdog Healthwatch England has found

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Smitha Mundasad is outside St Thomas' Hospital in central London.

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Four weeks, we have been hearing from accident and emergency is

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experiencing extreme winter pressure, from hospital saying they

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cannot admit people into hospital because they cannot discharge people

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home because they don't have the social care they need at home, or

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can't get into residential care. Healthwatch England now says there

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was another part of this problem, that people are waiting too long to

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get those initial assessment from local councils to see if they are

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eligible for care, for example help at home if they cannot walk, or help

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getting into residential care. Their investigation found data was patchy.

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People waited on average between two days and 52 days to get the initial

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assessment, and then maybe months to get the care they need. In one case

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they found someone waited nearly two years for an initial assessment, and

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they say things need to change. There is no statutory time, but the

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local government ombudsman says between four and six weeks is

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reasonable. The government says it is putting 900 million of additional

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funding into adult social care in the next two years, and says it will

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challenge local authorities that do not give care in a timely fashion.

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Thank you. The time new cars are allowed

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on Britain's roads before they need an MOT could go up from

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three to four years, The Department for Transport said

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safer technology and improved manufacturing means new vehicles

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stay roadworthy for longer. The change, which could come

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in from 2018, would bring Britain in line with Northern Ireland

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and many other European countries. Andy Murray is out of

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the Australian Open, after a shock defeat by a player

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ranked 50 in the world. The world number one

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lost his fourth round match to Germany's Mischa Zverev in four

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sets, as Ben Croucher reports. With Novak Djokovic out,

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the path for Andy Murray to win the Australian Open had become

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a little clearer. Blocking his path, though,

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was the imposing figure of Germany's Mischa Zverev,

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earning the biggest win of his career and arguably one

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of the most surprising When the world number

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50 took the first set, Murray knew it wasn't

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going to be as smooth And although Murray levelled

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the match, he was fast Zverev had one main idea -

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serve and volley, and it was a specialty he was frustrating

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Murray with to go a set clear again. The top seed, though,

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is a specialist in dealing with adversity,

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and he wasn't about It's Murray's earliest exit

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in Melbourne in eight years, Who will win the title now

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is anything but clear. You can see more on all of today's

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stories on the BBC News Channel. The next news on BBC One

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is at six o'clock. We have had high pressure keeping us

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fairly settled in the past week, but it is seen being quite varied, the

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weather. We have seen some hard frost in recent days. Some have been

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quite funny at times in

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