28/01/2017 BBC Weekend News


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Stars from around the world have been paying tribute

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to the actor Sir John Hurt, who has died at the age of 77.

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He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer.

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The Hollywood actor and director Mel Brooks said he was a "truly

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magnificent talent", and the author JK Rowling

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called him "immensely talented and deeply beloved."

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His career spanned over six decades and more than 120 films -

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including the Elephant Man, Alien, and Harry Potter.

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Nick Higham, looks back at his life.

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John Hurt, as the deranged Roman Emperor Caligula

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Well, of course I ordered no triumphs.

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Do you think I'd order triumph for myself?

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Yes, and you took me at my word, didn't you?

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I wear rouge, I wear mascara on my eyelashes, I dye my hair,

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I wear flamboyant clothes, far more outre than

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He was an unusual actor, instantly recognisable,

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Here, he played the notorious and flamboyant Quentin Crisp.

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People said tt was a brave part to take on.

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Many people said "Don't do that, you'll never work again", and so on.

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And I said "But it's not about homosexuality,

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it's about the tenderness of the individual,

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as opposed to the cruelty of the crowd, really".

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His breakthrough had come in A Man For All Seasons

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in 1966, a small part in an Oscar-winning film.

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He earned an Oscar nomination himself for Midnight Express,

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in which he played a heroin addict in a Turkish prison.

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I'm very pleased to meet you, Mr Merrick.

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And another for his performance as the hideously disfigured

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Like Quentin Crisp, Merrick was an outsider

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Late in his career, he reached new audiences in Harry Potter.

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And in a guest appearance in Doctor Who.

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Why are you pointing your screwdrivers like that?

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In one of his last performances, he played a dying screenwriter,

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quoting lines from a famous Dylan Thomas poem.

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Do not go gentle into that good night.

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Old age should burn and rave at close of day.

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Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

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"The most sublime of actors and the most gentlemanly

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of gentlemen, who touched all our lives with joy and magic".

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The United Nations has urged the United States to continue

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protecting refugees - regardless of their

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It follows President Trump's latest executive order,

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which suspends all refugee arrivals for four months and imposes tough

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controls on travellers from seven Muslim countries.

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Mr Trump says the order will protect the country from Islamic terrorism.

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From Beirut, Alex Forsyth sent this report.

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Protection of the nation from foreign terrorists' entry...

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With a flourish of his pen, another sweeping change, a halt on visas

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from seven mainly Muslim countries, entering the US, to stop, says

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I'm establishing new measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out

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On social media, reports of people being stopped at airports.

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In Doha, claims Iranians with immigrant visas were

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In Qatar, the father of a former LA Times

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employee in Iraq reportedly turned back by US officials, what it means

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But for the Syrian refugees who fled war,

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They are now indefinitely banned

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refugees are suspended for four months.

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Like Navine, not her real name, a transgender woman who fled Iraq,

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persecuted for her sexuality, now living in Lebanon.

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Sh was accepted for resettlement in America.

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TRANSLATION: The moment I heard the news, my dreams were shattered.

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My parents want to kill me, I'm terrified they'll find out where I

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I hoped I would feel safe in the US, that I'd

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finally be able to sleep in a country where I have rights,

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This order will not just affect tens of thousands of refugees,

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but many across the Middle East who travel to the US

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Google has recalled its staff, saying it's worried

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For some, rather than improve security, this will

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only leave Muslim communities more isolated.

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Theresa May has arrived in Ankara, where she is holding talks on trade

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with Turkey wants Britain leaves the EU. They are expected to hold a news

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conference within the hour. Our correspondent Mark

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Lowen is in Istanbul. What are they hoping to achieve from

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this visit? Top of the agenda is trade, as you say. Post-Brexit

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Britain keen to strike up a strong bilateral trade agreement with

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another country on the cusp of the EU. They also want closer

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co-operation on security. Both countries are involved in the

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coalition against so-called Islamic date. Both are Nato members and

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Turkey is of course Europe's eastern flank, so Britain is keen to have a

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strong European border in Turkey to keep terror threats out of Europe.

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But Theresa May will also be keen to try to tame Turkey somewhat. This is

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a country that has moved rather away from Europe in recent years, more

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towards Russia. She will have been keen to raise human rights issues,

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facing pressure to raise those issues, like the fact that 140,000

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people have been arrested, dismissed or suspended here since the failed

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coup last year. Turkey is the world's biggest jailer of

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journalists. As for Recep Tayyip Erdogan, despite the bluster against

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Western governments that he frequently comes out with, he is

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keen to keep up relations with Europe even though the hopes of

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Turkey joining the EU look slimmer than ever. So two controversial

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presidents, Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Theresa May will

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emerge from these two days better versed in delicate diplomacy than

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ever. Mark, thank you. Diesel drivers in parts of central

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London will be charged an extra 50% to park from the

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beginning of April. Westminster City Council will trial

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the price rise as part of a pilot project aimed at cutting high levels

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of air pollution. Poor air quality is linked

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to the early deaths of around 40,000 With all the sport,

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here's Mike Bushell Good afternoon - now, we're

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about to tell you about the women's If you're waiting for the highlights

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which follow this bulletin at 1.15, please look away, close your ears,

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leave the room. Right, Serena Williams has broken

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the record for Grand Slam victories in the modern era after winning

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the Australian Open It was the first final

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between her and her sister Venus and Serena Williams, bringing

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true meaning to the term sibling rivalry for 20 years. This was a

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throwback final between two women who know each other inside out. That

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was clearly the case in the first set, with five breaks of serve. And

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while Venus, in her first Grand Slam final for eight years, was always

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chasing her little sister, she gave as good as she got. Her problem was

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that Serena, despite the odd mishap, found that bit extra when it

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mattered most. The fifth of those five breaks going her way, once

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overhead, and the second was equally close, venous edging ahead on serve

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this time, only for Serena to match her with some brawn and brilliance,

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both of those evident for the crucial break. What a window that

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was. It allowed Serena to serve for the match, which she achieved. And

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with it, and open era record, 23 grand slams now, surpassing Steffi

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Graf, a seventh Australian title, the world number one spot and all

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against her sister. Sibling rivalry? Most definitely. Sibling love, even

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more so. Tim Hague, BBC News. It's a great number. I know she would like

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to have a little more. It was a great moment. I am very happy that

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she has been able to get to number 23, because there are 22 ahead of

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that that she also earned, and she earned it.

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The day's FA Cup action is under way.

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Liverpool are taking on Wolves in the fourth

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It was an incredible start for the Championship side,

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Richard Stearman scoring after just 51 seconds.

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And it was very nearly 2-0 not long afterwards,

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Liverpool have won only one of seven matches so far in 2017.

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Wolves have already knocked out Premier League

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The biggest giant killers from the last round,

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non-league Lincoln City, are hoping home advantage will help

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them cause another big upset this afternoon.

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Their manager Danny Cowley says beating Ipswich

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off the Championship in round three was like climbing

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a mountain, and so thinks today's match against the leaders

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of the Championship, Brighton, is like trying to get to the moon.

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Rangers can go back to second in the Scottish Premiership this

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afternoon - a win at Motherwell will take them above Aberdeen again

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- but they're down to 10 men after Michael O'Halloran was sent

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But now there has been a red card for Motherwell as well.

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Whatever happens in this game, leaders Celtic won't be troubled -

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That is the second sending-off. A feisty match so far.

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Tiger Woods told reporters he was "rusty" after missing

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the cut in his first competitive tournament for 18 months.

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He managed a par round, but he was always in peril

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He said he needed to get more rounds under his belt -

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England's Olympic champion Justin Rose still leads -

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he's a shot clear of the field on eight-under-par.

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And I can tell you that upset at Anfield could well and truly be on

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now, because it is Liverpool zero, Wolves two. That is the sport.

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You can see more on all of today's stories on the BBC News Channel.

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We are seeing quite a change in our weather patterns. It has been a

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week, of course, where the UK has been stuck in the deep freeze. We

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have had some sharp frosts and disruptive for, but the weather is

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changing now.

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