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President Trump's travel ban sparks legal challenges -


16 state attorney generals say the restrictions


Travellers from seven named countries are now


being denied entry - including this family


an extreme vetting policy - but there's been confusion about the


and the call for President Trump's state visit here to be put on hold.


Parents' rights to take their children


on holiday in term time face a new legal test -


Did he ever believe it? Did he ever dare believe it?


President Trump is facing growing criticism tonight both


at home and abroad - over his controversial order


restricting people from seven mainly Muslim countries


The temporary ban on travellers from countries including Iraq,


Syria and Somalia has seen people turned away at airports -


Tonight, there are more protests - and legal challenges -


but Mr Trump has defended his actions, saying America "needs


Our first report is from our correspondent


New York has always been the great gateway into America and


demonstrators gathered in a highly dramatic setting, under the gaze of


the Statue of Liberty, that welcoming symbol for new arrivals.


But today we've see large gatherings across the country. The fractious


mood reminiscent of the 1960s. Protest is becoming a permanent


feature of the Trump presidency. And at JFK airport last night,


the demonstrations lasted deep Demonstrations took place


across the country. These are scenes in Boston


as a US senator defied the I knew that Donald


Trump would be bad. At this courthouse


in Brooklyn came a late-night legal challenge and civil


liberties lawyers emerged claiming victory as a federal judge blocked


parts of the executive order temporarily banning all refugees


and travel from seven President Trump enacts laws


or executive orders that are The courts are there


to defend everyone's rights. What started as a protest


outside this courthouse in Brooklyn has now


become a celebration. At the arrivals hall in Dallas


airport outside Washington, A Muslim woman from Iraq


finally making it back All of a sudden I get


a call telling me they are detaining my wife, who is a green


card holder, a legal resident But despite the court ruling


and others making it through immigration, the Department


of Homeland Security said it would continue to enforce


the executive order. The president says his policy


is working out very nicely, and television network, claimed falsely,


that the old Obama policy favoured Do you know if you were


a Christian in Syria it was impossible, very, very,


at least very tough to get If you were a Muslim


you could come in. And I thought it was


very, very unfair. But this Christian


family was also refused entry even though they thought these


US visas offered them the chance of They were turned away at


Philadelphia airport, forced to fly TRANSLATION: My son has been


in America three years and They had spent all their money


on the plane tickets and seen their American dreams


eradicated with the stroke of a pen. Here, there are growing calls


for President Trump's state visit to Britain to be called off,


because of his travel crackdown. The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has


said it shouldn't happen while the ban is in place -


and an online petition making the same demand has attracted more


than half a million signatures. Tonight, ministers have gained some


clarification about the impact Our Political Correspondent,


Eleanor Garnier has the latest. New leaders and new friends. It was


all going so well. Then, just hours after Theresa May left Washington,


Donald Trump enacted one of what many think is the most extreme of


his campaign policies. By then, the Prime Minister was in Turkey for


trade talks, where she avoided condemning the President's travel


ban. The United States is responsible for the United States's


policy and refugees. The United Kingdom is responsible for the


United Kingdom's policy on refugees. Overnight a new statement clarifying


that the Prime Minister did not agree with this kind of approach.


And condemnation from the Foreign Secretary, who said it was divisive


and wrong to stigmatise because of nationality. The British Olympian


Sir Mo Farah was born in Somalia but lives with his family in America. He


said he'd been deeply troubled and he'd have to tell his children that


daddy might not be able to come home after a training camp in Ethiopia.


The president, he added, had introduced a policy that comes from


a place of ignorance and prejudice. And government ministers were


publicly echoing concerns. The Prime Minister is not a shoot from the hip


type of politician, she wants to see the evidence, she wants to


understand precisely what the implications are. There is always


pressure to respond within a news cycle and so on. The important thing


is we are saying we disagree with it and we think it's wrong. Friends can


be candid with each other, that's what the Prime Minister said before


her trip to the United States. It now seems that is far easier in


theory than it is in practice. And having failed to live up to her own


words once, there is now criticism she's undermined her own strategy.


After concern all day, the Foreign Office said tonight it had been


reassured by the United States that it wasn't imposing travel bans on


any UK dual nationals, though they might face extra checks. And the


Labour leader stands by his call for Mr Trump's state visit to be cold


off. I'm not happy about him coming here until the ban is lifted quite


honestly. Because look at what's happening with those countries, how


many more is it going to be and what is going to be the long-term effect


of this on the rest of the world? This relationship, like many, is


complicated. The last 24 hours have shown the difficulty of forging


closer ties with the US while keeping a suitable distance from Mr


Trump, a huge challenge the Prime Minister will have to get used to.


In a moment we'll be speaking to our North America Editor Jon Sopel


in Washington, but first Eleanor Garnier is here.


How much detail do we have on how British citizens might be affected


by this? First of all I should say this isn't an exemption for the UK,


this is simply a clarification of the rules. In a sign of how


difficult it has been to unpick everything, I'm told conversations


have been had at the highest possible level all day. Boris


Johnson on the phone to his US counterpart. To clarify if I can, if


you are a British citizen who happens to be travelling to the US


from Iraq, you will not be subjected to the ban. If you are age National,


perhaps British and Iraqi nationalities, and you travel to


America, you will not be subject to ban, though you will face some extra


checks. As the Foreign Office understands it, it's only people who


are just nationals of those seven named countries currently subject to


a ban. We've been getting reaction coming in. Sir Mo Farah had said he


is relieved but still fundamentally disagrees with what he cold a


divisive and discriminatory policy. I've just given you the latest


Foreign Office advice but I think there will still be a lot of


confusion tonight, not least many people will be worried about them,


their family, their friends, travelling to the united States,


concerned about how these rules are being interpreted on the ground by


US officials. And Jon Sopel is in


Washington for us now. What sense did you get there about


how the administration feels this is going? I think they have been rocked


by the criticism and the protests we've seen springing up across


America. Look, there was no surprise that extreme vetting was going to be


introduced, Donald Trump has said it repeatedly, but there was so little


political preparation, telling congressmen and women this was


happening. There has been sullen silence from them over this weekend.


More telling and more damaging, so little administrative preparation.


You've had this situation where today we have Donald Trump's chief


of staff saying, this won't affect green card holders. Yesterday the


Department of Homeland Security said it would. We heard Eleanor trying to


clarify the situation. And in the last few moments a statement from


Donald Trump which is fascinating, because it seems to be much more


conciliatory in tone. Let me read a bit of it. America is a proud nation


of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing


oppression, but we'll do so while protecting our own citizens. To be


clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting, this


isn't about religion, this is about terror. I have tremendous feeling


for the people involved in this horrific humanitarian crisis in


Syria, my first priority will always be to protect and serve our country.


But he says he's going to revisit the whole policy. Is it a U-turn?


No. As the White House been rocked by the wave of criticism from around


the world and with them in America? You bet it has.


The US military has confirmed that Donald Trump has authorised


the first raid by American special forces of his presidency.


The pre dawn raid in Yemen targeted al Qaeda militants -


A US serviceman also died, and three others were injured


in the operation that was aimed at gathering intelligence


In France, a politician from the hard left has defeated


the country's former Prime Minister to become the Socialist party's


Benoit Hamon, whose policies include legalising cannabis and introducing


a universal basic income, prevailed against Manuel Valls.


As our Paris Correspondent Lucy Williamson reports,


it's another surprise in the race for the Elysee Palace.


It was the unknown against the unpopular.


And in this election, inexperience counts.


Benoit Hamon has been dubbed France's Jeremy


A one-time junior minister with a plan to tax robots, legalise


marijuana and pay everyone ?600 a month.


TRANSLATION: Faced with a privileged right and a destructive


far right, our country needs the left.


But a modern, innovative left that looks to the future.


The problem is half the party hate his


This primary was meant to force the socialists' slender


chances by giving them a candidate they would unite around.


But after five bitter years of infighting,


Especially as this man is already siphoning centre-left supporters


Emmanuel Macron is 39 years old and has never been


more energy than experience, is drawing crowds his rivals can only


Antiestablishment, pro-European, and liberal on both


This is populism for centrists on both the


Before Emmanuel Macron I tried other political


But those last years, the Parti Socialiste was


lost and the main subject on which it was not


very clear was about the


After political upheavals in America and the UK, how is


France's presidential race taking shape?


Francois Fillon, the centre-right favourite, is fighting


off allegations that his wife received public money for work she


Far right leader Marine Le Pen also has strong support.


She's promised to pull France out of the you wrote and drastically reduce


immigration. Benoit Hamon, lagging far behind, seems unlikely to pose a


serious threat. But one man who could is Emmanuel Macron. He is


likely to gain the most from the socialist choice of leader. This


primary has eluded both the sitting president and a Prime Minister. The


men with power, it seems, don't always win the party. Just as hard


perhaps for the party to win power. Lucy Williamson, BBC News, Paris.


The case of a father who refused to pay a fine


for taking his daughter on holiday during term time heads


Jon Platt won an initial legal victory last year -


on the grounds that she attended school regularly.


A BBC investigation has found that dozens of councils in England have


changed their policies on fining parents, as a result


Our Education Editor, Branwen Jeffreys has the story.


For some angry parents, Jon Platt is a bit of a hero.


Dozens get in touch with him every day about term time holiday fines.


You take a child on a five-day holiday and you live


in somewhere like Suffolk, Lancashire, Norfolk or Swindon,


they are going to send you a truancy penalty notice and then you have got


At home on the Isle of Wight, John told me he has no regrets.


After taking his daughter on holiday, she had 90% attendance.


The legal row is about what going to school regularly means.


If you look up the dictionary definition of regularly,


because that's what this is all about, what it means


to attend school regularly, the dictionary says,


What about teachers and head teachers who are having to teach


children to get them through their exams?


And who say with ten time holidays every single week there might be a


And sometimes kids off school due to term-time holidays.


The issue is blown out of all proportion.


Because for every child that misses a day due to a term time holiday,


there are 12 days mist due to illness.


The cost of holidays, home or abroad,


So what's happended since last year's case?


108 councils in England out of 152 responded to our questions


35 have changed their policy since the judgment.


28 have dropped cases against parents.


22 have noticed parents taking more term-time holidays.


Councils from the Isle of Wight to the north of England


One dad's battle here on the Isle of Wight has implications


It's drawn a line in the sand, with, on the one hand,


the government insisting that every day missed matters.


And on the other, parents furious about the cost


Ministers say exam results shape children's futures and missing even


We look at our students, and any student who has


attendance below 95%, we can track the fact


that their progress isn't as good as it should be.


The Supreme Court will reach a decision within months.


With all the sport- here's Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes


We're starting with the incredible achievement of Roger Federer.


Already the men's Grand Slam record holder, the 35 year old has


now won 18 major titles after beating his old


rival Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final today.


Katherine Downes has the story of the thrilling


Of all his titles and trophies, this, surely,


Roger Federer had been out of tennis for six months,


but he battled his way to the final of the Australian Open once again,


and once again the man at the other side of the net was Rafael Nadal.


An old rivalry reignited, and Federer rolled back the years,


Nadal himself was an unlikely finalist, also on the comeback


With sweat and grit, Nadal was level, the second set secured.


For a while it looked like he'd given all he had, while Federer


had rediscovered his signature wizardry.


But just when you think Rafael Nadal is beaten,


Nadal's sheer determination dragged him and his old


An early break for Rafa, but Roger fought back


with two of his own, and in the end, just the finest


of margins confirmed what he'd thought was impossible.


I would have been happy to lose too, to be honest.


There's no draws, but if there was going to be one,


I would have been very happy to accept a draw tonight and share


Two unlikely finalists, two legends of the sport.


Now one familiar champion, and a trophy he thought


It's been another fascinating day in the 4th round of the FA Cup.


Match of the Day follows the news, so if you want to wait


There are now two non-league teams into the last 16


for the first time in more than 90 years, after Sutton beat former FA


The National League side won by a goal to nil.


Leeds are currently 4th in the Championship.


And there were further upsets today, as two of the three


Hull were thrashed at Fulham and Watford lost


Manchester United were comfortable home winners against Wigan.


Celtic have broken their own long-held Scottish


record for consecutive unbeaten domestic games.


Their 4-0 win over Hearts today means they've now


gone 27 league and cup matches without defeat.


The previous record was set by Celtic's famous


England's cricketers just missed-out on sealing a significant Twenty20


series win over India, beaten by five runs in Nagpur.


In a thrilling final over, man of the match Jasprit Boomra


bowled brilliantly to deny England the chance to overhaul


The series is now level at 1-1 and will be decided in the final


Carl Frampton says he wants a third fight with Leo Santa Cruz


after the Mexican inflicted his first


Frampton lost his WBA World Featherweight title on points


in Las Vegas and has already demanded another rematch - this


And Scotland's Paul Foster has won his 5th World Indoor Bowls title.


A first look at tomorrow's papers coming up on