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Donald Trump considers a new executive order


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


security after the courts there blocked his original travel ban.


Could Britain's Brexit strategy divide the European Union?


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


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


after the country's biggest beaching in a century.


And England break Welsh hearts with a last-gasp


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


He is considering signing a new executive order on immigration,


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


Our Washington Correspondent, David Willis, sent this report.


Stepping into the warmth of a Florida winter.


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


respite from the chilly climate in his Presidency.


Efforts to make good on a key campaign promise,


having been stymied by the courts, Mr Trump is characteristically


My administration is committed to your security.


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


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


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


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


Our legal system is broken, he wrote.


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


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


Donald Trump's executive order suspended America's refugee


programme and banned travellers from seven Muslim majority nations


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


his own officials flat-footed, and sparked protests


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


that immigration officials rounded up hundreds of people in raids over


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


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


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


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


reporters on his way to Florida that he is


considering circumventing the


system by signing a new executive order.


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


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


but with challenges pending in other courts,


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


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


David is in Washington for us tonight.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


executive order, bringing in and addressing some of the complaints


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


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


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


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


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


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


could struggle to maintain a united front during Brexit negotiations,


according to the President Jean Claude Juncker has told


a German radio station that the challenge of Britain


dealing with each country individually will put


pressure on the bloc. Our political correspondent, Chris


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


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


often we focus on the conversation here in Britain about the


forthcoming Brexit negotiations and the excitement of sun and the fear


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


the other side of the channel and Jean Claude Juncker acknowledging


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


thank you. 50,000 people have signed a petition


urging the Government not to scrap a scheme which allows unaccompanied


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


announced the programme, which has so far brought in 200


vulnerable children, would end in March because it


encouraged people trafficking. But religious leaders have warned


more children would die The Labour peer Lord Dubs,


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


is that there are thousands of unaccompanied child refugees in


Europe who are suffering terribly. We should at least


take some of them. The government should not


close their doors in the arbitrary Proposals for new official secrets


legislation could see journalists and whistleblowers jailed


for publishing leaked material, Under the plans, which were


drafted for the Government by the Law Commission,


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


economy would face prosecution. Campaigners have raised concerns


about the impact on free The Cabinet Office says it


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


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


the capital of Afghanistan's A car loaded with explosives


was driven into a group They had been queuing


to collect their salaries. The Taliban have taken


responsibility for the attack having Conservationists in New Zealand say


more than 200 pilot whales who became stranded near a remote


beach in New Zealand have been helped by the high tide


to swim back out to sea. Hundreds of animals died


the previous day when they became stuck in the waters


near Farewell Spit in the South Island,


as Fiona Lamdin reports. Doing whatever they can to help


before it's too late. These volunteers have been


working for many hours, trying to keep the whales cool


as they lie stranded. Some say singing also


helps to keep them calm, but what they really need


is high tide. Very quickly, this tide has come


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


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


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


the whales with their breathing until the water gets deep enough


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


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


Farewell Spit on Thursday. And then, another 240


arrived a day later. Conservationists aren't sure


why beaching happens. One theory is the


shallow water affects The eco-location is designed


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


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


shallow, sandy beach. And if one does get


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


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


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


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


sailors after their racing yacht The Clyde Challenger yacht


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


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


from a routine deployment to assist. All crew have been


carried to safety. England have extended their winning


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


Six Nations match in Cardiff. Earlier, Ireland recorded


their biggest ever victory in the competition as they thrashed


Italy 63-10 in Rome. Our sports correspondent


Joe Wilson reports. A brave daffodil shows


its face in February. The coach had bantered


about Welsh shenanigans. Inside the stadium,


roof open, heat on. Nothing contrived in the eyes


of the Welsh captain. With all the modern


scientific preparation, rugby still comes down,


often, to brute strength Ben Youngs with the first


try of the game. But with half-time


approaching, perfect timing. Second half, England


waiting to pounce. Dan Biggar, bruised ribs


and all, broke for Wales Breathless, Daly,


the defender, won here. Four minutes to play


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Ireland dared not lose again. And Rome was the perfect


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


against Italy. Including Ireland's fourth


try before half-time. Craig Gilroy scored three


tries in 11 minutes. Never mind consecutive victories,


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


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


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


the moment.