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Haiti's ambassador tells the BBC

he believes Oxfam did cover up

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a scandal involving aid

workers and prostitutes.

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The charity alerted UK

authorities to what happened

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after the earthquake in 2010,

but the Haitians claim

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they were never informed.

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The fact that those folks

were allowed to leave the country

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without any punishment,

without even informing the Haitian

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authorities about that,

it was a cover-up.

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Boris Johnson tells Rohingya

refugees in Bangladesh

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everything is being done to get

them back home.

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And early tries give

England the edge against

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a battling Welsh side

in the Six Nations at Twickenham.

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Good evening.

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Haiti's ambassador to the UK has

told the BBC he believes Oxfam

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did try to "cover up" details

of the use of prostitutes by some

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of its aid workers in the aftermath

of the earthquake in 2010.

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The charity's chief executive admits

they could have been more open,

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but insisted there was no attempt

to hide the truth.

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Downing Street says the Government

is now reviewing its

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relationship with Oxfam.

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Angus Crawford reports.

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It was an earthquake

that devastated Haiti,

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killing more than 200,000 people

and affecting millions more.

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Aid agencies from around the world

stepped into the chaos.

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Oxfam, with more than 70 years'

experience, had hundreds

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of staff in the field.

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But an investigation

by The Times found that in 2011,

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four staff members were sacked

and three others resigned over

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allegations of misconduct,

including paying local

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women for sex.

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The NGO says it launched

an investigation and kept

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the Charity Commission fully

informed, something

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the commission now disputes.

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Oxfam's leadership denies

there has been a cover-up.

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Oxfam was actually proactive

in going to the British

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public, the Department

for International Development

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and the Charity Commission,

to explain that there had been

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serious misconduct and that

we had taken action.

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More than £30 million of taxpayers'

money is given to Oxfam

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by the Government every year.

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Today Downing Street called

the allegations truly

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shocking and demanded a full

and urgent investigation.

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Today, fresh claims that some

of the disgraced staff got jobs

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at other aid agencies

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because Oxfam failed to warn them

about the misconduct.

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It is clear that it's

a cover-up case.

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The fact that those folks

were allowed to leave the country

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without any punishment,

without informing the authorities

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in Haiti about that,

it was a cover-up.

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And now the fact that they did

such a crime, or there

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was such a cover-up,

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now we are wondering how

many of those cases

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are still happening in Haiti?

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We do not know.

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The authorities in Haiti want Oxfam

to hand over all relevant documents

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so justice can be served there.

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The behaviour of a few has stained

the charity's past reputation,

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and now threatens its work

in the future.

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Angus Crawford, BBC News.

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Tensions between Israel

and Syria have intensified

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after Israeli fighter planes

launched bombing raids

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across the border following

the shooting down of one

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of its fighter planes.

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Israel says it's been

targeting Iranian positions

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on Syrian territory

used to fly drones

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over Israeli airspace.

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Our Middle East Correspondent

Tom Bateman reports.

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What was left on Israeli soil of one

of the country's most

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advanced fighter jets.

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It crashed after its two pilots

ejected, said Israel,

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amid Syrian anti-aircraft fire.

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One pilot was left severely injured.

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Israel said it scrambled the planes

in response to this,

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a drone allegedly sent by Iranian

forces in Syria

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into Israeli airspace.

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It was destroyed.

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Israel then hit the site it said

the drone had come from,

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before further strikes

against what it called

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Iranian targets in Syria.

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I've been warning for some time

about the dangers of Iran's military

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entrenchment in Syria.

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Iran seeks to use Syrian territory

to attack Israel for its professed

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goal of destroying Israel.

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Israel is wary about the threat

across its northern border,

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with the Syrian regime,

backed by Iran and its proxies

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like these Hezbollah fighters,

back in control of much territory.

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Syria's conflict has

drawn in her neighbours.

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There have been dozens

of Israeli air strikes

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in Syria in recent years.

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In December, Israel hit what it

said was a newly built

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Iranian military site.

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As recently as this week,

a suspected chemical weapons

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factory was targeted.

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Iran has accused Israel of lies,

claiming it has only

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military advisers in Syria.

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Israel says it doesn't want

an escalation in Syria.

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But in a highly volatile atmosphere,

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where any of the players

is capable of miscalculation,

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there remains open the distinct

possibility of precisely that.

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Tom Bateman, BBC News, Jerusalem.

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The Foreign Secretary,

Boris Johnson, has been

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in Bangladesh, where he's visited

Rohingya refugees, escaping violence

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in neighbouring Myanmar.

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Nearly 700,000 people have been

forced to leave their homes

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after a military crackdown began

six months ago.

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Reeta Chakrabarti was with

the Foreign Secretary as he visited

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the Balukhali camp.

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Welcome!

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Cries of "welcome" to a guest

from a people who have been

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kicked out of their home.

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We're going to try and get

you back home, guys.

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Boris Johnson came to see and hear

for himself from the victims of this

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huge man-made disaster.

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He heard story after story

of arson, rape and murder.

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committed, say the Rohingya

victims, by the military

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and Buddhist mobs in Myanmar.

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I'm very sorry.

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What do you think of

what you've heard so far?

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Well, it's overwhelming and

obviously, these people have seen

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some pretty horrifying things

and you're very conscious

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when talking to them,

the young people, you don't

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want to trigger terrible

memories for them.

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It was very clear with the case

of the guy who'd only narrowly

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escaped and who'd almost

lost his daughter,

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who'd been beaten, and had

to ransom his daughter back.

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He kept breaking down in tears.

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The people that Boris Johnson

is meeting here are all in limbo.

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Bangladesh doesn't want

them here permanently,

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but they can't go back to Myanmar

without guarantees of safety.

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So what can Britain do to help?

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It's about finding a political

solution, finding an answer

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in Myanmar, from Burma,

creating the conditions for a safe,

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dignified return for these people.

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That's what they want.

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They do want to go back

but they don't feel safe.

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That's the message the Foreign

Secretary is taking to Myanmar,

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where he landed tonight.

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He admits a safe return

for the Rohingya presently

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looks unrealistic.

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Reeta Chakrabarti, BBC News,

on the Myanmar/Bangladesh border.

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Jeremy Corbyn has set out plans

to transfer utilities

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like water and energy

and the postal service

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back into public ownership.

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The Labour leader said the UK should

be following "a global tide"

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of nationalisation.

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We need to put Britain

at the forefront of the wave

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of international change,

in favour of public,

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democratic ownership and control

of our services and utilities.

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From India to Canada,

across the world, people are waking

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up to the fact that privatisation

has failed and taking back control

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of their public services.

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Our political correspondent

Iain Watson is here.

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Iain, Labour say their plans

won't cost the taxpayer anything -

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have they done the sums?

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Well, Labour are saying that plans

to take the water industry for

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example back into public ownership

would be cost free, because they

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would be treading existing shares

for government bonds, and any future

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borrowing would be more than met

future profits. That said, there was

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a report, partly commissioned by

some of the water companies, which

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suggested that costs could be as

high as £90 billion. So there is

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clear blue water there, if you like.

Talking of which, the Conservatives

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are not so much attacking this on

ideological grounds. They are

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keeping their focus also on the

potential price Labour would have to

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play. It's no secret that Jeremy

Corbyn, all his political life, has

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believed that the utility companies

should be in public ownership. But

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he do now believes this is an idea

whose time has come. He believes the

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collapse of Carillion, the private

company that was providing so many

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public services, was a watershed

moment. In his speech, he suggested

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that more than 800 privatisations

have been reversed elsewhere. We

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heard that phrase, it's time to take

back control. I'm not sure where he

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borrowed that from, but I do seem to

remember it was effective at the

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time.

Ian Watson, many thanks.

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Gerry Adams' 34-year leadership

of Sinn Fein came to an end today,

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as Mary Lou McDonald formally took

over as party president.

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In her first speech as leader,

she told delegates in Dublin

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it was time for the party to embrace

fresh thinking and bold ideas.

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She also said she wants

to secure and win

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a referendum on Irish unity.

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A five-year-old boy has died

after being swept more than four

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into a river in Northern Ireland.

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A major search was launched

after the child fell

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into the Braid River near Skye Park

in Ballymena this afternoon.

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The boy, who hasn't been named,

was dragged out more

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than 45 minutes later.

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Police say he died in hospital.

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The father of an 11-year-old

schoolgirl who was stabbed

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in Wolverhampton yesterday

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says he is "utterly

devastated" by her death.

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Jasmine Forrester's father Simeon

said she

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"was a shining star

and a huge part of us".

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Detectives are questioning

a 51-year-old relative

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on suspicion of murder.

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The North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

has invited the South Korean

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president to visit him

at the earliest date possible.

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The invitation was given

by Kim Jong-un's sister,

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who's visiting the south

for the Winter OIympics.

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As he left the games,

the US vice president Mike Pence

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insisted Washington and Seoul

were united in their desire

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to isolate the North

until Kim Jong-un abandons his

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nuclear and ballistic

missile programme.

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Laura Bicker's report contains

some flash photography.

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This is no ordinary messenger.

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Kim Yo-jong, the sister

of the North Korean leader,

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is the first of her family to set

foot on South Korean soil.

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As the two sides take their seats,

the cameras spot a blue folder.

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Within it, a handwritten

invitation to travel north

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and for the two leaders to meet.

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Kim Jong-Un's younger sister's not

used to this spotlight.

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She's usually behind the scenes

as Pyongyang's PR queen.

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On this occasion, she is the perfect

charmer for this charm offensive.

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It's typical of North Korea

to do this sort of thing.

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They're stealing a bit

of the limelight away

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from South Korea as the whole

world's press descends on it,

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and they're also trying to control

the message between the two.

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It's very hard for South Korea,

even though they've been talking

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about pressure and sanctions,

to basically refuse these kinds

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of advances from North Korea.

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The US vice president has looked

increasingly isolated on this visit,

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refusing to even greet

the North Koreans while pushing

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for tougher sanctions on the regime.

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These Winter Games have

provided South Korea

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with a diplomatic breakthrough

they never thought possible.

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But it also presents

serious challenges.

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Does President Moon accept this

invitation and if so,

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under what kind of preconditions?

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And he's also discovering that

in defending his neighbour

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to the north, he risks alienating

a key US ally.

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Laura Bicker, BBC News, Pyeongchang.

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And with all the action

from the Winter Olympics

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and the rest of a busy day of sport,

let's join Lizzie Greenwood Hughes

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at the BBC Sport Centre.

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Thanks very much.

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Good evening.

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Ireland are top of Rugby Union's 6

Nations table after a big win over

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Italy.

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But England's hopes

of the Grand Slam are still alive -

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they won a tense and gritty match

against Wales 12-6 at Twickenham.

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Our correspondent

Joe Wilson reports.

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If you come to Twickenham,

you want a good view.

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Can you see them?

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Wales arrived wearing

tracksuits and headphones,

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blocking out the background noise.

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Rhys Patchell had his bottle

questioned by England.

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We will get the cameras ready.

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Two minutes played,

high ball, Patchell

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underneath it, didn't make it.

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The loose ball was in the hands

of Eoin Farrell, who knew exactly

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where he was kicking it,

right into the path

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of Johnny May, who did the rest.

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COMMENTATOR: Jonny May is going to

win the race!

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May's second try soon followed,

but watch Joe Launchbury,

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two Welsh players on top of him,

still slipped the ball

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to his team-mate.

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Inside pass, a second try for Jonny

May!

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So how could Wales respond?

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Patchell put through a clever kick

and confusion followed.

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the TV official judging if the Welsh

hand with the bandaged arm touched

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the ball down with control.

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No, he said.

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Welsh penalties kept them close,

they needed a try and this

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is how close they came.

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The line was there and so was

Sam Underhill to grab his man.

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This kind of commitment

wins this kind of match,

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12-6 to England it finished.

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So, after this win at Twickenham,

England are still two

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wins from two games,

perfect record and the same

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applies to Ireland.

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The game in Dublin

was rather different.

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Eight Irish tries and 56

points against Italy.

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If this Six Nations

is to come down to England

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or Ireland, it's on track.

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Joe Wilson, BBC News.

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England's women are also

the defending champions,

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but they demolished Wales

52-0 to top their table,

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teenager Ellie Kildunne scoring two

of their eight tries at the Stoop.

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Scotland lost to France.

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There were six matches

in the Premier League today.

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Match of the Day and Sportscene

are on later, so if you want

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to wait for the results,

You know what to do.

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Sergio Aguero scored four

goals for Manchester City

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as they extended their lead

at the top of the table

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to 16 points, beating

Leicester 5-1 at home today.

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Elsewhere, there were wins

for Everton, Swansea,

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Tottenham and West Ham.

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Celtic held a minute's silence ahead

of their Scottish Cup game

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to remember their former player

Liam Miller, who died

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yesterday aged 36.

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Celtic went on to beat

Partick Thistle 3-2 to reach

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the quarter-finals,

James Forrest scoring a hat-trick.

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They'll be joined by Falkirk,

Motherwell, Hearts,

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Kilmarnock and Morton.

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The Winter Olympics in South Korea

are in full flow, and it's been

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a mixed day for Team GB.

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The men's snowboarders crashed out

in the slopestyle heats, but speed

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skater Elise Christie is safely

through to the quarter-finals

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of the 500m short track.

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Our correspondent Andy Swiss

reports from Pyeongchang.

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She is Britain's biggest medal hope.

And Elise Christie was soon showing

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precisely why. She led her 500

metres heat from start to finish,

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setting a new Olympic record. It was

some statement of intent, and after

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her disqualification of the last

games, what relief.

I was so

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nervous! I was like, maybe I'm not

going to do this, but actually, it

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was fine. I was excited. I am just

glad I got to race in front of

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everyone again.

But British hopes in

the snowboarding came crashing down.

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Jamie Nicholls and then team-mate

Billy Morgan both tumbled out of the

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slopestyle event. The women's

cross-country skiing, meanwhile,

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produced the first gold medallist of

the games. Victory for Sweden's

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Charlotte Connor. It was a first

gold medal for the hosts, though,

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that brought the loudest cheer,

their skater sparking euphoria as

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South Korea celebrated its own

Olympic champion. But the Team GB,

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this was an opening day of decidedly

mixed fortunes. Disappointment on

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the snow, but Elise Christie's hopes

of gold are off to the perfect

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start. Andy Swiss, BBC News,

Pyeongchang.

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That's it from me.

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There's much more on the BBC

Sport website, including

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news of an important win

for Britain's Fed Cup team.

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Back to you.

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You can see more on all of today's

stories on the BBC News Channel.

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That's all from me.

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Good night.

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