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The Government warns Oxfam

it could lose funding,

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over it's handling of a scandal

involving aid workers

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and prostitutes.

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The International Development

Secretary says the charity lied

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to her, about the full details

of what went on in Haiti,

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seven years ago.

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If the moral leadership at the top

of the organisation isn't

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there than we cannot have

you as a partner.

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A Russian airliner has

crashed near Moscow,

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killing all 71 people on board.

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In Myanmar Boris Johnson sees

for himself the villages burned

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down, forcing Rohingya Moslems

to flee to Bangladesh.

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And, Scotland overcome

France at Murrayfield,

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to revive their Six Nations

campaign.

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Good Evening.

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The government has warned it

will cut funding to Oxfam,

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if it cannot adequately explain it's

handling of reports of sexual

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misconduct, by aid workers in Haiti.

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The International Development

Secretary, Penny Mordant,

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says the charity had failed

in its moral leadership,

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and lied to her department.

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She'll meet Oxfam

representatives tomorrow.

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In response, they've

announced new measures,

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for the prevention and handling

of sexual abuse cases.

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Angus Crawford reports.

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First Haiti, now Chad, one

of the poorest countries on earth.

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New allegations that Oxfam workers

paid local women for sex.

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The charity says it is shocked

and dismayed but can't

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confirm the reports.

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The head of the mission at the time,

Roland van Hauwermeiren,

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was the same man who five years

later in Haiti resigned

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after admitting using prostitutes.

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Four others were sacked.

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As the scandal grows,

the International Development

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Secretary, Penny Mordaunt,

has sent a strong warning

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to all British charities

receiving public money -

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they will lose the cash

if they can't show a robust

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approach to safeguarding.

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I am very clear, it does not matter

whether you have a whistle-blowing

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hotline, it does not matter

if you have got good

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safeguarding practices in place,

if the moral leadership at the top

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of the organisation is not there,

we cannot have you as a partner.

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She said Oxfam didn't

give her department the full facts

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about what happened in Haiti.

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It's about, was there any harm done?

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Was there any involvement of

the beneficiaries of aid involved?

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Was there any impact on them?

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And they told us categorically no.

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And they also told us...

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That was a lie, wasn't it?

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They also told us...

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That was a lie, wasn't it?

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Well, quite.

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At a meeting tomorrow,

the charity will be given one last

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chance or be stripped

of its taxpayer funding.

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BBC News asked Oxfam

for an interview.

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The request was refused.

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But in a statement, its trustees

announced a series of reforms,

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to strengthen the vetting

and recruitment of staff,

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set up an external whistle-blowing

helpline, and bring in mandatory

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safeguarding training

for new employees.

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There have been more revelations

about other charities, too.

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Reports that Christian Aid,

Save the Children and the British

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Red Cross have all investigated

staff over sexual

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misconduct allegations.

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Some who know the sector

well are not surprised.

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People need to realise that the vast

majority of aid work in crisis

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situations is extraordinary,

it saves lives, it helps people

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who are very vulnerable,

but aid agencies need to do more

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so that the best people

are going into these areas,

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they are monitored, and these people

who are very vulnerable, they have

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a voice in how this unfolds.

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The Government is now demanding

every charity receiving taxpayers'

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money disclose all past and current

cases of sexual misconduct.

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A scandal affecting one

charity is now threatening

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to engulf the entire sector.

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Angus Crawford, BBC News.

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A Russian airliner has

crashed near Moscow,

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killing all 71 people on board.

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The plane operated

by Saratov Airlines,

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was en route to the city of Orsk

in the Ural mountains, when it came

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down near the village of Argunovo,

minutes after take off.

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Sarah Rainsford has the details.

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The remains of the flight are

scattered in the snow in fields just

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outside Moscow. The fragments of a

plane that plunged to the ground

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minutes after take-off. Everyone on

board has been killed. The aircraft

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was An-148 operated by Saratov

Airlines. It says the plane itself

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shown here was just eight years old

and the pilot was experienced. The

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flight took off from Moscow heading

for Orsk in Southern Russia and it

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disappeared from radar is moments

later. There was no emergency call

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from the crew. In Orsk tonight there

is despair. Relatives of the 71

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passengers and crew have been

gathering but they have been told

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there is no hope of any survivors.

Medics have been sent to help calm

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and comfort them. At the crash site

outside Moscow, the day breed is

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spread over a wide area. It was

mid-afternoon and people in nearby

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villagers say they saw the plane

full from the sky. This man says it

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came down in pieces. Others have

described seeing the flash of an

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explosion first. Police have now

cordoned off the area as teams are

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sent in to search for bodies. One

flight recorder has been found but

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there are no clues yet as to what

caused this disaster. The freezing

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conditions are just one of many

factors that investigators are

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looking at as they continue their

work here through the night. Sarah

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Raynsford, BBC News, in central

Russia.

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The uncle of an 11 year old girl,

who was stabbed to death

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in Wolverhampton, has been charged

with murder.

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Jasmine Forrester was found

seriously injured in a house,

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in the early hours of Friday

morning, and died later in hospital.

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Delroy Forrester, is due

to appear in court tomorrow.

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A five-year-old boy who died

after falling into a fast-flowing

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river in County Antrim,

has been named as Kayden Fleck.

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It happened yesterday

on the Braid River at Ballymena.

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His body was recovered

an hour and a half later,

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four miles downstream.

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Theresa May and some

of her senior ministers,

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are expected to give a series

of speeches in the coming weeks,

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giving more details

of the Government's Brexit plans.

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It follows criticism that not enough

is known about what the future

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relationship might be,

once the UK leaves

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the European Union.

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Our Political Correspondent Iain

Watson is here with me ....

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Will the Prime Minister be able

to silence her critics?

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Is this likely to work? They are

hoping that is the case. The

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government has been accused of

kicking the can down the road on the

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negotiations but within three weeks,

that will stop. The tin opener will

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come out and we will see the

contents, the Prime Minister will be

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setting out her future vision and

some of her ministers will be

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filling in details. It is a rather

tricky task before we get there, to

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negotiate a transition period for

the couple of years after Brexit and

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a spanner

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a spanner was put into the works

last week when the commission

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suggested that Britain could face

sanctions if it did not apply EU

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rules during that time. David Davis

accused them of acting in bad faith.

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Tonight there is growing confidence

that the commission will rethink its

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approach and David Davis has been

revisiting European capitals to

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persuade them to persuade the

commission to reach a reasonable

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deal. The commission is sticking to

its line, they are saying that a

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transition period is still not a

given and that phrase will send a

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shiver up the spine of British

businesses.

Thank you.

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The leader of South Africa's ruling

ANC party Cyril Ramaphosa,

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says the future of the country's

President Jacob Zuma,

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will be finalised tomorrow.

Speaking in Cape Town at an event

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marking the centenary

of the birth of Nelson Mandela,

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Mr Ramaphosa made it clear that

if the President didn't resign,

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he'd be asked to step

down on Monday.

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Mr Zuma's eight years in office have

been marred by numerous

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corruption allegations.

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We are currently engaged, comrades,

in discussions around the transition

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to a new administration

and specifically to resolve

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the issues and the position

of the President of the Republic

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of South Africa.

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The Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson,

has held talks with Myanmar's

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leader Aung San Suu Kyi,

over the Rohingya refugee crisis.

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Hundreds of thousands of people have

been forced to leave Myanmar,

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seeking shelter in neighbouring

Bangladesh, following a military

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crackdown, and violence from pro

Government militias.

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Mr Johnson has called for the safe

return of all refugees

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to their homes, and a full

investigation into the violence

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in Rakhine State.

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Reeta Chakrabarti is travelling

with the Foreign Secretary.

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Her report does contain

some flash photography.

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Among the burnt out remains

at a Rohingya home,

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Boris Johnson took in a chilling

sight, the charred

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remains of a former life.

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He found the site himself

although his visit to this region

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was heavily controlled

by the Myanmar authorities.

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Can you work out where the house

was?

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He travels from village

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to village by helicopter,

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from the air you could see whole

areas raised to the ground.

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It is where the Myanmar military

and Buddhist mobs are accused

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of pogroms against the Rohingya.

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These pictures of burning villages

in the area were filmed

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by the BBC last year.

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You genuinely have no idea who did

it?

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Some Rohingya are still here

and were brought out by the Myanmar

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authorities to speak to Boris

Johnson.

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All denied any knowledge of who had

destroyed their village.

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This habitation has clearly been

burnt out and deserted.

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One of the Rohingya villagers that

I spoke to a little earlier,

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told me in English, I hope

you understand, we are in a very bad

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situation and unhappy.

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He didn't dare tell me

who had burnt this village.

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One government minister accompanying

us told me it was what he called

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Rohingya terrorists who turned

on their own people and set

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fire to their homes.

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What do you think happened here?

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A terrorist attack against them.

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Definitely that.

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Earlier in the capital,

a meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi,

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who has attracted international

condemnation for not speaking

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up for the Rohingya.

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What came of their talks?

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I don't think it has come

through to her, the whole extent,

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the horror of what has happened.

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It is absolutely devastating

and I think what is needed

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now is some leadership.

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Some calm, but some leadership,

working with the UN agencies to get

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these people back home.

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But this is what awaits any

Rohingya who do come back.

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A settlement with high

fences and barbed wire.

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The Myanmar government calls

this a reception centre.

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To date, no one has

returned to live here.

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Reeta Chakrabarti,

BBC News, Myanmar.

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Now, with all the sport,

here's 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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Scotland fought back to beat France

for their first win in this year's

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Rugby Union 6 Nations Championship.

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They won 32 points to 26

in a tight game at Murrayfield

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as John Watson reports.

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Murrayfield roused for the first

time in this year's 6 Nations.

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France was the first to find their

flow. Thommo questioning the

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Scottish faithful. This much was

expected before defeat to Wales,

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much was demanded. Shauna Maitland

answering the call. Having found his

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stride, Thommo collected his kick,

Laidlaw did not. A response again

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was needed, Huw Jones bandit and a

hole in the French defence. Tries

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the tale of the first half, pal --

points from penalties in the second.

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Greg Laidlaw nervous edging Scotland

in front. If errors cost them in

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Cardiff, Laidlaw punished French

mistakes at Murrayfield to revive

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their campaign. Scotland proving

they are happiest at home. John

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Watson, BBC News.

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Ireland beat Italy in

the women's 6 Nations...

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Megan Williams scored their first

try and first points

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of the tournament in the 21-8 win

in Dublin.

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Newcastle stunned second-placed

Manchester United in

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the Premier League for...

Their first home win

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in the league since October...

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Matt Ritchie scored the only goal

of the game in the second half.

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The result means United

are still 16 points behind

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leaders Manchester City.

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Elsewhere Huddesfield beat

Bournemouth 4-1 and Liverpool are 2

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- 0 against Southampton.

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Rangers recovered from a poor

start in the Scottish Cup

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to thrash Ayr United 6-1

and reach the quarter-finals.

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Josh Windass scoring twice

in the snow at Somerset Park.

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Aberdeen are also through .

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Now on a freezing-cold day 2

of the Winter Oympics

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in South Korea, cross country skier

Andrew Musgrave very nearly

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gave Team GB its first

medal of the games...

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The Scotsman, who learnt his sport

on roller-skis, finished 7th

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in the ski-athlon after helping set

the pace until the final lap

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of the 30 kilometre course.

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Our Correspondent Andy Swiss

was watching in Pyeongchang.

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The winter Olympics at their most

wintry, -16 and bone chilling winds

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but Andrew Musgrave was about to

warm the spirits. And they are

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underway. Cross-country skiing is

not a traditional Olympic strength

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for Britain, their previous best,

the 20 Ninth Place in Sochi for

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Andrew Musgrave. With barely a lap

to go, there he was remarkably in

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silver medal position. Could he hang

on? Not quite as the Norwegian raced

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to the old, Musgrave faded to seven

but with his best events still to

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come, that is some feat. What a

result for Andrew Musgrave, he could

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not quite get that first medal for

Britain but even so, the performance

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of his life.

With a lap and a half

to go, I was pretty confident and I

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thought I would be able to get a

medal. I just could not quite keep

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up that pace.

It was pretty tough.

On a day when some events were

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postponed due to high winds, one man

sword. At the age of just 17, the

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American spinning to snowboarding

gold, a teenage triumph to light up

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these games. Andy Swiss, BBC News.

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There's much more on the Winter

Olympics on the BBC Sport website

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where you can also watch

all the action and highlights...

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But from me for now - back to you.

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That's it.

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I'll be back with the late news

at Ten, but now on BBC1,

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it's time for the news

where you are.

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