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The Government warns Oxfam
it could lose funding,
over it's handling of a scandal
involving aid workers
The International Development
Secretary says the charity lied
to her, about the full details
of what went on in Haiti,
seven years ago.
If the moral leadership at the top
of the organisation isn't
there than we cannot have
you as a partner.
A Russian airliner has
crashed near Moscow,
killing all 71 people on board.
In Myanmar Boris Johnson sees
for himself the villages burned
down, forcing Rohingya Moslems
to flee to Bangladesh.
And, Scotland overcome
France at Murrayfield,
to revive their Six Nations
The government has warned it
will cut funding to Oxfam,
if it cannot adequately explain it's
handling of reports of sexual
misconduct, by aid workers in Haiti.
The International Development
Secretary, Penny Mordant,
says the charity had failed
in its moral leadership,
and lied to her department.
She'll meet Oxfam
In response, they've
announced new measures,
for the prevention and handling
of sexual abuse cases.
Angus Crawford reports.
First Haiti, now Chad, one
of the poorest countries on earth.
New allegations that Oxfam workers
paid local women for sex.
The charity says it is shocked
and dismayed but can't
confirm the reports.
The head of the mission at the time,
Roland van Hauwermeiren,
was the same man who five years
later in Haiti resigned
after admitting using prostitutes.
Four others were sacked.
As the scandal grows,
the International Development
Secretary, Penny Mordaunt,
has sent a strong warning
to all British charities
receiving public money -
they will lose the cash
if they can't show a robust
approach to safeguarding.
I am very clear, it does not matter
whether you have a whistle-blowing
hotline, it does not matter
if you have got good
safeguarding practices in place,
if the moral leadership at the top
of the organisation is not there,
we cannot have you as a partner.
She said Oxfam didn't
give her department the full facts
about what happened in Haiti.
It's about, was there any harm done?
Was there any involvement of
the beneficiaries of aid involved?
Was there any impact on them?
And they told us categorically no.
And they also told us...
That was a lie, wasn't it?
They also told us...
That was a lie, wasn't it?
At a meeting tomorrow,
the charity will be given one last
chance or be stripped
of its taxpayer funding.
BBC News asked Oxfam
for an interview.
The request was refused.
But in a statement, its trustees
announced a series of reforms,
to strengthen the vetting
and recruitment of staff,
set up an external whistle-blowing
helpline, and bring in mandatory
for new employees.
There have been more revelations
about other charities, too.
Reports that Christian Aid,
Save the Children and the British
Red Cross have all investigated
staff over sexual
Some who know the sector
well are not surprised.
People need to realise that the vast
majority of aid work in crisis
situations is extraordinary,
it saves lives, it helps people
who are very vulnerable,
but aid agencies need to do more
so that the best people
are going into these areas,
they are monitored, and these people
who are very vulnerable, they have
a voice in how this unfolds.
The Government is now demanding
every charity receiving taxpayers'
money disclose all past and current
cases of sexual misconduct.
A scandal affecting one
charity is now threatening
to engulf the entire sector.
Angus Crawford, BBC News.
A Russian airliner has
crashed near Moscow,
killing all 71 people on board.
The plane operated
by Saratov Airlines,
was en route to the city of Orsk
in the Ural mountains, when it came
down near the village of Argunovo,
minutes after take off.
Sarah Rainsford has the details.
The remains of the flight are
scattered in the snow in fields just
outside Moscow. The fragments of a
plane that plunged to the ground
minutes after take-off. Everyone on
board has been killed. The aircraft
was An-148 operated by Saratov
Airlines. It says the plane itself
shown here was just eight years old
and the pilot was experienced. The
flight took off from Moscow heading
for Orsk in Southern Russia and it
disappeared from radar is moments
later. There was no emergency call
from the crew. In Orsk tonight there
is despair. Relatives of the 71
passengers and crew have been
gathering but they have been told
there is no hope of any survivors.
Medics have been sent to help calm
and comfort them. At the crash site
outside Moscow, the day breed is
spread over a wide area. It was
mid-afternoon and people in nearby
villagers say they saw the plane
full from the sky. This man says it
came down in pieces. Others have
described seeing the flash of an
explosion first. Police have now
cordoned off the area as teams are
sent in to search for bodies. One
flight recorder has been found but
there are no clues yet as to what
caused this disaster. The freezing
conditions are just one of many
factors that investigators are
looking at as they continue their
work here through the night. Sarah
Raynsford, BBC News, in central
The uncle of an 11 year old girl,
who was stabbed to death
in Wolverhampton, has been charged
Jasmine Forrester was found
seriously injured in a house,
in the early hours of Friday
morning, and died later in hospital.
Delroy Forrester, is due
to appear in court tomorrow.
A five-year-old boy who died
after falling into a fast-flowing
river in County Antrim,
has been named as Kayden Fleck.
It happened yesterday
on the Braid River at Ballymena.
His body was recovered
an hour and a half later,
four miles downstream.
Theresa May and some
of her senior ministers,
are expected to give a series
of speeches in the coming weeks,
giving more details
of the Government's Brexit plans.
It follows criticism that not enough
is known about what the future
relationship might be,
once the UK leaves
the European Union.
Our Political Correspondent Iain
Watson is here with me ....
Will the Prime Minister be able
to silence her critics?
Is this likely to work? They are
hoping that is the case. The
government has been accused of
kicking the can down the road on the
negotiations but within three weeks,
that will stop. The tin opener will
come out and we will see the
contents, the Prime Minister will be
setting out her future vision and
some of her ministers will be
filling in details. It is a rather
tricky task before we get there, to
negotiate a transition period for
the couple of years after Brexit and
a spanner was put into the works
last week when the commission
suggested that Britain could face
sanctions if it did not apply EU
rules during that time. David Davis
accused them of acting in bad faith.
Tonight there is growing confidence
that the commission will rethink its
approach and David Davis has been
revisiting European capitals to
persuade them to persuade the
commission to reach a reasonable
deal. The commission is sticking to
its line, they are saying that a
transition period is still not a
given and that phrase will send a
shiver up the spine of British
The leader of South Africa's ruling
ANC party Cyril Ramaphosa,
says the future of the country's
President Jacob Zuma,
will be finalised tomorrow.
Speaking in Cape Town at an event
marking the centenary
of the birth of Nelson Mandela,
Mr Ramaphosa made it clear that
if the President didn't resign,
he'd be asked to step
down on Monday.
Mr Zuma's eight years in office have
been marred by numerous
We are currently engaged, comrades,
in discussions around the transition
to a new administration
and specifically to resolve
the issues and the position
of the President of the Republic
of South Africa.
The Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson,
has held talks with Myanmar's
leader Aung San Suu Kyi,
over the Rohingya refugee crisis.
Hundreds of thousands of people have
been forced to leave Myanmar,
seeking shelter in neighbouring
Bangladesh, following a military
crackdown, and violence from pro
Mr Johnson has called for the safe
return of all refugees
to their homes, and a full
investigation into the violence
in Rakhine State.
Reeta Chakrabarti is travelling
with the Foreign Secretary.
Her report does contain
some flash photography.
Among the burnt out remains
at a Rohingya home,
Boris Johnson took in a chilling
sight, the charred
remains of a former life.
He found the site himself
although his visit to this region
was heavily controlled
by the Myanmar authorities.
Can you work out where the house
He travels from village
to village by helicopter,
from the air you could see whole
areas raised to the ground.
It is where the Myanmar military
and Buddhist mobs are accused
of pogroms against the Rohingya.
These pictures of burning villages
in the area were filmed
by the BBC last year.
You genuinely have no idea who did
Some Rohingya are still here
and were brought out by the Myanmar
authorities to speak to Boris
All denied any knowledge of who had
destroyed their village.
This habitation has clearly been
burnt out and deserted.
One of the Rohingya villagers that
I spoke to a little earlier,
told me in English, I hope
you understand, we are in a very bad
situation and unhappy.
He didn't dare tell me
who had burnt this village.
One government minister accompanying
us told me it was what he called
Rohingya terrorists who turned
on their own people and set
fire to their homes.
What do you think happened here?
A terrorist attack against them.
Earlier in the capital,
a meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi,
who has attracted international
condemnation for not speaking
up for the Rohingya.
What came of their talks?
I don't think it has come
through to her, the whole extent,
the horror of what has happened.
It is absolutely devastating
and I think what is needed
now is some leadership.
Some calm, but some leadership,
working with the UN agencies to get
these people back home.
But this is what awaits any
Rohingya who do come back.
A settlement with high
fences and barbed wire.
The Myanmar government calls
this a reception centre.
To date, no one has
returned to live here.
BBC News, Myanmar.
Now, with all the sport,
here's Lizzie Greenwood Hughes,
at the BBC Sport Centre.
Thanks very much.
Scotland fought back to beat France
for their first win in this year's
Rugby Union 6 Nations Championship.
They won 32 points to 26
in a tight game at Murrayfield
as John Watson reports.
Murrayfield roused for the first
time in this year's 6 Nations.
France was the first to find their
flow. Thommo questioning the
Scottish faithful. This much was
expected before defeat to Wales,
much was demanded. Shauna Maitland
answering the call. Having found his
stride, Thommo collected his kick,
Laidlaw did not. A response again
was needed, Huw Jones bandit and a
hole in the French defence. Tries
the tale of the first half, pal --
points from penalties in the second.
Greg Laidlaw nervous edging Scotland
in front. If errors cost them in
Cardiff, Laidlaw punished French
mistakes at Murrayfield to revive
their campaign. Scotland proving
they are happiest at home. John
Watson, BBC News.
Ireland beat Italy in
the women's 6 Nations...
Megan Williams scored their first
try and first points
of the tournament in the 21-8 win
Newcastle stunned second-placed
Manchester United in
the Premier League for...
Their first home win
in the league since October...
Matt Ritchie scored the only goal
of the game in the second half.
The result means United
are still 16 points behind
leaders Manchester City.
Elsewhere Huddesfield beat
Bournemouth 4-1 and Liverpool are 2
- 0 against Southampton.
Rangers recovered from a poor
start in the Scottish Cup
to thrash Ayr United 6-1
and reach the quarter-finals.
Josh Windass scoring twice
in the snow at Somerset Park.
Aberdeen are also through .
Now on a freezing-cold day 2
of the Winter Oympics
in South Korea, cross country skier
Andrew Musgrave very nearly
gave Team GB its first
medal of the games...
The Scotsman, who learnt his sport
on roller-skis, finished 7th
in the ski-athlon after helping set
the pace until the final lap
of the 30 kilometre course.
Our Correspondent Andy Swiss
was watching in Pyeongchang.
The winter Olympics at their most
wintry, -16 and bone chilling winds
but Andrew Musgrave was about to
warm the spirits. And they are
underway. Cross-country skiing is
not a traditional Olympic strength
for Britain, their previous best,
the 20 Ninth Place in Sochi for
Andrew Musgrave. With barely a lap
to go, there he was remarkably in
silver medal position. Could he hang
on? Not quite as the Norwegian raced
to the old, Musgrave faded to seven
but with his best events still to
come, that is some feat. What a
result for Andrew Musgrave, he could
not quite get that first medal for
Britain but even so, the performance
of his life.
With a lap and a half
to go, I was pretty confident and I
thought I would be able to get a
medal. I just could not quite keep
up that pace.
It was pretty tough.
On a day when some events were
postponed due to high winds, one man
sword. At the age of just 17, the
American spinning to snowboarding
gold, a teenage triumph to light up
these games. Andy Swiss, BBC News.
There's much more on the Winter
Olympics on the BBC Sport website
where you can also watch
all the action and highlights...
But from me for now - back to you.
I'll be back with the late news
at Ten, but now on BBC1,
it's time for the news
where you are.