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Boris Johnson says Brexit

is an opportunity for Britain -

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and not something to be feared.

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In a major speech before the next

round of negotiations,

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the Foreign Secretary was trying

to reassure those who are

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anxious about Brexit.

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Brexit need not be nationalist

but can be internationalist.

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It's not an economic threat,

but a considerable opportunity.

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Not un-British, but a manifestation

of this country's

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historic national genius.

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We'll have the latest reaction

from Brussels and Westminster.

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Also this lunchtime:

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Minnie Driver quits as a Ambassador

for Oxfam, as the Government says

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all charities must have

proper safeguarding policies.

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Jacob Zuma says that is no reason

for him to resign as President of

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South Africa, despite the ANC saying

he must go.

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There's a pervasive lack of trust

among disabled people

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about how their welfare claims

are assessed - according

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to a parliamentary committee.

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She didn't give me

a physical assessment.

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I was sat down the entire time.

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I was very...

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very cross about that.

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And at the Winter Olympics, Team

GB's curling teams get off to a

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flying start as they launched their

medal campaigns.

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flying start as they launched

their medal campaigns.

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And coming up in the sports on BBC

News: Liverpool are hoping to follow

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the lead of Manchester City

and Spurs in the Champions League

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tonight, when they play

Porto in the last 16.

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Good afternoon and welcome

to the BBC News at One.

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The Foreign Secretary has

said Britain's departure

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from the EU is an opportunity,

not something to be feared,

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and that the decision

to leave cannot be reversed.

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In the first of a series of speeches

by government ministers in advance

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of key talks with EU negotiators

next month, Boris Johnson said

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Brexit will mean Britain will stop

paying huge sums to Brussels,

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and will take back control

of its borders and laws.

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Our political correspondent, Leila

Nathoo, reports from Westminster.

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A not so funny welcome party to

greet Boris Johnson as he arrived to

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deliver a speech this morning. The

very people he wants to reach out

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to, there is still against Britain's

departure from the EU. His message,

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Brexit cannot be stopped. And

understand your ease, but there is

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nothing to fear.

Brexit need not be

Nationalists, but can be

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internationalist. It is not an

economic threat, but a considerable

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opportunity. Not un-British but a

manifestation of this country's

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historic national genius. ICI run

the risk in making this case of

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causing further irritation. But I

must run that risk.

Boris Johnson

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return to familiar themes of the

Leave side of the referendum

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campaign, taping back control of

laws and embracing the world beyond

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Europe.

Brexit is about we engage in

this country with its global

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identity, and the energy that can

flow from that and I absolutely

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refuse to accept it is a un-British

spasm of bad manners. It is not a

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sign from the cliffs of Dover, it is

a legitimate and natural desire for

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self government of the people, by

the people, for the people.

It is

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the first in a series of speeches in

the coming weeks in which senior

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ministers will set out what Downing

Street is calling a road map to

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Brexit. Theresa May will address

security and other Cabinet ministers

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will cover the devolution of powers

reclaimed from Brussels,

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international trade and workers'

rights. The comet has been under

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pressure to settle on a position and

offer more detail about what Britain

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wants its relationship with the EU

to look like after Brexit. Boris

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Johnson's speech today was heavy on

rhetoric but did not go far enough

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for his critics.

This was a big

exercise in hypocrisy frankly from

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the Foreign Secretary. First of all,

he made and commit about taking back

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control. Of course, the Parliament

on behalf of the people. But every

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step of the way during these Brexit

negotiations, he and his government

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have withheld information from

Parliament and the people and the

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impact of Brexit.

We now have to

accept the fact we have had the

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referendum, we are not having a

second, we are not part of the

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single market of the customs union

but we are taking back

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but we are taking back control.

The

Government hopes the hill divides

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and look to the future but ministers

are fast approaching the point where

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they must collectively declare what

that looks like -- the Government is

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hoping to heal divides.

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In a moment, we'll get reaction

from Adam Fleming, in Brussels.

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But first, to our assistant

political editor, Norman Smith,

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who's in Westminster.

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What do we make of it, what the

people make about where you are?

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Boris Johnson said an ambitious aim

of trying to reach out and reassure

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former Remainers and praising many

for what he called their noble views

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and the sceptical Europeans, saying

that the Brexit is not a peace sign

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from the white cliffs of Dover. But

at times, it sounded as if we were

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back in the blood and gore of the

Brexit trenches, back in the

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referendum campaign. And that served

to highlight how divisive the Brexit

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issue was and raises the question

about whether opinion really has

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moved on or whether we do still

remain a fundamentally divided

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nation when it comes to Brexit. And

in that context, whether Boris

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Johnson was the relay that message

of reassurance. Because for many

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Remainers, he is the bogeyman of

Brexit, a man loathed by many

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Remainers for his approach and some

of his claims during that campaign.

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It is also quite a long time to

leave it before trying to reach out

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to reassure people. More than 20

months since the campaign. And in

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terms of detail, there was not much

in the speech. Looking for Remainers

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the clasp on to. I am left with the

thought that the person he will be

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most reassured by the speech is

Theresa May in Downing Street

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because what we did not get today

was Boris Johnson off piste. Slalom

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and away on his own version of

Brexit. When he was pressed today

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about what sort of deal we should

get committee repeatedly and loyally

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stopped, referring back to previous

speeches by the Prime Minister. So I

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think Theresa May will be pleased.

As for former Remainers, the initial

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reaction has hardly been very

sympathetic.

Thank you.

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Adam Fleming is in Brussels.

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Boris Johnson's wasn't the only

speech this morning about the EU.

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Yes, Jean-Claude Juncker, the

President of the European

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Commission, the organisation that

runs the Brexit talks on their side

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day-to-day, was doing a news

conference today. He was in a jolly

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mood, as he often is, making jokes

about what EU leaders order for

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their coffee during the summit. But

his mood change when a journalist

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asked about this allegation from

Boris Johnson that he was all about

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building an EU superstate. Look at

this.

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Some in the British political

society are against the truth,

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pretending that I'm a stupid,

stubborn Federalist, that I'm

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in favour of a European superstate.

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I'm strictly against

a European superstate.

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We are not the United

States of America.

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We are the European Union,

which is a rich body

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because we have these

27, 28 nations.

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The European Union cannot be built

against the European nations.

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So, this is total nonsense.

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Jean-Claude Juncker then went on to

say, to unveil plans about reforming

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the EU, it involved and potentially

a bigger budget and is directly

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elected President. So some would say

he went on to make Boris Johnson's

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point, because that does sound like

something on the road to a EU

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superstate. In terms of how the

speech has gone down here, people in

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these offices here were listening

and they will read later this

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afternoon. But the fact is, it does

not make a huge difference to the

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negotiations at the moment. They are

waiting for a formal British

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position on the attitude to their

future relationship with the EU

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after Brexit and that will come from

the Prime Minister and not Boris

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Johnson.

Thank you.

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The actor Minnie Driver has resigned

as an Ambassador for Oxfam,

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saying she's horrified by the sex

scandal claims at the charity.

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It comes as Oxfam's regional

director in Asia has told the BBC

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she is aware of past abuse cases

involving the charity's

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workers in the Philippines,

Bangladesh and Nepal.

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Matt Cole reports.

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What happens in Haiti? That is the

focus of the Charity Commission

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enquiry which holds its first

meeting with Oxfam today. But now a

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senior figure in the charity says

had been largely unreported cases in

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other countries as well.

There were

cases in the Philippines. There were

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also cases in Bangladesh. There will

be slow as coming forward in

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Bangladesh. As far as I know. --

there were whistle-blowers coming

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forward. There was also a case in

Nepal.

It was after the 2013 super

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typhoon Yolande in the Philippines

that some cases took place but then

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and now, the questions about

perpetrators being flagged to other

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agencies.

Not yet, but that is a

practice we need to start because

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the funny thing about cases like

this is, we always see them as

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reputational risks. But the way to

manage reputational risk is not to

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keep silent.

A sector wide problem,

then. In matter on which the

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International Development Secretary

has today been talking.

No

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organisation is too big or our work

with them to complex for me to

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hesitate to remove funding from them

if we cannot trust them to put the

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beneficiaries of aid first.

On the

specific case of Oxfam, some

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supporters have already reacted.

From Friday to Monday, 1270 people

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cancelled their direct debits, four

times the normal daily cancellation

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rate. And on Monday, 70 81-off

donations were made, a record how

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this year. And 44 new direct debit

was set up, the most since March

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last year in one day. However, one

celebrity supporter, actress Minnie

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Driver, has ended her Ambassador's

role, saying...

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Oxfam's major corporate partners are

taking a different approach.

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Waterstones has given a statement of

support saying the charity's work is

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of great value. Marks & Spencer is

as the co-operative bank and

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Heathrow Airport say they are taking

the matter seriously but will

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monitor the situation for now. In

the meantime, the international

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developers secretary Penny Mordaunt

says as part of her push for a

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sector wide culture change, she will

hold talks tomorrow with the

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National Crime Agency and all eyes

will turn to Friday by when Oxfam

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has been told it must provide

answers about future safeguarding

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policies.

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South Africa's President,

Jacob Zuma, says efforts

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by the country's governing ANC

to oust him from power are unfair.

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The party has threatened Mr Zuma

with a parliamentary motion of no

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confidence tomorrow,

if he refuses to step down today.

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Earlier, police raided

properties belonging

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to the wealthy Gupta family,

who are close to Mr Zuma,

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and three people were arrested.

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The party has threatened Mr Zuma

with a parliamentary motion of no

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Milton Nkosi is in Johannesburg.

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The ANC have been urging him to go

for

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a long time, what is going on?

Yes,

President Zuma is digging in his

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heels. He gave an interview to the

local public broadcaster and he is

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explaining that he has been

victimised and he has never defied

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the organisation. But at the same

time, he said he will give a

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statement later today.

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statement later today. President

Jacob Zuma's days are numbered,

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literally. His governing African

National Congress wants new party

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had Cyril Ramaphosa sworn in as

President within the next couple of

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days. But in a statement earlier, he

said attempts to unseat him were

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unfair.

People are saying is Uma

must go. My problem is that it is

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not a new thing, it has been said

the in higher year, including people

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saying this, they are all saying it.

They themselves never provided a

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result.

The net is also closing on

President Zuma's friends. The

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controversial Gupta family. This

morning, on the priority -- armed

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police known as the Hawks arrived in

this Johannesburg suburb. Gupta

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family had been accused of using

their friendship with President Zuma

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to wield enormous influence for

their business interests. They and

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President Zuma denied the

allegations. Local media reports say

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police have arrested three people

including one of the Gupta brothers.

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And so the dilemma that President

Jacob Zuma is basing of whether to

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resign or to defy his party is in

part linked to what happened here

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this morning. This compound belongs

to his family and friends in Guptas

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and the police have come here to

rate them for corruption about

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allegations of dodgy government

contracts. Among those who would be

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targeted by the police and the

corruption scandal, known here as

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state capture, a Minister in Zuma's

Cabinet and possibly President

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Zuma's son, seen here with two of

the Guptas. 24 years after the end

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of apartheid, South Africa finds

itself at a crossroads again. This

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time, with self-inflicted wounds by

those who helped to liberate its

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people and white minority rule.

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And there you have it. But the ANC

has today on the Parliament to call

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for a vote of no-confidence. They

want Cyril Ramaphosa in within days

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so President Jacob Zuma's days are

indeed numbered.

Thank you.

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There is a 'pervasive lack of trust'

among people with disabilities

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in how their welfare claims

are assessed, according

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to the Commons Work and Pensions

Committee, which says reports

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There is a 'pervasive lack of trust'

among people with disabilities

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in how their welfare claims

are assessed, according

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to the Commons Work and Pensions

Committee, which says reports

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by private contractors

are riddled with errors.

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It also says claimants don't trust

assessors to record evidence

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of their conditions accurately.

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The Government insists

the system works well

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for the majority of claimants.

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in how their welfare claims

are assessed, according

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Anastasia is having a good day.

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But it's not always like this.

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Most days she is constant pain.

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The 24-year-old has

multiple sclerosis.

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She used to work full-time, but now

she struggles to leave the house.

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On the days she can get out,

Anastasia totally relies on her car.

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She applied for a disability benefit

and was assessed at home

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by a health care professional

from a private company.

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On the days she can get out,

Anastasia totally relies on her car.

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She applied for a disability benefit

and was assessed at home

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by a health care professional

from a private company.

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Anastasia told her assessor

she could only walk 20 metres,

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but when the report came back,

it said she could walk further.

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She didn't give me

a physical assessment.

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I was sat down the entire time.

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I was very, very cross about that.

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As a result, Anastasia lost her

higher rate disability benefit,

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which meant she lost her car.

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Although she successfully

appealed that decision,

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her experience is far

from a one-off.

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Today's report identifies

a culture of mistrust

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around the whole process.

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It says the government's low bar

for what it is what is considered

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acceptable leaves room

for assessment reports to be riddled

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with obvious errors and omissions.

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It also says assessors risk

being viewed as a best

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lacking in confidence

and at worst, actively deceitful.

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Nurses are expected to assess four

or five clients a day...

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But this former nurse,

who worked as an assessor for a few

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weeks before quitting,

has today anonymously told the BBC

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she was disgusted with the system.

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I had a lady come to my

service, dropped off.

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In my mind, in my experience over 20

years working with people

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with learning disabilities,

this lady had learning disabilities.

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When I made my report

on my observations, it was sent back

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and the auditor made me change it

and said there was no evidence

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that she had learning

disabilities at all.

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We have asked the government

to record all these key

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assessments, interviews.

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The government said

it is going to put this idea

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out to consultation.

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We pointed out to the Minister

when she was before the committee

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that literally everybody has agreed

except the government

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that they shouldn't do this.

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So this consultation

clearly is going to be

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the government talking to itself.

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The government says it is exploring

options to promote greater

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transparency and trust and that

assessments work well

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for the majority of claimants

who said they were happy

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with their overall experience.

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But with current contract is up

for review and targets

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being consistently missed,

it is uncertain who will carry out

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these assessments in the future.

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Nikki Fox, BBC News.

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Our top story this lunchtime.

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In a major speech before the next

round of negotiations,

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the foreign secretary tries

to reassure people

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anxious about Brexit.

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And coming up - high winds

at the Winter Olympics force

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organisers to postpone more events -

we'll be live in Pyeongchang.

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Coming up in sport.

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The Flying Tomato claims

an historic third gold.

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American snowboarder

Shaun White wins the halfpipe

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title in Pyeongchang.

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And with it the USA's 100th gold

in Winter Olympics history.

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The prescription tranquiliser Xanax

is being sold illegally to children

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by dealers using social media sites,

the BBC has discovered.

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Several young people have been left

needing hospital treatment

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after taking the drug.

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The Home Office says it's taking

action, and has called on social

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media sites to crack down

on the practice.

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Lauren Moss reports.

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When we would by acid,

it would be like £10 a tab and then

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he would sell us Xanax on the side.

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It's a dangerous

lifestyle that is growing

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in popularity.

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Chef started using

drugs when he was 14.

0:20:090:20:12

Some substances were too

easy to find online.

0:20:120:20:14

Weed, MDMA, cocaine, Xanax.

0:20:140:20:18

Are dealers using social media

as a platform to sell drugs?

0:20:180:20:21

Certain dealers online,

on like social media.

0:20:210:20:26

Sometimes you can, it is possible

now to let go on Instagram

0:20:260:20:29

and find a drug dealer.

0:20:290:20:31

Behind websites usually

used for sharing

0:20:310:20:33

photos and contacting family

and friends lurks a criminal

0:20:330:20:36

underworld where drug dealers

are hiding behind a screen.

0:20:360:20:40

They invite users to message them

through an anonymous at,

0:20:400:20:46

-- app.

0:20:460:20:49

It's possible to make an order, pay

and arrange delivery all in a matter

0:20:490:20:52

of minutes.

0:20:520:20:53

One of the dealers I found

an Instagram sent me this

0:20:530:20:56

package in the post.

0:20:560:20:57

Inside is a free sample

of his product which he

0:20:570:20:59

claims is Xanax and diazepam,

tranquilisers usually

0:20:590:21:01

used to treat anxiety.

0:21:010:21:03

And you can see he

sent me nine tablets.

0:21:030:21:06

The dealer hopes if I am satisfied

with this, I will then

0:21:060:21:09

place a larger order

and it is all virtually untraceable.

0:21:090:21:13

There is some school

of thought, essentially, which

0:21:130:21:15

thinks because these are

prescription drugs in some countries

0:21:150:21:18

that it is OK and that they

are going to be safe.

0:21:180:21:20

That is absolutely not the case.

0:21:200:21:22

So when things are bought online,

it is really easy for

0:21:220:21:24

dealers to make

counterfeits, for example.

0:21:240:21:26

We are not sure of the dosage.

0:21:260:21:29

I think there does have to be some

responsibility put on these

0:21:290:21:32

social media giants

essentially to tackle it.

0:21:320:21:34

I notified Facebook and Instagram

about the accounts and asked

0:21:340:21:37

for an interview.

0:21:370:21:39

No one was available

but they sent separate

0:21:390:21:41

statements saying, "buying

or selling drugs of any sort is not

0:21:410:21:44

allowed" on either platform

and the accounts I showed

0:21:440:21:46

them have been removed

for breaking community guidelines.

0:21:460:21:50

Both sites are asking anyone

who sees this content to report it

0:21:500:21:53

and say their teams will work

quickly to take it down.

0:21:530:21:57

But it only takes seconds

to set up new accounts and

0:21:570:22:00

with the trend among teenagers

apparently only worsening,

0:22:000:22:03

it's a war that will not be

easy to win.

0:22:030:22:06

Lauren Moss, BBC News.

0:22:060:22:11

And viewers in the South East

can see more of that

0:22:110:22:14

investigation at 1:30pm,

straight after this programme.

0:22:140:22:22

The Kremlin has denied any knowledge

of Russian mercenaries

0:22:240:22:27

fighting in Syria,

after a number of its citizens

0:22:270:22:29

were among those killed in a US-led

airstrike in the east

0:22:290:22:31

of the country.

0:22:310:22:32

America says it killed more than 100

fighters in the strikes last week.

0:22:320:22:36

The Russian mercenaries are said

to have been hired by private

0:22:360:22:38

military firms backing

Syrian pro-government troops.

0:22:380:22:43

Steve Rosenberg reports from Moscow.

0:22:430:22:47

Just two months ago,

Vladimir Putin flew to Syria

0:22:470:22:50

to declare mission accomplished.

0:22:500:22:54

He told his troops the motherland

was proud of them, and ordered

0:22:540:22:57

many of the soldiers home.

0:22:570:23:00

But Russians are still

fighting in Syria.

0:23:000:23:02

And it's not just their regular

forces who are suffering casualties.

0:23:020:23:07

These men are amongst

what is reported to be a large group

0:23:070:23:11

of Russian mercenaries

who were killed in the Syrian

0:23:110:23:14

Serbian province of Deir Ezzor one

week ago, the result of air

0:23:140:23:17

and artillery strikes

by the US-led coalition.

0:23:170:23:22

Among those killed

was Stanislav Matveyev.

0:23:220:23:26

He went to fight in eastern

Ukraine, and was then

0:23:260:23:28

hired to fight in Syria.

0:23:280:23:32

"They were sent into

battle like animals,

0:23:320:23:35

without any protection",

his widow says.

0:23:350:23:39

"The Russian government should seek

revenge for the sake of the wives

0:23:390:23:42

and their children".

0:23:420:23:45

And what's the Kremlin

saying about this?

0:23:450:23:47

Not much.

0:23:470:23:49

And the reason the Kremlin has made

little comment about this

0:23:490:23:53

is that the Russian authorities have

never spoken before publicly

0:23:530:23:56

about Russian mercenaries in Syria,

or about the private military

0:23:560:23:59

companies believed

to be recruiting them.

0:23:590:24:02

And that's why these

reports of casualties

0:24:020:24:05

are so embarrassing for Moscow.

0:24:050:24:09

Presidential candidate

Grigory Yavlinsky says

0:24:090:24:11

the mercenaries have no legal basis

for being in Syria,

0:24:110:24:13

and are a danger to Russia.

0:24:130:24:16

When you have in the country some

structures which are almost

0:24:160:24:22

military structures,

and you have no control on them,

0:24:220:24:25

it's dangerous for the country,

it's dangerous for the people,

0:24:250:24:28

it's even dangerous

for the president.

0:24:280:24:33

Up till now, this has been

the public face of Russia's

0:24:330:24:36

military operation in Syria.

0:24:360:24:37

The Kremlin would have preferred

to keep it that way.

0:24:370:24:42

Steve Rosenberg, BBC News, Moscow.

0:24:420:24:49

30 years after one of

the most notorious murders

0:24:490:24:52

in British legal history,

there are calls for sentencing

0:24:520:24:54

guidelines to be changed to reflect

serious miscarriages of justice.

0:24:540:24:57

Lynette White, a 20-year-old

sex worker, was stabbed

0:24:570:25:01

to death by Jeffrey Gafoor

in Cardiff in 1988.

0:25:010:25:05

But Gafoor was convicted 13 years

after three other men -

0:25:050:25:08

known as the "Cardiff Three" -

were wrongly jailed for the murder.

0:25:080:25:12

Wyre Davies reports.

0:25:120:25:15

20-year-old Lynette White

was stabbed 50 times in a frenzied

0:25:150:25:18

attack in a rundown Cardiff Bay flat

which she used to meet clients.

0:25:180:25:24

Witnesses spoke of a bloodstained

white man fleeing the scene

0:25:240:25:28

but under pressure to get results,

detectives arrested

0:25:280:25:30

five local black men.

0:25:300:25:32

Innocent!

0:25:320:25:34

Despite repeated denials

and a lack of evidence,

0:25:340:25:36

three were convicted.

0:25:360:25:38

Known as the Cardiff Three,

their convictions were eventually

0:25:380:25:41

quashed amid huge public outcry.

0:25:410:25:44

A subsequent South Wales Police

investigation unearthed the real

0:25:440:25:47

killer, security guard Jeffrey

Gafoor.

0:25:470:25:51

But this wasn't the first

miscarriage of justice

0:25:510:25:54

and the damage to the force's

reputation was done.

0:25:540:25:59

It is somewhat in the DNA

of the force now, I've got to say,

0:25:590:26:04

our determination not to fail

in this way again steels my

0:26:040:26:07

resolve everyday make sure

that our investigations

0:26:070:26:08

are of the highest quality.

0:26:080:26:10

Campaigners who say that

Jeffrey Gafoor should've got a much

0:26:100:26:12

longer sentence for the sadistic

murder of Lynette White say that

0:26:120:26:15

murderers who allow innocent people

to suffer for their crimes

0:26:150:26:18

are the most contemptible

criminals of all.

0:26:180:26:22

In sentencing Jeffrey Gafoor,

the judge made specific reference

0:26:220:26:25

to how he had knowingly contributed

to ruining the lives

0:26:250:26:28

of innocent men.

0:26:280:26:30

Including John Actie

who was originally charged

0:26:300:26:33

with the murder and spent

years in prison.

0:26:330:26:39

Jeffrey Gafoor, you know he could be

out of jail any time soon, you know.

0:26:390:26:43

We done 16 years between us.

0:26:430:26:45

And he could be coming out and he

hasn't even done 16 years yet.

0:26:450:26:48

Speaking to BBC Wales Investigates,

one influential voice says changing

0:26:480:26:51

sentencing policy to reflect

miscarriages of justice

0:26:510:26:53

could be an option.

0:26:530:26:57

There certainly are people

who believe that when Jeffrey Gafoor

0:26:570:27:01

was sentenced, not enough account

was taken off the fact that he had

0:27:010:27:04

allowed innocent people to spend

time in prison as a result

0:27:040:27:07

of his actions.

0:27:070:27:11

And of course this is a matter

that is being looked

0:27:110:27:14

at within the criminal law now.

0:27:140:27:17

30 years on this notorious

case left many victims.

0:27:170:27:20

Including one who her family say

should never be forgotten.

0:27:200:27:24

Wyre Davies, BBC News.

0:27:240:27:32

And you can see a special report

looking at the murder of Lynette

0:27:330:27:38

White on the BBC News website.

0:27:380:27:44

After Elise Christie's crash

in the speed skating final

0:27:440:27:46

yesterday, Britain is still looking

for it's first medal

0:27:460:27:48

of the Winter Olympics

in South Korea, and focus switched

0:27:480:27:50

today to the curling,

which began overnight.

0:27:500:27:52

Team GB won medals in both

the men's and women's curling

0:27:520:27:55

at the last Games in Sochi,

and both British teams have

0:27:550:27:59

got off to a successful

start in Pyeongchang.

0:27:590:28:02

Our correspondent David Ornstein

is there for us now.

0:28:020:28:10

It really was bitterly disappointing

for Elise Christie and she has taken

0:28:130:28:17

to social media to say she is

heartbroken but looking forward to

0:28:170:28:21

her remaining events. She still has

more medal opportunities and talking

0:28:210:28:26

of medals of the biggest stars of

winter sports was bidding earlier

0:28:260:28:30

today to make history and he did not

disappoint.

0:28:300:28:32

He needs 95.25 and

the run of his life.

0:28:320:28:34

They call him the Flying Tomato.

0:28:340:28:36

Shaun White, he of red hair

and snowboarding flair.

0:28:360:28:39

He has landed it!

0:28:390:28:41

Oh, my goodness!

0:28:410:28:43

With his final run, the American

saved his best until last

0:28:430:28:47

to stun his rivals and become

the first snowboarder to win

0:28:470:28:49

three Olympic titles.

0:28:490:28:52

I'm really proud to come out on top

today and I'm really thankful

0:28:520:28:56

for those guys honestly

because they pushed me

0:28:560:28:57

to get to this point,

to be able to do these

0:28:570:29:00

kinds of events.

0:29:000:29:01

Elsewhere, the weather continued

to disrupt the games

0:29:010:29:03

with the women's slalom and biathlon

postponed, the latest events

0:29:030:29:07

to fall foul of high winds.

0:29:070:29:10

There were no such problems

at the indoor venues

0:29:100:29:13

where if the mere presence

of North Korean skaters

0:29:130:29:16

on South Korean ice was significant,

the display of Tae-ok Ryom

0:29:160:29:19

and Ju-sik Kim was magnificent.

0:29:190:29:23

Supported by a band of more

than 200 cheerleaders,

0:29:230:29:26

they qualified for the pairs

final in style.

0:29:260:29:31

With Britain's wait for a first

medal ongoing, attention this

0:29:310:29:34

morning turned to curling.

0:29:340:29:38

The men took silver four years

ago and although this

0:29:380:29:40

is a new team, they picked up

where their predecessors left off.

0:29:400:29:44

What a win for Great Britain.

0:29:440:29:46

With a sudden-death victory over

Switzerland in their opening match.

0:29:460:29:50

They're one of the teams you'd

expect to be near the podium

0:29:500:29:53

at the end of the week so I'm very

pleased to get off to our first

0:29:530:29:56

Olympics in such a good performance.

0:29:560:30:00

We kind of struggled a wee bit

but we pulled it together and really

0:30:000:30:03

pleased to get the win.

0:30:030:30:06

Eve Muirhead would like to try

and finish this here.

0:30:060:30:09

Bronze medallists in Sochi,

the women wanted gold here

0:30:090:30:13

and started as they plan to go on,

by dominating a team of Olympic

0:30:130:30:17

athletes from Russia.

0:30:170:30:18

And she has done it superbly well.

0:30:180:30:19

Next up, it's the

United States tomorrow.

0:30:190:30:27

Well the men's curlers are back on

the ice as we speak, trailing Canada

0:30:280:30:33

but still with a long way to go in

that competition. Meanwhile a

0:30:330:30:35

potential storm brewing in the

skeleton competition, some nations

0:30:350:30:39

are said to be questioning the

legality of the new skin suit to be

0:30:390:30:44

worn by the British athletes

including Lizzy Yarnold. Team GB say

0:30:440:30:50

they've done nothing wrong and the

governing body of skeleton have

0:30:500:30:53

approved those suits. That event is

getting underway tomorrow. Thank you

0:30:530:30:58

for that.

0:30:580:30:59

Time for a look at the weather.

0:30:590:31:01

Here's Chris Fawkes.

0:31:010:31:04

Here's Chris Fawkes.

0:31:040:31:07

We had some glorious sunrise

pictures sent in this morning, this

0:31:070:31:14

one from the Isle of Wight. And we

have a weather front approaching

0:31:140:31:18

from the West today which gave as

those beautiful pictures. But the

0:31:180:31:26

weather is going downhill now and

for many it will be a wet afternoon.

0:31:260:31:30

A happy band of rain stretching

across the Midlands, and the

0:31:300:31:36

south-east at the minute. The rain

quite extensive at the moment. And

0:31:360:31:41

up in the mountains of Scotland,

expecting five, ten centimetres of

0:31:410:31:45

snow. It is also windy with gusts of

England and Wales around 40 miles an

0:31:450:31:55

hour. Higher around the coast. So a

wet afternoon to come across the

0:31:550:32:00

south-east. From there the rain gets

more patchy but clears away

0:32:000:32:04

overnight. Temperature is not quite

as cold as last night but still a

0:32:040:32:08

few patches of frost out in the

countryside. So the risk of some icy

0:32:080:32:13

surfaces first thing in the morning.

We are seeing high pressure building

0:32:130:32:18

in across England and Wales tomorrow

but low pressure further north and

0:32:180:32:24

we have these big contrasts in

temperatures. Cold air filtering in

0:32:240:32:29

across much of the UK but across the

South we have wind in a different

0:32:290:32:33

direction dragging in warmer air. So

quite a few heavy showers banding

0:32:330:32:39

together tomorrow and some snow

contained within those. Across

0:32:390:32:45

England and Wales book of the

temperature contrast, cold weather

0:32:450:32:48

across the North, quite mild in the

south. Looking towards the end of

0:32:480:32:54

the week, the high pressure builds a

little more, we start to see

0:32:540:32:59

south-westerly winds just moving

that cold air further north. But

0:32:590:33:04

another weather front across the

North West on Friday, rain and snow

0:33:040:33:09

involved with this. But some

sunshine for many. Temperatures

0:33:090:33:14

again mild in the south. Further

north temperatures rising a little

0:33:140:33:18

bit. And for the weekend, the theme

of the weather turning a little bit

0:33:180:33:27

milder is set to continue and for

many through the weekend it should

0:33:270:33:30

be largely dry. The Mineralstein set

to continue into next week but it

0:33:300:33:35

could turn colder towards the latter

part of February.

0:33:350:33:40

That's all from the BBC News at One

- so it's goodbye from me -

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