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The Oxfam scandal in Haiti.
Now the charity reveals it's
investigating 26 more cases
of alleged sexual misconduct.
Called to account by MPs -
Oxfam's boss admits the sex scandal
has prompted thousands
of people to stop making
donations to the charity.
I am sorry, we are sorry,
for the damage that Oxfam has done,
both to the people of Haiti
and also to wider efforts
to aid and development.
It comes amid fresh allegations
against another charity tonight.
Also, in the programme...
The suburbs of Syria's capital.
Activists say up to 200 are dead
as government forces attack the last
rebel stronghold near Damascus.
The new treatment bringing hope
to children with a rare blood
vessel disorder that
causes facial disfigurement.
And Christie goes
down before they reach
the very first corner.
Team GB's Elise Christie crashes out
of the Winter Olympics,
disqualified from her last event.
Her dreams of a medal are over.
# I've got new rules, I count 'em...
And Dua Lipa - the 22-year-old whose
career began on YouTube -
is now leading the way
at the Brit awards tomorrow.
And coming up on Sportsday
on BBC News...
Why Barcelona have Chelsea manager
Antonio Conte awake at night
as the two sides prepare to meet
in the last 16 of
the Champions League.
Good evening and welcome
to the BBC News at Six.
Oxfam has revealed that it's
investigating 26 more cases
of alleged sexual misconduct
after it emerged that some
of its former staff had paid
women for sex in Haiti
when they were dealing
with the aftermath of
the earthquake in 2010.
Bosses from the charity
were questioned by MPs
in the Commons today.
They said the scandal had prompted
7000 people to stop making
regular donations to Oxfam.
Our Diplomatic Correspondent
James Landale reports.
In 2010, Haiti was flooded with aid
workers, most there to help the
country recover from the earthquake.
But seven men from Oxfam were also
hiring prostitutes and bullying
colleagues, men who were eventually
dismissed or allowed to resign.
Today, the charity's most senior
executives were summoned to
Parliament to explain what had gone
on and why Oxfam hadn't been more
open and done more to stop it
happening again. Sorry wasn't the
half of it.
I am sorry, we are sorry,
for the damage Oxfam has done.
On behalf of the Council of Oxfam,
that we are ashamed of what happened
in Haiti, we don't think
it was well handled.
Please allow me to begin
by saying how sorry I am
about what has happened.
I am ashamed.
In particular, Oxfam's chief
executive apologised for suggesting
the criticism the charity
was getting was disproportionate,
saying it wasn't as if babies had
been murdered in their cots.
I do apologise.
I was thinking under stress.
I had given many interviews,
I had made many decisions
to try to lead Oxfam's
response to this.
Oxfam, he admitted, had not been
explicit about what had gone
on and was now paying the price.
7000 people had cancelled
their regular donations
in the last ten days.
Corporate sponsors were reserving
How many more revelations
have come to your notice?
Oxfam Great Britain, we have had
about 26 stories and reports come to
us that are either new reports come
out as a result of these stories, or
earlier stories, where people said,
I didn't necessarily report this at
MPs just couldn't hide
You as an
organisation are dealing with these
women and girls as if they are just
trinkets, and you can pay for them
and give them a bit of aid and
that's OK. And you don't, when you
know about it, the organisation does
not report it to the Haiti
authorities. That's pretty shocking.
It's really heartbreaking that...
That we are in this situation.
But I want to assure you that we are
not doing nothing.
From our point of
view, does it not look like Oxfam
was more interested in protecting
its own brand than protecting
vulnerable women and girls.
look like that. I can't do anything
other than say I think it was wrong.
I am conscious of the fact you
didn't hold responsibility at the
The committee chairman said he
would now hold a full enquiry, the
fourth Oxfam is now facing, to
ensure it gets hits house in order.
Oxfam is apologising to MPs, it's
being more transparent. But what is
clear from today's evidence is that
to recover public trust it will have
to change a culture that tolerated
the exploitation of vulnerable
women. In the Commons, Oxfam was
warned if new safeguarding
procedures were not in place by the
end of next week, then current
government funding could be cut.
UK Government reserves the right to
take whatever decisions about
present or future funding to Oxfam
or any other organisation we deem
The real test will come
not in Haiti but the next time there
is another natural disaster and the
world's aid industry is deployed
once again. STUDIO:
James is here now.
Tonight there are fresh allegations
involving former boss at charity
Save the Children.
somebody called Justin Forsyth who
now has a senior position at a
Unicef, but who used to be chief
executive for save the Radio 4 PM
programme, there were three separate
complaints of inappropriate
behaviour towards female members of
staff by Mr Forsyth before he left
in 2015 such as inappropriate texts
and comments. In a statement this
afternoon Mr Forsyth says he made
personal mistakes during his time at
save the judgment. He recognises
that he had an suitable and
thoughtless conversations with
colleagues that I now row caused
offence and hurt. When it was
brought to my attention on two
separate occasions I apologised
unreservedly to the three colleagues
are involved. The apologies were
accepted and thought the issue was
closed many years ago. This is the
second case involving Save the
Children in recent days. Over the
weekend, Brendan Cox, the husband of
murdered MP Jo Cox, admitted he had
made mistakes and behaved in a way
that had caused some women hurt an
offence when he was director of
policy at the charity.
Landale, thank you.
Almost 200 people -
including children -
have been killed on the outskirts
of Syria's capital
Damascus since Sunday,
according to activists.
Syrian government forces have
stepped up their bombardment
of Eastern Ghouta -
the last rebel-held
enclave near the capital.
The United Nations has called
for an immediate ceasefire.
Our Middle East Editor
Jeremy Bowen reports.
His report contains distressing
This could be the beginning
of the end of a rebellion
in Eastern Ghouta that
began in 2012.
All the other smaller rebel-held
enclaves around Damascus have been
starved and bombed into submission.
Now, it looks to be
Eastern Ghouta's turn as the regime
pushes for decisive victory
around the capital.
Activists say this is
as bad as it's been.
We can hear the shout and crying
of women and children
through the windows of their homes
under the missiles and mortars
dropping on us like rain.
There is nowhere to hide from this
nightmare in Eastern Ghouta.
A generation has been
born into the war.
Dozens have been killed
by it in the last few
hours in Eastern Ghouta.
Over the years of siege,
they've set up a network
of underground hospitals.
This girl, named in Arabic,
Angel, escaped the worst,
but will have to go back
to the streets to get home.
And this is her area.
With the regime
dropping what appears
to be a barrel bomb,
unguided - an indiscriminate killer.
The Syrian regime denies
It says it's trying to liberate
Eastern Ghouta from terrorists.
Eastern Ghouta is a sprawling mix
of concrete suburbs and farmland,
starting about nine miles east
of Damascus' city centre.
The Syrian rebels that have
controlled it since 2012 include
several Islamist militias,
including one with its
roots in Al-Qaeda.
Eastern Ghouta is surrounded
by Syrian government forces.
Before the war, it was just a short
drive from the Syrian
Officially, it's been designated
a de-escalation zone,
that is an empty phrase.
Force decides what happens in Syria.
After seven years, Syria's war isn't
ending, but it's changing.
President Assad, with the help
of Russia and Iran, is now secure,
but Syria is linked into a web
of war and power politics,
which guarantees more bloodshed.
How many times in the last seven
years have Syrians dug
through the rubble for survivors?
There's talk of safe
corridors out for civilians,
but based on past form,
the regime once victory
but based on past form,
the regime wants victory
in Eastern Ghouta and
the surrender of the rebels.
Jeremy Bowen, BBC News.
The Brexit Secretary has insisted
the UK will continue to meet high
trading standards when it
leaves the EU.
David Davis, speaking
to business leaders in Vienna,
said the UK wanted to lead a global
race to the top in rights
and standards, not a "competitive
race to the bottom".
Labour claims the UK will face
massive de-regulation after Brexit,
threatening the quality of food
and the environment, as well as
long-standing workers' rights.
Here's our political
correspondent Vicki Young.
The UK has decided to carve out a
different path to the European
Union. But ministers don't seem to
be preparing for a sharp change in
direction. The message here in
Vienna was more about reassurance.
David Davis denying accusations from
Labour that the government plans to
sweep away rules that protect
workers or the environment.
fear that Brexit could lead to an
Anglo-Saxon race to the bottom.
Britain plunged into eight Mad Max
style world borrowed from dystopian
fiction. These fears about a race to
the bottom are based on nothing.
argued that high standards could
help ensure trade with the EU
remained as frictionless as possible
with both sides recognising each
other's rules and institutions.
that these goals will not change the
kind of country Britain is. A
dynamic and open country. That
supports businesses like yours to
grow, to invest, and to innovate in
a competitive, open and fair market.
Some of the business leaders in the
audience who want to keep close ties
to Britain were encouraged by David
I think his tone is
now different to what it was maybe
one year ago. In reality, hopefully
it will bring us together.
end there will be closer
relationships between the EU and UK,
otherwise nobody will win.
Davis' words today are a far cry
from what many in his own party have
been saying about the needs to break
away from the burden of EU red tape
that has been stifling British
business for decades. He prefers to
talk now about ongoing cooperation
and mutual trust with the European
Union after Brexit. Cabinet
ministers have been touring European
capitals in recent days, urging EU
leaders to be pragmatic about Brexit
negotiations. But Labour say it's
the British government that needs to
make some decisions.
The problem is
that you have David Davis saying one
thing, Boris Johnson saying
something else, and the Prime
Minister saying almost nothing. It
has got to be resolved. There is a
basic question here, do you want to
stay close in trading terms to the
EU, or do you want to be distant and
different question what David Davis
says he is certain that a good deal
with Brussels is on the cards. But
discord among his colleagues need to
be dealt with first.
BBC News, Vienna.
The parents of the seriously ill
toddler Alfie Evans have
lost their bid to prevent
doctors from withdrawing
life-support for their son.
The judge said he accepted medical
evidence that showed further
treatment for 21-month-old Alfie,
who doctors say is in a vegetative
state, was futile. The judge said he
reached his conclusion with great
sadness. Adina Campbell is at the
High Court for us.
This was not the
news Alfie Evans' parents were
hoping for. Bayard Italy
disappointment with today's ruling
at the High Court. When the judgment
was read out it took approximately
two hours. -- they are bitterly
disappointed. Alfie Evans' father
sobbed uncontrollably. He was
bitterly disappointed to find out
his son's life support would be
withdrawn this Friday. They had
hoped to take their son Alfie to
Italy where doctors there had
potentially, were going to see if
they could prolong his life by
providing treatment, but that will
not happen. The life support will be
withdrawn on Friday. This is what
Alfie's Father Tom Evans had to say
outside court earlier.
This isn't over, this
is just the start.
I'm going to take this
absolute NHS down.
I'm not giving up.
My son ain't giving up.
No one, and I repeat,
no one in this country's
taking my boy away from me, no one.
And they're not violating his right,
and they're not violating my right.
My son's two years of age and he's
been sentenced to the death penalty.
How wrong is that?
Alfie's parents are now coming to
the end of this legal process. We
believe they are going to appeal
this decision, but the life support
machine is expected to be turned off
this Friday and with time running
out, they have just three days to
The time is 6:15.
Our top story this evening:
The Oxfam scandal in Haiti -
the charity reveals
it's investigating 26 more cases
of alleged sexual misconduct.
Both at home and abroad.
And still to come, the local council
that's going to start giving
thousands of kids a free meal,
every day of the year.
Coming up on Sportsday on BBC News:
Chelsea have the unenviable task
of stopping Barcelona as
the two sides meet in the last 16
of the Champions League tonight.
Nikki Cristou is 13 years old -
she was born with a rare blood
vessel disorder that makes part
of her face swell causing
And it can be life threatening.
Now research, involving
Great Ormond Street Hospital,
has found the genes
responsible for the condition,
which affects hundreds
of children in the UK.
And it also identifies
existing cancer drugs
as a possible treatment.
Our medical correspondent
Fergus Walsh reports
on the ground-breaking research.
OK, so we need to do the eggs.
And froth the eggs.
13-year-old Nikki Cristou
never knows when her face
will start to bleed.
She has a rare disorder,
which means high pressure blood
in her arteries feeds directly
into her veins.
It causes swelling, facial
disfigurement and life threatening
bleeds from her nose,
and even her tear ducts.
It's very scary, because you don't
really know if it's going to stop,
how much blood you're losing,
and if it is really bad,
then I can, you know,
become very light-headed
and things like that.
So I think when these bleeds happen,
you just know that
it's time for an ambulance.
Nikki has not let her condition,
known as AVM, hold her back.
The winner of
Junior Bake Off is...Nikki.
As well as winning Junior Bake Off
in 2016, she's also interviewed
the Prime Minister for CBBC.
So what were you like as a teenager?
Nikki has had hundreds of
appointments at Great Ormond Street
Hospital, and 30 operations.
How are you doing?
It's lovely to see you.
I'm just going to have a little
feel of your face.
And is now part of
which is led by her consultant.
The team at UCL's Institute
of Child Health sequenced the DNA
of more than 150 children
with her condition, and found
it could be triggered
by four faulty genes.
This is really an enormous step
for us, having discovered
the genetic causes of these
in individual patients,
we're now able to suggest
treatments, which could
the growth, stop the growth,
or perhaps even reverse
the growth of this condition
in the longer term.
And those drug treatments
come from an unlikely source.
The gene mutations discovered
in this lab, which are responsible
for these faulty blood vessels
also play a key role
in the growth of some cancers.
Now, the good news is,
there are several cancer drugs,
which inhibit these faulty genes,
which can now be repurposed
to treat Nikki's condition.
This is your right eye.
And this is the AVM.
Nikki's one of two
patients who are taking
the targeted cancer drugs.
Today, she is finding out
the results of some new scans.
This looks good.
It looks exciting that,
after six months, it seems
to be holding the growth.
That's really good, isn't it.
Yeah, that's so good.
It will be at least a year
before doctors know for sure
whether the cancer drugs Nikki
is taking are working.
But the discovery of the faulty
genes has given hope to patients
with this debilitating condition.
Fergus Walsh, BBC News.
KFC says disruption is expected to
continue across many of its
restaurants for the rest of the week
after a change of delivery supplier
meant they ran out of chicken. The
company said that half of its 900 UK
outlets remain closed. The KFC
crisis has even prompted calls to
the police in London's Tower
Hamlets, they say it is not a police
One of Scotland's largest councils
is going to start providing free
lunches every day of the year
for thousands of children
from low income households.
North Lanarkshire council says it
will use sports centres and other
facilities to provide meals
when schools are closed.
Our Scotland Editor Sarah Smith has
been talking to some primary
Yeah, there's all different
things you can get.
My favourite's chicken curry.
It's tomato pasta.
So this is your favourite
meal you've got the day?
You get lettuce, and you have tomato
and you have all the pasta.
When I was at school,
school lunches were not something
you looked forward to,
but are they actually could you?
Yeah. Really good.
All the kids here do seem to
really enjoy their school meals,
and the teachers know that,
for some of them, it's the best meal
they're going to eat all day.
When the schools close,
quite a few of these kids
do, sadly, go hungry.
That's why North Lanarkshire Council
are to pilot a scheme providing free
lunches to kids who need them,
not just on school
days, but every day.
Every so often, you can spot
that someone's hungrier
than we would like them to be
after a weekend, or after late
holiday period in particular.
It can be individual children,
we know that food is an issue.
If you're hungry, you won't
learn and you won't achieve.
Other councils in the UK provide
meals during school holidays.
North Lanarkshire will be
the first to make free lunches
available 365 days a year,
from primary one up to the third
year of secondary school.
I know there are children out
there that don't get a meal.
Some adults go without to give
their kids during the holidays.
The children get full meals
at school, so in the holidays
and that, you give them a piece
for lunch, and they're, like,
"Where is my hot dinner?"
40% of these children qualify for
free school meals.
But the school works hard to make
sure it's not obvious
who to avoid any stigma.
For the same reasons,
kids won't be coming into school
at weekends and holidays,
meals will be served in leisure
centres or community halls.
It will cost around £500,000 a year
to feed children who might not
otherwise eat a proper meal
over the weekend.
We know that when children
leave school on a Friday,
sometimes they're not eating again
until they return to
school on a Monday.
And that has a significant impact
on cognitive development,
it has an impact on behaviour
and concentration levels.
And we're hoping that this
will help close the poverty
related attainment gap.
Hungry children can't learn properly
or achieve their full potential.
North Lanarkshire might be one
of the most deprived areas
in the UK, but they hope that
doesn't mean that kids
here have to go hungry.
Sarah Smith, BBC News, Wishaw.
She was one of Team GB's big hopes
at the Winter Olympics,
but Elise Christie's dreams
of taking home a medal are over
after she was disqualified
in her 1000 metres short track
speed skating heat.
It was the last chance
for the triple world champion
after she crashed out
of her two other events.
Our Sports Correspondent David
Ornstein reports from Pyeongchang.
Just three days after leaving the
ice on a stretcher, Elise Christie
was back, her a wing tip hopes on
Away they go.
And Christie goes down
before they reach the very
After crashing out of the 500
and 1500 metres, Christie's
bid for 1000 metre gold got off
to the worst possible start.
But having been tripped,
she earned a reprieve,
the heat would be rerun.
An ankle injury meant
her participation was
only confirmed in the hour before
the race, and although slow to get
going, she fought back impressively.
With half a lap to go, Christie's
in position to qualify here.
Battling through a physical
contest to finish
second and reached
Or so she thought.
As Christie was
carried away in pain,
her night would take another turn
for the worse, the judges spotting
two infringements and disqualifying
the triple world champion.
So it's heartbreak
for Elise Christie yet
again after failing to win a medal
at the last Olympics four years ago,
history has repeated itself here
in Pyeongchang, her dreams ending
in bitter disappointment.
Right now, I'm a bit shell-shocked.
I worked so hard to come
back from this injury.
I think a thousand people
wouldn't have skated
with my ankle the way it was.
The only thing I can say is,
I promise Britain I will fight back
from this, and I will
come back for Beijing.
And hopefully, you know,
I can do Britain proud then.
It's going to come in nicely...
There was better news for Britain's
curlers as the men out dazzled
the colourfully dressed Norway,
and like the women who beat Japan,
can progress to the semifinals
with victories tomorrow.
In the figure skating,
Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland
finished 11th in the free dance
final, an event that will long be
remembered for the world record
display of Tessa Virtue
and Scott Moir.
Skating together since childhood,
the Canadians took a stunning
second gold of the games,
and are now the most decorated
skaters in Winter Olympics history.
David Ornstein, BBC News.
And finally to the singer,
songwriter and model Dua Lipa.
She's just 22 years old
but already she's the most streamed
female artist in the UK.
She started her musical
career at the age of 15 -
posting clips on YouTube.
And it paid off because tomorrow
night she's up for five
awards at the Brits -
a record for a female artist
as Mark Savage reports.
# One, don't pick up the phone
# You know he's only calling
because he's drunk and alone
With more than 1 billion
views on YouTube, New
Rules has become Dua Lipa's
signature song, inspiring hundreds
of covers and tributes.
# I've got new rules, I count 'em...
I never expected New Rules
to do what it did.
You never expect it
to take a world of
its own, and it turns into memes,
and you have people, like,
recreating the dance moves.
Born in London to
Kosovan Albanian parents,
Dua Lipa returned to
Pristina when she was 13.
She lasted just two years before
flying the nest back to London.
I didn't feel like there was enough
opportunity for me to be able
to do this from Kosovo.
So when I moved back
to London at the age of 15,
I thought that I'm going to,
kind of, use social media
to my advantage.
And I'm just go to put
some covers online.
Before long, the teenager had
a starring role in this
X Factor advert.
But her music career
took longer to get going.
Dua's debut album
was delayed several times
while she built up
a huge live following.
Are you guys ready to sing with me?
# Oh baby, come on,
let me get to know you
# Just another chance
so that I can show...#
I think her record label have,
kind of, kept the faith
and let us spend a long time making
a debut album, and develop her
perspective and the kind of
pop star she wants to be.
And that kind of faith,
I think, is in short supply in
the music industry at the moment.
We're backstage here at the Brit
awards, where tomorrow night,
Dua Lipa will find out if she can
turn her five nominations into
But whatever happens,
she says she hopes she is the
first in a new wave
of British female stars.
# If you don't like the way
I talk, why am I on your mind...? #
I feel like there are a lot more
female artists on the rise,
and there's going to be a lot more.
And we're going to see a lot more
females on those stages.
# If we don't mess
this whole thing up
# Guaranteed I can blow your mind
Mark Savage, BBC News.
Time for a look at the weather.
Here's Susan Powell.
We have had a good look at the
sunshine across the British Isles
today, particularly to the north and
west, with clear skies allowing the
warmth through the day we gained
today to radiate away. We will see
widespread frost developing tonight.
In the east, thicker cloud, and a
weather front that will feed drizzle
into eastern areas for the small
hours, but the temperatures are
above freezing for frost.
hours, but the temperatures are
above freezing for frost. We can see
the blue on the map behind me, -2 or
three as a starting temperature.
Frosty but a lovely looking start
for Scotland and Northern Ireland
with sunshine, always more cloud
around for England and Wales,
hopefully some brightness, but
perhaps cloud thick enough to bring
rain into the Midlands in the
afternoon. Top temperatures, 7-9, so
cooler than today. High pressure is
going to be keeping our weather
settled as we look into the
foreseeable future. The weather
front is the last one we will see
for some time. If you are a regular
viewer, you will get bored of the
higher pressure charts. Thursday,
high-pressure stored in the west to
the Atlantic, a fine day in the
main, but cloud around on Thursday,
hopefully bright spells as well with
easterly wind starting to nag to the
south of the British Isles. Four in
Norwich, it will feel considerably
colder, and that is a taste of
things to come. The area of high
pressure will not do to keep it
settled, it will build and build
three Friday, Saturday and Sunday,
moving up to Scandinavia, follow the
isobars back as a pipeline to show
you where the air coming our way
will come from. It start in Siberia.
That cold air will drift across to
the British Isles. Monday and
Tuesday next week, it will feel raw
with a biting wind.
That's all from the BBC News at Six,
so it's goodbye from me.