29/01/2017 Midlands Today


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29/01/2017

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It's been a fast-moving day with protests here and in America

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against president Donald Trump's new immigration policy.

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One of the leading critics has been MP for Stratford-on-Avon,

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Nadhim Zahawi, who was born in Bhagdad in Iraq.

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Earlier, he expressed concerns on the Andrew Marr Show

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that he could be banned from visiting his children,

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My two sons who are twins are at Princeton University,

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Your sons are at university in America.

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How does it make you feel that Donald Trump doesn't

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Gosh, I don't think I've felt this discriminated against probably

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since little school, the kids were very cruel as a young

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But in the last hour the Foreign Office has managed

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to secure an exemption for anyone travelling from this country

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or with a dual nationality of one of the seven named countries.

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If you are travelling to the US from anywhere other

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than one of those countries, for instance the UK,

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In Nadhim Zahawi's case, he is a dual citizen of one of those

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countries but travelling to the US from the UK, so the

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Nine men have been arrested after hundreds of fans invaded

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the pitch during Coventry City's game against Northampton.

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The League One fixture was disrupted several times by fans

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Police say six arrests were made when Sky Blues fans invaded

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the pitch and a further three when flares were let-off.

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The police watchdog says it's investigating an officer who pulled

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over a Birmingham DJ in his Bentley and told him it was a fact that

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black men in gangster clothes commit crimes.

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27-year-old DMO Deejay was stopped near Leicester Square

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The whole incident was captured on a camera set up in the DJ's car.

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A swan that was shot with a crossbow in Cheltenham has "miraculously" not

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The bird, known as George, was found with a bolt

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embedded in its head in Pittville Park on Tuesday.

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Despite fears it had lost its eye, staff at Vale Wildlife Hospital

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were amazed to see it was still there after the swelling went down.

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More than 30,000 people descended on Birmingham today to celebrate

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The event was funded entirely by money raised

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And despite the wet weather, organisers say the celebrations

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The year of the Rooster starts off with a bang,

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Thousands gathered in Birmingham to mark the beginning

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The Chinese community encompasses a lot of different cultures as well.

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Although it's called Chinese New Year, it's not actually

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We count ourselves as one big happy family, coming altogether,

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I think it's the perfect thing for a pick me up.

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People born under the sign of the Rooster are said to be

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hard-working but there are also said to be dreamers and flashy dressers.

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Well, they're's plenty of that on offer here today.

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More than 12,000 Chinese people live in the city and that's

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to see Birmingham as a place that is so multicultural

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and having a day that you can come out and celebrate.

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Everyone coming along together, that's what humanity is.

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It's important, isn't it, because we live in a big city

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and different cultures and we need to learn from each other.

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A tiger, a snake, an oxen and a rat, so it was good

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Packed with colour and atmosphere, it seemed the damp weather was no

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match for the high spirits of this truly diverse city.

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Audrey Dias, BBC Midlands Today, Birmingham.

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It's been a wet and miserable day across the region.

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Here's Alex Hamilton with the forecast.

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Well, we started on a bit of a frosty note this morning

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but it is turning noticeably milder over the next few days and as this

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low pressure system starts to move out of the way,

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we are getting rid of some of the wet weather.

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As for this evening, though, there are still some

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We will continue to see some mist and fog patches

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Lows tonight of around six Celsius, so we will be staying frost free.

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As for tomorrow morning, we will have a little bit

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of brightness once that mist and fog starts to clear but then later

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in the day, we will start to see this band of showery rain working

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across the region with highs of around nine Celsius.

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Some milder weather on the way as well.

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Midlands Today will be back tomorrow just after 6am.

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Until then, enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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Good evening. Very soggy down south today. A wash-out of the day for

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some of us. Scotland, northern parts of England, had sunshine. It's going

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to be cold. Already is. This is what is heading our way for the week

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ahead. We need our brollies out and it'll turn Wendy later in the week.

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The rain is clearing. I wouldn't say necessarily particularly drying out

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after this rain band boost towards the east, it'll stay damp but cloudy

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and murky in the north. Maybe freezing fog in places. It will be

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cold in the glands of Scotland. It could be down to -10 degrees, it's

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already about -5 or 6 degrees right now. Monday we've got another band

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of rain heading our way. Most of the West Country, Wales, spots into

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Northern Ireland. Most of southern England overcast with some rain.

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Looks like

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