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this is bbc news. the headlines. the prime minister talks post—brexit trade deals on a state visit to turkey. we both want to build on our existing links and i believe that doing so will be to the benefit of both our countries and for the prosperity of both our nations. france, germany and human rights groups have expressed concern at president trump's decision to impose a temporary ban on all refugees entering the united states. things fall apart. the centre cannot hold, mere anarchy. tributes to sirjohn hurt who has died at the age of 77. we will talk to the producer of his last film which is yet to be released in the next half hour. also in the next hour, serena williams rewrites tennis history. the star beat sister venus to capture a record—breaking 23rd
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grand slam title in the australian open. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the prime minister theresa may has said she wants britain to build on its existing trading relationship with turkey after brexit. mr erdogan said there were possibilities for future cooperation on issues such as energy generation and the defence industry. at a news conference in ankara with the turkish president, recep tayyip erdogan, mrs may also announced the creation of a joint working group to prepare the ground for the two countries‘ post—brexit trading relationship. you mentioned, mr president,
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the opportunities for enhancing the trade between our two countries and we've discussed that and we both want to build on our existing links and i believe that doing so will be to the benefit of both our countries and for the prosperity of both our nations and we have agreed that we will have a joint working group to prepare the ground for our post—brexit trading relationship. the turkish president said the meeting was very fruitful and he wa nted meeting was very fruitful and he wanted to increase trade between the two nations. translation: and the process as of now between the uk and turkey will be enjoying a very different nature and a very different position and in the economic field the current trade volume is $15.6 billion and within the first phase we hope and pray this rate volume will be increased up to $20 billion and this is the objective we have identified for the nearest future.
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this is something i have cordially offered madam prime minister. let's speak to mark lowen in istanbul. mark, what sort of feeling did you get from that news conference, was ita get from that news conference, was it a successful meeting for the two leaders? i think there was clearly a lot of warmth between the two. they talked about the importance of the alliance and theresa may talking about how turkey is one of britain's old est about how turkey is one of britain's oldest allies, stretching back 400 yea rs, oldest allies, stretching back 400 years, the friendship between the two countries. they discussed trade, as you heard there. they also said they had talked about cyprus, attem pts they had talked about cyprus, atte m pts to they had talked about cyprus, attempts to reunify the island, somalia, security co—operation where there is close co—operation, they're both nato members and parts of the anti—islamic state coalition. there was also — it was interesting she talked about the issue of human rights there, as well. there were
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calls on her to raise this issue with mr erdogan and she said i am proud that the uk stood you with on 15th proud that the uk stood you with on isthjuly, proud that the uk stood you with on 15th july, that's proud that the uk stood you with on isthjuly, that's the date of the attempted coup here last year in defence of your democracy, now it is important that turkey sustains that democracy by maintaining the rule of law and upholding its human rights obligations as the government has undertaken to do. that is a reference to the fact that 140,000 people have been arrested, dismissed oi’ people have been arrested, dismissed or suspended since the failed coup. turkey is the world's leading jailer of journey igss, there turkey is the world's leading jailer ofjourney igss, there is a feeling that the —— journalists, there is a feeling the state of emergency after the coup has increased to all government critics, notjust those thought to be linked to the coup, even though the government denies that. it is interesting she broached that. it is interesting she broached that topic, in a delicate way, dealing with a man who doesn't take criticism easily. how are relations between the uk and turkey? well, politically speaking they're turkey? well, politically speaking they‘ re pretty turkey? well, politically speaking they're pretty good at the moment. britain was resolutely with turkey
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after the attempted military ta keover after the attempted military takeover six months ago. alan duncan, the europe minister was the first eu minister, of any eu country to come here to turkey to show support for the turkish government, that well done well in ankara. boris johnson was here months ago. the trade minister was here. there has been a close connection between the two on a political level. in terms of culturally, etc and how ordinary turks feel about it, it's split. there are some who have close relationship, a lot of warmth to britain, some see britain meddling with turkish affairs therein as a sense of the nationalists side of the country that sees britain as somehow having kind of sliced up turkey 90 years ago, the ottoman. i am frequently labelled a modern day lawrence of arabiya here. there is a lashing out to britain. but the most
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important thing is politically speaking where they're well aligned at the moment. and theresa may feels she has a lot of credit stored up to raise issues like human rights with erdogan, that europe feels worried about at the moment. thank you very much. the united nations has urged the united states to continue protecting refugees, regardless of their religion or nationality. it follows president trump's latest executive order which suspends all refugee arrivals for four months and imposes tough controls on travellers from seven muslim countries. mr trump says the order will protect the country from islamic terrorism. from beirut, alex forsythe sent this report. protection of the nation from foreign terrorists‘ entry into the united states. with a flourish of his pen, another sweeping change, a halt on visas for people from seven mainly muslim countries, heavy restrictions for refugees wanting to enter the us,
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to stop, says president trump, another 9/11. i‘m establishing new vetting measures to keep radical islamic terrorists out of the united states of america. we don‘t want ‘em here. with that announcement, confusion. 0n social media, reports of people being stopped at airports. one said an iraqi friend who fled isis was turned back. in doha, claims that iranians with immigrant visas were being returned to iran. in qatar, the father of a former la times employee in iraq reportedly turned back by us officials, what it means for some is still unclear. but for the syrian refugees who fled war, there‘s no question. they are now indefinitely banned from entering the us, and all other refugees are suspended forfour months. like naveen, which is not her real name, a transgender woman who fled
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iraq, persecuted for her sexuality, now living in lebanon. she was accepted for resettlement in america. that now, it seems, is on hold. translation: the moment i heard the news, my dreams were shattered. my parents want to kill me. i‘m terrified they‘ll find out where i am now. i hoped i‘d feel safe in the us, that i‘d finally be able to sleep in a country where i have rights, and no—one could hurt me. this order will not just affect tens of thousands of refugees, but many across the middle east who regularly travel to the us on visas. google has recalled its staff, saying it‘s worried about the impact it may have. for some, rather than improve security, this will only leave
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muslim communities more isolated. alex forsyth, bbc news, beirut. our correspondent in washington, gary o‘donoghue, has the latest. he has the latest. we are already having some unprecedented reaction to this executive order. it‘s been described as nasty and hearing news also of people being turned away whilst travelling from other countries. yeah, it seems the order came into effect late last night, pretty immediately that donald trump actually signed it and of course there would have been people in the airat there would have been people in the air at that stage on their way to the us. we are hearing reports two iraqis who have been detained atjfk airport, we don‘t know what their status is at the moment. lawyers are working for those, you heard alex in that report talking about the father of the man who used to work for the la times being tufrned back. it‘s
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sporadiy at the moment. we are starting to hear stories. also uncertainty about whether or not, for example, a green card will allow you in, even if you are from one of those seven countries which has a visa ban. a green card gives you a residency here and right to work but it‘s not clear whether or not that will be good enough to get you in even at this stage. huge amounts of uncertainty. those seven countries of course counting for more than 130 million people and the exceptions, the explicit exceptions are very small really. they cover people like those who work for international organisations, diplomats, that sort of thing. but actually doesn‘t really cover business, for example, so really cover business, for example, so people travelling on business are going to be affected too. is there any indication that the countries affected will be reciprocating this action? we haven‘t heard that yet. the interesting thing is that one part of the executive order that was signed yesterday on this talks about
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a 30—day period where homeland security here are going to look at whether or not any other countries need to be added to that list. they didn‘t talk about taking countries off so further countries might get added to that list. of course what is being pointed out here is the irony i suppose, the sort of difficult to understand lodge yk behind some of this, because some countries from where terrorism definitely has come are not on the list. 15 of the 19 people, hijackers of 9/11 were saudi arabian. the other four were from countries also not on this list. egypt, for example, not on that list at all. so, there is a kind of wonder about why these ones were picked and why others weren‘t. the boston bombers, the brothers, they came from the caucuses, for example, they‘re not
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on the list and of course the couple who killed so many people in san bernardino, the wife in that case had come from pakistan, that‘s not on the list either. a lot of bewilderment about why these seven have been picked. the focus seems to be on foreign travel coming into the us, what about home—grown terrorism, is that addressed a in executive order? no, not at this stage. that's the most difficult part of the battle against extremism, that every administration has faced. people operating, often operating alone, you see, inspired by perhaps what they see on the internet and sewing media, which isis has put a lot of effort into telling people, urging people if they can‘t get hold of a gun to use a car, to use a knife, to use whatever they can get their
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hands on to carry out attacks. it‘s that kind of lone wolf attack that is the hardest and there have been several of those here in the united states. there was one in tennessee that i covered where four marines died a couple of years ago now. so this is an enormously difficult system. for donald trump he can‘t really just system. for donald trump he can‘t reallyjust sign system. for donald trump he can‘t really just sign an system. for donald trump he can‘t reallyjust sign an executive order removing the rights of us citizens, there is something called the constitution and his own side wouldn‘t like that at all. thank you very much. donald trump is due to speak to vladimir putin on the phone today for the first time since he took office. the us and russian presidents are expected to discuss the future of sanctions on moscow. in yesterday‘s news conference mr trump was non—committal about whether he was considering lifting the economic penalties. i‘ll be representing the american people very, very strongly, very, very forcefully, and if we have a great relationship with russia and other countries,
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and if we go after isis together, which has to be stopped, that‘s an evil that has to be stopped, i will consider that a good thing, not a bad thing. as well as vladimir putin, president trump has also scheduled phone conversations with the french president, francois hollande, and german chancellor, angela merkel, this afternoon. our correspondent, damien mcguinness, is in berlin with the latest reaction from germany. what sort of reaction — what‘s the feeling by germans towards donald trump? well, i think there is agreement here this first conversation between chancellor merkel and president trump, the first time they‘ve spoken as leaders, will certainly be delicate, diplomatically and politically and that‘s mainly because of the refugee issue as we heard in previous reports, there is a us ban now on refugees and also migrants from
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certain countries and germany, as you know, has taken in large numbers of asylu m you know, has taken in large numbers of asylum seekers. more than a million in 2015—16. donald trump has been incredibly critical of that. he‘s labelled angela merkel as somebody who ruined germany, that the chancellor has made a catastrophic mistake, even called it a disgrace. he has been opposed to the policy on refugees. mrsmerkel has been restrained for her part. she‘s not criticised donald trump openly but when he was — when the results of his election came out, that day her first reaction was that she said she listed a number of qualities and listed human rights, including the respect for minorities and said on the basis of those values, in other words, she drew a line in the sand, she would co—operate closely with the american president. that was seen really as her setting her stall and she‘s been seen since then as almost the new
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leader of the free world or certainly the leader of the liberal west. you are talking about two leaders who have very different views about issues such as refugees and that is the big controversial topic right now. it‘s bound to be a delicate conversation. on the subject of trade sanctions donald trump was non—committal about whether he was going to lift those sanctions against putin. we understand that both the french and germans are saying they do not want those sanctions lifted. that's right. i think that‘s the other major issue for germany, because mrsmerkel was adamant and she really spent a lot of political capital trying to get other european countries and the german business community on side to support sanctions against russia over ukraine. there is a strong feeling here in germany that if the conflict in ukraine had worsened that would have had real impact on germany domestically because we are not so farfrom domestically because we are not so far from the ukraine domestically because we are not so farfrom the ukraine here. there is a real worry about the politicians
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here in berlin and certainly in mrs merkel‘s office that if those sanctions are lifted now by mrtrump, will all those efforts by chancellor merkel have gone to waste? germany is adamant it is cushion to —— crucial to keep those sanctions in place, the line is only when russia abides by the agreement can the sanctions be lifted. this is the other bone of contention between angela merkel and donald trump and there is no way she‘s going to back down on that. the problem is that if america decides to lift sanctions, then the european sanctions are worth a lot less. this is a real political problem and almost potentially a security problem for germany because there is also fears that what is mrtrump‘s stance on nato because that‘s something germany also views as very important to domestic security here. those are the real issues that mrs merkel and the real issues that mrs merkel and the president are going to clash on and it‘s going to be a difficult conversation, to say the least. thank you very much. the headlines: theresa may says the
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uk will enhance trade relations with turkey post—brexit following talks with president erdogan in ankara. concern has been raised at president trump‘s decision to impose a temporary ban on all refugees entering the united states. and tributes are being paid to the ba fta and tributes are being paid to the bafta award—winning actor sirjohn hurt, star of films including alien and the harry potter series, who has died aged 77. stars from around the world have been paying tribute to the actor sirjohn hurt, who has died at the age of 77. he had been suffering from pancreatic cancer. the hollywood actor and director mel brooks said he was a truly magnificent talent, and the authorjk rowling called him immensely talented and deeply beloved. his career spanned over six decades and more than 120 films — including the elephant man,
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alien, and harry potter. nick higham looks back at his life. john hurt, as the deranged roman emperor caligula in the bbc‘s i, claudius. but you ordered no triumphs. well, of course i ordered no triumphs. do you think i'd order triumph for myself? but you ordered us not to order any. yes, and you took me at my word, didn't you? and in the naked civil servant. i wear rouge, i wear mascara on my eyelashes, i dye my hair, i wear flamboyant clothes, far more outre than those i am wearing now. he was an unusual actor, instantly recognisable, yet never typecast. here, he played the notorious and flamboyant quentin crisp. people said tt was a brave part to take on. people said it was a brave part to take on. many people said "don‘t do that, you‘ll never work again", and so on.
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and i said "but it‘s not about homosexuality, it‘s about the tenderness of the individual, as opposed to the cruelty of the crowd, really". his breakthrough had come in a man for all seasons in 1966, a small part in an oscar—winning film. what will you do with it? sell it. and buy what? a decent gown. he earned an oscar nomination himself for midnight express, in which he played a heroin addict in a turkish prison. i'm very pleased to meet you, mr merrick. and another for his performance as the hideously disfigured john merrick in the elephant man. like quentin crisp, merrick was an outsider ostracised by society. perhaps... this. late in his career, he reached new audiences in harry potter. you're my future selves? yes! and in a guest appearance in doctor who. why are you pointing your screwdrivers like that? in one of his last performances, he played a dying screenwriter, quoting lines from a famous
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dylan thomas poem. do not go gentle into that good night. old age should burn and rave at close of day. rage, rage against the dying of the light. today, his widow anwen called him "the most sublime of actors and the most gentlemanly of gentlemen, who touched all our lives with joy and magic". john hurt who has died aged 77. the last film john hurt worked on was that good night, which also stars charles dance. in it he plays a dying screen writer quoting lines from the famous dylan thomas poem from which the film gets its name. things fall apart the centre cannot hold mere anarchy is loosed upon this world. what is anarchy? well,
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it‘s either insurrection or pandemonium or it is the absolutely freedom of the individual to do precisely what he wants. with me is charles savage, he is the producer on that film that good night, the last onejohn hurt completed before he died. it‘s released later this year. thank you very much for coming in. obviously a very painful time at the moment. what‘s your reaction to his death? sads in, i think moment. what‘s your reaction to his death? sads in, ithink and moment. what‘s your reaction to his death? sads in, i think and a big, big loss. john had many more films in him, so it is a loss. what was it like working with him on this film because the cancer had come back, what was he like to work with? wonderful. i mean, the bravest of
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all men. and the most creative and actually the most energetic of all the actors, just extraordinary. in a way it is ummed up, one tried to givejohn the best dressing room and he saidi givejohn the best dressing room and he said i want the one nearest the set all the time. he is part of the team, a wonderful actor to work with. was this film offered to him knowing he had a history with cancer, was this something he wanted to do? i think he wanted to do one big film, i know that. this was an extraordinary part. and one that actually i think opened up a whole lot of his soul which is revealed beautifully in the film. yes, he did know that he had cancer. it was in remission. but he wanted to do the film and brought incredible qualities to it, it was wonderful for us. how will you remember him? just an amazing sense of humour. a co nsta nt just an amazing sense of humour. a constant twinkle and the ability to know every person‘s name who was involved in the film and to ask them
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how they were, never really wanted to talk about how he was. but i was the writer as well, it was a very, very interesting experience in many levels. was there a close collaboration with the two of you? what was interesting about it is that as a writer you usually try and hold on to your words. john doesn‘t need many words and it was wonderful working with him and getting rid of text and actually being pleased because every time you got rid of a sentence really the whole level of drama rose up and up. a man with huge depth as an actor, it was wonderful to work with. what do you think was his career highlight, you must have followed his career, six decades? there is so many, it's impossible. for me i think elephant man isa impossible. for me i think elephant man is a remarkable piece of work. and i think everything he did he just brought an extra level to it. he dug in right into his soul and
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that was extraordinary to watch. did he know this would be his last film, is that something he expressed in conversations with you? no, but i sort of had an instinct it might be and there was — so often sort of on screen at the most sensitive parts you could feel him going into a different level and it was very moving and i think all of us, all the cast were completely entranced with him and the crew and then the work that he does with charles dance is out of this world. it‘s wonderful. thank you very much for joining us here. serena williams has broken the record for grand slam victories, in the modern era, after winning the australian open, to give her, a 23rd title. it was the first final, between her and her sister venus williams for nearly a decade. tim hague reports.
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venus and serena williams giving true meaning to the term sibling rivalry. in the first set there were five breaks of serve and while ven sushgs in her first five breaks of serve and while ven sushgs in herfirst grand slam final for eight years was always chasing her little sister she gave as good as she got. her problem was that serena found that bit extra when it mattered most. the fifth of those five breaks going her way, one set ahead. the second was equally close. venus edging ahead on serve this time only for serena to match it. it was evident for the crucial break. what a winner that was. it allowed serena to serve for the match which she achieved and with it a record, 23 grand slams now, surpassing
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steffi g raff, 23 grand slams now, surpassing steffi graff, the world number one spot and all against her sister. sibling rivalry. sibling love, even more so. the uk‘s 2017 eurovision entry has been chosen. former x—factor contestant luciejones will represent the country in kiev in may with the song ‘never give up on you‘, which was written by a former eurovision winner. lucie beat five other singers to win the combined public and jury vote in a live tv show last night. all of the potential acts were former x—factor contestants. good luck to her! we will catch up with the weather with phil. good afternoon: some of you faring nicely, some of you are not, look at
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this. come over really! there we are. this is the way it‘s looking at its worst. widely across scotland, that‘s how it is looking probably at its best, in the opposite corner of the country. that cloud across scotland is producing a bit of rain with wet snow, as well. elsewhere, it‘s a mixture of sunny spells and showers, coming into parts of northern ireland, wales, south—west of england, some of those showers moving east. with the sunshine it‘s ten, without it it‘s three or four. the cloud and rain eventually confining it self to the northern isles, with clearing skies, the ice isa isles, with clearing skies, the ice is a bit ofa isles, with clearing skies, the ice is a bit of a problem, if your particular surface hasn‘t been treated. milder conditions eventually getting into the south—west. that‘s the first signs of a weather front that will try and dominate across eventually northern ireland and much of england and wales. the north—east of england and wales. the north—east of england and much of scotland, clearer, dryer conditions here throughout the day. you will lock in that cold start as the cloud comes
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over the top from northern ireland to the midlands. further south 11! hello. this is bbc news, with lu kwesa burak. the headlines at 2.30pm: breaking news coming to us following that meeting between theresa may and the turkish president erdogan. it has been announced that a landmark deal, a defence agreement has been signed between turkey and the uk, they have signed something called a heads of agreement which will establish a partnership for the continued development of the ambitious turkish fighter programme known as, worth over £100 million and this first contract has been
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