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this is bbc news. the headlines: lawyers challenge donald trump's order restricting entry to the united states for travellers from seven mainly muslim countries, as iran says it will ban americans in retaliation. the president himself is holding a dealfor the cause the president himself is holding a deal for the cause with other world leaders, including president putin. the prime minister says the uk will enhance trade relations with turkey, as a £100 million deal to develop fighterjets is signed in ankara. this is more than a trade deal. it is the start of a deep defence partnership that will contribute to our overall security. also this hour, a call to ban lorry drivers from using sat—navs meant for cars. it's after scenes like these where vehicles got stuck in narrow roads and wedged under low bridges. and serena williams beats sister venus at the australian open to secure a record 23rd grand slam title. the us president donald trump
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is facing a growing backlash both at home and abroad over an executive order to halt immigration from a number of muslim majority countries. the order, which mr trump says is designed to protect america from radical islamist terrorists, has caused confusion and panic among travellers with some people being turned back from us—bound flights. even green card holders are not exempt. let's take a look at some of the main developments this evening. the new administration has temporarily banned entry to nationals of seven mainly muslim countries, including iran, iraq and libya.
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that will last for 90 days initially. in addition, the president has brought in an indefinite ban on entry for refugees from syria, keeping a promise he made during his campaign for the white house. but the move has taken heavy criticism from within the united states — rights groups have filed a lawsuit demanding the release of refugees detained at new york'sjfk airport. and one leading civil liberties group has called mr trump's policy of extreme vetting a euphemism for discriminating against muslims. abroad, there are major implications for international relations tonight. iran has described mr trump's order as an insult to the islamic world. it says that in response it will ban americans from entering the country. alex forsyth reports. in the last few minutes, the president has finished a phone call in the oval office with president
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putin. on lebanon's streets, the need is clear. here, everyone in four is a refugee who has fled from syria. many wanting to return, there is desperate to move on. they're all of them banned from the us indefinitely. and refugees from everywhere suspended for four months. like this transgender women who fled iraq to beirut. she was in the process of being resettled in america, that now seems on hold. translation: the moment that i heard the news, my dreams were shattered. my the news, my dreams were shattered. my parents want to kill me. i am terrified they will find out where i am now. i hoped i would feel safer in the us, that i would finally be able to sleep in a country for i
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have rights and no one could hurt me. with the flourish of his pen, president trump made sweeping changes, he said to improve america's security. iam america's security. i am establishing new vetting measures to keep radical islamic terrorists out of the united states of america. we do not want them here. the executive order specifically mentions suspending entry from seven countries with predominantly muslim populations. people from those areas have taken to social media in confusion. one said an iraqi friend who fled isis was turned back from her flight. who fled isis was turned back from herflight. in who fled isis was turned back from her flight. in qatar, who fled isis was turned back from herflight. in qatar, the 71—year—old man heading for ellie was sent back to iraq. there was a case—by—case basis on which family lawyers intervened.
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we're waiting for more information on that. but in general it is a state of panic and confusion. this has enormous replications, notjust for refugees but many from the middle east no longer able to travel. president trump says it will improve security, but many have condemned the message it sends to muslim communities around the world. some refugees detained at airports today are being represented by human rights groups launching legal action. the consequences are already being felt and challenged. with me is anna shea, from the refugee and migrants' rights team at amnesty international. can wejust can we just clarify the situation when it comes to refugees? seven countries are facing a ban of three months, what is the situation with
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refugees? amnesty international is condemning in the strongest possible terms this measure, which is frankly hateful. it will affect refugees. in the face of the worst refugee crisis in decades, the united states, one of the richest countries in the world, has promised to ban outright syrian refugees and effectively banned people from six other countries, so that would include refugees from those countries, and those are all predominantly muslim countries. and ban them indefinitely, or a foreign period of time? or a period of time, but that could be renewed. we do not know what will happen at this point, but we are treating it as an indefinite ban. did you see this coming? we had indications that this sort of measure would come about, it is entirely in line with president trump's poisonous rhetoric before he was elected, and so this was an
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expected measure but it doesn't make it any less on waffle or disturbing. argued hearing stories from people who were hoping to the united states and now cannot? yes, there are many people who will be affected, especially people who have fled their homes and are trapped in com pletely their homes and are trapped in completely unsustainable dire circumstances in countries that are already hosting millions of refugees, such as turkey or kenya. these people, one of the only avenues to reach safety, is this resettlement plan. that is also included in this band. the only avenue for hope has been extinguished. what number did that involve ? extinguished. what number did that involve? how many people are likely to be affected by this and the next few months? directly, likely tens of thousands. it is important to keep in mind the types of people who will be effective, these are the most vulnerable of an already vulnerable group. many of those resettled to
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the united states have been women and children. these are the kind of people that president trump says pose a risk to the security of the country, which is preposterous and will likely have calamitous effect on refugees around the world. what can you do? we will fight this measure by any means necessary, under all circumstances this cannot continue. it is unlawful under international rights law and it is com pletely international rights law and it is completely unethical and. when you see it is on waffle, is this something that you will then challenge? yes, absolutely. -- are unlawful. our correspondent david willis is in washington. what sort of reaction has been to this move by president trump,
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particularly in republican circles? the democrats were very swift to condemn this. one spokesman said they would—be cheers coming down the statue of liberty. one of the central planks of america, it's openness to immigrant people has been trampled upon, as he saw it. other groups have condemned this measure as well and they are urging those who argue on green cards to not leave the united states for fear that if they do so they may not be allowed back. the administration is saying that green card holders from those seven nations on the list will be cleared on a case—by—case basis if they seek to come back. but clearly those who were out of the country when that order was signed last night by president trump now find themselves effectively in a
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sort of legal limbo. david, we can see some pictures right now of some protests that are going on outside jfk airport. a fairly sizeable crowd of people, clearly very unhappy with the executive order that president trump has just issued. the executive order that president trump hasjust issued. staying on those pictures, but addressing a slightly tangential point, meanwhile president trump has been having phone calls with otherworldly dares, and he has spoken, we understand, to president putin and angela merkel —— other world leaders. president putin and angela merkel —— other world leaderslj president putin and angela merkel —— other world leaders. i should point out that there were two iraqis that we re out that there were two iraqis that were held atjfk airport for several hours this morning, one of whom has subsequently been released, and he
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is said to have been an interpreter for the us military in iraq and was here in the us under special visa provision. that's all adds to the controversy, if you like. but referring to the phone call was glad you're fit in, we are still waiting for a readout, as it were, from both the kremlin and the white house —— phone call with president putin. we think that there might be information about lifting of sanctions. president troop had —— president trump has been more sympathetic towards president putin. but there are people within his own party who would be aghast at sanctions being lifted due to
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russia's actions in ukraine. senator john mccain has said that should the president attempts to lift those sanctions on russia then he would seek to counter that order by legal means, as he puts it. many thanks. i'm joined from new york by bahman kalbasi from the bbc‘s persian service. what sort of stories are you hearing from iranians who had hoped to come to the united states? many of them live in the united states, so the a rty live in the united states, so the arty rugby as from students to work, to spousal visas, tourist visas, many of course have green cards. these are the largest recipients of these as relative to the six other countries that are listed here, and therefore they are being impacted more than the rest of them. the most difficult ones are the ones who have one family member working or going
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to university year, the wife or the child have been on a trip to iran in the last few weeks and now they are blindsided by this executive order which has prevented the wife and child tojoin the which has prevented the wife and child to join the husband and which has prevented the wife and child tojoin the husband and come back home, which is really where they live. we have heard stories of this endlessly. i have spoken to at least 20 people who have been impacted. mother was waiting for the child to come back, went for a visit to iran, cannot enter the country, was not allowed to board the plane. stu d e nts was not allowed to board the plane. students who were finishing ph.d. programmes, one winter conference outside of the united states, in canada, and cannot come back in. this is impacting iranians and iranians americans living here who
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did not see this coming at all, and for many of them there is no recourse because they are not in the united dates and they cannot do anything about it legally. are there particular implications for people who holds dual nationality? that is another worry. there is more thani million american iranians. one part of this is that they cannot have yourfamily visit of this is that they cannot have your family visit any more, which is quite terrifying for them, to have this blanket ban on them not being able to have their grandmother come, family members come, and fears of other dual citizens, like, for instance, canadian iranians, or british iranians, who have british and iranians passports, worrying whether they would be allowed into the united states. there is a lot of confusion. the green card, there have been three different stories
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from administration, they are not allowed in, they are allowed in, they will be cleared case—by—case. it is very confusing for many people who live here and work and study in the united states. thank you. we will have to leave it there. more now on theresa may's visit to turkey today, where she's announced a defence deal worth more than £100 million to develop turkish fighterjets. the prime minister was in ankara for talks on a post—brexit trade deal. turkey's president erdogan said the visit was an opportunity to strengthen ties and deepen cooperation. from ankara, our political editor laura kuenssberg reports. a morning at the palace. the presidential palace. meeting a president used to doing perhaps whatever it takes to his way. popular, feared too, after a coup that failed against him. but she wants closer ties on trade and defence, but also to make british concerns
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about his behaviour clear. i am proud that the uk stood with you on the 15th ofjuly 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 international human rights obligations, as the government has undertaken to do. no mention of that from him. translation: it gives us great pleasure and it is a privilege to host prime minister theresa may here in turkey. we have had a meeting and a working lunch and the discussions, i hope, will yield success both of countries. just as theresa may was the first leader to enter the trump white house, she was today the first western leader to come to ankara since the attempted coup against president erdogan. she showed that she was unafraid to speak her mind. having delivered the
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message on human rights, the ceremonials could begin. the prime minister able to enjoy the parade and appeared alongside her counterpart, to announce a deal where british firm bae will design turkish fighterjets, the start of a partnership that downing street hopes could bring in billions. but questions about her other new friend, president trump, followed her to turkey, after the american leader banned some muslims from entering the country. asked three times whether she agreed with president trump's ban, this was all that she would say. the united states is responsible for the united states's policy on refugees, the united kingdom is responsible for the united kingdom's policy on refugees. while marking the past, theresa may is following her own path around the world. she cannot choose her fellow leaders, yet politicians, like the rest of us, are sometimesjudged by
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the company they keep. with me is our business correspondent joe lynam. syriza me is very obviously looking for a trade deal with ankara, but is it possible —— theresa may. for a trade deal with ankara, but is it possible -- theresa may. in a word, at the moment no. turkey is pa rt word, at the moment no. turkey is part of a customs union with mostly the european union countries and norway. that put a wraparound all those countries in terms of trade, which means a uniform trade barrier, a uniform trade tariffs is applied to all physical goods that comes into the customs union, and there is no trade barrier within the customs union. turkey is a member of that and those free—trade deals are negotiated by brussels and the european union. they cannot be negotiated by turkey, nor will it be
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the case for britain if it remains outside the customs union. turkey cannot sign a free—trade deal with britain. also heard the prime minister three times refusing to address the situation with the united states when it comes to refugees. but some big technology companies had making their voices heard. yes, the technology sector has been quite a gas that this, because quite a few of the big ones, ebay, amazon, google etc, rely on brainpower from throughout the world. they come into the united states courtesy of something called a hib visa, for highly paid and highly skilled workers. google discovered today that 100 of the staff have passports from the country is being referred to and
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they are overseas and cannot come back. they have recalled all those employees, lest they not be allowed to get on a plane, which we have heard is going to be a serious issue, even if you have a green card, which normally allows you to work in the united states u nfettered. work in the united states unfettered. microsoft have told its shareholders that this could have a material impact on the business. the boss of facebook said that he was the grandson of immigrants and his wife is the doctor of immigrants. the technology sector could push back very hard as they do not have the brainpower that they need to do what they do, and we may need to think about where they are based. tributes have been paid to the actor sirjohn hurt, who has died at the age of 77. he'd been suffering from pancreatic cancer. his career spanned over six decades and more than 120 films, including the elephant man, alien, and harry potter.
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his widow said he was the most sublime of actors who broughtjoy and magic to all our lives. 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? typical. 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 flamboyantly gay quentin crisp. 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
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a famous 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. the former chairman of the bbc board of governors, sir christopher bland, has died at the age of 78. he was also chairman of several other companies and organisations, including bt and the royal shakespeare company. the director—general of the bbc, sir tony hall, described sir christopher as an outstanding chairman and a great communicator who was hugely admired. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news this hour. a second outbreak of birdflu has been confirmed in lancashire at a farm on the wyre near where the first outbreak was confirmed five days ago. the department for environment,
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food and rural affairs says the two farms have business links, and this outbreak affects around 1000 birds. defra says a two—mile protection zone and a six—mile surveillance zone have been put in place around both infected premises. employers are being offered advice about how to reduce the gender pay gap before new regulations come into force in april. companies with at least 250 workers will be forced to reveal the pay rates for men and women. ministers say progress has been made but more needs to be done. a draft letter of abdication from george iii has been in the time. it was written during the american war of independence and is one of thousands of thousands of his private papers released by the royal archives. lorry drivers should be banned from using sat
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navs designed for cars, according to council chiefs. the calls to change navigation systems come after a number of lorries have got stuck in narrow roads or under low bridges. the local government association, wants legislation brought in, to make it compulsory for all lorry drivers in england and wales to use sat—navs specifically designed for their vehicle. keith doyle reports. when a large lorry tried to cross this bridge over the thames in buckinghamshire last year it caused hundreds of thousands of pounds of damage. it was ten times heavier than the bridge's weight limit but its sat—nav did not know that. sat—navs are leading large vehicles into unsuitable roads across the country. it causes damage and disruption. the local government association, which represents local authorities across england and wales, says truck drivers using sat—navs and phones meant for cars are causing mayhem. they want lorry drivers to be forced to use the right kind of sat—navs for large vehicles.
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we're seeing a growing problem, i get more and more complaints from local residents who see country lanes blocked by vehicles who should not be going down them, and they see local high streets blocked by hgv vehicles, and local economies are hit when you just see big lorries going over bridges that they just cannot take the weight for. most truck drivers do use the right kind of sat—navs but they say they are no substitute for common sense. sat—navs are ok, but you cannot rely on them. we've got particularly special ones for hgvs and even they go wrong. it isjust watching road signs and being careful, that is not to say you don't come unstuck and you have to turn around sometimes. the bridge has now reopened after two months of repairs, but locals say they live in fear of a similar accident closing it at any time, and that is why the local government association says something needs to be done to stop drivers of larger vehicles using the wrong kind of sat—nav that is leading them into nothing but trouble.
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time for the weather. there has been quite a shift in the weather over the last 24—48 hours. it has turned milder across southern areas but northern parts of the country are still no pay and there are icy stretches tonight into tomorrow. there will be sunshine but also some rain tomorrow. he was the satellite picture, this is the area of cloud affecting northern radios. some rain across parts of scotland and even some snow through the course of the day. some showers year—round beer and the chance of some ice —— some showers here and there. this is the thickening cloud and then the outbreaks of rain reaching the south
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west of england and northern ireland in the morning and lunchtime. the heaviest of the rain will be falling across wales, the south—west of england. but i think that it will come and go in the morning and into the afternoon. the least amount of rain in the south—east. to the north, northern england, six celsius, still the remnants of that colder air sitting on top of the uk. the rain never really reaches the north, it slips further to the east, a bit ofa north, it slips further to the east, a bit of a wet sunday night down south. for the week ahead, you might need your wellington boots, your umbrella. monday, on balance, what a great day. a lot of cloud around, particularly on the hills, mist and
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drizzle. it is really turning milder and milder across the south, 11 or 12 celsius. outbreaks of rain will reach the west once again on tuesday. this is another weather front. southerly winds will help to push that air into the north. on wednesday, the weather front pushing the milder air into the north will be moving eastwards. leaving behind some sunshine, fresher in a few areas, but on balance the best day of the week. wednesday the best day of the week. wednesday the best day of the week. wednesday the best day of the week, but on balance it will be quite mixed. have a great saturday night.
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