this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines. britain signs a deal with turkey to develop turkish fighterjets worth more than £100 million as talks continue for a trade boost post—brexit. 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 president trump signs an order banning all refugees from entering the united states — there's also a three month ban for citizens from seven nations with a muslim—majority population. tributes to one of britain's most respected actors, sirjohn hurt, who has died at the age of 77. also in the next hour a call to ban lorry drivers from using
sat—navs designed for cars. it's after a number of lorries got stuck in narrow roads and under low bridges. serena williams rewrites tennis history, beating sister venus to capture a record—breaking 23rd grand slam title in the australian open. and, in half an hour — the click team blasts off to space to explore the latest gadgets making high—tech adventures. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the uk and turkey have signed a defence deal worth more than £100 million to develop turkish fighterjets. theresa may has been visiting ankara for talks on a post—brexit trade deal. 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. at a news conference in ankara. mrs may also announced the creation of a joint working group to prepare the ground for the two countries' post—brexit relationship. you mentioned, mr president, 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 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. this is something i have cordially offered madam prime minister. let's speak to mark lowen in istanbul. mark, lots discussed and agreements we are starting to hear about now. yes, a pretty big defence agreement signed between britain and turkey, bae signed between britain and turkey, ba e syste ms signed between britain and turkey, bae systems will help the turkish aerospace industry to build turkish fighterjets as part of a turkish fighterjets as part of a turkish fighterjets as part of a turkish fighter jet programme, it fighterjets as part of a turkish fighterjet programme, it is a deal
worth initially over £100 million. theresa may says this agreement underlines once again that britain isa underlines once again that britain is a great global trading nation and that we are open for business. a defence industry collaboration deal between britain and turkey, so that's one concrete step that's come out of today's meeting. they have both expressed a desire to increase trade, post—brexit britain wants to set upa trade, post—brexit britain wants to set up a close bilateral agreement with another country. they‘ re set up a close bilateral agreement with another country. they're close trading partners and hope to increase that. they've talked about increased security collaboration, of course this is europe's eastern flank so a hugely important border for europe. they're both involved in the coalition against so—called islamic state. interestingly, theresa may also broached the issue of human rights here. there were calls for her to do so with 140,000 people having been arrested, dismissed, suspended since the failed coup here. theresa may said, iam
failed coup here. theresa may said, i am proud that the uk stood you with on 15thjuly, that's the date of the failed coup, last year in defence of your democracy but it's important that turkey sustains that democracy by maintaining the rule of law and upholding human rights obligations as the government has undertaken to do so. so, a delicate way of raising the human rights issue but one which will clearly please critics back home who said that she needed to do so on her visit here to turkey. briefly, theresa may is due to speak to the prime minister, do we know what will be discussed? they'll be talking more about some of the issues she talked about with erdogan, the migrant crisis in which turkey plays a vital role as well, so clearly there's been warmth, i think, expressed between the two different sides today. the political co—operation is strong at the moment and they will hope to follow that up
with even closer trading deals and the like in the months ahead. thank you. 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, 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 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 muslim communities more isolated. alex forsyth, bbc news, beirut. earlier, i spoke to our correspondent in washington, gary o'donoghue, about the controversy surrounding the executive order.
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 air at that stage on their way to the us. we are hearing reports of 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 turned back. so it's sporadic at the moment. we are starting to hear some 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. so 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 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 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 logic behind some of this, because some countries from where terrorism definitely has
come are not on the list. 15 of the 19 hijackers on 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 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 in this 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 social 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 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 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. 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, 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. 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, 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 it was a
brave part to take on. many people said "don't do that, you'll never work again", and so on. 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 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". sirjohn hurt who has died aged 77. you saw a little of the last film john hurt completed at the end of that report, that good night. i spoke to charles savage, the film's producer and asked him how he felt
aboutjohn hurt‘s death? sadness, 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 all men. and the most creative and actually the most energetic of all the actors, just extraordinary. in a way it is summed up, one tried to givejohn the best the set all the time. he wasis part of the team, a wonderful actor to work with. he was 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 constant twinkle and the ability to know every person's name who was involved in the film and to ask them how they were, and tributes have been pouring for sirjohn hurt. authorj. k. rowling who wrote the harry potter books said. the actor elijah wood who worked withjohn hurt in the oxford murders tweeted. and, american director mel brooks mentioned one of his iconic films. and broadcaster stephen fry posted this tribute. with me is the film
criticjason solomons. thank you forjoining us, very sad time for the film world. absolutely, iam very time for the film world. absolutely, i am very sad, i knew him pretty well and my heart goes out... what was he like? i remember the twinkle really, he had this cold black eyes with this twinkle in them. there was a lwa ys with this twinkle in them. there was always mischief, the moustache he carried, sometimes he was growing it for a part, sometimes he kept it there out of, because it was something to play with. it would curl at the edges when he spoke. he would go into that beautiful deep voice, find a softness when he spoke, he could belt it out when he wa nted spoke, he could belt it out when he wanted to, as well. i think the reason i knew him he was such a friend to british cinema. he would p0p up friend to british cinema. he would pop up anywhere. every time the bfi 01’ pop up anywhere. every time the bfi or the london film festival had an event he would be there, notjust because he wanted to go out for a drink, he felt he could lend his
support and be a support to it. recently i saw him last october and he was giving an award to new british film—makers and that's what he was like. he worked with first—time directors, the strangest directors, he would make the strangest choices of roles and you would be watching a film and john hurt would pop up in the middle of a cave 01’ somewhere. he hurt would pop up in the middle of a cave or somewhere. he would bring another texture to a film, an energy, a mischievous would pop up in the film and he's been doing that since a in the film and he's been doing that sincea man in the film and he's been doing that since a man for all seasons, all the way up to that good night and he is evenin way up to that good night and he is even injackie at the moment. way up to that good night and he is even in jackie at the moment. was there a genre, everyone is talking about the elephant man. if you look at his career he was brilliant, whether he had a fondness for it, he was brilliant at playing whitehall mandarins, people at the behest of
government, brilliant in scandal when he played steven ward. he was the sort of a moral conscience in all those films and he was great at being part of political class, even in 1984, he was chewed up by politics. slightly a victim but had the strength to fight back always. whether those were his favourite roles, he loved playing outsiders but he loved words. i said to him why did you not — you did go to hollywood and you were asked to do many things, he said i turned down hundreds because i get the skrept and can't do anything with the words, but the spaces in between, that's what he loved, a script that gave him room to break up the words and put extra john hurt into that character. i don't really know many actors who have never been bad in anything. he's not always been in good stuff, but it was never his fault. he has always been superb in
it and we will miss him tremendously in british cinema. in the 1980s we hardly made any films and the ones had john hurt in them. when you had your discussions with him, you knew him quite well, was there a particular film that he was so proud of? he was fond of a film called love and death on long island, it was a kind of a comeback, he played a writer. he had this relationship with a hollywood star, jason priestley it was at the time, he was quite famous for a while. this role that he did oppositejohn hurt, he loved playing that part, he liked playing for a new director. he went to hollywood, to do a us indie film. he loved working with people who understood what cinema was, the history of cinema. he didn't much ca re history of cinema. he didn't much care for people who wanted to get
thejob done care for people who wanted to get the job done and care for people who wanted to get thejob done and be in blockbusters, he loved working with directors who spoke to actors and the one that is gave him in space between the words to do his best work. fantastic. thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on john hurt thank you so much for sharing your thoughts onjohn hurt who has passed away at the age, sadly passed away, at the age of 77. thank you. lorry drivers should be banned from using sat 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. we are seeing a growing problem, i have 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 theyjust cannot take the weight for. most truck drivers 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 have a particularly special one 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 vehicles of larger vehicles using the wrong kind of sat—navs, that is leading them into nothing but trouble. we are going to bring you some latest news concerning that executive order signed by donald trump yesterday. we have confirmation via reuters from the homeland security spokeswoman which is confirming that the executive order signed by donald trump will bar green card holders in seven of the targeted countries from entering the targeted countries from entering the united states. you remember that
syrian refugees have been banned until further notice. visas for six or seven of the countries including iran and iraq also won't be issued for the next three months. in addition clarification that any of the people from these seven countries that have been listed, whether they hold a green card or not, they will be barred from entering the united states. green ca rd entering the united states. green card holders in seven of the targeted countries listed in donald trump's executive order have been barred from entering the united states. more on that as we get it, of course. some other stories making the news this afternoon. 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, food and rural affairs says the two farms have business links and this outbreak affects around one thousand 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 king george iii has been made public for the first time. the unsent letter — which includes crossings out, redrafts, blotches and scrawls — was written during the american war of independence, and is one of thousands of his private papers released by the royal archives. 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. venus and serena williams bringing true meaning to the term sibling rivalry for 20 years. this is a throwback final between two women who know each other inside out. that was clear in the first set, with five breaks of serve. while venus, in her first grand slam finalfor eight years, was always chasing her little sister, she gave as good as she got, but serena, despite the odd mishap, found that bit extra when it mattered most. the fifth of those five breaks went her way. one set ahead. the second was equally close. venus edged ahead on serve this time, only for serena to match her with brawn and brilliance. both of those was evident for the crucial break. what a winner that was. it allowed serena to serve for the match. with it an open era record and 23 grand slams, surpassing
steffi graf with the seventh australian open title. the world number one spot. and all against her sister. sibling rivalry, most definitely. 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 find out how the weather is doing. a confused picture, phil. good afternoon. there is something
ofa good afternoon. there is something of a mixed bag. good afternoon. there is something ofa mixed bag. i hope good afternoon. there is something of a mixed bag. i hope you won't have been caught by a mixed bag of weather. some of you started pretty wide and then the blue skies came. further south and west, northern ireland, southern wales have seen a bit of sunshine. in the mix has also been a chance of a hefty shower. some hail. some snow in the north because it is that cold and it will get colder tonight. the wind and rain will gradually move toward the northern isles, there we see the clearing skies. isil be a problem. those are temperatures in the towns and cities, watch out for the ice. mild and fair in the south—west. we are just beginning to import the first signs of a weather front coming from the south and south—west. pushing cloud over what would have been a cold start for northern ireland and the midlands. that