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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 2. labour's shadow chancellor, john mcdonnell, calls on all the main political parties to agree a new independent system to tackle sexual harassment at westminster. when all the political parties meet, my view is that there should be an element of independence in there, particularly for support as well so people can feel confident about where they can report these things and at the same time how it can be dealt with. the conservative mp for dover, charlie elphicke, denies any wrongdoing after being suspended by the party over serious allegations. police in new york say they are investigating a credible allegation of rape against the film producer harvey weinstein. us climate scientists clash with donald trump as a major report says human activity is driving global warming. also in the next hour, only around half of fixed speed cameras in the uk are actually switched on.
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and new figures reveal that some police forces have turned all their cameras off. and david sillito reports on the shortlisted buildings for this year's riba stirling prize. that's in half an hour, here on bbc news. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. labour's shadow chancellor, john mcdonnell, has called on all the main political parties to agree a new independent system to tackle sexual harassment at westminster. mr mcdonnell said the recent allegations of misconduct by mps were distressing and undermined public confidence in the political system. last night, the conservative mp charlie elphicke
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was suspended by his party. the tories said "serious allegations" had been referred to the police. mr elphicke said he'd done nothing wrong. our political correspondent emma vardy reports. claims of harassment and abuse in the political sphere so no sign of subsiding. —— show no signs. charlie elphicke, the conservative mp for dover since 2010 is no longer a tory mp, at least for now. last night the new chief whip, julian smith, issued a statement... charlie elphicke‘s anger at how he'd been treated was clear. he tweeted. .. meanwhile, there are still serious questions for labour about the suspended mp kelvin hopkins. jeremy corbyn is under
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pressure to answer why mr hopkins was promoted to the shadow cabinet even after he was reprimanded following complaints of sexual misconduct from a young labour activist. mr hopkins has said he denies the allegations. today the party leadership said thorough investigations must now take their course to reassure the public. we've got to ensure there is confidence in the investigation process, both from those expressing their concerns and complaints, but also those accused as well. i'm hoping now we can start giving the confidence back to people because we are establishing this independent process. and the labour mp clive lewis has strongly denied groping a woman at the labour party conference back in september. the allegations that have come to light over the past week are wide—ranging, from a touch on the knee to accusations of rape, and party officials are braced for what could come next, but as the claims and counterclaims mount up, a veteran of british politics has called for balance,
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saying that this unfolding sex scandal is becoming a witchhunt. i don't think there is anybody who would seek to defend rape or sexual abuse. in the context, there is no proof that i can see yet of any wrongdoing. how does a member of parliament refute that? it's a witchhunt. political parties want to be seen to be acting quickly. theresa may is due to meet party leaders on monday to discuss the way forward. a culture change is taking place in british politics that many say has been long overdue. emma vardy, bbc news. and emma joins me now. as you were saying, what comes next? as you were saying, what comes next? a number of investigations are taking place. many people wondering where this will end up. many people comparing this to the expenses scandal, which was a watershed moment for british
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politics in 2009. at the moment it is not clear if this will end up in criminal charges, perhaps by—elections. charlie elphicke is the latest person to have been suspended. many people think they will not be the last. we are looking carefully at what organisational changes there might be as a result of this. we know there is a cross— party of this. we know there is a cross—party meeting on monday, where party leaders will look at more of an independent grievance procedure going forward. we have been hearing today from a former chairman of the committee for standards in public life, sir alistair committee for standards in public life, siralistair graham, and he has been questioning what form this new independent procedure might take. whether it needs a new body or whether it just needs take. whether it needs a new body or whether itjust needs some very skilled professional people able to deal with complainants and carry out investigations is another matter, but i still think the key issue, who will these people report to? is it going to be the house of commons
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standards committee, will it be the full house of commons, will it be the prime minister, or the leader of the prime minister, or the leader of the opposition? these are key issues that will have to be quickly sorted out. you do get the impression that westminster is a very close shop and how that independent voice would fit in. what is the impression in terms of damage done to the political parties? with theresa may and jeremy corbyn are very much under pressure over this. at the moment, as if the government did not have an on its plate, dealing with brexit, also working without the proper majority, asa working without the proper majority, as a result of the deal with the dup. it has mounted more pressure at a fragile time for the government. some of the important questions about what comes as a result of all this, when it has run its course, they are looking at whatever changes and whether they will have the confidence of the public. whatever is put in place will need to have the confidence of younger
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parliamentary researchers, parliamentary researchers, parliamentary aides, people who might be vulnerable to this kind of sexual misconduct. it does the pressure on the government at a difficult time and there could be more revelations coming out in the sunday papers tomorrow. there has been lots of talk. very quickly, have you heard any discussion of how they go about proving these historical allegations? exactly. if you look at the expenses scandal, there were paper trails and concrete ways of getting to the truth quickly. whatever independent procedure is put in place will have to grapple with this difficult subject of where i'm comfortable, inappropriate behaviour becomes sexual harassment or possibly abuse. there are lots of grey areas in between. sometimes it is clear cut, sometimes it is not. it is difficult to prove. thank you. police in new york say they have a viable case against the hollywood producer harvey weinstein. the announcement came after an actress, paz de la huerta, made claims that mr weinstein
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raped her twice in 2010. she is among dozens of women who have come forward to accuse the 65—year—old of sexual misconduct. he has denied all allegations of non—consensual sex. richard galpin reports. recent weeks have seen a torrent of allegations against harvey weinstein. and now comes the first word of a possible arrest. new york detectives are investigating a claim by the hollywood actress paz de la huerta that the former movie mogul raped her twice back in 2010 and she has now spoken to the cbs network in the united states. the new york police say her account is credible.
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we have an actual case here. we are happy with where the investigation is right now. mr weinstein is out of state. we would need an arrest warrant to arrest him. so right now we're gathering our evidence, we continue to do so every day. already some of hollywood's biggest names, among them gwyneth paltrow and angelina jolie, have come forward to accuse harvey weinstein of sexual harassment. he issued a statement emphatically denying any allegation of nonconsensual sex. mr weinstein is now under investigation both in the united states and here in britain. like ripples in a pond, and accusations of misconduct against men of wealth and influence appear to be growing rapidly. richard galpin, bbc news. netflix has cut all ties with kevin spacey, who plays
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the lead role in one of its most successful series, house of cards. the company said it would no longer be involved in the series if the actor continued to be part of it. mr spacey has faced allegations of sexual misconduct from a number of men. earlier this week production on house of cards was suspended. the white house has attempted to downplay the findings of a report which goes against the trump administration's view on climate change. the study, compiled by us government scientists, said it was "extremely likely", with 95 to 100% certainty, that global warming is man—made, mostly from carbon dioxide through the burning of coal, oil and natural gas. earlier, richard black of the think—tank the energy and climate intelligence unit explained the significance of this report. well, i think there are a couple of things that are particularly significant.
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one is the timing because the report comes immediately before this year's round of united nations climate change negotiations which start next week in bonn, germany. the other thing is that they have looked, i mean, a lot of what the report contains is not news in the sense that this is very much the consensus view of climate science. they have looked to the future and the unpredictability of some pretty serious consequences, such as the release of greenhouse gases from the arctic, as the arctic warms. the message they are really spelling out is that we're at a time of choice now, restraints on greenhouse gas emissions reduce extreme weather events and so on, and other climate impacts in the near term, but they also reduce the risks of series and unpredictable things happening in the future. a spanishjudge has issued european arrest warrants for the sacked catalan leader carles puigdemont and four of his allies who went to belgium. the five failed to attend a high court hearing in madrid on thursday, when nine other ex—members
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of the regional government were taken into custody. mr puigdemont has said he will not return to spain unless he receives guarantees of a fair trial. an american citizen has appeared in court in zimbabwe, charged with insulting president robert mugabe. martha o'donovan is accused of being behind a twitter account which posted a tweet saying the country was being led by a selfish and sick man. ms o'donovan, who works for a satirical video outlet, denies the allegations as baseless and malicious. the lebanese prime minister, saad hariri, has resigned. in a statement read out at a news conference in beirut, he voiced fears of being assassinated, saying the current situation was similar to that when his father rafik was killed in 2005. he also criticised iran and the hezbollah militant group which wields considerable power in lebanon.
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our correspondent, martin patience, joins us from beirut. how is this announcement, this resignation being received? people here are absolutely stunned, stunned by the resignation, stunned by the fact that the lab and nice prime minister resign not in lebanon, but in saudi arabia. —— that the lebanese prime minister. this has injected a great deal of uncertainty into a fragile political scene in lebanon. you have to take the broad picture. this is notjust about lebanon but the whole region. there are two regional powers that are fighting a proxy war in several countries in the middle east. one is saudi arabia, which backs al—hariri, and the other is a iran, which backs
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hezbollah, a major player in lebanon. this is a country which has largely not been hit by the violence that has convulsed this region in recent yea rs. that has convulsed this region in recent years. many people are fea rful recent years. many people are fearful that the kind of violence we have seen elsewhere could spill onto the streets here. that is the fear. it is not certain that that will happen, but it has heightened tensions between the two communities in this country. any idea as to who is going to replace him? we have got no idea who is going to replace him. he has submitted his resignation. we have yet to hear from the president of the country. we have yet to have a real science, other than mr al—hariri's on words that he feared for his life and that is why he is resigning. many people
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find that pretty extraordinary, because he sat down with members of the opposition, the international cabinet, just a few days ago. some people will be saying, you are talking to these people i know you have gone to saudi arabia to resign. this resignation has raised more questions, lots of questions have now been opened. people will be searching for answers, but whether or not they will get those answers to their satisfaction, it remains to be seen. at the moment, lebanon is staying into a chasm of uncertainty. people here are deeply worried. thank you. we have breaking news. it is concerning a girl, a seven—year—old girl who was critically injured. this was reported on friday morning.
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it has now been confirmed that she has died and 855—year—old man has been charged with the attempted murder of a seven—year—old girl. —— 55—year—old man. the suspect, who was known to the victim, is due to appear before magistrates in wimbledon, south—west london, later today. the metropolitan police had arrived at an address in wimbledon at around 8:00am yesterday morning, friday morning. they found the girl with critical injuries is how it has been described, she was then taken toa been described, she was then taken to a south—west london hospital, where her condition was said to be life—threatening. following her death, a 55—year—old man has been charged with the attempted murder of a seven—year—old girl, and we would
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presume that charge will be turned to murder. more on that as we get it. the headlines on bbc news: labour's shadow chancellorjohn mcdonnell calls on the main political parties to agree a new independent system to tackle sexual harassment at westminster. the conservative mp, charlie elphicke, denies any wrongdoing, after being suspended by the party over serious allegations. police in new york say they are gathering evidence after an actress accused him of raping her seven years ago. only around half of fixed speed cameras in the uk are actually switched on, according to figures obtained through a freedom of information request to police forces around the country. and at least four police forces don't have any fixed speed cameras at all. alan clayton reports. for motorists caught out by them, they infuriate and bring a hefty fine.
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safety campaigners argue speed cameras are lifesavers. new research suggests only around half of the luminous boxes throughout the uk are operational. the press association sent a freedom of information request to all of the 45 forces asking how many fixed speed cameras they had and how many were active. the 36 which responded had a total of 2838 cameras, of which only 52% were working. forces in cleveland, durham and north yorkshire said none of their fixed speed cameras were active. while northants said it turned its cameras off six years ago but left them in place to deter speeding. those than replied said they used mobile speed cameras and regularly reviewed which cameras were turned on. i suspect in this case there thinking that the yellow boxes are there, they're sending out the message that motorists ought to be recognising about risky roads, but they're also increasingly
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looking to more advanced technology such as average speed cameras, or indeed better engineering of the road, which might have a more beneficial affect. the national police chiefs council said the decision to use cameras was an operational matter and that all forces have individual responsibility for their use of the cameras. alan clayton, bbc news. president trump has visited pearl harbour ahead of a marathon tour of asia, the longest by a us president in 25 years. mr trump will leave hawaii later, arriving in tokyo on sunday, then it's on to south korea, followed by china, then vietnam for the apec summit. he will round things off with a visit to attend the 50th asean summit in the philippines. tensions over north korea's nuclear programme are set to dominate the agenda, as steven mcdonnell reports, from tokyo. here in tokyo, people are expecting
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donald trump's visit to be completely dominated by security issues emanating from the north korean nuclear threat. now, in theory, the united states and japan do have a lot to talk about — trade for example — but everyone knows all of these other issues are going to be completely swamped by north korea. on his way to asia, donald trump also travelled to pearl harbor in hawaii, where other side of the sunken ship uss arizona they had a wreath laying ceremony. but perhaps more crucially in hawaii, he also had a briefing from the generals at the us pacific command, speaking about regional security. no prizes for guessing what they would have been talking about — again, north korea. when donald trump arrives injapan he'll be meeting us troops based here. the same in south korea. perhaps this is a way of sending
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a message in terms of american capabilities in this part of the world. he'll also be trying to build a coalition of asian governments in an attempt to pile even more pressure on the north korea to get them to give up their nuclear weapons. that includes beijing. now, some analysts have said that china hasn't done enough in this regard, but donald trump says of his chinese counterpart xijinping that his effort so far has been "pretty terrific." more than three billion litres of water leak out of the uk pipe network every day — that's enough to fill more than i2—hundred olympic size swimming pools. despite efforts by water companies in england and wales to reduce the amount of water lost, it's an issue which doesn't look like going away soon, as tim muffett has been finding out. disruptive...
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all the roads are blocked off and traffic was maimed, to be honest. and expensive. customers can't come to the shop because we have the flood. when water leaks the impact can be huge. it took four months to repair this road in birmingham last year. sometimes leaks are easy to spot. underground, they can go undetected for months or years. this is a new approach to a very old problem. we've got the drone attached to a really sensitive thermal camera that's going to be flying the length of the pipe, where we need to trace the leak. this is a demonstration, but anglian water will next week begin trialling a new way of finding leaks. with heat detecting drones in the air, a mix of hydrogen and nitrogen will be pumped into pipes. by putting the gas inside the pipe we can then see that outside the pipe, as if it were emitting from a pinprick in a balloon, and we can see the gas inside the soil.
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and that's much more easy to pick up on a thermal imaging camera than, say, the escaping water. images of pipes will be carefully a nalysed. it is hoped the tiniest of leaks will be picked up by the thermal cameras on the drones. it's a far cry from the traditional method of finding leaks that's still widely used. damien, what are you listening for? i'm listening for water escaping out of a pipe under pressure, which will make a whooshing sound. some leaks are caused by old, corroded pipes, sometimes low temperatures and ground movement are to blame. it's a very, very old—fashioned piece of technology, isn't it? this just gives you an idea that there's a leak within the vicinity of where you're working. it doesn't pinpoint exactly where. new attempt to tackle the problem have been welcomed by the consumer council for water, which represents customers. what we see is big companies that make a lot of profit wasting water and that just really winds customers up. next month the consumer council will publish its annual report
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on leakage across england and wales. leakages have gone up by about i%. there was a lot of progress immediately after privatisation in the early 90s, but that progress has now stopped. some companies have improved leakage rates and different criteria are used to measure progress, but when it comes to cubic metres of water leaked per kilometre of pipe, the worst performers are united utilities in the north—west of england, third from bottom, then south staffordshire water and in last place thames water. its leakage rate is over twice the national average. all three companies told us that reducing leakage was a priority and that more resources were being committed to tackling the problem. but with more than three billion litres leaking from uk water pipes each day, the challenge won't be draining away any time soon. tim muffett, bbc news. there is a warning that the increasing number of helium
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balloons and sky lanterns being released are a growing threat to marine and wildlife in this country. the objects are often released for special occasions but their impact could be very serious for animals in both the sea and on land. campaigners say their warnings are still not being heard. dan johnson reports. the litter in our seas, an issue largely hidden. and how it gets there isn't always clear. so look at this, and think about it. where do they land ? what goes up must come down. and the result is trouble at sea. it's wildlife getting tangled in them, the plastic litter is very unsightly. campaigns have been running for years but the message isn't getting through. most people thinking they are having a great time, we will let balloons off, there isn't much of a problem.
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but it is when you bring that visual impact that has been ingested and getting wrapped up with bits of string and bits of balloon out of their mouths as well. it could be internal, we find that out when we're able to do a postmortem. the amount of plastic in the ocean is already a threat to marine ecosystems and sea life. and the truth is, it's impossible to tell how much balloons are adding to that problem. because the impact is out there, offshore, unseen and unmeasured. so balloons get released without consideration of the consequences. it landed in the field, and being curious she swallowed it. and they can be just as deadly on land. jennifer's horse died after choking and panicking. right through here with it tangled up, in her back leg, crashed through this, and broke her neck,
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and she laid dying for what seemed an eternity. the horse was aiming to be a top showjumper just like her sister here. they don't understand that they are releasing litter into the air, airborne litter, and if anyone dropped that on a pavement they would get heavily fined for. it is causing untold suffering for animals that are eating them in the fields and they are either becoming very injured or killing them. conversationalist say they are notjust out to spoil people's enjoyment. we want people to have as much fun as possible but there are other wildlife friendly alternatives they can use instead of releasing sky lanterns. the call is for a wider ban on balloons and people to keep their impact in mind before they drift off out of sight. if you have ever wanted to own whitney houston's grand piano, orjackie kennedy's nightgown,
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or perhaps even a painting by frank sinatra, well you're in luck. an auction is due to take place where all of those things are up for sale. the star item is a special car, which had a very special owner. tim allman explains. elvis aaron presley, an icon of the 20th century, the king of rock and roll. # it's a long and lonely highway when you're travelling all alone # but a king needs to travel in style. and this pink cadillac was as cool as it got in 1957. for 30 years it sat in a museum, but now you can own it. as far as any of his automobiles that had been available with that kind of provenance, i haven't seen one in a very, very long time. so, dollar wise, is the question of the hour. it could be 100,000, it could be 2 million, you just never know, that is the beauty of auctions. we will see what happens. other items up for grabs include a grand piano given as a gift to whitney houston by her husband bobby brown.
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and a nightgown that once belonged to jacqueline kennedy onassis. what is so exciting for people is that not only are they connecting to these people and the icons they love, but also the fact that they tragically passed and we lost them so early. this is that opportunity to own a little piece of them and have something that was so close to them so close to us, because we love them so much. the biggest seller is expected to be elvis‘s pink cadillac, but if you don't happen to have $2 million burning a hole in your back pocket, this jar containing some of his hair might be a little bit cheaper. time for a look at the weather. it is an important not to die, and icing showers on that globe? showers are the story at across the
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western half through tonight. but there is dry weather as well. we started with dry weather in the east, beautiful skies and shanshan feng the west. as we go through the afternoon we will clear the rain away from the south—east, it will be away from the south—east, it will be a struggle to break the cloud up. but further west we will seek sunnier skies. temperatures are struggling, seven in belfast and we will seek showers coming in. when she of a higher ground in scotland, but further east it is largely dry with clear skies, that the temperatures are dropping away overnight, particularly in the east where the wind is lightest. but we must outwit some showers, they will fade away as the day goes on, temperatures will travel even in the


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