gamble responsibly. fa cup matches this weekend were streamed live on the bet365 website. fans wanting to watch had to either place a bet or spend at least £5 to open a betting account. gambling addiction has repeatedly been cited as a major issue forfuelling mental health problems. tracey crouch was the sports minister when this deal was done. i'm deeply uncomfortable about the rights deal with bet365, i think many people will want to watch the magical fa cup and will seek ways of doing so. and if that means downloading a gambling app then they will do that. and that in turn can lead to some very harmful behaviour in the future. as the body which regulates football's betting rules, the fa ended a lucrative deal with bookmaker ladbrokes injune 2017, after this contract was done. today it said, "we will review this element of the media rights sales process ahead of tendering rights
to the new cycle from 2024/25 season onwards." the government wants the deal ended now, but it is complicated, much like football's relationship with bookies. more than half of england's top 44 football clubs have a gambling company as their shirt sponsor. natalie pirks, bbc news. time for a look at the weather. here's helen willetts. quieter day of weather today but still a question mark over what will happen tonight. let me take you through what is happening today, we are not without showers and rain, this was taken in the highlands in scotla nd this was taken in the highlands in scotland and we have a good deal of showers but also some sunshine. but this cloud is still with us across england and wales and it links back to these lumps of cloud in the atla ntic to these lumps of cloud in the atlantic in the areas of low pressure that i giving us that headache. this is how it is set up at the moment, the rain already returning on the weather front to the south but we have some sunshine between the showers further north but it feels much colder across scotland, northern ireland, northern england, that mild air and that rain is still with us further south. as i
say, that's really the question mark, it looks as if england and wells will have their first significant rain for some time, 20-30 significant rain for some time, 20—30 millimetres falling through the coming night but it's how deep the coming night but it's how deep the area of low pressure forms. and that depends or determines how strong the winds are. at the moment, we expect a windy spell as well as a wet spell, perhaps the windiest across southern and west coast, gales are possible, so it is one to watch. but either way, the wind and rain combine to make some hazardous conditions if you are travelling through the early hours of thursday morning and when it comes into the cold air, and you may have noticed some snow there, potentially for the pennines into the cumbrian fells and southern uplands and it stays relatively mild in the south. we have frosty weather in the north tomorrow and by the time we get to daybreak the rain is pushing northwards, moving out of the way driven by the strong winds. the afternoon brings more heavy rain back into the south and west later. sol back into the south and west later. so i think still cold in the north tomorrow, the legacy of the weather
system still with us bringing cloud, could be brighter weather in between but again some more wet and potentially some more very windy weather to come through southern areas. tomorrow night on the next areas. tomorrow night on the next area of low pressure looking set to batter parts of northern france and even the channel islands, but thereafter high pressure builds in at least temporarily. friday starts really cold, widespread frost, and following on the rain could be quite icy. and then the day ahead promises to be pretty decent, not especially warm because it will be a cold start but we are picking up an atlantic wind through friday. it will bring in more rain, probably after dark for northern ireland and scotland for northern ireland and scotland for the most part, but when the rain sets in, and across north—west england and parts of wales, that strong wind pushing more rain in through friday night into saturday, saturday night as well, so it looks as though we will see some very wet and windy weather in the north and west. as i say, please stay tuned, more on the website. thank you, helen willet.
a reminder of our top story. two us airbases in iraq are hit by more than a dozen ballistic missiles fired from iran. that's all from the bbc news at one — so it's goodbye from me — and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. good afternoon, it's just after 1.30pm and here's your latest sports news. the government want the football associtaion to consider immediately ending a deal with a gambling company that allows them to show fa cup matches. bet 365 has had the rights to show the ties on its website and app since the start of last season. fans have to either make a bet or open an account to watch. the fa cut ties with gambling firms injuly 2017, but this deal was done before then. they say they'll review that part of their rights sales process, but a former sports minister wants more immediate action.
well more immediate action. i hope the fa do actually consider well i hope the fa do actually consider this deal before 2024, 25, the right steel because i think there is real concern about this deal now rather than in the future andi deal now rather than in the future and i think that it is only right that the fa do look at how this deal came about, whether it was something that they had full oversight of and whether or not it is something that they wish to be associated with here and now, particularly as we start to look at whether we bid for the football world cup in 2030. england's director of cricket, ashley giles says the five day test format is precious, and needs to be protected. world cricket‘s governing body want to try and try to manage the strain on players and the international schedule, so will will consider reducing tests to four days when they meet this month. england beat south africa on a dramatic fifth day's play in cape town yesterday. there's been a scathing assessment of manchester united's performance in their 3—1 defeat to manchester city in the league cup last night. manager 0le gunnar solskjaer said united's
display in the first leg of the semi final was their worst of the season. they were completely out—played for large parts of the game at old trafford. city won 3—1. from their goal to half—time, yeah, it is the worst they have ever played. before then, it could have gone either way, you know, but that doesn't matter now. we have just got to focus on saturday, norwich. after that second half, we have got something that we can believe in. leicester play aston villa in the other league cup semi—final tonight. there's full coverage of the first leg on bbc radio 5 live from 7 o'clock tonight. you know you're in trouble when both your parents are angry with you. have a look at stefanos tsitsipas. he's absolutely furious with himself at the atp cup in australia. he smashed his racket, but caught his dad, who's also his coach. and then got a telling off from his mum who was in the crowd.
he laterjoked that he'll probably now be grounded. great britain play in the quarter finals of the competition tonight. johanna konta has pulled out of next week s adelaide international as she prepares for this month's australian open. konta's been managing a knee problem for much of the past year. on monday, she lost in the first round in brisbane. max whitlock says the tokyo olympics won't be his last. the 26—year—old will defend the two titles he won at the 2016 rio games in japan later this year. he says there's no reason why he can't still be competing in 2024, as long as body allows him. ifi if i can go to tokyo and then paris, so if i can go to tokyo and then paris, so five more years that would be the dream which would be four olympics ifigo to dream which would be four olympics if i go to all of them. i think that is the target but by then i will be
an old man in the sport sol is the target but by then i will be an old man in the sport so i will have to take my time, take it year by year, obviously tokyo is the main aim at the moment and hopefully we can go there with the team. an old man? i don't think so. and a lovely story from the bdo darts last night. this is leighton bennett making history as the youngest player to take part in the world championship — he's just 14 years old — onlyjust, as well, his birthday was on new years eve. bennett is already the youngest youth world champion. he didn't win however, losing to former champion scott mitchell. but we're sure he'll be back. that's it for now, more in afternoon live. good afternoon, you are watching bbc news. we are going to look at some of the main story this lunchtime but
we are talking about carlos ghosn who is in beirut in lebanon and he was the head of nissan, he skipped bailand is in was the head of nissan, he skipped bail and is injapan where he is being investigated on financial regular regularity charges. he has been making an impassioned case in his defence in a news conference. it is still going on as you can see. i can't tell what he is pointing out but presumably this all relates to his case. that is certainly what he has been talking about in the last 15 minutes or so. there's just here a little bit about what he had to say at the start of the news conference. thanks to the systematic leaking of false information and distorted information and the intentional withholding of information by the prosecutor and bite nissan, i was presumed guilty before the eyes of the world and subject to a system that only
objective is to secure guilty pleas without regard to the truth. i have come to learn that my unimaginable ordeal over the past months as a result of unscrupulous vindictive individuals at nissan at the law firm with the help of the prosecuting office. i'm not above the law and i welcome the opportunity for the cruise to come out and have my name vindicated and my reputation restored. i did not escape justice. i fled in justice and persecution, political persecution. —— injustice. after being ina persecution. —— injustice. after being in a system that was trying to break me, i was left with no other choice but to protect myself and my family. it was a difficult decision
and the risk one only takes if resigned to the impossibility of a fair trial. with strings being pulled and manipulated by those dead set on securing a confession or a conviction, his only goal... the fa ct, conviction, his only goal... the fact, the truth, justice are irreleva nt to fact, the truth, justice are irrelevant to these individuals. this was the most difficult decision of my life but let us not forget that i was facing a system where the conviction rate is 99.4%. and i will bet you that this number is much higherfor the bet you that this number is much higher for the foreigners. the legitimacy of a justice system should not rest on its conviction rate but instead on the confidence that it searches for and honours truth and dispenses fair and just
outcomes. it is the prosecutors aided by a petty, vindictive and lawless individuals. in government at nissan and the law firm, who are destroying japan pump sets reputation on at this stage, they are fuelling a side to a modern country. it is them who should be held to account. the charges against me are baseless. why do you think the prosecutors have leaked false information to the press against japanese law? i have the intentionally given evidence that supports my innocence. why have they delayed, 13 months after, the still undetermined trial date and extended
the investigation timeline? why have they rea rrested the investigation timeline? why have they rearrested me and signed my legal defence documents? why were they so intent on stopping me from talking and giving a press conference where i give my sides of the story? why have they spent 14 months trying to break my spirit, banning me from all contact with my wife and surveying my every move? so, carlos ghosn and speaking in beirut where he fled to after leaving japan. doubtless there will be more on that in the business news, putting up a robust defence of his actions after being investigated on financial irregularities. there have been celebrations in iran
following the missile attack on two bases used by us troops in iraq. the overnight operation was in response to the killing of general qassem soleimani in a us drone strike last week. more than a dozen missiles were launched from iran in the early hours of the morning. they struck air bases in al asad, in the west of baghdad, and irbil in the north. it's unclear if there have been any casualties. the foreign office has said it doesn't believe there are any british casualties for sure. donald trump said damage was being assessed. boris johnson trump said damage was being assessed. borisjohnson has been speaking about this. speaking at prime minister's questions, he said britain was doing everything it could to "dial down" the tension in the region and that iran should pursue urgent de—escalation.
our assistant political editor norman smith was watching. we finally heard from borisjohnson on the subject then? yes, first time we have had borisjohnson say anything about this crisis since it blew up five days ago when he was on holiday in the caribbean so that was striking. the other thing striking was a very different sort of pmqs, one that finished on time. it was almost like a blast from the past because you remember during thejohn bercow years it could go on for nigh on an hour but it finished almost on the dot. a flurry of questions about scottish independence, let's mall over all that. lucy, let's start with jeremy corbyn
over all that. lucy, let's start withjeremy corbyn on general soleimani. he clearly views his assassination as illegal and is suspicious that borisjohnson is a siding on president trump because he wa nts a siding on president trump because he wants a trade deal. do you back that analysis? no, not really. ithink jeremy was asking some very legitimate questions. people can assert their own motives on that if they want to but i do think this was they want to but i do think this was the first outing we have had of the prime minister, he has been absent whilst this major international crisis has unfolded which affects britain and affects british interest and troops greatly and i think asking some questions about how we arrived at this because of course, whatever you think of soleimani, he is certainly no friend of britain. he is an enemy of britain. assassinating him in that way, without any discussion with allies, it had some impact on britain so i think it is important that the leader of the opposition has the
chance to ask some forensic questions and the prime minister should have turned it —— shouldn't have turned it into a political punch and judy show. surely even asking those questions, jeremy corbyn should have a company that was some sort of condemnation of bats's track record of what he has done. i think he has done that. there is no doubt that this guy has caused a lot of problems and is probably responsible or is responsible for a number of british troops being killed and damaged but as is happening around the world week and has questions about how we arrived at this. whatever you think about president trump's conduct, it
is...i about president trump's conduct, it is... i don't think that's a suitable way to look at it. looking to care about president trump in the way he has conducted himself and his operations, to behave appropriately, it doesn't follow that you can't both condemn the actions on the behaviours of the regime or an individual but also want to make sure that you conduct yourself absolutely properly and within the law by anybody's standards and i do think that it is extraordinary that there hasn't been a dialogue between americans and the uk prior to this action happening. it is clearly something that could have a very far— reaching something that could have a very far—reaching consequences and you say that is the end of the matter but i think that remains to be seen. we hope that things will de—escalate andi we hope that things will de—escalate and i think the uk government here has a really important role in making sure that they take a very serious tone on this, they need to be able to challenge the allies that
they have and they need to be able to foster some kind of de—escalation. to foster some kind of de-escalation. i mention at the beginning that this is the first time we have actually heard from borisjohnson in this crisis was not remarkable anyway because we have a situation where british allies are potentially at risk. you would surely expect a prime minister to come out and reassure speak for the nation? —— british lives. come out and reassure speak for the nation? -- british lives. clearly he has been having conversations with the us president and many of our allies so i think he has been having allies so i think he has been having a lot of these conversations and he came out today, he was very clear... only because it is prime minister's questions. yes but he has dealt with the issue. you talk about is whether we should have known in advance, apparently in operational areas, and none of us know the details of what led to the operational decision of the us but it is not uncommon for
this to happen and them not to give advance notice was i think even when they went after bin laden we didn't get advance notice so that is not unusual but clearly jeremy get advance notice so that is not unusual but clearlyjeremy corbyn was given very clearly the opportunity to say soleimani, is he a terrorist yes or no and he couldn't even bring himself to said which is unbelievable and i think it is very clear which is why the british people really do not trust him on defence was up time and time again he cannot bring himself to say the words that basically defend our nation and our troops and our allies andi nation and our troops and our allies and i think that is an indictment on him. i really don't think this is the moment to have those kind of conversations. i think it is incumbent on all of us here, as politicians, the leadership of this country, to help de—escalate the situation is and i don't think today
trying to political point score was helpful. then we just moved onto one of today which was at the very different sort of pmqs we had. we had a much shorter session of questions and answers, what is your ta ke questions and answers, what is your take on that? is that something you think will be good or actually prefer the rather more expansive john bercow style? i'm quite relaxed of whether it is 30 minutes, 45 minutes, 15 minutes of a difference. what they did was get through every single question and had actually an extra question which they asked of a labourmp extra question which they asked of a labour mp that was put in at the end so labour mp that was put in at the end soi labour mp that was put in at the end so i think is very well conducted. the question is very well conducted. the question is very well conducted. the questions were relatively short and actually the answers were a bit more concise as well and the speaker himself didn't feel the need to say very much during the proceedings and i think all of that basically shave to the minutes of but i don't think it was a question of people not getting on foot i think everyone got
in. the questions were shorter and i think that helped to keep things to an appropriate timescale. it is helpful if things are instructed and thatis helpful if things are instructed and that is more predictable way that the other side of that coin is that it is going to be vital to make sure that everyone has their say so people from all over the place have mps here and they will expect them to have their voices and make points on their behalf so as long as people still have that opportunity to be heard, i think that has got to be the key thing in all of this and certainly something running to time seems like a good thing to me. certainly something running to time seems like a good thing to melj suppose the concern is that half an hour a week, it is not much? no, it is not much. borisjohnson had the opportunity yesterday to come to parliament to make a statement himself on the iranian situation and he didn't do that so i hope that he will continue to come, his predecessor to reset mate used to come and do hours and hours of answering questions and i hope we see that continue. —— theresa may.
what happened today was there was a shorter amount of time, still a lot of benches got in so i think that is probably a good thing. we will see how it goes, thank you very much everyone. it is worth noting that tea m everyone. it is worth noting that teamjohnson everyone. it is worth noting that team johnson are suggesting that he will be less available should we say to people in the media, less inclined to respond to crisis it so we may have to rely more on pmqs if we may have to rely more on pmqs if we wa nt we may have to rely more on pmqs if we want to hear from the prime minister and becomes a much more important event and perhaps it has beenin important event and perhaps it has been in recent years was not interesting. thank you, norman smith that there at westminster. about 9,000 nurses across northern ireland have begun a 12—hour strike over pay and staffing levels. more than 2,000 appointments and procedures have been cancelled. the heads of northern ireland's health trusts have warned that the strike could tip services
over the edge. pat cullen, director of the royal college of nursing in northern ireland, spoke to us a little earlier from belfast. nurses have been telling those very health chiefs for many years now. it is all a matter of record that the system was about to tip and actually that we were in an absolute crisis in the health service in northern ireland. that is not new information and certainly shouldn't be new information to those health chiefs. what nurses said to me last night, when those very health chiefs came out on the airwaves and said to them, enough is enough, they may tip the health service over, i wish they had listened to ourvoice for the many years that we have been telling them, please do not put in place cost savings plans, freeze nurses vacancies and put in temporary measures to get money out of the system. please put back in the 2800 nurse vacant posts in northern ireland and please address the nursing crisis. nurses in northern ireland are coming into their work everyday and every night and having to manage in an absolute crisis situation. beds lined up in corridors,
single rooms meant one patient. there are two patients pushed into it now and with one oxygen point, it is those nurses that are trying to deal with that day to day. they're waking up in the morning and they get out of their bed and go into their work and it is with an absolute dread and they wonder how we get through the day? how will we provide that care? how are we going to cope and how we can keep our patients safe because someone has to take the responsibility and last what we have seen is our nurses are saying it is tantamount of bullying going on by our health chiefs and putting the responsibility on to nurses and trying to silence the nursing voice once again, the very voice that is speaking up for patients and nurses in northern ireland and saying that enough is enough. the european commission president ursula von der leyen has been delivering a lecture in london — she says the eu and britain will have to prioritise what they want agreed by the end of this year, unless there is an extension of the negotiating period. our partnership cannot and will not be the same as before.
and it cannot and will not be as close as before because with every choice comes a consequence. with every decision comes a trade—off. without the free movement of people you cannot have the free movement of capital, goods and services. without a level playing field on environment, labour, taxation and state aid, you cannot have the highest quality access to the world's largest single market. the more divergence there is, the more distant the partnership will be and without an extension of the transition period beyond 2020, you cannot expect to agree on every single aspect of our new partnership. we will have to prioritise.
the european union's objectives in the negotiations are clear. we will work for solutions that uphold the integrity of the european union, its single market and its customs union. there can be no compromise on that. ursula von der leyen speaking in london earlier today. more on that and the latest with the iran tension is all coming up at tpm but we will pause and have a look at the weather. we are not without some rain, we have had some heavy showers and brisk winds blowing through scotland, northern ireland and northern england but at least between the showers there is some sunshine. more limited further south, it is brighter however the cloud as thickening now and it will bring more rain back into the south—west as we go towards the evening rush hour so a rather wet
end to the day here. at least it is still relatively mild whilst further north, the sunshine makes it noticeably colder than yesterday and it will be a colder night. the big talking point of the rain coming into the south or the strength of the winds. we will certainly see a significant rain across england and wales, 20 to 30 millimetres and there's the potential for some very windy weather which is giving us a headache at this short time ahead as to how deep that low pressure will be and how strongly ones will be but they have the potential to be lively and gusty we go through the night and gusty we go through the night and into tomorrow morning's rush hour. that will bring the rain in and the potential over the pennines, dumfries and galloway, the southern upland area, cumbria cells with some snow and showers but it stays relatively mild further south but mild, wetand relatively mild further south but mild, wet and windy so through the morning rush, not nice weather to drive on. hill fog as well and
potentially snow and those real gusty winds which look strong as ever gusty winds which look strong as ever southern and western areas but asi ever southern and western areas but as i say, we have some uncertainty still and more to come in later. more rain and strong winds. quite did turbulent day tomorrow and it was still feel cold, particularly in the northern part of the country. that second low skips over france but that ridge of high pressure builds in for many parts of the course of friday so some dry weather for england and wales but again as we approach the end of the day we have at the rain this time coming back into scotland and northern ireland. rain and strengthening winds and there are warnings out for that rain because it looks set to last three friday evening, friday night, further pulses of rain on those weather fronts, certainly through saturday, even to the beginning of sunday so there are weather warnings out and they are on the website.
hello, you're watching afternoon live — i'm simon mccoy. today at 2pm... two us airbases in iraq are targeted in retaliation, the iranians say, for the death of general soleimani, killed last week in a us airstrike. as president trump tweets that there were no casualties and that "all is well", borisjohnson warns iran not to retaliate further. we of course condemn the attack on iraqi military bases hosting coalition forces. iran should not repeat these reckless and dangerous attacks, but must instead pursue urgent de—escalation. wade mystery surrounds the crash of a ukranian passenger plane in tehran — more than 170 people are killed — including three from the uk.