a very warm welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to our viewers in north america and around the globe. my name's mike embley. our top stories: america's top intelligence chief says there's no doubt russian cyber hackers tried to interfere in the us presidential election. i don't think we've ever encountered a more aggressive or direct campaign to interfere in our election process than we've seen in this, in this case. a car bomb has killed two people in the turkish city of izmir. officials say kurdish militants were behind the attack. police in mexico arrest 600 people after demonstrations over petrol prices lead to looting and violent protests. and diana's letters to a buckingham palace steward, six are sold at auction for more $20,000 dollars. american intelligence chiefs have given their most explicit
warning yet about the threat, as they see it, from russian cyber attacks to the united states and beyond. they insist there's no doubt russia tried to interfere with the us presidential election, although they've stopped short of calling it an act of war. they will brief donald trump on friday. the president—elect is unconvinced, so far, about moscow's involvement, and the kremlin denies it. nick bryant reports. washington is investigating what could be the biggest political break—in since watergate. in the ‘70s, it was the building belonging to the democratic national committee that was burgled. in 2016, it was the computer system at the party's present headquarters. a robbery in cyberspace, rather than in person. and us intelligence believes it was orchestrated by vladimir putin, from the kremlin, to help donald trump win the election.
i want to welcome all our members back to the committee. today, those allegations were aired publicly on capitol hill at this republican—controlled congressional committee. every american should be alarmed by russia's attacks on our nation. there is no national security interest more vital to the united states of america than the ability to hold free and fair elections without foreign interference. that's why congress must set partisanship aside, follow the facts, and work together to devise comprehensive solutions to deter and defend against and, when necessary, respond to foreign cyber attacks. america's director of national intelligence, james clapper, said he stood more resolutely by a statement released in october, before the election, that moscow was interfering to help donald trump. he was asked if that was an act of war. whether or not that constitutes an act of war, i think, is a very heavy policy call that i don't believe the intelligence community should make, but it would certainly carry, in my view, great gravity.
the president—elect has repeatedly rubbished the notion that he achieved a kremlin—assisted victory, and has publicly poured scorn on america's spies. he's also spoken approvingly ofjulian assange, the founder of wikileaks, who released the hacked e—mails and claimed the russians weren't involved. that's enraged senators from both parties. who actually is the benefactor of someone who's about to become commander—in—chief trashing the intelligence community? i think there's a difference between scepticism and disparagement. director clapper, how would you describe mr assange? i don't think those of us in the intelligence community have a whole lot of respect for him. then, this blunt and direct message for president—elect trump from a senior member of his own party. i want to let the president—elect know that it's ok to challenge the intel, you're absolutely
right to want to do so, but what i don't want you to do is undermine those who are serving our nation in this arena until you're absolutely sure they need to be undermined. and i think they need to be uplifted, not undermined. trump tower these days has its own micro climate of twitter storms, and today was no different. the president—elect took to social media to complain thatjournalists were being dishonest in saying he agreed withjulian assange, and that he was a big fan of the intelligence community. the president—elect will receive a briefing from james clapper at trump tower tomorrow and that has the potential to be live now to los angeles and to kristen eichensehr assistant professor of law at ucla and a specialist in cyber security. how do uss the intel and how do you rate the impact overseas and in the us —— how do you assess. rate the impact overseas and in the
us -- how do you assess. they stated today as strongly as they could their unanimous view that russia is responsible for the hacking of the democratic national convention. what is troubling about the response so far from donald trump is that he seems to be denying attribution is possible, both in the specific case of the democratic national convention hack and even more generally and going forward that's dangerous. it risks destroying the credibility of the very entities that president trump will have to turn to to credibly tribute feature attack in a way that both domestic and foreign audiences will find to be credible and trustworthy.” suppose in case we get to two holier than thou about this, it's not like the us or the west in general has not interfered in other elections. we have to say mr clapper has been known to tell congress things that aren't strictly true, the mass of aliens of us citizens exposed by mr snowden he explicitly denied to congress. what we are seeing over
time is both the settling of opinion across the united states intelligence community but even if government attribution is incredible, this has also been confirmed by numerous private security companies so you are seeing the confluence of private and public actors saying the evidence of this is credible. even for those who might be sceptical of the government, there are the private company attributes as well, and that is how this started injune. company attributes as well, and that is how this started in june. the washington post is reporting american officials have intercepted communications showing russian officials congratulating themselves on the outcome as a geopolitical win for sure, what do you make of that? it will be interesting to see what comes out of the community report that will be briefed to president 0bama today, and president—elect trump tomorrow and released in a redacted or unclassified version on monday and we may have more details as director clapper mentioned in his
testimony today about the motivations and other intentions the us has about russia, but there's a lwa ys us has about russia, but there's always the idea of protecting sources. evidence like that may not be included in the declassified public version. thank you very much, good to talk to you. a car bomb has exploded in the turkish city of izmir killing a police officer and a court official. police shot dead two militants in a gun battle outside the court but a third escaped. the turkish government says weapons found at the scene suggest a much bigger attack had been planned. catriona renton reports. cctv cameras captured the moment of the explosion. we cannot hear it, we can see the scale of the damage in izmir. amateur video from nearby shows smoke billowing up upwards in the aftermath and this is the wreckage. people say the bomb was detonated after officers attempted to stop a vehicle in front of
izmir‘s courthouse. a police officer and a quarter employee were killed, others were wounded. translation:” was at the security area when a black car approached and crashed into the policeman, he got out and exploded a bomb in his hand, i ran into the market and lay down on the floor. a second car was blown up in a controlled explosion. police killed two of the attackers following a shootout involving officers and a number of men carrying machine—guns. a third person is reportedly still being sought. some believe a larger attack may have been prevented. translation: based on the preparation, the weapons, bombs and ammunition is seized its understood ammunition is seized its understood a big atrocity was being planned. protesters gathered at the scene of the attack. some shouting slogans against the kurdish separatists, the pkk. the governor of izmir has
already said he believes they are behind the attack. the group, however, has not claimed responsibility. 39 people were killed in a terror attack at new year ina killed in a terror attack at new year in a nightclub in istanbul. so—called islamic state claimed to be behind it. speaking at the opening of a metro line in turkey's capital, ankara, the president said the country would not be divided by terror. translation: they couldn't destroy our unity and won't be able to do so. they couldn't harm our unity and solidarity and they won't be able to. now it is the normally peaceful seaside town of izmir that is in mourning as once again turkish people are left with a sense of fear for their safety in their own country. catriona renton, bbc news. police in mexico have arrested more than 600 people in the wake of violent protests over a 20% increase in the price of gasoline. officials say the unrest has resulted in the death of a policeman and a bystander.
will grant reports. in mexico, they call it the government's overnight fuel price hike which took effect on the first of january. it also hike which took effect on the first ofjanuary. it also refers hike which took effect on the first of january. it also refers to this. at least 250 shops have been ransacked in response with hundreds of looters and protesters arrested amid the chaos. the eastern state saw the worst of the looting with some stores emptied of clothing and food. others of electrical goods and flatscreen tvs. the protests quickly spread to other areas of the country to two, including hidalgo in mexico state. in the capital, mexico city, traffic ground to a halt as those most affected by the price rises, truck drivers and transport union workers, set up blockades along the
main thoroughfares. meanwhile, in the very centre of the city protesters turned out to call for president enrique pena nieto to stand down. translation: i'm marching because i'm angry about all of this corruption, the mishandling of this corruption, the mishandling of things by the government and by congress. mexico can't take this any more. i wanted this government to stop overburdening us, to stop hitting a rope around our necks with taxes that we don't understand clearly —— taxes that we don't understand clearly — — stop taxes that we don't understand clearly —— stop putting. taxes that we don't understand clearly -- stop putting. for his pa rt clearly -- stop putting. for his part the mexican leader continues to defend the price rise as a necessary measure. translation: there's no greater cost to a society than that of being irresponsible in looking after the stability of our economy, and that is why we must all take on this challenge so we can continue moving forwards. with the first wave of protests and looting, a new sense of fear has taken hold in parts of mexico with
thousands of shops choosing to close for the day. rumour and counter rumour about the scale of the disorder is rife on twitter, sometimes using images from unrelated protests in different countries to show the. it is part of a year—long price liberalisation programme and with president—elect trump's policies already showing signs of hurting the mexican economy, this may only be the start ofa economy, this may only be the start of a difficult period at the gas pumpfor of a difficult period at the gas pump for millions of ordinary mexicans. will grant, bbc news, mexico. four people have been charged with a hate crime and battery in the us city of chicago after a man was tortured in a video broadcast live on facebook. the suspects face a number of charges including aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. police say the victim has special needs and have described the video as sickening. catharina moh has more, and just a warning you may find some images in this report disturbing. a graphic attack streamed live on
facebook. a man bound, beaten and tortured in chicago. we've had to blur most of it. the assailants can be heard shouting racial slurs. it's sickening, you know, it makes you wonder what would make individuals treat someone like that. i've been a cop for 28 years and i've seen things you shouldn't see in a lifetime but it still amazes me how you still see things that you just shouldn't. in one part of the half—hour video they use a knife to remove half—hour video they use a knife to re m ove pa rt half—hour video they use a knife to remove pa rt of half—hour video they use a knife to remove part of his scalp and he's forced at knifepoint to say i love black people. police said the victim has mental health challenges. they found him wandering the streets disorientated. he was traumatised clearly. like i said, it took most
of the night for him to calm down and off for him to talk to us. he is and off for him to talk to us. he is an acquaintance of one of these suspects and apparently they met out in the suburbs. police say he may have been kidnapped for up to 48 hours prior to the assault. have been kidnapped for up to 48 hours prior to the assaultm have been kidnapped for up to 48 hours prior to the assault. if you look at that video, they were just... stupidity. investigators don't believe this was a racist attack. they believe the victim was targeted because he has special needs and it's possible the suspects we re needs and it's possible the suspects were trying to extort something from the victim's family. catharina moh, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: growing up with a future president. why barack obama's half—sister says their upbringing prepared him for office. the japanese people are in mourning following the death of emperor hirohito. thousands converged on the imperial palace to pay their respects when it was announced he was dead. good grief. after half a century of delighting fans around the world, charlie brown and the rest of the gang are calling it quits. the singer paul simon
starts his tour of south africa tomorrow, in spite of protests and violence from some black activist groups. they say international artists should continue to boycott south africa until majority rule is established. teams were trying to scoop up lumps of oil as france recognises it faces an ecological crisis. three weeks ago, the authorities confidently assured these areas that oil from the broken tanker erika would head out to sea. it didn't. the world's tallest skyscraper opens today. the burj dubai has easily overtaken its nearest rivals. this is bbc news. i'm mike embley. the latest headlines: america's top intelligence official warns russian cyber attacks pose a major threat to the us, insisting there's no doubt that it tried to interfere with the presidential election. a car bomb in the turkish city of izmir has killed two people.
police say they shot dead two militants thought to be behind the attack. a third is still on the run. well, let's get more on that now. with me is enis senerdem from the bbc‘s turkish service. welcome. thank you for talking to us. welcome. thank you for talking to us. some comfort that police have thwarted plans for a larger attack. still, the country has seen two major terra attacks in the first week of the year. yes, people are feeling insecure in the country right now. two attacks in the first week of the new year, and this follows up a very brutal year for turkey as well. we have seen numerous attacks targeting turkey carried out by numerous groups which killed hundreds of people and there is of course a heightened feeling of
insecurity. people are talking with their loved ones and expressing their loved ones and expressing their feelings and they are going on social media and finding a lot of conspiracy theories. the fact that these conspiracy theories are getting traction is also showing us the country is feeling insecure. as michael ola reported, it is hard to secure a country of 80 million people bordering syria and iraq facing twin threats from the pkk kurdish militants and the extremist group called is a mistake. this won't happenjust group called is a mistake. this won't happen just through increased policing? the government believes extending the current state of emergency would actually prevent these attacks and would create security. we have seen thousands of police officers patrolling capital cities like istanbul, and izmir, but
the policing, as the correspondent in istanbul says, isn't preventing these attacks. last year showed us that and this year started in the same way. critics of mr erdogan and the turkish government are saying more reunifying policy discourse is needed for the country to reconcile and become one again, otherwise these groups will continue to exploit turkey's divisions and carry out attacks. surely, what mr erdogan is doing is a bigger project, rebuilding the state to do with a security issue — better intelligence has to do with it, doesn't it? yes, many are asking the turkish intelligence chief to resign, and also the interior minister is also criticised, but so far we didn't see any move in that direction. they are still in their post—s and the government is supporting them and mr erdogan is expressing his support
and showing this defiance against these groups, but so far the government believes that it is in a strong position. as a matter of fa ct, strong position. as a matter of fact, just last week the interior minister said turkey has never been stronger in its history, so that's the part of the turkish government. thank you very much indeed. my pleasure. in other news: the united states has added osama bin laden's youngest son, hamza, to its anti—terror blacklist. the state department says hamza bin laden, now in his mid—20s, has become active as a leader of al qaeda. it's alleged he's called in audio messages for attacks on western capitals, and threatened to avenge his father's death. donald trump has said the car manufacturer toyota will have to pay high import duties if it builds a new factory in mexico. the president—elect tweeted that toyota should "build the factory in the us or get prepared to pay big border taxes." the new factory is due to be built on mexico's baja california peninsula, producing corolla models for the american market. six handwritten letters
from princess diana to a former royal steward have sold at auction for more than 15,000 pounds — about 18,000 dollars. the notes include some insights about the then young princes, william and harry, with one revealing that prince harry was constantly in trouble at school. sarah campbell reports from the auction house in cambridge. are we finished now? no, we're not. £3,000, £3,200. all done this time, the hammer is up, and it's going to go at £3,200. estimated values were quickly exceeded, as the world snapped up a little bit of royal memorabilia. as expected, it was diana's heartfelt letters to palace employee cyril dickman, the head steward at buckingham palace, which fetched the most. she was a mother who obviously cared about her children. and she was very generous, and she wasn't afraid of putting her thoughts down on paper. and that was shown in some of the lots we sold today. september 1984, and prince william's eagerness to see his new baby brother was plain to see.
five days after the birth, diana wrote, "william adores his little brother and spends the entire time swamping harry with an endless supply of hugs and kisses, hardly letting the parents near." that letter sold for more than five times the guide price. selling this time... ..at £3,200. bids are coming in online and on the phone from across the world, i'm told particularly america, japan and australia and all the lots so far have easily exceeded their reserve price. another letter, this time from 1992. alluding, perhaps, to the troubles in her marriage, which were about to be made public, she thanks cyril for thinking of her at this "difficult period" and writes that the boys are well and enjoying boarding school a lot, although harry is constantly in trouble. again, this sold for more than £3,000. cyril died in 2012. today, his grandson watched nervously as the family collection went under the hammer. it means a great deal. i mean, it's a good thing my grandfather's name's ben spread,
—— i mean, it's a good thing my grandfather's name's been spread, and, again, my family. and, again, itjust raises the profile of what a great royal family we have. the royal family is a source of fascination around the world and, almost 20 years after her death, it appears the interest in diana and her life has barely lessened. sarah campbell, bbc news, cambridge. his days in office are numbered, and this week barack obama has been working hard to try to save his political legacy. but for the outgoing president's half—sister, the end of his administration is as much about family as policy. she grew up with him in hawaii, and has been talking to the bbc about their younger days, and what he'll do when he leaves the oval office. growing up, mum certainly gave us a wide range of tools to become the people who we are. that being said, my brother was kind of a regular guy who loved his friends, who bodysurfed and who played basketball.
i think that hawaii has given my brother a sort of laid—back attitude and an ease within himself. he wasn't a candidate for school president or anything like that, he didn't have at least vocalised aspirations for that level of civic engagement, and it wasn't until later that he became a little more serious, he became aware, after moving to la and then new york, i think of the challenges that we face as a country, as a people and community, and sought to find remedies and think about his place in his community and the country and the world. election night was surreal. i will never forget who this victory truly belongs to. it belongs to you. that night i could see all the faces looking at him and they were inspired, excited, it was quite awesome to just recognise and understand how
palpable their hopes and aspirations for his presidency were. i do think that he has changed. he has gotten wiser, he has become i thinkjust a deeper version of himself. he obviously knows challenges with greater nuance and depth. he has seen a lot of suffering and sorrow, whether it was through international disaster or the result of shootings in our country, and those were for him the most terrible days. so, our hearts are broken today for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children, and for the families of the adults who were lost. he often has said sandy hook was for him the worst day of his presidency.
but i would say that he hasn't changed in any fundamental way. in terms of his relationships, who he is as a man, how he communicates, the things that he values, i think that he has remained remarkably unchanged, actually. he will not miss, frankly, the intensity of the spotlight just before we go, let's take a look at these pictures, not much excuse out, hey, it is a baby elephant, this is part of a lengthy rehabilitation process to heal an injured foot. his front left leg was caught ina injured foot. his front left leg was caught in a trap set in november. the wound has improved significantly. this treatment is being undertaken to avoid having to use a prosthetic leg. it could take up use a prosthetic leg. it could take up to two months. that's it. thanks very much for watching.
hello there, good morning. yesterday morning we saw the lowest temperature so far in england this winter, we got to —8.1 in rural oxfordshire. this morning the frost is nowhere near as widespread. there'll be some across the south—eastern quarter of the uk, but, the further west you go, a lot more cloud, and that cloud is bringing at least some rain with it but it's also helping to get the temperatures up, seven or eight degrees to start the day in glasgow and belfast. but it'll be quite widespread in the western side of scotland, the eastern side faring a little bit better. still cloudy and it's quite wet in northern ireland first thing this morning. some are even fringing into the western side of england and wales. not quite into cornwall and devon at this stage, so it's largely dry here. head further east and it's not just cold and frosty, there'll be some patches of fog, and some of the fog will be slow to clear, and it could be quite dense in places, so do bear that in mind if you're heading out on the roads. some fog in eastern anglia, it'll be a chilly old day here. chilly here across northern england, but a fair bit of cloud and just a little bit of rain first thing.
now, our main area of rain will topple its way further southwards and eastwards through the day, so it'll eventually get down to the midlands, some light and patchy rain here into the afternoon, but it never really gets to east anglia and the south—east, here it'll stay fairly cloudy into the afternoon, but there'll some breaks, but it's also where we see the lowest temperatures. further west, mild air coming from the atlantic, could get into double figures. and that milder air, the less—cold air, comes in from the atlantic on the westerly breeze, pushing a little bit of patchy rain across some parts first thing on saturday but, actually, into the weekend a lot less cold than what we've seen recently, but a lot of cloud across most places through the weekend and a little bit of patchy rain and drizzle, but certainly not a wash out, just pretty grey skies. so, we do see a lot of cloud on saturday, a little bit of rain here and there, maybe a few breaks in the cloud, top temperatures around about ten or 11 degrees, so something a lot less cold coming into the united kingdom, but we've got this cold northerly wind down across central and eastern parts of europe, and it really will be a very cold weekend through the balkans,
it could go as low as —10, and that'll be daytime temperatures, so a big contrast across europe this weekend. second part of the weekend back on our shores looks like the first part of the weekend, a lot of cloud, not much rain, but there will be some, and temperatures peaking at around about nine or 10 degrees. and then on into the early part of the coming week we start to see something a bit more unsettled developing, a weather making its way south and east across the uk, and note on our isobars on the chart, it'll be quite windy, the rain starts in scotland and northern ireland and then a steady progress starts in england and northern ireland and then a steady progress south and eastwards across the rest of the uk. the latest headlines from bbc news. i'm mike embley. three senior american intelligence leaders have told congress that russian cyber attacks targetted last year's race for the white house. russia has always denied it ordered the hacking of democratic party e—mails and the production of fake news. donald trump is to be briefed by intelligence agency chiefs before the weekend. two people have been killed and least five have been wounded
in a car bomb explosion in the turkish resort of izmir. the blast took place outside the city's courthouse. two of the attackers were shot dead by police and a third is said to be on the run. in mexico, a police officer is dead and more than 600 people have been arrested after violent protests followed a demonstration over petrol prices. demonstrators are furious about a 20% increase announced five days ago. protestors have blockaded highways and petrol stations. let's have a quick look at some of the front pages of the morning's papers. the ft says top spies in the us are on a collision course with president—elect donald trump two weeks before his inauguration.