tv BBC News at One BBC News January 6, 2017 1:00pm-1:31pm GMT
head—to—head — donald trump is to meet us intelligence chiefs in the row over their claims of russian hacking. they insist they've evidence the kremlin interfered with the presidential election — claims mr trump has challenged. his use of social media to engage in the row have prompted the outgoing vice presidentjoe biden to tell the president—elect to grow up. also this lunchtime: hundreds of people attend the funeral in huddersfield of the man shot dead by west yorkshire police on monday. russia says it's starting to withdraw its forces from syria in light of the current ceasefire. an iceberg a quarter of the size of wales is close to breaking away from the antarctic ice shelf. wind whistles. and the sounds of stonehenge — scientists reveal another of the ancient stones‘ secrets. and coming up in the sport on bbc news: the manchester city boss is hoping for a "specialfirst experience" of the fa cup third round, when they visit west ham this evening.
good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. donald trump will meet with the heads of the us intelligence services later today, over claims that russia interfered in the american presidential election. the heads of the cia, fbi and national intelligence all insist the kremlin ordered a cyber attack to help mrtrump‘s campaign. but the president—elect has made his doubts very public, in a series of comments on social media. last night, the outgoing vice—president, joe biden, told the president—elect to "grow up", saying it was "absolutely mindless" not to have faith in intelligence agencies. daniel boettcher has the latest.
us intelligence is convinced russia tried to influence the american election by hacking democratic party e—mails. president—elect donald trump has not only dismissed that, but set himself on a collision course with the intelligence agencies. their determination to show that they're right was made clear at a congressional committee hearing. the hacking was only one part of it and it also entailed classical propaganda, disinformation, fake news. the claim is that a hack designed to help donald trump win was authorised at the very highest level in russia. something he has rubbished from the start. i think it is ridiculous. it is just another excuse. i don't believe it. i don't know why. once they hack, if you don't catch them in the act, you are not going to catch them, they have no idea if it is russia, or china, or somebody.
it could be somebody sitting in a bed someplace. earlier this week, he appeared to support comments made byjulian assange, the founder of wikilea ks, who has denied russia was involved in any hack. later he wrote on his twitter feed, the media lies to make it look like i am against intelligence, when in fact, i am a big fan. but then in another tweet, he has again questioned theirjudgment. so how and why are they so sure about hacking, he wrote, if they never even requested an examination of the computer servers. what is going on? today, some of the most senior figures in us intelligence will brief him on what they know. iam hoping he is going to be respectful of the profession. respectful of the agency as well as the rest of the intelligence community and looking forward to a rather robust, if not sporty discussion on this issue. and there has been blunt criticism of mr trump's approach from his political foes. for a president not to have confidence in, not to be prepared to listen to the myriad
of intelligence agencies, from defence intelligence, the cia etc, is absolutely mindless. an unclassified version of the intelligence findings is to be released. whatever the american public makes of that information, the relationship between the president—elect and the intelligence community is already strained. daniel boettcher, bbc news. ina in a moment we will speak to our security correspondent, llera, gordon corera, but first, aleem maqbool in washington. these are very strong words from joe biden. yes, we heard about a collision course with the intelligence services in america but also a collision course between donald trump and members of his own party,
who want something done about this, but strong words from joe biden, who also said the way donald trump was behaving was almost like saying that he knew more about physics than his professor, even though he hadn't read the book, hejust professor, even though he hadn't read the book, he just knew that he knew more. there is a sense of that from a lot of frustrated people within the intelligence services. we've now got this situation today, where we have the national director of intelligence, the head of the cia, and the head of the fbi, who will sit down with him and explained that they now know some of the motivation behind the russian hack, where it was directed from. we also hear that they know who then passed on intelligence to wikileaks, which is where we all got to know about something of what was hacked. but there are those within donald trump's party who say, if this is all true and they believe that it is true, then there have to be sanctions against russia, there have to be ways in which russia pays and so to be ways in which russia pays and so far, donald trump has not only
shown that he is casting doubt on the intelligence which has already been made public, but he's also shown that he is a huge admirer of donald trump, so lots of collisions and arguments set to be surrounding this particular issue in the coming weeks. let's pick up, lots of questions raised there but looking at this relationship between a soon—to—be president and his intelligence services, this appears to be unprecedented. there have been fallings out between the intelligence community of presidents in the past, but i think we've never seen it on twitter, we've never seen this kind of public disparaging of intelligence by a president—elect. ever come before. i think in that briefing room, what's colliding two things, really. the credibility of us intelligence, which has been called into question by donald trump, and the legitimacy of donald trump's own election, which has been called into question by the
intelligence community saying moscow and the kremlin supported him. those ideas are going to collide in that briefing room for the first time donald trump is going to have to engage with the facts as they are presented. does he believe them, does he not? how does he talk about them on twitter afterwards? everyone below —— everyone will be watching that closely. the risk is for both of them that they both come out damaged, the intelligence community and donald trump, by this struggle and donald trump, by this struggle and to this clash which is going on at the moment corera, thank you. hundreds of people have attended the funeral in huddersfield of the man shot dead by west yorkshire police on monday. the inquest into the death of yassar yaqub was opened and adjourned this morning. let's go live to our correspondent, danny savage, who's in huddersfield. it's been a very busy morning in connection with the incidents here on monday night, when yassar yaqub was shot dead by police officers as he came in his car down a slip road off the m62. his funeral has taken place at this mosque a few hours
ago. people are now gathering for friday prayers, but we've also had a man in court in connection with case and the inquest has been opened into the death of the man who was killed. hundreds of people came to yassar yaqub's funeral at a mosque in huddersfield this morning. many didn't know him personally, but were here to support his family. his father, mother and sisters were deeply distressed. the consistent thought from those present, is that they want answers as to why he was shot by police on monday night. the parents have lost their son, those sisters have lost their brother. they need answers. his friends, family, they all need answers and i think they need answers quick. we are hoping that within this week we should have a proper report by the officials. do you think that may calm tensions if you get the facts? definitely, we have a proper investigation and a justifiable
answer, then yes, why not? one key question about the shooting was answered today. the police have already said a gun was found in the white audi yassar yaqub was shot in. we know he was the front seat passenger in the car. at the inquest into his death this morning, it was revealed the gun was found in the front passenger foot well of the vehicle, exactly where he was sitting. the inquest was told yassar yaqub was shot by a police officer in the execution of his duties. he was listed in court as being a 28—year—old office clerk, but many people in huddersfield believed he was a renowned drugs dealer. he was, in 2010, accused and cleared of trying to murder two people and a firearms offence. his family stress he was never convicted of anything. meanwhile, a 30—year—old man arrested at the time, appeared before magistrates in leeds. moshin amin is charged
with firearms offences, including possessing a pistol and silencer. he was remanded in custody. the court case involving him will go forward with further hearings in the future. the inquest was adjourned until the end of march. the coroner has asked for the independent police plays commission, who are overseeing this investigation, to keep him up to date with what is going on, so more information will come out and bits and pieces of information are coming out over the exact events here on monday evening. a clearer picture is becoming apparent. nicola sturgeon has suggested a so—called "soft brexit" could postpone another vote on scottish independence. scotland's first minister was speaking on the bbc‘s good morning scotland programme. she said she believed scotland's "direction of travel" was still towards independence, but that could be "put aside" in the short term. let's speak to our scotland correspondent, glenn campbell. what should we read into this exactly?
nicola sturgeon is opposed to brexit, but the position that she's developed is that she's prepared to compromise. in other words, that she is prepared to accept brexit in certain circumstances, in december she set out what compromise she would be prepared to accept, effectively if the uk as a whole was to stay in the european single market, or to argue for a special arrangement that would allow scotla nd arrangement that would allow scotland to stay in, then she would be prepared to take off the table the possibility of a second vote on scottish independence for the period of the brexit negotiations. england and wales voted to leave, northern ireland voted to stay. and even in scotland, which voted overwhelmingly to remain in the eu, a million people voted to leave. what i am trying to do is to see whether, with compromise and a focus on building consensus, there is a proposition the maximum
she has put together a paper exploring these options. that's been sent to the uk government and ms sturgeon is effectively saying that the ball is now in theresa may's court. if she doesn't want there to bea court. if she doesn't want there to be a call from the scottish government for a second vote on independence, she wants theresa may to move on this agenda, otherwise she says that she will push for the question of scottish independence to be revisited. some of her opponents think siege is —— she is making demands that she knows will be rejected to strengthen her argument for independence. nicola sturgeon insists she is genuinely trying to achieve consensus around a compromise. glenn, thank you. we've often reported on the problems of bed blocking in hospitals — and its knock—on effects. but new research indicates the issue is even worse in mental
health trusts in england. the research found that in trusts that specialise in mental health and learning disabilities, the rise in the number of delayed discharges is double that of acute hospitals. our social affairs correspondent, michael buchanan, has the details. oliver lang helps his father run a small post office in norfolk. in 2014, the 27—year—old was detained under the mental health act. he spent several weeks in a psychiatric unit, but even when he was well enough to leave, he couldn't. delays in arranging support in the community meant he spent a further two months unnecessarily in hospital. ifelt like i was in danger in there, because a lot happens in hospital. there, i felt like if someone attacks me, i'd have to defend myself. but if i did defend myself, and hurt someone, they'd say he is a danger, so that'd keep me locked up for longer. i was trying to be whiter than white. latest figures show... more than 200,000 bed days were lost
by the nhs in england last october. physical health trusts saw a 30% rise in the previous 12 months. but for mental health and learning disability trusts, the increase was 56%. this former care minister says the figures show once more the crisis in mental health care. it means there's a shortage of community psychiatric nurses, a shortage of support services, like detox facilities, and a shortage in social care, which i think has hit people with mental ill health disproportionately hard. the pressure on mental health services is intense and growing. last year in london for instance, four mental health trusts said their bed occupancy levels were 100%, that means that every single bed they had was full every single day of the year. problems in the mental health
centre damar created throughout.“ people can't leave it's hard to admit other people so we have people in crisis who need a bed and we have people scouring the country sometimes to find a bed we can admit them to. ministers say they are aware of the problems and will spend £400 million in this parliament ensuring psychiatric patients can be treated at home. michael buchanan, bbc news. russia says it is reducing its military presence in syria. ahead of russia's armed forces said the defeat of rebel forces in aleppo in the current ceasefire meant its mission had been fulfilled. let's speak to our correspondent in beirut, alex forsyth. what is the significance of the announcement? russian military forces have played a key role in the syrian war since 2015, providing support to the
syrian regime with heavy air strikes in rebel held areas. so much so moscow is credited with helping turn the tide with its ally bashar al—assad. but at the end of december, vladimir putin announced a partial pull—out of its forces in light of the ceasefire russia helped to broker, and which despite some violations and ongoing violence, is largely holding. today the russian foreign ministry said its aircraft carrier and smaller warships which are based in the mediterranean would be the first to leave. russia will retain a significant military presence in syria, but for some they think this is russia seeing it entering into a different phase with the retaking of aleppo and peace talks later this month. but this isn't the first time russia has announced a withdrawal from syria. it did so in march last year, only
to ramp up its presence when the fighting continued. alex, thank you. our top story this lunchtime. donald trump prepares to meet intelligence chiefs over claims russia interfered in the presidential election. and still to come a different kind of rock music. coming up in sport at 1:30... british number one johanna konta's hopes of starting the year with a title were ended with a shock defeat. she was beaten by world number 52 katerina siniakova in the shenzen open semi—finals. an iceberg a quarter of the size of wales is close to breaking away from the antarctic ice shelf. if and when it happens, it would be one of the 10 largest ever recorded. scientists have been monitoring the break—up for months. and even though the crack in the ice shelf has got significantly worse in december, they're not blaming it on climate change, but calling it a "natural event".
here's our cnvironment correspondent, matt mcgrath. stretching for around 100 miles, the rift in the ice shelf has grown rich rapidly in weeks. 12 miles of frozen material is keeping this iceberg from drifting into the sea. collapsing ice shelves are not uncommon in antarctica, as these pictures show these fragmentation is can pictures show these fragmentation is ca n affect pictures show these fragmentation is can affect the landscape, creating icebergs of all shapes and sizes. british researchers who have been monitoring the crack, have discovered the dramatic expansion in the rift that has taken place in just two weeks in december. what we have found, the rift that has been in this ice shelf for a number of yea rs has in this ice shelf for a number of years has broken through another 18 kilometres and is now at risk of giving birth to an iceberg the quarter of the size of wales. it is a very large iceberg that will go out into the open ocean but the remaining ice shelf, we believe,
will be less stable. when large icebergs break off the edge of an icebergs break off the edge of an ice shelf like the one in 2002, it can have a dramatic affect on the stability of the structure. most of the remaining shelf disintegrated in less tha n the remaining shelf disintegrated in less than a month. experts at the british antarctic survey are worried any new iceberg formation could have long—term consequences. any new iceberg formation could have long-term consequences. when the ice sheu long-term consequences. when the ice shelf loses this ice, it might start to collapse. if that were to occur, then the glaciers that feed the ice sheu then the glaciers that feed the ice shelf could flow faster and contribute more to sea—level rise over the next few decades. the new icebergs will be one of the biggest recorded, around 50 times the size of manhattan island. but despite the concerns of global warming, researchers said they have no evidence that climate change is playing any significant role in the new iceberg's formation. four people have been charged with hate crimes in connection with the assault on a teenager
with special needs, that was streamed live on facebook. the two men and two women are due to appear in court in chicago later today. helena lee has the latest. these are the faces of the suspects charged over the kidnap and torture of an 18—year—old man. over a 48—hour period, there was a prolonged attack on the victim, who has mental health challenges. and it was broadcast live on the social media site, facebook. the four suspects have been charged with aggravated kidnapping and taking part in a hate crime. we have the statements of the four, they admit they were beating him, kicking him, they made him drink toilet water. and then obviously, the video where they are cutting a piece of his scalp. the victim finally escaped from a flat in chicago and his from a flat in chicago when his attackers confronted a neighbour.
his brother—in—law said his family was just pleased he will say. we are so grateful for all the prayers and efforts that led to the safe return of our brother. we are fully aware of the charges being brought against the offenders. at this time, we asked for continued prayers for all those involved, for our family's privacy as we cope and heal. in the video, the attackers could be heard making racist comments. president obama said it highlighted problems that have existed for some time. part of what technology allows us to see now is the terrible toll that racism and discrimination and hate takes on families and communities. the outgoing president went on to say the attack in chicago was a despicable hate crime. but he remained optimistic about the long—term state of race relations in america. the winter months often see an increase in cases
of anxiety and depression, with the short days and financial pressures a trigger for many people. one solution is an internet—based therapy that involves chatting to someone and getting advice online. graham satchell has been to meet one man who's benefited from it. i struggle. i have struggled. not a time of year that i enjoy at all. when i'm expected to be happy, i'm supposed to be, i struggle even more. christmas and new year are difficult times for nick. he's lived with anxiety and depression for many years. i worry about everything. i worried about this interview. have been since i found out it was happening. my natural instinct is to worry about everything. i'm constantly thinking and analysing everything that's going on around me. i struggle to make decisions, some of them really simple decisions. what i'm going to have for supper, for example. i can spend an awful long time
in the supermarketjust trying to get through that kind of thing. nick went to his gp for help. she offered him a series of online therapy sessions. it's a typed conversation with a trained therapist that you never meet. it's quite strange getting started. you write something, how you're feeling, what you're thinking, and there's a pause while the other person, your therapist, is waiting to respond. and just writing something down, which i'd never done before and i was scared to do it, i found it was a safe way to do that. it had quite a profound effect actually for me personally. online therapy on the nhs is normally delivered by private companies, like ieso digital health. critics say it's just a cheap way of providing a service that should be face—to—face. but the therapists who do it say the success rate is the same, and the process surprising. when you put a computer between an experienced therapist and patient,
all sorts of things can happen. usually, in my experience, those problem statements, the first thing they say to their therapists, take a little bit of getting at. but here we see it occurring right there in the first session. and that's really important, because once you know what the problem is, you can start the treatment. talking to a therapist online won't work for everyone, but it has helped nick. i guess it gave me a way to cope. i was really struggling to cope with what i was thinking, and it gave me a real way to cope. nick martin speaking to our correspondent graham satchell. now, it's famous throughout the world for using the sun to mark the summer and winter solstice. but now it seems stonehenge may also have had its own, distinct, sound. scientists at the site have used virtual reality technology to recreate what the henge would have looked like, thousands of years ago, when it was complete.
and they've used ancient musical instruments to recreate the circle's original acoustics. our correspondent, david sillito, went along for a listen. wind blows eerily. people have been coming here for at least 4000—5000 years, so we're walking in the feet of history. when the wind blows, some people say they hear a strange hum. thomas hardy wrote about it in tess of the d'urbervilles, and dr rupert till is convinced the sound of stonehenge is part of its magic. tapping. you hear between each beat, a little echo. as the sound leaves you, hits the stone and comes back to you here, bang. tapping.
the problem is this isjust a fragment of the sound people would have heard 4000 years ago. i met the site's historian, susan greening. so, this is the front door of stonehenge we're going through right now? that's right, yes, and we are coming into the central space now. it does change a bit as you walk through, doesn't it? it does, you have the feeling of being enclosed within a space. and that's with many of the stones having gone? what we're looking at today is the ruin of stonehenge. many stones have been taken away from the site, many have fallen down, lots have been eroded, they're covered in lichen. it would've been a completely different atmosphere complete, wouldn't it? yes, it would. horn however, rupert tell has an answer. however, rupert till has an answer. what this new technology offers is a possibility, a chance to, well, return back and see and also hear what this place used to look like in the past. we have constructed it by rebuilding
stonehenge digitally and used software to reconstruct the acoustics of the space as it would have been when all of the stones were here. so, how different is the old sound to the sound we have today? well, if i tap it strong now, you will hear a little bit of an echo. well, if i tap this drum now, you will hear a little bit of an echo. when all of the stones are put in place, there is a much more powerful sense of enclosure, a slight reverberation, more echo, and it changes more as you walk around. so today it's just a ruin beside a city road. this, a chance to say goodbye to the 21st century and experience the last sound of stonehenge. finally, wanted to be the best
friend. also, must be an elephant. this is the only elephant to be kept in scottish safari park but she lost her companion last year. so the safari park near stirling has put out a lonely hearts ad to the zoos of europe. lorna gordon is there. yes, it has been a lonely existence. she is an animal with a very big heart, but she has been on her own since her companion of almost 20 yea rs since her companion of almost 20 years died last year. with me is the elephant keeper, how has she been coping? when at first her companion died, she was upset. she had been with her for 20 years. but we're lucky, she has a strong character, she is independent and confident and active. it has been easy to keep her busy. and a lot of interaction with
the keepers? yes, we have upped her training sessions to give her more interaction and we have done more enrichment, keeping it varied and different every day. what are you looking for now? looking for a friend, an african elephant, going to need to be female and about the same age. she is 45 years old now. also will have to take her character into account, she is quite dominant so we into account, she is quite dominant so we need into account, she is quite dominant so we need someone into account, she is quite dominant so we need someone who will fit in with her quite well. are there any other elephants who fit this in uk? no, we're having to look further afield but we are confident we will find someone. we want to take our time so it is done properly and will be the best the long—term. eventually you would like her to be joined by more than just one? yes, we have a very good facility, we are set up to be a retirement home for
elderly elephant. thank you for that, she does seem in fine vettel, on her own for the last nine months, but hopefully not for much longer. time for a look at the weather. we are bringing in changes as we head into the weekend. goodbye to the frost. we have had frosty scenes in eastern parts of the country. hertfordshire is down below freezing but there is some sunshine as well. we're waving goodbye to the frost but also the sunshine. this was in southern scotland this morning. temperatures above freezing. but sets us up for the weekend. it will be less chilly but more cloud around. the cloud has been spreading in from the west on the satellite picture. but tied in with this lump of cloud, we have some mild air. that is