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a very warm welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to our viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is gavin grey. our top stories: five are killed and eight injured in a gun attack at florida's fort lauderdale airport. the alleged gunman, believed to be an iraq warveteran, is now in police custody. investigators say the motive isn't yet known. we are looking at all avenues. we have not ruled out terrorism, and we will be pursuing every angle to try and determine the motive behind this attack. russia tried to boost donald trump's election campaign and discredit hillary clinton, according to a report by us intelligence officials. and tears and cheers as michelle obama gives her final speech as first lady. being your first lady has been the greatest honour of my life, and i hope i've made you proud. hello.
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an american army veteran has been arrested after shooting dead five people and injuring eight others at fort lauderdale international airport, in florida. the man, who has been named as 26—year—old esteban santiago, is said to have taken a gun out of a bag in the baggage area after flying in from alaska. although his motive is unclear, at a press conference a short time ago the fbi said they are not ruling out terrorism. with these types of incidents, as horrific as they are, we are looking at all avenues. we have not ruled out terrorism, and we will be pursuing every angle to try to determine the motive behind this attack. and any associates, any
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connections, communication, anything that you can imagine, i assure you, we are pursuing every possible lead. our correspondent gary 0' donoghue is at fort lauderdale airport. more details coming out in the last half—hour or so. and it would appear now police working, certainly, on his movements prior to arriving at that airport. yes, they say they are looking at a number of different places. obviously he started his journey at anchorage, in alaska. we know that. he flew through minneapolis to fort lauderdale on a delta flight but the police say, the fbi say, that they are looking at other states that he might have had connections with. we know that he was born, for example, in newjersey and he spent some time in quite a ricoh as a child as well, but may be other places as well. also the fbi
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letting us know that they have had contact with santiago before, that he did visit them in their offices in alaska in november. the agent you heard from debt saying that he behaved somewhat erratically when he was that, that he said he wasn't threatening anyone, but that he had been handed over to local services, if you like, to get some kind of mental health assessment. now what we are also learning, gavin, is about his military background. he spent a number of years and the national guard. we know that he spent about a year in iraq as well and has the medals to prove it, but he was discharged honourably from the national guard in the middle of last year. so there are lots and lots of details and questions here that they will want to find out. they have already interviewed santiago, at length, they said, which to me suggest that he is speaking. because if he is not answering any questions, then that might have got rather dull. does
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suggest that he is speaking to some extent, though at this stage we don't know what he is saying. and it is legal for passengers to travel with guns and ammunition, but with certain restrictions. that's right, the tsa rules here, the body that oversees airport security, they state that you can carry a gun, as long as you carry it in your checked baggage, as long as you tell the airline you are carrying it, as long as it is not loaded and is kept in a locked, hard sided case. you can also carry ammunition in that case as well. but of course, the loophole in all of this is, you might not put it in your hand luggage but once you get to the carousel, the baggage belt at the other end, then you've got it, haven't you? and you are in a crowded area. often baggage hall is perhaps don't have as much security as other parts of airports, oi’ security as other parts of airports, orfor example, security as other parts of airports, or for example, when you are security as other parts of airports, orfor example, when you are going to get on an aeroplane. and so i
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think people will be asking questions about that. it is from what i can tell, it is somewhat conjecture at the moment, but from what i can tell he collect his bag, he went to a bathroom, it seems he took out a semiautomatic pistol, went back into the baggage hall and started shooting and it seems that he had time to reload that weapon. and those semiautomatic handguns can have anything from 17, i9 bullets in each individual magazine. so it sounds like he may have started to discharge quite a lot of ammunition. and we have been showing other passengers fleeing the building, running across the runway to escape the airport, now, according to the director, set to open in six hours' time. but in fact there were 30 to 40 time. but in fact there were 30 to a0 others injured as well, trying to escape. yes, a lot of different injuries. there are some people still in hospital. we understand in a stable condition, but a lot of
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people taken to hospital suffering things like broken bones and scrapes and scratches and that kind of thing, some quite serious injuries. they will certainly remember those injuries, what they? and the people you saw running on the tarmac, fraught all we can tell, what happened was that there was a rumour that there was a second gunmen, possibly in one of the car parks. that turned out not to be the case, at this stage. but that causes certain amount of panic and began people sort of running for cover once again. i have got to say, quite a lot of people who were on the tarmac, who arrived on flights just as this was unfolding, they spent in excess of eight hours on some of those aeroplanes, many of them only just getting out of the airport now. the authorities say they have got to move around 10,000 people to some facilities, over towards the everglades, from where we are here, where they will be housed and put on their way. and of course then there is the whole nightmare of getting their baggage back but as you say their baggage back but as you say
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the airportaiming their baggage back but as you say the airport aiming to open at 5pm local time. that is 10am in the uk. and there is a lot to be done before then, because clearly it is still a huge crime scene for the fbi and for local law enforcement. thank you very much indeed. there is plenty more of the latest updates and detailed analysis of what has been happening in florida this evening, just go to our website. the russian president, vladimir putin, sought to help donald trump win the presidential election, according to a newly declassified cia report. it was released shortly after intelligence chiefs briefed mr trump on theirfindings. the president—elect insisted that any cyber espionage, by russia, china or anyone else, had not influenced the result. our correspondent nick bryant reports from new york. american intelligence tonight released its explosive report claiming that vladimir putin personally ordered what it called an influence campaign,
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to help donald trump's chances of winning the presidency by denigrating hillary clinton and harming her electability. it concludes the kremlin had a clear preference for the billionaire. donald trump today described the investigation as a political witch—hunt by adversaries badly beaten in the election. he has rubbished the notion that he achieved a kremlin—assisted victory. but us intelligence claims it wasn't just the billionaire who celebrated his unexpected success on election night. intercepted conversations reportedly picked up senior figures in the russian government rejoicing too, among them officials said to be aware of the alleged cyber campaign. at trump tower tonight, he was given a classified briefing by america's top intelligence officials, who claim the russians tried harder to hack computers of the democratic national committee than those at republican headquarters, and that go—betweens allegedly delivered stolen e—mails to the wikileaks website, to help him move from his penthouse
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in manhattan to the white house. never before has a president—elect been so openly scornful of america's spies, or so disparaging about their work. but the trump team says he is right to be cautious, not least because the us intelligence community has got it wrong before, over iraq's weapons of mass destruction. in a statement after the meeting, mr trump said that russia, china, other countries, and outside groups are consistently trying to break through the cyber infrastructure of our governmental institutions and organisations, including the democratic national committee. but he added... tellingly, he did not single out russia for blame. the vice president, joe biden, has told him to accept the intelligence findings pointing the finger at the kremlin. the idea that you know more than the intelligence community
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knows is a little like saying, "i know more about physics than my professor. i didn't read the book, ijust know i know more". grow up. time to be an adult, you're president. relations between president obama and president putin have had a cold war chill, and donald trump has signalled warmer ties. speaking to the bbc today, the outgoing secretary of state, john kerry, delivered this advice. i would encourage him to engage with russia, and to try to find that common ground, but not at the expense of rolling over and losing the values or principles or interests that we need to protect as we do so. donald trump tonight expressed tremendous respect for america's spies, but he still clearly believes the allegations of a kremlin conspiracy are being used to delegitimise his presidency. nick bryant, bbc news, new york. in other news: security has been stepped up in the mexican city
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of veracruz, following violent protests and looting over a sharp increase in the price of petrol. protests have been seen in several cities after fuel prices went up by as much as 20% at the beginning of the month. hundreds of people have been arrested. in the us, four suspects accused of assaulting a teenager with special needs, while streaming the incident live on facebook, have appeared in court. at the hearing the judge rebuked the defendants, asking "where was your sense of decency?" the two men and two women have been denied bail. the european border agency says the number of migrants arriving in the eu via the two main sea routes last year plunged by almost two thirds compared with 2015. frontex attributed the fall to cooperation between the eu and turkey. for weeks, much of northern china has been shrouded in toxic smog. pollution has reached such high levels that beijing issued a warning against going out into the snow,
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because of fears it is dangerously contaminated. our correspondentjohn sudworth has been to the dirtiest city of them all, shijiazhuang, to find out. somewhere, underneath this murky gloom, is a city of ten million people. and, for the unfortunate residents of shijiazhuang, this is normal. for the past 30 days, the average air quality in this city has measured as "hazardous" on the official scale. you can smell, even taste, the coal dust in the air, the grim, tangible reality of this country's model of economic growth. and people have no choice but to live, eat and sleep in this toxic smog, 2a hours a day. "it's like living under a cloud", this noodle seller tells me.
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"the smog is harming my children's health." "of course i want to leave", this man says, "but i can't "afford to, and anyway, the whole country's polluted". it is not much of an exaggeration. 200 miles away, the pollution literally rolled into beijing earlier this week, and stayed. a toxic mix of coal dust from power stations and car exhaust, the smog now regularly blankets a huge swathe of northern china. and it is believed to cause more than a million premature deaths a year. translation: as a lung cancer doctor, i've seen an increase in patients in recent years, especially from heavily polluted areas. and, when the smog gets worse, we see more kids with asthma. public concern has forced the chinese government to begin
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investing heavily in renewable energy. those working in the sector believe that china can clean up its air, just as wealthier, more developed economies once had to. i'm pretty positive for china's future. actually, we don't need that much time for the science research. we don't need that much time to develop relevant technologies. so i think a lot of things are more ripe for us to make faster solutions. those solutions can't come fast enough for this city. fossil fuels may have lifted china's economy to ever—greater heights, but they are poisoning its people. john sudworth, bbc news, shiijazhuang. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: oh, my god!
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are you joking? unsigned soul singer ray blk wins bbc music's sound of 2017. the japanese people are 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.
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the world's tallest skyscraper opens today. the burj dubai has easily overtaken its nearest rivals. this is bbc news. i'm gavin grey. the latest headlines: five people have been killed in a shooting at fort lauderdale international airport in florida. the alleged gunman, named as 26—year—old estaban santiago, believed to be an iraq warveteran, is now in police custody. vladimir putin tried to boost donald trump's campaign for the us presidency, that's according to a report by american intelligence officials. doctor max abrahms is a security expert and professor at northeastern university. earlier i asked him if he felt the shooting has revealed gaps in security within airport terminals themselves. no question. baggage claim is right
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near the exit, the road. taxis, cars, vans, to pick you up. so that contributes to the soft target environment. it's hardly secluded. there's a real irony that after 9/11, security was ramped up to defend against aircraft. it's hard to take down planes. the majority of time in the airport itself is actually quite soft. this is a continued vulnerability with the airports, no question about that. as a security expert, it was interesting that the fbi is not ruling out terrorism. it is probably some kind of combination between mental instability and some sort of radicalisation. indeed, the suspect said that essentially he was losing it. that in his mind, he heard
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islamic state encouraging him to attack and for the government encouraging him to watch islamic state videos. so that indicates to me some kind of combination between mental instability after he left iraq and some sort of interesting sympathy with the terrorists of today that presumably he would be fighting against. you know, people want to attribute these attacks to a single motive but in all probability, there were multiple things going on in his mind. in brazil, prisoners at a jail in the north of the country country have killed at least 31 inmates.
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the authorities say the violence was part of an attempt by rival gangs to stamp their authority inside jails. it's the second such incident in less than a week. the bbc‘s americas editor leonardo rosha gave me more details. these scenes were very third. what was said about this particular incident is that it wasn't a fight between gangs, it was a settlement of a ccou nts between gangs, it was a settlement of accounts like a row between the bossesin of accounts like a row between the bosses in a gang that they targeted some people they thought didn't deserve to be killed, rapist they thought were collaborating with the police. big queries about how they got hold of sharp implements to carry it out. it is known in
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brazilian prisons that the prisoners get drugs and weapons. in the case of the previous incident in manaus, the government accused the criminal group of having links with the farc rebel group in colombia. they're very powerful and it must be said these groups, this particular group today called pcc, they operate outsidejails of a today called pcc, they operate outside jails of a controlled drug trafficking operations in brazil. the fcc trafficking operations in brazil. the pcc are in sao paulo, there's the red commando in rio, they are powerful both inside and outside the jail so they just powerful both inside and outside the jail so theyjust extended their operations inside the jail. how did the government react to the incident? they are in a difficult because of my position, after manaus the they said the prison was privatised and... this was a different incident. they say the situation was under control and the government announced a new security
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plan but they don't have an immediate answer for such a big problem, that prisons are overcrowded and the gangs are powerful and in control of the situation insidejails. some other stories in brief now: thousands of us tanks and military vehicles have arrived in the german port of bremerhaven to be deployed along nato's eastern frontier. it's the biggest consignment of american brigades to europe since the end of the cold war. the deployment, which will include some four—thousand troops, is part of washington's response to russian actions in ukraine. the world's biggest art gallery, the louvre in paris, says the number of foreign visitors fell by 20% last year in the wake of islamist attacks in the city and elsewhere in france. the director of the louvre, jean—luc martinez, said the drop in visitor numbers had cost the museum more than $10.5 million. michelle obama has delivered her final speech as first lady of the united states with an impassioned call on young
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people to have hope and fight for their rights. speaking at a ceremony in the white house she concluded tearfully, saying the role of first lady had the been the greatest honour of her life. empower yourselves with a good education, then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise. lead by example with hope, never fear. and know that i will be with you, rooting for you and working to support you for the rest of my life. and that is true i know for every person who is here today and for educators and advocates all across this nation who get up every day and work their hearts out to lift up our young people. and i am so grateful to all of you for your passion and your dedication and all the hard work on behalf of our next generation and i can think of no better way to end my time as first lady than celebrating with all of you.
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so want to close today by simply saying thank you. thank you for everything you do for our kids and for our country. being your first lady has been the greatest honour of my life and i hope i've made you proud. cheering and applause a 23—year—old singer songwriter called ray blk has won bbc music's sound of 2017 poll. it's the first time an unsigned artist has topped the list, which is picked by music critics to recognise emerging talent. recent winners include sam smith and adele. lizo mzimba reports. # don't make me beg, don't make me beg, don't make me beg... the sound of list highlights the year's most exciting new musical talents. the 23—year—old south london singer—songwriter ray blk coming top came as something of a surprise. on the bbc music sound of list,
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you are the winner. oh my god! are you joking? oh my god! i genuinely can't believe it! # we don't let strangers come our way. . . her neighbourhood, her childhood.. # my hood, my hood, my hood... ..all influences to ray blk ‘s music. # meet me at morley's, best fried chicken is in south, i'll show you gangsters, don't you go running your mouth... i grew up listening to gospel music on the way to church, being in the choir, singing gospel music all the time and i think that influence flows through my music. love me, love me, say that you love me, call me, call me... artists who won the bbc sound of when they were still relatively unknown include sam smith and adele. # are you really ready or are you wasting my time? ray blk is the first singer ever
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to win without a record deal. # 'cause if you ain't try'na wife me, you need to get off my line we live in an age now where you really can do it yourself, the internet is the best tool ever so you can start like how i started and post songs online and watch it spread if people like it. # no place like home, no place like home... potentially inspiring others in how they shape music and how they share it. # where there's no—one like me round, don't take me there or anywhere... lizo mzimba, bbc news. congratulations to her. this is bbc news. hello there.
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compared with some other parts of europe our weather is very quiet indeed. we had some rain and drizzle pushing southwards during the day yesterday. some breaks in the cloud later, perhaps in scotland, so here it could be a little bit chilly to start the weekend but on the whole, it will be milder. we don't really need to worry about frost. there will be a lot of cloud around and probably not much rain. most of the rain we will be seeing overnight across the southern parts of the uk. that's keeping the temperatures up. it could turn chilly across the glens of scotland where skies are clear. central and eastern scotland will see sunshine and a bit more cloud in the west. a pretty cloudy start and maybe a bit misty too across the northern ireland and for most of england and wales that's the way it will be as well. a lot of low cloud, it's quite low cloud sitting on the hills. there will still be some rain and drizzle left over from overnight
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along the south coast and into the south—west of england. that's going to dawdle in the south—west corner through much of saturday in actualfact. one or two heavy bursts perhaps first thing. away from here a lot of dry weather, a few spots of drizzle around some western hills, maybe getting a bit more sunshine in the north of england, especially over in the east of the pennines, possibly the best of blue skies across central and eastern scotland. pretty cloudy elsewhere but we may get temperatures in double figures. and again, no realfrost problems overnight because there's too much cloud saturday night into sunday morning. the odd spot of rain still towards the south—west perhaps and around some of these western coasts and hills. it may mean that sunday is going to be another cloudy sort of day. if you see a glimpse of sunshine that may be it. any more than that and you're doing very well indeed. we could see some more persistent rain coming into the west of scotland later on, otherwise, again, a lot of dry weather and pretty mild too. those temperature in glasgow nine degrees, the same as the temperature in london on sunday afternoon. we've got some milder air
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here but across eastern parts of europe it's been really, really cold. these are the maximum temperatures on sunday. it's staying very cold right the way through the weekend. there have been some blizzards and maybe the worst of the weather heading into the eastern mediterranean. here at home, though, for the start of the new week the weather starts to change. the rain that was in the north—west later sunday moves southwards into england and wales on monday. it's on a weather front of course. there'll be some stronger winds with that too. it sort of signals a change to something a little more mobile, a little more changeable through next week. areas of low pressure getting a bit closer to the uk bringing some rain at times. some stronger winds too and as yet othing particularly cold. goodbye. the headlines on bbc news: a gunman has killed five people and injured eight others in a shooting at fort lauderdale international airport, in florida. the alleged gunman, named as 26—year—old esteban santiago and believed to be an iraq war veteran, is now in police custody. us intelligence officials have
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released a report saying russian president vladimir putin ordered a comprehensive cyber campaign to help donald trump win the presidential election. the president—elect insists hacking had absolutely no effect on the poll. michelle obama has delivered her final speech as first lady of the united states, with an impassioned call on young people to have hope and fight for their rights. in a tearful speech at the white house, she said the role of first lady had been the greatest honour of her life. britain's triple tour de france winner chris froome has been speaking about allegations of doping in cycling.
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