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this is bbc world news today, broadcasting in the uk and around the world. the headlines... donald trump has defended his position on russia, saying only fools would think having a good relationship with moscow was a bad thing. us investigators are trying to determine the motive for friday's gun attack at a florida airport in which five people died. at least 43 people have been killed by a huge truck bomb which went off in a market in the northern syrian town of azaz. also coming up... a deal to end the mutiny in the ivory coast — the president says he'll accept the soldiers‘ demands. and how a wayne rooney goal seven minutes into an fa cup match against reading marks a moment of history at manchester united. donald trump has given more reaction to the intelligence
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report released on friday, which accused russian president vladimir putin of ordering the hacking of us political parties during the election. on twitter, mr trump said: "having a good relationship with russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. only "stupid" people, or fools, would think that it is bad! we have enough problems around the world without yet another one. when i am president, russia will respect us far more than they do now and both countries will, perhaps, work together to solve some of the many great and pressing problems and issues of the world! our correspondent barbara plett—usher, who is in washington, has been assessing mr trump's response to that intelligence briefing. mrtrump has mr trump has been doing most of the news—making, as you could see with his tweet on russia. he has renewed his tweet on russia. he has renewed his calls for closer cooperation and relations with russia and that is a
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signal he does not want to change his approach to russia even though the intelligence report accused russia of meddling in the election. mrtrump, after russia of meddling in the election. mr trump, after the briefing, appeared to concede that russia might have been involved in some way but he did not say anything about the conclusion that vladimir putin was trying to help them win the election and he very much insisted that any hacking or outside influence did not have any impact on the outcome of the vote and what you are seeing, the underlying factor to his response to the intelligence briefing is one that has been there all along. he said briefing is one that has been there allalong. he said he briefing is one that has been there all along. he said he cannot accept the russians tried to help him win because he feels this would delegitimise his victory and you can see in his tweets where he attacks the democrats and says they are driving this because they were sore losers when he says they are at fault for computers being hacked because they had poor defences. he has gone on with that response
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although he softened his tone towards the intelligence agencies and did appearto towards the intelligence agencies and did appear to concede that there had been some kind of cyber interference from the russians. sir tony brenton, is the former uk ambassador to russia — he joins us via skype from cambridge. doesn't donald trump have a point that there is at potential for global improvement if the us and russia can work together?” global improvement if the us and russia can work together? i think thatis russia can work together? i think that is the case and what is going on in washington is in some sense a struggle about precisely that point with the agencies who are hostile to any relationship with russia but you got this report which is accurate, no doubt, but as a weapon to tie donald trump dime. where do you think this new relationship could go? what are your sources telling you in moscow? moscow, it has been
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at the top of mr putin's to—do list, establishing a good relationship with donald trump. get —— he had the wrong relationship with obama and that reached the stage of being quite dangerous this autumn when each side was threatening the other with military action. the obvious area where both can work together isn't dealing with isis. both vladimir putin and trump said that the russians are not killing americans, americans are not killing russians but islamic extremists are killing both. beyond that, and other obvious area for cooperation, strangely, is cyber warfare, and seeing the charges against russia, and we have seen the americans hacking into the cellphone of angela merkel. this is in the area of potential conflict which is very dangerous and in similar ways to the earlier years of nuclear, the ownership of nuclear weapons. and there is scope for agreement there and that is something we could
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usefully work on together. some people will find it difficult to take, given the evidence that the us intelligence agencies say they have that russia has hacked and effected the us election, potentially trying to do the same in french and german elections. but just taking to do the same in french and german elections. butjust taking the point on is, which has been a crucial battle ground around the world, did you think there is potential scope? what about iran and saudi in the proxy wars going on in the region? there are all sorts of complications, we had a sharp disagreement about syria. yes, donald trump said very firmly against iran, who are working with the russians, and the saudis working with the americans. but the underlining fact is that both russians and americans have suffered from the impact of islamic terrorism. both have intelligence
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from either side, both of military assets in syria which are usable and on both sides are being used against isis activity there. they are co—ordinated, they can do things better. and the main point is it is important in itself that if they didn't create mutual trust and cooperation, which could lead to closer deals on the difficult areas, most notably ukraine... sir tony brenton, many thanks. police in the us state of florida are trying to work out the motive for friday's gun attack at fort lauderdale airport in which five people died. terrorism hasn't been ruled out. the alleged gunman is in custody — he's a former soldier called esta ban santiago. his family says he has a history of mental health problems. the airport has reopened, although part of terminal two — where the attack happened — is still closed. from fort lauderdale, gary o'donoghue sent this report. this is the man who police say killed five people at fort lauderdale airport, opening fire indiscriminately as travellers collected baggage.
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he is esteban santiago, a former member of the military. his family said he had been receiving psychological help after his discharge last august. his aunt said he was never the same after returning from serving in iraq in 2011. police say that santiago used a semiautomatic handgun in the attack in the baggage hall, scattering terrified passengers before throwing away his weapon and laying spread eagle on the ground as police moved in to arrest him. as things started to return to normal at the airport, it has emerged that santiago had been interviewed by the fbi as recently as november last year. one anonymous source has said that he told agents that the government was ordering him to watch videos from the islamic state group. we are hearing that contact, that the agents noted the erratic behaviour and that it concerns them
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and motivated them to call the local authorities to have him taken into custody and evaluated at a medicalfacility for his mental health. questions are being raised about the ease with which santiago was able to transport and use his weapon in a supposedly secure place like an airport. it is legal to put a gun in checked baggage in the us as long as it is locked in a case and unloaded but you can carry ammunition in the same case. earlier gary gave me more details about some of the victims. another victim was a man from iowa who was heading to the caribbean with his wife for a cruise. he died in the shooting yesterday. his wife was shot in the shoulder as part of that and she survived. we're learning about olga woltering,
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who was british—born, she lived in the us for many years, her local church in georgia posted a comment on their website about her person, saying she was enormously caring who called everybody loves in what they described as the unmistakable english accent. the human cost of what happened yesterday is starting to be made manifest. gary o'donoghue there. at least 43 people have been killed after a car bomb exploded in northern syria. the bomb went off in the town of azaz — a busy market in the rebel—held town that lies on the border with turkey. local residents suspect the islamic state group carried out the attack. azaz has been a key staging post on the supply route for rebel groups. alex forsyth reports from neighbouring lebanon. fear, panic and chaos. the aftermath
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of this morning ‘s explosion. many we re of this morning ‘s explosion. many were killed, others wounded by the attack outside a courthouse in a busy commercial district in the centre of the city. translation: busy commercial district in the centre of the city. translationzl car bomb went off in the city centre near civilians, there are no fighters, all of are civilians. as rescue workers search for both survivors and bodies, nobody claimed responsibility for this attack but the city is no stranger to such scenes. azaz is a stronghold of turkish backed syrian rebels involved in a major operation to clear so—called islamic state from northern syria. close to the turkish border. in recent days turkish forces and rebels have continue to target is, which is not included in the fragile ceasefire covering much of syria. azaz has become home to people who have fled fighting elsewhere. today's attack shows that
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despite the ceasefire, largely holding, people in syria are continuing to die. let's take a look at some other stories now. the national health service here in the uk has rejected a claim by the british red cross that hospitals and ambulance services are suffering a humanitarian crisis. the charity — which has been helping patients to get home after they are discharged — said more money was needed for social care to prevent people being stuck in hospital. officials defending the nhs said the phrase "humanitarian crisis" was too strong. the acting mayor of beijing says a new team of environmental police will try to reduce hazardous levels of toxic smog engulfing the chinese capital. the police will look for local sources of air pollution, including open—air barbeques and dusty roads. the mayor also promised to reduce coal consumption by 30% this year. many residents have been forced to stay in their homes for days at a time over the past month to avoid breathing the poisonous air. the former president and prime minister of portugal, mario soares, has died at the age of 92. as a left—wing lawyer, mr soares was jailed then exiled during the right—wing dictatorship that ruled portugal up to 197a.
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mr soares became the country's first democratically elected prime minister and also served as president later. the former human rights lawyer nana akufo—addo has been sworn in as the new president of ghana. several african heads of state were in the capital accra for the ceremony. the peaceful handover of power is being seen as a success for democracy in africa, where leaders are often reluctant to step down. here's what the new president and some of the crowd had to say. we are adventurous people who are in a hurry for success. i have no doubt that the gallops, energy, sense of enterprise and innovation of the canadians can be harnessed to make ghana the place where dreams come true. i am sure he will reduce taxes with one district, one tax, he will help create more employment.” with one district, one tax, he will help create more employment. i think we need to get more investment from
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others into the country and it has to be very strategic, the way we get investment into the country. because there is so much helplessness, people need work and we should be working to bring jobs. some of the voices out of ghana. a week of heavy rains and floods has left at least 12 people dead and thousands of villages submerged in southern thailand. according to the country's interior ministry, 700,000 people have been affected. forecasters are warning that the unseasonal downpours will continue for at least another two days. as david campanale now reports, the deluge has also disrupted beach holidays in several destinations popular with tourists — the islands of ko samui and ko phangan. heavy rains are hammering thailand's flood ravaged south, taking the death toll higher and leaving thousands of villages partially submerged. in some parts, the water has risen to the rooftops. the rain is turning roads into rivers, making them impassable. it has also inundated farmland and damaged more than 1500 schools.
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the downpour is expected to persist for another 48 hours, with thailand's meteorologists warning of possible flash floods. its severity is testing the capacity of locals to cope. translation: now we lack food and trending water but the water level is almost stable. many flights and train and bus services have been delayed or suspended, and power lines toppled in the region. boats are being used to evacuate flood victims, while military bases have been mobilised to help in the process. for many, the downpours and flooding could not have come at a worse time. tourism plays a vital role in the thai economy and this is usually peak holiday season, with weather are normally both cool and relatively dry. social media showed some tourists making light of the floods, using inflatable rings to float down waterlogged streets. but others may choose to cancel
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or cut short their visits, taking away a desperately needed source of income for many ordinary thais. stay with us on bbc world news. still to come: we take a look at the protests in sri lanka led by buddhist monks against chinese development in the country. after half a century of delighting fa ns 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
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groups. they say international artists should continue to boycott south africa until majority rule is established. teams tried to skew problems of oil as france recognises it faces an ecological crisis. three weeks ago the authorities confidently assured these areas that oilfrom the broken confidently assured these areas that oil from the broken tanker would head out to sea. it didn't. the world's head out to sea. it didn't. the world 's tallest head out to sea. it didn't. the world's tallest skyscraper opens later at it today. it has easily ove rta ke n later at it today. it has easily overtaken its nearest rivals. the headlines... donald trump has defended his position on russia, saying only fools would think having a good relationship with moscow was a bad thing. the family of a man suspected of shooting dead five people at a florida airport reportedly had a history of mental health problems. the government in ivory coast says it's reached an agreement with soldiers to end a two—day mutiny that had spread across the country.
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president alassane ouattara — in a televised address — said he had agreed to take into account the soldiers' demands over pay and conditions. the mutiny, which started in the central city of bouake, spread to army bases in several other cities, including the commercial capital abidjan. the bbc‘s alex duval smith is in abidjan. there seems to be a complex and changing position. yes, shortly before the president announced the meeting was over, that the government would take into account the request for pay rises and bonuses that were owed to them, he chided them for having used the mutiny to demand a pay rise. within minutes of that, we then heard that the defence minister, who had been negotiating all day with the mutineers, was being held hostage in
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a house. that seems to be the ongoing situation so on one hand, here in abidjan the president says the mutiny is over and on the other hand the man who negotiated with the mutineers is being held hostage, a p pa re ntly mutineers is being held hostage, apparently against his will. and gunfire was heard when he was taken toa gunfire was heard when he was taken to a house. is it clear why there is this conflicting set of events going on? is this just about pay and conditions or something else? on? is this just about pay and conditions or something else ?m does seem that it has come down to pay and conditions, yes. it was surprising to hear the president say with such conviction that the mutiny was over earlier this evening. i had spokenin was over earlier this evening. i had spoken in a few moments before hearing that to a soldier who said there is no way we will accept a deal through the defence minister. we wa nt deal through the defence minister. we want to meet the president himself. so clearly, the mutineers
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are not all speaking at the same voice and it will take a lot of time to get this message through to mutineers who have spread across the country in different battalions and ra nks country in different battalions and ranks and from different parts of society. some of them formaljosh barro former rebels and some of them mainstream soldiers. thank you very much. in sri lanka, demonstrators have clashed with police over plans to evict thousands of villagers and set up a chinese industrial zone in the south of the country. they're angry at being forced to leave their land, despite promises of compensation. china says it will invest $5 billion in the project around hamba ntota port, creating around 100,000 newjobs. our south asia editor, jill mcgivering reports. there was a court ban on protests but it did not stop them. hundreds of opponents to this massive deal led by buddhist monks showed their angen led by buddhist monks showed their anger. some accuse china of acting like new colonial power. many are
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sceptical about how locals will benefit from china's investment and they say and 99 year lease is simply too long. translation: because of this agreement people who were born and living in this area are losing their land and houses. 15,000 acres means 12,000 houses and 35 temples. we wa nt means 12,000 houses and 35 temples. we want to know where they are sending us. they did not seem to spoil the celebration inside. for china this is a first step towards its own major manufacturing zone in southern sri lanka, close to the recently built port which cost beijing more than $1 billion. it was only alone unless lansdale is a way of getting the money back. the sri lankan government defends the deal and promises to compensate those losing their land. translation: we are starting a newjourney, we're going to create a powerful sri
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lanka. nobody can stop the journey to creating a powerful new sri lanka which will give a bright future to the young people of this country. china has been a significant investor here for years. and that seems unlikely to end any time soon. some sport... jessica has the latest. manchester united are through to the fourth round of the fa cup in england — and it was a special day for striker wayne rooney. he equalled sir bobby charlton's 44 year old record of 249 goals for the club, as he contributed to his side's 4—0 win over reading. it is amazing because everybody knows that what sir bobby means for the history of the club and the history of english football. for wayne rooney to score the same number of goals manchester united is fantastic. the best they will
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arrive. the team was intense and dynamic, playing well, and obviously, as we expected, they are good with the ball so when we gave him the chance with the ball, they moved the ball and they created not big chances but they created some attacking football. and for a long time the game was still open. 2—0. but i am really happy with our attitude. arsenal are also through to the fourth round — but they left it late to beat championship side preston north end. it took until the 89th minute for arsene wenger‘s side to find the winner at deepdale. olivier giroud with the goal. the shock of the day was the defeat of premier league side bournemouth by league one's milwall. bournemouth made 11 changes to the side that drew with arsenal on tuesday — and didn't have a shot on target as they lost 3—0. all the results are on the bbc sport website.
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real madrid have matched the spanish record for games unbeaten after extending their impressive run to 39 matches without defeat with a comfortable five nil win over granada. ronaldo scored a header, after he was handed his ballon d'or award on the pitch by previous winners, before kick off. isco scored twice. karim benzema also grabbed a goal — as real‘s relentless run which now stretches back to april, rolls on. real extend their lead at the top of the primera division, but barcelona can pull to within three points with victory over villareal on sunday. novak djokovic delivered the first blow of 2017 to andy murray as the world number two beat the world number one in the final of the qatar open, to end the briton's 28 match winning streak. it was the serb who took the opening set, and who served for the match in the second, but murray was able to save three match points and force the final into a decider. the match lasted nearly three hours, and as both players tired, it was djokovic who just edged it —
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6—3, 5—7, 6—4 the final score but despite that defeat, murray retains his number one ranking. the two time double olympic champion sir mo farah finished a disappointing seventh in the great edinburgh international cross country on saturday. the race was won by amercia's leonard korir. it was farah‘s first race of 2017, and he admitted afterwards his training hadn't been going to plan. iam i am definitely a little bit behind. the last bit of training has not gone as well as i wanted but this is all about the team event and i want to come here and represent my country and help the guys. earlier on, it was all of those things where ten days beforehand, what do i do? i did a session and i knew from that but it was going to be a hard day. australia have taken their test series against pakistan 3—nil with a comprehensive 220 run win in sydney.
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pakistan were bowled outjust before tea on the final day for 244 chasing 465 runs withjosh hazlewood and steve o'keefe both taking three wickets. pakistan's hopes of holding out for a draw disappeared with the dismissals of azhar ali and younis khan before lunch. and that's all the sport. thank you. the image was taken from the most powerful telescope that nasa has orbiting the red planet and if you look closely, the redish feature in the centre of the earth is slowly. pretty small but the image is from a long way away! chip to the opticians beckons for me! that is it from me. —— a trip to the opticians. after a grey day for the vast
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majority at least another fairly murky night to come tonight. if you're on the move into the morning, there could be dense patches of all clear and there are, generally misty and certainly over the hills but that fog will thicken in one or two spots. with clear skies to the east of scotla nd spots. with clear skies to the east of scotland and eastern england, 12 fog patches could develop but we will see temperatures drop the furthest here with a touch of frost parts of scotland but for most of the frost free and reasonably well but the temperature is around six eight celsius. a great start to the second half of the weekend, little changes, murkiest in the morning with patchy rain and drizzle here and there with the cloud thickening and there with the cloud thickening and later on something betterfor the west, especially by the west of scotland. the breeze will pick up through the highlands and the hebrides and the odd heavy burst of rain expected and probably wetter in the afternoon entering the morning, some getting further eastwards but still parts of north—east scotland full sequences of sunshine through the day. a great start for northern
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ireland, dambuster the middle part of the day as the week weather front pushes eastwards towards the isle of mild by the afternoon and eventually to west cumbria. very misty across the hills of northern england. and to the north of wales. east of the pennines, sunshine and north—east wales could see sunshine at times andi wales could see sunshine at times and i don't want to rule out the odd break elsewhere but for most, grey skies so if you're heading to any fa cup third—round match, wash—out for that fog if travelling in the morning and took the matches are more exciting than the colour of the sky. into monday, high pressure gradually gives way. it starts to turn brazier, that will lift the fog but will introduce wet and windy weather for scotland and northern ireland, spreading southwards and eastwards and lively winds across the north west of scotland later but colder here, sunshine and showers ending monday and milder in the south—east corner with a rain arrives later in the afternoon. into arrives later in the afternoon. into a cold spell briefly for the latter stage of monday into tuesday,
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midweek the mild atlantic air pushes backin midweek the mild atlantic air pushes back in with cloud and some occasional rain but then the blue colours come back later in the week and a surge further south, although it to other parts of western europe. next week not only will we see the wind picked up from monday, that will be no small feature and a big difference to last week, and it will cool —— turned cold and wintry foursome with snow. —— foursome. the headlines at 8.30pm.
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