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donald trump has given more reaction to the intelligence report released on friday which accused russian president vladimir putin of ordering the hacking of us political parties during the us election. on twitter, mrtrump said that during the us election. on twitter, mr trump said that having a good relationship with russia was a good thing. that only stupid people are idiots would think it was bad. we have enough problems around the world without adding another one. when i am president, russia will respect us far more than they do now in both countries will perhaps work together to solve some of the many great and pressing problems and issues of the world. those were some of his tweets today. our correspondent is in washington and has been assessing the response. mr trump has been doing most of the news making as you see there with his tweet on russia. he has renewed his call for a closer cooperation and warmer relations with russia. i think it is a signal that he does not want to change his approach to russia even though the
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intelligence report accused of meddling in the election. he did have mr trump appearing after the reasoning appearing to concede that russia may have been involved in some way but he did not say anything about the conclusion of report that vladimir putin was trying to help him win the election. he very much insisted that any hacking or any outside influence had not had any impact on the outcome of the vote. i think what you are seeing, the underlying factor to mr trump is a response to the intelligence briefing is one that has been there all along which is his then click on not accept that the russians tried to help him win because he somehow feels that this would delegitimise his victory. you see that also in his victory. you see that also in his tweet is where he attacked the democrats and says they are driving this because they are for losers all he says that they are at fault for the computers being hacked because they had poured offences. he has gone on with that kind of response although he did soften his tone towards intelligence agencies. he
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did appearto towards intelligence agencies. he 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 says a good relationship between the us and russia could help improve situations in some parts of the world. what is going on in washington at the moment is in some sense a struggle about precisely that point with the agencies are rather hostile to any rapprochement with russia. the report, accurate no doubt, it is a weapon to tie trump down, however. where do you think this new relationship could go? what are your sources telling you in moscow? in moscow, the top of mr putin's to do list for 2017 is establishing a good relationship with donald trump. he had a terrible relationship with obama and that reached the stage of being quite dangerous when each side was
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threatening each other. the two sides, however can work together in dealing with ice. as donald trump said, russians and americans are not killing each other but islamic extroverts are killing both. the other area of operation is cyber warfare. we have seen charges against russia, we have seen the americans, for example, hacking into the cellphone of angela merkel. this isa the cellphone of angela merkel. this is a whole new area of potential conflict which is very dangerous. similarto conflict which is very dangerous. similar to the early years of nuclear weapons. and there is scope there again. it is something that they could usefully be working on together. some people will find it difficult to take, however, given the evidence that the us intelligence agencies say they have that russia has hacked and affected
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the us election, threatening potentially to do the same in the french and german elections. there isa french and german elections. there is a fear there further involvement. but taking your point on is which has been a crucial battleground around the world, do you think there is potential scope there? how about iran and saudi arabia? the proxy war that have been going on in that region? there are all sorts of complications. syria, yes, donald trump set himself firmly against iran who are working closely with the russians. and conversely the saudi arabians are working closely with america. the core underlying fa ct with america. the core underlying fact is that both the russians and the americans are suffering from the impact of terrorism. both have intelligence that could be useful to the other side. both have military assets. in syria which are usable and being used against isis. if they co—ordinated they could do things
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better. the main point about this is that it better. the main point about this is thatitis better. the main point about this is that it is important in itself that it then create the sort of mutual trust cooperation that could lead to mutual cooperation another typical difficult areas such as ukraine. the main suspect in the florida airport shooting has been charged. he has told investigators that the attack was planned. meanwhile we have been hearing more about the identities of some of the five people killed. we report from fort lauderdale. a mother, grandmother, a great—grandmother and wife. olga woltering was born in britain but lived in the united states for decades. today, her church in georgia described her death as a "tragedy" and paid tribute to a joyful, loving person. also among the dead, 57—year—old michael oehme, who was on his way with his wife for a caribbean cruise. three others died in
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yesterday's carnage. the gunman used a semi—automatic weapon in the baggage hall, scattering terrified passengers, people running for their lives. once he'd finished shooting, reports say he threw aside his weapon and lay spread—eagled on the ground waiting to be arrested. this is the man police have named as the gunmen. esteban santiago, 26—year—old former member of the military. his family say he'd been receiving psychological help after his discharge last august. his aunt has said he was never the same after returning from serving in iraq in 2011. as things started to return to normal at the airport, it emerged that santiago had been in touch with the fbi as recently as november last year. one anonymous source has said he told agents that the government
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was ordering him to watch videos from the islamic state group. the agents themselves noted the erratic behaviour that concerned them 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 also being raised about the ease with which santiago was able to transport and use his weapon at a supposedly secure place like an airport. it's legal to put a gun in checked baggage in the us, as long as it's locked in a case and unloaded. but you can carry ammunition in the same case. santiago will appear on monday in court on federal charges. but while his motivations will continue to be probed, there are also serious questions about how a man already appeared on the authorities' radar could seemingly go on to commit such
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a heinous crime. gary o'donoghue, bbc news, fort lauderdale, florida. at least 43 people have been killed after a car bomb exploded in the north of syria. the bomb went off in the town of azaz, a busy market in a rebel held town that lies on the border with turkey. local residents suspect islamic state carried out the attack. we report from neighbouring leben on. fear, panic and chaos — the aftermath 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: a car bomb went off in the city centre near civilians. there are no fighters here, all of them are civilians. as rescue workers searched for survivors and bodies, no—one had claimed responsibility for this attack, but the city is no
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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 continued to target is, which isn't included in a fragile ceasefire covering much of syria. azaz has become home to people who have fled fighting elsewhere. today's attack shows that, despite the ceasefire largely holding, people in syria are continuing to die. alex forsyth, bbc news, beirut. let us have a look at other stories now. there has been an argument in england over the state of the national health service. the british red cross says there is a humanitarian crisis in english hospitals. the nhs says it is not
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yet at that point of crisis. last week there were over 40 amd departments and had to send ambulances to other hospitals. in beijing, a new team of environment or police will try to reduce levels of toxic smog. they are looking for local sources of air pollution and there is plans to reduce coal consumption by 30%. many residents are being forced to stay in our home four days to avoid polluted air. the former president and prime minister of portugal has passed away aged 92. he was the first democratically elected prime minister in the country elected prime minister in the cou ntry after elected prime minister in the country after the collapse of the right—wing dictatorship in 1924. mr suarez represented the face and voice of the freedom of portugal. the government in the ivory coast says it has reached an agreement with soldiers to end a two—day mutiny which has spread across the country. the president says he is ready to take into
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account the soldiers demand for pay and conditions after the announcement the defence minister, who had been held by the mutineers, was released. the mutiny has spread to army bases in many cities including the commercial capital. the former human rights lawyer has been sworn in as the new president of ghana. several heads of state we therefore the ceremony. it is considered the success of democracy in africa. here is what the new president and some of what the crowd had to say. we have an adventurous people who are in a hurry for change. i have no doubt that the talents, energy, sense of enterprise and innovation of the darnay and can be harnessed to make ghana the place where dreams come true. i'm sure he will reduce some taxes and he is
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going to help. i also think that we do need more investment from others into the country and it needs to be strategic. the way we go about getting investment into the country because, you know, there is so much joblessness and a lot of people need work and we should be working to bring jobs into the country. stay with us here on bbc news. there is much more ahead. wildfires in north america are getting bigger, more frequent and more destructive. we will be finding out the japanese people are mourning, following the death of emperor hirohito. thousands converged on the imperial palace to pay their respect 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.
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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 world news. the latest headlines: donald trump says he'll work with russia to solve what he describes as "some of the many pressing problems and issues of the world". the suspect in the florida airport shooting has been formally charged after five people were shot dead on friday. in sri lanka, demonstrators have clashed with police over plans to evict thousands of villagers
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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 guilt, led by buddhist monks, show their angen led by buddhist monks, show their anger. —— deal. some accuse china of acting like a new colonial power. many are sceptical about how local people will benefit from china's investment and 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
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12,000 houses, and 35,000 temples. we wa nt 12,000 houses, and 35,000 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 shoreline cloud, close to the recently built port which gust beijing more than $1 billion. it was only a bone, and displaying deal is a way of getting its money back. the sri lankan government defends the deal and promises to compensate those losing their land —— bond. we are going to create a powerful shellac. nobody can stop the journey to bea shellac. nobody can stop the journey to be a powerful new schleicher which will give a bright future for the young people of this country. china has been a significant investor for several years now and that seems unlikely to end any time soon. “— that seems unlikely to end any time soon. —— sri lanka. a week of heavy rains and floods has left at least 12 people dead
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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 villagers partially submerged. in some parts, the water has risen to the rooftops. the rain is turning roads into rivers, making them impossible. it is also inundated farmland and damaged more than 1500 schools. the downpour is expected to persist for another 48 hours. the thailand's meteorologists warning of possible flash floods. its severity is testing the capacity
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of locals to come. translation: now we like food and tricky water, but the water level is almost stable. —— drinking. tricky water, but the water level is almost stable. -- drinking. many flights and train or bus service and has been delayed or suspended and power lines toppled in the region. boats are being used to evacuate flood victims while military bases are being 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 whether 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 or cut short their visits, taking away a desperately needed source of income for many ordinary thais. wildfires in north america are getting bigger, more frequent and more destructive, according to official statistics from the us government.
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scientists say a warming climate combined with a century of fire suppression by the people who settled in the west has produced the perfect conditions for so—called "megafires," fuelled by thicker and drierforests. our north america correspondent james cook reports from the colorado rockies. welcome to the furnace. across large swathes of north america, this is the new terrifying normal. in the united states last year, there were more than 60,000 wildfires, and the trend is towards bigger and more destructive blazes. huge fires are transforming the landscape of the united states. here in the foothills of the rockies, a blaze burned through here 20 years ago, and still it looks like this. no longer dense forest, but essentially prairie. the buffalo creek blaze was one of several so—called mega fires here in colorado which destroyed homes, polluted water supplies, and left locals lucky enough
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to escape fearful for the future. it is terrifying. it's devastating, the destruction, it's traumatic. it brings into focus very quickly that there's something wrong here. so what is wrong? scientists say rising temperatures and years of drought are partly to blame, and so too is a century of fire fighting by the settlers of the west, who interrupted the natural rhythm of regular fires so they could preserve life, property and precious timber. the results — thicker forest, more fuel to burn, and often devastation. we are caught in this vicious circle. forests need fire — fire is as natural to a forest as sunshine and rain. no—one ever lost theirjob for fighting a fire. as a fire manager or a policy maker, the far more difficult decision is to allow a fire to burn, to manage a fire for its resource benefit. but sometimes you think
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that needs to happen? 0h, absolutely. the lead agency for wildfires, the us forest service, is caught in a trap — it can't find enough money for its programmes to thin out woodland and prevent fire because more than half its budget is being spent on fire fighting. its boss says that has got to change. it's essential that we find a different way to be able to fund fire suppression in this country, and simply to be able to recognise that 1—2% of these fires that start every year need to be considered a natural disaster, not unlike floods are, like hurricanes are, like wind storms are. for a time, some people thought they had tamed the wild west — nature is proving them wrong. james cook, bbc news, in the colorado rockies. nasa has released a rare detailed photo of the earth and the moon, as seen from mars, which is some 200 million kilometres away. the image was taken from nasa's most powerful telescope, orbiting the red planet.
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if you look very closely, the reddish feature near the middle of the face of earth is australia. it's pretty small — but then the image is from a long, long way away. notjust for me, not just for me, but from notjust for me, but from where it has been taken. playing video games — at least for a long period — is usually seen as rather unhealthy. you don't get fit by zapping aliens all day long. now one tech firm has come up with a solution. it's created a virtual reality device that simulates flight to give players a tough workout. chris foxx explains. everybody wants to fly. it is a
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mankind string, and we tried to do something that really makes exercising an easy thing. it really motivates you to get your butt off the sofa. as virtual reality kick goes, this is probably to be tagged at home. who was it for? it is for professional use. it will be used in gyms and hotels or entertainment areas. we do have some private customers, of course, and that is what it is for. probably private customers with their lot of money. it costs a dozen dollars? yes, it does. it is a high quality product that has to be able to be fitted to do very different sizes and ages —— $8,000. and people. you say you are selling it to gyms. what kind of fitness benefits doesn't have?m does something for your shoulders,
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your core muscles. it is really good for the small muscles to keep your vertebrae straight. people who are sitting a lot, they should do it a lot. how much time would you have to spend on this to give it the same effect as doing some situps or weights? well, between ten and 15 minutes should do the job. weights? well, between ten and 15 minutes should do the jobm weights? well, between ten and 15 minutes should do the job. if you have this in the gym, will be headset get very sweaty like other gym equipment? we recommend more than one headset, and use covers that can be individualised so you have your own cover don't have to use the stuff other people used on theirface. use the stuff other people used on their face. maybe a pack of wet wipes as well. yeah. michael schmidt — inventor of active workout gaming. we are all wondering if that will ta ke we are all wondering if that will take off. and there's lots more tech demos and other news from the ces tech conference on our website at bbc.com/ces2017. artists from around the world are gathering in northern china to compete at the annual harbin ice and snow festival. ice and snow carvers have been
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putting the finishing touches to their work on big chunks of ice dragged out of the nearby river. the sculptures range from animals and cartoon characters to replicas of famous world monuments and landscapes. the contest has attracted over 30 teams from countries around the world. we will leave you with pictures from orthodox christmas yesterday. chanting choir sings speaks foreign language
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hello. after a mild and fairly murky night across much of the uk, those taking to the rates on sunday morning need to be wary. there will be fog around once again especially over hills and some of the coasts. the odd patch possiblejust over hills and some of the coasts. the odd patch possible just about anywhere. even where we have seen clear skies and sunshine in the morning, eastern part of scotland and northern england, on the chilly side. and mark started to make the most. another great day and especially misty and murky in the morning. for many, the shade of grey wall lighting for the afternoon, the exception being parts of scotland. it tends wetter. western scotland with the odd by shivering. one or two in the east singh sunshine today. northern ireland, temp around lunchtime with things drying out that afternoon. skies brightening up. misty and murky over the hills
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of northern england. east of the pennines, like we saw on saturday, one or two brighter breaks and sunshine. maybe some to the north—east of wales. but the vast majority of england and wales, another cloudy fairly mild day. nutters but the exciting weatherwise. hopefully action on the pitch for the fa cup third round will be much more exciting than the sky cover over said. you will have to be wary of mist and fog if you are journeying to be wary of mist and fog if you arejourneying home to be wary of mist and fog if you are journeying home late to be wary of mist and fog if you arejourneying home late in to be wary of mist and fog if you are journeying home late in the evening. mist and fog into monday morning across england and wales. lifting for scotland and northern ireland. a breeze is picking up. into monday, heavy bursts of rain. generally, at night into monday itself. that weather front across scotla nd itself. that weather front across scotland and northern ireland will gradually spread southwards to monday. a wet start turning brighter but showery and also cold. brighter showery conditions into northern england and northern let on. the heaviest rain doesn't really reach the south—east until late in the
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day. 10 degrees, the temperatures drop further north, and the four or five. another spell of gale—force winds and cold winds will work through. a brief cogswell introduced. it turns milder midweek without magic and occasional rain. notice the blues to the end of the week. we start to push them across france into northern italy. arctic airwill be france into northern italy. arctic air will be with us, and with it, we will see the chance of something when true. next week, windier overall compared to what we have seen. it does turn colder, and that chance of something wintry. the greatest chance comes on thursday. lets hope to thursday. rain in the south and may be sweet and stone of a high grant later on. frequent renter showers and a slight dusting in places. we will pinpoint the details as we get closer through the day. goodbye for now. the latest headlines from bbc news. donald trump has said having a good relationship with russia is a good thing and that only fools would think it's bad.
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on friday, a us intelligence report said president putin had helped mr trump win the election. us prosecutors have charged the main suspect in the florida airport shooting. he could receive a death penalty if convicted. he's also told investigators that the attack was planned. a large truck bomb has exploded in the rebel held town of azaz in north syria killing at least 43 people. many had taken refuge in the town, after being driven out of aleppo last year. 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. the defence minister, who'd been held by the mutineers, has been released. now it's time for reporters.
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