i'm rico hizon in singapore. the headlines: the incoming president uses his first news conference to attack america's intelligence agencies. donald trump dismissed claims that russia has compromising material about him. it's all fake news, it's phoney stuff, it didn't happen and it was gotten by opponents of ours. trump's choice for us secretary of state has hit out at china in his confirmation hearing, calling it aggressive, expansionist and unreliable. i'm babita sharma in london. the taliban release a video of two abducted professors, one australian, the other american, as they plead for donald trump to help free them. 25 years at the top —
we've an exclusive interview with one of the world's biggest movie stars, bollywood's shah rukh khan. good morning. it's 9am in singapore, 1am in london and 8pm in new york, where donald trump has used his first formal news conference since the presidential election to attack america's intelligence agencies. he suggested they might have been responsible for leaking a report, which alleges that russia has gathered compromising information about him. the president—elect angrily denied that he was in any way beholden to russia, and he repeatedly criticised some media organisations for spreading what he called fake news. the bbc‘s ian pannell reports from new york. it has been almost half a year since
we have seen one of these, a donald trump press conference. and what great timing for the president—elect. with the media baying for blood or at least a bone. because we have just learnt intelligence chiefs gave mr trump documents alleging russia has compromising material on him. documents alleging russia has compromising material on himlj think it is a disgrace that information would be let out. i saw the information, i read the information outside of that meeting. it is all fake news, it is phoney stuff, it didn't happen. a dossier compiled by an ex— mi6 agent makes unproven allegations that russia has damning details of mr trump's business interest and lurid claims involving sex workers. business interest and lurid claims involving sex workerslj business interest and lurid claims involving sex workers. i am surrounded by people, and i always tell them, anywhere, ialways surrounded by people, and i always tell them, anywhere, i always tell them, if i am leaving this country, be very careful, because in your hotel rooms, no matter where you go,
you are probably going to have cameras. the careful. because you don't want to see yourself on television. cameras all over the place. and again, notjust russia. all over. does anyone really believe that story? i am also very much a german folk, by the way. believe me. mrtrump is german folk, by the way. believe me. mr trump is having none of it, neither is the kremlin. only a handful of people had this information. the president—elect is clear who he thinks leaked it.|j think it was disgraceful, disgraceful, that the intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so false and fa ke that turned out to be so false and fake out. i think it is a disgrace. and i say that, and i say that, and thatis and i say that, and i say that, and that is something that nazi germany would have done and did do. i think it isa would have done and did do. i think it is a disgrace. ian pannell from the bbc news. bbc news, that is another beauty. if they come back with any kind of conclusion that any of it stands up, if any of it is true, will you consider your
position? there is nothing they can come back with. this is related to the hacking scandal. the the kremlin denies the hacking attack. until now donald trump has refused to single out russia for blame. as far as hacking i think it was russia and i also think we were hacked by other countries. and other people. even so, mrtrump plans countries. and other people. even so, mr trump plans to rebuild relations with russia. if putin likes donald trump, i think that is an asset, not a liability. we have a horrible relationship with russia. russia can help us fight isis, which is tricky. there was a appeasement for some and vitriol for others, especially cnn, the news channel that broke the russia story. since you are attacking us, can you give us you are attacking us, can you give usa you are attacking us, can you give us a question? go ahead. no, not you. your organisation is terrible. your organisation is terrible. go
ahead. quiet. go ahead. she is asking a question. don't be rude. can you give us a question? no, i am not going to give you a question. you are fake news. this press conference was to be about the trump business empire. today he produced papers showing he is handing over control to his sons. not that he feels he has two, mind. as a president i could run the trump organisation, a great, great company, and i could run the country, oh, the country, buti don't want to do that. the president—elect has left trump tower and in nine days he won't be the president—elect, he will be the 45th president of the united states, this isa president of the united states, this is a cognitive performance by donald trump but doubts and questions will still linger about his business practices and in some people's minds about any associations that may or may not have existed in russia. he repeated his pledge to build a wall
with mexico and replace obamacare. if today was any guide you might wa nt to if today was any guide you might want to hold onto your hats and your seats for the trump presidency. the bbc has known about this leaked report that alleges russia has compromising information about trump for some time now, but decided to report only after it became clear the us intelligence agencies were taking them seriously enough to brief the president and president—elect. paul wood has been following the story for months and this is what he told us. well, let's not lose sight of the central allegation here, which is donald trump, president—elect of the united states, is vulnerable to blackmail by the russians. that is such an extraordinary claim, so much depends on the credibility of author of this dossier. he has now been named as christopher steele, a former mi6 agent who was in moscow in the early 19905. speaking to one intelligence source, he is apparently very highly regarded among his peers as competent and trustworthy and that reputation, i think, is one of the main reasons why what he said, the allegations
that he repeated from russian security officers, were taken so seriously by the american intelligence institutions. i spoke to one intermediary, we cannot speak to cia case officers directly, but i spoke to an intermediary and the message came back that the people dealing with this file, that they found it credible, that there was more than one tape, an audiotape as well as a video tape, that there were several times that these activities supposedly took place and in more than one location, not only the ritz carlton in moscow but saint petersburg as well. the fact that the cia found those allegations credible enough to put on the desk of president obama is not them saying they believe the allegations, they are just saying they are worthy of consideration. one further thing — this former mi6 officer is not the only source. i spoke to a retired spy last august who said he had been told of the existence of a blackmail tape by the head of an east european intelligence agency over the summer.
we should stress in all of this that these are allegations and mr trump is literally correct when he says they are unsubstantiated. nevertheless, america's are in an incredible position nine days before an inauguration to decide whether or not their president is a russian agent of influence. paul wood with that, and plenty more on that later. also making news: japanese prime minister shinzo abe begins a six—day tour of asia pacific nations. he'll visit the philippines, australia, indonesia and vietnam. the tour comes at a time of uncertainty over the commitment of the incoming trump administration to the region and china's rising maritime assertiveness. it's emerged that another pakistani civil society activist has gone missing, adding to four who've already disappeared recently. there've been demonstrations across pakistan earlier this week over the disappearances of the other
men, all of whom have been critical of both the army and islamist extremism. the family of samar abbas, who live in karachi, say they haven't heard from him since sunday, and that from monday his phone went dead. the president of the philippines, rodrigo duterte, has ordered government agencies to offer free contraceptives to an estimated six million women who cannot obtain them. his plans are seen as controversial in a majority catholic country but the president says he wants to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies. scientists say a gibbon living in the tropical forests of south—west china is a new species of primate. the animal has been studied for some time, but new research confirms it is different from all other gibbons. it has been named the skywalker hoolock gibbon, partly because the scientists are fans of star wars. president—elect donald trump's nominee for secretary of state rex tillerson has hit out at china in his confirmation hearing, criticising the asian power‘s island—building and its lack of support in curbing
north korean power. the former ceo of oil company exxon mobil told us senators in a committee session that lasted for around nine hours that the us should take a new approach to dealing with the asian power. china's island building in the south china's island building in the south china sea is an illegal taking of disputed areas without regard for international norms. china's economic and trade practices has not a lwa ys economic and trade practices has not always followed commitments to agreements. it steals our intellectual property and is aggressive and expansionist in the digital realm. it has not been a reliable partner in using its full influence to curb north korea. china has proven a willingness to act with abandon in pursuit of its own goals which at times has put it in
conflict with american interest. we have to deal with what we see, not what we hope. dane chamorro from global security consultancy control risks spoke to me earlier about the significance of tillerson‘s criticisms of china. i don't think there is a lot new in the sentiment, i think what is new is that you have somebody at this level, somebody coming into the role, very senior in the administration, using words like illegal. i don't believe that has happened before, at least from a us official, but i don't think there is a lot new in that sentiment, i think that sentiment is held by a number of people in the us and other government circles, including those in south east asia. so how do you think will the chinese react to these statements of the secretary of state nominee? i think they'll probably, you know, have some kind of reply, obviously. that has tended
to be their response when statements like this are made. i don't expect them to do anything, necessarily, just because of the statements, but i think, to your point earlier, we can expect a rocky relationship between the united states and china for a number of reasons, the south china sea possibly one of them, and then there is the issue of what does that mean for example for us businesses operating in china? they are businesses operating in china? they a re often businesses operating in china? they are often the first target, notjust us businesses, but when china has a dispute with a trading partner or an investment partner they often take actions subtly sometimes against the corporate interests of that country in china, so i think we will probably get a statement from them, the ministry of foreign affairs or something like that, disagreeing. i think the administration can expected to be tested once it is in place, as every administration has been, deliberately or otherwise, by a chinese move possibly in the south
china sea, possibly somewhere else. so, with rex tillerson speaking to senators and saying that the united states has to take a new approach against china, do you think the americans will basically do anything about what the chinese are doing in the south china sea? it is hard to say and it is hard to know what could be done that wouldn't provoke a conflict, necessarily. ithink could be done that wouldn't provoke a conflict, necessarily. i think you are going to have heightened tensions, that is for sure. i think it is also important to recognise that this is notjust what — there are two sides to every story, so it is not just are two sides to every story, so it is notjust what are two sides to every story, so it is not just what the are two sides to every story, so it is notjust what the us administration might think of what china is doing, it is also that we are dealing with a different china than we were even five years ago. and china under xi jinping than we were even five years ago. and china under xijinping is more aggressive internationally than china has been before in recent memory, so china has been before in recent memory, so it is two sides of the same coin, it is what china is doing and how other countries including the united states will react to
that. the taliban has released a video of two men kidnapped in august, in which they plead for president elect donald trump to negotiate for their release. its the first time australian timothy weeks and american kevin king have been see since they were abducted as they left work at the american university in kabul. let's speak to our sydney correspondent hywel griffith. just tell us a little bit more about this video that has emerged. yes, it is some 13 minutes long and split into four or five sections and in it you see both men clearly distressed at some point, weeping, but in relatively ok health, both say that they have been kept in good condition by the talybont, that they eat the same food as their captors, but their distress comes when they discuss what they say is their fate
u nless discuss what they say is their fate unless a negotiation is made successfully by the us government, and timothy weeks says that he believes are less a deal is struck $0011 believes are less a deal is struck soon that he will be killed, and he repeats the phrase several times, i don't want to die here, i don't want to diea don't want to die here, i don't want to die a loan. he talks directly to his family here in australia. his mother who is ill in hospital he says, his ageing father and his siblings —— alone. he impresses on them to try and ask the american government to negotiate. then the american captured professor, kevin king, does something similar, talking about the strain on them and u nless talking about the strain on them and unless a deal is done to exchange them for some taliban prisoners, then they say that they will be killed, and so it is quite a harrowing video over 30 minutes that emerged through the use or taliban site some hours a go now. and do we know anything about any word on the authorities, the australians or the americans, about this? we are
waiting to hear from the australian government. i have spoken to them this morning. they say they are preparing a statement. we know that the us government had one failed attempt to rescue these men. only a matter of weeks after they were abducted, in august last year, we understand there was a us navy seal operation which took place, but it was unsuccessful, suggesting that they reached too late to actually get to them and. no response obviously from donald trump yet. he is yet to take office and therefore couldn't formally respond to this video. there is a precedent, of course, for the us negotiating with the taliban. there was a us soldier, a sergeant in tiny 1a who was exchanged for taliban prisoners, however we don't know if the us would countenance such a move again. you are watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: as winter bites hard across europe, we visit the refugee camps in greece, where they are living
in sub—zero temperatures. also on the programme: bollywood's shah rukh khan tells the bbc how he has managed to stay at the top for 25 years. day one of operation desert storm to force the iraqis out of kuwait has seen the most intense air attacks since the second world war. tobacco is america's oldest industry, and it's one of its biggest, but the industry is nervous of this report. this may tend to make people want to stop smoking cigarettes. there is not a street that is unaffected. huge parts of kobe were simply demolished as buildings crashed into one another. this woman said she'd been given no help and no advice by the authorities. she stood outside the ruins of her business. tens of thousands of black children
in south africa have taken advantage of laws, passed by the country's new multiracial government, and enrolled at formerly white schools. tonight sees the 9,610th performance of her long—running play, the mousetrap. when they heard about her death today, the management considered whether to cancel tonight's performance, but agatha christie would have been the last person to want such a thing. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm babita sharma in london. our top stories: donald trump has angrily dismissed claims that russia has compromising material on him, and has suggested that us intelligence agencies may have leaked the allegations. donald trump's choice to be us secretary of state, rex tillerson, has told a senate confirmation hearing that china is aggressive and must stop building islands in the south china sea. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the financial times explores all the elements of that news conference by donald trump.
it covers his comments about russia, the leaking of that dossier, and the role of the media. on the front page of the south china morning post is a picture of president obama's family during his farewell address, and a story that china is open to a potential meeting with representatives of donald trump at this month's world economic forum in switzerland. the international edition of the new york times has a report about a group of rohingya refugees from myanmar, in bangladesh. the article details several accounts from those inside the camp, which reveals the extent of the violence that has unfolded in myanmar. now, rico, what stories are sparking discussions online? this story has generated quite a buzz on social media, especially in india. here is what happened. a user from mumbai spotted on amazon canada a listing for a doormat resembling the indian flag. now, i should mention that, under indian law, the desecration of the flag is a serious offence.
the country's minister for external affairs, sushma swaraj, joined the wave of discontent on twitter. she threatened to rescind visas for amazon officials if they did not stop selling the product. hours later, result — the item seems to have disappeared from sale. as a cold snap continues to affect greece, thousands of homeless refugees and migrants remain at risk of exposure to the bad weather. some camps in northern greece have been blanketed in snow. our reporter howard johnson attempted to travel to some of them. we set off from athens early in the morning with plans to visit the refugee camps of thessaloniki, which has been particular hard—hit by the weather. but as the row became
increasingly difficult to drive on, we opted for a refugee camp closer to us in the historical town of thermopylae. this is where king leonidas of sparta took on xerxes of the persian empire. we missed the turning to the camp, but met two men walking along the road who pointed us in the right direction. wejust picked up two men who were walking on the street here. they are both from kurdistan, is that correct? yes. they are taking as to the camp, which is just a couple of hundred metres in front of us here. inside the camp, i met mainly syrian refugees, many making the most of the snowy weather. oh, my god! unfortunately, as it was a last—minute decision to visit the camp, we did not have the necessary paperwork to film inside.
but one man from aleppo, syria, did come out to talk to us, on the condition that we protect his identity. and after winter, where will you go? so, as you can see, the snow here is around ten inches thick on the ground, and it is still falling. that means families like ahmed's will have to stay here for the time being to wait for this weather pattern to pass, before they can carry on theirjourneys to their final destinations. bollywood star shah rukh khan made his debut 25 years ago, and for some, he is considered to be the biggest movie star in the world. but, speaking exclusively to the bbc, he says he never imagined he would become
such a big star. haroon rashid has been to meet him at his home in mumbai, and asked him what he thinks about his successful career. i think a lot of factors for me happening. i think i came at the right time. i think there was a whole turnaround where a little more easy—going cinema was coming in. it wasn't so antiestablishment, it was about goodness, it was about family, it was about love. the time came when second—generation indians missed home all wanted their children to learn a little bit about india, and the only thing they saw was, "hey, hindi films." the one plus i saw happening to me was i had no plan, i had no plan to succeed. i had no way — like you said, "how did i find my way?" i had no way, i did not know the way, and when you don't know the way to success naturally you stop knowing the way to failure, also.
shah rukh khan the brand is an international phenomenon, has shah rukh khan the brand become bigger than anything you wanted it to be? i never saw myself becoming a brand, it wasn't a conscious decision doing things that would lead to something. i think that happens now in more modern times, or at least in india in modern times, where imagery is created by management. i've never taken things so intricately. i've just done things that i feel. and more often than not it has gone right, but i don't know how to do it right again. but, yeah, it does get out of control. sometimes even the simplest of things said, or the simplest of actions, can seem to trouble people. and that's a little shocking to me, and sometimes has made me a little more wary of what i should do, where i should do, how i should do, and when i should do. there's absolutely crowds and swarms of people that stand outside your house at the weekend. every time you land at a different airport, there's paparazzi waiting for you. is it not tiring, after a point? it's not tiring, it's not irritating, it can get a little... the people i spend my personal time
with, which is family, they understand it. they understand a few things, like wanting to have a good dinner somewhere — it's better i don't accompany them to the dinner, because it wouldn't be so nice. people will come, and we are a courteous family, so we will do the pictures, and if you do one it will be to ten or 15. on my own i can wear a hoodie and hide in the car, which i do very often. i even travel in the trunk of my car sometimes to get somewhere! really? yes, quietly have a good drink with a friend orjust sit down and chat and come back. i can't imagine shah rukh khan sitting in the trunk of a car for some reason. i'm compact, ifit in! you have been watching newsday. stay with us. hello.
i know already some of you have seen some fairly wintry conditions. i think, over the next couple of days, that prospect becomes a good deal more widespread across the british isles. thursday dawns with still a lot of wind to be had across the northern half of the british isles, maybe not as windy as wednesday was, and a cold start to the day. cold and dry to start in the south—east, don't be fooled by that because relatively mild air is moving in from the atlantic. we have real concerns through the day again about the strength of the wind and the, initially in northern parts but there's a change on the way for areas because your mild air because your mild air bringing the rain will eventually run into that cold air, which is already in situ across wales, the midlands and the northern parts of the british isles. and, as that moisture runs into the cold air, so i think we'll see quite a significant conversion, slowly but surely through the day, of some of that rain into snow,
initially across the high ground of wales, but eventually, as we get on into the afternoon, so more widely snow will become an issue, and notjust at higher levels, either. some doubt about the exact wheres and whens but that's the general principle. all the while in the northern half of the british isles it's another bitterly cold day with a lot of wind driving a whole peppering of showers into central and western parts of scotland, across northern ireland, into the north—west of england, and into northern parts of wales, on what is going to feel like a bitterly cold day. given the strength of the wind and the fact your thermometers are never going to read better than two, three or four degrees. not quite out of the woods with regards to this problem in the south, because increasingly in the evening the snowfalls to lower levels, as it quits the scene, so those wetted surfaces will turn into icy surfaces underneath clear skies. at least clear for a time because we have another weather feature dragging the prospect of more snow further south
across scotland, into the north of england such that friday morning could be a real fest of frost and ice, and some snowfall, we think, too, coming down across central and eastern parts of the british isles before it eventually quits the scene, unfortunately just after the main rush hour, to leave behind another chilly, chilly day right across the piece with further wintry showers in northern and western parts. but at least there will be some sunshine, and there will be a prospect of somewhat drier conditions following all the snow. the weekend starts chilly again, and then it turns milder for many as we get to sunday. i'm babita sharma with bbc world news. our top story: donald trump has said us intelligence agencies may have been behind the leak which alleges that russia has compromising he also condemned what he called fake news. the taliban release a video of two abducted american university professors, one australian,
the other american, pleading for donald trump to help secure their release. and this video is trending on bbc.com: scientists say a gibbon living in the tropical forests of south—west china is a new species of primate. the scientists, who are star wars fans, have named the primate skywalker hoolock gibbon. that's all from me now. stay with bbc world news. and the top story here in the uk: labour'sjeremy corbyn has accused theresa may of being in denial about the problems facing the nhs.