tv Outside Source BBC News January 12, 2017 9:30pm-10:01pm GMT
hello, i'm ros atkins, this is outside source. let's look through some of the main stories here in the bbc newsroom. just a week until he's inaugurated and donald trump continues to make headlines that he'd no doubt prefer not to. the former british spy who produced a dossier about mr trump's alleged behaviour while in russia has gone into hiding. we've been following the cyprus reunification talks all week. today at talks in geneva, the un secretary general has said that a deal is very close. the eu is planning to draw up rules for how humans might get along with artificial intelligence or robots. and sports news — former england football manager graham taylor has died. let's talk about this dossier again which continues to dominate news
coverage of donald trump. he details allegations that russia has compromising material on donald trump that could be used to blackmail him. the dossier was written by a former uk intelligence agent called christopher steele. here's our security correspondent frank gardner, with more about him. he's a former intelligence officer at mi6, he is a specialist in russia. his firm was hired by a washington lobbyist, initially they we re washington lobbyist, initially they were hired by the republicans, who we re were hired by the republicans, who were looking to come up with some
dirt about donald trump. eventually it was the democrats who were interested. what he found in tapping up interested. what he found in tapping up his old russian contacts in the russian successof up his old russian contacts in the russian successor to the kgb, he eventually got the document passed to the fbi. that was in august last year. in october it started to leak out, partly from a security conference that took place in canada. it is congregated. then there are the allegations, without any caveat, and normally an intelligence officer would say "not quite sure what the degree of reliability is about this." u nfortu nately reliability is about this." unfortunately it's been taken rather like the dossier about weapons of mass destruction as being true. what do your contacts today tell you about this man's reputation? he is quite well—regarded. he is
said to be quite intelligent aspect very intelligent. he left mi6 around ten yea rs very intelligent. he left mi6 around ten years ago to set up this form, did a lot of work on corruption within football. he actually helped the fbi investigate corruption in fifa. and he is well—regarded. now, i think this report, which is about 35 pages long, contains some unredacted sort of extracts from his russian contacts, there's quite a few spelling mistakes in there. but i suspect that contained some elements of truth and some elements that are completely fictitious. there are all sorts of allegations of sex scandals, but also money purse —— changing hands. you can see why the fbi and cia are concerned about this, because if there was any truth in it, that would imply that people in the kremlin have got a hold of a future president, something to blackmail him with.
that is why donald trump is saying it is absolutely untrue. james klapper, the director of national intelligence hasn't exam is said that, he says we can't substantiate it, and we deny the leak comes from us. “— it, and we deny the leak comes from us. —— james clapper. talks aimed at re—unifying cyprus go on in geneva. and the mood music is good. here's the un secretary general. are at the turning point. it is my hope that there will be a breakthrough. and i think that that is what the people of cyprus deserve, and i think it is also what the world needs today. we are facing so the world needs today. we are facing so many situations of disaster, we badly need a symbol of hope. i
strongly believe that cyprus can be the symbol of hope at the beginning of 2017. the south is greek cypriot, the north is turkish cypriot. in a moment we'll be live in geneva with james landale — first let's get a history lesson, with paul adams. cyprus was once a british colony but by 1974 the greek and turkish sides were at war. turkey launched an invasion, after greek cypriots declared a union with greece. thousands of people were killed, and as many as 2000 —— 200,000 people from the north on the south were displaced. people lost their homes,
their businesses. the un was called in to patrol the so—called green line, which divided the island into two parts, and it stayed that way ever since. why should we care? well, you have to remember cyprus is a member of the eu. and clearly a member that is divided in the way that cyprus is is a lwa ys divided in the way that cyprus is is always going to be a problem. we've been here before, there was a referendum on a peace deal back in 2004. the referendum on a peace deal back in 200a. the turkish cypriots agreed to aid, the greek cypriots said no. —— agreed to it. what he is talking about is the presence at the talks of three
important people. the greek foreign minister, the turkish foreign minister, the turkish foreign minister, and the uk foreign minister. all the stakeholders are up minister. all the stakeholders are up the table. that means the deal has the best possible chance of getting done. but nonetheless, inevitably, there are obstacles still in the way. here's our diplomatic correspondent explaining what they are. the obstacles are the ones that have been there for so long. above all, how do you guarantee the security of both communities in cyprus, north and south, if there is any kind of a settlement? if they reach a deal to share power and divide up the territory and deal with all the compensation fund changing borders and what happened all but way back in 1974, how then do they ensure that both sides feel safe? in other words, the don't feel there is going to be any sort of return to the violence that gripped cyprus
throughout the 19605 and 19705. that ultimately boil5 throughout the 19605 and 19705. that ultimately boils down to this question. at the moment there are about 30,000 turkish troops stationed in the north. what happens to them? do they stay, do they go? turkish cypriots to the north, they wa nt turkish cypriots to the north, they want some of those trips to stay to ensure their safety. but the greek cypriots to the south side that in a modern eu member state, which is what cyprus would fully become if it reunified, you cannot have foreign troops on your territory. so that is what they are discussing right now in this building. trying to work out, is it possible to bridge the gap between the two. do you have some kind of external guarantee of security? which countries are involved? do you have some new police force, how do you do at? that's where they need to make progress. what's the timetable here?
well, the timetable is get a deal as soon as possible, get some tech sorted. and anything agreed here has to go to the people in both north and south, so the expectation is that if there is a deal, there'll be some sort of referendum next year. so this will be decided on the ground, in cyprus. follow james on twitter if you want updates from geneva. some sad news in sport. former england football manager graham taylor has died at the age of 72. he spentjust over three years in the job in the early ‘905, and also had successful stints at aston villa and watford. tributes have been pouring in all day. sir eltonjohn has a long connection with watford — and in 1977, while he was chairman, he appointed graham taylor as watford manager. here's some footage of them
from the bbc sport archive. we are both committed, and he's mentioned about the passion that he has for watford football club, and football. well, of course i'd like to feel i have the same passion. on that basis i think you will get a very good relationship. do people think you've put a lot of money in? i think they think they've —— i've put in more than i have. but i am passionate about this club. olly foster is at the bbc sport centre. graham taylor's time as england manager can overshadow the achievements he had at watford. that's very notable in all those tributes we've had today. very quick
to point out he was a fantastic club manager, we saw him and eltonjohn in the vicarage road dressing room. that was 1977. many people thought it was a bit of a gimmick, with eltonjohn it was a bit of a gimmick, with elton john taking over, it was a bit of a gimmick, with eltonjohn taking over, but six yea rs later after eltonjohn taking over, but six years later after three promotions it was a fantastic double act that took watford to second in the first division. an amazing feat. he went on to aston villa, finished second in the first division as well. and that double act was reunited in the 19905 when watford were in all sorts of bother, two more promotions between the two of them, they got them back into the premier league as well. so yes, graham taylor was ridiculed for his three years in charge of england, and failing at euro 9092, failing to get the world cup in 1994, but so many people have said what a true football man he
was, what a gentleman, and he is known to so many of us here from working on bbc radio five live, everybody knows of his energy, enthusiasm and his wisdom for the game. he was an absent a fantastic pundit in the commentary box. so genuine sadness, and non—of course more shocked and sad than his family. he passed away very suddenly from a suspected heart attack. —— non—of course more shocked. thank you very much. wherever you are watching in the world, if you search for bbc five live, you can see a special programme paying tribute to graham taylor. not long to go now before the africa cup of nations kicks off in gabon this weekend. ed harry is covering the tournament for us; here he is in libreville.
this is where it all kicks off on saturday am when gabbert —— gabon opens the tournament against guinea—bissau. translation: it's an experienced team. we seem that in their training and in previous tournaments. gabon definitely have a chance to win the cup. no one's allowed to see -- said here yet, but there's more than a quiet confidence that this could be a great showcase for gabon as a country. translation: in 2012 and 2017 --
between 2012 and 2017 we have improved internet access. we have led many of final —— fibre—optic cable. we have developed new skills. five years ago, as co—hosts, gabon equalled the best ever performance here. reaching the quarterfinals. the expectation this time will be towards the last four, and then who knows? by the voices of their fans will not be the only ones heard around this country when the finals are played next month. —— but the voices. if you are into this tournament, i recommend bbc sport and bbc africa on twitter. still to come: we'll get into eu plans to set out rules for how humans interact with al and robots. we'll have more later.
snow and strong winds are causing travel disruption across many parts of the uk. severe flood warnings are also in place in coastal areas of eastern england. powerful winds packed —— piled up the drifts, adding eight inches in some places. to create scenery beyond postcard perfect but sending temperatures way below zero. in northern ireland, the critters
struggled to keep roads covered. in cumbria, multiple trips were needed after the grip was blown or washed away. because we are trying to get salt on the network, every time we are doing that, the rain is washing it off. so we have to top it up. that is why people will see the critters constantly going around trying to build up that salt level. head south, and a mixture of sleet and snow has been coaching the midlands. but in worcestershire, not everybody felt lucky. when it comes to driving, we don't do it. won it's so to driving, we don't do it. won it's so pretty. that is the first time she's seen snow. the snow came late in the day to heathrow, but the authorities had already decided to ta ke
authorities had already decided to take no chances, and cancelled over 80 flights. but this wintry surge is not just about snow. alan and elizabeth mitchell are among thousands of people on britain's east coast preparing for flooding. as high seas threaten to pour in. i'm upsetand as high seas threaten to pour in. i'm upset and frightened. after the last flood, i had a couple of strokes. i don't want that again. sorry, i'm going to cry... hundreds of soldiers are in lincolnshire tonight warning people about the possibility of flooding as well. they will be on alert for the next 24 hours; all part of this midwinter for the multiple weather experiences being supplied to the british isles. this is outside source, live from the bbc newsroom. our lead story: donald trump has said that the us director of national intelligence has told him that reports that russia held compromising information about the president—elect were false. the director of intelligence had
said they had not taken a position on the veracity of the allegations. if you're outside of the uk, its world news america next. they'll be playing an interview with the writer and director of la la land — the film that cleaned up at this week golden globe awards. week's golden globe awards. here in the uk, the news at ten is next. they'll have more on the latest revelations in the hillsborough tragedy. investigators say 23 people and organisations could face prosecution for britain's worst football disaster, in which 96 fans died. let's ta ke let's take on another element of the
story surrounding donald trump becoming president of america. here's what the head of the us office of government ethics thinks about donald trump's plans to avoid conflicts of interest relating to his businesses. next, let's see what a leading constitutional lawyer at harvard has been saying. i could have found you plenty more legal criticisms of what mr trump announced yesterday. of course mr trump's lawyers might see it differently. i've been discussed that point with michelle fleury. we heard from one of them yesterday
at the press conference, donald trump introduced her standing next toa trump introduced her standing next to a stack of manila folders. he pointed to those and said those were some of the agreements he had signed trying to separate himself from his business interests. he said he was going to pass on his empire to his sons. if you talk to ethics experts, they have been saying the only way for donald trump, who has a global empire, to resolve these ethics issuesis empire, to resolve these ethics issues is to actually sell the business completely and put the assets from that sale into a blind trust. something he is not prepared to do, and his lawyers say he should not have two destroyer at the business he built up. is this about what is seeing —— seen as the right thing to do, or the legal thing to do? this is where it -- you get into some of the debate we are seeing. if you look —— donald trump said repeatedly that presidents and vice
presidents are exempt from conflicts of interests. that is true if you look at one specific law, but ethics lawyers say there are other clauses, other legal statutes that are in place, which the president —— which means the president is not exempt. one constitutional clause is something that has been talked about a lot here. it involves donald trump's extensive foreign interests. they say that if you basically benefit from foreign governments, then that would be illegal under the emollients clause. donald trump would still know what foreign interest the company has, and how they would benefit. if you look at his hotel in washington, each time a foreign dignitaries days that he is indirectly benefiting there. that is the sort of concern that has been
raised, but no other president has had before. the european parliament has raised the issue of whether to give robots legal status as "electronic persons". go to its website and you'll find a set of proposed rules on how humans and robots should interact. those rules take inspiration from the works of this man, isaac asimov — he's famous for writing the science fiction book i, robot. the eu report also says artificial intelligence is "poised to unleash a new industrial revolution, which is likely to leave no stratum of society untouched." all sounds a bit scary, doesn't do? we to jane wakefield. —— we turn to. lots of people are surprised by the depth they've gone
too, even considering when robots might get intelligence is a long way off, but they are definitely thinking about it. how do we define artificial intelligence? it is something that is eithera intelligence? it is something that is either a machine or a programme that can land for itself in some form or other. it mimics the actions of the human brain. —— but can learn. what is the european parliament want but we don't have right now? it is trying to protect humanity, i suppose... just that?! yes, they want to say, this is happening, this is a real thing. yes, they want to say, this is happening, this is a realthing. how do we make sure that we interact in the right way with these? take jobs, which robots already are taking. lots of spheres in society, lots of different medicine, insurance, finance, or uses ai. —— all uses ai. the eu have posed the question, do
we need a basic universal wage that is paid to us by the state, because we might not be able to get a job in future? how's the eu going to take this issue on to the point where we might actually get something from? this was a group of mp5 that ratified thi5 this was a group of mp5 that ratified this report, it will now go to the european parliament for the re 5t to the european parliament for the re st of to the european parliament for the rest of the mp5 to consider, and then to individual member states to 5ee then to individual member states to see whether they also agree with the ba5ic see whether they also agree with the basic tenets of it. is anyone else looking at it's the uk will have to looking at it's the uk will have to look at it separately if it leads europe! and mps have started to have debates around 5kill5 europe! and mps have started to have debates around skills and whether we need more skills if we are not doing the same job5 need more skills if we are not doing the same jobs in 20 or 30 year5' time. thanks for watching. i will see you next week. goodbye. it was a mild december, but winter
has arrived with a vengeance. we've had some snowfall of the last 24 hours or so, this short was taken in the highlands. the rain turned to stone during the course of thursday, a few centimetres over high ground as well. but we need to put this in perspective; cast your minds back 30 yea rs, perspective; cast your minds back 30 years, blizzards raged across southern and eastern parts of the uk. and temperatures by day exactly 30 years ago did not get above minus eight celsius all day long. so let's put this little cold snap into some sort of perspective. the highs on friday, two to 5 degrees north to south. but it does feel chilly, and it will be a chilly and wintry day. a little band of roast —— snowfall pushing out of scotland through the early hours and running down the eastern side of england. it could bring a couple of centimetres of
snow, rain or sleet on the coast. that's no good arrived in the london area just in time for the rush hour, it doesn't last long, the sun comes out and foremost places it would be a bright cold day. that brisk wind will continue, and it will continue to feed some wintry showers in two exposed areas. but we shelter for example along the south coast, it shouldn't feel too bad with temperatures at four or 5 degrees. it shouldn't feel pleasant along the north sea coasts, we are concerned about the possibility of a storm surge, with huge waves crashing on to the coastline. further wintry showers across parts of northern ireland and exposed northern parts of scotland, but plenty of sunshine further south. cold, though, and after a widespread frost on saturday it will be another chilly day. further wintry showers down the east coast, the strongest of the wind beginning to moderate, and the showers at west will begin to turn
to rain or sleet. something a bit milder trying to encroach off the atlantic. the yellow is trying to push in, how quickly the mild air gets a cross push in, how quickly the mild air gets across the north —— to the east isa gets across the north —— to the east is a bit?. the thing for western areas it will turn milder, but for the easternmost part is to be a royal day on sunday, is that cloud and patchy rain tends to 45 degrees. milder out west. on monday the —— this warm front will kind of grind toa this warm front will kind of grind to a halt, so long that zone you will have cloud and patchy rain, probably dry on either side but whereas at worst it will be mild, double figures here, statistically chilly across eastern parts of england. and then if end —— if anything, as we head into wednesday, things start to push back westwards as well —— again. that code block pushes the mild air back into the
atlantic. that's certainly the case across england and wales; northern ireland and scotland will probably hang onto milder air. thejet stream's in a weird configurations, a massive loop. this branch pushing milderair into a massive loop. this branch pushing milder air into the north west, this branch pushing that cold, continental air into the south and east with quite a contrast in tablature between the north west and the south—east. that's it, i'll update you again tomorrow. that's it, i'll update you again tomorrow. tonight at ten, donald trump seemingly at odds with some of his key nominees for senior positions. do you solemnly swear to give the committee the truth, the full truth and nothing but the truth, so help me god? his choice for head of the cia praises the intelligence community, hours after mr trump had criticised them.
i have seen their morale through tough times, where they've been challenged before, and i've watched them walk through fire, to make sure that they did theirjob5 in a professional way. mr trump had blamed security officials for leaking unproven allegations about him. they have denied doing so. those claims were in a report written by christopher steele, a former mi6 officer who's now gone into hiding. we'll have the latest from washington, and from moscow, with eight days to mr trump's inauguration. also tonight. nearly 28 years after hillsborough, prosecutors consider bringing charges against 23 people and organisations.