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welcome to bbc news. i'm gavin grey. our top stories: president trump praises the intelligence community, denying he's had a feud with them and accusing the media of making it up. as you know, i have a running war with the media. they are among the most dishonest people on earth. huge crowds have taken part in protests against president trump in the united states and around the world. the man who led the gambia for two decades has left the country, ending weeks of political crisis. rescuers continue to search for survivors in italy at the hotel buried by an avalanche after nine people were found alive. donald trump has marked his first full day in office by announcing
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that he has a running war with the media. the remarks were made during a speech at the cia headquarters in virginia, where the new president described some members of the press as, "the most dishonest people on earth." he also accused the media of making it sound like he had a feud with the intelligence community, and of publishing misleading information about the number of people who attended his inauguration ceremony on friday. here's a little of what he had to say. the reason you are my first stop is that as you know i have a running war with the media. they are among the most dishonest human beings on earth. applause. right? and they sort of made it sounds like i had a few —— and they sort of made it sounds like i had a feud with the intelligence community. this is why it is my number one stop.
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it is exactly the opposite, and they understand that, too. i was explaining the numbers. we did a thing yesterday, the speech... you like the speech, right? applause. we had a massive field of people. you saw that. packed. i turn on the network this morning and they show an empty field. i said, wait a minute, i made a speech, i looked out, the field was... it looked like a million, a million and a half people. they showed a field where there were practically nobody standing there. well, a little over two hours after mr trump made that speech at the cia headquarters, the new white house press secretary, sean spicer, gave his first press briefing. he was also highly critical of some media organisations, over the way he felt they had mis—represented the number of people who had attended friday's inauguration ceremony.
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no one had numbers because the national park service, which controls the national mall, does not put any out. by the way, this applies to attempts to count the number of protesters in the same fashion. we know some things, let's go through them. we know that from the platform where the president stands, it holds 50,000 people. and then to the media tent, 250,000. and then from there to the washington monument, another 250,000 people. all of this space was full when the president took the oath of office. we know 420,000 used the dc metro public transit yesterday, which compares to the 300,000 who used it in 0bama's inauguration. this was the largest ever audience to witness an inauguration period, both in person and around the world.
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even the new york times printed a photograph showing a misrepresentation of the crowd in their original tweet. they did not show the full extent of the crowd that existed. these attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong. the president was also at the central intelligence agency today, and greeted by a raucous, overflow crowd of 400—plus cia employees. there were over 1000 requests to attend, prompting the president to note that he will have to come back to greet the rest. the employees were ecstatic that he's the new commander—in—chief. he delivered a powerful and important message to them. he told them he has their back. and they were grateful for that. they gave him a five—minute standing ovation in enthusiasm for his presidency. i will also note it is a shame the cia did not have a cia director to be with him today when he visited
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because the senate democrats are stalling the nomination of mike pompeo and playing politics with national security. that is what you should be writing and covering, instead of sowing division about tweets and false narratives. the president is committed to unifying our country and that was the focus of his inaugural address. this kind of dishonesty in the media is making it more difficult. there has been a lot of talk in the media about responsibility to hold donald trump accountable. i am here to tell you that goes both ways. we will hold the press accountable as well. the american people deserve better. as long as he serves as the messenger of this incredible movement, he will take his message directly to the american people where his focus will always be. that was the new white house press secretary, sean spicer. perhaps unusually, mr spicer ended his news conference without taking any questions from any of the journalists present. as you can see, he simply said goodbye and walked off the stage. the march in washington was just one
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of dozens held in america and around the world in a huge global show of defiance against donald trump's presidency. as we've said, there have been no official figures on how many attended in the capital, but it's being reported that as many as three quarters of a million people are currently taking part in a similar march in los angeles. there were also marches in cities around the world. katty kay reports from washington. they came in their thousands. children, men, and women. lots of women. i came from hawaii to be here today. i'm here to represent all the people that can't be here. it gives me hope for our future. it was a really dark day when the electoral results came in. it's not that we hate donald trump. but we just hate what he stands for. bigotry and racism. i won't stand for that. john kerry came too.
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no longer america's secretary of state, nowjust a citizen taking a political stand. this march was conceived as a celebration of women. and of one woman in particular, hillary clinton. but after the surprising american election it quickly became a protest, and a protest against one man in particular, donald trump. there were huge crowds in other american cities as well. in liberal bastions like los angeles, where they didn't vote for donald trump. and in chicago, where the turnout was so big they had to change the route. in solidarity, they protested around the world. in london, a march that began on the doorstep of the american embassy wasjoined by 100,000 people, from the famous to the frail. they also marched in paris today. and in sydney. and even in nairobi. in washington, the protests surpassed president trump's inauguration crowd, a slap
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in the face to a man who cares about size. and it was about more than women's issues. it was a repudiation of the donald trump worldview. today marks the beginning. the beginning of our story. the revolution starts here. president trump takes office as the most unpopular new president ever. today's march, he faces up to that fact. katty kay, bbc news, washington. the marches may have sparked widespread support across the us and worldwide, but let's hear now from a supporter of donald trump who feels differently. judy alexander is a county employee from croswell in michigan. thanks very much indeed forjoining us. thanks very much indeed forjoining us. those marches, you could dispute the figures of the inauguration,
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there is no doubt there are a lot of people taking part in marches around the world. yes, i saw that today. .. (inaudible). fate are putting so much energy into dividing rather than trying to bring the country together, try to work on issues that they have a problem with, instead of this they are co nsta ntly with, instead of this they are constantly fighting. these people in downtown dc, smashing buildings, they have lost their minds. they must have lost their minds around the world. they are concerned and angry about comments on equal pay, civil rights, abortion rights. those are the issues they say they are marching for.
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(inaudible). iam glad (inaudible). i am glad they are looking for importand i am glad they are looking for import and things, they are important to me too, equal pay, but i don't believe i have heard donald trump say anything about... (inaudible). iam very (inaudible). i am very sorry, i don't know if you can hear me, julie, but the line is cutting out and i am afraid we have lost you completely. we will have to try, maybe, a little later in the programme. thank you. in another development from washington, the white house has confirmed that britain's prime minister theresa may will be the first foreign leader to to meet mr trump. she's expected to travel to washington for a summit at the white house on friday. mr trump will also meet the mexican president enrique pena nieto a few days later, on the 31st of january. in other news now: the gambia's
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former president yahya jammeh has left the country following pressure from west african nations to recognise his election defeat. thousands of west african troops were sent to the gambia on thursday to force mrjammeh to leave office after he refused to accept the result of december‘s election. he is reportedly headed for exile in equatorial guinea. 0ur west africa correspondent thomas fessy gave this update from the gambian capital banjul. this is the end of a 22 year rule in the gambia. there is no doubt there will be celebrations tonight in the capital. it is the end of a crisis after the election last month. a few days later after accepting the results he said he would reject them. over the last few days, west african states,
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whic mounted pressure against him, gathering troops just across the border. they were threatening to remove him from power by force. and now he is on board. he is leaving. this is the end of his political rule. the new president, adama barrow, is in senegal. he will return once jammeh has left. this is quite a big development in the region. they are sending a very strong message, not only across the region, but also across the continent, that they stand ready to fight to protect democracy and the will of the people, that they are ready to send troops to whoever is rejecting the results of fair elections. let's just round up some
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of the other main news stories for you: brazilian riot police have used shipping containers to separate rival gangs inside a prison. at least 26 people died in clashes inside the alcacuzjail a week ago. officials say they plan to replace the temporary barrier with concrete walls within a fortnight. a coach has crashed near the italian city of verona, killing at least 16 people. officials say there were 45 people on board, including teenage students from hungary. they were returning home to budapest after spending time at a mountain resort in france. the coach struck a motorway pylon before catching fire. seven people have been arrested in the netherlands and spain in connection with one of the world's biggest ever jewellery heists, nearly 12 years ago. an armed gang stole 45 million dollars worth of diamonds from an armoured car at schiphol airport in amsterdam the lebanese prime minister says
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security forces have prevented a suicide attack in beirut, saying they stopped the suspected bomber in a busy commercial district in the capital. a man was arrested nearby a cafe wearing an explosives belt. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: brazilian football club chapecoense plays again — the first match since last year's deadly plane crash. for all of you who have done amazing, remarkable work, i can't wait to see what you do next. and i promise you i'll be right there with you. god bless you. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: president trump praises the intelligence community, denying a feud with them and accusing the media of making it up. more than a million people have taken part in a series of huge protests against the presidency
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of donald trump, across america and around the world. so let's stay with our main stories now, and events surrounding president trump's first full day in office. 0ur correspondent david willis is in washington. this sudden change of heart, at least it would appear, over the intelligence community. you have beenin intelligence community. you have been in america for a while there. the media has been reporting it and he has twittered a lot about them, and yet here he is saying he is 1000% and hind them. and yet here he is saying he is 100096 and hind them. yes, and you would have to conclude that as a conflict in message to the one he had put out at his own hand on twitter over the weeks and months just past. you know what, donald trump has gone on the attack on day one, the first full day of his presidency, lemming basically the dishonest media, as he puts it, for
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any misunderstanding that might have occurred. in that sentiment was echoed by a very unusual press conference, well, it wasn't really a press c0 nfe re nce , conference, well, it wasn't really a press conference, it was a long statement from the white house spokesman this evening in which he basically rallied against the media, as donald trump had earlier, saying that this new administration would hold the media accountable, as he put it, for things like falls reporting and sowing dissent, and all sorts of things like that. mr spicer, in very combated mood, reading from a statement which as i say very much echoed donald trump's remarks to the cia earlier, but not taking any questions, and basically just turning on his foot and marching out at the end. and david, is there any indication this is going to be the way this now, under the trump administration, or do you think this a 1—off? the trump administration, or do you think this a 1-off? gavin, this is
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the new doll. i think we can say that. that remark about holding the press accountable, calling people to account, he called out one particular reporter today about suggestions that martin luther king's statue had been removed from the white house —— new normal. that had apparently not be the case but they are going to take people on individually if necessary, through these briefings. and mr spicer looked like a man who had been told what to say by his boss, knowing fully well that that boss was watching every second of his remarks. really this was, as i say, the sort of use, it appears, that donald trump is going to make of his chief press spokesman. and that loss, david, briefly if you could, donald trump, the president, would appear to be genuinely upset by the scale of the protests against him, and by the media reporting that there were fewer people at his
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inauguration. absolutely, size matters to donald trump, as they say, and clearly he is thin—skinned on this particular issue. we saw that during the campaign and we are seeing that now that he is the president of the united states. he doesn't like it when people say there were fewer people present for his inauguration than they were for those of president 0bama in 2009 and 2013, at any suggestion that there we re 2013, at any suggestion that there were more people in washington, dc today than they were yesterday really doesn't go down well at all, gavin. david willetts, keeping an eye on things for us, thank you very much. —— david willis. 0ne one of the speakers at the washington march was hollywood actress scarlett joha nsson, who expressed her fears over the future of healthcare. i feelthat expressed her fears over the future of healthcare. i feel that in the face of this current political climate it is vital that we all make it our mission to get really, really
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personal. so yes, at 15 i had been toa personal. so yes, at 15 i had been to a gynaecologist, i was living in new york city and had visited planned parenthood there. for the more than 2.5 million patients per year that rely on planned parenthood services for cancer and std screenings, birth control, safe abortion and pregnancy planning, these are uncertain and anxious times. lawmakers in 24 states have tried to block patients from receiving care at at planned parenthood. congress has voted to limit access to reproductive services nine times. blue. yes, boo! —— boo. there are very real and devastating consequences to limiting access to what should be considered basic healthcare. rescue teams in italy have been continuing their search for survivors, three days after an avalanche buried a hotel
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in central italy. 23 people are still thought to be missing. nine others, including four children, have so far been pulled alive from the rubble of the hotel in the abruzzo region. james reynolds reports. for a third day in the mountains, rescuers pick through the remains of the rigopiano hotel. they have to move carefully for fear of collapsing rubble onto anyone still trapped below. around 30 people had been waiting in the lobby when the avalanche hit. hotel worker fabio salzetta escaped the snowfall by hiding in a boiler room. translation: i don't think anyone expected an avalanche. there was lots of snow beforehand. we risked getting cut—off. i kept trying to call to get us evacuated, but no—one answered. late at night, rescuers made it to four survivors, two men and two women.
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none were seriously injured. earlier, relief workers pulled six—year—old ludovica parete to safety. she was the final member of herfamily to be rescued. workers then carried away a boy who had been with her. concrete walls had protected them from the avalanche. the rescued adults and children have been flown to hospital in the coastal city of pescara, where they're recovering quickly. the survivors' family members can now breathe again. translation: can't you see it from my face? doesn't my face show how happy i am? it's great, i can't describe it in words. i'd like to see him. for now, the boy is safe. fresh rescue teams have relieved their exhausted colleagues, they have plenty of work ahead of them. translation: we're going to take over. the rescue operation will continue through the night. we're convinced that we'll find other people still alive.
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to find them, they'll have to dig through tonnes of snow, rock and concrete. how many more survivors might there be, underneath all this? james reynolds, bbc news, rome. the brazilian football club chapecoense have played their first match since all but three of their senior players were killed in a plane crash last november. in an emotional return home, the side met the current brazilian champions for a friendly match. most of their players have been loaned by other brazilian clubs, as julia carniero reports. it is kick—off time for the new chapecoense. the fans have crowded the conda arena to watch their comeback. with fresh new signings, the team is taking a big step back into the game. the flight carrying the chapecoense squad crashed in the mountains, close to the city of medellin, in november. investigators in colombia found it had run out of fuel.
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the defender neto was the last person to be pulled from the wreckage. last week, he managed to walk again. translation: they told me the truth three days before i came back to chapeco. it was the saddest day of my life. i asked about my team—mates, and the doctors said they weren't here anymore. ijust couldn't believe it. ahead of today's match, the families of the crash victims were given medals in the players' honour. the survivors received the copa sudamericana trophy, a tribute to the final they didn't get to play. there wasn't a dry eye in the house. i feel very great because, i guess, this is the dream of my father, my father's dream, and i think we need to keep coming here and being... i don't know what to say, i'm very emotional right now. it is 71 minutes into the game, and the match has stopped to remember the 71
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victims of the crash. instead of a minute of silence, a moment of sheer energy. the match is a draw, but the chapecoense scored twice, filling fans with hope as the new team strives for a successful future. julia carniero, bbc news, chapeco, brazil. the south indian state of tamil nadu has changed the law to allow bull—fighting to restart in the state. the prime minister, narendra modi, has also given his approval, bypassing a supreme court ban. the move comes after days of escalating tension in tamil nadu, with angry protesters insisting that the ban imposed in 2014 disrespected tamil culture and should be overturned. a reminder of our top story: the white house has accused some parts of the media of engaging in what it called false reporting of mr trump's inauguration as president. the white house spokesman sean
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spicer said the number of people who had gathered was the largest crowd to witness an inauguration, and that the media was sowing division about tweeds and false —— tweets and pulls narratives. —— false. well, the temperatures throughout the night have been drop, drop, dropping. down to minus seven degrees in a couple of areas and scenes like this for some of us on sunday morning. fog around, but the real fog problems will not arrive until monday and tuesday. there could be major fog around. we will speak about that in a second. in the short term, it is frosty across much of england. now, remember these are the city centre temperatures. in rural areas it will be some five degrees lower than that. but western areas, just that little bit milder.
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and while we shiver in the morning, in melbourne for the tennis it will be hot and sunny. the temperature there, not a cloud in the sky and the temperature is reaching 29 degrees. anyway, back to our cold weather. it will not be so frosty in the westernmost extremities of the uk. in newquay, maybe five degrees but the central and southern england all the way up to yorkshire and parts of the north—west as well they will be freezing or below. frost in parts of scotland. possibly icy patches, mist and fog as well, but nothing too major. frost free in the western isles. four degrees expected. the temperature will rise to around four, five, six, seven degrees during the day. that will be the peak. after that frosty start in the south, most of the time it will not be that high. temperatures will only be about two or three. that is very much the peak in the temperature, and it will feel a lot colder than that.
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mild across the west with a bit more cloud and spots of light rain and drizzle coming and going. now, this is the big problem, then. sunday night into monday, watch how that fog forms. it will be extensive across many areas of england, into wales as well. freezing fog in places as well, so quite dangerous on the roads. factor that into your travel plans on monday and tuesday. the fog in some rural areas could persist all through the day, maybe notjust rural areas, towns and cities as well. that's all through monday and into tuesday. and on tuesday morning the fog may be even thicker in some areas, so nasty conditions on the roads for the working week. there will be a change on the way into the latter part of the week when the wind will freshen and disperse the fog. we could also see some rain in the west towards the end of the week as well. bye bye. the latest headlines from bbc news. i'm gavin grey. donald trump has been visiting the headquarters of the cia
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on his first full day as us president. the president has distanced himself from his repeated criticisms of us intelligence services, claiming the feud was a media fabrication. more than a million people joined protests against president trump in cities across the united states. 0riginally planned as a march on washington to demonstrate against mr trump's statements on women, the rallies have drawn huge crowds in many cities around the world. the former leader of the gambia, yahya jammeh, has flown out of the country, paving the way for his successor to return from exile. mrjammeh's decision to leave ends a standoff which began when he refused to accept defeat in the presidential election. the time now at 1:30am. ukip leader paul nuttall has been confirmed as the party's candidate
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