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the latest headlines from bbc news. i'm gavin grey. donald trump has been visiting the headquarters of the cia 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. originally 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 to fight next month's by—election in stoke—on—trent central.
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it was triggered by the resignation of leading labour moderate tristram hunt. ukip has high hopes of winning the seat, after more than two—thirds of voters there backed brexit in the eu referendum. our correspondent matt cole says paul nuttall believes this is his chance to get into parliament. it is very clear by becoming the candidate for stoke central that paul nuttall thinks he's got a chance. you don't really want to sort of tarnish your reputation as leader. now, this is actually his fifth attempt at getting a westminster seat. he's fought three general elections and a by—election previously, but he's still not quite at nigel farage‘s record — he took on seven, lost seven, so paul nuttall will be hoping to go one better than that. but the seat was taken by labour in the last general election, but only by 5000 ahead of ukip, who did come second, narrowly ahead of the tories. so hence paul nuttall will be thinking this is a chance for him to get into parliament. now on bbc news, it's time for the travel show.
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this week i will travel millions of yea rs this week i will travel millions of years back in time underground in 0man. starting to work up a bit of a sweat here. we are hitting the water in new york city. plus we are booking a table at the world's old est booking a table at the world's oldest restaurant. first up, this week we are in new
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york. it is a frenzy of people and traffic and everything here from the skyscrapers to the food is gigantic. but what most people don't know is that if you are lucky you might also be able to spot some of the biggest creatures on earth. joe worley has taken to the waters there to find out more. this is rockaway bay, it isa out more. this is rockaway bay, it i5340 out more. this is rockaway bay, it is a a0 minute cab ride from times square and one of the jumping is a a0 minute cab ride from times square and one of thejumping off points for reaching the waters of the new york bite. speeding through the new york bite. speeding through the day gives you a great view of the day gives you a great view of the city's skyline. but i'm interested in what's under the water — whales. in the past five years, there has been a surge in the number seen near the city. it is thought
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they have come here because the water quality has improved, which means there is more bait. but catching a glimpse of one can be tricky. seven different species have been spotted in these waters around new york, including the enormous blue whale. they say that today we are most likely to see a humpback whale. fingers crossed. this is the exact spot where we left the whale yesterday... arty is part of a network of whale trackers. manhattan has how many millions of people and i talk to people all the time, they don't even know that there are humpback whales, like, literally16 miles from the empire state building. artie has taken some truly amazing photos that showjust how close the wales come to the city. ——
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whales. but his main focus is to get a clear shot off the bottom of the tale, called a. -- called a fluke. that fluke is a fingerprint and not one of them are the same. so there are some are black, white, speckled, we have a new york city catalogue of whales and i think this morning we are up to 51. my mission today is to try and get some shots to add to the catalogue. and what is your top tips for taking a photo of a whale? you've got to be ready, you just have to be ready, you have to have a camera up, have to be ready, you have to have a camera up, have the settings right, have everything perfect, so you are like this the whole day. oh, i really wa nt like this the whole day. oh, i really want to see one. you're going to see whales, it is going to be great. i to see whales, it is going to be great. lam to see whales, it is going to be great. i am excited for you. we are
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scouring the horizon for a puff of water called a whale blow. it is a rough, windy day, so it is hard to tell whether what i am seeing is a whale orjust tell whether what i am seeing is a whale or just the tell whether what i am seeing is a whale orjust the break of a wave. but then... people are pointing that way? yeah. wow! there is a lot of excitement on the boat because someone excitement on the boat because someone has spotted a whale. come on. there is the dorsel. there it is. run over there. catching a glimpse of eight whale is so exciting. you were ready with that one. there are two! did you see that one? but we still haven't managed to get that all—importa nt
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one? but we still haven't managed to get that all—important fluke shot. now, that is the blow. hold on for a while. come on, baby. so, now you see he is going to show his fluke. 0h, see he is going to show his fluke. oh, no. didn't show it. catch that tail. i love it. we don't see this stuff, we don't see this. this is great. laughter whoo! this really is incredible, but it is so tricky to get a shot of the whale. the tale comes up get a shot of the whale. the tale comes upjust get a shot of the whale. the tale comes up just for a few seconds and then a moment later they are like 200 metres away. whoo-hoo! you are good. she is ready. there is the blow. here is the fluke. that is nice. yeah, this is the shot. that is what you want. and that is the
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money shot. that is the shot right there. that says who this whale is. it is its identity, it is like a fingerprint. photos like this help researchers understand the whale's location, but it is a tiny part of the picture, as most of the action happens under the picture. this is cool. -- under the water. but now new technology is being trialled by scientists at the wildlife conservation society and the woods hole oceanographic institution. they have installed powerful underwater microphones to load a buoy 22 miles south of the coast of new york to try and find out which whales are in the area. beautiful. this is a fin
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whale, second largest animal on the planet. doctor rosenblum shows me what they are looking for. how? so, the sound hits the buoy and feed it back like a sheet of music? yeah, it is sent up over the hoses over a satellite link to a server where it makes, the computer—generated software, will make the detection of, ah, i see that the pattern, which is like the notes, you know, the sheet music, and say, that is a fin whale, then it is checked by an a nalyst fin whale, then it is checked by an analyst and posted on the website. you can actually get to the latest data, there is a map of where the buoyis data, there is a map of where the buoy is located. there are really a lot of hits, aren't there, you can see them frequently. yeah, what you can do, you can go and see any one day and you can see just yesterday, you can see almost throughout the entire day from 3am in the morning until almost 8pm at night there were fin whales vocalising. they were
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making that bloop, bloop sound. yeah. whale vocalisations have been recorded almost every day sincejune and it is hoped the information can be used to protect these huge mammals from colliding with boats. new york has some of the world's busiest shipping lanes. increasingly, whales are using this habitat and we know that whales show signs of being hit by ships, there are scars that they have and in the la st are scars that they have and in the last few years the number of whales that have been hit by ships, and that have been hit by ships, and that have been floating dead in new york waters, where they were hit we are not sure, but it is a concern and there are technologies like the buoy that we can use to help minimise the risk of whales getting hit by ships. and tourists can get involved with conservation too.
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submitting photos they have taken to whale watching network. we have had a lot of people that have gone whale watching all over the world and has seen more watching all over the world and has seen more whales here in new york than they have seen on places like alaska and the mediterranean. he is going. almost a fluke. new york right now is the new cape cod whale watching. in the 70s and eighties, whales were in kate, there were none here, now there are as many here as in cape cod. that is the footprint. if you'd like to try and spot a whale near the city, trips run from may to november. inbound manhattan... and you can keep up with the whales on real—time on the woods hole oceanographic institution website. up
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website. up next — we've got more from our global gourmet series. this week we're in madrid at what is thought to be the world's alder stressed on. —— oldest restaurant. to be the world's alder stressed on. -- oldest restaurant. i am antonia gonzalez and this is botin, the old est gonzalez and this is botin, the oldest restaurant, 13 eight, in the world. this is a little part of history, the history of the old madrid —— 1a08. the first room, i mean, it is downstairs, 16 century dining room, the only room left that was here at least in 1580. ernest hemingway, he was a very regular customer here and included botin in
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the last action of one of his books. if you read it, the last accent of the book plays upstairs in one of ourdining the book plays upstairs in one of our dining rooms. he used to try to cook his own dishes, especially paella, and my grandfather told him to keep on writing, and he would keep on cooking. we try to keep up the ambience of the original restau ra nt. the ambience of the original restaurant. we focus on the food, of course. 0ur food is restaurant. we focus on the food, of course. 0urfood is not sophisticated, it is traditional spanish flavours, traditional spanish flavours, traditional spanish cooking. great, you know, cooking, but basically we are focused on roast in the original other than from 1785, we have the
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roast suckling pig and the roast baby lamb as the main. it is very simple. it is with a little white wine, a short of rosemary, onion, garlic, and that is all — very simple. two and a half hours and you get it. when you belong to a family business related with a restaurant, you finally have a sentimental relation with it. it is like a human being. this is a little part of the history of madrid. you collect moments of your life in these walls and in these corners... and everything that happens here is an
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effect. you succeed, you are very happy. if you fail, it is a disaster. still to come on the travel show: i am heading deep underground in oman, in search of a rare fish that lives in total darkness. it is like a proper training workout. the travel show. your essential guide wherever you are heading. hello. i am michelle, your global guide, with top tips on the world's best events in the coming months. starting in scotland, it is the up
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helly aa festival, which celebrates the viking heritage of the shetland islands, a fiery festival which began more than 100 years ago, celebrating the influence of the region. up to the alps. in switzerland on 31 january, dozens of hot—air balloons will take to the skies for the festival international de ballons. there will be sky chariots and cloud hoppers, single seater balloons to you and me, as well as airships, wing suit displays and remote—control hotair ballooning, all with a backdrop of the snowy swiss alps. the festival ends on 29 january. cross in the american rockies, the snow will be centre stage at the international snow sculpture championships in bracken ridge, colorado. from january 2a—28 it is sculpting week followed immediately by viewing week. snow artists from around the world come here to compete, each
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tea m world come here to compete, each team taking on 12 2a ton locks of snow and carving and chiselling by hand some of the most extraordinary works of art. no power tools are used, there are also no internal support structures. tools of the trade range from vegetable peelers to chickenwire to small stores. watch the snow take place —— small saws. it will be a very different kind of art at the perth international arts festival, which plays out for nearly a month, starting ten february. 1000 contemporary artists will be in action in theatre, music, film and literature, performing at venues and outdoor spaces across the western australian capital. 0n outdoor spaces across the western australian capital. on an island in south korea, thejeongwol fire festival ta kes south korea, thejeongwol fire festival takes place from march 225, celebrating the first full moon of
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the lunar calendar. in the italian dolomites it is much —— marcialonga. the race covers 70 kilometres of track. thousands of prose and amateurs compete, flanked by the towering peaks amateurs compete, flanked by the towering pea ks of amateurs compete, flanked by the towering peaks of arguably the most beautiful mountains in the world. finally, melt into the week—long lantern festival in taiwan, which begins 11 february on the back of chinese new year celebrations. there will be the sound of firecrackers, parades of oversized turtle effigies out in the archipelago. the release of sky lanterns and fairytale displays in this town. that is my global guide this month. let me know what is happening in the place where you live or where you love. we are on e—mailand you live or where you love. we are on e—mail and across social media. until next time, happy travelling.
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and to end this week, i am going back 2 million years in time here in 0man. iam back 2 million years in time here in 0man. i am visiting the country's famous caves which have recently reopened to tourists. i am taking a two—hour drive from the capital, muscat, to 0man most famous mt. there are five kilometre long series of caverns and passages, formed over 1 million years before the first humans appeared on earth. 0nce 1 million years before the first humans appeared on earth. once you arrive at the foot of the mountain, you take a short tram ride through the blistering mid— day heat and into the mouth of the cave system. so this stunning entrance is the opening to the al hoota cave. it is 223
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opening to the al hoota cave. it is 22 3 million years old. it is just so 22 3 million years old. it is just so beautiful, and i am in search of the famous blind pink fish, which you can only find here. the fish have survived undisturbed here beneath the earth in total darkness, until one day about 100 years ago, when the caves were discovered, totally by accident. discovered by a shepherd, when his goat fell down from the vent came down here. at that time he comes here, and discovers in the cave. that is an incredible story. his goat fell through this hole, and he suddenly discovered these caves. 0nce through this hole, and he suddenly discovered these caves. once inside, you can explore the caves by using the specially constructive walkways, and take your journey the specially constructive walkways, and take yourjourney back in time. starting to work up a bit of a sweat here. despite 0man being arrowed most of the year, the country is
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pockmarked with riverbeds, which can flood very quickly when it rains, and flash flooding back in 201a cent water gushing into the caves, submerging most of them and closing the complex down to the rest. just over two years on, and the water has been pumped out, returning the caves to theirformer glory. i could stare at these rocks for ages, and sometimes it feels like your mind is playing tricks on you. down there i saw what looked like a man's face that had been carved out of the rocks. and you have got a lot of this opening is man—made, created, but some of this is natural. like that looks like a lion's head. i swear it looks like a lion's head. you can see its main, a bit of its mouth over there. it is bizarre. —— mane. as you venture deeper and deeper into the caves, the walkways get longer and the stairs gets deeper. look at that. but after coming all this way, i am determined
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to see as much as i can, especially those pink blind fish that untold can only be found here. this is like being back at my mum and dads old council flat. you've got to be pretty a ble council flat. you've got to be pretty able to get around this cave. and there it is. sadly, though, it doesn't look like i'm really cut out to bea doesn't look like i'm really cut out to be a caveman. it's like a proper training workout. look over there. it's just stairs, flights and flights of stairs. i think my cave dwelling is over now. this is enough for me. such a shame, because this cave is starting to get so beautiful. when i caught my breath, the crew ventured further into the cave. and at last, they discovered what we had all hoped to see. the rare pink blind fish. coloured
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translucent pink, it is mind blowing to think that they have been here for millions and millions of years, undiscovered until the day that goat accidentally stumbled upon this massive cave system. at the moment, you can only explore about 10% of the al hoota caves. but it is hoped in the future more of its underground secrets will be revealed to the public. i love those caves. they were absolutely awesome. well, sadly that is it for this week. but coming up next week: henry is also heading underground, this time in capita achaea, in southern turkey, where a city thousands of years old is being unearthed. wow. look at
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that. don't forget, you can follow us on that. don't forget, you can follow us on social media, and all the details are on the bottom of your screen is right now. but for now, from me, ade adepitan, and all the travel show team here in oman, it is goodbye. well, the temperatures throughout the night have been drop, drop, dropping. it has been down to minus seven degrees at least in one or two areas, and scenes like this for some of us on sunday morning.
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fog around, but the real fog problems will not arrive until monday and tuesday. there could be major fog around. 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, there, just that little bit milder. and whilst we are shivering in the morning, in melbourne for the tennis it will be hot and sunny. temperatures there, not a cloud in the sky, getting up to around 29 degrees. anyway, back to our cold weather. it will not be so frosty in the westernmost extremities of the uk. so newquay, maybe five degrees, but the central and southern england all the way up to yorkshire, parts of the north—west as well, they will be freezing or below. some frost in parts of scotland. possibly icy patches, mist and fog as well, but nothing too major. and the western isles also frost—free.
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four degrees expected. now, 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 around two or three. so that is very much the peak in the temperature. it will feel a lot colder than that. 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. with that freezing fog in places too, so quite dangerous on the roads. that 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 tuesday morning in some areas the fog may be even thicker, so some nasty conditions
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on the roads for the working week. there will be a change on the way as we go through the week, into the latter part of the week. the winds will freshen, that will disperse most of the fog. we could also see some rain in the west towards the end of the week as well. bye bye. hello. donald trump has marked his first full day in office by announcing 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 sounds 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're 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.
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