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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting at home and around the globe. i'm gavin grey. our top stories: president trump praises the intelligence community, denying a feud with them, 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 take to the streets of the united states and cities across the world to protest against the new trump administration. in other news, the man who led the gambia for two decades has left the country, ending weeks of political crisis. and brazilian riot police have used shipping containers to separate rival gangs inside a prison after fighting left 26 inmates dead. 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 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 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 feud with the intelligence community. this is why you're my number one stop. it is exactly the opposite, and they understand that, too. i was explaining about the numbers. we did a thing yesterday, the speech... did everybody like the speech, right? applause.
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we had a massive field of people. you saw that. packed. i get up this morning, i turn on one of the networks, 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. these attempts to lessen
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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 because the senate democrats are stalling the nomination
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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. he simply said goodbye and walked off the stage. more than a million people have turned out to protest
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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. in both washington and los angeles, officials estimated that more than half a million people had gathered. there were also anti—trump protests 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 as well. 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
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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 in nairobi. in washington, the protests surpassed president trump's inauguration crowd, a slap 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
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as the most unpopular new president ever. today's march, he faces up to that fact. katty kay, bbc news, washington. debra shushan is a professor from william and mary college in virginia, who took part in the women's march in washington. she held a placard stating that "this is not normal." she explained why that was an important message. authoritarianism is not normal in the united states. we are — americans are very proud of our democracy, and we have a tendency i think to take it for granted. and many of us have become, myself included, certainly, have become very concerned about the possibility of creeping tyranny and authoritarian tendencies that are being shown by this new administration, and we are adamant about signalling
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to the administration and to each other that we recognise this is not normal and we are not going to stand by. we are going to resist. but it is normal, is it not, in the rule of democracy, to accept the rule of democracy? of course it is, of course it is. and the protest was not about saying that we don't accept the results of the election, but what we were saying is that we are exercising our democratic rights, and frankly, our responsibility, to be vigilant and to insist that this government maintain that it cares about the consent of the governed and that it respects rights, it respects — that it respects the rule of law in this country and the rights of american citizens. so what are your main concerns, what are your biggest fears? i am extremely concerned about the kind of actions that we have seen, that i have seen, for example, on my campus at the college of william and mary.
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after trump was elected, we have had acts of harassment and intimidation against students of colour, against muslim students. we had an incident on campus in which a bathroom in a student dormitory had the graffiti of a swastika, that kind of thing has to be unacceptable in the united states and it is not something we can say is ok. i am sorry to interrupt, most people would absolutely agree with you it is unacceptable, but what makes you think donald trump's election led to those things being done? there is no question that donald trump has signalled to those who hold those kinds of beliefs that he welcomes their support. for example, by welcoming steve bannon from breitbart news. from not distancing himself from white supremacist leaders
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like david duke. there is no question that this portion of americans who hold these kinds of extremely disturbing views and beliefs have been stirred up by the election of someone like donald trump who refuses to disavow and has taken advantage of their support. i also spoke to asra nomani, a journalist and author of "standing alone: an american woman's struggle for the soul of islam." she's written about why she supports donald trump and explained why she didn't go to the march. well, as a muslim, as an immigrant, as a woman, i believe that donald trump offers us a clear pathway in dealing with serious
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issues of islamic extremism. the uk, as well, are familiar with the compromises we have made the extremists. and we have to stop the bloodshed that is happening, from orlando, to london, to brussels. and so, as a muslim, i believe that we have to handle this issue very clearly. as a woman, i did not go to the women's march today. i was among those folks who stood at the inauguration, because i didn't believe that the women's march was for women. it was a march for women who are against donald trump, just as your guest just spoke about. and so what i want to do is stand forjustice, and for peace, and for secular governance, and that is very much why i wanted to vote for a change from the eight years that we have had of the 0bama administration. you mention the interview with the professor that we have just had. what would you say to the response, though, as she says the level of harassment of ethnic minorities,
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the painting of a swastika, has all happened since donald trump started to come to prominence? well, i think that what we heard just now was again very much one—sided analysis, and i have to say that i was amused by your correspondent‘s report today, from the first day. i mean, a spokesman is of course going to represent the position of his boss, the president. you know, all of these digs like the fact — the idea that donald trump is thin—skinned, they do capture the bias that we have going on in this country. what i experienced, as a muslim and a liberal who came out to vote for donald trump, was extreme hate and vitriol, that i have neverfelt before in this country, by the left. an intolerant left, that unfortunately has an umbrella that includes others only if they agree with themselves. and so today's march, it wasn't for all women. it was for those women who stood against donald trump. it was a parlous, political march,
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and it should have been called that. unfortunately a cause that i care about deeply, women's rights, was appropriated for partisan political purposes, by, you know, folks who lost the election and unfortunately are not taking it very well. and what i hoped that they would do is be constructive, instead of taking the stand that this is an illegitimate president, because then you are not accepting the will of the voters. donald trump has made comments about women, pretty derogatory ones, made comments about muslims in the past, and all sorts of comments about ethnic minorities, and those marginalised in society, in some cases. do you think that, in a sense, he has been misrepresented by the media, or do you think that he has said those things and regrets them 7 well, gavin, i do believe that donald trump is not a man who is delicate in his conversation. he is a corporate raider, he is, you know, an investment banker. he is all of these things that
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are not very soft in their approach. and i think that a lot of the public was really fed up with the kind of diplomacy that is doubletalk. and so what i do believe is that those kind of comments are not appropriate when they are mean and bullying. but, you know, let's be really clear. the left is not immune. they are very much participants in this kind of mean—spirited, uncivil discourse, and what we need you all do is come to the middle path. come to the middle path, that is — sees each other‘s humanity. when i stood in the inauguration, i literally was standing on a wall, and to my right was a woman who represented the us military. to my left was a woman who actually had tears in her eyes, because she had voted for hillary clinton, but she had come out
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to the inauguration. this was a sea of humanity. these weren't rednecks and, you know, awful, mean people. these were just very sincere folks. and what i wish everyone would do is see the humanity in each other, and try to stop with this kind of name—calling, on all sides, and really work for our world, both in the uk, here in the us, everywhere. 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. i'm gavin grey. the latest headlines: president trump praises the intelligence community, denying a feud with them and accusing the media
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of making it up. more than a million people have taken part in a series of huge protests against the presidency of donald trump across america and around the world. more now on the situation in the gambia — the former president, yahya jammeh, has left the country after agreeing to hand over power to adama barrow, who defeated him in a presidential election last month. sarah corker reports. with one final wave to a small crowd, yahya jammeh headed into political exile, ending a 22—year, authoritarian rule. one of the world's most eccentric and ruthless leaders, mrjammeh was flanked by soldiers as he boarded a plane destined for guinea. his loyal supporters were visibly upset, but some were relieved, too. the political crisis is now over. he came to this country without bloodshed.
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he is going to leave without bloodshed. i think we should be proud of that. his departure came 2a hours after he told state television he would finally relinquish power. he refused to accept the election defeat in december. troops were ready on the border to remove him with force. the situation became so tense that the gambia's new president, adama barrow, took his oath of office in senegal. his focus now turns to the future. it is very, very important that people do not suffer. inflation is at the highest level. the gambians who fled the country during the crisis are now slowly returning home. the delegation of west african leaders negotiated the exit plan. the details, though, will not be made public. translation: thank god, up to now, it has been a clean operation that permits us to restore hope,
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democracy, and shows that nobody has the right to oppose an election result. as yahya jammeh disappeared into the darkness, human rights activists demanded that he be held accountable for alleged abuses, including torture and detention of opponents. and gambians described his departure as a victory for their country. at least 23 people have been killed and many others injured brazilian security forces are hoping to end a week—long prison riot — by using shipping containers to separate rival gangs. at least 26 people have died in the clashes in the northeastern city of natal. andy beatt reports. a new weapon in the battle for control of the prison. building a wall of shipping containers in a bid to divide warring gangs. a week of bloodshed has claimed dozens of lives here in natal,
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part of a spate of violence in jails across brazil. over 120 have died and many have been injured since the beginning of the year. translation: my husband is no longer here. he was a victim of the rebellion. one of the first to be killed in this massacre. unfortunately i buried him without his head. behind the killing spree, prisoners armed with clubs and knives. riot police have held back for fear some may have firearms. as gang members were moved to other prisons, violence spilt onto the streets. at the heart of the crisis, years of underfunding and neglect compounded by chronic overcrowding. this prison is home to over 1000 inmates but built for only 600. in recent years the prison population has soared. brazil's is now the fourth—largest in the world. pressure is mounting
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on the president who has promised to build 30 newjails including five for the most violent convicts. he has ordered soldiers onto the street. the prison system has become a barrel of gunpowder. they fear it will explode out of the northern states and across the country. rescue teams in italy have been continuing their search for survivors, three days after an avalanche buried a hotel 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
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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. none were seriously injured. earlier, relief workers pulled six—year—old ludovica pa rete 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.
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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. 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,
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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. 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
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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 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. a new era for that team. this is bbc
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news. well, the temperatures through the night have been drop, drop, dropping. it has been down to minus seven degrees, at least in one or two areas, and i think scenes like this for some of us on sunday morning. a bit of fog around, too, but the realfog problems won't arrive until monday and tuesday. there could be major fog around, so we will talk about that injust a second. in the short term, it is frosty across much of england there. 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, about the same time in melbourne, for the tennis, it is going to be hot and sunny. temperatures there, not a cloud in the sky, getting up to around 29 degrees. anyway, back to our cold weather. now, it won't be quite so frosty, i think, in the westernmost extremities of the uk.
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so newquay, there, maybe waking up to five degrees, but the central and southern england all the way up to yorkshire, parts of the north—west as well, around freezing or below, and there will probably be some frost around in parts of scotland. maybe some icy patches, too, mist and fog as well, but nothing too major. and the western isles, there, also frost—free, four degrees expected in stornoway. now, the temperatures will rise to around four, five, six, seven degrees during the day. that will be the peak. but of course, after that really 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. just that little bit milder across western areas, maybe a bit more cloud, maybe some 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 quite extensive across many areas of england,
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into wales as well, with that freezing fog in places, too, so quite dangerous on some of those roads. factor that into your travel plans on monday and tuesday. that fog in some rural areas could persist all through the day, maybe notjust rural areas, some of the towns and cities as well. all through monday, into tuesday, and tuesday morning in some areas the fog may be even thicker, so some nasty conditions on roads to start the working week. but 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. and it does look as though we could also see some rain in western areas towards the end of the week as well. bye bye. i'm gavin grey. the latest headlines from bbc news: 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
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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. coming up next, politics europe.
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