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named having named ambassador joining china and israel, these will be top priorities for this administration. there is a lot of mutual respect there, we have seen that. again, my focus is on the economic summit. i really wa nt focus is on the economic summit. i really want to see a good future for the us, the uk and their relationship. we await the headlines on friday and saturday. thank you very much. on monday we have a new programme covering donald trump's first acts as president, the brexit effect and much more. now, matt has the weather. some parts of the uk woke up to their coldest conditions in around four years. look other day has shaped up in essex. blue skies overhead, a lovely crisp winter's
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day, minus eight degrees first thing. other areas have not been so lucky. pretty cloudy all day across north—east wales and the west midlands. ludlow in particular. sleet and snow here earlier on, pushing its way into yorkshire and north east lincolnshire. it will fade but some snow over the next few hours. some showers in west wales, south—west england. lots of cloud in the northern half, but that is starting to break up and the frost is starting to form. cold conditions, like last night, east anglia and the south—east. we'll ta ke anglia and the south—east. we'll take us into monday morning. about anywhere, but mainly in the south—east, the fog. could cause problems at the airports and on the roads first thing. it will linger across the midlands and east anglia all day. that and the morning cloud will clear to leave a sunny afternoon. hello, this is bbc news.
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theresa may won't say whether she knew about a failed trident missile test when mps were voting to renew the weapons system. i have absolute faith in our trident missiles. when i made that speech in the house of commons, what we were talking about was whether or not we should renew our trident. we understand the prime minister chose not to inform parliament about this, and it's come out through the media some months later. it's a pretty catastrophic error. trade, nato and brexit are likely to be high on the agenda as mrs may meets donald trump this friday. the prime minister said she wouldn't be afraid to challenge mr trump if he said or did anything which was unacceptable. president trump and his team accuse the media of lying about the size of crowds at his inauguration, despite aerial footage that shows they were smaller than in previous years. one in five women do not receive the life—saving smear test because they are either too embarrassed or don't think testing reduces the risk of cervical cancer, according to a charity.
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the former president of the gambia, yahya jammeh, has left the country after agreeing to hand over power to adama barrow, who defeated him in a presidential election last month. andy murray's hopes of winning a first australian open title ended with a shock defeat by world number 50 mischa zverev of germany in the fourth round. now on bbc news, the travel show. this week, i'll be travelling millions of years back in time underground in oman. starting to work up a bit of a sweat here! we're hitting the water in new york city. plus, we're booking a table at the world's oldest restaurant. first up this week, we're in new york. it's a frenzy of people and traffic, and everything here, from the skyscrapers to the food, is gigantic. but what most people don't know
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is that if you're 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's a ao—minute cab ride from times square and one of the jumping—off points for reaching the waters of the new york bite. speeding through the bay 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's been a surge in the number seen near the city. it's thought they've come here because the water quality has improved, which means there's more bait. but catching a glimpse of one can be tricky.
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seven different species have been spotted in these waters around new york, including the enormous blue whale. they say that today we're most likely to see a humpback whale. fingers crossed. this is the exact spot where we left the whale yesterday... artie 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, literally 16 miles from the empire state building. artie has taken some truly amazing photos that show just how close the whales come to the city. but his main focus is to get a clear shot of the bottom of the tail, called a fluke.
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that fluke is a fingerprint, and not one of them are the same. that's how you id a whale. so there are some that are black, some that are white, speckled... we have a new york city catalogue of whales, and i think this morning we're up to 51. my mission today is to try and get some shots to add to the catalogue. and what's your top tip for taking a photo of a whale? you've got to be ready. you've just got to be ready. always have a camera up, have the settings right, have everything perfect. so you're like this, the whole day. oh, i really want to see one. you're going to see a whale, it's going to be great! i'm excited for you. we're scouring the horizon for a puff of water called a whale blow. it's a rough, windy day, so it's hard to tell whether what i am seeing is a whale orjust the break of a wave. but then...
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people are pointing that way? yeah. there! wow! there's a lot of excitement on the boat because someone has just spotted a whale. where? come on. there's the dorsal. this wasn't... there it is. 0k. run overthere. catching a glimpse of a whale is so exciting. you were ready on that one. there's two! did you see that one? but we still haven't managed to get that all—important fluke shot. now, that's the blow. hold on for a while. come on, baby. so, now you see he's
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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. yeah, he's feeding. whoo! this really is incredible, but it's so tricky to get a shot of the whale. the tail comes up just for a few seconds and then a moment later they're, like, 200 metres away. whoo—hoo! you are good. you're ready! she's ready. there's the blow. here's the fluke! we saw this one yesterday. that's nice. yeah, this is the shot. that's what you want. and that's the money shot. that's the shot, right there, that says who this whale is. it's its identity, like a fingerprint.
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photos like this help researchers understand the whale's behaviour and rough location. but it is a tiny part of the picture, as most of the action happens under the water. this is cool. but now, new technology is being trialled by scientists at the wildlife conservation society and the woods hole oceanographic institution. they've installed powerful underwater microphones below 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 whale, second largest animal on the planet. doctor rosenbaum shows me what they're looking for. bleeps. how?
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so, that sound hits the buoy and feeds it back like a sheet of music? yeah, it gets sent up through 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 pattern, which is like the notes, you know, the sheet music, and say, that is a fin whale. then it's checked by an analyst and then posted on the website. you can actually get to the latest data, there's a map of where the buoy is located. there are really a lot of hits, aren't there. you see fin whales so frequently. yeah, what you can do, you can go and see any one day. 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 making that boop, boop sound. yeah. since the buoy was deployed injune, whale vocalisations have been recorded almost every day, and it's hoped the information can
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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, as we're seeing, and we know that whales show signs of being hit by ships, there are scars that they have. and in the last few years, the number of whales that have gotten hit by ships, and have been floating dead in new york waters... where they were hit, we're not exactly 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 the conservation too, submitting the photos they've taken to whale watching networks. we've had a lot of people that have gone whale watching all over the world,
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and have seen more whales here in new york than they've seen in places like alaska and the mediterranean. he's going. almost a fluke. new york right now is the new cape cod of whale watching. in the '70s and '80s, the whales were in cape cod, there weren't many here. now there's probably as many here as in cape cod. if you'd like to try and spot a whale near the city, trips run from may to november. this is american princess, inbound manhattan... and you can keep up with the whales in real—time on the woods hole oceanographic institution website. up next, we've got more from our global gourmet series. this week, we're in madrid at what's thought to be the world's oldest restaurant.
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i'm antonio gonzalez and this is botin, the oldest restaurant, continually operating, in the world. this is a little part of history, the history of the old madrid. the first room, i mean, it's downstairs, i6th—century dining room. the only room left from an old inn that was here at least in 1580. ernest hemingway — he was a very regular customer here, and included botin in the last action of one of his books, the sun also rises. if you read it, the last action of the book takes place upstairs in one of our dining rooms.
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he used to try to cook his own dishes, especially paella. my grandfather told him to keep on writing, and he will keep on cooking. we try to keep up the ambience of the original restaurant. we focus on the quality of the food, of course. ourfood is not sophisticated, it's traditional spanish flavours, traditional spanish cooking. regional cooking, but basically we are focused on roast in the original oven from 1735. we have the roast suckling pig and the roast baby lamb as the mains. it's very simple. it's with a little white wine, garlic, rosemary.
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and a little of red pepper. and that's 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's 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 effect. you succeed, you are very happy. if you fail, you are a disaster. still to come on the travel show, i'm heading deep underground
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in oman, in search of a rare fish that lives in total darkness. it's like a proper training workout. wow! the travel show — your essential guide, wherever you're heading. hello. i'm michelle, your global guide, with top tips on the world's best events in the coming month. starting in scotland, it's the up helly aa festival in lerwick onjanuary 31st, which celebrates the viking heritage of the shetland islands — a fiery festival, which began more than 100 years ago, celebrates the scandinavian influence of the region.
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up to the alps. in switzerland on january 21st, dozens of hot—air balloons will take to the skies above chateau d'oex for the festival international de ballons. there will be aerobatic shows, sky chariots and cloud—hoppers — single—seater balloons to you and me, as well as airships, wing—suit displays and remote—control hot—air ballooning, all with the backdrop of the snowy swiss alps. the festival ends on january 29th. across in the american rockies, the snow will be centre stage at the international snow sculpture championships in breckenridge, colorado. from january 2ath—28th, it's sculpting week, followed immediately by viewing week. snow artists from around the world come here to compete, each team taking on 12—foot—tall, 20—plus—ton blocks of snow, and carving and chiselling by hand some of the most extraordinary works of art.
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no power tools are used. there are also no internal support structures. tools of the trade range from vegetable peelers to chickenwire to small saws. watch the snow take shape. it will be a very different kind of art at the perth international arts festival, which plays out for nearly a month, starting february 10th. 1,000 contemporary artists will be in action in theatre, music, film and literature, performing at venues and outdoor spaces across the western australian capital. on the island ofjeju in south korea, thejeongwol daeboreum fire festival takes place march 2nd through 5th, celebrating the first full moon of the lunar calendar. in the italian dolomites, it's the marcialonga onjanuary 29th, or the long march, one of the world's toughest cross—country ski races. starting in moena and finishing
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in cavalese, the race covers 70 kilometres of track. thousands of pros and amateurs compete with the sensational fassa and fiemme valleys, 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 february 11th on the back of chinese new year celebrations. there'll be the sound of firecrackers, parades of oversized turtle effigies out in the archipelago of penghu, the release of sky lanterns in the district of pingxi and fairytale displays in the town of taoyuan. that's my global guide this month. let me know what's happening in the place where you live or where you love. we're on email and across social media. until next time, happy travelling. and to end this week, i'm going back two million years in time, here in oman. i'm visiting the country's famous
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al hoota caves, which have recently reopened to tourists. i'm taking a two—hour drive from the capital, muscat, to jabal shams, oman's most iconic mountain and home to the world—famous al hoota caves. they're a five—kilometre—long series of caverns and passages, formed over a 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 caves. it's 2—3 million years old. it's just so beautiful, and i'm 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,
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until one day about 100 years ago, when the caves were discovered, totally by accident. discovered by a goat shepherd, when his goat fell down from the vent, and come down here. that time, he comes here and discovers the cave. that's an incredible story. his goat fell through this hole, and suddenly he discovered these caves! once inside, you can explore the caves by using the specially constructed walkways, and take yourjourney back in time. i'm starting to work up a bit of a sweat here! despite oman being arid most of the year, the country is pockmarked with riverbeds which can flood very quickly when it rains. flash flooding back in 2014 sent water gushing into the caves, submerging most of them and closing the complex down to tourists.
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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 minds 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've 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 mane, a bit of its mouth over there. it's bizarre. as you venture deeper and deeper into the caves, the walkways get longer and the stairs get steeper. look at that. but after coming all this way, i'm determined to see as much as i can, especially those pink blind fish that i'm told can only be found here. this is like being back at my mum and dads old councilflat.
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you've got to be pretty able to get around this cave. look, there it is. sadly, though, it doesn't look like i'm really cut out to be a caveman. it's like a proper training workout. wow! 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. while i caught my breath, the crew ventured further into the cave. and, at last, they discovered what we'd all hoped to see — the rare pink blind fish. coloured a translucent pink, it's mind—blowing to think that they've been here for millions and millions of years, undiscovered, until the day that goat
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accidentally stumbled upon this massive cave system. at the moment, you can only explore about 10% of the al hoota caves. but it's hoped, in the future, more of its underground secrets will be revealed to the public. i loved those caves. they were absolutely awesome. well, sadly, that's it for this week. i loved those caves. they were absolutely awesome. well, sadly, that's it for this week. but coming up next week... henry's also heading underground, this time in cappadocia, in southern turkey, where a city thousands of years old is being unearthed. wow... look at that. don't forget, you can follow us on social media, and all the details are on the bottom of your screens right now. but for now, from me, ade adepitan, and all the travel show team
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here in oman, it's bye—bye. good afternoon, that has got me dreaming of some warmth, but a bit of winter to go yet. for some, last night was the coldest winter night for around four years. where we have seen the frost is conditions, we have seen sunshine today. clear skies across the south and east of england, some breaks in the north and north—east scotland and northern ireland. elsewhere, a grey and misty afternoon, some snow across north—east lincolnshire and yorkshire which will they go away.
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some showers in west wales, devon and cornwall. tonight, showers pushing eastwards, and there could be ice there. i call the night to night across the northern half of the country, still pretty chilly in the country, still pretty chilly in the south and east. —— a cold at night. some willjust about avoid the frost. taking away the other elements and to be seen on the fog, it will thicken through the night in parts of east wales, the midlands and the south—east of england. not just tonight but also into tuesday. both mornings, could be problems on the roads and some of the airports. dense patches of all, some frost and eyes, to add to the lovely commuter mix in the morning. particularly across south east anglia. —— ice. some frost out of the towns and cities, and in the midlands. a frosty start in northern england, scotla nd frosty start in northern england, scotland and northern ireland, compared to today. this guy is
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developing overnight, but one or two or patches to be wary of the morning journey. through the morning, most of the fog should lift. —— fog patches. there will be some areas across parts of the east midlands and east anglia where the fog could linger all day. a pleasure dame pleasa nt linger all day. a pleasure dame pleasant winter's day for most. a bit chilly in eastern areas. —— a pleasa nt bit chilly in eastern areas. —— a pleasant winter's day. a bit more of a breeze coming in as we finish monday, which becomes more noticeable towards the west of scotla nd noticeable towards the west of scotland and northern ireland into the night, with breaks of rain starting to inch closer. this week, high pressure holding across continental europe, influencing the south and east of the uk, with a weather front pushing into the north and west. a split in the action on tuesday, some mist and fog in the south—east corner, a frosty start, some dry and sunny weather through the day. further north, more cloud
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and breeze, and a bit of rain for some. this is bbc news. i'm maxine mawhinney. the headlines at two. theresa may will not say whether she knew about a failed trident missile test when mps were voting to renew the weapons system. i have absolute faith in our trident missiles. when i made that speech in the house of commons, what we were talking about was whether or not we should renew our trident. the prime minister confirms she will be the first world leader to meet president trump when they hold talks on friday. millions took to the streets in protest against the new president, but the white house accuses the media of dishonestly reporting numbers attending his inauguration. the gambia's defeated leader, yahya jammeh, flies into exile, 22 years after taking control of the west african state in a coup. world tennis number one andy murray crashes out of the australian open after a shock defeat
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in the fourth round.
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