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president trump has cancelled the trans—pacific partnership. a deal negotiated by the obama administration was never ratified. mrtrump administration was never ratified. mr trump says the move was great for the american worker. the first day of talks between the syrian government and the rebels in kazakhstan has ended with both sides trading insults. for the first time, rebel commanders sat at the same table with a government delegation and didn't walk out. both sides called for the consolidation of a fragile ceasefire. the british prime minister theresa may has again refused to say whether an unarmed trident missile veered off course during a test last year. officials say the system was ‘successfully tested' lastjune, but haven't given more details. the opposition has accused the government of a cover up. now, reporters. hello, welcome to reporters, i'm christian frazier.
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from here, in the bbc‘s newsroom, we send out correspondents to bring you the best stories from across the globe. in this week's programme... putting their trust in trump. as the united states enters a new political era, john sudworth has been finding out how china is reacting to the new american president. before his election, china could simply dismiss donald trump's rhetoric as the over—inflated bluster of the campaign trail. not any more. still haunted by violence and death. jeremy bowen reports from the ruins of eastern aleppo and assesses the future for the syrian conflict. foreign intervention has transformed this war and the way it's looking, right now, foreigners, not syrians, will dictate the way the war ends. is britain coming together over brexit? after the prime minister clarifies her brexit strategy,
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jeremy cook finds out whether people on both sides of the debate are stilljust as divided. crisis at stormont, as northern ireland's power—sharing executive collapses, forcing new elections. gavin hewitt reports on fears of a return to the shadows of the past. what does all this mean — uncertainty for northern ireland, without an executive, key areas of government will be stalled. and, big fish in little tokyo. rupert wingfield—hayes finds out why the world's largest seafood market is moving and why some are not happy about it. these are the really big ones. these are the fish that are 200—250 kilos and these are the ones that might reach record prices. the current record for one fish here, $1.7 million. well, there's no doubt what was the biggest international event of this week, it's been trailed for months,
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but now donald trump has finally been sworn in as the 45th president of the united states. one nation who will be watching the new american leader closely is china. mr trump broke with decades of precedent last month by taking a telephone call from a telephone call the taiwanese presiden, —— president, a move that has angered beijing which regards taiwan as part of china. state media said china would "take off the gloves" if such provocations continue. asjohn sudworth reports, in china, mr trump has gone from a figure of fun to someone who's provoking a lot of anger. not everyone in china is taking donald trump too seriously. his inauguration this week comes just ahead of the chinese new year of the rooster. and this factory is making, well, giant trump lookalike chicken balloons. "the orders are flowing in, we can barely cope,"
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the boss tells me. but increasingly, mr trump is becoming a target of anger, rather than a figure of fun. mock—ups of taiwanese ships provide shooting practice at this chinese military museum, just across the taiwan strait. while us presidents have long avoided challenging beijing's claim to sovereignty, the so—called one china policy, mr trump says he might. "china's military, especially our navy, is growing stronger." "we don't fear us provocation", this man tells me. "we want peace, but if they cross our red line we have to take measures", this woman agrees. last week, in a move seen by some as intended to make that very point, china sent its aircraft carrier through the taiwan strait.
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and china's communist party—run newspapers have issued a stark warning, telling mr trump that if he changes us policy, beijing will have no choice but to take off the gloves, and that china will mercilessly combat those who advocate taiwan's independence. these chinese workers make luxury marble products for the us market. for them, the biggest fear is not rising military tension, but a trade war. their american boss believes mr trump's threatened tariffs will do nothing to change the basic market reality. hiring one worker in the states, i could hire five to six in china. so moving our business to the states would impinge into our margins which would then reflect on consumer pricing, and it would be very difficult
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to run a business that way. the world's about to find out whether one of the most vital and complex bilateral relationships is to undergo a profound change. before his election, china could simply dismiss donald trump's rhetoric as the overinflated blhuster of the campaign trail, not any more. and china is making it increasingly clear that while it has a lot to lose, so, too, does america and the wider world. john sudworth, bbc news, beijing. to syria now, where the united nations says 40,000 people have returned to their homes in the east of aleppo, the city devastated by years of civil war. most are living on aid, in very difficult conditions. syria's largest city became a major battleground in the summer of 2012, but after four years of bloody conflict, government forces cut off the rebels‘ supply lines and they were able to take full
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control at the end of last year. jeremy bowen has been back to eastern aleppo and found a city still haunted by the conflict. this is the calm after the storm. the final battle for aleppo swept through the city like a man—made malevolent tornado. all sides in this war were prepared to destroy aleppo to possess it. in the end, the firepower of the regime and its russian and iranian allies was too much for the fractious rebel coalition that controlled east aleppo. this city is the key to northern syria. right across the country, rebels who are still fighting, are on the defensive. explosions. the battle for aleppo lasted four years.
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more than 200,000 civilians were trapped in the heat of the fight. attacks on civilians by any side in the war are crimes if it can be proved they were deliberate. zakaria mohammed juma lost his leg in east aleppo three months ago. at a clinic run by the international committee of the red cross, he's being measured for a prosthesis. rehabilitation is painful. when you can't walk, supporting a family is even harder. it will take years and billions to rebuild. the east side of aleppo and much of the old city is in ruins. with a photo of his clothes shop, salah stood in front of where it used to be. i've seen this much damage elsewhere in syria, but never in such
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a wide area. abu mahmoud is one of the first to return to his neighbourhood. "if only they'd take away the rubble", he said, "all the neighbours would come back." this corpse was still lying on the road a month after the battle, more are certain to be buried in collapsed buildings. abu mohammed, collecting firewood, showed where a mortar fragment had hit him. "look", he said, "they took out my spleen, a kidney and part of my intestines. i've had many operations." in every queue for emergency aid, there are tragedies. this child, who is 12, has seen more than anyone should in a lifetime.
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her grandmother is using all the strength she has left to care for her surviving grandchildren. translation: my daughter's 15—year—old girl and her son, who was seven, were killed. my son's three—year—old daughter lost a leg. another grandson, aged seven, lost a hand. my family's houses were all destroyed. translation: we don't know what's hidden in our future. the war has damaged all of us. my cousin lost her leg. i saw with my own eyes my other cousin, his intestines were out of his body. president assad's resurgence in aleppo means talk about forcing him out sounds more hollow than ever. he is the strongest he's been since the war started. the empty, ruined, silent
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streets on the former front lines feel oppressive. no one has tried to move back here, it's haunted by violence and death. that is a home—made mortar, designed and built by the rebels and in itself, it's a fearsome weapon. but it is nothing compared to the power of the russian air force and the military know—how of the iranians and their lebanese allies. foreign intervention has transformed this war and the way it's looking right now, foreigners, not syrians, will dictate the way the war ends. the sun sets in aleppo on a dark, cold and broken place. it feels like a post—war city, but this is not a post—war country. syria has a fragile partial truce.
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for the first time, the president and his allies can smell victory, but they are not there yet. jeremy bowen, bbc news, aleppo. there were fears of a return to the tribal politics of the past in northern ireland after its power—sharing executive collapsed, triggering new elections to the assembly in march. it's all over a controversial energy scheme which could cost the taxpayer £500,000,000, but it's caused a deep riff between the two main partners in the executive, sinn fein and the unionist dup. -- rift. gavin hewitt reports from stormont on what it means for the northern ireland peace process. for 10 years, power has been shared in northern ireland. it was one of the foundation stones of peace. today, that power—sharing government collapsed. i propose that a draft order
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in council be brought forward shortly to set an election date of thursday, 2nd march. no—one should underestimate the challenge faced to the political institutions here in northern ireland and what is at stake. the trigger for the breakdown was a row over a controversial green energy scheme drawn up by unionist minister, arlene foster. but the bitter arguments over the scheme exposed growing tensions between nationalist and unionist politicians. i think it's both parties, personally, and ifind it very disappointing and very, very sad. it's the tribal politics, you know, i feel like we're back in the 80s and i was really hopeful that for the future generations that they would have a different story. there's no appetite for a return to any sort of violence at any stage or form in the near future.
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i think that possibly what will happen is we'll be led through another couple of years of political insecurity. at stormont, the northern ireland assembly depends on unionists and nationalists sharing power. today, both main parties were asked to submit a name for one of the two top posts. first up, the democratic unionist party. mr speaker, i very readily... and they backed their current leader. ..nominate arlene foster to be the first minister. thank you. next up, sinn fein. there can be no return to the status quo. if something is broke, you stop and you fix it. that is the sinn fein approach. but they refused to put forward a name, so ending the power—sharing government. what does all this mean — uncertainty for northern ireland. without an executive, key areas of government will be stalled and then, most importantly, there's brexit.
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where will be the northern ireland voice when crucial decisions are taken? we are in a very grave situation going into this election and the timing of it, when northern ireland has no budget agreed, when we are facing into brexit and when we're also coming to the end of the financial year is possibly the worst time that we could be entering into this kind of disarray. recent years have changed northern ireland, but the shadows of the past still make compromise difficult. gavin hewitt, bbc news, belfast. some still say they're confused, but we did get some clarity this week on britain's plans for brexit as theresa may announced her i2—point plan, including a pledge to leave the single market. the prime minister insisted that people were coming together, but she also acknowledged just how divisive last year's referendum campaign had been. we sentjeremy cook to see how those on different sides of the argument felt about her speech.
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boston, an ancient english town, a changing landscape. on the bus, plenty of support for the prime minister's speech, the brexit vote here was 75%. more than one in ten people here are eu migrants. we want that cutting, definitely. what effect has it had on the town? this town? yes. it's killed it. is it a price worth paying to come out of the single market in order to control immigration? i think so, yes. you've got to control it in some way. # walking back to happiness...#. at the boston body hub, it's 60s dance work out. the project is largely eu—funded, but most here voted brexit. many worried about levels of immigration and the impact on their town. it's got too much now. so... the worry is we might lose some trade with europe because of controlling the borders. what do you think about that trade off? the trade off, i think, will be worth it because i think britain's big enough to take care of itself.
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i think britain could cope. you're confident, aren't you? i'm confident britain can cope. it's great britain — it always has been, it always will be. i think europe need us. outside boston, the agricultural heartland. many crops being prepared today will need migrant workers to pick and to process. within the industry we need labour and without it we will starve. what would you say to theresa may then in terms of what you need now as an industry? i am hoping from this that she's going to allow skills and labour to be filled in the farming community, within packers, within processing, within the field labour, where's it's required. these workers are essential to you, aren't they? they are absolutely essential. an hour's drive and we're on the banks of the trent. in rushcliffe, they voted 57% to remain in the eu. at the spoke and coke cafe and bike shop, a different view of today's speech. i voted remain, and i was quite surprised by the outcome of the vote, but theresa may has outlined today is what the country voted for, which is brexit.
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and i think we need clear leadership to make sure that that's what happens. not everyone here is quite as relaxed. i don't think we realise how bad it is yet. do you think we're any clearer tonight, after theresa may's speech, about what brexit means? no. no, i don't. essentially, her message was the same — brexit means brexit. but we still don't really know what it means! for the prime minister then, brexit remains the greatest of political challenges, in this still divided nation. jeremy cook, bbc news, nottingham. the lancaster bomber became one of the most famous and effective aircraft to take part in world war ii. it played a crucial role in securing victory for the allies, but only two of them are still able to fly. one family is hoping that will change thanks to a remarkable 30—year restoration project
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which they hope will see another lancaster return to the sky. tim moffatt reports. archive: skipper, front doors open. wartime recordings of a lancaster aircrew. archive: steady. britain's most famous bomber. archive: bombs going in a minute. although this one hasn't flown for a0 years. it's the sight and sound, when you hear those engines revving, you know, therejust isn't another sound like it. there just isn't. just over 7,300 lancasters were built. news reel: special missions included the dambuster‘s raid... almost half were lost in combat during world war ii. but for harold panton and his family, the desire to fully restore one is personal. it brings many memories back, i think. that's what it is. his brother, christopher, a member of bomber command, died on a mission over germany in 1944.
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harold and his other brother, fred, wanted to restore an aircraft to honour those who never came back. in 1983, their search finally ended. we knew that it's either now or never because we'd never get another chance to buy a lancaster. fred died four years ago, before the family dream of seeing this lancaster back in the sky could be fulfilled. fred's grandson, andrew, is determined to make it happen. lancaster parts are very hard to come by, so you snap up parts when they become available. there are a few companies that did buy up old stock after the war, but then people brought random parts and have had it their house or garage for 30, a0 years. it's such a tight squeeze, isn't it? yeah, it's very tight inside, added to by the fact that there's a lot of equipment and the main spars come through as well. so this is like the main backbone of the aircraft? these spars are, as you said, the backbone, it's where
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the main strength is. so it's very important for our restoration that we check to make sure these spars are good. they've got some x—ray later this month. so this is the cockpit. i mean, it's going to be such a moment, isn't it, if you do get this back in the air? yeah, it will. i mean, we'll be flying with minimal crew, if we manage to get her airworthy, so it's going to be quite a thing to be on board. members of raf bomber command faced dreadful odds when embarking on a mission, 44% of aircrew lost their lives during world war ii, and on a lancaster there was one place that was by far the most dangerous place to be. here where the rear gunner or tail end charlie, as he was known, did his best to defend the plane. it's the part that was shot at first by any enemy action and life expectancy was about five trips or a0 hours. only two other lancasters are still airworthy, the fundraising and work continues to make this one the third. i'll be extremely emotional, as my grandad will... it'll be mission accomplished. tim moffatt, bbc news, in east kirkby, in lincolnshire.
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finally, if you like sushi, you're going to love this. we're going to take you now to the world's biggest fish market, the legendary tsukiji fish centre in japan. it supplies tokyo's finest sushi restaurants as well as the general public, but it's being closed down and being moved to a bigger, more modern site and, as rupert wingfield—hayes reports, many people are not too happy about it. it's 5.00am in the morning inside the world's biggest fish market and the tuna auctions are under way. this is the first auction of 2017 and the prices are likely to be high. this is going to be the last new year auction held in tsukiji perhaps ever because this market supposed to close and over here, if you come over here, you can see, you can see through here,
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these are the really big ones. these are the fish that are 200—250 kilos. these are the ones that might reach record prices. the current record for one fish here, us$1.7 million. tsukiji market is like no other, vast and chaotic. on a good day, 60,000 people bustle through this maze of alleys shops, but soon all of this will be gone, the buildings demolished, the land sold to developers. this man's family have been trading tuna since the days of the shogun. in tsukiji, i'm the third generation and we are doing this business for 170 years almost. so what we feel is, we built this place. i mean, tsukiji, it's not built by someone. actually, we make the history in this place, but why we have to move from here. moving is not his only worry. the meat from this 200 kilo monster
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will go to the top sushi restaurants in nearby ginza. but fish like this are getting hard to find. in the pacific and atlantic stocks of bluefin tuna have fallen by more than 90%. the frozen one isjust 1,000 or less each day and the fresh one is like 300,200, sometimes 100 or less. so no more fish, it's decreased. so we don't have enough fish to sell, actually. do you worry about the future of the industry? yes. maybe it's going to be like the whale, it could be. this new year the top bid went for this 210 kilo bluefin, us$632,000. critics say publicity stunts like this ignore the fact that these fish are now an endangered species.
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rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news, at the tsukiji market, in tokyo. that's all from reporters for this week. from me, christian frazier, goodbye for now. hello there. well, as forecast, dense, freezing fog caused some problems to travel for monday morning, and it really was quite extensive and dense in places, like this photograph proves in eccleshall, in staffordshire, and it lingered on across parts of the south—east. and where it did linger, it really felt quite cold, temperatures hovering around freezing. but there was some sunshine around, and the return of clear skies overnight means that freezing
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fog will make a return, so we're likely to see some further travel disruptions again for tuesday morning. keep tuned to bbc radio and head online for the latest updates. so widespread, freezing fog developing overnight across england and wales. more of a breeze across scotland and northern ireland, and some milder air pushing in here, with outbreaks of rain. but it really will be a cold start for england and wales. you can see most us temperatures are freezing or below, and that fog really will be dense, so take care, give yourself time if you are heading out on the roads. more of a breeze in western parts of england and western wales, so i think fog—free here, maybe a little bit of brightness. quite a contrast across scotland and northern ireland, a milder start to the day than what we saw yesterday morning, temperatures in high single figures. but there will be a lot of cloud, quite a breeze, and outbreaks of rain, certainly across western upslopes of scotland. and through the day it remains quite cloudy and dull here, maybe some further spits and spots of light rain, some of that pushing towards western wales and the south—west of england.
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but here, where we hold onto the cloud, then it is going to be relatively mild, temperatures maybe ten, 11 celsius. but further east that you are, we should see the fog lifting to sunshine, but it will feel quite cold. and where the fog lingers all day it is going to feel very cold, temperatures around freezing. the fog meant to return again on wednesday morning for east and south—eastern areas. and i think it will lift into low cloud, so staying quite grey and cold here. a little sunshine further north and west, and remaining breezy and cloudy for scotland and northern ireland, with further outbreaks of rain. just making double—figures here, but feeling quite cold elsewhere, particularly across the south—east. and that's the theme as we head on into thursday. what happens is we pick up a strong south—easterly wind, and that will feed in a lot of cold and very dry air off the near continent, and it's going to feel pretty bitter if you add on the strength of that wind, with that cold air. now, because it is dryer air, we should start to see the clouds in the morning breaking up, so a bit of a grey start, but then the sunshine will break through across central and southern
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areas, maybe some spots of rain just getting into western scotland and northern ireland once again. here, temperatures around five or six degrees, but across eastern areas 1—5 celsius. add on that bitterly cold wind, it is going to feel more like —3 to —5. a very warm welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to our viewers in north america and around the globe. my name's gavin grey. our top stories: calling time on free trade: president trump pulls out of a proposed mega—deal with pacific rim countries. a great thing for the american worker, what we just did. the syrian government and rebels trade insults — on the first day of fresh talks to end the six year civil war. the british government is accused of a cover—up over its trident nuclear weapons deterrent — after a missile test went wrong last year. and how the world's smallest mri scanner could bring relief to the parents of premature babies.
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