hello. this is bbc news. our top story the us president and britain's prime minister reaffirmed the deep bond between their countries. donald trump 36 support heine brexit.. free and independent britain is a blessing to the world. the relationship has never been stronger. the first foreign leader to visit the white house, theresa may secures key pledges from the president including his commitment to the nato alliance. today we have reaffirmed our unsha keable commitment to this alliance. mr president, you have concerned you are 100% by nato. president, you have concerned you are 10096 by nato. president president, you have concerned you are 100% by nato. president trump even are 100% by nato. president trump eve n ta kes are 100% by nato. president trump even takes mrs may's and an adorable white house. the president has pressed on with his agenda signing an executive order authorising extreme vetting of immigrants to the us. and rafael nadal rolls back the yea rs us. and rafael nadal rolls back the years to set up a dream final
against roger federer in the australian open tennis. hello and welcome. at the end of his first week of us president donald trump has held his first meeting with foreign leader, hosting bid british prime minister theresa may at the white house. the two talked for about an hour before emerging to do make statements and take questions from journalists, covering trade, terror, and mexico. one week since he took office, president trump welcomed his first foreign leader to the white house. british prime minister theresa may, who came to power after the brexit
vote in the uk last year. both are new to theirjob and those keen to strengthen the lauded special relationship. the pair took a moment to pose next to a bust of winston churchill which president obama had removed. it is a great honour to have winston churchill back. and it isa have winston churchill back. and it is a great reminder of what the special relationship has stood for. this new political couple seemed enamoured with each other at times. behind the handholding, some serious policy differences. the president of the united states and the prime minister of the united kingdom. the device were highlighted in one of the first questions they were asked by the bbc. mr president, you said before the torture works and you have praised russia. you said you wa nt to have praised russia. you said you want to ban some muslims from coming to america and suggested that there should be punishment for abortion. for many people in return, those sound like alarming beliefs. what do you say to our viewers at home who
we re you say to our viewers at home who were worried about some of your views and worried about you becoming the leader of the free world. that was your choice of a question? there goes that relationship. and what about america's relationship with russia? about america's relationship with russia 7 sanctions about america's relationship with russia? sanctions punishing moss goes actions in the ukraine, will they be lifted ? goes actions in the ukraine, will they be lifted? we believe the sanctions should continue until we see the agreement fully committed and we will continue to argue that inside the european union. the conference also showed how far president trump is prepared to go to please his british visitor. he once said nato was obsolete. no longer. today, we have reaffirmed our unsha keable alliance. mr today, we have reaffirmed our unshakeable alliance. mr to, you confirmed your 100% behind nato.l win to the british prime minister but she came for a trade deal with the us after the uk leads the eu in
brexit. we are discussing how we can establish trade negotiation agreements and take forward immediate high level talks and lay the ground work for a trade agreement. i thought brexit. .. the ground work for a trade agreement. ithought brexit... i think it will end up being a fantastic thing for the united kingdom. i think in the end it will bea kingdom. i think in the end it will be a tremendous asset, not a tremendous liability. the president ended by saying that this relationship would also be fantastic. his dealings with other nations have not gone as well. the main trump relationship with the uk has gotten off to a good start. theresa may was not the only foreign leader president trump spoke with today. he had a one—hour long phone conversation with his mexican counterpart as part of a bid to resolve who will for the much talked about wall along the mexican border. an indication of the new administration's view on the contentious issue of abortion the vice president indicated that mr
trouble and sure choice of the supreme court is anti—abortion. the bbc‘s north american editorjohn zobel reports. forget or user may‘s visit to the sea. the big public event was a demonstration by tens of thousands of pro—life campaigners, demanding a toughening of abortion laws. this is an annual event that the people who turned out feel they are on the cusp of bringing about a major shift in us social policy. they feel they have a president in tune with them. perhaps more in tune and the woman brought in to sing the national anthem. and the woman brought in to sing the nationalanthem. president and the woman brought in to sing the national anthem. president trump has made clear he wants a conservative pro— life to fill the vacancies on the supreme court. he sent his vice president along to address the crowds. the most senior government representatives ever to speak to the group. this administration will work with congress to end taxpayer funding of abortion and abortion providers. we will devote those
resources to healthcare services for women across america. life is winning again. but winning over mexico to pay for the border wall is proving more difficult. yesterday's bizarre war of words on social media between the two presidents ended with the mexican head of state pulling out of a trip next week to washington. today, twitter diplomacy was replaced by the more old—fashioned kind. speaking privately. at the news conference, tellingly, no mention of the wall and who was going to pay for it. we are no longer going to be the country that does not know what it is doing. and, so we are going to renegotiate our trade deals and we are going to renegotiate other aspects of our relationship with mexico. and in the end i think it will be good for both countries. it's hard to believe that it is only being one week since the
inauguration of president trump, such as the pace at which events have been unfolding. his first meeting with foreign leader completed, a whole raft of executive orders. there seems to be no letting up orders. there seems to be no letting up in the place —— pace. a short time ago the president went to the pentagon to meet his most senior commanders, to discuss the change of strategy and intensification of the fight against so—called islamic state. he also oversaw the swearing—in of his new defence secretary, james mattis. the former general is antitorture, a russian sceptic and pro— nato. for those reasons, a figure of considerable reassurance to the long—standing allies of the united states. after that swearing—in, president trump signed an executive order establishing extreme vetting procedures for refugees entering the
united states. he said it was intended to keep islamic extremist out of the us. i am establishing new vetting measures to keep radical islamic terrorists out of the united states of america so we don't want them here. we want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the various threats are soldiers are fighting overseas. we only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love, deeply, our people. we will never forgave the lessons of 9/11 nor the heroes who lost their lives at the pentagon. they were the best of us. the administration has yet to release the exact content of that executive order but out in a correspondent had access to an early d raft. correspondent had access to an early draft. she told me what it
contained. some of the main points we re contained. some of the main points were that people from division over countries would be banned from entering the united states for at least 30 days from the day that the order was signed. i was speaking to an immigration lawyer a few days ago who told me that those division over countries would be libya, somalia, ear rana, saddam, iraq, yemen and syria. certainly when president trump was asked in an interview with fox news is whether these were the countries that would be subject to some sort of band he answered in the positive and said yes. so we can expect that back, which was in the draft, may have actually ended up in the executive order. the other key point that was in the draft was that the us would suspend its refugee admissions programme for 120 days until it could be reviewed. and most crucially, all syrian refugees would be banned from entering the united states until further notice, until
the review was done into america's refugee programme. and in line with that, the executive order, the draft, said that the defence department would have 90 days to set up department would have 90 days to set up safe zones in syria so the refugees could go to the safe areas in syria and the surrounding regions. there were other things on there as well like beefing up biometric exit and entry points to and from the united states. i should just stress we have yet to receive a copy of the executive order that you can see donald trump signing in the pictures you were watching. all we can say is what was in that draft which was widely circulated earlier this week. much has happened today. what can we expect over the weekend and in the coming week? i believe there will be phone calls to important leaders? yes. on saturday, it will not be a day for president trump. the most notable phone call, a number with foreign leaders but
the most noticeable will be that with his russian counterpart vladimir putin. in a joint press conference that he had with theresa may earlier today, the british prime minister, there were more questions about how he sees his relationship with russia. donald trump said well, he did not know it would be good, bad or in between. he certainly said during the election campaign that he wa nts to during the election campaign that he wants to try and strengthen the relationship with russia. somewhat at odds with others in his administration who believe that russia is an enemy and needs to be held to account more. also, in a press c0 nfe re nce , held to account more. also, in a press conference, donald trump was asked about his position on sanctions against russia which were brought in under president obama. regarding the russian government handling of the ukraine. he did not a nswer handling of the ukraine. he did not answer that question in terms of what his position was on the sanctions. he said it was too early to tell. tellingly, his british counterpart, theresa may, was quick
to say that sanctions would not be changing and that they would still be in place because the russian government still had not met its obligations when it came to the agreement on russia. as you just heard, donald trump is expected to phone vladimir putin on saturday. the bbc‘s steve rosenberg has taken to the eyes of this analysis of the options which lie in that relationship. in the grand arena of geopolitics, russia has been raising its game. it's outmanoeuvred the west over syria. it's played some eu countries off against other ones very successfully. and with donald trump in the white house... it is win, win, win for moscow. let me explain. if donald trump placings as he said he would, skating over america's differences with russia on improving relations, that could speed up an end to sanctions against
moscow and bring russia in from the cold. goal! on the other hand, if there is a face—off, if trump and vladimir putin clash, russia can stick to its old tactic of demonising america as an extremity to deflect attention from problems at home. russia wins again. meanwhile, any turmoil in america over donald trump can be used by the russian state media to present life here and russian public as more stable. bingo. having said that, the kremlin will need to keep one eye on defence. you see, donald trump and brexit benefited from a wave of antiestablishment sentiment that is sweeping the western world. if that we re sweeping the western world. if that were to come to russia... who is the establishment here? it is vladimir putin. with us on bbc world news.
still to come, we will go to a pennsylvania city which is a tradition of welcoming refugees to see what the impact of donald trump's latest executive order will be. the shuttle challenger exploded soon after liftoff. there were seven astronauts on board, one of them a woman school teacher. all of them are believed to have been killed. by the evening, tahrir square, the heart of official cairo, was in the hands of the demonstrators. they were using the word "revolution". the earthquake singled out buildings, and brought them down in seconds. tonight, the search for any survivors has an increasing desperation about it as the hours pass. the new government is firmly in control of the entire republic of uganda. moscow got its first taste of western fast food, as mcdonald's opened their biggest
restaurant, in pushkin square. but the hundreds of muscovites who queued up today won't find it cheap, with a big mac costing half the day's wages for the average russian. this is bbc world news, i'm reged ahmad. the latest headlines: us president donald trump and britain's prime minister have pledged allegiance to the two countries' special relationship, as theresa may became the first world leader to visit the white house. the president has signed an executive order authorising extreme vetting of immigrants to the us. this week has seen donald trump working his way through many of his campaign promises. one of the latest was the executive order restricting migrants from a number of countries in africa and the middle east where islamist militants have sparked violent conflict. for more insight into what it is like for refugees in the us, we have been to lancaster, pennsylvania. so the connection between lancaster
and refugee resettlement. lancastrians were motivated to welcome refugees initially because they thought this was our heritage, this was how we started this county, this was how we started this county, this state. i consider lancaster to be the best place in the world. mahmood and his wife and his four children arrived to lancaster, pennsylvania, last july. we left syria because it was unbearable, and
we we re syria because it was unbearable, and we were not able to stay there any longer. we were not able to sleep. here supporting his family, and his wife as well. the family of six can be self—sufficient within four to six months. we are very happy about that. refugee is like any other human, looking for a better life for himself, a better life for his kids, education, looking forjobs, just like any other person. how does it make him feel, that family, relatives, friends, that they might not be able to come to the us? disappointed. we had hoped that we will reunite again with the people that we know.
i think ithinka i think a lot of people get very nervous about the aspect of terrorism, and we have to be extremely careful, and we have to put american citizens first, and their safety, and that is the number—1 role of this government. with any problem you have to stop the bleeding. so stop the bleeding, cut off any refugees coming in at this point, get to a solution very quickly and then we can reinstate refugees coming back into the country. up from my faith perspective, also, there is also a moral obligation, particularly when talking about women and children, to try to help to bring people out of harm's way. there is much more on our website about the trump presidency, including a look back at the events of his first week in power. that is on bbc.com/news. in other news: turkey has threatened to cancel a deal with the european union on taking
back migrants who cross over to greece. it follows a decision by the greek supreme court not to extradite a group of eight turkish soldiers who fled to greece after a failed coup injuly. ankara has called the ruling a political decision. the colombian government and farc rebels have announced a plan to eradicate vast tracts of coca leaf, the raw materialfor cocaine. the programme aims to offer farmers monthly payments if they voluntarily destroy their crops, and give loans to plant alternatives such as fruit trees. hundreds of millions of people across asia and around the world are marking the start of the lunar new year. the year of the rooster officially began in china. fireworks, fresh flowers, lion dances, and of course, lots of food, will be part of the celebrations for many. rafael nadal has set up a much—anticipated australian open tennis final against old rival roger federer, with an epic, five—set semi—final win over bulgarian grigor dimitrov. the spaniard came to melbourne after
many months out of competition. drew savage reports. rafael nadal. 1a grand slam titles to his name, but nothing since the french open back in 2014. with roger federer waiting in the final, nadal and his many fans were hoping that he, too, could turn back the clock. the first set against grigor dimitrov was comparatively straightforward. one break, the nadal, and he served it out, to finish 6—3. if the first was simple, the second was gritty. one game went to five set points, in a tense game that lasted ten minutes. but grigor dimitrov, hoping to win his first grand slam final at the age of 25, came out on top. in a marathon second set, 7—5. you could hardly
separate the two characters for quality, but nadal showed why he has played 22 semifinals and only lost three of them. winning the crucial points to edge the third set on a tie—break. the scene was set for the spaniard to triumph. just one problem — dimitrov was not giving up. squaring the match at 2—2, this one was going all the way. it took nearly an hour for nadal to make the breakthrough in the decider, and after five hours of top—quality tennis, finally, a chance to rest. nadal unbelievable, unreal. with an opportunity to make history in the final against roger federer, he will need to. it is a film that tells the story of a young african—american coming to terms with his sexuality, and it has received no less than eight oscar nominations. last season's awards were criticised for their lack of diversity, but its writer and director, barryjenkins, insists the film is not a response to that. he was speaking to our entertainment correspondent chi chi izundu. you are my only, i am your only. you
are going to listen. to who, maher? to you? moonlight told the semiautobiographical story of director barryjenkins, a young boy growing up in miami with a crack cocaine addicted mother. his own mother is now in rehab and is still one of the few in his inner circle not to have seen this film. kadono she wants to see herself in that way. a friend pointed out, oh no, i think she doesn't want to see the main character, who is essentially the eu, be taken through his rough life because it might bring up this guilt and the shame. and i get that, but i hope what she will see is that it was not made out of anything but tenderness and kindness towards her. what happened? tenderness and kindness towards her. what happened ? why tenderness and kindness towards her. what happened? why you didn't come home like you were supposed to? this
film comes at a time when the oscars are under severe scrutiny. over the last two years, the term #oscarssowhite followed the words because no one of colour had been nominated in any of the major categories —— followed the awards.|j didn't want to say anything about anything other than the characters in the film. again, like with #oscarssowhite, it is being framed in response to all these movies and yet these movies have been in the pipeline for years. the voting panel for the oscars changed last year. they increase the number of women and people from ethnic minorities, and people from ethnic minorities, and the success of moonlight shows there is a hungerforfilms and the success of moonlight shows there is a hunger for films about like people. there is this myth that black films don't play overseas and yet here i am releasing my all black film in london, releasing in france, germany, and the netherlands, and japan and australia as well. barry was first shown the story in 2011.
here the author grew up in the same area and went to the same primary school and their success has given hope to those living the life they left behind. i think there are kids back at home who are watching this happen, and it happens in miami a lot now, and they talk about the ceiling, did i breakthe lot now, and they talk about the ceiling, did i break the ceiling? no, buti ceiling, did i break the ceiling? no, but i think the ceiling is raised for me. i think people back home were seeing the ceiling was here, and now it is up here, because barryjenkins got nominated for the academy awards. so if i went, i hope it would make people back home crowd. and that would be important to me. before we go, let's just you how some of the british press is covering theresa may's visit to the white house. the saturday editions are out, and as you can see, her relationship with donald trump is filling the headlines. this is the independent. its headline is trump backs brexit to seal special relationship. and this is the daily express. it has a photo of donald trump holding theresa may's hand, under the headline "hand in hand, united we stand." the daily telegraph uses the same photo, and has the headline "hand in hand, the happy couple."
it says may and trump have shown that opposites do attract. it is a similar story in the daily mail, "love in at the white house". the mirror, it is the same photo. under the headline "i wanna hold your hand," the paper says "touchy—feely donald trump" held theresa may's hand, as he promised to form a special relationship. and the times carries the headline "trump blesses britain", with the president pointing to the bust of winston churchill in the oval office. the bust had been moved to another room during the obama era. that's all for now. you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter. i'm @bbcregedahmad. see you soon. hello there. whether is on the
change as we head through the course of the weekend. we are tending to lose the bitter cold that has been with us so things gradually turning milder. it was a tranquil friday evening in kingsley upon thames, as you can see captured by what one of our weather watchers, this image looking across the thames but we are getting rid of the cold air that has been with us for sometime that is clearing off into continental europe, milder air clearing off into continental europe, milderairspilling infrom the atlantic and with that milder airwe also the atlantic and with that milder air we also important weather fronts as well. the first of the weather front ringing some wet weather through the course of saturday and then we are set to see further weather fronts spreading in during sunday, particular towards the south. now, we start saturday morning and we got quite a lot of rain around. also a little bit of snow over the hills in the north. there could be some icy conditions as well, particularly across parts of northern ireland, scotland and north—west england so watch out for some patchy ice in the north first thing saturday. further south is that bit milder where we have got all the cloud and the outbreaks of rain. as we move through the day,
then, many central and eastern parts of the country keep it fairly damp extra ct of the country keep it fairly damp extract whereas towards the west we will start to see brighter skies working in and a scattered showers as well. so this is around 3pm saturday afternoon. a few scattered showers or wheels on the south—western end. sunshine the likes of the other light up towards the midlands. still quite khadi towards the far south—east and east anglia with a few spots of rain and a similar picture across northern england but i think the northern ireland and the west of scotland, our return to sunniest spells and a few showers, that could be a bit wintry over the hills of scotland. moving through the course of saturday night, after that rain that we will have seen on saturday, could turn a little bit cold and icy once again. so do watch out for sunday morning, first thing. there could be some frost and so ice around as well. a chilly start to the day. by 10am some sunshine in scotland. still a few showers in the west. northern england also seeing a good deal of sunshine. looks like that rain will push and across northern ireland, wales and southern england as well. now, moving through sunday, this area of rain associated with a frontal system works its way
gradually eastwards across much of the country. some uncertainty about exactly how far north it gets. it looks like scotland should avoid most of the wet weather, and temperatures between around four to 10 degrees, it is looking that bit milder than it has been for the past week or two. heading milder than it has been for the past week ortwo. heading in milder than it has been for the past week or two. heading in towards monday, once we lose the first front from sunday we will start to see another front working in from the west but before it gets there, actually, many places having a good deal of dry weather through the course of monday. the south south—westerly breeze, temperatures a much milder, but more unsettled and wet weather on the way as we head into much of the week ahead. goodbye for now. the latest headlines: the british prime minister theresa may has become the first foreign leader to hold talks with president trump at the white house. leaders pledged allegiance to the special relationship tween the two countries and they said they would work to establish trade relations. mrs may said mrtrump was establish trade relations. mrs may said mr trump was 100% behind the
transatlantic alliance, despite his recent comments dismissing it as obsolete. this is trump has accepted a —— and invitation to visit this year. the white house hasn't released details but a draft called for a 30 day suspension on visas for people from countries including syria and iraq has been put in place. in august, 2016, thae yong—ho became one of the highest ranking officials ever to defect from