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tv   Outside Source  BBC News  January 31, 2017 9:30pm-10:00pm GMT

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hello, i'm ros atkins, this is outside source. let's look through some of the main stories here in the bbc newsroom. the pace in washington is unrelenting. the latest move came from the democrats — boycotting votes to approve donald trump's cabinet and forcing delays, at least until wednesday. this stalls the appointment of a new attorney general. the previous one — sally yates — was dismissed for questioning the legality of president trump's immigration ban, the head of homeland security explained the controversial order. this is not a travel ban, a temporary pause... we will hear from this russian woman who survived domestic abuse as her parliament plans to vote to decriminalize some violent offences. and we will speak live to anthony
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zurcher, catty quay will be here in 20 minutes time, questions to both of them are very welcome. —— katty kay. here's a prophetic video clip from a couple of years ago. i believe the attorney general has an obligation to follow the law, the constitution, and give their independent legal advice to the president. well, that's true, and like any ceo with a law firm, sometimes lawyers have to tell the
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ceo, you cannot do that, don't do it, it will be in violation of the law, you will regret it. please, no matter how headstrong they might be. do you feel that the duty of the attorney general's office ?|i do you feel that the duty of the attorney general's office? i do, to fairly and partially evaluate the law and provide the administration with impartial legal advice. that is sally yates, talking at a confirmation hearing in 2015. this time yesterday she was america's acting attorney general. not any more. donald trump fired her after she ordered justice department lawyers not to enforce the president's immigration ban. one other twist is that the man who was asking the question in that clip isjeff sessions. that's donald trump's pick for attorney general. here's the press statement dismissing ms yates. you can read it online, very easy to find. in it the white house says, "she has betrayed the department ofjustice"
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and that she is "an obama administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration." just to remind ourselves, this immigration ban, the restrictions affect seven african and middle eastern countries. there's the white house statement — this is a letter written by sally yates in which she says she's not convinced the executive order by the president is lawful. again, you can find that online if you want to see it. also is an article by anthony zurcher, trying to sift through this and find out if the immigration order is legal. he is with us now, is it safe to say
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you didn't reach an answer? no, there are answers on both sides, thatis there are answers on both sides, that is what the judges are for. they make a determination, and i think from looking at the constitutional issues, the statutory reasons why this may or may not be illegal, i think the judge could find a compelling argument on either side so if we see lawsuits brought up side so if we see lawsuits brought up challenging this, there is a very good chance that a judge could roll it is unconstitutional or could rule thatis it is unconstitutional or could rule that is fine. donald trump would have known when he brought this in him was likely to get praise from the new york times, columnists or commentators from the left, but will o'reilly from fox news yesterday issued some gentle criticism of how this has gone. a well—known right of centre commentator. is mr trump holding the support of people he would expect to? i think so, a
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recent poll came out saying 49% of the american public approved of these immigration actions and 42% disapproved so there is public support for this and this is something donald trump campaigned on throughout the campaign, this is actually a watered—down version of what he pledged to do in december 2015 which was an outright ban on all muslim entry, and he won and i'll write nomination with support from a majority of republicans on this issue, and he won the presidency with people knowing this is what he would do. if you talk to his supporters, they generally find that they are willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. they look at the president and say he is trying to do something, maybe even the criticism he's getting now from protesters on the left and democratic politicians in congress, maybe that's a sign he's doing something to shake up the system. let me ask you, what is the
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chronology of the week coming forward 7 chronology of the week coming forward? what chronology of the week coming forward 7 what can chronology of the week coming forward? what can we expect later today and into tomorrow? the big story will happen in a few hours, donald trump will announce a supreme court pick, it is a battle we have known about since justice anthony scully died in february. it became an election issue, and perhaps as a way of changing the subject donald trump announced he would come up with his pick tonight. we have confirmation hearings on nominees that have been put off. they could come up for a vote tomorrow so there's a lot on this schedule and there's a lot on this schedule and there's always wild cards. who knows what we will be talking about at this time tomorrow. thank you very much indeed. we are going to pause talking about donald trump because we wa nt talking about donald trump because we want to talk about this man. this man, charged with murder of six people in a mosque
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in quebec city on sunday night. he's 27 and called alexandre bissonnette. on his facebook page he indicated he liked marine le pen, the leader of france's far—right national front party. a refugee group in the city says he was known for his far—right views. vigils have been held in parts of canada. prime ministerjustin trudeau spoke at one of them. translation: the six people who were killed, and all the others who were hurt, did not pose a threat. they were ordinary canadians, like all of us. brothers, uncles, fathers, friends. they didn't do anything to deserve the violence and hatred of which they were victims. let's go from canada to ukraine because there is heavy fighting in the east. it's between government troops and separatists backed by russia. this is happening in a town called avdiivka.
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that's15km north of donetsk. ukraine's foreign ministry says, "the current escalation in donbass is a clear indication of russia's continued blatant disregard of its commitments under the minsk agreements". that refers to the peace deal signed by both sides in early 2015. here's the parallel account. kremlin spokesman dmitry peskov says, "such aggressive actions, supported by the armed forces of ukraine, undermine the aims and the task of realizing the minsk accords." one event — two stories as ever. but there is no doubt this recent outbreak of violence is serious. ukraine's president has cut short a visit to germany and has convened in kiev to deal with the crisis. here he is. translation: i would like to
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stress today on conditions of such behaviour of russian militants when they have been carrying out massive artillery shelling against civilians, how can someone talk about cancellation of sanctions against russia? about cancellation of sanctions against russia ? what about cancellation of sanctions against russia? what else does the aggressor and need to do to be brought to justice? we will be talking to katty kay live from washington, dc to get her thoughts on the first ten days of the trump presidency, that in about five minutes' time. the head of world athletics, sebastian coe, has denied he misled a parliamentary committee investigating doping last year. new emails have been released which appear to show he was aware of corruption allegations before they were made public. dan roan reports. as both athlete and administrator, lord coe has been at the very top of his sport for decades. but tonight, fresh concerns over whether he misled mps about what he knew and when over
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allegations of a russian doping scandal. when coe appeared in front of a parliamentary select committee in december 2015, he was asked if he knew about the corruption crisis before it became public the previous year. i was certainly not aware of the specific allegations that have been made around the corruption of anti—doping processes in russia. but since then, there's been evidence coe may have known more than he initially suggested. first, the bbc‘s panorama programme last summer reported allegations he'd been alerted to the scandal months before it became public. reporter: did you mislead parliament? lord coe? the programme revealed that former world champion distance runner david bedford had sent coe an email about the scandal. coe said he hadn't opened attachments detailing the allegations. today, a twist. in this email, sent by coe to the iaaf‘s ethics chief, in august 2104, he says, "the purpose of this note is of course to advise you that i have now been made aware
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of the allegations." certainly, in this case, it looks like lord coe knew more than he let on to the committee when he came in december 2015. i think he's put himself in a difficult position. coe denies there's any discrepancy between his evidence and what the email says he knew and that he was not asked specifically by mps about when he first heard of the corruption. lord coe agreed to release this email after demands for him to be recalled to that parliamentary select committee to give more evidence, but the pressure on athletic‘s most powerful figure is intensifying. tonight, yet more controversy. his former right—hand man, kicked out of the iaaf in disgrace. nick davies, who served as coe's chief of staff, admitted accepting secret payments from the governing body's former president and then lying about it. he was cleared of corruption, but sacked with immediate effect. coe has vowed to salvage the credibility of the sport he now rules, but the past continues to blight his attempts to look to the future. dan roan, bbc news.
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this is outside source live from the bbc newsroom. democrats on the us senate finance committee are boycotting the approval of two of president donald trump's cabinet nominees, forcing a postponement. coming up shortly on bbc news: if you're outside of the uk, it's world news america next. it'll have a report from rebecca morelle on the mystery of why there's a huge number of hidden meteorites in antarctica. here in the uk, the news at ten will have the second part of the bbc‘s year—long investigation into the traffickers selling baby chimpanzees from west africa. well, what to say about this next story. on wednesday, russia's parliament is expected to pass a law that will mean some domestic abuse is not considered a crime.
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here's how it will work... if you're a first—time offender and don't hospitalise the family member you've attacked, you won't have committed a crime, you won't go to prison. bear in mind more than 600 women are killed in the home every month in russia. over 600. our moscow correspondent is sarah rainsford. sarah's been to meet one survivor. marina tells me her story in a quiet, calm voice but the details are horrific. her husband beat her almost every day for over a year. she's in hiding now, so we've disguised her identity. marina's heels still have metal plates in them. they were shattered when her husband pushed her through the window of their flat. translation: he came home one night and started to strangle me. when i ran, he shoved me and ifell from the second floor. i broke both my feet, my lower ribs and when i got out
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of hospital he carried on beating me in my wheelchair. but in parliament last week, as contenders for miss university were posing for photographs, deputies were reducing the penalty for domestic abuse. there'll now be a fine for abusers, not a prison term, if the victim is not seriously hurt. the proposal sailed through with talk of protecting families from interference. i think that government shouldn't tell men and women how to behave with each other and in this case it's like you are sleeping in bed with your wife and a lawyer and some human rights organisation. those who work with victims of violence are worried, though. with so little protection in law, there are also very few places here where women who are suffering from abuse can actually run to. there are just two state—run shelters here in moscow and then this place is run by a charity
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and helped by the church. for women whose situations have become a crisis, places like this are a really important refuge. this is where marina is staying for now with four other families. the director tells me women get help here to rebuild their lives and advice on pressing charges if they want to but that was hard even before the law changed. translation: maybe one in 1,000 women manages to bring her case to court and now the maximum punishment is a fine, so if the woman goes home she has no protection and her husband can take his revenge. marina has a newjob and says she's starting to feel safe again but she's now battling for custody of her youngest child, left behind when she ran for her life. marina's oldest daughter escaped with her. she smiles as we chat and she names all the cows here at the farm. but her mum says she still
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cries herself to sleep at night and marina fears stopping the kind of abuse her family suffered just got even harder here. sarah raynsford, bbc news, moscow. here's a list of things that donald tusk, the president of the european council, thinks are an external threat to the european union. an assertive china, an aggressive russia and radical islam. so far, so predictable. next, donald trump's administration. that's right — the eu sees the us as an external threat. here's mr tusk in estonia a couple hours ago. particularly the change in washington puts the european union ina washington puts the european union in a difficult situation. with the new administration seeming to put into question the last 70 years of
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american foreign policy. in a world full of tension and confrontation, what is needed is courage, determination, and political solidarity of europeans. let's bring in katty kay live from washington. good to have you on outside source. mrtrump got to good to have you on outside source. mr trump got to the white house without any of the normal allies you would have to run a successful campaign. on the international stage, it is quite something when you hear that from a very senior eu figure. yes, i cannot remember ever hearing eu figures of that stature effectively calling america more of an adversary than an ally so it is striking. how much impact will it have in the united states? probably not much and remember donald trump
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has made his position on the eu is pretty clear. he was in favour of brexit, he suggested other european countries might also vote in populist movements and that could lead to the weakening of the eu, something he seems to favour, so i think donald tusk‘s words in the white house will probably fall on deaf ears. how much more can donald trump do just using executive orders? he can do a lot through executive order. the problem with presidents with executive orders is they are fairly limited in scope, and can be overturned by future presidents which is what donald trump is doing to some of barack obama's executive orders on immigration. therefore they don't necessarily have the lasting impact he would like them to have. on this immigration order, news just coming
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in which is the first poll we have seen in which is the first poll we have seen since the order came into place last friday showing that 49% of americans agree with donald trump's immigration ban, a1% disagree so a lot of americans think this is a good idea. there aren't many moments to ta ke good idea. there aren't many moments to take a breath and consider what's going on, but let's take one of those right now. what have you been making the last ten days? unlike anything i've seen in us politics, if nothing else for the speed of which things are moving here, but there was this natty phrase that came up after the campaign which is that donald trump supporters took him seriously but not literally and journalists took him literally but not seriously. we have learned that both are relevant, take him seriously and literally because he is delivering on his campaign
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promises, even those like the immigration order that perhaps people thought he wouldn't follow through with. the white house insists it is not a blanket muslim ban but a lot of people in this country and other countries see it as exactly that. this is a president who promised radical change and to d efy who promised radical change and to defy the establishment and is not being tempered by the weight to the oval office and the presidency. he is behaving as he always has done and he's not going to change. lovely to have you on outside source, thank you. katty kay. one of donald trump's first actions was regarding abortion, mike pence isa
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was regarding abortion, mike pence is a key influence over the social policy of this administration. jeremy cooke has been to his home state of indiana to speak to his critics and supporters. it is morning in middle america and the pro—life lobby are already on the street. we pray for a closing of this abortion clinic and all of them in our country. every woman arriving at this clinic is approached and asked to reconsider. did you say you came for birth control? abortion is still legal under us federal law but mike pence was committed to restricting access. i think the reason you see donald trump is in power because of the pro—life movement. for believers like jody smith, abortion is the only issue. mike pence you think will be steadfast? we know he will. he's
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very committed to life and always has been. this is not anything for mike pence. it was victory in the communities of heartland america which helped propel donald trump into the white house. famously, he had never held elected office, but mike pence hard and that may mean the new vice president has rare power and influence in the game of national politics. for many here, mike pence is a hometown hero, a key player in the states‘ political arena but now he‘s taking the indiana playbook all the way to washington, dc. standing now at resident trump‘s right hand, mike pence has always taken strongly conservative positions on issues concerning lgbt conservative positions on issues concerning lg bt rights conservative positions on issues concerning lgbt rights and sex education. he says faith is central to his life and his policies. for me the sanctity of life proceeds out of
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the sanctity of life proceeds out of the belief where god says before you we re the belief where god says before you were formed in the womb i knew you, and so for my first time i sought to stand with great compassion for the sanctity of life. i'm afraid we will get rained on. victoria barrett is not impressed, she is the mother of two young sons, before she had them she had an abortion. there were so many things wrong with her that there was only waiting for her to die. victoria insists it was her right to terminate the non—viable pregnancy and wants women across america to be wary of mike pence. while he himself may seem mild—mannered and calm and not like a threat, what he symbolises for activists who would like to remove our rights, now is the time. hundreds of gathered here to
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organise. how many of you believe it is important that women in this country have access to safe and legal abortion? standing room only. here, the raised voices are the other women of the midwest. the only way we will go forward as if we are involved. this is the other side of the mass protest marches, the trump pens victory means the nature of the american government is changing and here it feels like the nature of american opposition may be changing too. jeremy‘s report ends this edition of outside source. thanks for watching, we will be back at the same time tomorrow. goodbye. hello again. the start of february
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looks very different to what we had throughout most of january and before we look ahead, let‘s look back to january. on the whole it was a drier than average month, particularly dry across central areas of scotland and also in northern ireland. had a lot of sunshine on the whole across january but differences in temperature. the north—west milder than average, the south east of the uk a little bit colder than average. we are getting mild aircoming in colder than average. we are getting mild air coming in across the uk right now, everything is coming in from the west, the atlantic. this is the area of cloud arriving on wednesday, this one more substantial on thursday, this one on friday over to new york could develop into a storm. wednesday though sees the rain and drizzle and low cloud across england primarily eventually clearing eastern england, but elsewhere it will clear up nicely.
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ahead of some rain later across northern ireland, wales and the south—west. it won‘t be as cold as recently in eastern england and eastern scotland, milder out to west again. as we head into thursday, this is our first again. as we head into thursday, this is ourfirst big area of low pressure that gets close by. the centre steering to the west of ireland and the biggest impacts are likely to be across ireland. in the uk it will be a windy day, possibly severe gales across the western and southern coast and some rain. temperatures will be in double figures. that big area of low pressure m oves figures. that big area of low pressure moves away towards the north. the next one arrives, this is the one we were talking about that is currently close to new york and heading towards the uk. what will happen to it? uncertainties, some computer models take it to the south of the uk with less impact, that
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scenario is less likely. what is more likely is that pressure will drop, it will steer to the north across the uk and bring with it some wet and windy weather. the worst of the weather likely to be across the south—west, winds of up to 80 mph. a mild day but rain and strong winds. things calm down for the weekend. we have some sunshine on the way, a bit of rain out towards the west and developing here across the south—west of england and wales. temperatures won‘t be as high this weekend, it is a little bit colder but not too cold. we have areas of low pressure but this weekend it looks like they will get steered more to the south of the uk. some rain moving northwards into scotland, the next area of rain steers its way into france so for many southern parts of the uk it may be dry with sunshine on sunday. this week we are seeing the jet stream
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which steers the areas of low pressure further south, so everything then steering up from the south—west and heading towards the uk. as we move into next week, the low pressure will be steered by the jet stream again but this time it is further north, more towards the north—west of the uk, so this is where it will be wetter and windy. towards the south—east there is a chance later this week of importing some colder airfrom monier continent. goodbye. —— from the near continent. tonight at ten... the british government delivers its strongest criticism yet of president trump‘s travel ban. the measure, imposed on seven mainly muslim countries, has generated worldwide controversy but the president says it‘s needed to protect the united states. that wasn‘t the view of home secretary amber rudd at westminster, who said it was divisive and a propaganda gift.
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isil and daesh will use any opportunity they can to make difficulties, to create the environment they want to radicalise people. to bring them over to their side. it isa to bring them over to their side. it is a propaganda opportunity for them essentially. and the online petition protesting against plans for a state visit to the uk by president trump has now been signed by more than 1.7 million people. all this on the day the president of the european council
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