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this is bbc world news today, broadcasting in the uk and around the world. the headlines. the white house asks congress to investigate whether president obama ordered wi reta ps whether president obama ordered wireta ps and the whether president obama ordered wiretaps and the trump campaign. the former director of national intelligence denies the claim. there was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president—elect at the time asa against the president—elect at the time as a candidate for against his campaign. francois fillon insists he will not pull out of the french presidential race. my campaign goes on despite the defections. nobody has the power to force me to withdraw my candidacy. it is my decision and i have been reassured by this show of support. everyone thought it would be a failure and it was a success. thought it would be a failure and it was a success. iraqi forces are trying to retake muscle from islamic state reported to be closing in on the main government buildings in the city. in sport, harry kane scores
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twice as spurs close the gap with chelsea at the top of the premier league. the former us director of national intelligence, james klapper, has denied there was any wiretap on donald trump what this election campaign. president trump has alleged that his phones were tapped by the obama administration without offering any evidence and has asked congress to examine the claims. for north america correspondent, nick bryant, reports. on the sunday talk shows this morning one main topic of discussion. trump claiming the trump campaign was wiretapped by president obama. in his extraordinary twitter tirade donald trump accused his predecessor, barack obama, of being a sick and bad guy who ordered wiretaps at trump tower in a watergate style conspiracy. this morning, the white house issued a statement asking that as part
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of their investigation into russian activity, the congressional intelligence committee exercise their oversight authority to determine whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016. but the white house has produced no evidence to back up the president's claims of criminality and seems to be hoping these congressional committees will come up with some. let's get the truth here, let's find out. i think the bigger story is not who reported it, but is it true? i think the american people have a right to know if this happened because if it did, again this is the largest abuse of power that i think we have ever seen. senior democrats have labelled donald trump the "deflector in chief", trying to distract attention from the trump team's interactions with the russians. to understand this, this is the deflector in chief, nojobs, no infrastructure built, no nothing. but america's former director
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of national intelligence claims there had been no wiretaps. at this point you cannot confirm or deny whether that happened 7 i can deny it. this weekend has seen pro—trump rallies around the country, celebrating his successful speech to congress, but the week that began with the presidential reset has ended once again with russia. nick bryant, bbc news, new york. our correspondent in washington is laura baker. iasked ifjames clapper‘s categorical would make any difference. we have had no reaction from the white house. the statement stands. they want the congressional committees to investigate whether or not there has been an overreach and abuse of power, according to the deputy white house spokesperson this morning. they are saying that if it
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is true, and they seem to be basing their claims is true, and they seem to be basing theirclaims in part is true, and they seem to be basing their claims in part on reports in newspapers, breitbart their claims in part on reports in newspapers, breitba rt news their claims in part on reports in newspapers, breitbart news and other conservative radio shows, but there was wiretapping in trump tower during the presidential campaign and they said that was an abuse of power and it needs to be investigated and are calling on congress to do that. opponents of president trump says he sends these tweets to deflect attention from things he does not wa nt to attention from things he does not want to be discuss. has he been successful? when it comes to the discussion in washington, this is consuming all news programmes right across the nation. it is the one topic, it is an astonishing claim by president trump, that his predecessor has carried out wiretapping on his own trump tower. when it comes to the presidential rule book, there is an unwritten
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rule book, there is an unwritten rule that when you hand overpowered you do not criticise the predecessor. he has blown the rob webber. when it comes to what was being discussed in washington, that is making headlines. nancy pelosi, the democrat, is calling him the deflector in chief because it is reflecting from the controversy over whether or not his campaign had contact with russian intelligence. francois fillon has used a tv interview to say he will not withdraw from the french presidential race. the centre—right candidate is under pressure to quit over corruption allegations. on monday, the party braswell meet to discuss his future. mr fillon addressed thousands of supporters in paris. if there was only slight doubt at the end of this rally speech, he never spelt out that he would be a candidate to the end. people thought
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he might be sending out a signal. in this interview he was asked that question directly, are you going to withdraw her candidacy and he said no. i don't see any reason to and no one can make me good. that seems pretty clear. tomorrow is another day and know there are negotiations going on and phone calls flying all over the place, but as things stand, he comes out from this reinforced in his belief that there is a large pa rt his belief that there is a large part of the centre—right electorate thatis part of the centre—right electorate that is behind him and he would be betraying them were she to step down. he says i am willing to talk to the other leaders, the party bigwigs, but my position is stronger today than it was before. that is what mr fillon is saying, what about the polling and the general chatter? we know it has been a rough few weeks for him and we know the rest of the party are very concerned
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because the polling shows that if he runs, he will not make it to the second round, it will be macron and le pen. that is where the pressure is coming from that is bursting at the end of asked week with all these defections, people saying this is hopeless, we were supposed to have this on a plate and now we do not. it is time to get another candidate going, so let's get alainjuppe going. this will give them pause for thought and make them realise this is more complicated than they realised. if only for the simple fa ct, realised. if only for the simple fact, which is inarguable, but mr fillon does have the legitimacy of the primary behind him and if he steps down and juppe takes his place, there are a number of people who voted for fillon who will sit we did that with four alainjuppe and we didn't vote for him for a good reason, which is that he is a soft,
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centre guy and we don't want that. the real danger is that there will bea the real danger is that there will be a big loss of votes on the road, maybe the marine le pen, if francois fillon is hosted byjuppe. maybe the marine le pen, if francois fillon is hosted by juppe. police are hunting foran fillon is hosted by juppe. police are hunting for an attacker who shot are hunting for an attacker who shot a signal and doesn't leave the country seattle. the victim was approached outside his house before he was shot in the arm. the attackers led to a fresh outcry in india following a deadly gun attack on two indians in kansas last month. police in new york investigating the damage to two stones at a jewish cemetery in brooklyn set no evidence of vandalism has been found. they said they had since have come down asa said they had since have come down as a result of long—term neglect and environmentalfactors as a result of long—term neglect and environmental factors such as soil erosion. there has been a series of vandalism is at jewish erosion. there has been a series of vandalism is atjewish cemeteries this year. on a visit to israel, the new york governor described as an as reprehensible. it is disgusting, it
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is reprehensible, it violates every ten at the new york state tradition. new york state, five it's definition, is a celebration of diversity. we believe in the spirit of inclusion and we live by discrimination of no one. the principles of europe are built on iraq, they will not change and the political winds will not change them. in your state governor speaking there. china faces major challenges in its attempt to overhaul its economy, the world's second—largest force of the premier told the opening session of parliament in beijing that he is targeting and half percent in the coming year, lower than last year. among other commitments there was a pledge to pollution. he made a
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pledge to pollution. he made a pledge to pollution. he made a pledge to make the skies again. chairman mao would still recognise the chinese parliament, rigid, authoritarian and unapologetically communist. every year, the delegates to hear their leader ‘s warn of the increasingly complex challenges faced by a modern capitalist economy. potential risks cannot be overlooked, he says. warning that reforming the chinese economy is the process is filled with promise, but also accompanied by great pain. he spoke of the need to combat industrial overcapacity and to reform what he called zombie enterprises, the bloated state own stacker producing far more coal and steel than the market needs. similar pledges in the past have proved hard
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to fulfil. had he pledged to make the chinese sky is blue again, outlining further targets for emissions cuts, once again these promises have been made before. the chinese parliament has very little control over the weighty issues of state, the big political and economic decisions that have been made weeks in advance by the communist party leaders behind closed doors. the premier also warned against growing protectionism, a thinly veiled reference to the policies of the new us president, and a reminder that as well as the economic risks at home, china is facing challenges on the international stage. iraqi forces have intensified their push into mosul. they are now reportedly with 80 minutes —— a few
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miles of government buildings. the operation to move into the west which started a few weeks ago has 445,000 people to flee the city. the refugee camp just south of the city is approaching maximum capacity. the people of mosul endure yet another round of fighting between iraqi government forces and so—called islamic state. many remain trapped within the city. others decided to flee. they arrive in droves, in just over two hours we saw more than five buses arriving here. many children here are too young to understand. translation: isis were firing at us. most of the women died. we were alljust running and running, the mortars raining on our heads, till we got to the army. some were gratefulfor
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the army's help, but these men said their homes were hit by army shelling. the refugees from western mosul arrived here. they have escaped with their lives, but their misery is not over. they keep coming, thousands each day. too many for the authorities to cope with. close by, in another temporary camp, more people are seeking refuge. with such an unrelenting flow, authorities can hardly keep up. still to come, taking the message to the people. one man's quest to raise awareness of mental health issues most people in south africa.
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suddenly, the tables, the chairs, the people crashed sideways and downwards and it was just a matter of seconds as the fairy lurched on her side. the hydrogen bomb on a remote pacific island. the americans successfully tested a weapon whose explosive force dwarf that of the bomb dropped on hiroshima. my hart we nt bomb dropped on hiroshima. my hart went back and back. the constitutional rights of these marchers have their rights as citizens of the united states and they should be protected, even in they should be protected, even in the right to test them out so they don't get their heads broken and sent to hospital. i know you don't wa nt sent to hospital. i know you don't want to say too much, but will this religious controversy boarded up when you get to the states? everything will be all right. this
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is bbc world news today. the latest headlines, the white house asks congress to investigate whether president obama ordered wiretaps on the trump campaign. the former director of national intelligence denies that took place. after tens of thousands of people support him in paris, the embattled candidate francois fillon insists he will not pull out of the french presidential race. the united nations says for the first time for countries are at risk of extreme hunger and famine at the same time. south sudan, but on the same time. south sudan, but on thejury, somalia the same time. south sudan, but on the jury, somalia and the same time. south sudan, but on thejury, somalia and yemen the same time. south sudan, but on the jury, somalia and yemen are all under threat. the worst affected is war—torn yemen. over 14 million people need life—saving food aid. it is reported that in nigeria, nearly 2 million people risk my nutrition. in south sudan, nearly 5 million people need the life—saving food aid
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and in somalia, nearly 3 million people are going hungry. this is what a national disaster looks like. mile after mile of arid, barren land. the worst drought in somalia in decades. parts of the country have not seen rain for two years. for successful crop harvests have been hit, making the scale of the looming crisis almost unprecedented. i suppose this is the worst drought i have ever witnessed, because before, only if you've regions used to be affected, but not the country. this drug is brought people from across the country to this region. this is the worstjob in somalia that i know of. this region faces some of the biggest challenges. workers at save the children supported health clinics report a significant increase in severe
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malnutrition cases among infants coming through their doors. the united nations warns over a quarter ofa united nations warns over a quarter of a million children will face severe, acute malnutrition in the next few months. in all, half of somalia faces food insecurity. the new president already has the threat from islamic extremist group al—shabab to take on, but hunger is his pressing priority.|j al—shabab to take on, but hunger is his pressing priority. i want to ta ke his pressing priority. i want to take this opportunity to call for all somalis and the donor community to help families affected by the current drought. it is imperative for us to help each other as the magnitude of this drug is very alarming. the somali drought has been partly caused by the el nino weather phenomenon from last year, which impacted east and southern africa. as appeals for aid go out to the international community, one sign of good news for the region is a year—end forecast that may stocks are on their way to recovery. here
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is well parried with all the sport. totte n ha m is well parried with all the sport. tottenham closed the gap at the top of the premier league with a 3—2 win over everton. a record club ninth consecutive home win for spurs. harry kane scored twice, dele alli got the third. romelu lukaku was also on the scoresheet. mauricio pochettino is now seven points behind the leaders, chelsea, who face west ham on monday. another fantastic achievement for that group. we feel very proud about that. they broke the club record. i think it has made history, it is starting to make history, that group. they young players. this is only the start of the good things coming in the future. we know they are strong, but they have two or three years in a row, two or three
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seasons in a row with the same players and they bought some better players and they bought some better players and they bought some better players and that is all about timing and that is what we need to have in everton. if we get the time, if we get to improve, that is the next step for the club and, 0k, in some aspects we saw that difference today on the pitch. manchester city move back up to third, one point behind totte n ha m back up to third, one point behind tottenham for the game in hand after a 2—0 win at sunderland. sergio aguero and leroy san mames with the goals. the first minute was tough because we knew, we expected how aggressive they would play, but afterwards we controlled the game and we were lucky. we made a good first goal, but forgot to have time with 1-0 first goal, but forgot to have time with 1—0 so that is completely different to drawing or losing and
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in the second half we played really good. i don't think you can fault the players for and if that. ijust think they give everything they can. we lacked quality at times. when we did get the ball back and we back quite a lot we give it away and had to wait back again. the energy, everything they did, they tried to do what we could to get something out of the game. the england cricketers have been the west indies in the second one—day international. then when the three match series with an unassailable 2—0 lead. then plug it took three for 32. jason roy hit 54 england. it was a half—ce ntu ry hit 54 england. it was a half—century for chris woa kes hit 54 england. it was a half—century for chris woakes who, along with joe group half—century for chris woakes who, along withjoe group the mid—90, the infa nt along withjoe group the mid—90, the infant with ten to spare. dustin johnson has a three shot lead at the golf championship events in mexico.
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tommy fleetwood is the best placed british player, four shots back. rory mcilroy is a shot behind him with ross fisher ten under par. great britain finished second overall at the european indoor athletics championships with seven medals and the final day in belgrade. boroughmuir in the second goal after taking the 1500 metres title, she won the 3000 metres, both with victories in chav of record times. britain won ten medals in total, finishing behind poland with germany finishing third. total, finishing behind poland with germany finishing thirdlj total, finishing behind poland with germany finishing third. i didn't know what my legs would do and i tried to hang in there. i was tired but i am glad i could do that today. what was the plan at the outset?m went well. i just typed on and what was the plan at the outset?m went well. ijust typed on and used my speed at the event and crashed
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the line in protest. as this what franco. senior russian mp has proposed that football hooliganism should be recognised as a spectator sport ahead of the world cup in russia. the unorthodox proposal is designed to suck a repeat of the trouble seeing at the rose last year when organised groups of russian fans, many with martial arts training, for the english fans on the streets of marseille. one south african township, close to cape town, erasing college graduate is taking the fight against mental illness to streets. andreas believes young people have undiagnosed mental issues and the chance of benefiting from counselling. he is using a brightly coloured van to spread awareness of the problem. young kids as young as eight or nine, they grew up as young as eight or nine, they grew up seeing terrible stuff, whether it
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is someone being mugged or being stabbed, violence taking place in their own household. this is my mobile consultation van. this van brings services to kids in the township who come from a family who cannot afford services from a psychologist or a registered counsellor like myself. the kids come when the vehicle passes by, they see this funky looking van, then they realise it is a psychology clinic. it is an innovative way of providing the service, it is more attractive to them than having to go and sit in my office and talk to me.
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i have got this young guy who just jumped in, you would like to top —— talk but you cannot come in due to confidentiality. my fear is for the young people grow up in any township is exposure to substance abuse, peer pressure and other traumas that the experience and see and observe each and every day. that might set them back from achieving some of their dreams that they would love to achieve for the betterment of the community. what keeps me going and providing this service for free is that i would love to see a young person from the townships succeed and go on against all odds and become a role model for the next
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coming generation. the matter what happens, we will keep this mobile unit going through the dusty streets of cape town. the crude attempt from one month to battle mental illness in south africa. the biggest gay pride festival in australia has come to an end the fingerprints of glitter in its workforce of hundreds of thousands of people gathered on oxford street in sydney on saturday night to survey the 39th annual mardi gras parade, one of the most famous and best defence in australia. the parade began as a protest in the 1970s but is almost 200 foods and there are thousands of marchers who take place. a reminder of our top story, the white house has asked congress to examine claims from president trump that barack obama ordered his films to be tapped during the election. that is all for now. thank you for watching. a mixed
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bag across the uk. is the sequence shows scotland and northern ireland saw the best of the sunny spells on offer. a different story for daniel wells. persistent rain, so of the 12 with quite clever showers. quite a bit of rain when they come along. gusty wind to go with it. it is drifting ever eastward. dab in the small hours of the money would when the rain. rain moving into the far south and west. scattered showers in the northwest. cold in scotland but it is typically around three to 5 degrees on monday. quite chilly and work across the south—west finland. some rain fringing the south of wales. that just about some rain fringing the south of wales. thatjust about gets across the isle of wight. and would this have used it is pretty reasonable to start the day. more cloud in eastern counties and outbreaks of rain with slight patchy rain. much pressure in
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the north—west of england and a bright start to the date in northern ireland. cold for large parts of scotla nd ireland. cold for large parts of scotland but a lot of that this will be dry. some rain in the north and west and up to the northern ireland is what it would be quite breezy. things will improve in the south—west. persistent rain fragments into the latter part of the morning. sunshine coming through but a few showers becoming fewer and far between. the wet weather and the eastern side of england begins to ease away. we will see a scattering of showers developing. sunshine and showers into the afternoon with lengthy spells of sunshine, especially toward the west. temperatures about it online degrees. things cracking down on monday evening and overnight as the high pressure builds in. we look to the west for the next spell of wind and rain to move on. before it does it work be a cold store from any public rights on tuesday. was he the cloud and rain moving into northern ireland, things go downhill and it will be windy with the wet, windy weather making its way across the
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uk. the brochers seven to 11 degrees. the rainbow across all parts. all the rain on tuesday. it is on the move, heading to the near continent. by the middle of the week it is out of the way the state u nsettled. it is out of the way the state unsettled. some showers around but temperatures are doing well. the latest headlines. the white house demands that congress investigate whether barack obama ordered wire—taps on president trump before last year's election. a former director of national intelligence denies the claims. the french centre—right presidential candidate francois fillon says he won't withdraw his candidacy — but he admitted to misjudgements in dealing with allegations of corruption. he says he is the legitimate choice of the party. there has been fierce fighting between islamic state and iraqi government forces in mosul. china has announced a
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