a very warm welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to our viewers in north america and around the globe. my name's mike embley — our top stories: the head of the fbi says he can find no evidence barack obama put donald trump under surveillance —— but confirms the agency is investigating russian interference in the election, and any possible ties to the trump campaign. that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the trump campaign and the russian government. the corruption scandal that led to her impeachment. under the spotlight — france's five main presidential candidates clash over policing, crime and immigration. as major companies cancel contracts — google‘s european chief apologises the head of the fbi has confirmed, for the first time, that his agency
is investigating whether—some ,,, team colluded with the—russian of criminal charges right to the door of the white house. james comeyalso told the hearing. l. . ;, ,.',';,il.,“'. l ' liz: ell—f. ql::.%:. z..:'%'£';e;:.e'££ - this from our north. america ,, w l. . , l the kremlin has cast a long shadow overamericannolitics , , . . :2’i2212:i22 what is more less accepted by all sides is that russian intelligence hacked comguters! between the trump campaign and moscow? the president says that is fake news. then there's the allegation that barack obama tapped the phones in trump tower before the election, perhaps using british big questions for a big man.
at six foot eight, james comey stands head and shoulders above all around him. answer, yes. the fbi, as part of our counter intelligence mission, is investigating the russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. and thgt inclﬁd2sinve§tiggting between individuals associated with the trump campaign and the russian government, and whether there was any co—ordination between the campaign and russia's efforts. on the detail of the investigation into russian collusion, james comey would not be drawn. but what about the president's claims, that his predecessor barack obama had wiretapped trump tower? here, he was more forthcoming. with respect to the president's tweets about alleged wiretapping information to support those tweets and we have looked carefully
inside the fbi. 50 president obama could not unilaterally order a wiretap of anyone? no president could. the president accused mr obama and presumably the fbi of engaging in mccarthyism. were you engaged in mccarthyism, director comey? i try very hard not to engage in any isms of any kind, including mccarthyism. then congressman schiff turned to the director of the national security agency to answer questions about british involvement. again, the responses were unequivocal. did you ever request your counterparts in gchq should wiretap mrtrump on behalf of president obama? no sir, and norwould i, that would be expressly against the construct of the five eyes agreement that has been in place for decades. our british allies have called the president's suggestion that they wiretapped him for obama nonsense and utterly ridiculous, would you agree? yes, sir. does it do damage to our relationship with one of our closest intelligence partners
for the president to make a baseless claim that the british participated in a conspiracy against him? it clearly frustrates a key ally of ours. i believe the relationship is strong enough, this is something we should be able to deal with. donald trump didn't wake of the committee to start before tweeting his verdict. but in the white house briefing, were they getting ready to hoist the white flag? of course they weren't. is the president prepared to withdraw the accusation and as for collusion with the russians? there is no evidence according to the people that have been briefed
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wa nt putin, hated hillafysor’nirchthathe ' ' want her to putin, hated hillafysor’nirchthathe ' ' want herto win, putin, hated hillafysor’nirchthathe ' ' want her to win, clearly, and didn't want her to win, clearly, and would therefore want to help president trump win. - was president trump win. that was the other side of that coin. president trump win. that was the other side said at coin. g president trump win. that was the other side said that n. g president trump win. that was the other side said that is not% president trump win. that was the other side said that is not the g repeatedlyesaid that his hetethe= case. we repeatedlyesaid that his ﬁetethe= case. we have today president trump and the white house repeatedly case. we have today president trump and th anyiite house repeatedly case. we have today president trump and th any allegations epeatedly case. we have today president trump and th any allegations of eatedly case. we have today president trump and th any allegations of collusion calling any allegations of collusion "fake news". calling any allegations of collusion " fa ke news". but calling any allegations of collusion "fake news". but this is persisting persist for many months and will gersistfot mang monthsﬁ‘ , to - sean spicer will gersistfot mang monthsﬁ‘ , for l to - sean spicer will gersistfot mang monthsﬁ‘ , for the - sean spicer will gersistfot mang monthsﬁ‘ , for the president an spicer will gersistfot mang monthsﬁ‘ , for the president says iicer possible collusion investigating possible collusion and having proof of it are two different things. the president tweets there is no evidence that potus colluded with russia. maybe not mr trump but some in h? with russia. maybe not mr trump but s . we . with russia. maybe not mr trump but some in h? campaign, surragates! with russia. maybe not mr trump but some in hh campaign, surrogates for some in his campaign, surrogates for him, we have him, maybe did. do we have any information on how the fbi i going information on how the fbi is going to investigate this further? who they may be investigating and for how long? that's true. there is no specific evidence at all at the
moment that james coney talked about as specifics in who could be involved in this. —— comey. his a nswer involved in this. —— comey. his answer was no comment, no comment, no comment. but is something that will happen behind closed doors. 0ne question that is being asked is why russia did this and how it did this. those are the questions that will be addressed by the committees and also in this fbi investigation. 0ne addressed by the committees and also in this fbi investigation. one thing in thie'fee meeﬁaenﬁﬁ 222222 ' james comey said was that they that james comey said was that they weren't quite about this. russia allegedly wanted the us and the world to know that they were doing it. they used the phrase they were allowed about it. this is something it. they used the phrase they were allowed undermined; is something it. they used the phrase they were allowed undermined us something it. they used the phrase they were allowed undermined us democracy and that has undermined us democracy and caused comey and it
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latest and some of the background to latesteand som eofthebaeisgzound to1| this? she is the first democratically elected president to actually be ousted while in office but every single democratically elected president has been caught up in corruption allegations. 0ne committed suicide as the prosecutors are circled. she is in that building to the prosecutors and there talking to the prosecutors and there are basically 13 allegations. they range from the very serious about she brokered a multimillion dollar deal to give money to her best friend in return for government is: she friend in return for government 25212222211, she desires that and so influence. she desires that and so do the companies. the allegations go right down the she let do the companies. the allegations go right down the - she let her best friend, for example, - too best friend, for example, have too much influence, that she was behind much influence,'that she was hehindi black list of artists who were a black list of artists who were the government. a whole
antie the government. a whole range h allegations. there are 30 people et’ettegettenez there’a’re’ee eeeetei her already formally et’ettegettenez there’a’re’ee eeeetei trials |lready formally m et’ettegettenez there’a’re’ee eeeetei trials currently 'mally m et’ettegettenez there’a’re’ee eeeetei trials currently orally m et’ettegettenez there’a’re’ee eeeetei trials currently or upcoming. g facing trials currently or upcoming. the question will be will the person at the centre of the allegations be arrested and - on trial and maybe be bars maybe be - bars during that 0r she or-she be or. she be allowed to go trial? or will she be allowed toge she trial? or will she be allowed togo she for the first time is free? she for the first time is questions and those answering questions and those questions will be about particular say it with the head meetings, say it with the head of samsung. the danger is - her might they subordinates might saythatthey just obeying orders. there may werejust obeying orders. there may bea werejust obeying orders. there may be a situation where everybody is pointing at everybody else in a kind of circular firing squad. steve, we will be back to you as that session comes to an end. thank you very much
for that. the five main candidates part in the first of three televised debates. there were clashes over religion and money. here's our paris correspondent, lucy williamson. the colours were sober, and the entrance is low—key — but make no mistake, this arena was designed for a fight, the circular set calculated to encourage a real debate between the five political heavyweights fighting for france's top job. it worked. the election's two leading contenders, far—right leader marine le pen, and herfirst—tirne centriste. . ”a o ,. e. -- rival. unsurprising, perhaps, they differ on almost everything, of minorities in france. translation: a few years ago there were no bikinis on the beach. and i know you're for them, mr macron. —— burkinis.
it is a trap to turn the burkini into a big debate at about secularism. and that's the trap you're falling into mme le pen. it's to divide the country, and turn the 4 million muslims living in our country into enemies of the republic. francois fillon was, for once, not the centre of attention. after weeks of media focus on his financial scandals, he may have been hoping for a presidential kind of reserve. but after all the surprises in the selection, it's not clear that's the kind of president france wants any more. in other news: devices from cabin baggage on flights from eight middle eastern and north african countries. the move includes laptops, tablets, cameras and electronic games — and will—affect nine aianes-l us media reports thatt‘tre—order- the iraqi prime minister, in iraq.
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food shortages have forced many to flee their homes and farms boko haram gained notoriety in 2014 with the kidnap of 292 girls from their school in chibok but since then it has has been been largely destroyed of fightingrand'he'sent'this —repor—t;—= farmers fields in north—east nigeria, known to you crops but nigeria. known'to'gou'crogs but= they're now just dusty nigeria. known'to'gou'crogs but= they're nowjust dusty brown pjty. they're now 'ust dusty brown because farmers for years patches because farmers for years had been to till patches because farmers for years had been - to till the land due had been unable to till the land due to conflict. and on the ground in the town of bama, bullet ridden buildings, homes ransacked - lives
buildings, homes ransacked and lives destroyed. this city used to have a population of close to 300,000 people, now you walk down the main street here and there is nothing but rubble, it's a ghost town, a shell, emptied of. residents had to emptied of life. residents had to flee the islamist group boko haram. now the grounds grounds of a derelict hospital many gall home. i derelict hospital many call home. i sure ali escaped the bloodletting, she's 1a. sure ali escaped the bloodletting, she's 14. translation: sure ali escaped the bloodletting, she's14. translation: theyjust sure ali escaped the bloodletting, she's 14. translation: theyjust are to she's14. translation: theyjust are to killing people algd burning - she's14. translation: theyjust are to killing people algd burning houses to killing peopleand—burningboast-752} so we hid. they said we will be saved, don't be afraid. but when they found us, they cut my father and they killed him. exiles in their own country, the rituals of life but so rituals of life continued. but so many people are paying the price for the twisted ideology of a few, nigeria's cams for those displaced
the fighting are struggling. this by the fighting are struggling. this one houses 11,000 people and was so overcrowded with malnourished new arrivals a few months ago there wasn't enough food. more than 1000 died. nevertheless, hundreds are arriving at camps like this every day as the nigerian military continues to push boko haram and back, liberating villages. a mother who had walked with ‘hee children who had walked with three children from 10pm one evening and it took her until 9am to reach the bama centres, it's her until 9am to reach the bama centres, its estimated there could be 500,000-800,000 centres, its estimated there could be 500,000—800,000 people trapped in there with no access, left to their there with no assess, left to thele 2 —r — 2— — 22— fate. what's needed is more international help and crucially farmers being help and erueially farmerehemg to tell their land. but boko able to tell their land. but boko haram is still out there and farmers asked. the chances of a decent harvest this year are zero —— asked. planting season begins in less than
weeks or. the town of bama is two weeks or. the town of 13an 'g'__ rebuilt after the being rebuilt after the wanton destruction of but destruction of boko haram. but this holds memories for who fled for their lives. those who fled fortheirlives. ,, , ., . mohammed is 15. farmata mohammed is 15. translation: i have no methec. farmata mohammed is 15. translation: i have no meihﬁ i have farmata mohammed is 15. translation: i have no meihg i have no father. i have nemetherrlhaveﬂa fatheie have i have na'motberrlhaveba fatbee have nowhere to i have nemetberrlhaveba fatbee have nowhere to live. i'll myrie, bbc news in clive myrie, bbc news in bama, northern nigeria. imnorte oue' ellegetioee—ebetefi— isa is a country reed is a country read of its beef but lately that confidence has been shaken. health inspectors here
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