tv Outside Source BBC News June 20, 2017 9:00pm-9:31pm BST
hello, i'm ros atkins, this is outside source. some breaking news from belgium, the central railway station in in brussels has been evacuated after a small explosion. we start with another incident in the sky over syria. the us coalition have shot down an iranian made drone. this comes just a day after russia said they would view coalition jets as targets. the head of the un is calling for calm. we hope that there will be a de—escalation of the situation, because these kinds of incidents can be very dangerous in a conflict situation. the us has responded furiously to the death of otto warmbier — the american student held captive in north korea and returned home in a coma last week. the president has called it a disgrace. if he had been brought sooner, i think the result would have been a
lot different. he should have been brought home that same day. and in phoenix, arizona, more than a0 flights have been grounded, because it's too hot for the planes to fly. let's start in brussels and look at some of the news copy coming into the bbc newsroom. a spokesman for the bbc newsroom. a spokesman for the belgian police has told the bbc a man triggered a small explosion in the central train station in brussels. we are told the man was neutralised by military forces. no one else is believed to be injured and the police say the situation is under control. this is brussels central station in the centre of the city. it has been evacuated and these are the pictures that we have coming in to the news room. from
just outside the central station. you can see the area cordoned off. only a few police officers inside. let's bring in... in a minute we will bring in some more updates from oui’ will bring in some more updates from our colleagues in brussels. at the moment, the police are saying the situation is under control. one person who was at the centre of the incident has been neutralised, although we don't have a definition of neutralised from the police. they say the situation is under control. we believe this large train station has been evacuated. more tension in the syrian sky. a tweet saying: aircraft shoots down armed shaheed—129 pro—syrian #uav near #altanf #syria. that's an armed drone to you and me. the reason? "it displayed hostile intent and advanced on coalition forces." the coalition being referred
to is the us and its allies. see all this in the context of the us shooting down a syrian jet on sunday. and the russians saying they would treat any coalition jets as targets. today they've accused the us coalition of "complicity with terrorism". we've also heard from the un secretary general. we hope that there will be a de—escalation of the situation, because these kinds of incidents can be very dangerous in a conflict situation in which there are so many actors and in which the situation is so complex on the ground. so indeed i'm concerned and i hope that this will not lead to any escalation of a conflict that is already as dramatic as it is. sebastian usher is the syrian
a nalyst. an iranian made drone. the area where it happened on the border, syria, iraq and jordan, is where the us is training force. some going to fight in iraq and other places. it has been the scene of several incidents like this. there was another drone the us shot down just another drone the us shot down just a couple of weeks ago. so these are multiplying these incidents, where this takes us is to perhaps unchartered territories. this was the concern of obama administration that the syrian conflict could draw the us into direct conflict with russia and iran. we are beginning to see that happening. the russians reacted strongly in one sense by saying the areas where their air
force is operating, to the wefs of the the area is out—of—bounds. they will regard any flying object, any drone, any plane there, as a target potentially. so they're telling the americans to stay on the other side of the river to the east, where is the kurdish—led rebel forces who are taking the fight to raqqa, that is the side they're on and it is a warning, we saw australia pull out of coalition earlier today, because of coalition earlier today, because of that. seeing that there is complications ahead. this is all about partly what is happening now and partly what happens after isis goes. we are getting to the stage in the conflict where the division of syria, the division of these areas which have been put to some extent in suspension by the fight has all
been against is and now having to be looked at more choice klosely. what -- more closely. what time scale are we looking. after isis has been forced out of its main areas in raqqa and mosul, isis will still have areas it controls, but they won't be cities, they won't be towns, so those areas, if you look ata map towns, so those areas, if you look at a map of much of it is desert, the largest part of syria is under isis control. and you are looking at who gets those areas. you're seeing syrian forces moving into those areas, looking to ensure they're not pushed out, that they have a say the russians, the iranians and the turks are involved and invested in the future of syria. this is what i think we are seeing the start of. it
might escalate into something worse and might be kept at this level. we will have to see. thank you. now back to the dropping story in brussels, a security incident at the central railway station. a lot of different information. reuters quoting local media, police have neutralised the person wearing an explosive belt. the bbc heard from the belgian federal police that a man had triggered a small explosion, he was neutralised, this word is being extensively used, because the police are using it, no one else is believed to be injured. cbs said explosion—like noises prompting an evacuation of the main square. these are pictures coming in. you can see armed police and a big area around the station has been cordoned off.
the police are saying in interviews with the international media and local media that the situation is under control. working on this story for the bbc in brussels is damian grammaticas. i have gone through some of the basics of the story, what more are you hearing from the contacts talking to you there? what we have heard is from a witness who was at the scene in the train station. at the time of the incident. this was a gentleman who was trying to catch a train at the time. he saw the initial part of this incident. what he described was a small ignition so, something that caught fire. he was very clear, he said there was not an explosion or any pressure wave or anything that you would expect from that. this is someone with a military background,
someone with a military background, so he speaks from experience, he said, there was a small ignition, a bag or something that had been there in the station ignited. there were fla mes in the station ignited. there were flames that erupted from it. he saw one person close flames that erupted from it. he saw one person close to it at the time. but thought that person was a passer by. somebody carrying what looked like a folded bike he thought. he moved away quickly from the scene. left the area. he wasn't witness to any particular explosion. but he did see the a device that was possibly a device igniting. possibly failing to explode. that is unconfirmed. what we then know is coming from the official police sources or the crisis centre, that the security forces, police and military, were quickly at the scene and there have been security forces deployed around
the train stations. this is the central station. ever since those attacks before. they moved quickly and the crisis centre said they had neutralised one person in connection with this incident. that is what we know. there was a slew of social media reports coming out in the immediate aftermath. our witness told is happened at 8.44. he knew because he was catching a train. it was after that we saw police move m, was after that we saw police move in, lows close down the station and roads around it. quickly bringing the area under control. and since then they have been, they have moved their perimeter, but they have had control of that whole area. their perimeter, but they have had control of that whole arealj their perimeter, but they have had control of that whole area. i have seen tweets and references a suicide belt or an explosives belt. can we
confirm that detail? that i can't confirm, no. what we have heard from the crisis centre was this statement, that one person, the implication was this was somebody believed to be connected with the ignition or the flames that erupted. that that security force had neutralised a person, thought to be connected with this incident. so thatis connected with this incident. so that is what we know officially at this stage. so i couldn't confirm more than that. thank you very much. you know where we are if you find out any more. of course i'm live with you with the bbc‘s news room in london. as and when we get more information on this, we will bring it to you. to reiterate, i will keep an eye on the news wires and the
latest social media. next we can speak to david coburn, a ukip mep, live us with on the phone. tell us what you know about this incident? i'm having dinner in a restaurant and people started running past in a panic. quite a big panic. we all, we thought it might be some people armed or something like that. and they were panicking, saying terrorism and stuff like that. so i immediately ordered another bottle of wine. when in doubt. the next thing is we, they were saying that... the station had been closed off, but they said a 1930s art deco station and it is sort of underground. there is a mall and you go down. it is difficult to see what would have happened. you couldn't find out what happened inside. by that time the police had cordoned it
off. we know the situation is under control at the moment, we are seeing pictures as i talk to you of police vehicles and ambulances on the scene. what is the situation like where you are, please? they have closed off a lot of car parks and such like in the old town and more or less seems to have been closed off. i live in the old town, so it is not such a problem. but other people are stuck here. there is a police helicopter flying about. people are stuck here. there is a police helicopterflying about. or people are stuck here. there is a police helicopter flying about. or i think it has stopped now. but they're taking it seriously. but the, brussels for some time has been a bit like belfast in the 19705, not a bit like belfast in the 19705, not a good situation. when i was first here as an mep you didn't have that nonsense and it was a fun and free and easy town. the it is not that way now. david, thank you. david
coburn, a ukip member of the european parliament who was close by to brussels central station where this incident took place. just to reiterate if you're turning on and the5e reiterate if you're turning on and these are some of the news wire5 coming into the bbc, we saw this coming into the bbc, we saw this coming into the bbc, we saw this coming in from colleagues in the bbc newsroom in brussels, central railway station evacuated. both our guests have said the level of security has increased in bru55el5 of security has increased in brussels in the last 18 months. i will keep abrest of this and a5 there are new develops i will bring
them to you. now a story that came through to us this time yesterday. donald trump has been 5peaking about the death of otto warmbier. this is the 22—year—old american student who died yesterday — after spending over a year in custody in north korea. he'd returned to the us last week, but was in a coma. here's president trump. it's a total disgrace what happened to otto. it should never ever have been allowed to happen and, frankly, if he had been brought sooner, i think the result would have been a lot different. he should have been brought home that same day. the result would have been a lot different. but what happened to otto is a disgrace. let's bring in barbara plett usher. what efforts were made to get otto warmbier home. there was efforts since he was arrested and imprisoned. we know that, because
thatis imprisoned. we know that, because that is the general way it happens, also because otto's father talked about his contacts with the previous administration. he said they were told not to talk about it. but that i5 told not to talk about it. but that is the way it was done. this case was different in term o'5 of what happened to otto and the father felt if they had spoken out something more might have happened. we understood from the white house that president trump told the secondary of state to prioritise getting the pri5oner5 out of north korea and there were di5cussion5 pri5oner5 out of north korea and there were discussions and through that process they discovered that otto warmbier wa5 that process they discovered that otto warmbier was in a coma and agreed to be bring him home and the state department envoy went there and came back with him and there he met the others three, a face to face meeting the spokeswoman said. but
bringing back mr warmbier, although they were happy to have him back, it was a tragedy with his death yesterday. when we talked, i pulled up yesterday. when we talked, i pulled upa yesterday. when we talked, i pulled up a tweet from donald trump, he said 51 up a tweet from donald trump, he said 5 i appreciate the efforts of president xi it has not worked. i know china tried. sips we spoke —— since we spoke, i have read some analysis of this tweet, trying to understand this, whether china got involved in trying to free otto warm bear. i was referred to the white house. it is not clear whether he is referring to negotiations over warmbier or the larger issue of dealing with north korea's nuclear weapons. for warmbier, all we have heard is by lateral negotiations,
they haven't mentioned china. we know that there are going to be meetings tomorrow involving the secretary of state and the secretary of defence and high level counter parts from china to talk about security issues, but north korea will be high on the list and officials said they had seen co—operation from china, although they were looking for more and they will be discussing for example north korean entities that are sanctioned through the un but work with china. but there is a feeling this is something we continue with and that hasn't changed. if he china has failed on the larger issue, that feeling is not reflected in the state department. thank you. stay us with. we are going to go back to america to look at georgia, there is a congressional election that is turning into what most consider to
bea turning into what most consider to be a referendum on donald trump. the duch has warned a deal to shore up the duch has warned a deal to shore up theresa may's —— dup has warned a deal to shore up theresa may conservative party government is not iminnocents. our correspondent said it is not clear what demands are preventing a deal. we can't be absolutely certain, what we do know is they have been looking for funding proposals for northern ireland, whether it be in health or education funding, or possibly aallowing northern ireland to cut its local rate of corporation tax to compete with the low rate south of the irish border in the irish republic. it may well be there has been some resistance from the treasury to some of the dup demands. so that might be behind it.
but beyond that the dup have been complaining about what they claim is a chaotic approach by downing street to the negotiations and they say it certainly was not what they had expected. a5 as you will know, our lead story has been that the americans have shot down a pro—regime drone over syria. but we have been covering this breaking story in brussels, where there has been an incident at the central railway station. the police say a person has been neutralised and the situation is under control. barclays and four former of its executives have been charged with fraud. this is over their actions in the 2008 financial crisis — and it's the first time criminal charges related to that period have been brought
against a bank in the uk. you can find the charges online if you're really keen — but here's simonjack to explain. charged with criminal conduct, barclays and four members of the bank's top brass, including former chief executive john varley and former head of barclays' middle eastern business, rogerjenkins. this is the first time senior executives of any british bank have faced criminal proceedings for their conduct during the financial crisis. while the uk government was busy using taxpayers money to rescue rbs and lloyds, ba rclays came here, to qatar, for emergency cash to keep it afloat. in 2008, barclays raised a total of £12 billion from middle eastern investors, including qatar holding, the state—owned investment fund. there was a sweetener, £332 million was paid to qatar for advisory services, payments that weren't disclosed. not only that, but barclays lent
£2 billion to qatar holding allegedly to buy shares in barclays, lending others money to buy your shares is illegal. so why did barclays turn down government money? the chief executive at the time, and one of the people charged today, said this to mp5 in 2009. the circumstances were very far from normal. we needed speed, we needed certainty and we needed size. looking back on, it i have to say, given the extreme fragility of the sentiment in the markets at that time, i'm very glad indeed that we managed to raise the capital that we did raise at that time. government ministers at the time have a different explanation. barclays did not want to have anything to do with uk government money. i believe that was partly because of a political view that this would look like creeping nationalisation and also, quite frankly, because the uk government's money came with quite strong restrictions on bonuses. now, if it's proven that crimes were committed here to some it still won't be clear
who the victims were. customers weren't affected. the taxpayer didn't have to shell out. shareholders in barclays did better than shareholders in rbs or lloyds, but others will say rules are rules and if this approach of prosecuting individuals as well as institutions helps change a stubborn culture throughout banking of not following those rules then that is no bad thing. now we're starting to move to a more american approach where individuals are in the frame for doing things wrong within the business world. that is likely to concentrate people's minds and make them think about — is what i'm about to do a really sensible thing if it's going to be me standing in the dock? fraud convictions can carry sentences of up to ten years, but these are only charges. rogerjenkins and another defendant, richard boath, have said they will defend themselves vigorously. john varley is yet to comment and barclays the company said it was considering its position. simon jack, bbc news.
let's return to a developing story in brussels, concerning an incident at the central railway station. these are pictures coming into the bbc at the moment, you can see police present, the whole area has been cordoned off. a lot of copy coming into the bbc newsroom as well. this is the brussels prosecutor's office, saying there appears to be no civilian injuries or deaths. the ap news agency telling us that. this is from the bbc in brussels, they have spoken to the police who, say a man triggered a small explosion in a train station. the man was neutralised by military forces and we shouldn't be surprised there was armed police presence, because of recent attacks.
there is a reasonable security presence all the time. it says no one else is believed to have been injured and the police say the situation is under control. if you look under these bits of wire copy, that message is being repeated, the police saying is it is not an ongoing situation. a man has been neutralised, to use the police's words. although they haven't expand what had they mean by that. all they say is that the city's main train station is empty and has been ehave been aing waited the but the situation is —— evacuated, but the situation is —— evacuated, but the situation is —— evacuated, but the situation is under control. we will keep monitoring this and i will be back with another half an hour of outside source in a couple of minutes' time. a look at some weather stories from
around the word. a lot of activity in africa with a lot of thunder storms is that have drifted across the atlantic to the south coast of south break. it is the earliest tropical storm to form since 1851. the winds will pick up and that will tear this storm apart. it has probably reached its peaks with winds of about 40mph. rain fall will be 50 to 100 millimetres, some places may see more than that. there is potential for another tropical
storm to form in central america. we will see a lot of cloud and brisk winds and heavy rain heading to the southern most states of the united states. elsewhere, through the middle of week, a few showers in the north—east. maybe up to the new york area some rain. but also some heat, 28 degrees. hotter in dallas and in denver. it has been raining hard across the south of japan. that weather system moving north. so through the middle of the week, wet and windy in tokyo. some of that rain trails into the south of china and will affect hong kong. and wet for much of india. the monsoon rains under way and look at this cloud. that is where we will see the heaviest rain. they have already got flooding problems and we have had some landslides and i suspect with
the large volume of rain, that may be an ongoing problem. but the wind is the problem in the middle east. the wind is picking up and dust and sand and that may impact on aviation. apart from the dust, it is hot and we have temperatures of the the low 405 for many. some places into the low 505. recently in portugal we have seen wild fires, these are recent pictures, showing it is still smouldering. but the worst of it is probably over. in the north—west of europe we have cooler conditions. but most places in the high 305. maybe 36 in paris and 34 in london. hello, i'm ros atkins, this is outside source.
bible goes straight to belgium. police in brussels have shot a suspected attacker after the small explosion in the central station. authorities say the situation is under control. all eyes are on the us state of georgia as voter heads to the polls in a special election. it's already the most expensive congressional race in us history. it is seen as a referendum on the presidency of donald trump. manchester united manager jose mourinho has been accused of tax fraud in spain. i'll speak to bbc sport. and we'll be looking at the issue of child bride's in sri lanka —