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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is tom donkin. our top stories: violent protests after president trump's recognition ofjerusalem as israel's capital. the un security council prepares its response. brexit negotiations are continuing into the night, in a fresh attempt to reach agreement over the irish border. if all parties agree, prime minister theresa may on her way to brussels first thing in the morning. we're live from downing street with the latest. us senator al franken is stepping down, after allegations of sexual misconduct and pressure from his democratic colleagues. 200,000 people evacuated as wildfires continue to rage across california. and the culinary treasure that's now a cultural one as well.
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pizza makers of naples get key heritage status. thanks forjoining us. the white house has warned that it would be counterproductive if the palestinians withdrew from a planned meeting with the us vice president, in the wake of washington's policy shift onjerusalem. international concern has continued, along with protests in the occupied west bank and the gaza strip. palestinians clashed with israeli security forces, about 30 palestinians were injured. but, israel's prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, reiterated his praise for donald trump's decision. 0ur middle east editor, jeremy bowen, reports. over the years, palestinians have burned many american flags. the question is whether something fresh is happening.
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whether this old conflict has entered a new stage. volleys of tear gas were directed at palestinian demonstrators by israeli security forces in towns around jerusalem. many palestinians have serious doubts about whether these street clashes change anything. jerusalem, though, is as special for palestinians as it is for israelis. and trump's decision to ignore palestinian claims to the city has caused real anger. israel's prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, isjubilant. he posted this video, saying these are great days in zionism's history. but these are not great days for israel's foreign relations. many countries feel they have a stake injerusalem. turkey's president erdogan, on a visit to greece,
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said the us and israel were trampling over international law, rejecting a un resolution. mahmoud abbas, the palestinian president, on the right, travelled to jordan for emergency talks with king abdullah, whose warnings of danger ahead were ignored by president trump. afterwards, president abbas said america no longer had a political role in the middle east. in gaza, ismail haniyeh, the leader of hamas, called for drastic action. "it's time", he said, "for a third palestinian uprising. another intifada." uprisings carried a heavy price and didn't get them independence. an intifada is a dangerous option, which many palestinians don't want to repeat. but their anger is real. this was a demonstration tonight in a palestinian refugee camp injordan.
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and they have international support. the americans are preparing a new peace plan. it will need something very special to succeed. it's important to realise that there is no peace process, and there hasn't been for a few years. but back when they used to have serious peace talks, the negotiators steered well clear of the issue of the future ofjerusalem. that's because all sides realise that it can unleash some really powerful and potentially destructive forces. they treated it as a politically radioactive issue. it was tense tonight at damascus gate in the old city. sometimes injerusalem, nationalism and religious difference are overwhelming. perhaps it's too much to hope for a peace deal. jeremy bowen, bbc news, jerusalem. you can get much more analysis about on our website, including a look at whyjerusalem is so important to many religions,
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including christianity, islam and judaism. just go to bbc.com/news. intense negotiations are continuing through the night to try to break the deadlock over the irish border issue, in brexit negotiations. the british prime minister, theresa may, has spoken to the irish government, the european commission and her key allies at westminster, the democratic unionists. let's get more from our reporter, sarah corker, who's in downing street. is talk of a certain they be heading off to brussels quite shortly and thatis off to brussels quite shortly and that is after she returned their earlier this week would not much to show for it. —— there is. it seems there is a push to get these negotiations moving. yes, that is really of reflected by the fact that through the night there had been intense talks and many phone calls here, trying to get a deal and both
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sides are sounding cautiously optimistic. this follows several days of negotiations between london, brussels, belfast and dublin and while there is nothing official yet, there are some positive signals. the bbc understands that if a deal can be reached, a big if, then there are plans in place for the prime minister theresa may to trouble to brussels first thing in the morning to sign on the dotted line. let me remind you of some of the background to. they need to reach a deal on the issue of the irish border ahead of a deadline on sunday. it was on monday that the dgp, theresa may's vital westminster allies, they rejected the agreement. the main sticking point is what will happen with the border between northern ireland and the republic of ireland after brexit. it is understood that some additional wording has been added to try to reassure the dp. —— dup.
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there have been lying is coming in overnight. the number ten chief of staff, gavin barwell, he tweeted: home for three hours sleep and back to work. a spokesman said: we are making progress but not fully there yet, tonight more than ever, stay tuned. but a dup source urged some caution, saying they are still working. perhaps fuelling this optimism and speculation, donald tusk, the president of the eu council will be making a statement later this morning giving an update on brexit negotiations. nothing confirmed yet, but things appear to be moving in the right direction. there is of course, great pressure to come to an agreement on this issue so that talks can move on to the second phase, negotiations about the second phase, negotiations about the future trading agreement. thank
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you very much for the update. keep us you very much for the update. keep us posted with any movements at number ten. taking a look at other stories: a judge in argentina has asked for the arrest of the former president, cristina fernandez de kirchner. he said she had deliberately hidden evidence of iranian involvement in the deadly bombing of a jewish cultural centre in buenos aires more than two decades ago. the polish prime minister, beata szydlo, has resigned, despite easily surviving an opposition no—confidence motion. she'd lost the support of her party leader and it's understood that the finance minister, mateus moravietski, has been nominated to take over. russia says its mission accomplished, in its fight against the so called islamic state in syria. the military claimed there were no more settlements under the groups control, following heavy bombing over the past month.
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however, in a speech, the british foreign secretary, borisjohnson, warned that is was re—assembling itself outside syria and iraq. the us democratic senator al franken, is stepping down after a number of women accused him of sexual harassment. nearly thirty senior democrats had urged him to resign. mr franken insisted he'd done nothing to bring dishonour to the senate. i will be resigning as member of the united states senate. i of all people am aware that there is some irony in the fact that i am leaving, while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault seats in the oval office, and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the senate with the full support of his party. to explore this, i spoke to eric ham, political expert and author of the book ‘the gop civil war‘. he began by explaining who was behind the resignation.
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i think al franken was certainly forced out by the party, particularly by the number of democratic women who coalesced around this cause to actually remove him from the senate because of these troubling and escalating allegations. i think itjust became too much for him, particularly in light of what we're seeing in the race that is taking place next week in alabama. i think they saw the writing on the wall and it was time for them to take a stand and you saw how effectively how democrats in the house were able to remove the dean of the congress, congressmenjohn conyers, so i think they thought given what took place in the house, it only stood to reason that al franken should also leave. we heard a bit of his resignation speech before, he made reference to the republican party and the claims within that party, is it useful for the democrats to use sexual harassment
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as a partisan issue? i guess we'll find out the answer to that next week when we see the results from alabama, but i do believe right now in the short—term it remains to be seen, but i think democrats are looking long—term. they're looking to next year's midterm elections, so right now what they're doing is try to get their house in order because they're going to begin planning in the mid—term elections beginning in january 2018. what they want to do is be on the side of women, we know women make up the majority of the electorate, so i think this gives them the opportunity to cede the moral high ground from the republicans and so i think they took advantage of it. obviously this plays into the alabama election, what's happening with mr moore? this has ramifications for that? it does.
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we know that the president and the gop is doubling down for mr moore, we know the republican national committee has stepped up their funding to the candidate for the senate in alabama, and we do know that president trump will be in pensacola, florida, which is actually only 20 miles away from the border of alabama, so they share the same media market. so he's going to be in pensacola, florida, tomorrow, giving a campaign style rally, which many believe will be done in an effort to try to bolster roy moore's efforts to win that seat next week. so i think when you look at what's taking place with their support of an alleged paedophile, i think democrats believe that going into next year's elections, this will give them a leg up, particularly when you look at many generic polls right now show that democrats are actually beating republicans
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for the house of representatives. this could be i think the vehicle that could elevate them to take control of the house of representatives from republicans next year. raging wildfires fanned by strong winds have forced an estimated 200,000 people to flee their homes in southern california. several new wildfires have broken out, reportedly threatening lives and damaging property. firefighting planes have been diverted to one of the latest blazes in san diego county, where hundreds of people have been evacuated. california's governor has declared a state of emergency. john danielsjoins john daniels joins me john danielsjoins me on the phone from the county. i understand that you yourself are fighting the flames, will you follow that mandatory order and get out of the area? yes, the flames are approaching and getting very close now. how close are they? i
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understand you are fighting them yourself with water? i would say 200 yards away, i am at a buddy ‘s house. they have a beautiful property here and we are just trying to lend a hand. are you being told to lend a hand. are you being told to get out of the area? or are you defying those orders to move? no. no, not right now. the fire departmentjust no, not right now. the fire department just showed up no, not right now. the fire departmentjust showed up and pulled an engine up to the property, so they will help out. as i paint a picture for our viewers, you are on the frontline of where this fire is moving? yes. i am on the northside of the highway. we have a deterioration on the line but we will keep going. i understand the wind we're are very zlatan ibrahimovic bull —— are very unpredictable? yes, you can actually see the embers in the air start small fires up the hill. you sound
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like you don't have much concern for your own safety, do you think you'll be able to get out if that wind turns on new? yes, i am definitely cautious and ready to leave at any moment. —— on you. cautious and ready to leave at any moment. -- on you. what are you being told by the firefighters?” was actually at my own house and the sheriffs department came and gave us an evacuation. they haven't said anything about evacuation at this property i am at, yet. argue there with family and friends or have they left and you are remaining?” with family and friends or have they left and you are remaining? i was across the highway here at with my family and make sure they got out safe and i went to my in—laws house and watched a fire and i was going to leap from there and i went to my buddies to make sure he is ok and he is trying to do his best to save their property. i am just lending a hand here. give us an idea of the kind of damage that is being caused.
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asi kind of damage that is being caused. as i understand it, this area is home to many big properties? yes, thousands of acres are being burnt at the moment. definitely there are —— they —— there are very beautiful rural homes that are being taken. the firefighters are doing a great job but can only do so much with the wind. take care of yourself and be safe. thank you forjoining us. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: the incredible story of one baby abandoned in china and reunited with herfamily after more than 20 years john lennon was shot at the entrance to the dakota building, in the centre of new york. there's been a crowd here standing in more or less silent vigil. and the flowers have been piling up. the 14th ceasefire of this war ended at the walls of the old city
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of dubrovnik. this morning, witnesses said shells were landing every 20 seconds. people are celebrating the passing of a man they hold responsible for hundreds of deaths and oppression. elsewhere, people have been gathering to mourn his passing. imelda marcos, the widow of the former president of the philippines, has gone on trial in manila. she's facing seven charges of tax evasion. she pleaded not guilty. the prince and princess of wales are to separate. a statement from buckingham palace said the decision had been reached amicably. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: there have been violent protests after president trump's recognition ofjerusalem as israel's capital as the un security council prepares its response. late—night negotiations in london in an effort to break the deadlock
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in brexit negotiations. more now on our top story. eight countries have pressed for an emergency meeting of the un security council to discuss the issue ofjerusalem. among them, britain and france. jean—francois boittin, is a former french diplomat and an expert in international diplomacy and policy. he said president trump was flying in the face of world opinion. it looks like if you put america first, you have to put the un down the waste basket sadly. what will come out of these talks? it is very important for the international community outside of the us to send a strong message that the un had set
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the rules about jerusalem, about the 2—state solution. and it's a very important message for europeans, paris and london, to send that message to the capitals in arab countries. it's absolutely necessary. i think useful at this point it's useful to remember the prescedent of the iraq war and the famous colin powell motto, if you break it, you own it. well, the us broke iraq and essentially europe suffered from the consequences. let's put the us to the side at one moment because president abbas says the us no longer has a political role in the middle east. is there now a chance for countries
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like france to step in? president macron has said he's very keen to be involved in diplomatic resolutions and to become a diplomatic player. could he step in and become the new international peace broker? well, i think in lots of cases, there are challenges and opportunities and this is an opportunity for president macron but also i think for europe and the uk to really put all their weight in negotiations. and suddenly look as much more credible as an intermediary than the us now is unfortunately. it has the makings of a moving feature film, but the story of kati and the broken bridge is all too true. her chinese parents went into hiding to defy the country's one—child policy and give birth to her,their second child. but they were forced to give her up
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and she was eventually adopted by a us couple. kati's parents left a note with their baby asking the adoptive parents to meet them at guanguo's broken bridge. and kati's father returned there every year hoping for news. what happened next is revealed in a bbc news documentary, here's jane 0'brien. a meeting at the broken bridge, a fitting place to reunite a broken family torn apart by china's 0ne—child policy. the rendezvous was planned by kati's birth parents, who are forced to abandon theirjust after she was born. i don't get super emotional and those type of situations, but my birth mother, i think she was sad in a lot of ways. she held me for about half an hour. i don't get super emotional
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and those type of situations, but my birth mother, i think she was sad in a lot of ways. she held me for about half an hour. a day later, kati visits her parents at home and they chat for the first time with her adoptive family in the us. thank you very much for taking care of kati. we're also very thankful to you for giving her life. this is where the story began. kati's father shows her the place where they left her. he really just wanted my forgiveness. it was just really interesting.
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because, like, i understand for him why he needed forgiveness, but for me i didn't feel like i needed to forgive them for anything. from my perspective, i understand their situation as much as i think i can. they were stuck. they were stuck in a system that was so broken. it's hard to say goodbye, but back in michigan, and other new chapter was beginning in kati's life as she begins for the final year of university. no matter how much you know about your adoption, or why you were given up, how you feel about it or how much it hurts, no matter what the circumstance, i don't think it's good to suppress those feelings that might be hard to deal with. jane 0'brien reporting there. and you can see the whole of kati's story on our world: the return.
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that's on bbc news across the weekend and you can see it online at the bbc website. another big surge in the value of bitcoin ahead of the launch this weekend of a new bitcoin futures market. the currency, which exists largely online, has been trading above $15,000 for the first time. but there are some warnings that it's over—valued and might be heading for a fall. the art of making pizza, the neapolitan way, which has been handed down for generations and has joined a prestigious list of cultural treasures. the custom, which includes hurling the dough into the air, has secured coveted world heritage status from unesco. james reynolds has a taste of the excitement. you might not think that pizza here in naples you might not think that pizza here in naples needs unesco protection, there are plenty of people queueing up, but it's now part of the world's intangible heritage. if i can get back here
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i want to show you how it's done. this is the pizza maker. and unesco has decided that what he is doing is unique to naples. it may be copied across the world, but it started here first. he's very happy. obviously a leading question. and then just have a look here at what happens to the world's intangible heritage. it goes into the oven for just about two minutes. it may be intangible, but in the end you can eat it. for football fans, this man needs no introduction, he helped lead his side to the spanish league title and scored two goals as real madrid retained their champions league title, so it's hardly a surprise that cristiano ronaldo has been named as world footballer of the year. he claimed a record equalling fifth ballon d'0r, matching the number of wins by his equally great rival, the barcelona and argentina striker lionel messi. don't forget you can get in touch with me and some of the team hello there.
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right now we're more concerned about snow and ice rather than the strength of the wind. but for a while on thursday we had a gust of 90mph in the far north of scotland, all due of course to storm caroline. the centre of that storm is heading away from scotland and over towards scandinavia. but around that deep area of low pressure we've still got very windy weather right now. very quickly we're drawing down some much colder air, rapidly down across the whole of the country. so we've had some snow already. there will be more of that and some icy conditions continuing into friday. keep up to date with any travel disruption on bbc local radio. now, snow not unusual across northern scotland at this time of year and there'll be more snow piling up. blizzards in the hills as well. probably largely dry and sunny and frosty into the central belt. more snow showers for northern ireland getting blown over
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the irish sea into north—west england and the north—west midland and wales. it's here we could see most of the disruption into the morning. a wintry mix in the south—west of england. but for many eastern parts of england, friday could be largely dry and quite sunny as well. those wintry showers, mostly of snow inland, continuing in roughly in the same sort of area through the day, perhaps moving further into the midlands. the totals could be 5—10 centimetres here and there, perhaps more than that in the north—west of scotland. it will be a cold day. these are the temperatures. because it's going to be windy there will be a significant windchill. so it will feel quite a bit colder. a real change from what we've seen earlier this week. the winds gradually ease off a little overnight, but the wintry showers, mostly snow inland, continue, perhaps lacking some of the potency, but nevertheless, icy conditions and a covering of snow in many northern and western parts of the uk. and a frost more widely
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and quite severe again, particularly in the countryside and over the higher ground. it won't be quite as windy on saturday. there will still be wintry showers around, but not as heavy. probably turning more to rain in the south—west with damp is beginning to rise a little. nevertheles,, elsewhere it is a cold day. coming into that cold air, more problems on sunday, with this weather system here. a lot of uncertainty about the position of that weather system. but there's the potential for significant snowfall across parts of wales, midlands, northern england and northern ireland. very cold in that wet weather and to the north. mild and windy in the south—west. this is bbc news. the headlines: at least 31 palestinians were injured in violent protests, following president trump's recognition of jerusalem as israel's capital. the white house has warned the palestinian government
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against cancelling a meeting with the us vice president, who is due to visit the region later this month. intense negotiations are continuing through the night to try to break the deadlock over the irish border in brexit negotiations. the british prime minister, theresa may, has spoken to the irish government, the european commission and her key allies at westminster. the us democrat, al franken, says he will resign from the senate over a string of sexual harassment allegations. mr franken said he'd been shocked by the accounts of his behaviour given by several women. is the latest headlines on bbc news. dash and those are the latest. —— those are the latest. now on bbc news, it's time for panorama. 0n panorama tonight: a scandal involving british aid money. the idea the british taxpayers' money was associated with that would of course be wholly abhorrent.
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we discover how a police force in syria is being funded with bags of our cash. to see british money being held in a bag, i honestly only saw that on movies. it was deeply shocking. we expose how our aid money can end up with jihadis. it is unfortunately strengthening the extremists and the islamic groups. and we reveal how police officers we pay for work with a brutaljustice system. they were putting their hands in front of their eyes, and we are not seeing anything.

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