tv Outside Source BBC News December 11, 2017 9:00pm-10:01pm GMT
hello, i'm ros atkins, this is outside source. we'll begin in new york where there's been an attempted terror attack. three people have minor injuries — so does the suspect, who's in custody. here's the city's mayor. there are no additional known incidents at this time, there are no additional —— no additional known activities. it's the last full day of campaigning in alabama ahead of a senate election that's become a national issue. donald trump is supporting the republican roy moore, who's accused of child molestation. vladimir putin's been to syria to announce he's pulling russian forces out of the conflict. he's also been to cairo and istanbul. we've details of the deals done on each stop. and we'll be live in california as firefighters battle some of the worst wildfires in the state's history. let's start with the attempted terror attack in new york.
it happened in downtown manhattan during the morning rush hour in the underpass at the port authority terminal — that's america's biggest and busiest bus terminal. this is street view of the terminal on a normal day. you get the sense it is right in downtown manhattan, traffic and commuters all around. it serves more 65 million people a year. the authorities are saying a "low—tech explosive device" was strapped to the suspect‘s body. here are some eye—witnesses. over my head, i heard a loud bang andi over my head, i heard a loud bang and i looked out the window and i saw people running towards the second and then everybody took off
running in the opposite direction. everyone was freaking out on the train, people were laying down, some people were looking at the exits, because it is fairly crowded in the morning. i was in a restaurant, sitting inside the port authority and suddenly, i see a group of people, like 60 people, running like mad and a woman fell and nobody, even cops, mad and a woman fell and nobody, even cops, stopped to help because the panic so scary. three people suffered minor injuries, so did the suspect who is now in custody. here are some pictures of the police response in the moments after the attack. as you imagine, it was sizeable, near nearby subway stations were evacuated and the port authority was temporarily shut. the suspect has been identified. he's been identified as a 27—year—old called akayed ullah.
new york's mayor bill de blasio shared more details. this was an attempted terrorist attack. thank god, the perpetrator did not achieve his ultimate goals. nearby to whether sa ban, nada achieve his ultimate goals. nearby to whether saban, nada tawfik has been reported grid reporting all day. akayed ullah entered this busy transit hub at 7:20am during rush hour and as he was walking through the underground passageway, authorities say he intentionally set up authorities say he intentionally set up the device. it is what they described as a low—tech crude pipe bomb strapped to his body with velcro and when it went off, he himself suffered the worst injuries. three others nearby were injured but as he fell to the floor and clamped down, authorities were able to get him into custody. they say he came here in 2011 on an immigrant visa,
here in 2011 on an immigrant visa, he was actually sponsored by someone here in the united states, to come along with his family and three or four siblings and he was able to eventually gain permanent residency and he has lived in brooklyn. authorities are investigating his motives, combing his home in brooklyn, going over a video of surveillance here. reporters asked authorities during the press conference here in new york whether he was known to have any known links to the group that calls itself islamic state. they said he made a statement but wouldn't elaborate more than that. and where the explosion took place, is it still sealed off or has life returned to normal? well, it is pretty remarkable, just a few hours after this happened, you had eighth ave back up and running, the port authority running out and bus service but the subway lines that run through this underground area where the explosion took place, that
is still closed off for now. authorities say in terms of the evening rush hour that all of this will be back up and running at 100% capacity so it is pretty remarkable to see that, authorities are very quick to underscore that new york won't have their main lifeline, the subways and the transit system, shut down in the face of this attack and are very keen to get new york back to 100% up and running. it's the last full day of campaigning in alabama. the senate election is on tuesday — and it's been followed across america. that's not because of the democratic candidate doug jones, it's all to do with the republican roy moore. a number of women have accused him of sexual assault — some have alleged he had sex with them when they were teenagers. mr moore denies this — and the allegations haven't stopped president trump offering his support in a number of ways, including these automated telephone calls. roy moore is the guy we need to pass oui’
roy moore is the guy we need to pass our make america great again agenda. roy is a conservative who will help me steer this country back on track after eight years of the obama disaster. get out and vote for roy moore. his vote is a republican senate and it is needed. we need roy to help us with the republican senate. we will win and we will make america great again. that's called a robo—call — they're used a lot in political campaigns in the us. obama has done one for doug jones too. alabama has two senators — roy moore will be one if he wins. the other, already serving, is a republican and said this at the weekend. i want to reiterate again, i didn't vote for roy moore, i wouldn't vote for roy moore. i think the republican party can do better. here's what the man himself roy moore has to say. ido i do not know them, i had knowing counter with them, i have never
molested anyone and for them to say that, i don't know why they are saying it but it's not true. the latest poll by fox news putsjones ahead of moore with a 10—point lead. that's a 2—point slide for moore. if the poll is right, republicans will only control the senate by 51—19. that is why the president and lots of other republicans are paying this so much attention. but these polls are proving very tricky to follow. he is box media pointing out doug jones leads by ten points, other polls saying that roy moore is winning. they make the point it comes down to turn out assumptions, one of the reasons it is particularly ha rd to one of the reasons it is particularly hard to call. anthony zurcher can talk us through the importance of what happens in alabama to the importance of washington. that is the way he has
framed it, whether you like roy moore not, he is a more reliable vote for the donald trump agenda than the democrats and roy moore himself has been campaigning on that, saying he is going to vote for donald trump's immigration policy, for building a wall, for defence spending. when you're talking about just a handful of seats in the us. senate, if the democrats picked that up senate, if the democrats picked that up and doug jones wins, it makes it much more likely the democrats would have a realistic shot at taking control of the senate come 2018. there are a couple of states where democrats have a pick—up opportunity. after that, it is a much longer reach for them to pick up much longer reach for them to pick up three seats in next year. it puts it within reach and that is the way i think donald trump wanted to view this race in alabama. help us out with why this is proving so difficult to predict. as you mentioned, it is about turnout and what pollsters do, they construct models to try and predict who will turn up at the polls. this is an election just two weeks before
christmas, special election, the only people on the ballot are these senate candidates, plus you have a republican candidate with his own problems, you have a democrat running ina problems, you have a democrat running in a very conservative state, alaba map —— alabama. the democrats are motivated but a small number, the republicans, will they vote for a riding candidate and hold a ballot for roy moore orjust a home? it is very difficult to predict and when you change the model, you can see anywhere from a big doug jones went to a big roy moore win, and a couple of pollsters have put their cards on the table and said hear how you can come up with roy moore up big, this is how you could come up with thejones up six. it is very difficult but we are seeing an absentee ballot, people are paying attention in alabama. and it is quite something that roy moore is still in with a shout, these
allegations would have finished off many candidates. had we understand that in this case, that has not happened? alabama is one of the most conservative states in the us. donald trump is still very popular there and donald trump has put himself fully behind roy moore. roy moore also is a known quality in alabama, he has been off and on the ballot for 20 years, he has run state—wide, won a supreme court justice seat there so he has had votes cast him. he has a strong evangelical following and they have stuck by him thick and thin and don't believe the allegations made against him and roy moore continues to it, so of all the states where you can have a republican with a over his head and still have a chance to win, alabama is one of the top five. as and when we get the results, we will of course bring them to you here on the bbc. vladimir putin has been in three countries today, including in syria. he's been at an air force base used by the russians. president assad was there —
his government has benefited enormously from russian military help. and at the air base, president putin made this announcement. translation: in two years, the russian armed forces, together with the syrian army, have defeated the most efficient group of international terrorists and so i have made a decision a significant pa rt have made a decision a significant part of the russian military contingent in syria is home to russia. russia intervention has undoubtedly made a difference. but at a cost. the uk—based syrian observatory for human rights says russian air strikes in syria have killed 6,328 civilians, including 1,537 children. and we should be clear — this announcement today is not the end of russia's military presence there. olga ivshina from bbc russian can explain. troops are being withdrawn, some
helicopters and fighter jets troops are being withdrawn, some helicopters and fighterjets have already flown back to russia, but actually, a russian presence remains in syria. there are two military bases, russian linked bases in syria, unable one and an airforce one and that is very important for mr putin to keep. that allows him to re—establish himself as a very important player, at least, in the middle east and he will try to present himself as an important player on the international arena as well because he uses this syrian card, big gamble on wider issues also discussing matters with the united states, turkey, iran, the eastern ukraine, the question of sanctions, he will keep using syrian ca rd to sanctions, he will keep using syrian card to play on all of that. mr putin visited three countries today. syria first, egypt next. he met the president abdel fatah al sisi in cairo. two things to note about this.
first, russia says in principle it's ready to resume passenger flights to egypt. two years ago, a bomb brought down a russian passenger plane over egypt with 224 people on board. also, egypt and russia have signed a final contract for the building of egypt's first nuclear power pla nt". nuclear power plant. mr putin's final stop was turkey and a meeting with president erdogan. these two had an awful lot to talk about. mark lowen is our correspondent in istanbul. they talked about energy, they talked about tourism, they talked about the issue ofjerusalem, the us declaration ofjerusalem about the issue ofjerusalem, the us declaration of jerusalem as about the issue ofjerusalem, the us declaration ofjerusalem as the capital of israel, both leaders agreeing that it was destabilising, president putin saying it could raise the prospects for peace
between the israelis and the palestinians, and they discussed syria. this is the really interesting point between the two because you will remember, two years ago, the two men also came to blows with a russian jet was shot down by turkish military over turkish airspace and they were on opposite sides on the war in syria, turkey backing the rebels against president assad, vladimir putin and russia backing the assad regime but there has been an incredible rapprochement between the two. i say incredible, the reason there has been a rapprochement, there is a you scratch my back, i scratch yours on this because turkey has tolerated and in effect backed or endorsed russia supporting the assad regime in return for russia allowing turkey to send its troops into northern syria to hammer the kurdish militants in syria. so it is really both sides basically allowing each
other to further their own aims and objectives in syria and turning a blind eye to what they don't like and that is the basis of that rapprochement, that is why these two leaders stood together in ankara tonight, the eighth meeting this year and that shows you the level of cooperation there is now between turkey and russia, just two years after almost being on the verge of a military conflict. so finding a way to work together on syria. tell me about energy, what do turkey and russia do for each other in that sector? russia is the biggest source of gas for turkey, turkey imports a lot of energy from russia and so russia is building a nuclear power plant in turkey, that is getting under way, and also there is a gas pipeline, turk stream as it is known, being pumped from russia to do turkey and could potentially be sourced out to other countries in europe like greece and bulgaria and that could be as early as 2019. so a
big sense of cooperation between them. tourism as well, turkey saying for provide million russian tourists came to take you to share. president erdogan prospect critics say that as tu rkey‘s erdogan prospect critics say that as turkey's ties with the west have strained, it has got closer to russia and that they lament the cosying up, as they see it, of one authoritarian government to another. well, already on outside source, we have reported on stories in turkey, syria and egyptair in new york and alabama but we will turn to california in a few minutes because the most destructive wildfire there has expanded significantly. we are going to be live in santa barbara. snow, ice and plunging temperatures have caused major disruption across swathes of the uk today and forecasters are warning temperatures
could reach —13 degrees overnight. that is what you call a lot of salt. we are at the gritting station next to the m5 just we are at the gritting station next to the m5just outside stroud in gloucestershire and as you can see, they are getting ready for another busy night. they have been added since friday evening gritting the roads here and they will be out tonight, really busy indeed, because here in gloucestershire, the temperatures could get as low as —12 celsius. that is the air temperature. the roads will be a little bit warmer than that, if you can call it warm, at minus nine celsius so it is really important when this salt goes out onto the roads, the timing is crucial, that it goes onto the road when it is still quite wet and will absorb all of that but they also have to make sure they don't cause maximum congestion problems with other traffic. they have to make sure it is not too cold as well. this is outside source live from the bbc newsroom.
there's been an attempted attack at new york's busiest bus station. four people have been injured, including the attacker who's in custody. his device failed to go off properly. other stories making the news... saudi arabia has announced it will lift a ban on cinemas that's been in place for more than 30 years. it's part of a major drive by crown prince mohammed bin salman to modernise the country. that is from bbc arabic, we will have more on that in a few minutes. the egyptian forward mohamed salah has one this year's bbc african footballer of the year. he helped egypt's the world cup for the first 728 years and is top scorer for liverpool this season. —— for the first time in 28 years. i wanted to show you this satellite image. this is the area in california that's affected by the wildfires. it's the size of new york city. there are a number of fires. this is the one in ventura county. it was the first to start — it's burnt through 930 square kilometres in a week —
that makes it one of the largest fire in california's history. fires in california's history. but there are now other fires — some in los angeles county. it is putting huge pressure on thousands of firefighters who are working all hours of the day to bring the fires under control. he is one of them. hot and heavy, it moved down into this community that you see behind you, it is really unfortunate, but if you turn around and see what these guys saved last night, what they did last night was amazing. they saved this entire community. i ama29 they saved this entire community. i am a 29 hours straight, every other day, everyone on this division is on 28, 29 hours, we day, everyone on this division is on 28,29 hours, we are day, everyone on this division is on 28, 29 hours, we are exhausted but not coming off until it is done. the californian governorjerry brown has connected these fires with climate change. this is the new normal and this
could be something that happens every year, every few years. it happens to some degree, it isjust more intense, wore widespread and we are about ready to have firefighting at christmas. this is very odd and unusual but it is the way the world is. with the kind of carbon pollution that we are not only living with but we are generating still, it is still increasing. we have to make that turn, it is going to take herek efforts. let's bring in chris martin is from cbs, live from santa barbara county. tell us more about what you have been seeing today. i will show you right behind me what is happening, you can see a helicopter and it might come back here injust a minute, helicopter and it might come back here injusta minute, and helicopter and it might come back here injust a minute, and get some water out of this pond to make the drop like it is doing right now. they are able to do that today because finally the winds here are very calm, so that is helping firefighters start to get a leg up
on this fire but you said a minute ago, this is now one of the largest and worst fires in californian history, more than 230,000 acres burned here. right now, it is about 1596 burned here. right now, it is about 15% contained, so firefighters have a long way to go. more than 800 homes have burned in this one fire, thousands more are threatened and we have nearly 6,000 firefighters and fire crews battling this one. it has been around the clock fight forjust about a week. today, finally, they are starting to see some improvements with the weather and hopefully that will help them turn the tide here and start to get this fire a bit more under control. does the state have enough firefighters? well, they don't. just in california. however, the firefighters here have come from across the state and they are coming from other states nearby here in the western us, they have a mutual aid agreement so when there is a fire
like this, firefighters from around the region come to help, so firefighters are from states like utah, arizona and nevada and even further like than that. leaving get help in from australia as well and man, they sure do needed because these guys are working long hours around the clock, barely getting any rest because this fire was growing so rapidly and with such intensity, they weren't able to take a moment away from fighting it. so hopefully here in the next couple of days, now the weather has changed and those very in —— intense winds are dying down, they will finally get a leg up. much has been made of the wins and quite rightly but the terrain looks arid. to what degree has the drought in california played a role in these fires? to a very large degree and in fact, that is what we have seen here over the past few yea rs. have seen here over the past few years. california had a tremendous trade of the last six or seven years
and this has sort of become a new normal —— such a tremendous drought over the last six or seven years. the ground is so dry all across the state that we could see these fires at any state that we could see these fires atany times, state that we could see these fires at any times, you have those very dry grounds and the wins that fan the flames and it is a devastating combination and that is what we saw last week. it is rare, not unprecedented, but rare to see fires of this magnitude at this time of year and that is why it caught so many of the firefighters and the residents of this area off—guard because it is not something we see that often, but with those dread conditions we are talking about, this is something we have to be aware of and on guard for really all year round. chris, we appreciate the update, thanks for your help, chris martin is from cbs news live with us from california. let's talk about an interesting business story, and full is buying shazam, an app that listens to a small part of a song
and tells you what it is and you can buy the song if you like it. let's bring in my correspondent, eyelid use shazam but have no idea about it, how big an operation is it? use shazam but have no idea about it, how big an operation is mm has been around a long time and is a british firm and is unique because from the get go, it has been able to make money and they have been doing that from advertising revenue and there are always adds coming up on shazam, as you may have noticed as a shazam, as you may have noticed as a shazam user. they have an incredible number of daily users, some 20 million people use the site every day and it comes on every phone, on android and iphone is, so it is a really popular app, but the question of course is why did apple want to buy it? because apple could really recreate a similar kind of service to try and track what a song is, but the key is actually in the data that
shazam has accumulated over the yea rs. shazam has accumulated over the years. they have just got a massive amount of data on people's listening habits, what they like to listen to, when they like to listen to it and if you find a song that you like, it directs you to purchase it either on spot a five all apple music, rather, and now they are going to directed to apple music. samira, we will be watching that news with you live from new york. if you have any news that we cover on outside source, if you don't have the app on your phone, go to the app store and in a few seconds, you will have access from all the latest information from here in the bbc newsroom. see you in a couple of minutes. good evening. snow and ice have of
course been the big weather concerns here at home over the last couple of days but of concern across the south—west usa is the ongoing situation with wildfires. now, the weather rarely is the direct cause of wildfires, but what it can do is exacerbate the fires and make it harder to control and that is exactly what has been happening. high pressure firmly in charge, gusty winds blowing out of the desert bringing very dry air which has only helped to fan the flames. in fact, the thomas fire, burning in sa nta in fact, the thomas fire, burning in santa barbara county, has reportedly burned through an area greater than that of new york city and tuesday will be another dry day across california, nothing really to ease that situation. talking of new york city, here, we are actually likely to see some snow during tuesday, an area of low pressure in north—east usa and up to eastern canada, some
fairly low temperatures as well. but temperatures climbing across the south—east of australia over the next couple of days, into the mid to high 20s during tuesday but as you move through into wednesday and thursday, you will look at temperatures into the 30s. in fact, in sydney, we could see temperatures in excess of 35 degrees for the middle part of the week. closer to home in europe, have a look at this impressive curl of cloud. this area of low pressure was named by the weather services of portugal, spain and france, stormer ana and it has brought exceptionally heavy rain and strong winds. the storm quickly drifting north—eastwards where, during tomorrow, it will continue to weaken, bringing some rain across the baltic states and significant snow across scandinavia. behind it, it will leave some showers in germany, some wintry showers and generally quite cold the weather across western europe, including the
uk but even then across france, a lot of cold weather. snow piling up still over the alps and then we come to this weather front, a band still over the alps and then we come to this weatherfront, a band of rain across central italy and into the balkans and the rain here will keep on coming for the next few days so if you do have travel plans to this part of the world, bear in mind there could be some disruption from that heavy rain. now, back home, it could well be an icy start to tomorrow morning when you consider these temperatures, dipping below -10 these temperatures, dipping below —10 celsius in places and remember, a lot of lying snow and a lot of wet surfaces so it could be a slippery start but tomorrow promises to be a bright day, plenty of sunshine clouding over from the west later with some outbreaks of rain, 1—8d. more details on the uk weather in half an hour. hello, i'm ros atkins, this is outside source. we'll begin in new york where there's been an attempted terror attack. three people have minor injuries — so does the suspect, who's in custody. here's the city's mayor. there are no additional known
incidents at this time. there are no additional known activities. it's the last full day of campaigning in alabama ahead of a senate election that's become a national issue. donald trump is supporting the republican roy moore who's accused of child molestation. vladimir putin's been to syria to announce he's pulling russian forces out of the conflict. he's also been to cairo and istanbul. we've details of the deals done on each stop. and we'll be live in california as firefighters battle some and we'll speak to a bbc reporter investigating the working conditions of housemaids in brazil. benjamin netanyahu wants the eu to recognise jerusalem as israel's capital. just as america has done.
he's the first israeli prime minister to visit brussels for 20 years. here he is earlier. i believe that all or most of the european countries will move their embassies to jerusalem, european countries will move their embassies tojerusalem, recognise jerusalem as israel's capital, and engaged robustly with us for security, prosperity, and peace. so mr netanyahu' is expecting eu leaders to follow president trump's example. he was speaking at a press conference with the eu's foreign policy chief federica mogherini. here's what she had to say about that idea. you know where the european union stands, we believe that the only realistic solution to the conflict between israel and palestine is based on two states, withjerusalem as the capital of both, the state of
israel and palestine along the 67 nine. this is our position, and we will continue to respect the international consensus on jerusalem. not what mr netanyahu wanted to hear — but probably what he was expecting. polar opposite opinions, is what they both had when it came to donald trump's recognition of jerusalem they both had when it came to donald trump's recognition ofjerusalem as the capital of israel and also the idea that the us will move the embassy there because we heard as you mentioned, benjamin netanyahu saying other european countries will do it in future. he also talked about donald trump's announcement being an acknowledgement of israel and jewish street, federico said she was speaking on the half of all europeans to say the only way forward forjerusalem as a capital was negotiating a two state capital, negotiated on and off by the united nations for years. without benjamin
netanyahu nations for years. without benjamin neta nyahu talking about nations for years. without benjamin netanyahu talking about other countries that wanted to do the same thing privately. hungary blocked an eu statement showing serious concern for what donald trump had said, the czech republic president also talking about how he was happy with donald trump's words and that he thought the eu were cowards, but officially there is no single country that has decided to recognise jerusalem, and country that has decided to recognisejerusalem, and today country that has decided to recognise jerusalem, and today what we are hearing is that all eu officials say they are behind federica, that they do not agree with donald trump's starts. protests against president trump's decision on jerusalem continue. in the west bank, palestinians threw stones at israeli soldiers. and there have been demonstrations in beirut. martin patience is there. an extraordinary turnout, as expected here in the southern suburbs of beirut, which is the stronghold of has a laugh. thousands
of supporters —— the stronghold of hezbollah. this is more a movement than a political group. they have been denouncing donald trump's decision to name jerusalem been denouncing donald trump's decision to namejerusalem as the capital of israel, as far as they are concerned, jerusalem will always be an arab capital. there is plenty of protest, plenty of chance saying we will give our blood and souls, but this is about domestic politics, this is about rallying support for hezbollah around the palestinian flag as well as the issue of israel. brazil is investigating the working conditions of dozens of foreign housemaids. in the last year, four filipino housemaids have escaped from families — and then made allegations of abuse and exploitation. hugo bachega has been talking to one victims in sao paulo.
i want to iwant tojump i want tojump off the i want to jump off the seventh floor, because i can't accept what i experienced here. my worst days, when i did not eat for two days, so i don't have a choice, just to survive, to get meat for the dogs. soi survive, to get meat for the dogs. so i cook the food for the dogs, and made sure that when i cooked it, i get half for me. one time, my employer told me i do not have respect because i argue about, if you don't like me, semi—back to the philippines, because i decided to go home to the philippines. after that, she goes out, and ifound out home to the philippines. after that, she goes out, and i found out that
the door was locked. so i was scared, because why did she locked the door? i asked myself if this is, for me, i don't know. let's speak with hugo. we were imagining a four filipina women but how widespread is this trouble? it's hard to estimate because this is a problem that happens behind closed doors, it's a lwa ys happens behind closed doors, it's always ha rd happens behind closed doors, it's always hard for victims to break the cycle of abuse and seek help, most times they don't speak the language, they don't know where to go. this really gives us a snapshot of a much bigger problem, that is the terrible conditions of housemaids in brazil. there are some 6 million brazilians employed by families, and there have been many cases in recent years of abuse, harassment, and even physical violence. what options are available to the housemaid who would like to seek help from the authorities? what is happening now is that authorities
are hoping that, given the attention that these cases are getting, people will raise their concerns when they see that something wrong may be happening. it's pretty much the only way authorities have to start investigating the cases. what they are doing now is looking into almost 200 other cases of foreign domestic workers who have been hired in brazil recently, and then the first cases some labour law violations have been found, and they think they could end up discovering more cases of exploitation just like this. have you stayed in touch with the woman we heard from them? finally, a bit of happy news from her, she has found a new job of happy news from her, she has found a newjob with a different family and she says that she is hoping to finally enjoy her life in brazil. that is good news. in terms of the people affected, we are mentioning filipinos at the moment, presumably there are housemaids of other nationalities as well. most of them come from the philippines because there's been a change in
legislation recently that gave a brazilian housemaid for employment rights. investigators who are looking into this case believe there isa link looking into this case believe there is a link between this change of legislation and the rise in the number of foreign housemaids being hired. that's because some brazilians will not accept certain working conditions any more, such as having to move into live with their employers, and those families who are employers, and those families who a re interested employers, and those families who are interested in having his live—in maid ‘s were looking elsewhere to find professionals. is there a willingness to change how authorities are dealing with this? they want to not stop but create more obstacles and perhaps change the way those families are able to hire these foreign domestic workers. appreciate your help. if you speak portuguese, you can get news through bbc brasil. if you speak english, you can get many more stories as well as the ones we're covering an outside source on the
bbc news website. certainly that attempted attack in new york has been close to the top for most of the day. fortunately that attack was u nsuccessful, the day. fortunately that attack was unsuccessful, only three minor injuries and the suspect is also in custody. there's a lot of focus on roy moore this week — but let's never forget president trump was recorded admitting that he sexually assaults women. and during the election campaign, a number of women alleged that he had sexually harassed them in the past — something the president denies. well today, three of those women held a news conference, demanding a congressional inquiry. one of them isjessica leeds — she's been talking to rajini vaidyanathan. speaking out about sexual misconduct, but in this case it is the most powerful man
in the world they are accusing. in an objective setting without question, a person with this record would have entered the graveyard of political aspirations, never to return — yet here are with that man as president. these women first spoke out one year ago but in the wake of the harvey weinstein scandal they are calling on congress to investigate the president. this is not a partisan issue. this is how women are treated every day. this is not a partisan issue. jessica leeds who was at the news conference says she was assaulted by mr trump decades ago while she was sitting next to him on a flight. the next thing i know, donald trump is over me like a wet blanket. he is kissing and fondling and everything and the next thing i realised was that he was putting his hand up my skirt. i grabbed my purse and went to the back of the aeroplane. it was after the release of this
tape where mr trump can be heard bragging about groping women when more than a dozen accusers came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct. all i can say is that is totally fake news, it is fake, made up stuff and it is disgraceful what happens, but that happens in the world of politics, john. in the past week alone, three members of congress have been forced to resign over accusations of sexual misconduct. in this current climate, many are asking why the same pressure hasn't been applied at the gates of the white house. but many voters simply are not concerned. donald trump won the election in spite of these allegations which he denies. at a time when so many women are sharing their stories, jessica wants to make sure that hers is not forgotten and that the president of the united states is held to account. people who have experienced this remember every detail. they remember when it happened, they remember who it happened with, they remember where they were,
they remember how they got out of it, they remember going home and most of them would say, "and i threw away my clothes." we don't forget this. well as you might expect, this came up at the white house press briefing a short while ago. once again, we heard a denial on behalf of the president. the president has addressed these accusations directly. and denied all of these allegations, and this took place long before he was elected to be president. the people of this country had a decisive election, supported president trump, and we feel like these allegations have been answered through that process. from march, cinemas can open in saudi arabia.
they've been banned for over 30 years. it's part of broader reforms being led by crown prince mohammed bin salman — including allowing women to drive. i asked sebastian usher to tell us more. xeno mars, they did exist in a sort of form way back in the 19705, not the kind of multiplexes people would be used to. —— ofje5u5 the of jesus the man ofje5u5 the man behind this, can is trying to sell this —— the man behind this. he is trying to engage saudi5, particularly young ones, in the future of a country, partly to keep them on board for the sort of changes he is bringing in but also saudi arabia needs the money to be spent in saudi arabia. at the moment
if saudis want to see in a film and cinema they can go across to bahrain which many do in the weekend, fly to other places. he wants the money they have been spending outside of all sorts of things to be spent in saudi arabia. surely there will still be restrictions on the films which are shown? well, many other gulf states show films on a curate, bahrain, oman, they have the films cut and tailored to the local market, silly sensitivities of these conservative islamic societies, saudi arabia is another case in point, when i was living in saudi arabia you couldn't really see a magazine which showed anyone in‘s image without being completely covered in black. you would watch tv, see a film or a television programme which might be cut to ten minutes, actually it was half an hour. it would be done that way, it will be done sensitively and properly i'm sure, but as you say never be some form of censorship, and there also will be friends which
obviously do not get shown. —— films which do not get shown. some say it's going too fast, we want to keep our traditional society while we modernise it, the other side of it is how politically far can you go in terms of expression? although we have seen this opening up, there has also been clamping down at the same time on dissent, that dissent can be an extremist, religious extremists, all those coming from the opposite side, from the more liberal side. that's why we are seeing at the moment, where the brakes are really being applied. opening up, adam kszczot to the rest of the world, many saudis, probably the majority are behind it, but at the same time it's not opening up the political arena in saudi arabia. scientists here in london are celebrating a major breakthrough in the search for a treatment for the brain disease huntingtons. the devastating disease mainly affects people in their prime around the age of 30 or a0. patients usually die around ten to 20 years after symptoms start. in western countries,
its estimated that up to seven people per 100,000 of the population are affected by the disease. this figure is significantly less among asian and african populations. here's our health correspondent james gallagher. when you've got something that's degenerative, you know that every day, the last day was probably better than the next one is going to be. the allen family has been blighted by huntington's. they have seen their mother stephanie, uncle keith and grandmother olive all die from it. they describe it as parkinson's, alzheimer's and motor neuron disease all rolled into one. frank, his sister sandy and also their brother peter's brains will all slowly degenerate from huntington's too — but now they have hope. the treatment is called gene silencing. every cell in the body contains genes, which hold the instructions
for running the body. huntington's disease is the result of a corrupted gene that leads to the creation of a toxic protein which destroys the brain. a messenger carries the blueprint from the corrupted gene. this treatment sticks to the messenger, disabling it and lowering the production of the toxic protein. 46 patients had the experimental drug injected into the fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord. the trial showed the therapy was safe and effective. it was led by scientists at university college london, who say the results are of ground—breaking importance. for the first time we have the potential and hope for a therapy that one day may slow or prevent huntington's disease completely. this is the experimental therapy. it is exciting but it's not a cure.
it will require far more research and following patients for years to come. this is a brain dying of huntington's. doctors are starting longer trials to see whether targeting the protein can change the course of this disease for families like the allens. if it works and it stops me getting any worse, that will be fantastic. personally i never really thought it would ever happen, that that would happen. it's all about, can we stop it in other people, our children? toxic proteins also build up in the brains of patients with diseases like alzheimer's and parkinson's. trials are now planned to see if gene silencing could help these patients too. james gallagher, bbc news. let's finish the programme by updating you on the extreme weather
across europe, we've seen heavy snow, thick eyes, high winds causing problems for commuters. first of all, this is austria. winds have reached 106, monitors per hour, across the alps. trees have been bought down as well as power poles and other buildings as well. these pictures from france, traffic workers using an enormous amount of great just to get some workers using an enormous amount of greatjust to get some lorries going. you will see here, these pictures from italy where we know italian roads were very badly hit, this truck came a cropper. these pictures from naples where the port saw many ferries stuck. unable to go anywhere because the wind was just too strong. and at heathrow, the picture tells the story. a quarter of flights had to be cancelled because of bad weather. anyone flying in out of heathrow is advised to check the website, to be sure
that plane is taking off. let's get more on this... a blanket of snow, covering large parts of the uk. an ideal playground for children, many of whom have had the day off with hundreds of schools closed due to treacherous conditions. here in birmingham the council—run schools are closed today. the local authority has faced some criticism as a result, with some saying there was no need because roads like this one have been cleared throughout the day. the council says that tomorrow it will be up to individual headteachers as to whether they open or remain closed, and that the priority for them is the safety of children. it's notjust here — schools and buckinghamshire, shropshire and staffordshire have also been closed. many roads have been layered with ice, making driving difficult. some vehicle emergency services are claiming they've had almost 111,000 calls today from people struggling on the roads. as an average we do 10,000 breakdowns. yesterday we did 14,000,
and 600 of those were actual vehicles stuck in snow. main advice would be take it very steady. pack a few extras in the car like a blanket, and if you've got a torch and a mobile phone, make sure they're charged. make sure you have your main contacts saved in phone in case you need them desperately. in south wales, a lorry got its tyres stuck in the snow, while in northern ireland a postcard picture emerged on the main belfast to londonderry route. in the highest village in surrey, freezing temperatures combined with strong winds proved challenging but some of the locals can't get enough. up here, we sometimes get a flurry but it never really settles and i think this is the first time in about three years we've had some decent snowfall. in the west midlands an nhs trust put an appeal out for four wheel drive vehicles to help stranded nurses get to hospitals. we offered a number of them up to our health care colleagues because there's a lot of pressure on them at the moment in terms of either getting people to patients
or patients to hospital, so we have put them at the disposal of our health colleagues. we have well—trained drivers and good vehicles that we're happy to lend. a quarter of the flights from heathrow have been cancelled, while the port of calais has reopened after closing for a few hours. however it says there are still some delays to ferry services between the port and dover. the met office says it will be an extremely cold night with some places experiencing temperatures of around minus 12 celsius. much of the snow will turn to ice, raising more concerns about getting out and about tomorrow. sima kotecha, bbc news. let's finish with news of the 2017 bbc african footballer of the year, it is egypt and liverpool's striker mohamed sala. many could have seen
that coming. he is currently the top scorer in the english premier league, he was awarded the prestigious trophy by his boss, deliverable managerjurgen klopp, and we were there as well. —— liverpool manager. well deserved. it's a fantastic prize for a pretty good player. thank you! what does it feel like winning this award? i'm very happy, it's a special feeling for me. i would like to win it also next year. there is always a bunch of people behind that help you get to this place, who would you like to thank? everyone, my team— mates, place, who would you like to thank? everyone, my team—mates, the people i work with, i'm very happy here in the club. i had a very good start with the team, and also the manager. last season i had a good season
also, that was avram, so i have to thank my team—mates and my national team also. —— that was at rome. the people i work with are very professional and unhappy with them. his success is also partly due to you, where does he rank among the likes of players you have coached? i'm really lucky person that i had the opportunity to work with a few fantastic, outstandingly good players. i'm happy that it's now with mohammed, he started when he was a kid. no one could have imagined we would work together. the good thing is he's still young, lots of place for improvement, lots of potential we can work on, that's ha rd to potential we can work on, that's hard to be, it's a big pleasure to be honest, to work with him. and the other guys, how he said, on a good day we make it easy for each other. that's how football should be, because it's still a game. that's it for today, see you tomorrow.
the week has started with the weather making the news headlines, that's never really a good sign. let's see if we can calm things down a bit in the days to come. if your monday was particularly wet and windy in the south—east, it was thanks to that low pressure. as the moves towards scandinavia, ajax the cloud away. the winds have lightened and consequently a good recipe especially where there is lying snow to see the temperatures fall away. you could be starting tuesday at —9, ten, or 11 you could be starting tuesday at —9, ten, or11 in you could be starting tuesday at —9, ten, or 11 in the countryside. you could be starting tuesday at —9, ten, or11 in the countryside. in towns and 805, you could easily be looking at “11, five or six. a really better start to the day. there will better start to the day. there will bea better start to the day. there will be a sprinkling of showers across northern and eastern parts, and the risk of ice as well. bear that in mind. once the day gets going, a decent sort of day, plenty of sunshine around, not doing that much
for the temperatures. in the west you lose that as well, certainly through the western fringes of wales and northern ireland, as a new weather front brings rain and northern ireland, as a new weatherfront brings rain initially. as it gets over the high ground of scotla nd as it gets over the high ground of scotland and the pennines, there will be fresh snow for a time, so bear that in will be fresh snow for a time, so bearthat in mind. will be fresh snow for a time, so bear that in mind. here is the bigger picture on wednesday. is that front clears away, it makes room for another mini front to come through ona another mini front to come through on a rather noticeable westerman, south—westerly wind. that will have the effect of having seen one set of cloud when a wave, ganging up the showers. quite punchy, maybe a rumble of thunder. things quieten down until the next band of weather. the breeze coming from the west and south—west, so for some that will help to boost the temperatures to the sort of levels we haven't seen for a day or two at the least. out of wednesday and into thursday, we will keep the isobars quite tightly packed, so thursday another blustery, showery day. no great heat
in the atmosphere. expect a bit of sunshine, but if you catch no showers, you will certainly know about it. could be a wintry flavour. from there, we look towards the end of the week to see the breeze is no longer coming from the west and south—west, the crank around to the northern league, which taps us into the cold air which sits there all the cold air which sits there all the while out in the british isles. in the wings, may be signs of change. quite if you isobars, especially through western parts, through thursday and friday. we begin to see that process of ratcheting the isobars around to is that northerly flow. forget about the ten or 11 degrees anywhere across the british isles, three, four, five, just about covers it. friday into saturday, here is the weekend, noticed the flow still very much from the north and north—west. quite a bit of dry weather, if you
are quite a bit of dry weather, if you a re protected quite a bit of dry weather, if you are protected from north—westerly direction. eastern parts could see the best of the sunshine but after a frosty start, i don't think you will see too much in the way of temperature on those the monitors. come sunday, may be the first sign of change, the mild air waiting in the wings, already showing itself into the south—west of the british isles. further ahead into the new week, it could be milder than average, but there were a lot of isobars around so it could stay windy. from that direction, that's where you often get that breeze but also some cloud and rain at times. tonight at ten: a major breakthrough in the treatment of huntington's disease which could lead to new therapies for alzheimer's and other conditions. by correcting the defect that causes huntington's, the new experimental drug is potentially the biggest breakthrough in the field for half a century. we talk to one family affected by huntingtons, as researchers underline the significance of this major advance. for the first time we have the potential, we have the hope of a therapy that