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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: new york's mayor describes an attempt to blow up a busy transport hub as an isolated attack. this was an attempted terrorist attack. thank god the perpetrator did not achieve his ultimate goals. three women who say they were sexually harassed by donald trump want the us congress to investigate their allegations. world leaders gather for the latest climate change conference, agreed in paris two years ago, without the american president. and as the romantic movie the shape of water leads the nominees for the golden globes, we look at why there are no women filmmaking contenders. the mayor of new york has described
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a bomb explosion next to the city's busiest bus station as an isolated attempt at a terrorist attack. the suspect is a young bangladeshi who moved to the us in 2011 with his family. president trump has urged congress to act against what is known as chain migration, which allows extended family to join people already in the us. nick bryant reports. 7:20am in the morning, the height of the rush hour, and security camera footage of an underpass at new york's busiest bus terminal. this low—tech bomb was detonated deliberately, in the hope of killing monday morning commuters.
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the failed suicide bomber had strapped the home—made device to his body with velcro, but he was the only person it seriously injured. coming at such a busy time, in such a congested place, the intent appears to have been to cause mass casualties. the port authority bus terminal serves 65 million passengers a year, but only three other people were treated for minor injuries. what the authorities are calling a terror attack could have been so much worse. thank god the perpetrator did not achieve his ultimate goals. thank god our first responders were there so quickly, to address the situation and to make sure people were safe. this is the suspect, akayed ullah, a 27—year—old immigrant from bangladesh, who arrived here in 2011. he would never have made it into the country, claimed the white house, under president trump's proposed immigration limitations. we must protect our borders, we must ensure that individuals entering our country are not coming to do harm to our people,
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and we must move to a merit—based system of immigration. back in new york, a quick round of instagrams, and then the city moved on. what is remarkable is that, within two hours of attack, new york city has pretty much returned to normal. there is a road closure here, but the subways are all open, and people are going about their business. this attack failed to cause death, and it failed to cause much disruption. the authorities believe the failed bomber acted alone, the question they haven't yet answered — was he inspired by the group that calls itself the islamic state? three women who claim they were sexually harassed by donald trump have called on congress to investigate allegations of his misconduct. the accusations first came to light during last year's presidential race, and the white house has repeatedly rejected them, although mr trump has
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been recorded boasting of sexually harassing women. his accusers are now demanding accountability, as rajini vaidyanathan reports. these three women are accusing the most powerful man in the world of sexual misconduct. they first spoke out last year, but in the wake of the harvey weinstein scandal, they are now calling on congress to investigate president trump. in an objective setting, without question, a person with this record would have entered the graveyard of political aspiration, never to return. 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, trump is over me like a wet blanket. and he is kissing, and he's fondling and everything, and the next thing i realised was that he was putting his hand up my skirt.
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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, that more than a dozen accusers came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct. all i can say is it's totally fake news. it's just fake, it's fake, it's made—up stuff. and it's disgraceful, what happens, but that happens in the world of politics, john. but the women say they are telling the truth. this apprentice co ntesta nt the truth. this apprentice contestant claims mr trump forcibly attempted to kiss her. she wants to sue him for defamation. no man is above the law, including the president of the united states. 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. remember, donald trump won last year's election in spite of these
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allegations, which he denies. but for these women, it does matter, because donald trump is president of the united states. it left me feeling very gross, very dirty... they want to raise the profile of their allegations, and hope that, in some way, he will be held accountable. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news: a federaljudge in the us has ruled that transgender people must be admitted to the military from one january. the pentagon says it will abide by the ruling. the president announced a ban injuly, and the government had asked that the recruitment be delayed while it appealed an earlier court ruling blocking the ban. president putin has said president trump's decision to recognise jerusalem as the capital of israel could erase prospects for peace between israelis and palestinians. he was speaking in ankara at a news conference with the turkish leader, recep tayyip erdogan. mr erdogan also criticised mr trump's decision, and said the united states now had blood on its hands. nasa has been ordered
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by president trump to send astronauts back to the moon, and then to mars. signing a directive at the white house, with a toy astronaut as a prop, the president said it would allow the united states to reclaim what he called its destiny in space. world leaders are gathering in france for tuesday's summit, called to push forward plans to tackle climate change agreed in paris two years ago. the us president won't be there, of course. he pulled his country out of the agreement injune, the only one of 195 countries to do so. andrew plant reports. arriving for a dinner with the french president, former un secretary—general ban ki—moon and his predecessor kafi annan arriving in paris for what macron has called a meeting of elders. this the evening before the one planet summit, taking place two years to the day since the paris accord,
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which saw 195 countries aiming to end the use of fossil fuels and stem the rise in global warming. an agreement that america turned its back on in june agreement that america turned its back on injune when donald trump pulled out. he has called global warming a hoax. the french president, though, said america would be welcome back if mr trump ever changes his mind. the us is a great government, is a great country. the us did sign the paris agreement. it is extremely aggressive to decide on its own just to leave, and i am pretty sure that my friend president trump will change his mind in the coming months 01’ years. change his mind in the coming months or years. i do hope. and i am ready to work with him if he decides to come back. big names in business are also around. early in richard branson and former californian governor arnold schwarzenegger arriving by bike. he said much of
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america was still committed to the paris agreement. it doesn't matter that donald trump backed out of the paris agreement, because the private sector did not drop out, the public sector did not drop out, the public sector did not drop out, the public sector did not drop out, universities didn't drop out, scientists didn't drop out, no one dropped out. donald trump pulled donald trump out of the paris agreement, so don't worry about any of that. we on the subnational level are going to pick up the slack and we are going to continue on. tuesday's summit will look to find sources of finance to help countries shift to cleaner sources of energy and lessen the impact of sea level rise due to melting ice caps, harsher storms and flooding, heat waves, and droughts as well. richer nations agreed to provide $100 billion in funding each year to help developing nations switch away from fossil fuels. the target now at this meeting in paris, to fulfil that promise by 2020. one of the most destructive
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wildfires in california's history is heading towards the city of santa barbara. firefighters are battling six fires across the state, with the largest having scorched an area of 230,000 acres. governorjerry brown has described the situation as the new normal, predicting that fires like this could happen every year. james cooke reports from santa barbara. this fire is a monster. it has now burned an area bigger than new york city and paris combined. more than 6000 firefighters are battling it, but still the blaze rages in the hills above the pacific ocean. police helicopter pilots are working hard, trying to slow down the northward advance of huge fire. but still it is marching on. down from that ridge top, and the concern is that ridge top, and the concern is that it might affect homes here, and it could even burn all the way down towards santa barbara, on the
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pacific ocean. california feels like a state under siege by the climate. rising temperatures, years of drought, longer and more devastating wildfire seasons. governor says, drought, longer and more devastating wildfire seasons. governorsays, in this warming world, it is no surprise. this could be something that happens every year, or every few years. it happens in some degree. it isjust few years. it happens in some degree. it is just more few years. it happens in some degree. it isjust more intense, more 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. on the letters line, they are carrying on as best they can. inside the greenhouse, they have had to install a fan to blow the ash of the leaves. 150 people work here. many are worried about their homes, and about the local economy. the whole community is going to suffer, you know. yesterday all the restaurants we re know. yesterday all the restaurants were closed, and normally everything is bustling on a sunday evening. so it is going to be tough for everybody. it has been a distressing
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week the animals, as well. dozens of horses had died in the fires. this video shows racehorses fleeing the fla mes video shows racehorses fleeing the fla m es after video shows racehorses fleeing the flames after they were set loose in san diego county. there is some good news. the worst winds seem to have died down, giving firefighters a better chance to battle the blaze. but it is a daunting task. this may yet come the largest wildfire in the history of this state. alabama hasn't had a competitive race like this in years. on tuesday, voters will choose between a formerjudge, who is accused of sexual misconduct and molesting a child, and a former lawyer, who is pro—choice and once prosecuted members of the ku klux klan. polls suggest the republican roy moore may win the senate seat, and that has national implications, because republicans have only a slim majority in the senate. but many in his own party have shunned him, including alabama's top senator, richard shelby. well, this is the last rally before
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the vote on tuesday. we are alabama, we are republican, and we are not going to stand by and let other people from out of state, and money from california, control this election. this election for the people of am alabama, we dare defend oui’ people of am alabama, we dare defend our rights and we will defend our rights at the united states congress. the democratic party candidate, doug jones, addressed his final campaign remarks to wavering supporters of mr moore. he said they should vote with their conscience, not political allegiance. i'm going to tell you, folks, it is time, and i think we're going to see it tomorrow, that the majority of the people of alabama say that it is time that we put our decency, our state, before our political party. it's been heralded as a major breakthrough in the treatment
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of huntington's disease, but could it lead to new therapies for alzheimer's and other conditions? 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 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.
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a statement from buckingham palace said the decision had been reached amicably. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: a man with a pipe—bomb strapped to his body has set off an explosion in new york, injuring himself and three passers—by. he's now in police custody. three women who say they were sexually harassed by president trump have called on the us congress to investigate the allegations. the 2018 golden globe nominations are out. the shape of water, a romantic fantasy about the cold war, leads the pack with seven nominations. other films that could win big are steven spielberg's the post and three billboards. both have six nominations. the globes are one of the first major ceremonies of award season and are seen as the main precursor to the oscars.
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let's look at some of the surprises and snubs, cara barclays the culture reporter for the new york times. thanks for your time. first of all quite a lack of female names despite so quite a lack of female names despite so much good work? one of the biggest surprises was not a best director for biggest surprises was not a best directorfor ladybird. loads biggest surprises was not a best director for ladybird. loads of support for this film. it was a big surprise she were shut out. she got a nomination for best screenplay but in many eyes it fell short. impossible to look at anything to do with hollywood without thinking of weinstein and the subsequent scandals. do you see that reflected in the nominations at all? we aren't sure whether there's a direct cause and effect but there seems to be some sort relationship. the film all the money in the world aboutjohn paul getty and directed by ridley scott, it starred kevin spacey and accusations came out against him,
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ridley scott cut kevin spacey from the film, which was completed, shot all the scenes with him with christopher plummer, got it together and got it in front of the hollywood foreign press association last week and wound up with three golden globe nominations, that was a huge surprise. certainly we see that as the weinstein effect. 0ther surprise. certainly we see that as the weinstein effect. other places we might see it on the tv side, kevin spacey‘s series house of cards got no nominations, neither did transparent, starring geoffrey trimble, who has been accused of sexual misconduct. the big sick and get out were respected to do better? they were. the eagles sick is the return to a good ron it was camille noun akbarzhon jalilov, a return to a good ron it was camille noun akbarzhonjalilov, a pakistani american, i'm nota biographical film about his girlfriend, now wife,'s lapse into a coma, people
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adored the film, it was expected to get several golden globe nominations, it got none. and jordan peel's get out didn't get a screenplay nomination or a best director nomination. it was definitely predicted to get one if not both of them. it did get to other nominations but people did feel it deserves more. is this telling you anything about the 0scars? telling you anything about the oscars? it could tell us something about the oscars. certainly all these films are part of the conversation. 0ne these films are part of the conversation. one thing to note, the hollywood foreign press association isa hollywood foreign press association is a very different animal from the academy of motion picture arts and sciences. it consists of about 90 people, alljournalists, all sciences. it consists of about 90 people, all journalists, all foreign journalists writing for audiences backin journalists writing for audiences back in their home countries, whereas the academy has over 8400 members and they are all deeply involved or were involved in hollywood. there's only one crossover member with both of those
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organisations, so they can go in very different directions. it's definitely one of the big bellwethers of the season, we'll see a lot of the names in the golden globes and oscar nominations, but very likely there will be differences. kara, thank you very much, cara buckley of the new york times. thank you. -- cara. huntington's is one of the most devastating brain diseases, leaving patients in permanent decline and affecting their ability to move and think. for the first time the defect that causes it has been corrected in patients, raising hopes that it could be stopped. it's being described as potentially the biggest breakthrough in 50 years. the bbc‘s health correspondent james gallagher was given exclusive access to the trial. the allen family has been blighted by huntington's. they have seen their mother, stephanie, die from it. the last year of her life, every time we all went to visit her, she just held us and said, i want to die.
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the disease claimed their uncle keith and grandmother 0live too. they describe it as parkinson's, alzheimer's and motor neurone disease all rolled into one. when you've got something that's degenerative, you know that — every day, you know the last day was probably better than the next one's going to be. 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 blueprints from the corrupted gene. this treatment sticks to the messenger, disabling it, and lowering the production of toxic brain protein. now, this will feel a little chilly. are you ready? 46 patients had the experimental drug injected into the fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord. the trial showed the therapy is safe and effective. it was led by scientists at the university college london, who say the results
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are of ground—breaking importance. for the first time, we have the potential, we have the hope, of a therapy that one day may slow or prevent huntington's disease completely. this is the experimental therapy. it is exciting, but it is not a cure. it will require far more research, and following patients for years to come. this is a brain dieing from 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, than would be fantastic. personally, i never really thought it would ever happen, that that would happen. it's all about, you know, can twe stop it in other people, our children.
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this research also holds promise for other illnesses. similar toxic proteins are found in brain diseases including dementia and parkinson's. i really think that this is potentially the biggest breakthrough in neuro—degenerative diseases for the last 50 year. we have very similar situations in at least some cases of these other diseases, and if the overall mechanism is essentially the same, we should be able to use the same general approach. the allens have made a promise to their children that a treatment would be ready in time for them. research over the next four years will see if gene silencing can fulfil that promise. james gallagher, bbc news. it was a surprise visit by vladimir putin.
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flying to syria to congratulate his troops on as he put it routeing out international terrorists. he was there to announce that a significant part of russia's military would be withdrawn from the country. but waiting to surprise him was the syrian president, bashar al—assad. the two men hugged on meeting. the bbc‘s moscow correspondent steve rosenberg reports. for more than two years, his troops have been at war in syria. today, vladimir putin made a surprise visit to the russian airbase here. his message — mission accomplished. here to see him, and to thank him, was president assad. it's russia's military operation which has kept the syrian leader in power. and then it was onto the soldiers. president putin told the troops, their motherland was proud of them.
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he expressed russia's gratitude for what they had achieved in syria. addressing the troops, president putin said that the russian and syrian armies had routed the most fearsome group of international terrorists. he announced the withdrawal of a large part of russia's military contingent. the soldiers, he said, could return home victorious. the russian campaign in syria was controversial. western governments claimed russian air strikes were targeting the moderate syrian opposition. moscow ignored the criticism. today, president putin said his troops had performed brilliantly, and the operation in the air and at sea had shown the growing power of russia's military. russia believes its military campaign in syria has
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been a success. not only in terms of defeating isis and keeping a key ally, president assad, in power, but also the russians believe the campaign has raised their country's profile in the middle east, and increased russia's influence on the international stage. steve rosenberg, bbc news, moscow. the heavy snow blanketing northern europe has caused the traditional transport chaos across much of the continent. hundreds of flights have been cancelled in amsterdam. in france 32 regions have been placed on emergency orange alert as the storm named anna has battered the atla ntic storm named anna has battered the atlantic coast. they kept people guessing for a while... but two of india's stars from the worlds of sport and film have tied the knot. indian cricket captain virat kohli and bollywood actress anushka sharma got married in italy. the couple said they were truly blessed and had a beautiful day. much more on all of that and much more on the bbc news website any time. thanks for watching. well, it's no wonder the snow has
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been making the headlines the last couple of days, it has been exceptionally heavy across parts of england and wales. winter wonderland scenes like this in parts of wales, it looks beautiful but can be so disruptive, like the snow we saw in the south—east of england on monday. now, the wintry weather continues through the overnight through eastern coastal areas and to some extent as well across south—west wales, into cornwall and devon. elsewhere, it's going to be a bitterly cold night under clear skies. these are towns and city values. out in the countryside, and where there's lying snow, easily minus double digit figures. we're going to see some freezing mist and fog as well to greet us for tuesday morning. so watch out for lying snow and ice, which could be quite widespread where we've got snow and where there's been some snow melt during the course of monday. some treacherous conditions out there on untreated roads and pavements and cycle routes, you'll see a cold, frosty start across the board.
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a few wintry showers again across east anglia and these should generally ease away, same too across south—west wales and cornwall and devon. up into the midlands northern england, scotland and to some extrent northern ireland, a very cold and crisp start, but at least dry and bright with plenty of sunshine. it's going to be a glorious day. in fact, light winds, lots of sunshine albeit very cold. a change across the west, a weather front pushing into northern ireland, western scotland and across the far south—west lifting temperatures slowly, outbreaks of rain bumping into that cold air so we'll start to see some outbreaks of snow across the higher ground. temperatures rising in the south—west but a very cold day in central and eastern areas. there's the change taking place on tuesday, the first of a succession of weather fronts which will move through and then we'll see another one moving on wednesday, behind it colder air once again. that first weather front will eventually clear away from the south—east wednesday morning. a frost—free start on most places, a little bit of sunshine before the next weather system moves in, looks like it'll bring heavy bursts of rain to england and wales.
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behind it turns brighter but colder with some wintry showers moving in, certainly some snow in parts of northern ireland and in towards scotland. into thursday, we'll continue to see a little bit of rain across the south, plenty of showers and quite windy across the board in the north and the west. a little bit colder as well, and that cold air will start to pour southwards behind this area of low pressure as it clears away eastwards, it will open the floodgates again to the arctic, so a much colder friday and into the weekend. this is bbc news. the headlines: the mayor of new york has described a bomb explosion next to the city's busiest bus station as an isolated attempt at a terrorist attack. the suspect is a young bangladeshi who moved to the us in 2011
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with his family. he suffered burns from the crude pipe—bomb he had strapped to his body. three women who claim they were sexually harassed by donald trump have called on congress to investigate allegations of his misconduct. the accusations first came to light during last year's presidential race, and the white house has repeatedly rejected them. world leaders are gathering in france for tuesday's summit, called to push forward plans to tackle climate change agreed in paris two years ago. the us president won't be there, of course. he pulled his country out of the agreement injune, the only one of 195 countries to do so. now on bbc news, monday in parliament.
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