the chinese city at the heart of a public health crisis is shutting its public transport network to try to prevent the speed of a virus which has killed 17 people. experts around the world are assessing the risks posed by the virus as they consider declaring it an international public health emergency. the international community a right to be concerned about this. we don't know what to do. the government's plans to tax the uk profits of big tech companies cause more tension between britain and the usa. the third impeachment trial in us history is underway with democrats putting forward their arguments in the case against president trump.
un experts say there's credible evidence that a phone belonging to the amazon founderjeff bezos was hacked on behalf of the saudi crown prince. he's not the messiah — he's a very naughty boy. tributes have been paid to the monty python star terryjones who has died at the age of 77. he had been suffering from dementia. and at 11:30, we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers, the telegraph's asa bennett and sienna rodgers from labour list. stay with us for that. good evening. the city at the heart of a public health crisis in china is shutting its public transport network to try to prevent the spead of a virus that already infected
hundreds of people. as millions across the country prepare to travel for the lunar new year celebrations, the coronavirus has already claimed the lives of 17 people and the number is expected to rise sharply. the virus was first detected in the city of wuhan at the end of last year and that's where the majority of cases have been reported. a handful have since been detected in other parts of asia and last night the first case in the united states was confirmed. the main symptoms of the virus include breathing difficulties, fever and coughing. but in vulnerable people, especially among the elderly, it can lead to organ failure, pneumonia and death. there's no treatment so prevention is a priority. our medical correspondent fergus walsh has more details. this is the epicentre of the outbreak. hospitals in wuhan are overwhelmed. more than a dozen health workers have been infected, so now they all wear protective gear when dealing with patients.
so medical staff have started wearing full protective suits. now in a dramatic attempt to slow the spread of the virus, china wants to minimise travel into and out of the city. within hours, all flights will be grounded, all trains and bus stations closed. residents are being urged to stay put. wuhan has a population 11 million people, more than live in greater london. wuhan international airport handles over 2a million passengers a year with direct flights to london, paris, dubai and other cities around the world. the last flight out of wuhan for the uk landed at heathrow this evening. passengers were met by health officials after they left the plane. so there was no screening at wuhan and there was no screening as i landed. we were given a leaflet in english saying if you experience symptoms
direct, contact public health england. the leaflet was about sparse, i have never had my temperature checked and was allowed through passport control. but further spread of the virus is inevitable. thousands of wuhan residents had already left the city for the lunar new year holiday and 400 million people across china will travel this week. one positive, the virus appears less aggressive than the 2002 sars outbreak which killed nearly 800 people. this virus, it appears a significant proportion of cases actually have milder disease. the symptoms are nonspecific, like flu for instance and that will pose a challenge in terms of rapidly identifying cases. though it's good news in that it might not be as lethal as sars was. but there are still so many unknowns — the world health organisation has delayed a decision until tomorrow about whether to declare a global health emergency. the decision about whether or not to declare a public health emergency
of international concern is one i take extremely seriously. and one i am only prepared to make with appropriate consideration of all the evidence. china has been widely praised for its swift and open response to the new virus. the world's most populous country is taking no chances. fergus walsh, bbc news. it looks as if britain and the us are on a collision course over the chancellor's plans to impose a tax on the big tech companies such as facebook and apple, which make profits in this country. the so—called tech tax is due to come into force in april. downing street said today the new tax would go ahead despite a threat of retaliation from washington. our economics editor faisal islam reports from the world economic forum at davos in switzerland, where the argument came to a head. the virtual business giants of the tech world have a very
physical presence on the streets of davos at the world economic forum, where they need to keep the world's powerbrokers on side. taxing them has been tricky and is now a global diplomatic incident, with britain committed, in april, to a 2% tax on the uk sales of the likes of google, facebook and amazon. sales of the likes of facebook, google and amazon. as we leave... here, the chancellor under pressure internationally, in particularfrom president trump's treasury secretary. can they get a trade deal with you if they insist on introducing a digital tax in april? well, we will be having some private conversations about that. i'm sure the president and boris will be speaking on it as well. you know, if people want to just arbitrarily put taxes on our digital companies, we will consider arbitrarily putting taxes on car companies. another trade power play from the us. the chancellor, for now, sticking to his guns.
we plan to go ahead with our digital services tax in april. it will fall away once there is an international solution. brexit next week means freedom to do international trade deals. what we are seeing here is that freedom is constrained. it requires trade—offs and choices to get those deals. the americans, in particular, piling on the pressure for a u—turn on the digital sales tax. the united kingdom dropping hints that it will prioritise an eu deal before a us one. that was welcomed by the eu commission president who said a quick deal needed quick choices. do you think a real deal can be done by the end of the year? we'll see. it's a question, of course, of what the uk chooses for itself. so how close it wants to be to the single market, so how close it wants to be to the single market — this is better for good access to the single market — or they do not want a line, do not want to to have a level
playing field, then of course they will be more distant and it will be more difficult. everyone here says they want to trade deals, but it's trade barriers on the rise at a time when the uk now needs to make fundamental trade choices. now to the extraordinary claims that the world's richest man — the amazon founderjeff bezos — has had his phone hacked by the most powerful man in saudi arabia. the allegation is that mr bezos‘s phone was hacked in may 2018 after he received a whatsapp message sent from crown prince mohammed bin salman‘s personal phone. it's claimed that the message contained an encrypted video file, a file which, when opened, infected the phone with spyware. an investigation revealed that the billionaire‘s phone secretly shared huge amounts of data afterwards. the saudi authorities have dismissed the claims as absurd. earlier our security correspondent frank gardner explained the allegations. a lot ofjuicy ingredients. basically sex, lies and videotapes but there is a really sinister
undertone. what is the allegation? the allegation is that in may 2018 the saudi crown prince allegedly sent a whatsapp message tojeff bezos, the world's richest man. they had communicated for and sent him some malware, some spyware with a video attachment on the phone and from that the saudis were allegedly able to extract large volumes of data which included intimate texts and photographs, details ofjeff bezos‘s extramarital affair which then got published in us tabloid newspaper last year and he commissioned his own security. if you are the richest man in the world you are the richest man in the world you can hire the best consultants and he commissioned a team to do that, and they concluded he was hacked by the saudi crown prince. the saudis categorically denied and say these allegations are observed. tea m say these allegations are observed. team are not so sure and they want an immediate investigation. it is yet one more cloud of suspicion over a major western ally, the saudi arabian crown prince, is to was he
really personally involved in the suppression of dissent both at home and abroad. that suspicion, i think, will be hard to dispel. the care quality commission — which regulates health and care services in england — has been heavily criticised for burying a 2015 report into failures at a mental health hospital in county durham. the watchdog faced questions about why it hadn't issued a report in 2015 about the learning disabilities unit, whorlton hall. last year the hospital faced allegations of abuse after bbc panorama secretly filmed in the unit. the prince of wales has met with the climate activist greta thunberg at the world economic forum in davos, switzerland. the prince, who's known for his environmental campaigning, was pictured meeting the 17—year—old after making a speech telling world leaders that "we simply cannot waste any more time" in the battle to save the planet. after all, ladies and gentlemen, do
we wa nt after all, ladies and gentlemen, do we want to go down in history as the people who did nothing to bring the world back from the bank in time to restore the balance when we could have done. i don't want to. 0pening arguments have begun in the trial in new york of the former hollywood producer harvey weinstein — who could face life in prison if convicted. the 67 year—old denies 5 charges — including rape and sexual assault — relating to two accusers. the defence will argue the encounters with the two accusers were consensual and that mr weinstein committed no crimes. 0ur north america correspondent nick bryant has the latest. through a corridor of cameras, harvey weinstein stumbled his way into court. gone, the bravado and swagger of his red—carpet days. and in their opening argument, the prosecution reminded thejury of how powerful he used to be, both physically and psychologically. but he was notjust a titan in hollywood, they claimed, he was a rapist. the court heard that weinstein
was a seasoned predator who had lured women to his hotel rooms and private apartments with the promise of opening doors for them in hollywood. then he would sexually assault and rape them. the jury was told of how the movie mogul then used his power and prestige to silence his accusers. "this is how the industry works," he allegedly told one of them. are you feeling better? yeah. his defence team said harvey weinstein was neither a predator nor a master manipulator and claimed that one of his accusers had sent him hundreds of e—mails demonstrating a loving relationship. he's denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex. the weinstein trial is now the focus of the global metoo movement. during jury selection, these protesters chanted an anti—rape anthem inspired by survivors in south america. and the rapist is you!
this is being seen as a test case — on gender, power and consent. nick bryant, bbc news, new york. in washington, the impeachment trial of president trump has been hearing opening statements in the us senate. the lead democratic prosecutor accused the president of setting up a corrupt scheme to pressure ukraine into helping him win re—election this coming november. the process could — in theory — lead to president trump being removed from office after charges were brought against him in the house of representatives. the 100 senators act as a jury — more than half of them are republicans and a two—thirds vote is required for mr trump to be removed from the white house. 0ur north america editorjon sopel reports from the white house. the theory is that donald trump is taking a back seat. he has appointed his own legal team to take charge of everything and that they will do all the representations in the senate,
and asi the representations in the senate, and as i say that is the theory but the idea that donald trump is taking a back seat and just looking out the window and blithely letting his legal team get on with it is of course fanciful and today and our boss, i'm sure his legal team which she was just boss, i'm sure his legal team which she wasjust doing boss, i'm sure his legal team which she was just doing that because he said, honestly, we have all the material. they, the prosecution of the democrats, don't have the material. now, seeing as the second charge is that he's obstructed the investigation into his activities in regards to ukraine, some democrats are saying, look, he's almost admitted guilt by saying he's got all the material and we don't have any of it. we've got a judge and jury any of it. we've got a judge and jury but it's not really like a criminal trial because today, this afternoon, during some of the sessions, about 20 republicanjurors went out, won't there listening to any of the evidence and i think a series of boats has shown that donald trump has got things going the way he wants them to and they are all voting in his direction.
the headlines on bbc news: the chinese city at the heart of the public health crisis is shutting its public transport system. the government's plans to tax the uk profits of big tech companies causes more tension between britain and the usa. and as we have just heard, between britain and the usa. and as we havejust heard, the between britain and the usa. and as we have just heard, the third impeachment trial in us history is 110w impeachment trial in us history is now under way with democrats putting forward their arguments in the case against president trump. tributes have been paid worldwide to the monty python star terryjones who died earlier this week at the age of 77. the actor and comedian had been suffering from a rare form of dementia. 0ur correspondent david sillito looks back on a career that helped to reshape and revive british comedy. they can't get the fire brigade, mervyn. will the boys‘ brigade do? hello, mrs rogers? no!
oh, i must be in the wrong house! terryjones. in monty python, he was often at his best in a frock. charlie, you come to this mark there. but he also directed their films. he was an historian, a tv presenter, a children's author and friend and writing partner of michael palin. i met him at university in 1962, i think, and we were inseparable for many, many years after that. writing, acting, through the python times. in python, what is terry jones‘ contribution? when do you know, oh, that's terry? well, i mean, there are certain roles that terry played superbly. a lot of them based on his mother! when he does the mother in the life of brian, "he's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy!" now, you listen here, he's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy. now go away! who are you? i'm his mother, that's who. hop up, graybridge! ripping yarns, do not
adjust your set, he even wrote for the two ronnies and then, 50 years after they met, it became clear something was very wrong. dementia. at this bafta event, terryjones could barely speak. um, we'd just like to say thank you to everyone. i know it's a great honour for dad to win this award and just... the struggles we are having at the moment, it's been hard, but we're so proud of him. thank you. you described him as a renaissance comedian, a man who... a polymath. which part of terryjones will you really miss most? oh, i shall miss the sociable terry, you know? sorry. i willjust miss putting my arm around him and having a drink.
he was just a wonderful companion. a terrific companion. so, yes, i shall miss our trips to the bar. i shall miss our pints and i shall miss our sessions at setting the world to rights. he had his view, i had my view, but he was the most wonderful friend and, as i say, just a terrific person to be with and i won't be the only person who says this. he had an enormous number of friends who loved him dearly. terryjones who has died at the age of 77. there are now four candidates in the race to be the next leader of the labour party. the election will be taking place over the coming weeks with the result announced at the start of april. shadow business secretary rebecca long—bailey is the mp for salford — and she's been a leading supporter ofjeremy corbyn. in the latest in our interviews with the candidates, she's been talking to our political editor laura kuenssberg. hello, how's it going? all right. good to see you. is she the labour leader who has
been waiting in the wings? rebecca long—bailey scripted much of the party's losing manifesto. i can't remember what week we are at now... but reckons she could persuade the party's biggest crowd she can win next time. i am proud of those policies, but we didn't win the election. it was one of the most devastating defeats that we've ever suffered, and our messaging really didn't resonate with voters. we should have been talking about aspiration and how all of the things in our manifesto would improve your life. labour went backwards very significantly on the basis of plans that you were involved in writing. we had many of the right answers to the right questions. do you really think so? ido... it was a great set of policies, both for our quality of life but also our industries, and we need to recognise that we didn't really do enough to sell that in the election campaign. but some of our viewers might be listening to this and just think, it sounds like you were deaf to what the public said, because the public said they didn't want it.
what we should have done was told them very clearly that what the labour party believes in is realising aspirations. one of my constituents was on her driveway and we were having a chat about whether she was going to vote labour, her and her husband, and they'd worked hard, they'd bought their own home. i thought, "we are the party that is for you, we are there "to pick you up if you fall on hard times and lose yourjob, "but we want you to do well." but they didn't believe we were doing that. conversation with, who said they wanted to vote for labour but they didn't believe you. so how can you be the person to turn the page? look, i was proud of the policies that i developed, and i won't apologise for my principles and what brought me to politics, that want for a better life for my communities. being popular with members on a cold night in east london isn't pleasing the whole party, let alone the country, but she has strong backing from left—wing group momentum, probably the powerful union unite. we are going to keep making ourselves heard.
you can rest assured of that. her candidacy though is a test of how much or how little labour wants to change. do you consider yourself to have any tory friends? i am sure i have. i've got a group of friends who aren't political and we don't talk about politics, because you don't talk about politics with your nonpolitical friends, and i bet you they've not voted labour all their lives. probably voted for all sorts of different people, but i don't know. they wouldn't tell me if they did, because i'd be angry. you said, like millions of us, one of your favourite things to do on a friday night, you get a takeaway, sit down with the family. can you imagine doing that in number 10? yeah, no—one gets in the way of my netflix and chinese takeaway on a friday night. apparently, i wasn't exciting enough when i said that. i don't know what they expect me to do, start paragliding on a friday night or something? but, when you've got a little seven—year—old boy, and all you want to do is chill out in your pyjamas and watch netflix and have a chinese, that's good enough for me. she has 11 weeks to persuade her party that her pitch is good enough for the top job. laura kuenssberg, bbc news. and finally, the story
of rena quint — she's 84 — and one of those who survived the holocaust — the only member of her family to do so. she lives in jerusalem and she's been talking to us ahead of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of auschwitz—birkenau — the nazi death camp in southern poland. dozens of world leaders are expected to gather in israel tomorrow for a major ceremony, but it's being held amid deepening concern that anti—semitism is once again on the rise. 0ur international correspondent 0rla guerin reports. i was very lucky, extremely lucky, to have a husband who expressed his love, and he wrote me notes. every single day, i got a note. in this jerusalem apartment, a love story lasted a lifetime. my most precious darling, i thank god for prompting you to say yes when i proposed to you over 100 times. rena quint had 60 years
and four children with her late husband emanuel. this is our family. she is now a proud great—grandmother. her rich life forged from unimaginable horror. and i was lying in a pile of bodies, some dead, some alive. the british came in and they made these huge mass graves to bury 10,000. newsreel: i passed through the barrier... that was april 1945, in bergen—belsen. rena lived to see the liberation, but her entire family perished in the holocaust. alone, aged nine, she was brought to the united states. a new home and a new life. but, 75 years on, rena says anti—semitism is coming back and the lessons of the past must be heeded. we have to remember the hatred that people can learn. germany was a civilised, cultured,
educated group of people. how can they have committed such horrific, terrible crimes? we have to remember that. and do you feel like it's even more important for you now to keep telling your story? i do. you ask somebody about auschwitz and they say, "who was he?" how can that be possible that people don't know what auschwitz was? but they don't. so rena takes us to yad vashem. israel's touchstone of remembrance. honouring six million jews annihilated by the nazis. these were people, each one had a separate personality, each one had a name, each one had a life and their life was snuffed out. and the only thing that's left here are shoes. rena spent years guiding tour groups here. bearing witness brings anguish, but she wants to speak for those who cannot.
these are the bodies, one mangled with the other. here are bodies of people who were once alive. i was one of those people. how did i possibly get out? how did i possibly survive bergen—belsen? but when the last of the survivors are gone, who will be the guardians of memory? do you worry, rena, that when people like you are no longer here that the world will not remember or will not believe? i do worry. the world won't remember. they don't remember the armenian genocide, they don't remember what happened yesterday in syria and afghanistan. they don't remember all the people who are sitting in poverty. even if i was there, i don't believe it, so how much will people who weren't there? how can they believe it? in yad vashem's hall of names, images of the dead. young soldiers troop
in to share the binding tragedy of the jewish people. the state of israel is now a regional power. for decades, it has occupied palestinian territories. but some here will always see their nation through the prism of persecution and survival. 0rla guerin, bbc news, yad vashem. now it's time for the weather with lucy martin. it was a settled start to the week this week with plenty of beautiful winter sunshine. the skies have turned cloudy and we have more to come over the next few days. thursday starts with patches of fog that could be slow to care but brings plenty of cloud. here is why, high pressure sat across the uk and has been with us since the beginning
of the weekend with us over the next few days. north and west, a cold front will bring outbreaks of rain for north—west of scotland and away from that, a lot of cloud and the cloud could be thick enough for the odd spot of light rain and drizzle. some breaks in the cloud, the best fount to the east of higher ground. temperatures sitting at around 8—10 selfless. thursday into friday, not a great deal of change. high pressure still in charge and the cold front slips south but not a great deal on it at this point. friday morning you could wake up to scenes like this. fog could be an issue again as we move into friday. dense patches of fog that could be slow to clear and cause disruption. 0n slow to clear and cause disruption. on friday, it is generally cloudy again and a similar picture to friday —— thursday. the best of the brightness spells found towards the east. a little rain towards the finals and the temperature is similarto finals and the temperature is
similar to thursday. into the weekend we start to see signs of change and you can see more isobars on the map here and that means saturday will be a breezy day. still cloud around for much of england and wales and some brightest spells and a few showers in the west with more rain moving to the north—west of scotland. temperatures are similar to what we saw on thursday and friday. that rain slips further south—east saturday into sunday. you can see that cold front edging south—east bringing a spell of rain. holding onto the isobars on the map so holding onto the isobars on the map so again sunday looks like a fairly breezy day. once that rain clears towards the south and east we will see sunny towards the south and east we will see sunny spells and showers following behind. across the southern half of the uk it will be milder with highs around 8— 11 celsius, more like seven in the northern half. showers are not the story as we move into monday. all highs towards the atlantic where we
have an area of low pressure. 0ne highs towards the atlantic where we have an area of low pressure. one to keep an eye on and that will bring wet and windy weather through monday. a gearchange to come for monday. a gearchange to come for monday. wet and windy. to the finals in scotland, temperatures here sitting around 5— six celsius but was the south and east it looks fairly mild with temperatures here around 11— 13 celsius stop next week we start on a mild note but that does not look set to stick with us. it will be a rollercoaster temperature wise next week. and you can see this as we look at the outlooks through the next working week. no two days of the same temperature wise and towards the end of the week we are looking at more u nsettled of the week we are looking at more unsettled weather. it looks like we have more of that to come as we move towards the end of january. the reason for that, the jet stream. it is still sat across the uk and it is still fast moving so we will see areas of low pressure bringing wet