hello, everyone. i'm rico hizon in singapore. the headlines... donald trump uses his first press conference to attack the intelligence agencies of america. he says they may have leaked claims that russia has compromising information about him. it is all fa ke information about him. it is all fake news. it is phoney stuff. it did not happen and it was bought by opponents of ours. mr trump's choice for secretary of state is also in the spotlight. he called china, aggressive expansionist and unreliable. as it went to bite hard gci’oss unreliable. as it went to bite hard across europe we report on how refugees living in camps in greece are coping with subzero temperatures. and 25 years at the top in bollywood. we speak exclusively to one of its actors.” hide in the car. i travel on the trunk of my car sometimes to get somewhere. live from our studios in
singapore and london. this is bbc world news. glad you could join us. it is eight a.m. here in singapore and midnight in london. seven p.m. a.m. here in singapore and midnight in london. seven pm. in new york where donald trump has used his first formal news conference since the presidential election to attack america's intelligence agencies. he suggested they may have been responsible for leaking a report which alleges that russia has gathered compromising information about him. the president—elect angrily denied that he was in any way beholden to russia and he repeatedly criticised some media organisations for spreading what he called fa ke organisations for spreading what he called fake news. it has been almost
half a year since we have seen one of these, a donald trump press conference. a great time for him. the media are begging and beijing for a boat. because, we havejust learned that intelligence chiefs gave mr trump documents which alleges that russia has compromising material on him. i think it is a disgrace that information would be let out. i saw the information, a red the information of that meeting. it is all fake news. it is phoney stuff. it didn't happen. a dossier compiled by an ex— agent makes unproven allegations that russia has damning details of mr trump's business interests and luritja claims involving sex workers.” business interests and luritja claims involving sex workers. i am surrounded by people and i always tell them if i am leaving this country, be very careful because in your hotel rooms and no matter where your hotel rooms and no matter where you go, it they will probably have
cameras. be careful. you do not want to see yourself on television. cameras all over the place. and, again, notjust russia. all over. does anyone really believe that story? also very much of a german folk, by the way. believe me.” think it was disgraceful that intelligence agencies allowed any information that will turn out to be false and fake out. i think it is a disgrace and i say that and i say that and that is something that nazi germany would have done and did do. i think it is a disgrace. bbc news. if we come back with any type of conclusion of any of this, if any of this stand—up industry, will you consider your position? there is
nothing that could come out. these revelations are connected to the hacking scandal. the kremlin is accused of this cyber attack on the democrats during the election. until now donald trump has refused to single out russia for blame. as far as hacking, i think it was russia but i think we could also be hacked by other countries. if vladimir putin likes donald trump, i consider that an asset not a liability. we have a horrible relationship with russia and russia can help us fight isis which, by the way, is number one tricky. there were vitriol for some news organisations including cnn. go ahead. go ahead. go ahead. not you. not you. your organisation is terrible. your organisation is terrible. ahead. though i said.
go—ahead. she is asking a question. do not be rude. do not be rude. do not be... no, i will not give you a question. i will not give you a question. i will not give you a question. you are fake news. this conference was to be about the trump business empire. today he produced papers proving that he is handing control over to his sons. as president i could run my organisation and i could run the country. i would do a very good job. the president—elect has now left trump tower and the president—elect has now left trump towerand in the president—elect has now left trump tower and in nine days time he will no longer be the president—elect, he will be the 45th president of the united states. this was a competent performance but doubts and questions will still linger about his business practices and, in some people ‘s mind, at any associations that may or may not have existed in russia. he repeated his pledge to build a wall in mexico
and replace obama cap. yesterday was any guide you want to howled onto your hats for the trump presidency. the bbc has known about this leaked report which alleges that russia has compromising information about donald trump for sometime now but decided to report on it after it became clear that the us intelligence agencies had been taking them seriously enough to brief the president and the president—elect. this is what was told to us. but let's not lose sight of the central allegation here which is donald trump, president—elect of the united states is vulnerable to blackmail by the russians. that is such an extraordinary claim, so much depends on the credibility of author of this dossier. he has now been named as christopher steele, a former mi6 agent who was in moscow in the early 19905. speaking to one intelligence source, he is apparently very highly regarded among his peers as it turned and trustworthy and that and that reputation, i think, is one of the main reasons why
what he said, the allegations that he repeated from russian security officers, were taken so seriously by the american intelligence institutions. i spoke to one intermediary, we cannot speak to case officers directly, but i spoke to an intermediary and the message came back that the people dealing with this file, that they found it credible, that there was more than one tape, an audiotape as well as a video tape, that there were several times that these activities supposedly took place and in more than one location, not only the ritz carlton in moscow but saint petersburg as well. the fact that the cia found those allegations credible enough to put on the desk of president obama is not then saying they believe the allegations, they are just saying they are worthy of consideration. one further thing — this former mi6 officer is not the only source. i spoke to a retired spy last august who said he had been told of the existence of a blackmail tape by the head of an east european intelligence agency over the summer.
we should stress in all of this that these are allegations and mr trump is literally correct when he says they are unsubstantiated. nevertheless, america's are in an incredible position nine days before an inauguration to decide whether or not their president is a russian agent of influence. the japanese president begins a six—day tour of asia—pacific nations. he will visit indonesia, vietnam, australia and the philippines. the call comes at a time of uncertainty over the attitude of the trump administration to the region. the president of the philippines has ordered government agencies to offer free contraceptives to an estimated 6 million women who cannot get hold of them. his plans are seen as controversial in a majority catholic
country. but the president says he wa nts to country. but the president says he wants to reduce the number of u nwa nted wants to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies. the former un secretary general is due to arrive backin secretary general is due to arrive back in his native south america on thursday. he is expected to launch his breadth of the presidency. he has not declared his candidacy but his country is bracing for the possibility of an early election followed the impeachment of the current president. a new species of primate has been found. research concerns that confirms it has been recognised as a new species of gibbon. as a cold snap continues to affect greece, thousands of homeless refugees and migrants remain at risk of exposure to the bad weather. some camps in northern greece have been inundated with snow. our reporter howard johnson
attempted to travel to some of them. we set off from athens early in the we set off from athens early in the morning this is were keenly a notice of sparta took on the king of the persian empire. we missed the turn to the camp but met two men walking along the road who pointed us in the right direction. we just picked along the road who pointed us in the right direction. wejust picked up two men who were walking on the street here. they are both from kurdistan. they are taking as to the camp which is just a couple of 100
metres in front of us here. inside the camp i met syrian refugees, many making the most of the snow we weather. 0h, refugees, many making the most of the snow we weather. oh, my card! u nfortu nately, the snow we weather. oh, my card! unfortunately, as it was a last—minute decision to visit the camp we did not have the necessary as to film inside. but one man came out to talk to us on the condition that we protect his identity.” out to talk to us on the condition that we protect his identity. i am a living here for three months. we wait because it is now winter. it is very cold. we have kids, we have families. and after winter, where will you go? as you can see the snow here is
around ten inches thick on the ground and it is still falling. that means families will have to stay here for the time being to wait for this weather pattern to pass before they can carry on theirjourney to their final destinations. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: mr trump's pick for secretary of state has been making his case for thejob. rex tillerson turned on china, saying it is aggressive, expansionist and unreliable. we'll bring you all the details. also on the programme: a painting for every day of president 0bama's time in office. nearly 3,000 works. we speak to the artist at the end of his eight—year project. day one of operation desert storm to force the iraqis out of kuwait
has seen the most intense air attacks since the second world war. tobacco is america's oldest industry, and it's one of its biggest, but the industry is nervous of this report. this may tend to make people want to stop smoking cigarettes. there is not a street that is unaffected. huge parts of kobe were simply demolished as buildings crashed into one another. this woman said she'd been given no help and no advice by the authorities. she stood outside the ruins of her business. tens of thousands of black children in south africa have taken advantage of laws, passed by the country's new multiracial government, and enrolled at formerly white schools. tonight sees the 9,610th performance of her long—running play, the mousetrap. when they heard about her death today, the management considered whether to cancel tonight's performance, but agatha christie would have been the last person to want such a thing. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm babita sharma in london. our top stories:
donald trump has angrily dismissed claims that russia has compromising material on him and has suggested that us intelligence agencies may have leaked the allegations. donald trump's choice to be us secretary of state, rex tillerson, has told a senate confirmation hearing that china is aggressive, and must stop building islands in the south china sea. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the financial times explores all the elements that news conference by donald trump. it covers his comments about russia, the leaking of that dossier and the role of the media. 0n the front page of the south china morning post is a picture of president 0bama's family during his farewell address and a story that china is open to a potential meeting with representatives of donald trump at this month's world economic forum in switzerland.
the international edition of the new york times has a report about a group of rohingya refugees from myanmar in bangladesh. the article details several accounts from those inside the camp which reveals the extent of the violence that has unfolded in myanmar. now, rico, what stories are sparking discussions online? this story has generated quite a buzz on social media, especially in india. here's what happened. a user from mumbai spotted on amazon canada a listing for a doormat resembling the indian flag. now, ishould mention that under indian law, the desecration of the flag is a serious offence. the country's minister for external affairs, sushma swaraj, joined the wave of discontent on twitter. she threatened to rescind visas for amazon officials if they did not stop selling the product.
hours later, result! the item seems to have disappeared from sale. as donald trump faced the media, his nominee for secretary of state rex tillerson was facing questions from a panel of senators who are considering his suitability for the post. in a confirmation hearing that lasted around nine hours, mr tillerson urged the us to take a new approach in dealing with china and to have an open and frank dialogue with russia about its ambitions. 0ur correspondent aleem maqbool reports. rex tillerson was donald trump's surprise choice to be secretary of state. as he tried to convince congress he's fit for thejob, he appeared to have a tougher line on russia than the man who picked him. russia today poses a danger, but it is not unpredictable in advancing its own interest. it has invaded the ukraine, including the taking of crimea and supported syrian forces that brutally violates the laws of war. but mr tillerson's background
as chief executive of oil and gas giant exxonmobil involves extensive ties with russia, even receiving the country's medal of friendship from vladimir putin. some politicians are clearly not convinced he's really able to get tough on the kremlin, and it finally showed. is vladimir putin a war criminal? i would not use that term. let me describe the situation in aleppo and perhaps that will help you reach that conclusion. senator rubio went on to describe what he called the "targeting of civilians" by russian forces in syria. you are still not prepared to say that vladimir putin and his military have violated the rules of war and have conducted war crimes in aleppo? those are very, very serious charges to make and i would want to have much more information before reaching a conclusion. there's so much information out there. you know, i find it discouraging, your inability to cite that. and protesters dressed in kkk robes have disrupted proceedings
to confirm another of donald trump's pics. to confirm another of donald trump's picks. would you raise your hand, please? jeff sessions is the man donald trump wants to be his attorney general, a man who, in the 1980s, was denied a judgeship over claims of racial discrimination. i am not a racist. i'm not insensitive to blacks. in his hearing, some of the leading black voices in congress laid out their concerns. he has demonstrated a total disregard for the equal application ofjustice and protection of the law as it applies to african—americans and falls short on so many issues. it's still likely that both rex tillerson and jeff sessions will be confirmed in their respective posts, but also clear that in these choices, that least, but also clear that in these choices, at least, donald trump has not felt the need to reassure those americans who are concerned about his politics when it comes to russia or race. aleem maqbool, bbc news, washington.
bollywood star shah rukh khan made his debut 25 years ago and for some he's considered to be the biggest movie star in the world. but speaking exclusively to the bbc he says he never imagined he would become such a big star. haroon rashid has been to meet him at his home in mumbai and asked him what he thinks about his succcesful career. there's a lot of factors for me happening. i think i came at the right time. i think there was a whole turnaround were a little more easy—going cinema was coming in, it wasn't so antiestablishment, it was about goodness, family, love. the time came when second—generation indians missed home all wanted their children to learn a little bit about india and the only thing they saw was in the film is. the one plus i saw happening to me was i had no plan to succeed. you said how did i
find my way, i had no way, i did not know the way, and when you don't know the way, and when you don't know the way to success naturally you stop knowing the way to failure also. shah rukh khan the brand is an international phenomenon, has shah rukh khan the brand become bigger than anything you wanted it to be?” never saw myself becoming a brand, it wasn't a conscious decision doing things that would lead to something. it happens now in more modern times, at least in india, where imagery is created by management. i've never taken things so intricately, i've just done things that i feel and more often than not it has gone right but i don't know how to do it right but i don't know how to do it right again. but it does get out of control. sometimes even the simplest of things said all the simplest of actions can sing to trouble people, and that's a little shocking to me and that's a little shocking to me and sometimes has made me a little more wary of what i should do, where i should do, how i should do and when i should do. there's crowds of
us when i should do. there's crowds of usjo of people that stand outside your house at the weekend, every time you land at a different airport there's paparazzi waiting for you, isn't it tiring after a point? it's not tiring, it's not irritating, it can geta not tiring, it's not irritating, it can get a little... the people i spend my personal time with, family, they understand it. one has to give up they understand it. one has to give upafew they understand it. one has to give up a few things like having a good dinner somewhere, i can't be with them in the dinner because it wouldn't be so nice, people will come and we are a courteous family so we will do the pictures and if you do one it will be to ten or 15. 0n you do one it will be to ten or 15. on my own i can wear a hoodie and hide in the car, which i do often, i travel in the trunk of my car sometimes to get somewhere! really? yes, have a good chat with my friend having a drink. i can't imagine shah rukh khan sitting in the trunk for some reason. i'm compact, i can fit! as the world awaits whatever a trump presidency may bring, the obama presidency draws ever closer to its end, and so too does the work of an artist who has
followed his daily life for eight years. rob pruitt has painted a single image for every day of 0bama's time in office. that's nearly 3,000 paintings. they are now on display at the gavin brown gallery in new york, where the bbc caught up with him. when he won, i thought to myself, i need a place to put all of this energy. you know, ijust can't go back to life as usual so i thought that i would commit to making one painting of him every day of his presidency as a visual diary. it's very rare that you see an image of the president driving a car. when i started to think about what this visual diary would be like, i started thinking about my hometown, which is washington, dc, where there are many monuments to previous presidents. this is a good one. i was thinking i would take the
patriotically american colours of red, white and blue and visualise them as stone, and that's how i came up them as stone, and that's how i came up with these interpretations of the american flag. maybe halfway through i woke american flag. maybe halfway through iwoke up american flag. maybe halfway through i woke up in a panic one night not 100% in love with the colours any more, but i have already painted for yea rs more, but i have already painted for years in this palette. but now again i like the colours. it was just, sort of, a moment that i subject myself to. i always saw it as one work, all 2922 paintings. it's at once a record of his presidency and an interpretation. each day is given the same size and the same painting treatment. whether he's getting a shaveice treatment. whether he's getting a shave ice in hawaii on christmas vacation or he's signing the healthcare act, it's all given the same weight within my project
because i wanted to make a monument to the entire presidency. so when i look forward to january the 20th, i think that for myself, like for a lot of americans, it's going to be a very difficult and emotional day. barack obama is a very visionary leader and to say goodbye to that is not going to be an easy thing. rob pruitt there, speaking about his extraordinary project. well, after president 0bama's farewell speech on tuesday night, he set a new personal record on social media. he took to twitter to say: this tweet has become his most popular to date, with more than 1.3 million likes and over 650 thousand retweets. with more than 1.3 million likes and over 650,000 retweets. you have been watching newsday. stay with us,
the boss of samsung group will soon face a grilling by special prosecutors in the latest twist in the scandal swirling around south korea's president. and before we go, we want to take you to austria and a ski resort with a difference. this minature ski resort is the creation of a 17—year—old called kevin pobatschnig and kevin built the resort in his parent's backyard. everything in it is around one thirtieth the size of real life. the teenager built it with a bit of help from mum and dad. it's a fair bet that he has a very promising career ahead in engineering. that's all for now, stay with bbc world news. hello. i know already some of you have seen some fairly wintry
conditions. i think over the next couple of days that prospect becomes more widespread. thursday dawns with still a lot of wind to be had in the northern half, maybe not as much as wednesday, and a cold start to the day. cold and dry to start in the south—east, don't be fooled by that because relatively mild air is moving in from the atlantic. real concerns about the strength of the wind during the day and the snow, initially in northern parts but there's a change on the way for areas because your mild air bringing the rain will eventually run into that cold air, which is already in situ across wales, the midlands and the northern parts of the british isles and as that moisture runs into the cold air, so i think we'll see quite a significant conversion, so slowly and surely through the day, of some of that rain into snow, initially across the high ground of wales but eventually as we get into the afternoon, so more widely snow will become an issue and notjust at
high—level zieler. some doubt about the exact wheres and whens but that's the general principle, all the while in the northern half of the while in the northern half of the british isles it's another bitterly cold day with a lot of winter driving a peppering of showers into central and western parts of scotland, across northern ireland, into the north—west of england and northern parts of wales and what is going to feel like a bitterly cold day. given the strength of the wind and the fact your thermometers are never going to read better than two, three or four. not quite out of the woods ripol regards to the problem in the south because increasingly in the evening the snowfalls to lower levels, as it quits the scene, whetted services will turn into icy surfaces underneath clear skies. at least clear for a underneath clear skies. at least clearfor a time underneath clear skies. at least clear for a time because we have another weather feature dragging the prospect of more snow further south across scotland, into the north of england such that friday morning could be a realfestival of
england such that friday morning could be a real festival of frost and ice and snow fall we think too coming down across central and eastern parts of the british isles before it eventually quits the scene, unfortunately just after the main rush hour, to leave behind another chilly, chilly day right across the piece with further wintry showers in northern and western parts but at least there will be some sunshine and there will be a prospect of somewhat drier conditions following all the snow. the weekend starts chilly again and thenit the weekend starts chilly again and then it turns milderfor many the weekend starts chilly again and then it turns milder for many as we get to sunday. welcome back. you are watching bbc world news. our top story, donald trump has said that us intelligence agencies may have been behind the leak which alleges that russia has compromising information about him. in his first news conference as president—elect mr trump said that it is true the legal would be a tremendous blot on reputation of the agencies. he also condemned what he called fake news. while his choice to be us secretary of state, rex tillerson, has called free new approach to dealing with china. a new species of primate has been found in china. you are up—to—date.