a very warm welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to our viewers in north america and around the globe. my name's mike embley. our top stories: pushed from power — south korea's highest court upholds the impeachment of president park, over a corruption scandal. clashes on the streets of the capital seoul as the verdict is announced. the ruling means she could now face criminal charges. more american states have filed legal challenges to president trump's revised travel ban on six mainly—muslim countries, arguing it remains unconstitutional. and, freed thanks to a bbc investigation so what happened next to the baby chimpanzee stolen by animal traffickers? hello. for the first time in south korea's history as a democracy, the country's president is being removed from office. in the past few hours, the constitutional court has ruled
that the impeachment of park geun—hye should be confirmed. she is embroiled in a corruption scandal — and may now face a criminal trial, on 13 counts including soliciting bribes and allowing a close friend to profit from her connections with the presidency. the decisions were met with cheering from her opponents but have been clashes between them and her supporters. it is devastating, really. this is the first time in the 30 years where there has been a democracy where the sitting president has been removed from office. you could say it is a bit of a test for democracy. there have been big protests every saturday night and other nights. pretty big
protest in her favour but the country is split. the highest court in the land said there was a corrupt relationship and at the centre of it, her best friend, money from corporations and the implication that influences go back via the president. it has been a very controversial. what happens next and how much dispute is there likely to be? i do not think there will be much dispute about the judgement. it was at mac to kneel. ——8. had it gone the other way i think it would have gone the other way. —— britain not know who is going to win the election but all indications are that there may well be a move
towards the left. if that is so, the attitude of the south korean government towards north korea may change. there are people in this country he would expect a left wing government for example 262 reopened thejoint government for example 262 reopened the joint industrial complex right on the border between south and north korea. —— to seek to reopen. how that would fit in with the trust administration ends washington as north korea get closer to get nuclear weapons able to hit the us might be difficult. can you tell us more about the background. the court had to decide whether she did something wrong and also whether it was so wrong something wrong and also whether it was so wrong that she broke the constitution? they looked at 13 charges add some of them seemed not
that important, like she was absent from public view on the day of the sinking of the ferry for eight hours. they decided it was not the president'sjob in raising the rescue but the central allegation is that choi soon—sil, how best friend and kind of mental, really, had two foundations and those foundations took money and also... from corporations... and also gives. things like a gift of a horse went toa things like a gift of a horse went to a leader and the court decided decided by corporations had done that because they thought though again to get influenced back.
secondly, the right criminal proceedings against about 30 people, including the top person at samsung and it is that central relationship thatis and it is that central relationship that is alleged to be corrupt. when the president of the country brokered a deal where lots of money that nearly $40 million in one case — went from the corporation to her best friend in return for the government putting in various changes that samsung wanted. you could have argued, it could have been a sceptic before, saying where reason the real proof? the concert —— constitutional court did not agree and said that the relationship was gravely illegal and breached the
trust of the people. see evidence in seoul. lee dong bok is a former opposition party national assembly member and hejoins me now from seoul. they have been very big demonstrations against the president but clearly a lot of activity we are seeing it now — what is going on? but clearly a lot of activity we are seeing it now — what is going 0mm the wake of the controversial court ruling, in teaching... i mean, stripping the president of the... the post of office of the presidency, the nation is very dangerously divided now between two groups of people. one group of people saying that the constitutional court ruling is not the correct one. whereas the other
group is an support of the constitutional court ruling but the matter... as you rightly pointed out... that is a great amount of concern about where the nation is headed to in the aftermath of the impeached president as she leaves the presidential management and we're looking forward to see the presidential elections in two months time. i know the us has nearly 40,000 troops stationed in south korea. at a time when north korea is in sucha korea. at a time when north korea is in such a phase? the united states is going to be confronting a
critical decision—making position as to how to deal with north korea at a time when south korea is now going into a very dangerous political turmoil. i know there could be proceedings against the president, criminal proceedings, but there are also 30 other people involved? there are also 30 other people involved? there a re less also 30 other people involved? there are less than ten people which have already been indicted by the special prosecution and there are possibilities for some more to be indicted but i do not think the number growing any larger but the question is the special prosecution is now... has completed its mission
but the accusations against the president have not reached where the court has said said the constitutional court ruling today... reliving the president on charges of corruption, it is a little premature in terms of the legal system where the court should have the final say on whether or not they constitute criminal activities. thank you very much. we will keep an eye on those pictures in the south korean capital, very tense times. legal challenges are piling up against president trump's revised travel ban, on migrants from six mainly—muslim countries. a day after hawaii launched its lawsuit, washington state is also filing a motion to block the ban, and new york, massachusetts and oregon are joining the suit. officials in washington state claim the ban, even in its new revised
form, is still unconstitutional. i asked our correspondent laura bicker in washington what exactly are the grounds of this suit. this is what happened last time. a number of states came forward and a number of states came forward and a numberjoined number of states came forward and a number joined the fray number of states came forward and a numberjoined the fray but, yes, washington state was the key one. judge robart issued the order against the travel ban and they asking to continue that. bob ferguson, the state attorney general, said it is time donald trump was told not so fast. he says it is still unconstitutional because it is still unconstitutional because it is still a muslim ban. he quoted the president words back at him from the president words back at him from the campaign trail. he will be
speaking to lawyers and a number of universities who say it would adversely affect their businesses, colleges, universities, if people from these six countries are not allowed in. the white house says it is confident that this ban in its current form will stand up to legal interpretation, to legal challenge. let's go through those changes at that current visa holders are allowed in. if you are a refugee that has a already been passed by the state department you will be allowed in. after that, the rear is allowed in. after that, the rear is a90 allowed in. after that, the rear is a 90 week ban. iraq is no longer on the list. —— 90 day bank. the others are still on the list and the band also does not mention the religion of those who will be allowed in. previously critics have argued that it would favour christian refugees
and that is one of the reasons why many had protested the band saying it was a muslim ban but the washington state attorney says he will continue arguing that your national origin does not determine whether or not you are a risk to national security and that remains the key challenge to this order. the united states is boosting its military presence in syria, ahead of a planned offensive against raqqa, stronghold of the extremist group that calls itself islamic state. the extra 400 forces are marines and army rangers who've been deployed in the past few days, to establish an outpost. from there, they'll be able to fire artillery at is positions around 20 miles away. the man president trump has put in charge of america's environmental policies has declared he doesn't believe carbon dioxide is a primary cause of global warming — a view that goes against the overwhelming body of scientific evidence, from researchers around the world. scott pruitt is a former
attorney—general of oklahoma who's frequently sued the environmental protection agency, in the past. he also described the paris climate accord to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as a bad deal. here he is speaking to cnbc. i think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there is tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so, no, iwould not agree that it is a primary contributor to the global warming that we see. scott pru ett scott pruett saying things that are frankly not true. it comes as no surprise, scott pruett is a well—known climate change sceptic and it is precisely why he got the job but for many people he has been a jawdropping moment to hear the head of the protection agency saying
that. it flies in the face of mainstream science. it has been slammed by environmental groups and it contradicts his very own agency's website and this does policy implication. we are expecting an executive order that will aggressively roll back many of barack obama's environmental regulations and there is also a fierce debate within the trump administration about whether or not to withdraw from the paris accord. people like scott pruitt said these are bad deal. rex tillerson and ivanka trump said they should stay in. it is a measure of how much things have changed when rex tillerson who at two a few months ago was the head of exxonmobil has now become a moderating voice within the administration on climate change. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: the first female boxing world champion goes back
to her yorkshire roots to see her pioneering career honoured. the numbers of dead and wounded defied belief. this the worst terrorist atrocity on european soil in modern times. in less than 24 hours in the soviet union lost an elderly sick leader and replaced him with a dynamic figure 20 years hisjunior. we heard these gunshots from the gym. they came out of the exits and actually fired at our huts. god, we were all petrified. james earl ray, ages 41, sentenced to 99 years, and due for parole when he's 90, travelled from memphis jail to nashville state prison in an eight—car car convoy. paul, what's it feel like to be married at last? it feels fine, thank you. what are you going to do now — is it going to change your life much, do you think?
i don't know, really, i've never been married before. glad to have you with us on bbc news. the headlines: south korea's constitutional court has upheld the impeachment of president park, forcing her from office. impeachment of president park, forcing herfrom office. there will have to be a new election within 60 days. it was met by cheering from opponents of president park in the street, but there have been clashes with her supporters. last month we brought you the story of nemleyjunior, a baby chimpanzee freed from wildlife traffickers in ivory coast, all thanks to a bbc investigation. two of the traffickers are now being prosecuted, in the first case of its kind. and the body supposed to stop the illegal trade in endangered species has now tightened up its rules. the bbc‘s david shukman has been back to ivory coast, to uncover the fate of the chimp at the centre of it all. a heart—warming story of recovery —
a baby chimpanzee, nemleyjunior, with a great appetite. an astonishing turnaround, given the trauma he's been through. poachers killed his mother and the rest of his family and then sold him to wildlife traffickers. he's learning to explore — he was freed as a result of a bbc news investigation. but he never liked to get too farfrom his keepers, he wants constant company. chimpanzees live in close families in the wild. nemleyjunior has now lost his, and needs a new one. this is a key moment for nemleyjunior, meeting another chimpanzee, a slightly older female. he's never going to make it back into the wild, so the best hope is to create bonds with a new family. just a few months ago, he looked so much thinner
while in the hands of animal smugglers. they were selling him for $12,500. we briefed the police and they moved in. a raid led to two arrests. a young dealer called ibrahima traore and his uncle mohamed. they're now awaiting trial — the first prosecution for wildlife trafficking that ivory coast has ever seen. and with big money involved, they're linked to another network of traffickers in guinea. the sidibe family also sold baby chimpanzees, but two of them have now been arrested, so this could be a turning point. once you get one, you arrest them, you prosecute them, you incarcerate them, that message starts to get out that wildlife crime is no longer high profit, low risk, there is a risk here, in fact, i might go to jail. the dealers circulate videos of the chimps for sale. wildlife investigators say the arrests will slow the trade but not stop it entirely.
it is just one big step, but it is a never ending battle, wildlife trafficking. so you've made progress, but it's not the end? not the end, it's like a drug, it's a never ending battle. back at the zoo, nemleyjunior is playful. a mobile phone keeps him amused and here's the view from it. after our first report of his rescue, many of you were keen to hear more about him. well, it's reassuring to see him thriving, and also to think that, with four traffickers arrested, other chimps in the jungles may be a little safer. david shukmman, bbc news, in ivory coast. let's take you to a coffee shop in shanghai. here, all the employees are from families with a connection to hiv—aids. apart from giving them a job and skills, the cafe is trying to tackle the stigma
still associated with hiv—aids. but as the bbc‘s robin brant discovered, that's not proving so easy. are we are trying to push them to become street thugs and gangsters? that is really upsetting. let's be honest. firstly, i did not know this, right? now you are telling me. i would talk to them like other people, and not have a second thought about what is going on. am i scared? that is commonsense. everyone would have a first intuition to think about it, whether i am safe or not.
not if it is hiv, but anything, if it can be infecting. those who are biased and cannot tolerate their food being served by someone who is hiv negative but with family members who are hiv positive, just don't come. you never know what you are going to find. we spoke to some people in there. that man in particular spoke very good english and had a bagel in his hand. but when i told him the story about this place, he said he had second thoughts and wasn't sure about coming back. social stigma and discrimination by people is irrational. i think a lot of people understand that hiv cannot be spread by eating social stigma and discrimination by people is irrational. i think a lot of people understand that hiv cannot be spread by eating a bakery product. somehow, umm, there is still irrational fear.
robin brandt reporting from shanghai. ‘battling' barbara buttrick was known as the ‘mighty atom' and became the first ever female boxing world champion, back in the 1950s. she moved from the uk to the states, eventually retiring undefeated. now, aged 87, she's returned to her home county of yorkshire to meet young boxers and see her pioneering career honoured. david sillito went to hull to meet her. battling barbara, they used to call me. the mighty atom. barbara buttrick is 87. her sparring partner today, former wbc champion tommy coyle. i was what they would call a tomboy, i guess. she began more than 70 years ago. she decided, aged 15, to give up football and try boxing. it was a career choice that was met with more than a little disapproval.
and a shortage of opponents. the answer was america. she took on all comers in carnivals and she won a world title. she has, over the years, faced more than 1000 people in the ring, a world champion, a pioneer in boxing. but even in her hometown of hull, few had heard of the mighty atom. however, that has all changed. kat rose martin is the star of one of two new plays based on barbara's life. did you know the story of barbara? i didn't, which is really, really, like, shocking, really, because it's such an incredible story, how she became the bantamweight world champion and i'm stood next to the bantamweight world champion! and yet, we don't know about it. why don't we know about it? i think all this talk about girls not boxing is old—fashioned. girls aren't the delicate flowers they used to be. 70 years on, she has
been proved right. tomorrow's boxers were queueing to meet barbara. a boxer? i know, i did try dance class but that lasted six weeks. are you inspired now? are you going to be a world champion? probably, yeah. it means a lot, yeah. i'm very proud to be back in hull, now, in a day when boxing is accepted, my life kind of is accepted, too, you know. david sillito speaking to ‘battling' barbara buttrick in her hometown of hull today. a reminder of that menus, let's go back to the streets of the south korean capital, seoul. south korea's highest court, the constitutional court, has upheld a parliamentary decision to remove resident park in high from office. —— president park geun—hye. there was cheering from
her opponents, but there have been clashes with her supporters. she was embroiled in a corruption scandal and may now face a criminal trial of i3 and may now face a criminal trial of 13 counts, including soliciting bribes and allowing a close friend to profit from her connections with the presidency. there will be a president shall election in south korea within 60 days. much more news ata time korea within 60 days. much more news at a time on the bbc website. thank you for watching. thanks to a ridge of high pressure, thursday turned out to be a glorious day for many. plenty of sunshine and a top temperature of 17 celsius reached across the south—east of england. during the course of the night, looks like central and eastern areas will hold on to the clear skies. temperatures by friday morning, actually quite chilly here. but further south and west, increasing cloud, some light patchy rain, some hill fog, also a little bit of mist as well. a bit more of a breeze here, so it will be a mild start first thing across southern and western areas. but chilly further east. and further east, closer to this
area of high pressure. whereas this area of low pressure will bringing increasingly unsettled weather to western areas. so for friday morning, it is an east—west split. cloudy, breezy across the west, with spots of drizzle. chilly and bright across the far east. it will also be a bit of a bright, dry start across the north—east of scotland and the northern isles. further west, cloudier, some spits and spots of light rain, particularly acrosswestern up slopes, some too for northern ireland with a bit of mist and murk, and some hill fog. that's also the case for north—west england, wales, the south—west of england. but for east of the pennines, in towards east anglia, and maybe the south—east for a while, it will be a chilly start but at least bright with some sunshine. notice the temperature difference — 6—7 degrees in the east, 10—11 in the west. as the day wears on though, the cloud across western areas will slowly creep eastwards. i don't think reaching the far south—east and east anglia really until after dark. here you should see the sunshine.
maybe a high of 13—14 degrees. further west though, it will be very mild but rather cloudy with some spots of light rain. so it means for the six nations rugby, wales v ireland, in cardiff, during the evening it looks like it will be a fairly mild one, rather cloudy and there could be the odd spit of rain in the air. now, as we head into the weekend, it's a tale of two halves. i think saturday looking dry into sunday looks like we'll see a weather front bringing some cooler and fresher air, mainly across northern and western areas. for saturday though, skies will be brightening up across northern ireland and scotland behind this weather front which will bring some dreary weather to central parts of the uk. but to the south—east, here, a little bit of brightness. it could be very mild indeed, with temperatures of 15, 16, maybe 17 degrees. sunday is a messier picture. we lose one weather front only to be replaced by another one. and there will be some dry interludes here and there. looks like there will be some rain about and feeling fresher.
so to sum up for the weekend, i think saturday looking like being the driest of the two days, with some sunshine around and feeling quite warm particularly across the south and the east. because for sunday, it looks like there will be more cloud around. the latest headlines from bbc news. i'm mike embley. south korea's highest court has upheld the impeachment of the country's president, park geun—hye. she was accused by parliament of 13 charges including bribery and abuse of power — and could now face a criminal trial. there'll be a presidential election within sixty days. there've been more legal challenges to president trump's second attempt to ban migrants from six mainly—muslim countries. a day after hawaii launched the first lawsuit, washington state is also filing its own motion, with the states of new york, massachusetts and oregon joining its suit. the new head of the us environmental protection agency has been criticised for saying he's not convinced carbon dioxide is a major cause of global warming.