Skip to main content

tv   Beyond 100 Days  BBC News  November 16, 2017 7:00pm-8:01pm GMT

7:00 pm
you're watching beyond 100 days. more women accuse republican senate candidate roy moore of molesting them when they were teenagers. but sexual harassment is not partisan. a popular democratic senator has also just been accused of groping a woman. as allegations against the alabama judge mount, ivanka trump says there's a special place in hell for people who abuse children. roy moore is due to speak shortly. we'll take you live to birmingham when he does. back here in washington, democratic senator al franken is apologising after a woman releases this image of him groping her during a trip overseas in 2006. still under house arrest, a smiling zimbabwean president robert mugabe meets the army chief and mediators, but the military remains in control. also on the programme: no deal on brexit would be a rough deal for german car manufacturers. 18000 german jobs are at risk. is berlin now ready to negotiate?
7:01 pm
i need water, help me, i need water, help. i need water, help me, i need water, help. water under the bridge? the joke that's backfired on the american president. trump's very own watergate. get in touch with us using the hashtag beyond—0ne—hundred—days. hello and welcome, i'm katty kay in washington and christian fraser is in london. 0ne democratic senator and one aspiring republican senator are under fire today over allegations they molested women. al franken, a democrat from minnesota, has just been forced to apologise after a tv reporter accused him of sexually harassing her. the other us politician under pressure over abuse allegations is republican roy moore of alabama. new accusations in the press today bring the total number of women, who have come forward to eight. the president still hasn't spoken on the moore case
7:02 pm
but his daughter has, telling the ap she has no reason to doubt the victims‘ accounts. one of the eight victims, beverley nelson, produced a school yearbook bearing the signature of roy moore. in fact he had signed it roy moore da. but now his lawyer is casting doubt on that signature and wants it testing. we demand that you immediately release the yearbook to a neutral custodian so that our expert, you can send your expert as well if you would like to, so that our expert can look at it. not a copy on the internet, the actual document so that we can see the lettering, we can see the ink on the page, we can see the indentations and we can see how old is that ink. is it a0 years old or is it a week old? release the yearbook so that we can determine is it genuine or is it a fraud? let's get more on this from our north america correspondent rajini vaidyanathan. she's in birmingham alabama. the tactic of roy moore's lawyer
7:03 pm
there seems to be to discredit the women who have accused him of harassing them when they were teenagers, is that right? that is right. certainly that doesn't fit with the reaction that some voters have to these accusations. even before that news conference yesterday and number of republicans that i have spoken to here simply do not believe these allegations, they say they want proof. so by discrediting that yearbook signature and saying it needs to go for testing and handwriting analysis it plays into the idea that these accusations, and more women have now come forward since yesterday, it plays into the idea that many people have that this is fake news. the women have come forward, we are expecting a press conference. i have seen the stage and their ids big
7:04 pm
signs saying roy moore, the senate, andi signs saying roy moore, the senate, and i expect there are signs he is not pulling out of the race. no, this is a gathering of faith leaders who are there to endorse roy moore and stand—by site beside him. they said they are confident the voters of alabama will not be fooled by suspiciously timed allegations and says he is the right man for this state because of his position on things like abortion. yesterday i was in montgomery talking to republican voters who across—the—board said republican voters who across—the—boa rd said they republican voters who across—the—board said they stand—by roy moore. here in birmingham we talked to some republican voters who actually believe he should step aside and they are now torn as to whether they would vote for democrats in this race if he does not step aside, or whether they would just stay away from the ballot box. we talked about how tribal
7:05 pm
american politics is at the moment, but when you look at this case, it is not about party, not necessarily about the individual, it is about the voters of alabama versus the establishment in washington. absolutely, that is what it comes down to. a lot of people i have spoken to in alabama say people in alabama do not like being told what to do. roy moore is a very bombastic, controversialfigure. to do. roy moore is a very bombastic, controversial figure. he is anti—gay, andy islam, you does not believe in evolution. but they are conservative, evangelical view is that many people here who support him believe are being eroded. they are railing against the washington elite. roy moore seems to treat almost as much as donald trump. he says the washington elite are out to get him. he has been sending a lot of m essa g es get him. he has been sending a lot of messages to mitch mcconnell, a
7:06 pm
senior republican in the senate. he does not want people in the establishment to get involved in what he says is a different way of life here. that is what it comes down to. roy moore is determined to stay in this race and those who support him say it is because we do not want to be told by the establishment that he should go. democrats are picking up steam and doug jones is making some lead in the polls now. thank you, we will keep an eye on that press conference for you when and if roy moore starts speaking. we will bring you what he has to say. talking of people behaving badly... talking of people behaving badly... the other us politician facing criticism is al franken, the former comedian turned democratic senator for the state of minnesota. he's been accused by leanne tweeden a tv reporter of groping in 2006 while they were travelling abroad to visit us troops. during that official trip, ms tweeden says mr franken forced a kiss on her during a performance of a skit for the soldiers. she also released this photo taken during one of their flights and it pretty much speaks for itself.
7:07 pm
the senator has just released a statement apologising for his behaviour. and he has been referred to the senate ethics committee. 0ur political analyst ron christie, who worked in the george w bush white house, is in the studio with me. ron, how many people are there sitting on capitol hill today thinking to themselves i am feeling nervous? probably about 200. i worked on capitol hill for about eight years and i referred to it as the last plantation. there were things pretty much that you could do if you wanted to do. they do not have sexual harassment laws in place. all the laws that apply to any american citizen do not apply to those representatives and senators. i would put it at over 100 certainly who are very nervous and consulting
7:08 pm
lawyers right now. al franken has come out with a statement saying he respects women and women should come forward with these stories and he is very sorry for his behaviour. can he survive this given that photograph? not a chance. you look at the statement about this. the democrats do not want a roy moore type problem on their hands. the democratic governor says that if he should be stepped down and forced out, they can replace him. but there is no way this current wave of allegations will mean that he survives. when we talk about the president's legislative programme, and he wants to get it done by christmas, how does the alabama race fit into this? very strongly. good day to you. i was talking to two republican
7:09 pm
members of congress who headed over to meet with the present when the al franken situation evolved. they are very nervous. they said why is the president coming to capitol hill to meet with us? why does he not have the votes? the reason is he has not been very hands on in this tax reform process and the senate bill is drastically different from the house, but they need to move it out of the house to go to a conference committee to reconcile the bills from the two chambers. i think it will be very close for them to find a way to get to christmas and have built on the president's desk for him to sign. if doug jones snatches the seed and the democrats take it, we are then talking 119—51 in the senate. we know there are people in the senate, len johnson senate. we know there are people in the senate, lenjohnson is one of them and susan collins is another, who does not like the tax reform bill, could it come down to that
7:10 pm
seek whether or not he gets his legislative programme through?” think so. the vice president of the united states is in a position to cast a tie—breaking vote. republicans do not have a vote to spare. the best political outcome for the republicans is for doug jones to win this race because we do not have to deal with expelling him for having the terrible circumstance of having him in the senate. johnny isaacson from georgia has indicated he wants to support this package. i believe the seat in alabama vacated byjeff sessions is really important and right now it is too close to say who will come out on top in this bill? i thought it was interesting asking how many members might feel nervous and he mentioned the number 200 and he was notjoking. there is
7:11 pm
a widespread problem on capitol hill with this issue. we booked ron to come onto this programme to talk uniquely about tax reform. during the course of the morning we heard more people coming out with allegations against roy mover and we had the story about al franken. when this happens it derails the news agenda and that affects members and how they vote and the president's legislative capabilities. people might be saying why are you focusing ona might be saying why are you focusing on a senate race in alabama? why does it matter? it matters because this could undermine the president's legislative programme. if the numbers look dodgy for the president, alabama becomes important. the other thing is that people will think, hey, this looks like what is going on at the house of commons. some come forward and then one or two mps are in the dock and three or four moore and suddenly there is an avalanche of these cases
7:12 pm
and that derails what governments what to do. there is a very similar thing between the two parliaments going on at the moment and it will be very interesting to watch. both sides of the atlantic, people behaving not very well. both sides of the atlantic, people behaving not very well. there is an enormous sense of anticipation in zimbabwe, but still precious little news on what might happen next. robert mugabe remains under house arrest. we have seen pictures of him today in a meeting. it is reported he is resisting pressure to step down. but it seems pretty clear by now, the generals don't much care for mr mugabe's chosen successor, his wife, grace, whose whereabouts are unclear. south africa has sent government ministers to harare for crisis talks with both mr mugabe and the military leaders who are in charge. from harare, the bbc‘s shingai nyoka reports. it looks like normal life. the daily commute to work, children going to school. but look more closely. tanks on street corners, and what you can't see
7:13 pm
behind closed doors, delicate and intense horse trading over zimba bwe's future is taking place. and here is the evidence — the first images of robert mugabe since he was placed under house arrest. it has to be said that the 93—year—old still looks in charge. one of the people in the shot is an envoy from south africa, and here he is with the general who many believe ordered the takeover. loyalty has been a tradable commodity within zanu—pf for many years, and in these uncertain times, that loyalty is shifting rapidly. representatives from neighbouring african states have arrived in zimbabwe to facilitate a deal that could determine whether president mugabe stays or leaves. robert mugabe's power is ebbing away. there will be no change unless he resigns or agrees to a handover plan. although the army has set things going, zanu—pf, the party mugabe created,
7:14 pm
might force him out. mugabe's former deputy, believed to be behind it, has several cards he could play. he has the support of the war veterans, the influential group who kept mugabe in power who now appear to have turned against him. the other power groups that will be key in any negotiations are the party's youth and women's league. the military want to ensure that his departure is done by the book. mr mugabe needs to be persuaded to resign. that is the obvious route to take. if one starts taking the impeachment route, the ill—health route and trying to get the parliamentary vote, this could be a long and protracted process and the outcome could be uncertain. that would mean that the military needs to remain in control over that period, and then we have an extended period of unconstitutionality, which is obviously highly undesirable. zimbabwe is once again at the centre
7:15 pm
of regional crisis talks. people i talked to in harare want a speedy resolution. we don't have many ways about it. mugabe must go. that is the only way. mugabe should step down. he is supposed to step down. this is the first step. as negotiations continue, a nation waits. mugabe maybe 93 years old, but he is still a shrewd, sharp and some would say cunning negotiator. the ultimate comeback kid. he has not been in powerfor 37 yea rs he has not been in powerfor 37 years for no reason. he is a master tactician. he is a master tactician. the uk brexit secretary david davis was in berlin today to speak to german business leaders. yesterday, a close ally of
7:16 pm
the german chancellor angela merkel said he was "more optimistic" about the prospects of a uk—eu deal after a meeting with theresa may. berlin's concern about a no deal scenario has been heightened by a deloitte report, published over the summer, which suggests a hard exit would hurt german car manufacturers. about a fifth of all cars produced in germany last year were exported to the uk if there were no deal. were exported to the uk. if there were no deal. deloitte estimates that revenue from sales of german cars in the uk could fall by e12.4bn — that's a drop of about 18%. it also expects that in the year of withdrawal, german car exports to the uk would fall by 255,000 units — a decline of almost a third. and then there's this sobering forecast from deloitte — all of that would mean that 18,000 jobs in the german car industry would be put at risk. we can speak to volker treier, the number two at the german chamber of commerce and industry. good evening. 0ur german businesses starting to worry about the no deal
7:17 pm
scenario? absolutely. we are worrying about the exit negotiations going on in brussels and our concern is that we are heading to and no deal scenario. but our major concern is that the integrity of the single market is going to be threatened if we had a deal which put the uk in a position where they are better off and like an avenue of pick and choose and other eu members would follow it. there are two concerns right now. some of those concerns would be answered by a future negotiation, and negotiation about the future trading relationship. michel barnier says nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. would it not be better to get on with that discussion about the
7:18 pm
future and put the cash to one side? it will all come out in the wash anyway. but the clock is ticking down and that is for sure. the greater the risk of a no deal scenario that means that both sides have to be very much clearer on their position and maybe have to head for compromises and concessions. but that does not only mean for the side of the european commission, but also from the uk's position we need more clarity and we need an idea of what they are heading for after hopefully a transitional period. what kind of trade relations do they want to have after all? if deloitte is right and there would be a pretty devastating impact on the german car industry and on other german industries as
7:19 pm
well if there is indeed no deal, does that mean that you and your collea g u es does that mean that you and your colleagues are actively talking to the german government to try to persuade them to come up with a better deal, one that the uk can accept? first of all, we have an agreed sequencing of who is negotiating and what should be negotiated first and we transferred the responsibility to the brussels level to michel barnier, our chief negotiator. that means that there is right now no pressure at all. we are discussing but we are looking at what is happening there. one thing is also clear, we need the integrity of the single market. there should not be no deal scenario at any price. we have to take care of the integrity of the single because this
7:20 pm
could create even greater damage to german business relationships after all. very good to talk to you. thank you forjoining us from berlin. i spotted a tweet from the ceo of goldman sachs today. he says in the uk lots of hand—wringing from ceos over brexit. reluctant to say, but many wish for a confirming vote, in other words a second referendum on the decision. i do not know if you follow him, he does not tweet very often. five or six since the middle often. five or six since the middle of october. the general pattern is he is frustrated. he keeps tweeting about how he is off to frankfurt and how we likes the food in paris. but iam spare how we likes the food in paris. but i am spare sceptical. 0ur economics editor says that after initial projections, jp morgan said they would lose 4000 jobs initially, now
7:21 pm
thatis would lose 4000 jobs initially, now that is 1000. the chief executive of ba rclays said that is 1000. the chief executive of barclays said brexit was no more complicated than setting up a holding company in america which the bank was obliged to do last year. in 0ctober he was saying i am off to frankfurt. now he is saying let's have a second referendum. maybe he should pass that message onto 10 downing street who are making it complicated. the argument i have heard from investors in the us is that we are on hold, we do not know. we did not pull out immediately and job numbers did not decline immediately, but it will depend on what kind of deal is done. if there is no deal and the bank of england's early estimates of 75,000 jobs lost in the city of london proved to be accurate, then those numbers will go up accurate, then those numbers will go up again. everyone is thinking we need to know what this deal is going to be. who says we do not put both
7:22 pm
sides brexit?! police investigating the grenfell tower fire tragedy say the remains of all those who were killed in the blaze have been recovered. 71 people are now known to have died when the fire ripped through the 24—storey tower block in june. a number of children and a still—born baby were among the victims. the lebanese prime minister, saad hariri, is reported to have accepted an invitation to visit france. the french foreign minister is in saudi arabia, where mr hariri has remained since making the shock announcement that he was resigning, 12 days ago. france, the former colonial power in lebanon, has been working to resolve the ensuing crisis. we all like to be punctual, but the japanese have taken punctuality to a whole new level. ajapanese train company has apologised after one of its tokyo commuter trains left the station 20 seconds early. japanese train companies pride themselves on punctuality. in a statement tskuba express gave its ‘deepest apologies‘ for the early running, saying the driver failed
7:23 pm
to check the time. that is the best story of the day. when president trump took to the airwaves in a live address on foreign policy on wednesday evening, it wasn‘t long before he was lighting up social media. people mostly weren‘t talking about the success of his recent asian tour however. instead, they were talking about this... take a look. 17,000 jobs. can i 17,000jobs. can i have 17,000 jobs. can i have water? japanese manufacturers, toyota... when they put marco on to review
7:24 pm
president 0bama‘s speech, do you remember that catastrophe? and he is like this. i need water, i need water, help me, i need water, help. it is rubio. i thought he started off quite well. i quite liked the side told to avoid the spill. he went over one side to avoid water on his suit. but then it was quite amateurish because he goes for the two handhold of the bottle and nobody does that. then that brings attention on the hands and he does not like the attention on his hands, so work to do on that. what
7:25 pm
do you think? were you saying something? i was drinking a glass of water, i did not hear you.” something? i was drinking a glass of water, i did not hear you. i do not think he could have done it in a more awkward way. it is very easy to mock people for making mistakes on tv, we do it all the time. if you do it, you expect it will come back to you when you make a mistake yourself, right? the end of a long flight, yourself, right? the end of a long flight, coming back from asia. he went looking for the bottle and he found it and i thought he made a bit ofa found it and i thought he made a bit of a mess of it, but there you are. this is beyond 100 days. coming up: we will speak to the husband of the british iranian woman who is still ina ter british iranian woman who is still in a ter ranby prison and the campaign to free her after 19 months in iranian custody. and the conflict that started in secrecy and ended in failure. what a
7:26 pm
new documentary tells us about the vietnam war. cold air is spreading south across the uk and widespread frost overnight. it was fairly mild today, but temperatures dropped in the afternoon in scotland and northern ireland. showers falling snow on high heels of northern scotland. this cloud and patchy rain is the leading edge of cold air. it will cover a ll leading edge of cold air. it will cover all of us as we go through the night as the very last of the spots of rain cleared away from the south—east of england. 0vernight it is quite windy with gales in the far north of scotland. many places will be dried, clear and there will be light winds in northern scotland. town and city centres mayjust hold above freezing, but you do not have to travel far out into the suburbs and the countryside to find those
7:27 pm
temperatures well below freezing. some of us will be scraping the ice off the car in the morning. this is how it looks in the morning. plenty of sunshine once it is up, but a very brisk cold start. showers in northern scotland from the word go and with very strong winds. western parts of scotland may get away with it. most of england and wales, northern ireland and southern and eastern parts of scotland will be dry. long, sunny spells further south. temperatures for most will‘ this. temperatures drop quickly as we go through friday evening. we will see patchy rain spreading into northern ireland and scotland. filters southwards on saturday. but on saturday the best of the sunshine will be in scotland. in the north east it will still be windy. frost
7:28 pm
on saturday night and sunday morning. then a weather front coming in from the west. it moves north eastwards a cross in from the west. it moves north eastwards across the uk. we will keep you updated on that. any sunshine on sunday will be on the eastern side of the uk and in the west it will cloud over and turn a little less chilly. this is beyond 100 days with me, katty kay, in washington. and christian fraser in london. our top stories: alabama senate candidate roy moore remains defiant. he‘s not stepping aside, despite growing accusations of sexual misconduct. still under house arrest, the zimbabwean president, robert mugabe, meets a military general and south african mediators, as the army retains control of the country. coming up in the next half—hour: $400 million is the bid, and the piece is sold. 60 years ago, this leonardo da vinci masterpiece was auctioned forjust $60.
7:29 pm
now, the salvatore mundi becomes the most expensive painting ever sold. and, bringing a new focus to the vietnam war. film—maker ken burnsjoins us to discuss his latest documentary. let us know your thoughts by using the hashtag #beyond100days. zimbabwe‘s president, robert mugabe, is meeting regional envoys in harare to try to negotiate a way through the political crisis in the country. he has been held under house arrest since the military took over yesterday. it is reported mr mugabe wants to stay on as president until next year‘s elections. but his rival, morgan tsvangirai, the main opposition leader, has called for him to be replaced by a power—sharing transitional government. speaking to the bbc a short time ago, this was the un secretary—general‘s reaction to the crisis. well, i never like to see military
7:30 pm
involved in politics, but i have to recognise it is a confusing situation. i hope, first of all, that there is no loss of blood, that this is done peacefully, and i hope that we will be able to lead to a political, democratic solution, and that the next elections are free and fairfor that the next elections are free and fair for the people of zimbabwe to choose their own future. and we can speak to our correspondent ben brown, who‘s in zimbabwe. there is a moment in a takeover like this where the momentum is with the army but, the longer it goes on, it sometimes starts to take back the other way. looking at these photographs of robert mugabe alongside the head of the army, smiling, do you think there might be some concern in harare that that is about to happen? well, i've got to say, it‘s one of the strangest coups i‘ve ever covered. a real softly
7:31 pm
softly to if you like. if you shots fired, but not many and now as you say, the man who led that coup, the man in charge of the zimbabwean defence forces, sitting on a sofa, smiling, with robert mugabe, the man he is supposed to have toppled. it seems they are having talks along with some south african mediators and a catholic priest in there as well. talks about what to mugabe does now. it depends who you believe, in terms of the sources close to those talks. some sources are saying, actually, mr mugabe is trying to cling onto power. he has beenin trying to cling onto power. he has been in powerfor 37 years in this country, 37 years of rule, or misrule, some would say, and he is a wily a cunning operator. 0ther people are saying, actually, he is on his way out. he could even resign tomorrow. according to these reports, there is a plan, and the army plan is that the former vice
7:32 pm
president, emmerson mnangagwa, is going to take over as president and as his prime minister, there will be morgan tsvangirai, the opposition leader, the leader of the mdc, the great rival of robert mugabe for many years, and that those two men together will form a transitional government or maybe three to five yea rs, government or maybe three to five years, paving the way to new elections and trying to restore the battered economy. so the future is unclear at the moment. what is the present like? what is zimbabwe like today since you have gone into the country? are people nervous, euphoric, what is the atmosphere?” think they are potentially euphoric, but they don‘t want to show that euphoria yet, because for those reasons i have outlined they don‘t know what‘s going on and whether mr mugabe might still be around, not just tomorrow but for months or even yea rs. just tomorrow but for months or even years. so, on the whole, people we‘ve talked to are happy, but there was no dancing in the street, shall
7:33 pm
we say. it‘s very relaxed. it doesn‘t seem tense, considering there has been a military takeover. people are going about their normal daily lives, really. and they are hopeful, i think they are hopeful, but also potentially a little fea rful but also potentially a little fearful that their hopes would be realised. as i say, 37 years, the economy of this country has gone to ruin. we have had hyperinflation, massive unemployment. it‘s a desperately sorry state of affairs here. and many, many millions of people in zimbabwe just hoping for a better future. ben brown in zimbabwe, thank you. it‘s amazing even to see those daily news slogans, with more are they —— with mugabe under house arrest, given what a tight control he has had on the press and opposition politicians. quite extraordinary to see that from the streets of zimbabwe. it is heartbreaking to look at the photos of the daughter of nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe. they show a child clearly adored by her mother, now having to grow up without her.
7:34 pm
the girl is now with her iranian family in tehran — and herfather, who is in the uk, says that each time he speaks to her on the phone she seems to understand less and less of what he says. meanwhile, the foreign office is still considering whether to grant diplomatic protection to the british—iranian mother being held in iran. nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe was jailed in april 2016, accused of spying, a charge she denies. her case was complicated two weeks ago when the british foreign secretary, borisjohnson, said she was in iran to "train journalists". he has since apologised and retracted his statement. the british government has no doubt that natalie zebari ratcliffe —— nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe was any rani and on holiday and that was the sole purpose of her victim stop —— of her visit. my remarks should and could have been clearer, and i acknowledge that the words are used we re acknowledge that the words are used were open to being misinterpreted, andi were open to being misinterpreted,
7:35 pm
and i apologise. i apologise to nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe and her family ifi nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe and her family if i inadvertently caused them any further pain. nazanin‘s husband, richard ratcliffe, met with the british foreign secretary yesterday. mr ratcliffe joins us in the studio now. i don‘t think there will be anybody in the country who can‘t fail to be impressed by your patience and good temperament throughout this. but, as a father, and i speak as a father myself, how difficult is it not seen gabriella day—to—day? myself, how difficult is it not seen gabriella day-to-day? it's been a long 18, 19 months, and she‘s grown up long 18, 19 months, and she‘s grown up and she went out a little baby and she is now little girl, confident and important and changed languages, different environment now, and of home, home in london, in a different way. and he want to be pa rt a different way. and he want to be part of that. yeah. i listened to you yesterday and it seemed to me that you are able to get information
7:36 pm
to nazanin, because she‘s more angry about what boris johnson to nazanin, because she‘s more angry about what borisjohnson said. how much contact do you have?” about what borisjohnson said. how much contact do you have? i can telephone once a week and their family visits. i can‘t call her, so it‘s hard to get something to her, but i can hearfrom her how she is doing. and she's pretty desperate? the last couple weeks has been particularly hard, but it‘s been a long struggle. she has been in solitary confinement for a long time and asi solitary confinement for a long time and as i said yesterday, begin to the foreign secretary, i think she is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. why? because the tone of her voice, the loss of emotional control, she taught about having panic attacks and uncontrollable and get points. is that because of where she is being held? suddenly the prison isn‘t a great place. it‘s partly a long legacy of the time in solitary confinement, and she is on the tv every night in iran being called a spy and the rest of it, and that takes a huge toll on her. you
7:37 pm
have said you would like to go to iran with the foreign secretary when he visits. would you hope —— what do you hope it isn‘t like that would achieve? it is much the symbolism of it and also the practicality. i have been on all sorts of global media talking quite critically about iran, which makes it slightly less safe to go in other circumstances. partly it is to go and seek. i can go to prison and is either because i am family. he come with me. he is the foreign secretary, and that‘s no small. that‘s the thing i asked him, if it‘s possible, and he said he was keen, but it was obviously a question to discuss with his staff and the iranians. do you have any sense of what the next steps might be? to be honest, the day has been moving day—to—day. —— the story has been moving. finding out when the foreign secretary is going to run is the first step, and whether it is
7:38 pm
possible to go. i have asked the government to look at providing diplomatic protection, which is a bit more and consular assistance, it‘s trying to secure her release and deciding she has been wrong in a severe way. they are happy to discuss that. boris johnson has said there is more complexity to this than the comments he fluffed, and we are getting some detail of that today, that there is an amount of money that was paid to the british government all the way back in the 19705 government all the way back in the 1970s for military hardware that‘s been kept, about 400 million, an awful lot of money. is that what is stopping this from moving forward, the return of that money? is she effectively being held to ransom? his comments are not where she was arrested. she was there on holiday. it snowballed in different ways. i have said before that i thought she was a bargaining chip, because she was a bargaining chip, because she was doing nothing, so i don‘t know why she was held. when we went to
7:39 pm
see the foreign secretary yesterday, that report had just been in the sun newspaper, so we took it and said, is this what‘s going on? there have been more articles today. he said he hadn‘t seen it before. 0bviously, it‘s one of the big things, a big amount of money. it clearly is a debt that uk iran and has owned for a long time and, quite rightly, they will be quite cross. —— that the uk close to iran. it feels that it is important for all of us that law is followed and that the rule of law by the uk and iran is really important for allowing her to come home. we wish you and your family all the best. come back and talk to us, hopefully with nazanin. we hope that she is safely back soon. amazing composure, that man. more than 300,000 people from central america and haiti currently living here in the united states may soon lose their legal right to stay in the country. those with tps —
7:40 pm
or temporary protected status — are now finding themselves on the front line of the trump administration‘s efforts to reform immigration policies. for decades, the programme shielded citizens from being sent back to unstable countries. but recently the benefit was ended for those from nicaragua, and now haitians have been told a decision is coming on their status soon. from new york, the bbc‘s nada tawfik reports. this woman has called new york home for seven years. after the devastating 2010 earthquake in haiti, the single mother lost everything and slept on the street with her newborn son. she started over again with her newborn son. she started overagain in with her newborn son. she started over again in the united states thanks to the temporary protected status, or tps programme. thanks to the temporary protected status, ortps programme. for decades, it‘s provided short—term work permits and refuge to those fleeing countries ravaged by natural disaster or war. the policy for haiti has been extended several
7:41 pm
times but is now under threat, as the administration aims to crack down on immigration, leaving her future uncertain once more. it's stressful. crying everyday. not knowing what to do, where you are going to go, how you are going to make it. it‘s not easy at all. i just keep praying, asking god to do a miracle. new york is home to one of the largest haitian communities in the country. if temporary protected status is revoked for those who have no other legal path to remaining in the country, they will either have to leave all live in the shadows, which could potentially mean thousands of additional people here undocumented and working illegally. the programme was never meant to be permanent. still, immigration attorneys are now scrambling to help their clients stay where they have build new lives. these tps nationals have developed roots in the united states and assimilated. they have had
7:42 pm
children here, worked here, paid taxes and paid into social security and medicare. so it‘s very difficult to just tell them that they are not welcome any more. button the poorest country in the western hemisphere has faced renewed challenges since the earthquake, including a cholera epidemic and hurricanes. the department of homeland security says conditions have improved enough for immigrants to start planning their return. but some on capitol hill believe it‘s still too early to go back, and have been accused —— introduced a bill to help them stay. haiti is in extreme dire straits. it isa haiti is in extreme dire straits. it is a fragile system, in terms of health care, housing, in terms of opportunity, and there are 50,000 individuals, which is a drop in the bucket when you look at a nation of our size. she says her and her son don‘t even have a door they cannot come back in haiti and they feel
7:43 pm
blessed for their life in america.” just like every day. i say, thank you, lord, it was a good day. but she can‘t help but wonder, long will it last? —— how long. that‘s the question for many of these people, they don‘t know when they are going to get that phone call. it could come next week. these are people who have lived in the united states for years, sometimes even decades, who often don‘t have homes, like that woman, back in the countries they came from, and what would they return to, particularly given the countries they come from our unstable? it‘s a real change in the united states. there is so much drama in the trump administration, and sometimes we get distracted by the amount of change on some key policy issues like immigration, that is really changing the nature of this society and country. let‘s move on. a painting — believed to be by the italian master leonardo da vinci — has sold at auction for a record
7:44 pm
$450 million, including $50 million in fees. the painting — depicting jesus christ, and known as salvator mundi or "saviour of the world" — sold in new york for the highest price of any work of art ever. bear in mind it was sold at an auction in london in 1958, forjust $60. that would have been a good investment! i dream of picking up something like that in my local bric—a—brac stall. you might remember that we spoke about this painting on monday‘s show with the acclaimed novelist, walter isaacson. his new book profiles the life and times of leonardo. there are fewer than 20 of his paintings in existence, and didn‘t the bidders know it. and so, ladies and gentlemen, we move to the leonardo da vinci. the masterpiece by leonardo, previous in the collections of three kings of england. king charles the first,
7:45 pm
king charles ii and king james ii. 240 million is the bait. i‘m selling at 240 million. 302 million is a beard. 302, 305 will be next, please. at 315 and a shake of the head, no? what would you like? 318? 400 million. it is with alex rotter at 400 million. leonardo‘s painting. $400 million is the bid. and the piece is sold. isn‘t that extraordinary! it‘s not evenin isn‘t that extraordinary! it‘s not even in very good nick. it‘s been over varnished and cleaned. that‘s not worth $400 million! is somebody gave you that, you‘d complain? not worth $400 million! is somebody gave you that, you'd complain? of course not! there is no pleasing
7:46 pm
some people. this is beyond 100 days. still to come: his documentaries have brought history to life. now ken burns is turning his lens on the vietnam war, and joins us to talk about the result. here in the uk, a 49—year—old man has been arrested by police in dorset on suspicion of the murder of gaia pope. the teenager, who has severe epilepsy, was last seen nine days ago. earlier, police found items of women‘s clothing in a field near swanage. a search is now taking place in the field and surrounding area, as our correspondent duncan kennedy reports. this is the cliff area above swanage where the woman‘s clothes were found. police have been joined by specialist coast teams from the coastguard and other units. officers say the pieces discovered were similar to clothing worn by gaia. the items of clothing were found by a member of public at 10:30 this morning. since then, this patch of coastline has been sealed off as police have carried out further investigations. gaia, who is 19, has been
7:47 pm
missing for nine days and has severe epilepsy. tonight, police said they had made an arrest. this afternoon, we have arrested a 49—year—old male on suspicion of murder. he is believed to be known to gaia and is from the swanage area. speaking before the police announcement, gaia‘s father richard said all herfamily are finding her disappearance extremely hard to deal with. it's it‘s tough but we‘ll hang on in there for her, her sisters and her mum. we will hang on in there for gaia. for her sisters, for her mum, for everybody, we will hang on in there. earlier this week, police released these cctv images of gaia while she was running on a road in swanage. and at a petrol station in the town, buying an ice cream on the afternoon she disappeared.
7:48 pm
police divers and other search teams have been operating in a number of locations around the town. officers say those will continue for as long as necessary. duncan kennedy, bbc news, in swanage. you‘re watching beyond 100 days. the vietnam war started in secrecy in 1955 and ended in failure in 1975. it has overshadowed american political life ever since. film—maker ken burns‘ ten—part documentary series the vietnam war is a comprehensive look at the war, told through the voices of those who fought it, on both sides. earlier, we spoke to mr burns to hear more about the hidden history of the war and its lessons for today. ken burns, it‘s been nearly half a decade since the vietnam war, so much has been written about it and set about it and pored over and
7:49 pm
analysed. what made you decide to revisit the subject, and why now is to mock i started work on this more than ten years ago, and i thought back then in 2006, 2007, that the vietnam war was central to understand who we were then. i think it is even more central to understanding who we are now. i guess the most important thing is for americans, i think this is the biggest thing in american history since the second world war and, in that half—century, we‘ve seen played out a lot of the seeds of disunion that were first planted during the vietnam war, so it raises questions about fake news, it raises questions about fake news, it raises questions about mass demonstrations, about stolen documents, about reaching out toa stolen documents, about reaching out to a foreign power during a political campaign, about the white housein political campaign, about the white house in disarray, obsessed with lea ks. house in disarray, obsessed with leaks. why did it take ten years? you waiting for some of the archive to become available, or was it some
7:50 pm
of the people in the document is series who took some time to find? it was too important a topic to do on the quick and dirty, as we like to say. we need to take our time and let it mature, our understanding of it. i also work in public broadcasting, so it is will grant funded, and! broadcasting, so it is will grant funded, and i have to go out with my tin cup, asking for contributions from corporations and foundations and individuals to make it happen. you told this film through the voices of ordinary soldiers somebody likejohn musgrave, voices of ordinary soldiers somebody like john musgrave, who voices of ordinary soldiers somebody likejohn musgrave, who is a marine who speaks with incredible candour about how he felt about the vietnamese, how he hated them, and then how he felt about himself after then how he felt about himself after the war, how he hated himself effectively, almost trying to kill himself. how does it change the audience‘s interpretation of the war to hear it told through the voices of the soldiers? that such an important question. we could have gone to the big names and we said to john mccain and john kerry, you‘ll
7:51 pm
be in ourfilm but we‘re not going to interview you. you are still in the public sphere and people know you. you want an unmediated view of these people. so everybody we defeat was, for the most part, completely unknown, like john musgrave, was, for the most part, completely unknown, likejohn musgrave, who must be the central interview of the film. —— everybody we interviewed. it was important for the audience to understand subsequently, we hope, that, when you talk about wars, yes, you are talking about the movement of armies you are talking about the movement ofarmies and you are talking about the movement of armies and the conflict between them but, more often than not, you are also talking about internal wars within people, and john musgrave is the perfect example. most of our characters, suddenly half of them, in some way undergo profound changes within themselves as they try to negotiate the complicated shoals and eddies of the vietnam war, and that is what we were also trying to listen to. we wanted to get the battle is right, the sequence of the diplomacy, all of the intricacies of that, but we also wanted to
7:52 pm
understand it a gut, human level that would help people. in our country, people don‘t talk about it who went there. one of the great bits of feedback i‘ve had a since the broadcast ended here, and people are still diejesting the broadcast ended here, and people are still die jesting and watching dvds, is they are coming up and saying a variation of, my dad, my grandfather, my father—in—law, my uncle, they never talked about it, and we watched together and now we are speaking. so there is an opportunity, you can tell so—called ordinary people stories, that some healing can take place, some sort of reconciliation of the conflicting aspects of the vietnam war that still confound us, not only politically and socially but, i think, also psychologically. you talk about history not finished, and the final episode is called the weight of memory. it interests me that we still look at your politicians through the prism of the demand. we talk about donald trump is perhaps a draft dodger, and then
7:53 pm
we talk about senator mccain le figaro. —— through the prism of vietnam. 40 years on, it‘s still shapes how american politicians are seen. shapes how american politicians are seen. it was the first war we lost. americans are still working out how to understand that lost or, at least, that failure, as we say in the film. that will be an ongoing conversation, i think, for a long time, even after unfortunately those vetera ns time, even after unfortunately those veterans have passed away. it is still a source of great contention and discussion, and i hope that we can transform some of that into some peace, some reconciliation, and some really significant understanding, andi really significant understanding, and i hope in some way the film that we made adds to that. thank you. thank you. it is so powerful. i've just watched all ten episodes. it‘s a must watch. the thing that stands out for me is, right at the end, when all those people you‘ve got to
7:54 pm
know through the series go and stand in front of the vietnam memorial, 58 gnomes. —— 58,000 names. it‘s a choker. you are off to the south of france for the weekend, so have a great trip and come back full of good food for christmas, and i will see you and the rest of you back here on monday. a few showers around, falling as snow on the high hills of northern scotland, still very windy overnight. this strip of cloud and patchy rain is the leading edge of colder air so, through the day, it covered most of us, and it will covered most of us, and it will cover a ll covered most of us, and it will cover all of us as we go through the
7:55 pm
night, as the last of the spots of rain cleared away from the far south—east. this is how it looks overnight, still windy with gales in the far north of scotland and the northern isles, wintry showers on the tops of the hills. many places will be dry and clear with lighter winds, as we get the lowest temperatures overnight in northern parts. in town centres, it might stay above freezing, but you don‘t have to travel far out into the countryside to find temperatures well below freezing. some of them will be scraping the ice off the car in the morning and it will feel different for many of us compared to recent mornings. this is how it looks in the morning. plenty of sunshine once it‘s up, but they risk being start. those showers in the far north of scotland and northern ireland, from the word go, still very strong, gale force winds. western parts of scotland, maybe brushing the north coast of northern ireland, and the odd shower maybe in cumbria and legacy, but most of england and wales and southern parts of scotla nd england and wales and southern parts of scotland will be dry. some good
7:56 pm
sunny spells further south. the best temperatures will be in single figures. temperatures dropping quickly on friday evening, but we will see an area of cloud and a few showers and patchy rain spreading into parts of northern ireland and scotland, filtering south through england and wales on saturday. it looks like the best sunshine will be on scotland. a few showers in the north—east, where it will be windy. again, frost on saturday night and into sunday morning and then on sunday, a weather front coming in from the west, a bit of cloud and patchy rain. some uncertainty about the timing of that as it moves north—east. we will keep you updated. it looks like any sunshine on sunday last longest on the eastern side of the uk but in the west it will begin to cloud over and turned a bit less chilly. this is bbc news. i‘m martine croxhall. the headlines at eight. the future of zimbabwe‘s robert mugabe, hangs in the balance
7:57 pm
after the military seized power yesterday. i‘m ben brown live in zimbabwe. according to some reports robert mugabe is refusing to stand down, he has been holding talks with south african mediators and the head of the zimbabwe military. police investigating the disappearance of 19—year—old gaia pope in dorset have arrested a 49—year—old man on suspicion of murder. the metropolitan police says 71 people are now known to have died in the grenfell tower fire. they say they have identified all the victims and they have a final figure for the number of the dead. a pledge to build more homes — the prime minister promises to take personal charge of dealing with britain‘s housing crisis.
7:58 pm
7:59 pm
8:00 pm

26 Views

info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on