this is bbc news. i'm duncan golestani. our top stories: the united states is criticised by fellow un security council members for calling an emergency meeting over protests in iran. panic and confusion at toronto's pearson airport, as two planes collide on the ground, sparking a fire on one of the aircraft. the author of a damning book on donald trump says he stands by everything he wrote in his depiction of a chaotic white house. i will tell you the one description that everyone gave, everyone has in common — they all say he is like a child. the east coast of america in the grip of an arctic blast — at least 19 people have died and temperatures could fall to minus a0 celsius in some places this weekend. a meeting of the un security council
has again highlighted sharp differences between members over recent anti—government protests in iran. it was called by the us ambassador nikki haley after a week in which the trump administration expressed strong support for the protesters. the meeting went ahead despite objections from russia and some other council members. barbara plett usher reports. nikki haley warned iran that the world was watching its response to the anti—government protests. she used the platform of the un to amplify the message of president trump, who has been tweeting support for the iranian demonstrators. the iranian people will
determine their own destiny. and let there be no doubt whatsoever — the united states stands unapologetically with those in iran who seek freedom for themselves, prosperity for their families, and dignity for their nation. we will not be quiet. no dishonest attempt to call the protesters puppets of foreign powers will change that. the iranian people know the truth, and we know the truth. all chant this unusually robust stance on human rights for the trump administration coincides with a policy to curb what it sees as iran's malign influence in the middle east. the iranian ambassador called the meeting a farce, and repeated charges that the protests were directed from abroad, which ms haley denied. there is a long history of us bullying at the un, but this is a preposterous example. the purely internal affairs of a nation — in this case, protests
that the iranian government has addressed, with the utmost respect for the rights of the protesters and with every attempt to deal with peacefully, despite violent infiltrators and direct encouragement by foreign forces, including by the president of the united states. other council members urged tehran to allow free and peaceful demonstrations, but some suggested this was an internal matter, not an international threat. and the russian ambassador accused the us of playing politics. translation: mr president, the real reason for convening today's meeting is not an attempt to protect human rights, or promote the interest of the iranian people, but rather as a veiled attempt to use the current moment to continue to undermine thejoint comprehensive plan of action. that is the agreement which restricts iran's nuclear
program, which mr trump says is deeply flawed. he has to decide next week whether to continue to waiving sanctions suspended under the deal. barbara plett usher, bbc news, washington. for more on the situation in iran, including more information about the fallout from the emergency un security council meeting, simply head to our website bbc.com/news. you can also download the bbc news app. two passengerjets have collided on the ground at a toronto airport. one of the planes caught fire, but there are no reports of serious injuries. it's the second such collision at toronto pearson international in five months. bill hayton reports. concern and then panic. after a collision, fire breaks out. remain
seated. passengers begin the screen while the crew call on them to remain seated. the fire is on the other empty airliner and all 168 passengers and six crew were able to leave this plane safely by the emergency slides. they had just arrived after a four—hour flight from mexico. they're playing the stationary when it was hit by the other airliner, which was being towed by ground crew. this is the second time in five months that planes had had minor collisions at canada's busiest airport and enquiries are under way into how it could have happened. in the meantime all are thankful that everyone here escaped without serious injury. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. heavy flooding in the democratic republic of congo has killed at least 30 seven people. torrential rains caused landslides and a river running through the capital kinshasha to overflow. ten million people live in the city
where the problems have been made worse by poor drainage and unauthorised building around the waterways. thousands of catalans have shown their support for jailed pro—independence leaders at the traditional three kings parade. on friday, spain's supreme court ordered former catalonian vice—president orioljunqueras to remain in custody in prison while authorities investigate his role in the spanish region's independence movement. the oscar—winning producer and director paul haggis has been accused of sexual misconduct by four women. a civil lawsuit filed by a publicist last month, accusing the canadian film—maker of rape, has prompted three other women to come forward. mr haggis, who directed the film crash, has denied the original allegation. his laywer says the latest claims were also untrue. the us secretary of state rex tillerson has defended
donald trump's fitness for public office after a new book raised questions about the president's mental health. mr tillerson said he'd had no reason to question the president's mental fitness. president trump has called it a "phoney book, full of lies". our north america editor jon sopel reports. not quite harry potter, but they were queuing to get their hands on fire and fury. and, if donald trump had the powers of the young wizard, he would have made this book disappear. but he doesn't, and this damning portrait is now available for everyone to read. what i'm most looking forward to is seeing what's actually — what we all know is going on just below the surface. i'm expecting the white house to be as absolutely dysfunctional as the leaks would make it seem. i think no—one really gets tired of palace intrigue. the picture it paints of life in the west wing is unsparing — allegations of marital strain, of tears and tantrums, of dysfunction and improvisation.
and, at the epicentre of every storm, donald j trump. i will tell you the one description that everyone gave, everyone has in common — they all say he is like a child. and what they mean by that is he has a need for immediate gratification. it's all about him. and the gravest charge of all? wolff alleges that a number of his unnamed sources told him the president was mentally unfit to remain in office — a charge that brought this response from the president's spokeswoman. it's disgraceful and laughable. if he was unfit, he probably wouldn't be sitting there, and wouldn't have defeated the most qualified group of candidates the republican party has ever seen. the president has been on twitter to rubbish the book, saying: but that is not how michael wolff remembers it. —— but that is not how
michael wolff remembers it. i absolutely spoke to the president. whether he realised it was an interview or not, i don't know, but it certainly was not off the record. the author says he stands by every word — although, with anonymous sources, it is hard to fact—check. the most remarkable thing about this is, given michael wolff's track record, why white house staff gave him access to the inner sanctum of the west wing for months on end as virtually a semi—resident. the author was asked this morning what he had to say about the threatening legal letter the president's lawyers had sent. his reply? "where do i send the box of chocolates?" jon sopel, bbc news, washington. temperatures along the east coast of america are expected to fall as low as minus a0 degrees celsius as a brutal cold spell continues into the weekend. at least 19 people have died
since a powerful blizzard hit much of the east coast on thursday. the storm also caused floods which have now frozen in the record breaking temperatures, adding to the problems. thousands of flights have also been cancelled. from new york, laura trevelyan reports. the morning after and this was the scene in one part of massachusetts. an all—out effort is under way to clear mountains of snow, but the subzero conditions are making life very difficult. even the sea is frozen in parts of new england. the winter hurricane conditions have brought not only heavy snowfall but flooding too. in coastal massachusetts strong winds coincided with high tide, so that in boston there was a three foot storm surge. the cities met is blaming changing
climate. we are keeping a nine on all of the different flooding is and if anyone wants to question global warming just to see whether flood zones were. warming just to see whether flood zones were. those places didn't ﬂight zones were. those places didn't flight years ago. in this beach town near boston the floodwaters which engulfed the streets have now frozen in place, trapping the cars in ice. the brutal conditions closed new york's major airports, although they have now reopened. new yorkers are trying to take it all in their frozen stride. i'm so bundled up. i have so many layers. ifeel ok right now. as long as i grew quickly to work on ok. ijust now. as long as i grew quickly to work on ok. i just wanted to now. as long as i grew quickly to work on ok. ijust wanted to be over with. it's too long. ijust want it to be warm again. the race is on to clear away the snow in manhattan before it turns the dangerous eyes. the storm brought in all this cold airfrom the arctic the storm brought in all this cold air from the arctic and so in the storm brought in all this cold airfrom the arctic and so in its aftermath we are due to have subzero temperatures for the next few days. it is so cold out here, —10 celsius,
that already i can hardly feel my fingers or my toes. but the freezing temperatures are prompting many americans to experiment. this particular trick is proving very popular in the deep freeze. kenneth craig from cbs has been braving the storm in boston. it's really been incredible to watch just how much things have changed here in boston over the last 2a hours. last night we were sitting at 24- 25 hours. last night we were sitting at 2a— 25 fahrenheit. the snow was coming down. as you can see it has finally stopped in boston, but what we are experiencing now is the arctic blast that forecasters were expecting to make its way into the north—east. now we are sitting at about eight fahrenheit. we have wind gust of up to 50 mph in boston, making for this bone chilling cold that really is absolutely brutal. it
feels like at times between 15— 25 degrees below zero. take a look around and see for yourself the mess thatis around and see for yourself the mess that is left behind. we are talking about 13 inches of snow that fell within a matter of hours. it's been pretty remarkable to see just how good a job crews have done cleaning all of this up. you can see traffic is slow—moving, but people are on the roads, most of the streets have cleared. the sidewalks for the most pa rt have cleared. the sidewalks for the most part have been cleared, but the danger now lies with this arctic blast. temperatures that are only going to be in the single digits fahrenheit tonight and into tomorrow morning, with wind chills that could be record—breaking. with all of this snow and with these damaging winds off course comes snow and with these damaging winds off course comes some snow and with these damaging winds off course comes some tragedy and at last check we have about 21— 22 deaths along the east coast. most of
them have to do with traffic accidents and that kind of thing, but some of the deaths have to do with hypothermia, so people are warning people, if you do not need to be outside, don't go outside. and if you have to be outside make sure you bundle up. turning to another potentially catastrophic weather event, in madagascar a tropical cyclone ava is made landfall along the north—eastern coast. it brings with it the risk of massive floods and mudslides. the storm comes less than a year after the island was slammed bya a year after the island was slammed by a storm which claimed 78 lives and displaced thousands. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: a new run of bizet‘s ‘carmen' opens in florence, but with an unusual twist at the end to help highlight violence against women. the japanese people are in mourning following the death of emperor
hirohito. thousands converged on the imperial palace to pay their respects when it announced he was dead. good grief! after half a century of delighting fans around the world, charlie brown and the rest of the gang are calling it quits. the singer paul simon starts his tour of south africa tomorrow, in spite of protests and violence from some black activist groups. they say international artists should continue to boycott south africa until majority rule is established. teams were trying to scoop up lumps of oil as france recognises it faces an ecological crisis. three weeks ago, the authorities confidently assured these areas that the oil from the broken tanker erika would head out to sea. it didn't. the world's tallest skyscraper opens later today. the burj dubai has easily overtaken its nearest rivals. it was in its welcome back. the latest headlines:
the united states has been criticised by fellow un security council members for calling an emergency meeting over protest in a run. “ emergency meeting over protest in a run. -- in iran. emergency meeting over protest in a run. —— in iran. two canadian airliners have collided on the ground at toronto's pearson airport. there are no reports of any serious injuries. 13 people have been killed after a boat sank in indonesia. it is the second fatal accident in less than one week, with nine more killed on new year's day. indonesia has had several boats ca psize new year's day. indonesia has had several boats capsize in recent yea rs. several boats capsize in recent years. the latest happened on the musi river in palembang in sumatra. police say the captain survived but has now disappeared, and are now
investigating whether the boat should have been carrying passengers. search teams approaching the wreckage of a boat which capsized on thursday, carrying 55 people on board. 13 are known to have died, their bodies washing along the musi river in south sumatra, but more are still missing, including the captain. police say they are investigating whether the boat was seaworthy. three days earlier, another boat capsized, killing nine of those on board. that was travelling between tarakan and tanjung selor, on borneo. boat travel between the islands here essential, but fatal accidents are common. injuly last year, eight people drowned on the same route under similar circumstances. and on new year's day in 2016, a tourist boat caught fire carrying 250 holidaymakers celebrating the new year. 23 people died. with 17,000 islands in indonesia's archipelago, people rely on boats every day, but the industry has a patchy safety record. police are now investigating the latest accident and say the ca ptain's assistant
is now being questioned. andrew plant, bbc news. it was a video which provoked protests across the united states. in 2014, eric garner's final moments ina in 2014, eric garner's final moments in a police chokehold while complaining he couldn't breathe were ca ptu red complaining he couldn't breathe were captured on a cell phone. the debate over police use of force has raged on the sims. now, an unlikely theatre experiment involving officers and improv aims to use eric garner's tragic death as a way to improve relations between police and the public. we had the police
officer saying, you have to take him down. he refused to follow orders and it cost him his life. i don't think that represented a threat. he was upset. he was feeling closed in on. they are talking to him and from the get go here saying, i'm not going. he is the one who determines the level of force. u nfortu nately determines the level of force. unfortunately attended the way it ended. it is so frustrating, to really have any kind of conversation about any police situation with someone who is not a cop. it's not about me. it is about the other person. we are trying to get people in a room together where they
mean it views who i am. —— mean it is. just be confident, even in your lack of confidence. no fear! welcome to the 21st precinct. how can i help you? this out, what it represents is still something that makes me profoundly uncomfortable. —— hat. and i feel so profoundly uncomfortable. —— hat. and ifeel so much more comforted knowing that someone like you is wearing it. a new run of carmen is opening this
weekend in florence. that in itself is not unusual. what is different about this interpretation of the opera is how it ends. those putting it on say that about highlighting italy's ongoing battle to stop violence against women. this is the final rehearsal before the curtain rises on the latest production of carmen. one of the world's most beloved operas, it has been performed thousands of times. but there is something special about this run of the show — a new ending. translation: carmen's desire for freedom becomes self defence. this is what is going to happen. there is no premeditation. it is simply self defence. carmen becomes the object of donjose's affection. when she falls for someone else, he becomes wild with jealousy. in the last act, carmen is stabbed to death by donjose, but not this time.
the director says he was hesitant initially, but that it made sense the opera should change with the times. translation: we see carmen in the whole opera tormented by donjose's rather obsessive violence. he is not onlyjealous but also very possessive. in the final moment when she is certain she will die, she finds a way to defend herself with an extreme gesture. this time, the heroine survives... gunshot ..able to shoot her would—be killer instead of becoming his victim. it is a stand against violence and the mistreatment of women. the new version of the show has already sold out. a bottle of vodka thought to be the
most expensive in the world has been found empty after being stolen from a bar in denmark earlier this week. tim allman reports. as bottles of vodka go, this one is really rather special. made of white and yellow gold with a diamond—encrusted replica of the russian imperial eagle on its cap, it's almost one ofa kind. it was on loan at this bar in copenhagen when a masked intruder made off with it in the middle of the night. but now, only a few days later, the bottle — although not its contents — have been recovered.
translation: we got a call from a man working at a construction site saying he had found a bottle of vodka. at first i expected it was some crazy media stunt and then he sent a picture of him holding the bottle and i was thinking it was the real deal. the russo—baltique bottle is currently being examined by police but soon may return to the shelves. and it appears this little adventure will have no major impact on the price. as bar owner brian ingberg says, "we have the same vodka, "we'll just fill the bottle up again." na zdorovie! that's the way it is looking less sour. anti— moora the bbc website. —— looking this hour. plenty more on the bbc website. hello there.
following what has been a pretty stormy start to 2018, the weekend holds something a little quieter for most of us, but colder, and it will feel cold as well as the wind, northeasterly wind, strengthens. and of course it's getting colder, so what we've seen through the day on friday is a smattering of snow on the hills. those weather fronts have continued southwards through the night so a further smattering of snow and clearly an ice risk across many northern areas. but even further south, as temperatures fall close to freezing as well for dawn this morning, and some showers around, that poses a risk of fog as well, some dense fog potentially, through southern areas but particularly across parts of wales, the midlands, east anglia, lincolnshire and the vale of york but not to be excluded further south either where we will keep a lot of showers through the day ahead and quite cloudy skies. as the wind starts to strengthen, it will be quite bitter.
the wind is quite a feature further north, but at least with the sunshine here it will be a sparkling start of the day. it will still be cold. wintry showers are still there across parts of north—east england, in scotland, but for western scotland, northern ireland, the lion's share of the sunshine through the day ahead but it does brighten and across much of northern england, north wales, perhaps the north midlands later and of course the fog will lift. the wind strengthens and so with the cloud covering the south and the showers, quite sharp at times, it will feel cold, for example if you are heading off to fleetwood against leicester in london for the fa cup third round, it is going to be quite a bracing wind, particularly by the end of play. for most of us here, 6—8 celsius, but feeling colder as the wind strengthens. the wind starts to ease in the sunshine further north but again 3—5 degrees, it is cold air. that cold air continues its progress southwards
during tonight. still, though, we have the cloud generally, showers close to the south coast, touch and go for frost but most areas will have a much colder night. —10, —12 perhaps in the glens of scotland, particularly with the snow cover, but colder further south and obviously the risk that of some slippery where we have had the showers. but it does look like a sunnier day on sunday but look at the north—easterly wind. it is biting. always the risk of a bit more cloud for the south, but lovely sunshine further north, just cold, temperatures, struggling to get above freezing in a few areas because of the high pressure, light winds in the north, the strong north—easterlies in the south and these weather fronts sitting out in the atlantic which will slowly start to come in next week but another day of largely dry weather, just picking up some cloud and freezing drizzle by monday. it looks more grey by that stage. to keep up to date, there is more of course on our website. bye— bye. this is bbc news. the headlines: the united states has been widely criticised by fellow un security council members for calling an emergency meeting on the anti—government protests in iran.
china, russia and france have all questioned the move. iran's representative condemned what he called a preposterous example of bullying by the us. two planes have collided on the ground at toronto's pearson airport in canada. there are no reports of any serious injuries. passengers used emergency evacuation slides to leave one of the aircraft, which had just arrived from mexico. it's the second such collision at the same airport in five months. the author of a damning new book about donald trump's presidency says he stands by everything he wrote. michael wolff says the president behaves "like a child", who neither reads nor listens. now on bbc news, it's the travel show.