welcome to bbc news — broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. i'm duncan golestani. our top stories: syrian rebels say they used a shoulder—launched missile to shoot down a russian fighter plane. the pilot ejected but was killed in a ground fight. six african immigrants are injured in a drive—by shooting in italy. officials say the attack was motivated by "racial hatred". a syrian rebel group that was linked to al-qaeda says it shot down a russian fighter plane in northern syria this afternoon, killing the pilot. the militants said the attack was in retaliation for a russian bombing campaign. sarah corker reports. the burning wreckage of what looks
like a russian fighterjet. red star is clearly visible on the wing. this footage posted on line appears to show the plane being hit and bursting into flames in a rebel had dashed rebel—held area of north—west syria. agger had a jihad is to group formally linked to al-qaeda said it had shot the plane down with a surface—to—air missile. moscow said the pilot ejected and survived the crash but was killed by rebels on the ground. the fighter was shot down near the city of saraqeb close toa down near the city of saraqeb close to a major highway in idlib province. it was back in december when the syrian government backed by russian air power launched a major
offensive against rebel groups in idlib, the last province under rebel control. but civilians are paying a heavy price. thousands have fled. on friday rescuers said they pulled the bodies of at least seven civilians from cars hit by airstrikes south of aleppo. this incident is a rare loss for the russian air force. opposition groups have in the past shot down syrian planes but rarely those of the russian army. there are reports that moscow has responded by firing cruise missiles from navy vessels in the mediterranean. sarah corker, bbc news. italy's prime minister has called for politicians to act responsibly after a mass shooting in the city of macerata. six migrants from africa were injured when an italian man fired at them from his car. james reynolds reports from rome. one man, a 28—year—old man, young italian armed with a pistol, turned the italian city of macerata into a terrifying place.
reports say that the gunman and fired at anyone who appeared to be a migrant from africa. there was no time for his targets to hide. i was passing by this morning to go and buy cigarettes when they shot me on my leg this morning, you know? so the person who was inside the car was shooting, you know? i tried to see his face, yeah. during the attack, the authorities posted warnings instructing the city's residents to stay inside. the gunman was arrested when he got out of his car. he is identified as 28—year—old luca traini. the italian media reports that he had been a candidate forthe anti—immigrant northern league party in local elections held in 2017. this attack comes at a time of high anxiety in the city of macerata.
earlier in the week, the dismembered body of a young italian woman was found. a nigerian migrant was arrested in connection with her death. now migrants have been injured in this drive—by shooting. the country now heads into next month's general election with all this on its mind. james reynolds, bbc news, rome. the hollywood actress, uma thurman, has claimed that she was sexually assaulted by the film producer, harvey weinstein, in london in the 1990s. two other women have contacted british police to say they were also attacked by him. mr weinstein denies all the allegations of non—consensual sex. ben ando has more. these latest allegations here in london were actually made at the end of last year, but they have onlyjust come to light. in one, a woman came to scotland yard to allege to detectives that she was attacked by harvey weinstein in the republic of ireland back in 1991. another says she was attacked
her in london in 2011 and in an unspecified country in 2010. now, at the moment, the police aren't saying where that other country is. the latest high profile figure to step forward, uma thurman, accusing mr weinstein of assaulting her in the 1990s. and there has been, as i was saying earlier, some reaction to that from his people? now, harvey weinstein, through a spokesman, has said that any incident that took place was a result of him misreading her signals. he also unequivocally denies any accusations of nonconsensual sex. world leaders meeting in the senegalese capital, dakar, have pledged 2.3 billion dollars to fund education in developing countries. organisers of the global partnership for education conference say it will fund projects in nearly 90 countries. britain, the european union and norway were the biggest donors. the kremlin has condemned the pentagon's announcement that it's to modernise america's nuclear
arsenal, including developing new cruise missiles that can be launched from ships and submarines. the us says the move is largely in response to russian actions in recent years. palestinian officials say a teenager has been shot dead in clashes with the israeli army in the occupied west bank. israeli forces say they entered the village of burqin to find a man suspected of murdering an israeli rabbi last month. the israeli military says it's checking the report. thousands of corsicans have held a rally to push for more autonomy from france. the local authorities said about 6,000 demonstrators turned up — organisers put the figure as high as 25,000. corsica's governing coalition of nationalists have been buoyed by a resounding win in recent elections. president macron will visit the mediterranean island on tuesday. north korea has defended plans for a large—scale military parade
scheduled for the day before the winter olympics in south korea. pyongyang's annual military parade — to mark the founding of its armed forces — has taken place in aprilfor a0 years. this year it has been changed to the 8th of february when athletes will gather in pyeongchang for the opening ceremony. paul french is the author of the book north korea: state of paranoia. we asked him why the change of heart? there's going to be a lot ofjournalists just over the border in south korea for all sorts of reasons. it's a publicity coup, a rather provocative one, as you say, they often have these in april, they don't normally have them in february largely because it's too cold in february and they're going for it this year. of course there was no plan for this a couple of weeks ago, now there is, it's part of the great chess game of korean relations. do you think that we're in more serious and worrying times, often, of course, on this channel, we're reporting on the missile tests, their nuclear capability, it goes without saying how much
i think it's part of the pr machine, and i think the south understands that, which is the most important thing, they understand these tit—for—tat type pr moves. it's to be hoped the white house also understands that, that this is part of a game that's been going on for a very long time now, since the end of the korean war. lady gaga has cancelled the last 10 dates of her european tour, due to what she described as "se the star has a condition called fibromyalgia — which can cause pain all over the body. just a warning there is flash photography in richard forrest's last sunday, lady gaga was at the music industry's biggest night of the year, the grammys in los angeles, but since the middle of january, she has been in the middle of europe on the latest leg of the world tour. the last performance was in birmingham and she was due to be on stage in london on sunday night but then came the bomb cell —— bombshell that the remaining european dates were cancelled. in a statement, the tour organisers said:
devoted were devastated.” devoted were devastated. i did the first tour that got cancelled and i have no idea and booking flights and trains for hamburg and cologne and berlin and london and manchester. trains for hamburg and cologne and berlin and london and manchesterlj berlin and london and manchester.” saved money, all the years that is. i don't blame her at the same way, it hurts so much. we are back home without seeing her again. it will be five years. ask to come down and do a solo. the joanne five years. ask to come down and do a solo. thejoanne to had started in early august in canada, the first of 40 early august in canada, the first of a0 shows in north america and then in september, she can't sort —— she cancelled tours and then postponed the european leg as she said she was in severe pain. those shows were scheduled to earlier this year but
more gigs are off. with any major to like this, artists will have to obviously have to or insurance. health is one of those big issues, particularly when you are you're going on a tour that might stretch for 18 months. going on a tour that might stretch for18 months. lady going on a tour that might stretch for 18 months. lady gaga rose to fame in 2008 with hook laden songs and provocative fashion choices. she is still one of the biggest performers around. it shows in north america alone grossed nearly $86 million last year. parents magazine estimated net worth was $275 million in 2016. a documentary last year reveals she suffers from fibromyalgia, which causes chronic pain accompanied by fatigue and cognitive difficulties. now her army of fa ns cognitive difficulties. now her army of fans are hoping she will soon be back on the world stage. and — you can keep up
to date all with all the latest news, business and sport on our website. a local council has taken the highly unusual step of imposing emergency spending controls, as a result of severe financial challenges. the conservative—run northamptonshire county council says its faced large cuts — and a big increase in social care costs. here's our political correspondent, matt cole. like so many others across britain, people in northamptonshire have watched their council manage multimillion—pound budget cuts since 2010, and now they've run out of cash, meaning a host of services from subsidised buses to libraries are threatened. i'll be absolutely devastated if it closes. we've been here forjust over a year and i was delighted that this is kind of ten minutes down the road from us. we just feel, i suppose, let down, and why wasn't anything in place to prevent this situation happening?
there will now be no new spending, save on services to safeguard the vulnerable, until the next financial year. we've been in what you might call a perfect storm of huge increases in demand for our services. at the same time, significant reductions in funding coming from central government. but is this a one—off? english councils say by the end of the decade, they will have seen £16 billion cut from their core central government funding. they say by 2020, there will be a £5.8 billion annual shortfall. what's more, they say they need an additional £1.3 billion now for social care. ministers will point to much—needed efficiency savings made in the same period, but labour says it's time for change. after nearly eight years of conservative government, councils have lost 50% of their funding from central government. and yesterday, we found that tory—run northamptonshire council is effectively bankrupt.
in northamptonshire, government inspectors are now investigating the council's financial management but the conservatives have responded tojeremy corbyn's proposals, saying they would deliver less money to people's pockets and hit communities with higher council taxes and worse public services. the government has plans for a new funding system for local authorities to come in at the start of the next decade. alongside that, proposals for councils to be allowed to keep more of the business rates raised locally. but with this year's finance settlement for authorities due to be announced in the coming week, the local government association is calling on the ministry here to provide new funding for all councils now. matt cole, bbc news, westminster. the government has announced a package of financial support
for small companies affected by the collapse of the construction company, carillion. the state—backed british business bank will provide up to £100 million in loans. customers worried about repaying mortgages will also be offered help. thousands of suppliers were left unpaid when the firm went into liquidation last month. three men in their early twenties have been charged with murdering a prisoner at a west london jail. 25—year—old khader saleh died on wednesday at wormwood scrubs after being found with stab wounds. fellow inmates ahmed kyre, kalif dibbassey and enton marku will appear at the old bailey next week. the snp's deputy leader, angus robertson, has announced that he is stepping down with immediate effect to pursue new career opportunities. it comes eight months after he lost his westminster seat. scotland's first minister, nicola sturgeon, said the party owed mr robertson an enormous debt of gratitude for his role in its success over the last decade. the treasury says it's working hard to deliver the best deal for brexit
after the tory mp jacob rees—mogg accused officials of fiddling the figures to try to keep britain in the customs union. mr rees—mogg, who was caught in a scuffle when protesters disrupted a meeting he was attending, told radio a's today programme that the forecasts made by the treasury before the referendum were clearly politcially motivated. with the referendum and the eu, the treasury has gone back to making forecasts. it was politically advantageous for them in the past. it's the same now. so yes, i do think they are fiddling the figures. syrian rebels say they shot down a russian fighter jet in north—western idlib province. moscow says the pilot ejected — but was killed in a ground fight. italy's prime minister has urged the country to reject hatred and violence — after african immigrants were injured
in a drive—by shooting. president trump says a declassified memo vindicates him — and his campaign team — in the investigation into russian involvement in the us election. the republican—drafted memo alleges pro—democrat bias within the fbi. david willis reports from washington. chanting: usa, usa, usa! his supporters believe he struck a blow for justice. but by releasing a secret memo alleging bias on the part of officials who are currently investigating him, others believe the president is undermining a vital branch of government. "this memo totally vindicates trump in probe", he tweeted today, "but the russian witch—hunt goes on and on. there was no collusion and there was no obstruction. the memo, written by republicans, describes a politically biased
justice department and fbi which was determined to ensure donald trump lost the presidential election. they got a warrant on someone in the trump campaign using opposition research paid for by the democratic party and the hillary clinton campaign. the man the president appointed to lead the fbi was fiercely opposed to the memo's release, having questioned its accuracy. in an e—mail to his beleaguered staff, christopher wray wrote: democrats accused the president of recklessness in releasing the memo. it's appalling. it's a misrepresentation. it isn't even the release of intelligence material. it's a release of a distortion of it. what is its purpose? its purpose is, of course, to thwart the investigation, the mueller investigation. special counsel robert mueller is thought to be nearing the end
of his investigation into allegations of collusion between the trump campaign and russia. and there have been reports here that he may soon be looking to interview the president himself. the white house, for its part, has consistently denied suggestions that the president may be about to sack robert mueller, but democrats have warned that such a move could prompt a constitutional crisis. david willis, bbc news, at the white house. the civil aviation authority has announced a review of airlines' seating policies. it follows concerns that some operators deliberately split up groups travelling together — unless they pay extra for allocated seating. many passengers claim it happens regularly, but the airlines deny the practice. the caa says it won't hesitate to take action if necessary. our business correspondent vishala sri—pathma explained more about their review. if you book a flight on a budget
airline, for example, you will be made to pay, sometimes, to sit with yourfamilies made to pay, sometimes, to sit with your families and friends when you go on holiday. they are looking as —— into whether these seating algorithms are deliberately done to make people pay extra. today, the pollsters have released the results ofa pollsters have released the results of a survey saying that actually, ryanair passengers are more likely to be complaining about being separated. they have come out and said their seating policy is clear and it cost 2 euros to allocate a seat that you want on ryanair. they have had a few complaints on social media, lots of people have been tweeting them. they have been dealing with a lot of complaints over the last six months. easyjet, a game, very happy to participate. they say that actually they do their best to allocate family and friends
together and that is in their algorithm. what is key is that algorithm. what is key is that algorithm and that is what caa is looking at. archaeologists in egypt have unveiled the newly discovered tomb of an ancient priestess that dates back more than a000 years. the vast mausoleum, found near cairo, is adorned with colourful and well—preserved wall paintings. duncan kennedy reports. discovered near the pyramid of giza south of cairo, the tomb was found under 300 cubic metres of earth. archaeologists were astonished to see how well preserved the paintings on the wall of the l—shaped room were. they depict a high priestess, hetpet, in a variety of settings. she's seen in hunting and fishing scenes and receiving offerings from children. hetpet was known to be a priestess to the goddess of fertility, hathor, who assisted women in childbirth. finding hetpet‘s tomb is being seen as an important and rare addition to our understanding of the structure of egyptian royal life a,000 years ago. we believe that she lived
during the fifth dynasty which means 2a00 bc. the tomb has preserved its colours. she was a high official and she had a strong link with the royal palace. the tomb contains scenes of music and dancing performances. going into the afterlife was a moment of celebration as well as sadness. archaeologists say they have only discovered about a0% of what lies beneath the surface of this site around giza. but this lavish burial chamber with its vivid artwork dedicated to the life of one woman is another revelation of this ancient civilisation. duncan kennedy, bbc news. darkest hour, the film about winston churchill and his war time efforts, has been nominated for no fewer than six awards in next month's oscars.
the painstaking process of turning the actor gary oldman into the former british prime minister has earned the film's make—up artist, david malinowski, one of those nominations. brennan nicholls has been to meet him. you cannot reason with a tiger when your head is in its mouth! gary oldman's performance in darkest hour has already earned him many accolades and critical acclaim. turning him, though, into britain's wartime prime minister has been hailed as a masterpiece of make—up. gary would come into the bus. we'd shave his head, apply the make—up, it takes just over three hours to apply the make—up and wig, plus getting him into his fat suit and costume, it was close to four hours for the entire thing. he's then go to set for ten or 12 hours a day filming and we'd need to be there the whole time to maintain his make—up throughout that. he would then we have his make—up removed which takes one—hour and then once he goes lucy and i stay for another hour or two.
gary oldman convinced kazuhiro tsuji to come out of retirement to design the churchill make—up. having just been working with david on another movie, it was oldman that asked him to be on set applying it alongside colleague lucy sibbick. and it's the three of them that have been nominated for the oscar. i'm extremely proud. it's the bestjob i've done so far to date and i'm just so pleased it's getting the recognition that it deserves, because the amount of effort that myself, kazu and lucy have put into it and as well as all the other people behind the scenes. you know, there's such a big team involved. we're here now getting the credit and our names are on the award, but the amount of people in the workshops who have been involved is amazing. we are to receive our award. the 39—year—old make—up artist has a cv full of blockbusters to his name, but this is his first ever oscar nomination. look at all this texture around here. the texture on gary's nose and the colouration and broken vein work and stuff like that.
that's whyjust spending that bit more time prepping, that's why our days were so long. ijust wanted to make sure i painted all of those pieces perfectly so that they match everyday. david flies out to los angeles for the oscar nomination lunch this weekend and then it's back for the baftas, before heading back to la for the oscars themselves on march ath for what could be his finest hour. the repetitive hammering movement of woodpeckers could have an impact on the beds reigns according to new research. it had been assumed that suffer head injuries but us scientist show samples of a buildup of the preteen —— —— proteins. it has been linked with trauma and diseases. scientists are trying to see if it is a form of damage or if it has a protective quality in the
birds. and you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter, i'm @duncan golestani. you might be hoping for some sunshine on sunday after that grey, rainy saturday. if so, it's not looking bad at all, some sunshine on the way. certainly a brighter day compared to what we've just had and this is what we had, a weather front very slowly moving across the uk, grinding to a halt pretty much by the time we got to saturday night and then through the night this weather front just sitting across the uk, raining itself out so it could rain no more and the skies in one or two areas starting to clear as well, so just little pockets of rain but clear skies too. temperatures will be around two to three degrees in city centres very early on sunday morning. let's have a look at the forecast around 9am in scotland, it will be pretty chilly, only three degrees for glasgow, edinburgh, a couple of degrees there in aberdeen. a little bit less cold we think in belfast, maybe five with some
sunshine and look at that, not looking bad at all for manchester, kendall, manchester, wales, the south—west, in fact, if you're lucky we could be waking up to blue skies in southampton but notice in east anglia and the south—east, a bit more cloud there and that will be the trend for the rest of the day. that wind you will notice is strengthening across the south—east here, coming all the way from scandinavia. it's a cold wind. it will drag in cloud off the north sea and also some showers, so it could be raining on and off at least from time to time in norwich and london. this is what it will feel like with that wind, around zero degrees. how about the rest of europe? i mentioned that wind coming from scandinavia, it's not stopping across the uk, it goes all the way down to the bay of biscay and it turns around and moves all the way to morocco so they're feeling some cold there as well, not looking great across that part of europe. back to the wind, look what happens when it drags in those showers during the course of sunday night into monday, snow showers get into kent, sussex, essex, norfolk, suffolk, possibly the london area which means first thing monday
morning there could be a little bit of snow lying around across the south—east all the way up to lincolnshire just in time for the rush—hour. this is what it looks like on tuesday, a weather front this time moving across the north and west and on this day we could have some snow in north—western parts of the country down to wales possibly the midlands, still cold, two, three degrees at best for most of us. here's the summary for the week ahead, it's going to stay cold, cold enough for some snow, widespread frost. as i said, cold enough for some snow. this is bbc news, the headlines. a russian fighterjet has been shot down in a rebel—held area in north syria. the plane had been hit by a missile.
the italian prime minister has condemned a drive—by shooting attack on african immigrants that left six people injured in the central town of macerata. the suspected attacker — a former candidate for the far—right northern league party — has been arrested. the local mayor has described the attacks as racist. the hollywood actress, uma thurman, has claimed that she was sexually assaulted by the film producer, harvey weinstein, in london in the 1990s. two other women have contacted british police to say they were also attacked by him. mr weinstein denies all the allegations of non—consensual sex. thousands of corsicans have held a rally to push for more autonomy from france. it comes ahead of a visit to the mediterranean island by president emmanuel macron, on tuesday. our europe regional editor, danny aeberhard has more details it comes ahead of a visit to the mediterranean island