hello and welcome to bbc news. i'm ben bland. us officials say they're considering what action to take after two british jihadis were captured in syria. alexanda kotey and el shafee el sheikh were part of a team of four british is members who the americans say killed 27 hostages. families of their victims have called for them to stand trial. daniel sandford reports. they became the most infamous gang of foreign fighters in the self—styled islamic state. callous torturers and public executioners of hostages. jihadijohn, his real name, mohammed emwazi — now dead. aine davis — in prison in turkey. and the two men we now know were captured last months, alexanda kotey and el shafee elsheikh. the gang are suspected of beheading alan henning, a driver and aid workerfrom eccles, and david haines, a long time aid worker from perth. his daughter now contemplating what punishment his newly captured suspected killers should face.
they should die a long, slow, painful death and i think quite a lot of people will understand that, that they should be allowed to live. but, realistically, that's not going to happen, and you have to come to terms with that. the best thing for them is to be locked up and throw away the key. they should never be allowed back in society because they willjust recruit people and they will just do this again. and for the sake of her father, if they end up in court, she will go to watch. if it goes to trial, i'll certainly be there. i certainly want to look them in the eye and let them know that i am who i am and they have destroyed a big part of my life. and, hopefully, there will be some sort ofjustice. some of the gangs hostages were freed, including former french reporter nicolas henin. he wants them to have the fairest trial possible. i would not be happy if they were just sent to guantanamo bay because this is denial ofjustice. el shafee elsheikh arrived in syria
from britain in 2012. alexanda kotey left the uk on an aid convoy to gaza in 2009 and also ended up in syria. their gang is accused by the us of beheading at least 27 hostages, including alan henning, david haines and americans james foley, peter kassig and steven sotloff. they're also suspected of waterboarding, mock executions, crucifixions and electric shock torture. alexanda kotey and el shafee elsheikh grew up close to each other in quite a small area of west london, near to the a40 flyover. it became infamous as an is recruiting ground. as well as mohammed emwazi, jihadijohn, some half a dozen other men from these streets died fighting for is in either syria or iraq. elsheikh and kotey had already had their british citizenship removed by the home secretary, now a trial, possibly in the united states, seems the most likely outcome. daniel sandford, bbc
news, west london. the winter olympics have opened with an unprecedented show of warmth between north and south korea. as their teams paraded together before cheering crowds in the city of pyeongchang, representatives of their governments shook hands. andy swiss reports from pyeongchang. 0pening ceremonies are always a spectacle, but few have seemed quite so significant. pyeongchang the world. the theme of the ceremony was a relevant one. peace and harmony seen through the eyes of five children exploring a winter landscape. a celebration of the nation's culture. olympic athletes from russia. at the same time for the athletes to make their entry. no russian colours because russia is banned from these games after the recent doping scandal,
what finally historically the moment they had all been waiting for. under a flag representing their peninsular, north and south korea parading as one. duff of peace and eliminating the stadium before a fitting climax, as two ice hockey players, one from north korea and one from the south, took the olympic torch on its finaljourney on the lighting of the cold drawn. —— cauldron. and if you want to find out more on any of the stories we're covering, just head to our website. you'll find all the latest news, reaction and analysis along with up—dated live pages and reports from our correspondents across the globe. that's bbc.com/news, or download the bbc news app. some breaking news. the us president donald trump has blocked the release of classified memos written by the
house of representatives democrats. that memo rebutted a republican document that was made public last week. you may remember that alleged there was anti—trump bias within the fbi's there was anti—trump bias within the fbi‘s brush up probe. in a letter to house intelligence, the white house counsel said that president trump had decided against approving public release of the memo because" the memorandum contains numerous public classified and especially sensitive passages". we will give you any more development on that story as we get it on bbc news. the european union's chief brexit negotiator, michel barnier, has warned that a post—brexit transition period is not a given, if disagreements continue. mr barnier also said checks at the irish border would be "unavoidable", if the uk left the single market and customs union. something both london and brussels have said would be unacceptable. 0ur deputy political editor
john pienaar reports. brexit is coming and time is running short. just 13 months before britain is officially out of the european union, and today the eu had a sharp warning — sort out key sticking points, or there will be no deal and no transition. britain's brexit secretary met the eu chief negotiator in downing street on monday. friendly enough, but there's just weeks to thrash out the shape of a brexit transition. today, in brussels, with a big eu summit next month, michel barnier had a blunt message, in terms easy to understand. if these disagreements persist, the transition is not a given. so much to sort out, and talks are getting prickly. 0n the rights of migrants who arrive after brexit day, will brussels block trade if britain breaks eu rules? the brexit secretary called that discourteous. oh, no, it isn't, said mr barnier.
"my attitude hasn't been in the least discourteous "or vindictive", he said. "we never wished to punish the uk. "it's foreign to my state of mind". and how to leave the eu without bringing back a hard north/south irish border. no one wants that but... it is important to tell the truth. a uk decision to leave the single market and to leave the customs union would make border checks unavoidable. it's notjust a political problem at this shoe shop in newry, northern ireland. these shoes are meant for walking, on both sides of the border. customs and tariffs could mean a business like this running into trouble. what we need is easy access from the factory to our shop floor. if there is a hard border, then there will be hold—ups all the way along that we cannot predict. the government wants to keep allies on side.
brexiteers who say stand up to brussels, and unionists who say britain and northern ireland must leave the customs union as one. the bottom line is this, that northern ireland will leave the european union with the rest of the united kingdom. we would not countenance a situation where there would either be political constitutional barriers within the united kingdom, and economic barriers within the united kingdom internal market would be catastrophic for northern ireland. we're not prepared to accept that we become rule—takers from the eu when we have no say over it. that would be the worst of all worlds. yes, business wants certainty and to know they have time to get ready for things like customs changes. that is what the implementation period is about. it is not about having the eu try and dictate to us in a way that would be unacceptable to us and strangely to businesses as well. tonight, the brexit secretary is saying he is surprised mr barnier is not clear that britain just wants to go on trading as now
during a transition. the government is hoping for compromise in negotiations, whatever anyone says now, but if there is no transition deal next month, ministers will have to prepare britain and british business for the real possibility of a cliff—edge brexit. every month, every week, every day a new problem. if there's a transition deal, then comes deciding ambitions for brexit, which split mps and ministers. the next date with potential crisis always closer and closer. john pienaar, bbc news, westminster. the government is reviewing the work it does with 0xfam, following allegations that some of its aid workers used prostitutes in haiti. the charity has denied claims of a cover up and says it sacked several of its staff members after an investigation in 2011. the department for international development said 0xfam had serious questions to answer about how it dealt with the appalling abuse of vulnerable people. three men who carried out the murders of eight people in the london bridge terror attacks
all had steroids in their system when they died. toxicology reports submitted to a pre—inquest hearing suggest the men had taken a naturally occurring steroid often used by body builders. khurum butt, rachid redouane and youssef zaghba were shot dead by police minutes after the van and knife attacks lastjune. president trump has praised a former white house aide, who resigned this week because of allegations of domestic abuse. mr trump said he was surprised about the claims against rob porter, whom he said had done a "wonderful job" at the white house and was facing what the president called "a tough time". 0ur north america editor, jon sopel, reports from washington. he was the clean cut, chiseljawed, harvard law 0xford educated rising star of this white house, in charge of controlling the flow of paper across the president's desk, but after three days of confusion and chaos
he has quit amid a swirl of domestic abuse allegations. but today the president seemed to be more concerned about porter than his victims. it's a tough time to him. he did a very good job when he was in the white house are we hope he has a wonderful career and hopefully he will have a great career ahead of him. that despite reports that senior staff in the white house had been aware of these allegations for months. the chief of staff initially said that he was: by last night, that had changed, sending a memo to white house staff saying: all of this is made more complicated by the role of hope hick,
the white house communications director. she drafted the initial statement supportive of porter, even though she is reported to be romantically involved with him. and that, yesterday, brought a rare concession from the white house podium. i think it is fair to say that we all could have done better over the last few hours, or the last few days, in dealing with this situation. donald trump is angry on two counts — angry about the way these has all been handled, but angrier still that his press spokesman admitted as much. this hasn't been the best couple of days for the white house. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. people in scotland who have nowhere to sleep, or are about to lose their homes, are being turned away illegally by councils. figures seen by the bbc show that, in some cases, they're not even being recorded as homeless. lucy adams has this exclusive report.
this man in the rough for many years but after a spell in rehab he made a homeless application and was turned away. i told the lady that i was fleeing violence and she told me in front of my manager that too bad, i caused the violence, i have to deal with it. glasgow says its staff have worked exceptionally hard to support him for the last 15 years and that it organised his rehab and got him into permanent accommodation. but he shouldn't have been sent away. the law says that if anyone goes to their council and states that they are homeless they must create a homeless application, immediately find that person a bed and investigate the claim, responding in writing. but when this doesn't happen this is known as gatekeeping. in the last calendar year we saw approximately 200 people who came to us approximately 200 people who came to us for advice regarding various homelessness issues. a significant
proportion of them will be people who have been turned away by a local authority when trying to make a homeless application. it is unlawful to turn people away and simply say that there is no accommodation available. government guidelines say those facing homelessness in situations such as flooding or fleeing domestic abuse should always be recorded as homeless and an application must be made. but a bbc scotla nd application must be made. but a bbc scotland investigation found that is not always happening. if individuals and families are on the recorded as asking for advice, councils don't have to find them a bed and that not be included in the country's on the statistics. that potentially means the level looks much lower than it actually is. we shared our findings with shelter. a key point here is that if somebody comes to the local authority and the present as homeless it's a matter of law that they get homeless assessment. councils say local authorities are fully aware of their legal duties
and that he believes only a small number of people have been affected. homeless applications are falling in scotland, but shelter says recording people is only asking for advice is masking the problem. this is bbc news. our main headlines this hour... us officials say they're considering what action to take after two british jihadis were captured in syria. families of their victims want them to stand trial. north and south korean competitors have marched together at the opening ceremony of the winter have marched together at the opening ceremony of the winter olympics in pyeongchang. more now on our main story: with so—called islamic state on the run in syria, how useful is the capture of the two british jihadists and what information could they provide? 0ur middle east correspondent quentin sommerville reports. they called it home,
and raqqa was their capital, but their caliphate is now a ruin. it's not known yet how long alexanda kotey and el shafee elsheikh stayed here, but kurdish and arab fighters fought in these streets for months and more than 650 died, freeing the city from the so—called islamic state. the corpses of foreign fighters litter the alleways, but even then we knew that plenty had escaped. in a ceasefire deal, hundreds of is fighters were allowed to leave the city. across syria, is members began to flee through kurdish regime and a rebel lines. the two british men, part of an is cell from the west london, were picked up by kurdish forces, trying to flee to turkey. the two are a significant prize. they may be able to answer questions about what happened here. this is dabiq, where mohammed emwazi, jihadi john, murdered aid worker,
peter abdul—rahman kassig. the same cell killed britain's alan henning and david haines. their bodies have never been recovered. the west london cell were seen as the worst of the worst, is superstars who had an air of invulnerability but no more, now all are dead or in captivity. they may also have information on the missing british journalist, john cantlie. kidnapped by is, he has fronted some of their propaganda video. this was his last appearance from mosul, before it too was taken from is group. and do they know the whereabouts of abu bakr al—baghdadi, the is leader? despite repeated claims that he is dead, he was last heard from in september last year. the captured men have served one
significant purpose, though, a new front has opened in syria. turkey is attacking kurdish forces — it calls them terrorists, but the coalition sees the kurds as vital and effective allies against is and it wants the world to know those allies have just captured two of the caliphate's most wanted. quentin sommerville, bbc news, beirut. can the uk build the houses it needs without developing on the green belt? in greater manchester, there have been various protests against green belt development. the mayor has announced he'll use his powers to encourage building on brown field sites — that's land which has been used for construction before. but is it the answer? our home editor mark easton reports. could the old mill towns of greater manchester hold the answer to the housing crisis? places like stalybridge, where the industrial revolution took root on the banks of the river tain. instead of building on precious
green belt, why not use brownfield sites in struggling town centres? say cheese. do we have to? greater manchester's mayor, andy burnham, was elected on a promise to protect the green belt and now plans to promote brownfield hotspots in six rundown towns. we've had an approach where it's been developer led greenfield first, because it's been easier for developers to go there and i am saying, no, let's come back to our town centres, breathe new life into them, and build higher density residential development there. among sites identified in stalybridge, the former police station, an old pub, the pineapple inn, and what was once a local shop. the plan is to turn these plots into luxury flats aimed at young professionals who can afford market prices. some are already under construction — build—to—rent apartments with a coffee shop and gym, friends—style loft living on the site of what was once an 18th—century woollen mill. the internet was big seller for us.
was it? yeah, huge. jasmine and josh will be moving in this summer. it is our first home together, so... this is the perfect thing. it is brand—new, it is modern, it is a big step for us. and we are really excited. in some cases, housing associations will sell the luxury homes and use the profits for building social or affordable homes elsewhere. run of the mill mill town, hardworking people. not everyone is convinced. i will believe it when i see it. at the end of the day, it is basically a slap in the face. i mean, on average, they want about £600 per calendar month. is on half that. working—class mill town, no one can afford things like that. the focus on brownfield sites is politically popular, but small projects in rundown town centres are not going to be that attractive to investors and even if every scrap of land was used to its full potential, the brownfield land register shows there's not nearly enough of it to fulfil
greater manchester's housing needs. the brownfield register‘s identified a number of sites in stalybridge and almost 1250 in greater manchester, which could be used for housing, with a maximum capacity ofjust over 100,000 homes. but, greater manchester needs more than 227,000 homes to meet demand. brownfield does not even get halfway there. are you not deluding people, though, who might believe that we can solve housing simply using brownfield? you can't. and i would accept that. this is not about saying, no, we will never build on anywhere green again, but it is about saying, well, look, start with our towns, so that we minimise the take from the green belt. save our greenbelt! there are controversial plans to build homes on sidebottom fold, green belt on the edge of stalybridge, but when it comes to the general claim that brown should be the new green, here, as elsewhere,
the numbers don't quite add up. mark easton, bbc news, stalybridge. the owner of the daily mirror has agreed to buy the express and star newspapers, as well as 0k magazine, in a deal worth £127 million. as newspaper circulation continues to fall, the company trinity mirror says it will be able to save money by sharing content and reducing duplication. an asteroid up to a0 metres wide, which was only discovered five days ago, skimmed past earthjust a couple of hours ago. the asteroid was 64,000 kilometres away when it made its nearest pass — less than a fifth of the distance between earth and the moon. nasa says the encounter is relatively unusual, but still too far to be a threat. it is the second piece of space rock to pass earth this week. he was the star who greeted visitors to the natural history museum in london for more than a century. but last year, the model of dippy
the diplodocus was removed from the entrance hall to make way for hope the blue whale. now the dinosaur is on the road, visiting all four home nations. his first stop — until may — is the dorset county museum in dorchester. 0ur correspondent, duncan kennedy, reports. it's ta ken about 150 million years... dippy‘s here. i think we're in business now. ..and five days to bring dippy the dinosaur to dorset. 0k, dippy‘s 292 bones may be made out of plaster, but this iconic replica of a real diplodocus is still palaeontology perfection — right up to his head. hurray! a nice moment. it was touch and go whether it was going to actually fit in, but it's absolutely perfect, so i'm happy.
dippy has been called the people's dinosaur, 105 feet of prehistoric inspiration. wow! no wonder these slightly younger visitors were wowed today. what's the best bit about him? his tail, because it can whack people around. what's so great about dippy? that he's ginormous. he's massive, isn't he? dippy was in the natural history museum since 1905, but the museum decided it was time for change and to reconstruct him outside london. now that he is assembled, he's embarking on a huge nationwide tour of england, scotland and wales. they reckon that over the course of the next three years, around five million people will engage with this project. and where better for dippy‘s first stop than dorset‘sjurassic coast? if dippy was going to choose to go somewhere, he'd probably want to choose to come the jurassic coast to find out all about the fossils and all the other creatures living in what is now the british isles
around the time that he was roaming what is now wyoming in america. wherever dippy goes, it'll be free to see him. a chance for older visitors to relive childhood memories, and for younger ones to create some. duncan kennedy, bbc news, in dorchester. the eiffel tower has been shut for the second time this week because of snow and black ice. paris is covered in a heavy blanket of snow that's brought some parts of the transport system to a halt. hugh schofield reports. for the second time this week, snowy weather has blown into paris from the west, setting off to good effect for tourists, some of the most popular landmarks. the city was just getting over the previous heavy fall on tuesday. that caused some disruption to transport on road and rail. parks were shut as freezing temperatures overnight turned slush to ice. i love it. i'm used to coming to paris when it's sunny.
i've never been here in the snow before. as a tourist, i don't enjoy it because lots of things are closed, metro lines are closed, but it is beautiful. you can't not enjoy it. translation: i think some roads should have been cleared quicker, but then that is the weather, nothing out of the ordinary. i think we should look at the positives. snow is actually quite beautiful. at this airbase just west of the capital, snowploughs have been brought out to clear the runways. and one adventurous soul had a flaky answer to the transport problem. now there's a skiing fan. it looks fun, doesn't it? don't forget you can get in touch with me and some of the team on twitter. i'm @benmbland. weather now with chris fawkes. hello again.
most of us saw some sunshine yesterday, but also some wintry showers out and about. the highlands looked splendid, didn't they? after the recent snowfall here and clear blue skies as well. but looking ahead to the weekend's forecast, not so much sunshine to go around on saturday. sunday sees the sunshine return, along with some snow showers. it will become windy for a time this weekend. here's the satellite picture. it shows an area of low pressure, a curl of cloud racing towards the british isles, and this cloud is going to be moving in, bringing a band of rain with it. and that rain is going to be quite heavy over the next few hours, turning readily to snow — even low down across parts of eastern scotland. i think we will see things turning rather wintry. the other thing you will notice if you'ee out and about first thing is how cold it feels. yes, we're looking at a widespread frost and the risk of some icy stretches first thing. now, looking at the weather in a little bit more detail through saturday morning. the snow across scotland, well, five to ten centimetres possible over the higher ground.
it will tend to transition back to rain as milder air works in from the west as we go on through the early morning. further southwards, for wales and south—west england, it's just rain that will fall really. and after that cold and frosty start across east anglia and south—east england, bright with some sunshine, but then the cloud moves over that cold air. it's probably one of those mornings where temperatures will be very slow to rise across parts of eastern england. not really rising significantly until we get into the afternoon, when the winds pick up and we will start to see the threat of some light rain working into east anglia and the south—east. quite a range of temperatures, turning mild in the south—west. highs up to 11 degrees. we still have the cold air hanging across northern scotland, where we'll also some bright weather with some sunshine. now, it's six nations again this weekend and both at dublin and also twickenham, the threat of rain. probably the rain heavier at twickenham as the evening progresses. now, looking at saturday night, a windy spell of weather looks on the cards thanks to this area of low pressure. i've just drawn the fronts in, and it's round the southern flank of low pressure that we could see the winds being particularly strong. gales seem likely.
50 to 60 miles an hour. it could be a bit stronger than that across parts of the east, it just depends how quickly this area of low pressure develops. either way, as we get into the first part of sunday, that area of low pressure will be working across to cause problems in the continent. brisk north—westerly winds will drag in plenty of wintry showers, most of them snow inland. towards the coast, there could be a bit more of a mix of rain and sleet. it will feel chilly, highs generally around three to five degrees. it looks quite likely that we will see another spell of heavy snow for the hills of england, and northern ireland. this is bbc news. the headlines: president trump has blocked the release of a democratic memo rebutting claims of alleged anti—trump bias in the fbi's russia probe. the white house says the memo
contains numerous and especially sensitive passages and for this reason the president is unable to declassify it. us officials say they're considering what action to take after two british jihadis were captured in syria. alexanda kotey and el shafee elsheikh were part of a team of four british is members who the americans say killed 27 hostages. the families of their victims say the fighters should face trial. north and south korean competitors have marched together at the opening ceremony of the winter olympics in pyeongchang. seoul is hoping the sporting collaboration will improve