welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is nkem ifejika. our top stories: after the historic olympic handshake, south korea's president holds talks in seoul with the sister of north korea's ruler. president trump blocks the release of a document which rebuts claims of anti—trump bias in the fbi's russia probe. us officials consider what action to take after two british jihadis are captured in syria. families of the victims say the fighters should face trial. uber reaches a settlement after a blockbuster trade—secrets trial, with counter—claims of sinister business practices. south korea's leader moonjae—in has held a historic meeting
with kim yo—jong, who is the sister of north korea's leader. it took place inside the presidential blue house in seoul. kim yo—jong is the first member of north korea's ruling dynasty to have travelled to the south since the end of korean war hostilities. the olympic games has produced an unexpected easing of tensions on the korean peninsula after years with virtually no communication across the border, as pyongyang has built up its nuclear arsenal. let's get all the latest from the bbc‘s stephen mcdonell, who's in the south korean capital. how significant is this handshake? was this just for the cameras or is there something more of substance to it? certainly on a symbolic level this handshake at the opening
ceremony is very significant. you can imagine that photo, the image, of the south korean president shaking hands with the north korean leader's sister at the opening ceremony has travelled all around the world. this comes after years of virtually no communication between the two regimes on the korean peninsular. so in and of itself the handshake is nothing, it'sjust hello. but the symbolism is enormous. what do you think they hope to move on from the handshake to achieve? you look at the events of the day here, again quite remarkable. who would have thought just months ago that this would take place, but imagine the us vice president pence comes into pyeongchang for the winter olympics to try and prevent exactly the meeting that happens today from taking place. the south korean
government ignores its key ally in washington and goes back to the meeting between president moon jae—in and the north korean leader's sister. is the first time anyone from the family has ever been in the south since the end of hostilities at the end of the war and they have at the end of the war and they have a meeting inside the presidential loo house, followed by lunch and it will be intriguing to know what they've spoken about. has there been a message delivered from the north korean leader to the south korean leader? all of this in the long run they come to nothing. who knows. but it is such a huge difference from what we've seen before, with no engagement whatsoever between these two countries, and the fact that the south korean government has ignored its key ally in washington and gone ahead with this engagement strategy, it is early fascinating and we will
have to see what happens of —— what comes of this meeting. thank you. of course the us vice president mike pence was at that event and mike pence was at that event and mike pence was at the opening ceremony of the olympics and he didn't stand up when thejoint korea the olympics and he didn't stand up when the joint korea team were coming through the stadium. the mood in washington is different to that of north korea and south korea. and you can get more backround and analysis on our website. there's also more on who kim yo—jong is and what her role is in the secretive country. president trump has blocked the release of a classified memo that rebutted claims that there was anti—trump bias in the fbi's investigation of russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election that brought trump to power. the white house said the memo, written by democratic congressman, couldn't be released because it
contained classified material. our north america correspondent peter bowes reports. when the republicans released their memo it was met with a whirlwind of controversy. it said the fbi abused a surveillance programme to spy on a former trump campaign adviser. the president said it totally vindicated him and the investigation into the russian interference in the election. there was no collusion and no obstruction, he said. but the democrats insisted the memo didn't tell the full story and promised to release their version. good evening. this evening the house intelligence committee voted to release the response to the majority's memo. we think this will help inform the public of the many distortions and inaccuracies in the majority memo. but not so quick. the president has stepped into stop the democrats' memo getting out. in a letter to congress the white house is the justice department has identified portions which it believes would
create a specially significant concerns for law enforcement interests. it goes on to say that the president is working with the house intelligence committee, if democrats want to make changes to the memo to mitigate risks. democrats say they will look at redact in part of the document, even though they believed the president's cup and to mount a double standards. a second white house staff member has resigned over allegations of domestic abuse. david sorensen stepped down after his former wife claimed he was violent and abusive, allegations he denies. it follows the white house aide, rob porter, quitting two days ago because two former wives accused him of domestic violence, claims he contests. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. the british government says it is reviewing its work with the aid charity oxfam, following reports that some of the organisation's staff regularly used prostitutes in haiti
in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. the charity has denied claims of a cover up and says it sacked several of its staff members after an investigation in 2011. police in mexico have arrested one of the leaders of the zetas drugs cartel. jose maria guizar valencia, known as 2—43, is accused of smuggling vast amounts of drugs and weapons to the united states. the zetas cartel was founded by former army soldiers in the 1990s. thousands of venezuelans have rushed to border crossings with colombia after presidentjuan manuel santos announced a tightening of colombian controls. more than 30,000 venezuelans enter colombia daily to look for temporary work or to buy essential goods. an asteroid up to a0 metres wide, which was only discovered five days ago, has skimmed past earth at a distance of 64,000km. this is less than a fifth
the distance between earth and the moon. while the pass is relatively close in astronomical terms, it's nowhere near enough to be a threat. 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. 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 month, 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 willjust 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 aao 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. with the so—called is on the run in syria, how useful is the capture of these two british jihadists and what information could they provide? here's our middle east correspondent, quentin sommerville. they called it home, and raqqa was their capital, but their caliphate is now a ruin. it is 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 littered the alleyways 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 rebel lines. the two british men, part of an is cell from 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 britishjournalist, john cantlie. kidnapped by is, he has fronted some
of their propaganda videos. 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. let's stay in the region because
we've got some breaking news. israel says it has intercepted an iranian unmanned aircraft launched from syria. the israelis say they have targeted iranian site inside syria because of course iran and syria... iran and israel border each other. israel has been wary of the iranian involvement in the conflict in syria. stay with us and bbc news. still to come: the competitive edge of curling. the latest action from the pyeongchang winter olympics. there's mr mandela. mr nelson mandela, a free man, taking his first steps into a new south africa. iran's spiritual leader ayatollah khomeini has said he's passed a death sentence on salman rushdie, the british author of a book which many muslims say is blasphemous. the people of haiti have flocked to church to give thanks
for the ousting of their former president, 'baby doc' duvalier. because of his considerable value as a stallion, shergar was kept in a special secure box in the stud farm's central block. shergar was driven away in a horse box the thieves had brought with them. there stepped down from the plane a figure in mourning. elizabeth ii, queen of this realm and of all her other realms and territories. head of the commonwealth, defender of the faith. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: south korea's president has held a meeting in seoul with the sister of north korea's ruler — following their historic olympic handshake. president trump has blocked the release of a classified memo that rebutted claims there was anti—trump bias in the fbi's russia investigation. two of the biggest us companies
developing self—drive cars — uber and waymo — have settled a court case. uber agreed to surrender equity worth more than $200 million to waymo, which accused it of stealing trade secrets. our north america technology reporter dave lee reports. this case captivated silicon valley, mostly because of this man. uber‘s former chief executive travis kalanick is expected by many to be the very embodiment of silicon valley's bro culture, overconfidence and aggressive ambition. in court this week, he was accused of orchestrating a grand plan to steal self—driving technology from google and then put it into uber‘s own cars. mr kalanick believes the technology is vital if uber is to survive. they had a meeting with then—google employee anthony levandowski. it was alleged that he stole more
than 111,000 alleged documents it was alleged that he stole more than 111,000 confidential documents and then left google to set up his own company, then he sold it to uber. in a remarkable moment during the trial, the jury was shown this scene from the 1989 film wall street. the prosecution said travis kalanick acted like a real—life gordon gekko. the point is, ladies and gentlemen, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. greed is right. but convincing jurors that mr kalanick is something of a slippery operator was not going to be enough to win the case. what the prosecution had to demonstrate was that uber was using the stolen technology, and that was proving much more difficult. and so, the risk for google would have been that they were a bully and if they went after a competitor in order to suppress competition, rather than to vindicate their legitimate intellectual property rights. conversely the risk for uber, by continuing, would have been,
well, what if we lose the whole thing? and so, this settlement is perhaps a good result for both sides. as part of the deal, uber agreed to give up 0.34% of its company, worth around $245 million. in a statement, mr kalanick insisted no trade secrets were ever used and he said had the trial played out, uber would have won. we will not get the chance to find out if he was right. rio carnival has kicked off — with 1.5 million tourists celebrating with the locals. it's been a difficult year for the leading samba schools which faced funding cuts. it's not stopped the partying though — as our south america correspondent katy watson reports. this is carmelite street, or bloco, as they're known. it's named after the order of nuns the carmelites, and you can see lots of people here dressed up as nuns.
it's in the traditional neighbourhood of santa theresa here in rio but it's one of nearly 500 street parades that is taking place across rio during carnival. it is a massive operation. nearly 6 million people are expected here in the city to celebrate carnival. it brings in more than $1 billion to the city. and 17,000 military police are on standby because the public security here is a big issue with rising violence in the city. now, its is a time to celebrate, to party, and have fun but this year, it is also a time to talk about politics — especially with the presidential elections coming up in october. so some costumes here are particularly political. there's a man dressed up as yellow fever to indicate the problems of the outbreak of yellow fever in recent months. there are other people who are dressing up criticising politicians. and rio is no stranger to that, of course, because the mayor here in rio cut funding to samba schools by nearly 50% this year. he cited financial pressures in the city. but his critics say he is anti—carnival
and he is too conservative. but despite the problems, i think people here will be focusing more on partying than the politics. what's believed to be the coldest ever winter olympics have opened with an unprecedented show of warmth between north and south korea. the action is well under way — with canada dominating the early stages of the curling. after five sessions of the round— robin mixed doubles it's increased its lead against norway and olympic athletes from russia. russian athletes evgenia tarasova and vladimir morozov top the board after the first event of the team figure skating. the european champions, who are real life partners, produced an ambitious programme to claim ten points, ahead of canada and germany. shoma uno ofjapan is out in front in the men's singles. meanwhile, france's perrine laffont leads the first round qualification of the women's moguls freestyle skiing. an impressive run at the phoenix snow park pushed her ahead of canadian andi naude and morgan schild of the usa.
and in the qualifiers for the men's slopestyle snowboarding, hot favourite norway's marcus kleveland is currently in top spot — trailed by new zealand's carlos garcia knight and sebastien toutant of canada. team gb have sent twice as many athletes to the winter olympics in south korea than it did to the previous games in sochi. it has set itself an ambitious target of medals and remains optimistic, even though a gold medal hopeful has been forced to retire through injury. with more on the elaborate opening ceremony in pyeongchang, here's our correspondent, andy swiss. opening ceremonies are always a spectacle, but few have seemed quite so significant. pyeongchang welcomed 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!
it was soon time for the athletes to make their entry. no russian colours because russia is banned from these games after the recent doping scandal. but, finally, historically the moment they had all been waiting for. under a flag representing their peninsular, north and south korea parading as one. there was no doubting the sentiment of the night. a dove of peace illuminating 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 cauldron. to be diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis just months before your biggest sporting competition would spell the end for most athletes. especially when slopestyle snowboarding is your sport, with all the flips and landings that sport demands. but canada's spencer o'brien competed in sochi with that condition, and finished 12th in the women's final.
now four years on she's determined to win a medal and make up for lost time. my my name is spencer o'brien, i am from vancouver canada, and i am a snowboard slopestyle athlete. leading into sochi was one of the ha rd est yea rs leading into sochi was one of the hardest years of my life, when i was diagnosed way rheumatoid arthritis about two months before the games, andi about two months before the games, and i struggled without illness from about seven months prior but i was on diagnosed. at one point it was so bad that i couldn't put my feet on the ground to get out of bed, it was so painful, and ifelt like an 80—year—old woman. so painful, and ifelt like an 80-year-old woman. and now everything you read says you are the one to look out for. going into pyeongchang i feel like an olympic medal would be a beautiful cherry on top of my career, but it is so amazing to me to see this young group of girls coming up right now. tell me a bit about where you are
from, it is not one of the big cities. i am from a small island off the top of the north of vancouver island, there is one street light andi island, there is one street light and i am island, there is one street light andiama island, there is one street light and i am a quarter native, one of few first nations olympians, it is a bit of added pressure but it feels good to be uplifted by my community. spencero'brien, good to be uplifted by my community. spencer o'brien, putting it down with authority. my older sister megan was competing in snowboarding before me so i followed in her footsteps, and i sucked, but a big pa rt footsteps, and i sucked, but a big part of my success is my family and the support they offered me. slopestyle is exciting to watch but the spectator because there is lots of flips and spinning, and some pretty good crashes, it is also really cool to see people link multiple tricks throughout the whole course. for all the latest on our coverage of the winter olympics you can go to our website.
bbc.com/sport. and you can also download the app for all the updates on who is competing and when. a reminder of our top stories. the south korean leader has led a historic meeting with the sister of north korea's leader in seoul. she is the first member of north korea's moving —— leading dynasty to have travelled to the south since the end of the korean peninsular hostilities. it signifies a easing of tensions on the korean peninsula. end us officials are considering what action to take after two british jihadi what action to take after two britishjihadi is were what action to take after two british jihadi is were captured what action to take after two britishjihadi is were captured in syria. the men were part of a team of four british is members who killed several hostages. the families of their victims say the men should face trial. hello again.
most of us saw some sunshine yesterday, but there were 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'll 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'll notice if you're out and about first thing is how cold it feels. yes, we're looking at a widespread frost and a 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 on across northern scotland, where we'll also have 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 around the southern flank of this low pressure that we could see the winds
being particularly strong. gales seem likely. gusts of wind 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. we are left with brisk north—westerly winds, that 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. there will be sunshine between those showers, but 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, northern ireland and scotland monday night. this is bbc news. the headlines: south korea's president has held a meeting in seoul with the sister of north korea's ruler, who's visiting for the winter olympics. president moon shook hands and exchanged pleasa ntries with kim yo—jong at the opening ceremony. the historic meeting goes against the wishes of the united states. donald 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 properly classified and especially sensitive passages" and for this reason the president was 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 british foreign secretary boris johnson is to visit a refugee camp