this is bbc news. i'm ben bland. our top stories: seven jihadists are sentenced to life in prison in tunisia over attacks that killed dozens of people in 2015. the democratic senator elizabeth warren launches her bid to become the party's candidate for 2020 — promising to champion ordinary, working people. millions and millions and millions of american families are also struggling to survive in a system that has been rigged. rigged by the wealthy and the well—connected. the queen's husband, the duke of edinburgh, surrenders his driving licence just weeks after a crash that overturned his car and injured two women. and five paintings by adolf hilter went under the hammer — but failed to sell. we'll find out what went wrong. hello and welcome to bbc news.
in tunisia, state prosecutors have appealed against the acquittal of 27 suspects who stood trial for the 2015 terror attacks. 60 people were killed in those attacks, most of them british. it comes as a court today sentenced seven people to life in prison for their involvement in the attacks. the first one hit tunis' bardo museum. the second targeted tourists at a beach resort near the town of sousse. bbc world affairs correspondent richard galpin reports. the mass trials here at the courts in tunisia began more than a year ago. now more than a dozen militants have been sentenced to prison, some for life. but many others have been acquitted. gunfire. it was back in 2015 that tourists were targeted in two devastating attacks claimed by so—called islamic state.
the attack here in the popular resort of zeus was the most deadly. a lone gunmen armed with a kalashnikov and explosives running along the beach, killing holiday—makers at random and doing the same inside a large, crowded hotel. 38 people, most of them british, were killed. police who were nearby failed to intervene and tell it was too late. just three months earlier there had been a very similar attack at the national museum in tunis. this time two gunmen rampaging through the building, killing more than 20 tourists and a security guard. following this incident, there were many questions why the tunisian authorities did not do more to ensure holiday—makers would be safe in the country. given the clear threat from islamist militants. as a result, the country's vital tourism industry plummeted and it was only in 2017 that it began to pick up again
after security at holiday resorts and other popular areas was improved. richard galpin, bbc news. us senator elizabeth warren has officially launched her bid to become the democratic presidential nominee. shejoins a growing list of democrats keen to take on republican president donald trump in 2020. the massachusetts democrat made the announcement in the working class city of lawrence. here she is speaking a short while ago. the man in the white house is not because of what is broken. he is just the latest and most extreme symptom of what's gone wrong in america. a product of a rigged system that props up the rich and the powerful and kicks dirt on eve ryo ne the powerful and kicks dirt on everyone else. the cost of college
has nearly tripled and 40% of americans couldn't find $400 to cover an emergency. that is millions of hard—working cover an emergency. that is millions of ha rd—working people cover an emergency. that is millions of hard—working people in this country whose lives would be turned upside down if the transmission fell out of the car or somebody got sick and missed a week at work. the middle—class squeeze is real and millions of families can barely breathe. it is not right! cheering. chris buckler is in washington. i asked him where elizabeth warren stands on the list of democrat candidates so far. yeah, you heard the message that she has said. very much trying to set herself aside from president trump, who she is presenting as somebody who is wealthy and privileged and essentially be a late and she tried to present herself as someone of the working people. in fact, she even walked onto the stage with that anthem
of working women, nine to five playing. it gives you a sense that elizabeth warren is trying to rally the grassroots of ordinary people, choosing that old manufacturing town of florence to show again that she was alongside those people who, in the past, had fought for workers' rights and had fought for workers pay. truthfully, though, it is a very wide field at the minute and there isn't really a front runner as things stand. if you take a look at some of the other candidates, camilla harris has had a very good start. she was very accomplished and very articulate in her prime time cnn special, in which she spoke to people who were potential voters. again, corey brooker, he is out on the campaign trail today, he is in iowa and he is speaking there, again trying to get across his message. kirsten gillibrand, av club are sure, we expect her to announce her campaign tomorrow, all senators who potentially have a chance at winning that democratic nomination. the other one to mention, of course, though, isjoe biden, the former vice president, who still has not announced whether or not he is prepared to make a run for the presidency in 2020. he could be a leading candidate if he decides to run.
but at the moment, there is no front runner and that is why we are seen all of these democratic candidates really trying to grab attention. just going back to senator warren, chris, she has been dogged by one issue in particular, this is her claim of having native american heritage. she has been forced to apologise for that. do you think that is going to hurt her chances? i think we have had this antagonistic relationship between her and donald trump. donald trump has referred to her time and time again as pocahontas. he likes to give nicknames to some of his political opponents and this nickname, pocahontas, comes from her claims that she has, in her past, some native american heritage. but how she has used those claims has been really controversial. he, for example, the president encouraged her and challenged her to take a dna test, which she said she would do. that immediately had a response from the cherokee nation saying that that is not how you actually
establish tribal citizenship and that that was a bad idea. they have also been critical of how she claimed native american citizenship in the past at university and it gives you an idea that really she does face a challenge for some of those claims. at the moment, as i say, the field is wide open. buckingham palace has announced that prince philip has surrendered his driving licence. three weeks ago the duke of edinburgh, who's 97, was involved in a car crash near the sandringham estate in norfolk, in which two people were injured. 0ur royal correspondent jonny dymond has more. the duke has voluntarily given up his licence. —— peter alliss is pretty parsimonious with the details. this was some think he came to buy himself —— the palace. there was a fairamount of himself —— the palace. there was a fair amount of criticism of the duke a couple of days after the collision, because he was seen driving and he was thought to be
driving and he was thought to be driving on public roads without a seatbelt, which is against the law here in the uk. so that may have played into his mind or it may have beenin played into his mind or it may have been in consultation with others where he thought, well, i am 97, he appeared to acknowledge, according to some reports, that he was at fault in the collision, because he a p pa re ntly fault in the collision, because he apparently left his vehicle and said "i am a full" or "i am a bloody fool". he may have been ruminating and decided to give up his licence. he has surrendered his licence. it will go back to the licensing agency. he will, from this point on, be driven around rather than driving himself. and that crash that happened a few weeks ago, does this, now he has given up his licence, does it draw a line under that all is there a possibility of prosecution? what is the most from the local police force is that it has not actually drawn a legal line under it. they have passed the file on the crash to the crown
prosecution service, the prosecuting authorities in uk, who will then consider it. it is something of a formality that they would do it. the police have the power in the uk two state we will not take it any further, but because there were injuries as a result of this crash it is pretty much inevitable backers forward to the crown prosecution service. i be extraordinarily surprised if the husband of the queen, a 97—year—old man, was prosecuted as a result of this crash. we will have to wait and see. it continues in some shape or form. people watching around the world might be slightly quizzical about the fact that the duke mr pratt himself around at the age of 97 when they have all these staff that could drive for him —— the duke mr dreyfus. he has more than enough people to drive them. it comes down to the duke's character. he is a man who has committed a ship in the royal navy, has learned to fly, has driven many a sports car in his time, who loves speed, who is full of energy. the word connected to
your most of the time is dynamo. giving up the right to drive was a pretty big dealfor him. he has yielded on that. yes, he will be driven around in the future. he will not be driving himself. i think that isa not be driving himself. i think that is a blow for him. but it has perhaps yielded to the reality of the situation and perhaps a little bit to the poor public relations that surrounded the whole incident. johnny dymond there. let's get some of the day's other news. kurdish forces have launched what they say is their final attack against the so—called islamic state in syria, where an estimated 600 fighters are holed up in four square kilometres near the iraqi border. at least 20,000 people were evacuated from the area. a spokesman for the us—backed syrian democratic forces attack should conclude within days. activist groups outside china are reporting the death of a respected uighur musician in a chinese detention camp. he is believed to have been serving an eight year sentence. a un panel said last year that more than a million ethnic uighurs — including a number of artists and musicians — were being held in detention. turkey has also condemned china's
treatment of its uighur people, calling it "a great embarrassment for humanity and urged china to close the uighur camps. pakistan's federal investigation agency says it's arrested a well—known journalist for posting anti—government comments on social media. it said rizwan razi was being investigated for what it described as "defamatory and obnoxious" comments about the judiciary and intelligence agencies. but his family said mr razi was seized outside his home in lahore by unidentified men, who beat him and then bundled him into a car. a 21—year—old man has lost four fingers after touching a rubber grenade fired by police during demonstrations in paris. riot police in the french capital used tear gas to disperse protestors after cars were set alight and banks attacked. thousands have joined the so called ‘yellow vest‘ rallies across the country. the mostly peaceful demonstrations, against president macron‘s economic reforms, are now in their 13th week. let's hear from some of the protesters. translation: for decades now we have
seen oui’ translation: for decades now we have seen our elected representatives have not been working in the interests of the people. they have been working more for lobbies and other interests. now they want to tra nsfer other interests. now they want to transfer sovereignty to brussels and i don't want brussels to decide everything the french have to do. translation: it's not a referendum story, because what does the referendum mean? like the big debate, what does that mean? everyone's dorking, but what's b point? it's absolutely useless. it is the attitude should and is that a bad at the moment —— everyone's talking, but what is the point. we have to change the institutions, but thatis have to change the institutions, but that is a big job. translation: when i see poverty in france, when i see the people abandoned by our government, and not just this one, but for decades, whether it be sarkozy or the others,
i say to myself that we must act. i don't believe in the polls any more. here in the uk, the government's under fire with calls for the transport secretary to resign after it cancelled a multi million pound contract awarded to a company in the event of a no deal brexit. seaborne ferries won the contract to ensure ferries would keep crossing the channel in the event of the uk leaving the eu without a deal — but there was widespread criticism after the bbc found the company did not actually have any ships, and had never run a ferry service before. our business correspondent rob young reports. preparations have been under way for weeks. dredging started at ramsgate port at the beginning ofjanuary. seaborne freight was due to run regular services to 0stend in belgium in the event of a no—deal brexit, once it got hold of some ships. but the company has now been stripped of its contract. the £14 million deal was controversial from the start. the contract‘s cancellation has intensified the criticism of ministers. we first flagged problems with seaborne freight in april
of last year. and we've been tracking it since then both in terms of its attempts to find vessels, which have all failed without exception, largely because this port is very small. the government has defended the checks it carried out on seaborne. it says the company's main backer, arklow shipping, has pulled out, meaning seaborne could not meet its contractual requirements. it wasn't paid any public money. ferries haven't operated at ramsgate since 2013. the government hopes new services from here could help reduce congestion at dover if there are delays come the end of march. but there is now a big question mark over whether ramsgate will be used if there is a no—deal brexit. the department of transport says it's in advanced talks with other companies to supply freight services, possibly from ramsgate. with less than two months to go until brexit, timing is tight. it is a disappointment.
i don't know the commercial reasons why arklow have pulled out. but i want to make sure this port is ready for brexit resilience. however the cash—strapped local authority is considering a cut to the port's funding which might prevent a ferry service starting in the future. rob young, bbc news. in turkey, the president visited fit them is in hospital and the funeral of people who lost their lives in the accident. stay with us on bbc news, still to come:
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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: seven extremists are sentenced to life in prison in tunisia over attacks that killed dozens of people in 2015. five paintings attributed to adolf hilter went under the hammer today in nuremberg, but failed to sell, according to a local newspaper. 26 pieces of art were pulled from the sale earlier this week after suspicions were raised they could be fakes. the auction sparked outrage with the city's mayor condemning the sale, calling it "bad taste". i spoke to journalist and expert on the market of hitler's artworks
bart droog about why the paintings didn't sell. they were frightened away by police and security forces, i guess, and because of all the news is that these watercolours and oil paintings and drawings would be fakes. there we re and drawings would be fakes. there were suspicions of the authenticity of even the ones that went up for auction aside from the 26th? not only suspicion but hard evidence that the watercolours were fakes. they seized 26 but also 27 stored in this option house. it is quite a niche thing to do and bid for. who would be after a piece by adolf
hitler? museum directors, neo-nazis, businessman and, collectors of historic items, even holocaust survivors. basically people with no brains and too much money. are there a lot of paintings purported to be by hitler assumed fakes? up to 5000. which is ridiculous as after the second world war only 30 survived. what do you think should be done with these kind of art pieces? they should be stored in a museum for forgeries, that would be a nice place for them. journalist and art expert bart droog
speaking to me earlier. in the city of escobares in texas, 62% of residents live below the poverty line. that's the highest rate of any us city of over a thousand people, according to the us census bureau. directly on the us—mexico border, the city struggles with crime and unemployment. but local officials say they're trying hard to lift escobares out of the cycle of poverty. there is not much of a future here. it is these, this is it. it is kind of difficult because of
thejobs. the it is kind of difficult because of the jobs. the right it is kind of difficult because of thejobs. the right not many it is kind of difficult because of the jobs. the right not many here, in escobares so we're kind of going down. this is the border between the united states and mexico. see how peaceful it is, you can hear the birds chirping. it was not always the border, it is now, because of some treaty that happened in
history. every time you a border, people on the side will say it is illegal to do this and that, and on the other side they will say it is illegal to bring things here. this is what it is like to live here on the border. the employment opportunities are very limited. we do not have any big industries. we hope someday somebody will see the opportunity to come here and set up a big company. that is our biggest dream. when bbc correspondent frank gardner was paralysed in 2004 after being shot six times, skiing was one of the joys he did not want to lose. he's filed this report from the italian alps and, despite the challenges, he makes it look easy. how to you still ski if you cannot
use your legs or like me your legs are use your legs or like me your legs a re partly use your legs or like me your legs are partly paralysed ? use your legs or like me your legs are partly paralysed? it is the one thing a did not want to give up after i got shot several years ago so after i got shot several years ago so the answer is in this thing here. the first challenge is getting into this thing. i am really tightly squeezed in. it is almost like i in a giant ski boot and the idea is that every movement i do i will be able to direct myself. the principal at think is the same as normal skiing but you what kind of shifting your body weight from side to side and you have these things, the germans call then flip flaps, and
you use them to balance yourself. let's try it again. you are probably thinking, how do you get on and off the chair lifts? it is quite a feat. you have to get to people to help you. it's lots underneath your seat and off you go. the thrill of being out in the snow, in this incredible fresh air, it is such a buzz. even though i am not using the bottom half of my body i getting —— i am getting the thrill of it. and finally i want to show you some pictures we've had in from chile which has been hit by heavy rain in the past few days. this is the moment a waterfall was re—activated by a torrent of rain. the atacama desert is normally one of the driest places on earth and the 60 metre waterfall had run dry for ten years. you can reach me on twitter.
i'm @ ben m bland. the weather is in the process of calming down after all the storminess we have had in the last few days. behind it, it leaves a legacy of changeable weather. some rain out there. central and southern parts of the uk. brought by this area of cloud, a weather front that should be sliding across southern and central parts of the uk. the cloud to the north is the remnants of the storm we have had in the last couple of days. bits of pieces of rain across central and southern areas of the uk. plea for scotland and much of northern and eastern england, a touch of frost first
thing on sunday morning. chilly in belfast as well. what can we expect on sunday? the morning is looking cloudy and damp for many of us. the southern half of the uk. but this weather front moving towards the east. the weather will improve but it will be a slow process for lincolnshire and east anglia the rain could last until lunchtime. sunny across eastern and central scotland, a beautiful day for edinburgh, newcastle. aberdeen as well. by lunchtime, the showers will sweep across other parts of the uk later on sunday. it is a mixed bag on sunday. as we head into monday, high pressure starts to build from spain and portugal. in fact it will establish itself across much of western europe which means the weather will start to settle down from monday onwards. any weather fronts that come close, will be
diverted towards the north. this is where the weather fronts will go. we are in this window of much drier weather. temperatures at 10 degrees on monday in london. thejet stream meanders around the uk and at times even north of iceland and scandinavia and to the south, that is where we start to see the high pressure building, the winds blowing clockwise. the warmer air will be reaching the uk. the summary for the week ahead, a lot of dry weather, mainly dry, there might be some sports of rain in scotland. the clouds may be chilly and there may be some fog around. bye—bye. this is bbc news. the headlines: seven men have been sentenced to life in prison for terrorist attacks in tunisia that left nearly 60 people dead. in all 51 suspects went on trial for the attacks in 2015, which were claimed by
the islamic state group. us senator elizabeth warren has formally launched her bid to stand for the white house in 2020 with a speech in which she promised to tackle economic inequality. she is the latest democrat to launch a campaign to become the pa rty‘s presidential candidate. prince philip, the duke of edinburgh, has given up his driving licence after being involved in a car crash in january. buckingham palace say that he voluntarily surrendered his licence on saturday. a yellow vest protester in paris has lost his fingers during clashes with riot police. french media say the man attempted to pick up a rubber pellet grenade and it exploded in his hand. cheerleading may conjure up images of pom poms and ra—ra skirts