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Hello, I'm Ros Atkins, this is Outside Source.
British MP's have voted for the government to begin
The bill was never in any doubt, but a key amendment,
guaranteeing the rights of EU nationals already in
One of the Democrats' top senator has been silenced by the leader
of the Senate for breaking the rules.
Senator Warren said Senator Sessions has used the awesome power of his
office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens.
We'll be live in Washington in a moment.
We're also going to talk about Donald Trump.
It would be so great for our justice system if they would be able to read
The most high-profile opposition figure in Russia has been been found
Alexei Navalny can no longer run for president next year.
If you want to get in touch at any time, you can at #BBC OS.
British MPs have voted to allow the Government to formally begin
the process of leaving the European Union.
the process of leaving the European Union.
Didn't have one to the right 494, the noes to the left, 122. -- the
ayes to the right, 494. The ayes to the right 494, the noes to the left,
122. The ayes habit, the ayes habit! The bill will now move
onto the Upper House - If the Lords make any
changes to the bill, it will be considered again
by the Commons. We can join Rob Watson
at Westminster now. We knew this Bill was going to go
through but what have we learned from the results? It is a moment of
history. This will go down as a key moment in European history and
Britain's departure from the European Union. What have we
learned? That although most MPs personally voted to Remain, this was
the power of the referendum, with most of the MPs despite what they
think of the possible consequences of Brexit, falling in behind this
love that Theresa May once past so she can fired the starting gun.
Before they voted for the bill overall, MPs spent hours voting
on amendments to the bill, none of them passed.
The one that was getting the most attention was probably from Harriet
Harman who said. Not enough of them date. Was that
expected? Yes, it was. The interesting thing here is what that
tells you about the process that lies ahead and the various
complexities and big issues. We still don't know exactly how that
will be resolved, what will happen to do the many EU nationals living
here. I is trade going to work, how will banking work? Hi Will movement
and immigration of people? Rather than getting bogged down with the
Parliamentary process here in the UK, what was instructive about that
is just how complex this process of Britain leaving the eerie -- leaving
the European Union is likely to be. He's referring to this headline
in The Herald newspaper - "Support for independence surges
on hard Brexit vow". That is related to Theresa May
saying that Britain will leave the single market. It doesn't
necessarily mean we will get a second referendum, does it? It does,
but those who wanted Britain to remain in the European Union feared
his threat to the United Kingdom itself. The Scottish National Party
sense an opportunity. The opinion polls may be moving in that
direction. It is not a done deal that there is no doubt that the
union of the United Kingdom is shakier now than it was some weeks
and months ago. One final thoughts, what happens next is that Theresa
May will be hoping to have this law and trigger the process of Britain
leaving the European Union at an EU summit on the 9th of March. That is
where a real challenge begins, getting a good deal with the other
EU 27. The staff in the Parliament was a relative piece of cake. A lot
of these MPs are deeply worried about Brexit and will be watching
these negotiations closely indeed. Thank you very much. If you want
lots of background information on the Brexit processed you can find it
online at any time you wanted at our website that BBC News.
Things are getting spikey in the US Senate.
The confirmation hearing for Attorney General nominee
But Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren has been banned from speaking
She'd read out a 30-year-old letter written by the widow
The letter contains the accusation that Mr Sessions had "used
the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate
The senator has impugned the motives and conduct of our member for
Alabama. Senator Warren said Senator session has used the awesome power
of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black
citizens. I called the senator to order under the provision of rule
19. Mr President... Mr President, I am surprised that the words of Mrs
King are not suitable for debate in the United States Senate. I as leave
of the Senate to continue my remarks.
Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader, judged that to have
Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader, judged that to have
We can go to Washington now and join Anthony Zurcher.
In trying to get quietened in this debate, they have Nato into a
liberal marker. This is putting Elizabeth Warren in touch with the
Democratic base and pushing her to the forefront of the 2020 race for
the Democratic presidential nomination. They might have thought
they were taking someone who was in punching the qualities of a
colleague, but what they have done is turn this into a multi-day
controversy. The data is captured looking ahead to the next
presidential election! I can't help myself!
Donald Trump addressed police chiefs earlier.
Inevitably he turned to his travel ban which is currently suspended.
I don't ever want to call a court biased, so I won't call it biased
and we haven't had a decision yet. But courts seem to be so political
and it would be so great for our justice system if they would be able
to read a statement and do what is right, and that has to do with the
security of our country, which is so important. Right now we are at risk
because of what happened. A US Appeals court has
said it will not deliver a ruling on Donald Trump's
immigration ban today. How Washington -based journalist has
said this. Would you agree with that analysis,
or is that too strong? Donald Trump has profited over the course of his
political rise in questioning established norms and political
power structures. That is part of why his base like sin. It is unusual
to see a president so directly question the judgment of the
judicial system. He almost acknowledges that he is going to use
-- lose this case. He is commenting on a court while they are
extraordinary. I think he is trying extraordinary. I think he is trying
to rally the base and laid the blame to rally the base and laid the blame
of any future terrorist attacks of the judiciary because he
think he will win in the court room. think he will win in the court room.
Anthony, thank you very much. In a few minutes we will talk to a court
case in Russia. Alexei Navalny is a leading Russian
opposition figure and he's just been The former entertainer Rolf Harris
has been found not guilty of three counts of indecent
and sexual assault. A jury at Southwark Crown court
was unable to reach verdicts on four The allegations in this trial
spanned a 40-year period Our correspondent Sangita Myska has
been at Southwark Crown Court. The prosecution has already asked to
go our way to consider as to whether it can have a retrial on those kinds
were the jury could not reach a verdict. In the meantime, Rolf
Harris issued a statement in which he thanked the jury for the care and
consideration and for clearing him of three counts of indecent assault
today. Rolf Harris has protested his innocence throughout this trial but
he did not walk out of court today a free man. Instead, he is heading
back to Stanford prison because it is there that he is already serving
a sentence for indecently assaulting four other women and girls. That
trial was back in 2014. This is Outside Source live
from the BBC newsroom. British MP's have voted
for the Government to begin proceedings to leave the EU
by a huge majority. South Africa's President,
Jacob Zuma, has ordered the deployment of about 440 troops
to maintain law and order in Parliament for his State
of the Nation address on Thursday. Opposition parties have
called the decision It's Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo -
he was selected by MPs. The vote has been
postponed for four years. But it finally happened
at Mogadishu Airport, which one of the few places
where security can be guaranteed. Somalia has not had a one-person
one-vote democratic The Yemeni Government has told
America it must coordinate with it on any future military missions
on the ground. Last month a US commando
raid didn't go plan. It happened on January 29th
and targeted an al-Qaeda stronghold near a town called Al-Bayda
in southern Yemen. More than a dozen civilians
were killed, including children. Here's Mohamed Yehia
from BBC Arabic. This story started this morning with
withdrawal of permission from the Yemeni government to the American
government to carry out ground operations. We have been trying all
day to get through to the Yemeni government to ask this question but
they have not applied. They said they did not withdraw permission for
the Americans to conduct operations against Al-Qaeda and other terrorist
groups, but they have reservations about the operations that happened
on the 29th of January and they want to coordinate future operations with
the Americans. The target was an Al-Qaeda base, heavily guarded
cluster of buildings over there. Among the people killed the was an
Al-Qaeda local commander, but he is also linked to tribal forces who are
fighting people who are fighting alongside Saudi Arabia. This is
where it gets murky and detentions get high amongst the Yemeni
officials. So, in some ways they can be helpful
in fighting the rebels? It is a web of intermingled tribals. But
indirectly? The sky is thought to be an Al-Qaeda leader but he is also
allied to tribal porters who are fighting against the who sees. We
tried to bring you the best of information from around the world.
Let's go to Russia. Russia's most prominent opposition
leader is Alexei Navalny and he's has been given a five-year suspended
sentence for embezzlement. This was a retrial and he got
the the sentence is the same Navalny tweeted from the courtroom
"Even the witness statements are Although this time they were of
course in a different order. Navalny claims both trials
were politically motivated. He was intending to run
for president in 2018. This is his official
campaign website. Today's verdict means
he's barred from running TRANSLATION: what we have seen
neither is a sort of telegrams sent from the Kremlin saying that they
believe that I, my team and the people whose views I voice too
dangerous to take part in the election campaign. Nevertheless, we
don't recognise this ruling. It will be overturned. I have every right to
take part in the election according to the Constitution and I will do
so. I wanted to know if there is any
evidence that this trial suffered OS regular Olga Ivshina from BBC
Russian helped me out. The European Court of Human Rights
has ruled that the case was politically motivated and that is
the reason why the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation had to send
this case for a retrial. If you carefully look at the materials of
the case it is quite weird. Many guys who are giving testimony back
in 2013 and this time the could not answer the questions, they could
barely remember what was going on. There were more questions than
answers in this case. The ruling of the European Court of Human Rights
tells us a lot. How does a suspended sentence work in Russia? The thing
that is important in this case is that according to the Russian
Constitution, people found guilty of serious crimes, they are not allowed
to run for presidential campaigns. They can't participate in any
elections as a candidate. On the other hand, today's ruling put it
all back to stage one. It is a huge saga now because temp can appeal,
prosecutors can appeal and that will go back and forth. They can go up to
the Supreme Court again and again he can go to the European Court of
Human Rights. What is playing against Alexei Navalny this time
because he wants to run for the presidential campaign and the last
if you can register is December 2,000 17. This week President Putin
signed into law and you measure that decriminalise some forms domestic
violence, a first offence that results in minor harm to a woman
such as lacerations or bruising is will not be considered criminal.
This has caused huge controversy around the world. Is it causing
controversy in Russia? Not that much, to be honest. There is an old
Russian saying that if a husband beats you it mean to loves you. Not
supported by many people. Domestic violence is spreading in Russia and
according to activists of the 87% of the cases do not get reported, so
nobody goes to the police and reports. He basically took corporate
bad thing, saying that the law on domestic violence is not working,
but the way they changed it has raised a lot of discussions because
people are not reading laws that deeply. They heard on TV is that it
this could spark a lot of violence. this could spark a lot of violence.
Was it supported by a lot of women MPs? By a huge majority in the
Russian State Parliament, but we need to remember that in that
parliament party discipline very important, so if the chief of the
party told them to vote they would because it is part of the
discipline. US media giant Time Warner
is in a pretty good It's released better than expected
results for the fourth quarter - revenue is up 11.5% -
and the company's CEO Jeff Bewkes said today
the $85 billion merger with AT - CEO Randall Stephenson,
is still on track. There's one problem though -
this man is opposed to the deal. On the campaign trail he said "It's
too much concentration of power Let's go to New York. Samir Ek, the
president was not keen when he said the Pope would he have any influence
over whether this happens? He has echoed those few since becoming
president, saying that he does not believe that this merger should
happen. If you look on the part of these two companies, Time Warner, it
owns CNN. CNN has received quite a lot of press, so to speak, from
Donald Trump. He does not like them as a media organisation. If you look
at AT they are trying really hard to make sure this gets pushed
through by regulators. It has been reported that they are on a big
trump offensive in Washington and have more than a dozen lobbyists
working behind the scenes to make sure that this gets pushed through.
The one thing that is happening here that is interesting is that it is
not just president Trump he is against it, but there are
republicans and Democrats who have spoken out against this merger. It
comes at a time in which we are seeing a lot of this kind of
consolidation and that is bringing about some concern amongst people.
Thank you very much. I got discrete from David dashed
tweet from David in the UK saying interestingly, no coverage on the
BBC of the Intel investment pledge yet. The problem was I had not been
on air after I had heard of that story. Here is Donald Trump saying
thanks to the CEO of Intel, a great investment of $7 billion in what he
calls in American innovation and jobs. He has been at the White House
talking with the president. This is Brian, you should say a few words.
It is an honour to be here today representing Intel. To be able to
announce our 7 billion dollar investment in the most advanced
factory in Chandler, Arizona. We will be completing that factory to
make the most advanced semiconductor chips on the planet.
Let's look at the mania. A snowstorm, a mild earthquake, power
blackouts have all been going on the people are still demonstrating and
the temperature is minus three Celsius. It is day nine of these
protests. Most of them have been happening in the capital, Bucharest.
Here are some of the latest pictures. This all began after a
decree that weakened anti-corruption laws. The decree was overturned at
the weekend, but the protests go on. They want the government gone. Here
are some protesters explaining why. We are keeping our petition strong
and we want our government to resign because we can't trust them. They
come in in the middle of the night to pass corrupt laws for corrupt
politicians. We will keep coming every night until they resign. We
want to make the point that you cannot accuse the people like this
and sustain power. It will not happen any more. Today the
government survived a no-confidence vote. The president has also been
dying talking to the protesters. The president has a largely ceremonial
role, but the protesters were shouting for him to resign of the
same. Today the focus shifted to
Parliament and a no-confidence vote in the social Democrat Liberal
coalition government. On paper there are still strong, only being in
power a month, but in practice they have been badly wounded by the size
of the protest against them. This is a country were demonstrations are
often successful, only two years ago a previous social Democratic
government was brought down, also after a corruption scandal.
Protesters are well organised with excellent communications. The
protesters have an important ally in the president. When he accused the
governing social Democrats of defending their own corrupt
interests, the MPs left the chamber. All eyes in Romania are not on what
the government will do next. Just had a message from somebody watching
in Mumbai in India saying there is more online on the story about the
main opposition figure in Russia being given a five-year suspended
sentence. If you go to the front page of the BBC News website, click
on the Europe tag and you will find extensive coverage of that. I will
be back with you in a couple of minutes for the second half of
outside source. Memories of the drought that has
been gripping California over recent years quickly fading away. Another
weather system is moving in from the Pacific to bring heavy rain, not
that we need any more that just at the moment because we have seen some
pretty nasty flooding in parts of California over recent days. Roads
have been turned to rivers. There is more rain on the way. Across the
north-east of the United States it is a different problem. The pressure
will bring a spell of snow as we head through the
night into Thursday. Anyone planning to catch a transatlantic flight bear
this in mind as it could get as much as 25 centimetres of snow. There
will be disruption to the roads and airports and it could be flight
cancellations. This was the scene in Vancouver, and mass snowball fight
as we have seen lots of heavy still here over recent days. There will be
more of that before the snow turns back to rain on Thursday. We have a
relatively mild there are pushing into the midwest, bitterly cold and
central Canada. Temperatures as a maximum of -15 in Winnipeg. In
Europe, a big area of high pressure in Scandinavia, cold easterly winds
feeding in across much of Eastern Europe brings cloudy skies and snow
flurries. By the skies in the Mediterranean, bringing rough seas
and gale force gusts of wind and outbreaks of rain that will be back
in Corsica, Sardinia and mainland Italy and Sicily. Some of those
heavy showers will move into the North of Tunisia and north-east
Algeria as we go through Thursday. In our weather, the clues to what is
happening lie in the jet stream. War on terror is being pushed up into
the Arctic, building this big area of high pressure in Scandinavia that
is going nowhere fast in the next few days. On the southern flanker
that high, we get these winds moving across the continent into the UK.
Temperatures will be below par for the next few days and the rest of
the week will be cloudy. It will turn colder and the cloud will be
thick enough for some snow showers at times. Here is the picture to
take us through the night. A lot of cloud around, but under the clear
skies it will be cold. The temperature potentially getting down
to -3 in western parts of England, Scotland and Wales. Temperatures
hovering close to freezing on the East Coast because we have that
cloud here back could turn to snow overnight into Thursday. There could
be some slight accumulation in some places, but otherwise I cloudy and
cold day with a bitter wind. That is your latest weather. Bye for now.
Hello, I'm Ros Atkins - this is Outside Source.
Brexit gets a step closer to happening.
The bill was never in any doubt, but a key amendment guaranteeing
the rights of EU nationals already in the UK was not passed.
Donald Trump is unhappy with how long it's taking
Mark Urban's been investigating how easy it'll be to get things done
There is no obedience with this Congress and there never has been
but I do not think with this president, there will be.
The Dakota Access oil pipeline was the focus of mass protests
Its construction had been suspended, but now it's got the go-ahead
And Qatar is spending $500 million a week on World Cup preparations.
We'll look at what it's getting for its money.
As Donald Trump keeps reminding us the confirmation hearings
Today, the Senate will vote Jeff Sessions, who is Donald Trump's
And the President isn't happy about the pace of this.
"It is a disgrace that my full Cabinet
is still not in place, the longest such delay
That's not true, by the way - it's not the longest such delay.
Anyhow, it is very likely Mr Trump will get the cabinet he wants.
But he will still face significant challenges
if he wants his main policies through.
And this next report, by the Mark Urban from the BBC's
Newsnight programme, looks at just that.
You can come here, promising to drain the swamp or dethrone
the establishment, but this city has a way of protecting its interests,
slowing down those who challenge its ways.
So the Trump administration's process of nominating a Cabinet
This level of obstruction at the beginning of an administration
is really record-setting in a very unfortunate way.
While the Senate have blamed the Democrats for the go slow,
they don't have the numbers to wreck Trump's agenda.
Rather, it's doubts among Republicans that could pose the most
Keen to impress the people who voted for him, President Trump has signed
some highly significant and emotive executive orders.
But you can't run the country by those alone, particularly when it
comes to spending money or changing existing laws.
For that, you need to go up to the Hill and get people
Thousands of people work on the Hill in offices so widely spread,
Things here travel at the speed legislators can work with.
As many presidents elected on a reform ticket have discovered.
John has been a Hill insider for the best part of 20 years.
With a Republican majority of just two in the Senate,
he sees particular risks there for the White House.
The members of the Senate especially, because they have
these six-year terms, they have tremendous power, they can
gum up the works any time they want, and you'll see that,
especially for some Republicans who don't really like Donald Trump
or trust him, they will step up and say what they feel.
So there is no obedience with this Congress, there never has been but,
but especially with this President, I don't think there ever will be.
The combination, seen with the nomination Betsy DeVos,
of Democrats keen to thwart Trump voting with a small number
of dissident Republicans could pose all manner of problems
To avoid them, he must stick to policies where
he and Congressional Republicans are on the same page.
I believe in the need for bilateral agreements with the UK or Japan,
We all agree that our tax code is overly complex,
there are over 70,000 pages in our tax code, it's too complex.
People want it simpler, fairer and in many respects flatter.
So that's something we should be focused on and I think
we'll find common ground with the administration.
Among those on powerful Senate committees, there are already key
figures who now challenge Trump on issues such as the handling
of his immigrant ban or his professed admiration
Are you worried by what the President's been saying?
There have been a lot of things said that I wouldn't
say but I think that, as time moves on, there'll
be a much more coming together on those issues.
I think that the administration is just getting going and my sense
is that, in the very near future, things will be in the
On nominations, health care or Russian sanctions,
Trump campaign trail pledges are already being modified
As the President starts to spend money, that will intensify.
It might know it is time for Outside Source Sport. -- now it is time for.
For the first time, a women's bout will headline a night of boxing
Star of the show is Claressa Shields.
She's the most successful amateur boxer in US history,
and a two-time Olympic gold medallist.
Now to Hugh Woozencroft, at the BBC Sport Centre.
I guess despite her success this is still a sizeable leap up? Yes,
hello. It is a sizeable leap. Well, it's interesting, isn't it,
the rise of mixed martial arts in recent years has
included women's fights? And that popularity,
led by the likes of Ronda Rousey, Following that extra
attention in women's bouts come more sponsorship
and more money and quality. Now the quality in women's boxing
has been there for a long long time, so could the rise in professional
female boxers spur American Claressa Shields
headlines when she takes on Hungary's Szilvia Szabados
for North American Boxing Federation title in Detroit
on the 10th of March. Shields is just 21, but took Olympic
middleweight gold in 2008 and 2012 and with the likes of Olympic
champion Katie Taylor of Ireland and Great Britain's Nicola Adams
also leaving amateur boxing in favour of the professional ranks,
I think we can expect to see much A good start. And just ask you about
the FA Cup game? Yes, the replay in the FA Cup between Derby County and
Leicester City has just finished. We will see extra time to see which of
these two says will get through to the last 16. As it has finished 1-1
at full-time. Thank you, and you can keep up-to-date with that on the BBC
sport web page. Take a look at this guy and remember
the name - Mohit Ahlawat. He could be cricket's
next big thing. He's 21, and has hit 300 in a local
Twenty20 match in Delhi. He scored at four runs a ball -
which, if you're not into cricket, This was taking place
in a game in Delhi. He was playing against a team
called Friends 11 - how unfriendly Mohit
was to their bowlers! 39, and let me just repeat that -
39, sixes he hit, and he also added 14 fours,
when he couldn't be bothered He needed 50, basically,
off the last two overs. He finished hitting
five consecutive sixes. When asked afterwards,
he said he felt that he was Continuing our commitment
to covering sports that's don't get much coverage,
let me show the final moments It doesn't matter how many of these
you have potted before, and he has done millions of them, it is the
World Championships, the big one. There were entrants from the UK,
France, Norway, Ireland, He is perfect, absolutely plum. He
from Shooters Sports Bar He is perfect, absolutely plum. He
could pot- both... Pot-shot, there will be each cheer after this. And
that is the one that clinched it. Congratulations to Craig.
We've also been in touch with international bodies
for downhill skateboarding, kite surfing, table tennis
More under-reported sports next week on Outside Source.
Have you seen how much Qatar is spending on hosting the World Cup?
New figures put it at $500 million - a week.
By the time it comes round in 2022, it's predicted the bill will be more
Brazil spent $11 billion in 2014.
Russia is expected to spend $10.7 billion on the 2018 event.
This is what the country's finance minister said:
With that kind of spending, you wouldn't think there would be
What the finance minister was saying, I think,
was two things and one was reassurance, because Qatar,
like other Gulf countries, has faced quite a fall
in its revenue in the last couple of years.
There have been a number of cutbacks in a number of its businesses.
What he is making clear is that will not affect
What he is also making clear, in a sense, is that $200 million,
if that is all being spent specifically on the stadiums
and the footballing aspect of the World Cup, then that
absolutely dwarfs any spending has ever been before in a World Cup.
What he was saying is this is the infrastructure
being built around it - roads, transport, hotels,
So in a sense Qatar is using this a reason to continue with...
Obviously there has been huge building for years in Qatar,
but to make it infrastructure even bigger and stronger,
with the World Cup being the target it is aiming for.
And I guess with this huge increase in construction,
more questions about how the construction is working,
the conditions in which people are working under?
Yes, I mean the problem Qatar has with its migrant workers is one
again faced across the whole of the Gulf, where they don't have
rights - although there are laws which are supposed to protect them,
they are not always enforced, and Qatar has faced
There have been reports that workers have died on the site.
It has turned out I think that most of the deaths that have been
reported have not actually be directly connected with
the World Cup, but there have been many calls internationally
from governments to rights organisations that they need
They promised a couple of months ago that there would be
Every time a country hosts the World Cup,
whether it's South Africa or Brazil, or any others, there is an internal
discussion about whether this is money well spent.
I don't think that kind of discussion quite happens in Qatar.
It has not reached a stage where money is so short
that they have to be concerned, but Qatar, like other
Gulf countries, again, is going to be undergoing certain
changes in the way that it provides for its people
VAT, for instance, is going to be introduced across the Gulf.
It could be the first element of tax actually being brought in,
and obviously when you start having tax people become more
concerned about the way their money is being spent.
So that process may begin to start happening by the time
of the World Cup, but for now I don't think we have to worry.
They have a tiny population - 90% of the population
Massively bolstered by the numbers, the hundreds of thousands,
who comes specifically for the World Cup.
You will remember we were covering protests over a proposed oil
pipeline in Dakota. President Obama suspended that and President Trump
has now intervened and it looks like it will now go ahead. We will bring
you details on that. A woman has won an appeal
to the Supreme Court after being denied payments
from her late partner's Chris Buckler reports
on the significance of the case. Denise Brewster had lived
with her fiance, Lenny, for ten years and they were making
plans for their future. When I look at this picture,
I think that's just how we were. He was a fun loving guy,
he had lots of friends. But in 2009, just days after
they got engaged, he died suddenly. It was such a difficult time and it
will always remain difficult for me. But I feel Lenny has
given me strength at For 15 years, Lenny worked
for Translink, which provides public transport in Northern Ireland and,
during that time, like many workers, he paid into a local
government pension scheme, which he thought would provide
some security for him But when he died, Denise
was informed she wouldn't benefit. Because Denise wasn't married,
she was told that she wasn't Her partner would have had to have
filled out this, a nomination form. She argued that that was a lawful
discrimination and today the Supreme Court ruled
in her favour. We say that she is entitled
to receive a pension and that the nomination requirement
should no longer be applied. It's a ruling that could benefit
the partners of some other public sector workers like nurses,
teachers and civil servants although that could depend
on the rules of each There are over 6 million
people across the country Many of them are in company
pension schemes, public sector pension schemes,
and they should be treated equally So I hope all pension schemes
will review their rules And the woman who fought this case
hopes it will provide greater At least I just had to defend
for myself and I had to take my hardships but,
when you have other families that have a young daughter or son
who are losing their daddy or their mummy, and then
they have the financial burden on top of that,
the inequality and the injustice And this is a judgment which perhaps
reflects changes to what the word This is Outside Source,
live from the BBC newsroom. British MPs have voted
for the Government to begin proceedings to leave the EU
by a huge majority. If you're outside of the UK,
it's World News America next. With no decision expected
on the travel ban today, they'll be looking at the mood
in the US administration with the help of the Time magazines
White House correspondent. Here in the UK, the
News at Ten is next. Our Europe editor Katya Adler has
been looking at the rise of populist Earlier the International Committee
of the Red Cross in Afghanistan Confirming that six of its staff had
been killed in Afghanistan. We know this happened in the north of the
country and an convoy were missing -- an aid convoy was missing.
Drivers and five field officers were on their way to deliver some
livestock to the needy people of a village in this northern
province of Afghanistan, that they were stopped on the way,
Six of them were killed, two of them were kidnapped, and we do not know
Now, the local officials tell the BBC that they have sent
a delegation of elders to that area controlled mainly by Uzbek
and militants related to either Isis or Daesh to try to reach a deal
to try to release the two staff members.
to try to release the two staff members of ICRC.
The Taliban, the Afghan government, the ICRC have all have
all condemned the attack, and no one has yet taken
responsibility for this killing and kidnapping,
but the police chief of the province tells us that this area
is where most militants loyal to Isis or Daesh operate.
Lets move from Afghanistan to North Dakota...
The final stage of a controversial oil pipeline in North Dakota has
These are pictures from today and also from protests in the past.
Opponents of the pipeline have called for worldwide
These pictures are from today but the rest
The protestors are mainly made up of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
This is the background to this story.
The pipeline is supposed to cross four states,
to transport crude oil to a terminal in Illinois.
Most of it is already built, except for this bit -
the section closest to the Standing Rock
Members of the tribe say the construction
will damage their water supplies and ancestral cultural sites.
These protests helped lead to the suspension of construction.
That decision has been reversed by Donald Trump.
The BBC's Peter Bowes is covering the story from Los Angeles.
I asked him if there's anything the protesters can do at this stage.
They can go to court and file an injunction hoping to stop the
issuing of the permit, as it is known, the easement, that helps the
company behind this pipeline. It would potentially stop them from
starting the drilling necessary to install this final one mile section
of this pipeline. Time is not on the side of the Sioux tribe, the
Standing Rock Tribe, and this needs to happen very quickly, because that
permit is likely to be issued later on today, which means the drilling
could start as early as tomorrow. Presumably those who support the
drilling or do they do respect this tribe and they do respect the
importance of their water supply? Yes, they do, and they also say
there is no mac danger. The company says the pipeline is entirely safe
in its view, however local people disagree with that and they say, and
they were gratified by the actions of the Obama administration in the
middle of December, just a few weeks ago, really, which halted this
project pending a further longer term environmental review of the
situation. That review would have been followed by consultation with
local people. What Donald Trump has done since taking office is
expediting the process, essentially telling the army he wanted a quick
decision, and that is what has come in the last 24 hours, which means
this is very likely to go ahead. Presumably it is a tough time to
protest against this one, firstly because of the weather, and secondly
because Donald Trump is president, so protests are likely to be focused
in Washington rather than North Dakota? Yes, it is a very remote
area. As you mentioned, protests around this project have been
global. It has really garnered a lot of support set around this country
but globally as well. But in terms of physical protest, getting to this
area and getting their very quickly is actually quite difficult. That
may pose a problem but certainly from the statements issued by the
Standing Rock Tribe tripe and others, they are determined to keep
this fighting and ticket to the courts if it comes to -- the Sioux
tribe. The top story today, MPs in
Westminster have supported a bill in the House of Commons to allow the UK
to start formal negotiations with the European Union to trigger its
exit, triggering Article 50. Nigel Farage, former leader of the UK
Independence party, has said... Of course until we get to the end of
those negotiations we cannot know the form Brexit will take. What we
do know now is that Prime Minister Theresa May is in a position to go
to the European Union with the backing of the House of Commons, to
trigger article 50 and begin those two years of negotiations, and of
course we will be covering that every step of the way here on
Outside Source. Just quickly, if you are a football fan, let me bring up
some news coming through the BBC newsroom, to update you on that FA
Cup game we were speaking about earlier. The game between the
Premier League champions Leicester, and Derby. Leicester are in front.
That is not a full-time results and keep an eye on the BBC sport app to
find out which we that one goes. That is Outside Source for tonight.
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