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This is BBC World News Today with me, Nuala McGovern.
The man charged with helping guide Brexit -
the UK's ambassador to the EU - has abruptly resigned.
Sir Ivan Rogers has quit, with the formal negotiations
on leaving the EU due to begin in less than three months.
US Republicans reverse a decision on the controversial ethics
committee following critical tweets by Donald Trump.
What actually happened on Capitol Hill today?
It comes as the president-elect threatens General Motors with 'a big
Are other car companies taking note?
In Turkey, the arrests continue as the hunt for the suspected gunman
of the Istanbul nightclub attack intensifies.
And going full-circle - how vinyl is making a comeback,
with the sales in the UK of records hitting a 25-year high.
Britain's top diplomat to the European Union has resigned
just months before the government is due to kick off
Sir Ivan Rogers found himself at the centre of a political storm
recently when he told ministers a UK-EU trade deal could take
Now he's quit as Britain's ambassador to the European Union.
Leave campaigners are celebrating his departure.
One leading Brexiteer, Arron Banks, has called Sir Ivan "a pessimist"
and a member of the "pro-EU Old Guard".
But others say it has dealt a serious blow
Behind the darkened windows, at the Prime Minister's side as she arrived
at the EU summit, Sir Ivan Rogers tried to keep a low profile. But his
warning that it could take the UK ten years to get a new EU trade deal
overshadowed what was already a difficult location for Theresa May.
Sir Ivan Rogers was one of Britain's's most experienced
negotiators. He was a key member of David Cameron's team, when the
former prime ministers tried to get an agreement on a new relationship
with the EU before the referendum, and some who have worked with him
believe his departure is a real loss to the Government. The only way we
are going to deliver a successful, workable Brexit is precisely with
the expertise of people like Sir Ivan Rogers, who has now been forced
to the margins, to the sidelines, because of the angry deal of those
who will not accept anyone who says anything different than what they
happen to believe in. But leading Brexit campaigners are delighted he
is gone. Sir Ivan Rogers was part of the establishment that frankly have
not accepted the referendum result and and are hoping that frankly it
will never happen, and I am sorry to say but the Foreign Office is
stocked with these type of people from top to bottom. For decades,
they been taking Brittany completely wrong direction and I hope that his
departure is followed by many, many more. In her New Year message, the
Prime Minister stressed her commitment to getting a Brexit deal
that works for everyone. For we have made a momentous decision and set
ourselves on a new direction. And whoever takes over as the UK
representative to the EU will play a critical role. Theresa May has said
she will trigger Article 50 by the end of March at the official line is
that Sir Ivan Rogers has decided to leave now so a new appointment can
be made before the start of those formal negotiations on Britain does
not departure from the EU. Hilary Benn is chair
of the Brexit Select Committee and a British Labour
member of parliament. He was also a prominent
Remain supporter leading Good to have you with us. Hello. I
was reading that you said it could not be a more difficult time to
organise a handover. Why do you think Sir Ivan Rogers has decided to
step down at this time? The truth is that none of us really know the
answer to that question. Obviously, when he informed his staff today it
came as a surprise to them. Maybe he will say something subsequently,
maybe he will not. But I think the most important thing is that if he
is going, the Government needs to get a move on and ensure that his
successor is put impulse as quickly as possible, because this could not
come at him or difficult time, when the country is about to bark on the
most significant, important negotiations that we are faced in a
decade. There have been some reports that have been linked to his
comments made that it could take up to a decade for Brexit negotiations.
Do you think it is? I don't know because we do not know the reason
why he has decided to go early, but I thought the criticism there was
from some quarters about those reporting comments was very unfair.
Sir Ivan Rogers is a very experienced, highly respected
official. His job is of course, the principal part of his job, is to
argue Britain's case in Europe at the other representatives and the
other is to report back fairly and honestly on what people are saying
to him and what he was doing, as I understand it in that case, was to
say that I have spoken to a lot of people and some people say it could
take up to ten years. There is not much point in shooting the messenger
in those circumstances because in the end what we are able to get out
of this because Haitians is going to depend first of all on what we ask
for and at the moment we have no idea what the Government's
negotiating objectives are because they have not published their plan,
but ultimately it will be decided by what the other 27 member states are
prepared to agree to, and therefore we need some body in Brussels as a
successor to Sir Ivan Rogers you will be able to learn from them what
the stars is going to be, what they appear to accept, where the ring for
Coppermine 's might be because there will be two parties to this
negotiation, the UK and the other 27 members bits -- member states. --
where the room for compromise might be. Some have said that it should be
someone who is more in favour of leaving the EU. What would you say
to that? I would say that the job of the civil service is to represent
the Government of the day and do the job of the Government of the data
set up what the policy of that Government is and our civil
servants, who have a very high reputation in the world, get on and
try to make it happen. In the end, this negotiation will be decided by
politicians on either side of the table but we need an effective
operator in Brussels and Sir Ivan Rogers has certainly been that and
that is why we need to know who his replacement is going to be as
quickly as possible. Thank you very much. Hilary Benn speaking to us
from West London. The first day for the new
Congress in the US. And House Republicans have reversed
course on a plan to weaken the ethics body that
investigated political misconduct. Their plan to erode the ethics
committee had angered Democrats and some Republicans including
the president-elect on, do they really have to make
the weakening of the... Independent Ethics Watchdog,
as unfair as it may be, Focus on tax reform healthcare
and so many other things Well, we can go live
now to Jane O'Brien So what exactly happened? Well,
Republicans met in secret last night. Bearing in mind, this is even
before they were sworn into Congress. They met in secret and
decided that they did not like this watchdog organisation, this ethics
office, because in their words, they felt that it over and is did not
give them a chance to face their accusers when allegations about
their conduct were made and so they decided to remove some of its powers
and give oversight to a committee that was effectively run by them.
Well, the House Speaker, poll Ryan, said that he did not agree with this
at all, that it would look of all, which it did, and he objected and
said do not do it. They didn't listen. This morning, Donald Trump
tweets and says what are you doing? You have far more important things
to be working with and they did this extraordinary U-turn. The amazing
thing is that here we have the President-elect publicly rebuking
members of his party should be starting the day in triumph, having
to in the Senate and retain the house, and looking forward to
getting a Republican president. And instead, he is telling them of very
publicly, raising questions about how is he going to work with his own
party, many of them of course did not support him during the
presidential election. So I think the interesting thing about all this
is that he is not showing any signs of reconciliation. How is he going
to get them on board? To push through his agenda and how are they
going to work with him? Let's move onto this new Republican-controlled
Congress. It must be keen to get into some other issues. Absolutely.
High on the agenda is the repeal of Obama care, the affordable care act.
This is the signature piece of legislation from President Barack
Obama. It has been very divisive, very controversial. 20 million
Americans did gain health-insurance as a result of its, but it has also
proved very costly. A lot of people's premium is have gone up,
but it is likely to be repealed, and earlier I spoke to the Democratic
congressman from California, Ted Luiten, and asked what Democrats can
do at this stage to save it. We will fight like hell to stop the
repealed. We will put up roadblocks and we will let the American people
know that it is a really bad idea to throw 20 million Americans of all
health care with no plan. Back now, the Republicans have no plan. But
they can sell repeal it and you can't stop them. We cant if they all
vote to repeal it. It is not clear that is going to happen because many
of them have concerns that there is no plan and how do you throw off
that many people of health-insurance without giving them something else
to put in its place. He is right about that because at the moment,
what they intend to replace the Obama care whether is really up in
the air. There is no political appetites to abandon the 20 million
Americans who now have health-insurance and there are other
very popular provisions to and that was why President Obama will be
coming here tomorrow to talk to Democrats about what they can
salvage in the teeth of Republican opposition. Thanks very much. And
even full first day on Castle Hill with the Republican-controlled
Congress. As we've seen, while the current
members of the US Congress are being sworn in, US
president-elect Donald Trump has been busy on social media -
in another of his posts in the last few hours, he warns
the car-maker General Motors about the consequences of making
a particular model of car in Mexico. Mr Trump criticises
the US car giant, for - quote - "sending Mexican-made
model of the Chevy Cruze Car dealers, tax-free
across border." Mr Trump follows this
with his warning, "Make in U.S.A. of the sedan models of its car
are put together in its Ohio GM sold about 190,000 Cruze cars
in the United States in 2016. About four and a half thousand
hatchbacks were assembled The US President elect
Donald Trump has warned the car maker General Motors that it
will face what he called a big border tax if it continues
to make its Chevrolet Cruze Meanwhile the second largest US
motor company Ford has announced this it is cancelling an investment
planned for Mexico in favour This is not the first time Donald
Trump has made a comment on social media. Previously, he was able to
announce that carrier would not be sending all of the announced up to
next ago and it would keep 850 jobs in the US, but was still standing at
about 1000 jobs to Mexico. We also saw this happen with Boeing in terms
of how the company was pricing not only the building of Force one, the
plane that carries the President, but we also saw in terms of what was
happening with the building of some air force carriers, so this is not
the first and we have heard Mr Trump really call out companies for their
practices of building things outside of the US and selling them back here
in the US. So there was another story I mention, which is Ford,
another car giant. They are cancelling plans for a new 1.6
billion plant in Mexico and going to add 700 jobs in Michigan to build
electric or autonomous vehicles. Is it connected in anyway? Do we have
any sense of whether the Tweet played into it? Well, the BBC had
just spoken with the CEO of four and what he said was that in fact it was
the fact that the President-elect is creating an environment in which it
is more profitable for the company to actually keep these jobs in the
US and to build their cars here in the US. And when you sort of dealt a
little bit deeper into what was it exactly that they are talking about
in terms of the business environment, well, you are looking
at regulations and they will be rolling back some of those
regulations, especially when you think about it in terms of what we
have heard about the President-elect, in terms of the
energy policy and perhaps moving away from this need to try and keep
green cars, really forcing that. That could make a good environment
for the bottle makers you in the US. And he has not even had his in
duration yet. Interesting times. Thank you very much. Speaking to us
from the United States. A court in France has handed
suspended prison terms to four Chelsea football fans accused
of racially abusing a passenger They've also been ordered
to pay the victim The men had been filmed pushing
a black man out of the carriage and chanting "we are racist" before
a Champions League A special annotated edition
of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf has seen strong sales since its launch
a year ago according About 85,000 copies
of the anti-Semitic Nazi The decision to republish
the inflammatory book has been A world leading energy plant has
been opened in Tamil Nadu. It is the first of its kind.
Instead, it was a Volkswagen which topped the sales charts.
And for the first time, in more than 50 years,
Sweden's best-selling car is not a Volvo.
Instead, it was a Volkswagen which topped the sales charts.
The VW Golf made up 5.9 percent of new cars bought
in the country in 2016 while Volvo only had a 5.7
percent slice of sales, spread across three models.
The last time Volvo missed out on the top spot was in 1962,
when another Volkswagen, The Beetle headed the list.
Turkish police have detained more than a dozen people in connection
with the New Year terror attack, which left 39 people dead.
But the main suspect in the mass shooting at an Istanbul
Our Turkey correspondent Mark Lowen has been into the club
Three days ago, this place was full of joy,
Today, Reina nightclub is a crime scene, scarred by terror.
We were the first British broadcasters allowed in, briefly.
A rare glimpse of where 39 people were killed on New Year's Eve.
Imagine the horror as 180 bullets were sprayed here,
people jumping into the freezing Bosporus to escape.
The owners of Reina say they will reopen the nightclub.
It's a sign of the defiant mood here.
Yes, people are sombre, yes, they're fearful,
but Turks have lived with the terror threat for decades,
albeit on a smaller scale, and they're determined not to let
Watch the right-hand side of this footage from the attack.
A man jumps over a low fence outside the nightclub to avoid the bullets.
Then the gunman runs up to the door, shooting his way into Reina.
That man on the right of the video was the nightclub manager,
TRANSLATION: I felt bullets explode next to me, I threw
The gunman shot from behind, the bullets went
When I fell, he must have thought he had hit me, so he went inside,
New pictures have been released of the suspect,
So-called Islamic State called on their brave soldier.
Turkish authorities have given no information about him.
Overnight, an area of Istanbul was raided.
Reports say the gunman travelled from there
to the nightclub for the attack, but no arrests were made.
There have, though, been others detained,
including two foreigners at Istanbul airport.
It's not clear what link, if any, they're thoughts to have
Those tired of terror went to the scene of the massacre today,
Tributes were laid and thoughts gathered about how their country can
rebuild and how the next generation can regain a sense of safety.
I don't want to cry any more while I am watching
And I don't want my daughter to grow up in this kind
With this news in the background and everything.
And so a nervous wait to see if those who protect this country
are really closing in on the man who brought horror
You saw photos of some of the victims of the attack
Here's a closer look at some of the 39 people
There is the latest on that story on the BBC News application and also on
the website. Sales of vinyl records
are at their highest in the UK for 25 years,
boosted by a new generation of record collectors
who buy the albums, Most people these days listen
to music via streaming But increasingly they're also buying
records in their physical format, MUSIC PLAYS: Whole Lotta
Love by Led Zeppelin. For Phil Barton of Sister Ray
Records, there is no debates - music just sounds better when it
comes on a 12 inch disk. However, things have
begun to change. Listen, ten years ago,
I would have given you the keys the shop and said, look,
I can't make any money out of this. I didn't realise this
stuff was still going Last year Bowie Topped the chart,
Prince was also in the top ten - The number of vinyl albums sold last
year - three million. million sales. The bpi says that if
you add in digital downloads, about 120 million albums were sold last
year. The number of vinyl albums sold, 3 million. But both are
dwarfed by the real music titan. Streaming. Streaming is a different
beast, really. 45 billion streams. It is at the other end of the
spectrum. It is not recorded me in the physical format as we know it.
It is felt that streaming can help younger listeners to eventually try
the hard stuff. Quite a lot of people and unique by vinyl. Do they?
They do. They do, don't they? However, for some, this was an
entirely new experience. It is massive! Look at it. What is that,
about 12 inches? It is like a beat up. Oh, it goes in the thing that
goes round. You really have never touched handled this? No, never. It
is a first. Even the great, the world's most streamed artist, has
released his back catalogue on vinyl. -- Sir Ivan Rogers -- Drake.
But for some listeners, this type of visit is ancient history.
And a shocking video to show you now, but one with a heroic end.
It shows a chest of drawers toppling over as these twin toddlers
in the US climb on it while playing alone in their bedroom.
Two year old Brock gets trapped underneath and after working
out what's going on, his brother Bowdy
The video captured on a baby monitor, was released
by their parents to highlight the dangers of unsecured furniture.
Bowdy pushes and lifts the drawers until he finally manages
to free his twin brother - who luckily wasn't injured.
Their mother Kayli Shoff said she wouldn't have known what had
happened if they hadn't reviewed the camera's footage
and that she was, understandably, shocked at what she saw.
I didn't know what to do. I felt like the worst mum. He stops for a
good ten seconds, assessing the situation, like my brother is
hurting. He is in pain. I need to help my brother. We were lucky.
Everyone is well. That is over me. Goodbye.