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I'm Geeta Guru-Murthy with BBC World News.
"No evidence of collusion" between the Trump election
That's according to the head of the panel investigating the claims.
He also rejected the President's accusation that Trump Tower
was wiretapped on Barack Obama's orders.
Was there a physical wiretap? No, but that never was.
Iraqi forces push on in the battle to retake Mosul -
now the Mosque where Islamic State declared its caliphate
Could this man be the next Chancellor of Germany?
Martin Schulz officially becomes the number one challenger
to Angela Merkel for the top job in Berlin.
And in sport - four of the English Premier League's top
six were in action - we'll reveal who had the best day
in the chase to close the gap on leaders Chelsea.
There is no evidence so far that President Donald Trump's campaign
team colluded with Russia during the 2016 US election -
Devin Nunes, head of the House of Representatives intelligence
committee also said there was also no evidence that Barack Obama had
ordered wiretap surveillance of Mr Trump's headquarters,
Let's get more on this with Laura Bicker who joins us
First of all on the statement about collusion with Russia what have we
heard? When it comes to the accusation that Russia meddled in
the 2016 US presidents election the question is did they do it and what
the Donald Trump and his aides now? 17 intelligence agencies have come
forward and said they have evidence that Russia tried to meddle with the
election and many of them say they did so to help Donald Trump win so
that brings you to the second question, the Donald Trump or his
aides know anything about it, did they collude with the Russians? So
far we have heard evidence to say there is nothing to say that Donald
Trump or his aides knew anything about that and that is what we have
heard from the represent of this morning on Fox News. I am going to
be very simple, no. No evidence. And this was after getting this
information from the FBI? After everything I have this morning. No
evidence of collusion. Russia has always denied being involved in the
2016 election and Donald Trump has always denied knowing anything about
it. But there are some Democrats who also sits on this intelligence panel
who say there is some circumstantial evidence that something took place
and they want it continually investigated. Here is one
representative from Texas. This will be an opportunity for us to have an
open discussion about this investigation, I am sure we will not
hear everything because we are not in a classified setting but I think
there are a few things I'm hoping to hear. Firstly whether any Americans
are being investigated for cooperating are conspiring with the
Russians who interfered. Second are the scope of that investigation and
third time I bark resolving it. What about the allegation President Obama
somehow ordered a wiretap on Trump Tower? Leading Republicans and
Democrats have said they had seen no evidence of that. However what some
are asking for is an investigation is to weather wire surveillance was
ordered on the Trump campaign and why. All of these questions will be
answered hopefully on Capitol Hill at this panel hearing because all
eyes will be on the leading directors of the National Security
agency and the FBI as they give evidence to the intelligence
committee. We will bring everyone more on that tomorrow, for now,
thank you. Iraqi forces are pushing forward
in their operation to drive so-called Islamic State militants
out of their former stronghold There are reports of fierce fighting
in areas of Western Mosul Iraqi authorities say 180,000
civilians have fled the West bank. Conditions for those who remain -
estimated at more than 550,000 - From the outskirts of Al Mansur
district in Western Mosul, In the clamour for help many go
empty-handed. The gunfire from Iraqi soldiers try to control the crowd at
an age distribution. Survivors of the caliphate. Now at risk from
hunger. Troops not keen for the chaos to be caught on camera. In the
distance, smoke from at IS car bomb. The front line is just a mile away.
Those who flee the fighting here end up in overcrowded camps. There are
no good options. For the people of Western Hymn Mosul. You can see the
utter desperation in this area, local people tell us this is the
first aid supplies that have come here, they say they have no running
water or electricity, no access to medical supplies. People in the
queue are afraid the food is going to run out before they are able to
get some. I am crying, she says, because my
children don't understand why we have no food. They don't accept my
excuses. IS took our money to buy weapons. I hope they will burden. --
burn. This woman has suffered a double loss. IS killed two of my
sons she says. One had just got married. As the troops keep watch,
there is tension in the crowd. With the frustration building, the
security forces are compared to their former oppressors. What is the
difference between the IS police and these guys he asks? The IS police
beat us and they beat us, just asking for food. Is this
deliberation may have brought us? Nearby some are returning to this
battle scarred neighbourhood. Like Abdul, an ice cream salesman. His
home was occupied by IS for three months. He says they threatened to
hang his wife because she dared to oppose them. She head in the fields
to survive. IS knocked through the wall so they could move unseen from
house to house. Their reign of terror has destroyed the fabric of
his neighbourhood. We can never live again with those who collaborated
with IS he says. If I catch the man who informed on my wife I will cut
into pieces. The battle for Mosul may be in its final phases, this
ancient city emerging from modelled a barbarian is. When the caliphate
crumbles there will be much to rebuild including a divided
community. There's been fighting on the edge
of the Syrian capital, Damascus, where rebels have launched a major
offensive that's brought them Syrian government forces
responded with an intense bombardment of Jobar,
around two kilometres east Our correspondent Ben James
is monitoring the fighting from Beirut in neighbouring Lebanon,
and he sent this update. This assault has been launched from
the Jobar part of the city where opposition forces still have some
strength. It's been a battle ground for a couple of years, a pocket of
all. This happens, it began at 5:20am this morning, monitors from
the Syrian Observatory for human rights from the UK said there were
car bombs, suicide attacks to begin this assault. Syrian state TV also
talks about secret tunnels being used to launch the attack. Who is
involved? One group that has brought under the Free Syrian Army banner
but also the jihadi this is who incorporate the group formerly known
as Al Nusra front. There have been rebranding is and redrawing of
alliances. In response government forces have deployed warplanes,
there have been air strikes, more than 42 monitors. Tanks have been
seen heading into the areas in preparation for a counterattack.
Germany's center-left Social Democratic Party has
confirmed Martin Schulz as its new leader and the man who'll
run against Angela Merkel in the country's general
A former President of the European parliament,
Mr Shulz was given an unprecedented endorsement from the party base -
Boot, the leader after the Second World War got 99.7 but that is when
he was trying to unite the party. Nobody has done anything like that
since then. How much of a threat is he, where is he in the polls if they
can be trusted? He was declared they Chan did it for the Chancellor back
in January. Since then there was a 12 point gap between the parties and
he has closed it entirely, they are now neck and neck. Not only that he
has brought in 13,000 new members. A considerable achievement. Germany,
so much of the political focus, Angela Merkel and Donald Trump,
events like that, battles Germany is taking on an migrants within Nato,
with America, with the new leadership in America, how is that
affecting potentially the election? Nato is one area he could make some
gains because he is distancing himself from this commit --
commitment Nato have made, he says it's the wrong way to go, he does
not want more spent on armaments and less on social welfare. That will be
a distinct platform when the election comes around. Tell us more
about who is Martin Schulz, is he that well-known? They know him as
the president of the European Parliament in Germany. He has been
in European politics since 1994, he was mayor of our small town on the
border with Belgium and the Netherlands where he grew up. He's
making a bit of a feature of that because he's a man the people. He is
a book-seller, 61-year-old book-seller before he a politician.
Stay with us on BBC World News, still to come:
They were rescued from pirates - we'll reveal what the crew
of the oil tanker which was saved from Somali hijackers
Today we have closed the book on apartheid and that chapter. More
than 3000 subway passengers were affected. Nausea, bleeding,
headaches and the dimming of vision. All caused by apparently organised
attack. It was on a pedestal in the middle
of the Cabinet, this was an international trophy and we
understand now that the search for it has become an international
search. Above all this was a triumph for the
Christian Democrats of the West offering reunification as quickly as
possible. That is what voters want. The latest headlines, the head of an
American congressional committee on intelligence says he's seen no
evidence that Donald Trump's team worked with Russia during the
presidential election campaign. And Iraqi forces fighting to recapture
Mosul from so-called Islamic State are closing in on the great Mosque
where they declared their caliphate in 2014.
The German defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen,
has rejected a claim by President Trump that Germany owes
Nato and the United States vast sums for the defence of her country.
It follows a tweet by the US President which said
"Germany owes vast sums of money to Nato, and the United States must
be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it
Von der Leyen responded in a statement, saying
into UN peacekeeping missions, into our European missions
and into our contribution to the fight against IS terrorism."
Well, America's former ambassador to Nato, Ivo Daalder,
is among those who felt the need to correct Mr Trump,
Thank you for joining us. Why is Donald Trump incorrect? He is saying
all nations sued contribute 2% of their budgets to defence and that
doesn't happen. He is correct in saying all countries need to do more
on defence, that the Europeans in particular over the last 15 years or
so have been cutting defence at a time when in fact more spending is
necessary. Nato agreed in 2014 after the Russian invasion of Ukraine and
the annexation of Crimea to take the 2% guideline and make it policy and
said countries not spending 2% of GDP on defence should do so by 2024.
All Nato countries agreed including Germany and as Chancellor Merkel in
her press conference on Friday reaffirmed, that commitment. We must
have that commitment implemented, some of us would like it sooner
rather than later. That's not the same as saying anyone owes the
United States vast sums of money. As the president put it in his press
conference and then this tweet. We owe to our countries to defend
ourselves, everyone makes a national decision about how much defence is
going to be done within Nato. There is no kitty in which people pour
money so they can pay the United States or anyone else for that. But
if you are sitting in America are paying taxes, why should you feel
you have been subsidising Europe's security and why should nations not
have a much tighter deadline by which they have got to put the money
in? On the deadline we can have that discussion. When it comes to the
Nato summit Donald Trump may try to change the deadline from 2020 42
something sooner. But let's be clear why the United States on defence and
why it has troops and capabilities in Europe. Over the past century the
United States has fought two active wars and one cold war in Europe
because we believe the security of Europe and the freedom of Europe,
the prosperity of Europe is fundamental to the National security
of the United States. We do not think it is a favour to the Germans
anyone, we are in Europe because it's important for the United States
and our security. It is important to prevent the kind of conflict we saw
in the world wars at great costs to Americans and of course Europeans.
Do you feel, just briefly, that Nato is under real threats now from this
current administration? No, I think we have seen re-commitments by the
president and the vice president and others but if we are starting to
condition our security commitment to Europe on particular outcomes with
regard to defence spending then we are in uncharted waters. We have
been here since 1949, we should continue to be here, it is important
to us. We want Europe to pay more, we have been saying that many years,
but fundamentally Nato is not about just securing Europe, it's about
securing the security of the United States. Thank you so much for your
time. Let's take a look at some
other stories now. Brazilian police have arrested
a number of employees of the meat-packing company BRF over
allegations of exports of rotten They're investigating alleged bribes
to health inspectors to overlook Three major meat-packing
factories have been closed. Brazil's President Michel Temer
is due to hold crisis talks. The Socialist candidate
for the French presidency, Benoit Hamon has told supporters
at a rally that "everything begins today" in an attempt
to boost his campaign. A poll published on Sunday
showed him dropping four Since he won the Socialist primary
in January, the 49-year-old has failed to unite the party
behind him. We start with football, the teams
chasing runaway Premier League leaders Chelsea have been in action,
third against fourth as Manchester City drew 1-1.
After James Milner's opener, Sergio Aguero equalised for City,
and he'll be disappointed he wasn't able to convert his chance in injury
It means City have fallen back in their pursuit of Chelsea.
It's one of the more special days of my life because after defeat on
Tuesday, Wednesday was so tough for us. Then recover how we recovered
today with his mentality to play and attack an attack, we could not
attack more often because Liverpool is a top team. I want to stay with
these guys for a long time, do not want to change anything, in terms of
the club I want to stay here and help the squad to make a step
forward. Between 50 and 65 we could have decided the game and we didn't
so that is may be our fault but how can we speak today about faults and
mistakes? I said before the game if somebody tells me you would get a
point at City OK. I would not take it immediately but you would do, you
would take it. And today we have to take it and that's what we did.
That draw keeps Tottenham safe in second place.
And they've reduced Chelsea's lead to ten points after beating
There was much talk before the game about how Spurs would cope
This man, Christian Eriksen, put them ahead.
Before James Ward Prowse celebrated his England call-up
I am very pleased, and happy with the performance of the whole team.
Obviously it's a big impact when you miss, you miss Europe main striker
but I think our offensive players worked very well, working very hard,
our offensive line. And I think the team, we running a fantastic
position for us. Keep going. Manchester United are up to fifth
after a 3-1 win at Middlesbrough. Maroune Fellani put United
ahead before the break, then a stunning strike
from Jesse Lingaard put them 2-0 up. After Rudi Gestede pulled a goal
back, it looked as though Boro But a terrible mistake
from goalkeeper Victor Valdes gifted The spirit is fantastic and the good
thing is that we have two doors still open for Champions League
football. So we are going to try Europa League, we're going to try
the fourth position in the Premier League and let's see what happens.
There are five matches from Spain's La Liga to update you on.
The pick of the ties is Barcelona against Valencia,
There's about 20 minutes to play, and what an eventful game it's been.
Barca have come from behind, they're currently winning 3-2.
In the other games, Atletico Madrid increased their chances
of Champions League football next season, beating Sevilla 3-1
Towards the bottom of the table, Sporting Gijon beat Granada 3-1.
Deportivo couldn't follow up their shock win over Barcelona.
It looks set to be a tight finish to the Arnold Palmer Invitational
in Florida, with no fewer than six players within two
Overnight leaders Charley Hoffman and Kevin Kisner have both
dropped shots today, but are one clear of
They've just been joined by four-time major winner Rory McIlroy.
Marc Leishman has just made an incredible eagle on the 16th to move
to 11 under. And Elena Vesnina has defeated fellow Russian Svetlana
Kuznetsova in three sets in the women's final at Indian Wells.
The crew of an oil tanker hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia
say they feel as if they've been born again, after being
The seizure of the Aris 13 - the first hijacking of a large
merchant vessel in almost five years - had raised fears that Somali
Heading for calm waters, surrounded by Somali forces almost
The boat is crewed by eight Sri Lankans, now relieved
Everybody here helped us a lot and saved our lives,
What I can say is we are dead and born, all I can say, dead and born.
At 68 years I am, I am dead and born.
The vessel was hijacked by gunmen as it made its way
from Djibouti to Mogadishu, reportedly just 18 kilometres
It was forced to change course and head towards Alula.
A fierce firefight then followed between the coastguard and armed men
on board a skiff believed to be taking supplies to
A number of civilians were injured by stray bullets.
And the Puntland coastguard had threatened to use force to retake
the ship if negotiations with the pirates failed.
The circumstances of the ship's release aren't clear,
but the authorities say no ransom was paid.
The incident had raised the spectre of a return to the days
of the rampant Somali piracy which disrupted a major
international shipping route and cost the global economy billions
Armed escorts and other anti-piracy measures finally ended attacks
on commercial vessels in 2012, and there are hopes that the crisis
We've been watching a week weather front slowly slipping its way south
across the UK so far today, it extends quite a long way out into
the Atlantic and