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Tonight at Ten, Donald Trump at loggerheads with US intelligence
officials over allegations of Russian cyber hacking.
Earlier today, the President-elect met with intelligence chiefs.
He claimed there was no evidence Russia affected the result
But tonight, the intelligence agencies stated "with high
confidence" that the Russians had tried to boost the Trump campaign -
We'll have the latest from Washington on the growing
tension between the President-elect and the intelligence community, just
In Florida, a gun attack at a busy airport leaves five people dead
The Shropshire man who's terminally ill -
and the latest legal challenge for the right to die.
I have a right to determine how I should die, and more
A visit to China's most polluted city, as the country struggles
with the worst winter smog of recent years.
And Chris Froome talks to us about the damage done
to cycling by allegations of doping and misconduct.
And coming up in Sportsday on BBC News: All the day's stories,
including action from the FA Cup third round's opening
game between West Ham and Manchester City.
President Putin did try to boost Donald Trump's campaign for the
presidency, according to a report published tonight by US intelligence
officials. The report was released shortly after intelligence chiefs
had briefed Mr Trump on their findings. The President-elect
insisted that any cyber espionage by Russia, China or anyone else, had
not influenced the result of the contest. But he is now ordered a
plan to be delivered within 90 days of taking office of developing an
aggressive reserve -- response to any cyber attacks as Nick Bryant
tells us. American intelligence tonight
released its explosive report, claiming Vladimir Putin personally
ordered an influence campaign, to help Donald Trump win the presidency
by denigrating Hillary Clinton and harming her electability.
It concludes, the Kremlin had a clear preference
Donald Trump today described the investigation as a political
witchhunt by adversaries badly beaten in the election.
He rubbished the notion that he achieved a Kremlin assisted victory.
But US intelligence claims it wasn't just the billionaire
who celebrated his unexpected success on election night.
Intercepted conversations reportedly picked up senior figures
in the Russian government rejoicing, too, among them officials said to be
At Trump Tower tonight, he was given a classified briefing
by America's top intelligence officials, who claim the Russians
tried harder to hack computers of the Democratic National Committee
than those at Republican headquarters, and that
delivered stolen e-mails to the WikiLeaks website
to help him move from his penthouse in Manhattan to the White House.
Never before has a President-elect been so openly scornful of America's
spies, or so disparaging about their work.
But the Trump team says he's right to be cautious,
not least because the US intelligence community has got it
wrong before, over Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
In a statement after the meeting, Mr Trump said that Russia, China,
other countries and outside groups are consistently trying to break
through the cyber infrastructure of our governmental institutions
and organisations, including the Democratic National Committee.
But he added, "there was absolutely no effect
Tellingly, he did not single out Russia for blame.
But Vice President Joe Biden has told him to accept the intelligence
findings pointing the finger at the Kremlin.
The idea that you know more than the intelligence community
knows seems like saying, "I know more about physics
I didn't read the book, I just know I know more".
Relations between President Obama and President Putin have
had a Cold War chill, and Donald Trump has
Speaking to the BBC today, the outgoing Secretary of State,
I would encourage him to engage with Russia
and to try to find that common ground, but not at the expense
of rolling over and losing the values and principles,
or interests that we need to protect as we do so.
Donald Trump tonight expressed tremendous respect
for America's spies, but he still clearly believe
the allegations of a Kremlin conspiracy are being used
One of the most noticeable trends in American politics over the last 25
years has been partisan attempts to delegitimise presidents. With Bill
Clinton, it was a personal scandal. With George W Bush it was the
contested 2000 election, the Florida recount and the fact conservative
leaning Supreme Court intervened in his favour. With Barack Obama it was
the campaign led by Donald Trump that claimed he wasn't even a US
citizen. And political opponents of Donald Trump are going to seize on
this report and say that it creates a big question over the validity of
his electoral victory, even though the intelligence community has made
no assessment over whether boats were changed or opinions were
altered. -- whether boats were changed or opinions were altered.
With me now is our security correspondent, Gordon Corera.
You have looked at these findings. What do they tell us? The most
significant line is the first line, we assess with high confidence that
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign to influence the
election, not crackers, not officials in the Kremlin, Vladimir
Putin himself. What you get is a story of how American intelligence
believed he did that. How at one point, when they thought Hillary
Clinton might win, they sought to delegitimise the whole process. And
another point they sort of support Trump and denigrate Hillary Clinton.
I did that through propaganda as well as cyber attacks. As a whole,
is it plausible? Yes. Is it convincing? Well, I'm not sure it
will be to sceptics, because actually what you don't get in the
report is the hard evidence. That's undoubtedly secret material which
the intelligence community might have, but which isn't in the report.
There's no technical details of hacking. One thing which is not in
the report but it which I've been told incidentally is that British
intelligence, GCHQ, was the first to spot the significant breach into the
Democratic party and reported it to its American counterparts. But
that's not in the report. Where are we left? We've had clash between a
president who is worried about his legitimacy and an intelligence
community worried about its credibility. They have both set out
their stalls today. But I don't think it's a clash that either side
are actually going to win. In offence, both will come out damaged.
America will still come out divided. I think the only people who might be
left smiling or America's adversaries, people like, if you
believe this report, Vladimir Putin Gordon Corera, thank you.
At least five people have been killed and eight injured,
after a gunman opened fire at Fort Lauderdale International
The man, who's in custody, is said to have taken the gun out
of a bag that he'd checked in and opened fire
Passengers ran onto the tarmac outside, where they're currently
being held while the police search the building.
Our North America correspondent, James Cook, has the latest.
A mundane task at a busy airport has turned into a scene of horror.
Passengers, who seconds earlier were collecting their bags,
Survivors say there were desperate attempts to save lives.
We heard the noise, thought it was firecrackers
We looked again and we saw him with the gun going up and down.
Once he was done with the ammunition, he threw his gun down.
He basically threw the gun on the ground and he laid
on the ground, face down, spread eagle.
For hundreds who fled the airport, the terror was not over.
Rumours of another gunman sent people running from the terminal,
but they were just rumours, as the local sheriff confirmed.
There has been no shooting at any place else
other than downstairs at terminal two.
The subject is being interviewed by a
team of FBI agents and homicide detectives.
The subject is being interviewed by a
team of FBI agents and homicide detectives.
The suspect is reported to have flown into Fort Lauderdale
with a weapon checked into his luggage legally.
A senior US politicians said the man was
carrying a military ID card in the name of Esteban Santiago.
The shooter is in custody, according to TSA.
As we get information we will pass it on.
The focus is turning to the investigation.
The motive is not clear but terrorism has not been
In the United States, those phrases, these pictures, now
A man from Shropshire who's terminally ill with motor neurone
disease has started a legal challenge to secure the right
Noel Conway claims the law as it stands condemns people like him
It's the first challenge of its kind since MPs rejected an attempt
to change the law two years ago, and it's being backed
by the campaign group Dignity in Dying, as our medical
I fear very soon I shall be entombed in my own body,
and the thought of that fills me with absolute horror.
Day by day, Noel Conway is gradually losing all strength in his body.
Increasingly, he relies on his wife, Carol.
He's too weak to take his own life, so when his condition gets worse,
he wants a doctor to be allowed to give him a lethal dose.
It's my body. I have a right to die.
I have a right to determine how I should die.
And more importantly, when I should die.
And I want to do so when I have a degree of dignity remaining to me.
Noel often relies on a ventilator to help him breathe.
He's registered with the Swiss suicide group Dignitas,
but will soon be unable to travel, so he's challenging the law here.
Our current law condemns people like me to unimaginable suffering.
I'm just heading, really, on a slow, slippery slope to hell.
Noel was a keen walker, climber and skier.
His family support his right to die but don't want to play
It places me in an intolerable position.
We need the assistance of professionals, of medical staff,
The courts have shown leniency with relatives involved
in assisting a suicide, but campaigners, most
recently Tony Nicklinson, have never been able to persuade
judges that doctors should be allowed to end a life.
This issue stirs huge passions, and when MPs last voted,
So does that mean this latest High Court challenge is doomed to fail?
While it is Parliament that makes the law,
So when the case comes here, Noel Conway's legal team will seek
a declaration that the current law is not compatible with his basic
human rights, to live and die with dignity.
Under the 1961 Suicide Act, any doctor who helped end his life
Baroness Jane Campbell has spinal muscular atrophy and has been close
A disability rights campaigner, she says altering the law
If the law were changed, it would feed into society's fear
that to be severely disabled, to be trapped within your body,
which I already practically am, is a state worse than death.
We already have to fight for the right to live.
Please don't help us with the right to die.
But that is exactly what Noel Conway wants.
Canada and California have introduced assisted
Noel is determined it should happen here.
But he knows he may run out of time before his case is settled.
Hundreds of people have attended the funeral
in Huddersfield of Yassar Yaqub, who was shot dead by police
The inquest into his death was opened and adjourned today.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is continuing
Hundreds of people came to the funeral of Yassar Yaqub
Many didn't know him personally, but were here to support his family.
His father, mother and sisters were deeply distressed.
One family friend said they still need more detail
As far as the gun culture is concerned and criminal
activity is concerned, we strongly condemn that.
But the question arises that the way this was carried out,
in my opinion it was totally out of order.
Investigators say they are working swiftly and keeping
But one key question about the shooting was answered today.
The police have already said a gun was found in the white
We know he was the front seat passenger in the car.
At the inquest into his death this morning, it was revealed the gun
was found in the front passenger foot well of the vehicle,
Yassar Yaqub was listed in court as being a 28-year-old office clerk.
He was once accused and cleared of trying to murder two people
His family and friends though stress he was never convicted of anything.
Meanwhile a 30-year-old man arrested on Monday as part
of the police operation here, has appeared in court today,
charged with possession of a gun, bullets and a silencer.
Moshin Amin from Dewsbury was remanded in custody,
after his hearing at Leeds Magistrates.
Danny Savage, BBC News, West Yorkshire.
The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, has
suggested that if the UK were to stay in the European single
market after leaving the EU, the question of Scottish
independence could be "put aside" in the short term.
Ms Sturgeon said she was seeking "consensus and compromise",
but that she was still committed to the goal of independence.
Our correspondent Glen Campbell is at the Scottish Parliament.
Your thoughts on the First Minister's thinking in this far.
Nicola Sturgeon still believes in Scottish independence but what she
has made clear today is that she would be prepared to park a second
referendum for at least the next couple of years while Brexit is
negotiated, if Theresa May's government would accept her idea of
a compromise deal. As Nicola Sturgeon set out last month, she is
prepared to hold her nose and I accept that leave will mean leave,
even for Remain voting Scotland, if the Scottish Parliament gets more
power, and if the UK Government is prepared to seek to remain in the
European single market, or to seek a special deal that would allow
Scotland to stay in. The snag with all of this is that even though
Theresa May says she will consider these proposals seriously, there is
no great expectation that she will actually adopt them. Perhaps that is
why Nicola Sturgeon has taken to social media to say that right now
she still thinks another vote on independence is more likely than a
soft Brexit. Thanks, Glenn Campbell at Holyrood.
Concerns about air pollution are acute in China, where more
than half of all cities are badly affected, with some experiencing
the worst winter smog clouds of recent years.
Visibility in Beijing was reduced to less than 200 metres.
The effects of increased use of coal, and current weather
conditions, have left a smog cloud 2000 miles long across
The city with the worst air pollution is Shiijazhuang,
from where John Sudworth sent this report.
Somewhere, underneath this murky gloom, is a city
And for the unfortunate residents of Shiijazhuang, this is normal.
For the past 30 days, the average air quality in this city
has measured as "hazardous" on the official scale.
You can smell, even taste the coal dust in the air, the grim,
tangible reality of this country's model of economic growth.
And people have no choice but to live, eat and sleep in this
"It's like living under a cloud", this noodle seller tells me.
"The smog is harming my children's health."
"Of course I want to leave", this man says, "but I can't
"afford to, and anyway, the whole country is polluted".
200 miles away, the pollution literally rolled into
A toxic mix of coal dust from power stations and car exhaust.
The smog now regularly blankets a huge swathe of northern China.
And it is believed to cause more than a million
TRANSLATION: As a lung cancer doctor, I'm seeing an increase
in patients in recent years, especially from heavily
And when the smog gets worse, we see more kids with asthma.
Public concern has forced the Chinese government
to begin investing heavily in renewable energy.
Those working in the sector believe China can clean up its air,
just as wealthier, more developed countries once had to.
I'm pretty positive for China's future.
Actually, we don't need that much time for the science research.
We don't need that much time to develop relevant technologies.
So I think a lot of things are more ripe for us
Those solutions can't come fast enough for this city.
Fossil fuels may have lifted China's economy to ever greater heights,
John Sudworth, BBC News, Shiijazhuang.
A cycle courier has won an employment rights case
against the logistics firm City Sprint, in a ruling that
could have implications for other workers in the so-called "gig
economy", where people are employed on a job-by-job basis.
Maggie Dewhurst was classed as self-employed but argued
she should be treated as a worker and given greater rights,
The company has said it is "disappointed",
Maggie Dewhurst delivers medical supplies by bike to hospitals and
labs, but despite being a City Sprint career for the last two
years, she doesn't have basic workers' rights. She's one of
thousands in the so-called gig economy, characterised by temporary,
insecure jobs. City Sprint say she is an independent contractor. In
other words, she is self-employed. But she believes her relationship
with the firm is more like that between employer and worker. We
spend all day being told what to do, when to do it and how to do it. We
are under their control. We are not a mosaic of small businesses. And I
think that is why we deserve basic employment rights like the national
minimum wage. Today, and employment tribunal agreed and found she is a
worker, describing her City Sprint contract as contorted,
indecipherable and windowdressing. Tonight, City Sprint said it was
disappointed but that the judgment applies to a single individual and
was not a test case. It added that the case demonstrated there is still
widespread confusion regarding this area of law. It is calling on the
government to provide better support and help for businesses. But there
are a number of legal challenges just around the corner which
threatened to shake up this part of the gig economy. As well as this
case involving City Sprint there are tribunal cases pending involving
Addison Lee, and XL. Some say that if the firms lose these challenges,
it could fundamentally undermine their business models. Within the
industry it is very important, but further afield it is important to
any business that uses self-employed people as their main business model.
They will have to be looking at, well, can we justify this? Are they
genuinely self-employed or is there a risk they will be found to be our
workers? This case mirrors a similar judgment against the cab firm Uber
last year. An independent review of modern employment purposes
commissioned by the government is Jude to report in the spring.
The cyclist Chris Froome, three-time winner of the Tour de France,
has told the BBC that allegations of doping have been "bad
He said he would never take substances that are banned
except for medical reasons, unlike his former
He's been speaking to Natalie Pirks in Monaco.
Olympic bronze and his third Tour de France victory in four years.
2016 might have been a year to forget for some
But whilst British cycling enjoys a golden age,
off the road and track it's mired in controversy with doping's blurred
A TUE, or Therapeutic Use Exemption, allows athletes to take
a banned substance for genuine medical reasons.
The issue is whether some have exploited the system
Just the fact that we're having that debate about authenticity of TUEs,
I think there's a problem with the system.
I think Wada, the anti-doping authorities, need to tighten
their regulations around TUEs, so that they're not
In those leaks by Russian hackers it was revealed that
Froome's former team-mate, Sir Bradley Wiggins,
had received three TUE injections before three major races
It's perfectly legal, but Froome revealed to me he refused
I didn't feel as if having a TUE in the last week of the Tour de
France was something I was prepared to...
It just didn't sit well morally with me that that was
Do you think, therefore, it's right we are asking questions,
for example why Bradley Wiggins had three corticosteroids
Sure, I mean, I think it's only healthy to ask those questions.
Froome's team, Team Sky, is currently the subject of a UK
anti-doping investigation over an incident involving
a mystery package delivered to Wiggins in 2011.
I mean, it's not good for sport in general,
the fact that we are discussing the validity of results and...
And, as I said, that brings it back to the authorities and something
that they hopefully need to tighten up on.
As he attempts to win his fourth Tour this summer, the doping
questions will again come thick and fast.
Froome's biggest desire is to leave a cycling legacy no one
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