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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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