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Tonight at Ten, Donald Trump seemingly at odds with some of his


Do you solemnly swear to give the committee the truth,


the full truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God?


His choice for head of the CIA praises the intelligence community,


hours after Mr Trump had criticised them.


I have seen their morale through tough times,


where they've been challenged before, and I've watched them walk


through fire, to make sure that they did their jobs


Mr Trump had blamed security officials for leaking unproven


Those claims were in a report written by Christopher Steele,


a former MI6 officer who's now gone into hiding.


We'll have the latest from Washington, and from Moscow,


with eight days to Mr Trump's inauguration.


Nearly 28 years after Hillsborough, prosecutors consider


bringing charges against 23 people and organisations.


Snow and bad weather have swept across Northern Ireland, Scotland,


and parts of England, causing major disruption


Tributes to the former England football manager Graham Taylor,


And we speak to the writer of La La Land - the man who's


brought the art of the musical back to Hollywood.


And coming up in Sportsday later in the hour on BBC News,


West Ham's star player Dimitri Payet goes on strike and demands


a transfer, but the club say they won't sell him.


Donald Trump seems to be at odds with some of his key Cabinet


nominees on some of the vital questions facing the


His choice for new head of the CIA, Mike Pompeo, has strongly endorsed


the work of the US intelligence community - hours after it was


And General James Mattis, nominated for Defense Secretary,


accused Russia of trying to break up Nato and of being a threat to Europe


- in contrast to Mr Trump's wish for much closer ties with President


Our correspondent Nick Bryant reports from Washington.


A week before inauguration day, it's usually an air of expectancy


Next Friday, they'll be playing Hail to the Chief


But the mood now is much more feverish, much more surreal,


as front-page allegations swirl that Russia has compromising information


about the President-elect which would make him


Today, Donald Trump's choice as the new CIA director


was on Capitol Hill, claiming the new allegations


are unsubstantiated, but agreeing the Kremlin tried to interfere


It's pretty clear about what took place here, about Russian


involvement in efforts to hack information and to have an impact


I'm very clear about what that intelligence report says


and have every expectation, as we continue to develop the facts,


I will relay those not only to the president but the team


around him and to you all, so that we all can have a robust


discussion about how to take on what is an enormous


As for the latest allegations contained


I promise I will pursue the facts wherever they take us.


Also on Capitol Hill, the incoming Defence Secretary,


James "Mad Dog" Mattis, taking aim at Vladimir Putin,


putting Russia at the top of his list of threats to America.


I am all for engagement, but we also have to recognise


reality and what Russia is up to, and there is a decreasing number


of areas where we can engage co-operatively and an increasing


number of areas where we are going to have to confront Russia.


From Trump Tower yesterday, the President-elect rejected the


unverified allegations that Russia had dirt on him in strong and


And after speaking last night to America's director of


national intelligence, James Clapper, he


James Clapper called me yesterday to denounce the false and


fictitious report that was illegally circulated, made up, phoney facts,


But intelligence chiefs have made no determination about the


The intelligence community has not made


any judgment that the information in this document is reliable, and we


didn't rely upon it in any way for our conclusion,


I emphasised this document is not a US intelligence


community product and that I don't believe the leaks came from within


The ongoing rift with the intelligence


community and the open disagreement with senior appointees over Russia


He's also been slammed by the US government's ethics chief.


It's over his plan to hand control of the


Trump business empire to his sons, but for 40 years residents have


created independent blind trusts to avoid conflicts of interest.


The presidency is a full-time job and he


The idea of setting up a trust to hold his operating businesses adds


This is not a blind trust, it's not even close.


Washington is a city used to ethics questions and alleged scandal,


but nothing like this on the eve of an inauguration.


A former MI6 officer has gone into hiding,


after being named as the source of the latest allegations


Christopher Steele produced a dossier last year,


which included allegations that Mr Trump had been caught


in compromising financial and sexual activity.


America's intelligence chiefs say no judgment has been made


Our security correspondent Gordon Corera reports


The murky world of intelligence gathering in Moscow.


A secret dossier of allegations about Donald Trump and Russia,


all written by a former member of MI6 - the British Secret Service.


This is Christopher Steele, the author.


A man used to keeping a low profile, but who is now at the centre


The 52-year-old was supposed to have told neighbours


He's said to be lying low, fearing for his safety.


In the 1990s, he worked in Moscow, undercover for MI6, and became one


In London, after leaving MI6, he and a former


colleague founded Orbis - a private intelligence company.


There's no sign of Chris Steele though.


Companies like this normally try and keep a low profile.


They rely on their contacts, sometimes from their past


in the intelligence world, to gather information.


Last year, Donald Trump's opponents, Republican and then Democrat,


commissioned investigators to see what damaging material


Among those was Christopher Steele, whose work unearthed allegations


about Trump's sex life, business dealings and his campaigns


These were passed to the news media, who tried to investigate,


but couldn't confirm the allegations.


Details were also passed to the FBI and to politicians,


Last week, US intelligence briefed Trump about the existence


of the memos, without saying they were true.


And that led to a news outlet publishing the memos two days ago.


Because he was an ex-MI6 officer, Steele is unlikely to have been able


to travel to Moscow himself, so instead will have


relied on intermediaries to gather information.


Moscow is a difficult place to work in.


The Russians have a habit, because of their history,


The other complicating factor is money.


People, if you're going to give someone money to tell you something,


there is a strong possibility that they will tell


Alexander Litvinenko also investigated the Kremlin for private


intelligence companies and was working with MI6


Litvinenko was poisoned by radioactive polonium


on the orders, it's thought, of the Kremlin.


His widow told me these investigations carry real risks.


I believe it's very dangerous, particularly


Because when you just approach very specific information,


particularly when this information is really close to very powerful


people, you might be on this line and you might easily be killed.


The Russian dossier was not written for public consumption


and its extraordinary allegations have not been proven.


It's author also never expected to be in the spotlight.


But in the feverish atmosphere of American politics today,


secrets are no longer as safe as they were.


Russia says a significant American military build-up


in Poland is a threat to Russia's national security.


More than 3000 troops, together with tanks and armoured vehicles,


are being deployed along Nato's eastern front, in the biggest US


military reinforcement in Europe for decades.


Our defence correspondent Jonathan Beale has been watching


The Americans are coming, back into Europe in force.


We joined an armoured convoy as it crossed from Germany into Poland,


nearing the end of their journey that started in Colorado.


Eagerly awaited in a nation that's been waiting for US support.


What signal do you think it will send to Moscow?


It's a normal military job to defend a country, to defend family,


They came by road and by rail, an entire armoured brigade of 3,500


Three years ago, in less tense times, the last


Now they've brought more than 80 of them back.


But, while they've been welcomed with open arms,


the decision to send them was taken by President Obama and,


as he prepares to hand over power, the question -


will the next President soon be telling them to return home?


You don't expect to get an order to turn round from the new President?


No, sir, we're focused here on this mission right now and we're


The soldiers are very proud to be here and the formation


It's going great and we're going to remain committed to that


Over the next few days, the steady stream of trains carrying


US heavy armour will be arriving here in western Poland,


all part of the largest US military build-up in Europe since the end


And, while America says this is all about reassuring Nato allies,


TRANSLATION: It is obvious that the goal of these efforts,


as well as hasty deployment of heavy military assets in Europe,


is an attempt of the outgoing Obama administration to complicate as much


as possible these bilateral relations.


Britain, too, is boosting its defence of Eastern Europe,


taking command of Nato's high readiness force and with plans


to send hundreds of troops to Estonia and Poland.


The Nato alliance wants to send a strong message to Russia,


but that will largely depend on Donald Trump.


Jonathan Beale, BBC News, western Poland.


Where do we stand after today's events?


In a moment we'll speak to Nick Bryant in Washington,


but first to Sarah Rainsford in Moscow.


Some harsh words from Mr Trump's nominees today. How will that go


down in the Kremlin? If they are worried about this in the Kremlin,


they are certainly not showing it. Officials are continuing to deny


that Russia had any role, any interference, in the US elections.


But whether you believe them or not, President Putin is watching


everything that is happening now in the United States and he's probably


pretty pleased with it, especially when he looks at the chaos and


division we see there now. Yes, there have been some tough words


from some of Donald Trump's nominees for the top jobs in his team, and I


think perhaps that reset of relations that some people here were


expecting might not be so easy. Yes, we have heard from the Kremlin


today, that they are not happy about the deployment of American troops to


Russia's border in Poland, but let's look at the bigger picture. Because


blood -- as Amir Putin's agenda for sometime now has been all about


reasserting Russia as a global power, a force to be reckoned with.


The very suggestion there are people around the world who are questioning


whether Donald Trump, whether Russia actually has the dirt on Donald


Trump to have the US president in its pocket, I think that is


something that President Putin here can be pretty satisfied with. Let's


go to Nick in Washington. These apparent divisions opening up today,


between some of the nominees and Mr Trump himself, what should we read


into those? We've seen a preview of the fierce resistance that Donald


Trump will encounter in Washington as he tries to warm relations with


was a mere Putin. From the Republican establishment, members of


his own party like Senator John McCain, from the defence


establishment, senior figures in the Pentre men and even senior figures


within his own administration. You heard their General Mattis being


highly critical of Russia. The views Vladimir Putin, the former KGB spy


master, very much in cold war terms, and all this as the intelligence


community continues its probe into the alleged interference by Russia


into the US presidential election last year. And intelligence


community that is very angry that yesterday, Donald Trump compared


them to Nazi Germany. Nick Bryant, in Washington and Sarah Rainsford in


Moscow. Investigators into the Hillsborough


football disaster - which happened in 1989 -


have announced that 23 people and organisations


could face prosecution. Files have been passed


to the Crown Prosecution Service, which will decide whether or not


to press charges. Last year, new inquests


into the deaths of 96 people found they were unlawfully killed -


and the fans were not to blame. Our correspondent


Judith Moritz reports. They called it Justice Day -


a moment of history, the ruling that 96 Liverpool fans


were unlawfully killed It was the verdict their families


wanted so badly, amongst them Charlotte Hennessy,


who was just six when Nine months on, Charlotte


and the other families have now learned that 23 people


and organisations There are people that I believe that


have committed criminal offences, and I think that they should be


brought to justice for that because, if 96 South Yorkshire Police


officers had died that day and Liverpool fans were responsible,


they'd probably still be paying Operation Resolve investigated


the disaster itself. Offences being considered include


gross negligence manslaughter. We don't know who the suspects


are or if they include match At the inquest, the jury found


that the fans were unlawfully killed and that he was responsible


for gross negligence. The IPCC investigated allegations


of a cover-up and has identified Offences being considered include


misconduct in a public office and perverting


the course of justice. The former Chief Constable,


Sir Norman Bettison, has revealed that he has been


treated as a It isn't known whether his name


has been put forward At the inquest, he said he was not


part of a black propaganda unit set Long since the noise


of celebration has died down here, there is still a clamour for justice


in this city. But those who campaigned for so long


will have to remain patient. It will be months before


they find out who, if anyone, Some families say they're


disappointed at the number of suspects being considered


for the alleged cover-up. They've waited nearly 28 years


to get to this stage and some of them were hoping


for more, clearly. What we've been seeking,


in terms of these allegations, is, if there is that evidence


of a cover-up, who were Campaigners say that,


as well as truth and justice, The Crown Prosecution Service said


it could be another six months Freezing weather is causing


disruption across much of the UK, with snow showers and strong winds


across Scotland, Northern Ireland, parts of Wales


and the north of England. In southern Britain heavy rain


turned to snow, causing icy roads. Coastal flood warnings have been


issued and residents are being moved Our correspondent Duncan


Kennedy has the latest. Scotland, where the gorgeous


meets the treacherous. And the place where the snow


laid its deepest and widest blanket. Powerful winds piled up


the drifts, creating scenery But it was enough to do this


to the M74 near Glasgow. Drivers spent hours crawling


to their destinations. In Northern Ireland the traffic


moved, but on roads that gritters It was the same in Cumbria,


where gritters had to make multiple Because we're trying to get


salt on the network, every time we're doing that the rain


is coming and washing that off, so the salt levels are then reduced,


so we have to then top it up. So that's why people will see


the gritters constantly Head south, and historic


Worcestershire was another county It's OK if you're walking,


but when it comes to It's the first time she's seen snow


so we brought her up to have a look. Here around London and


the south-east there's been a combination of sleet and snow


that's come in today. Here at Heathrow they


cancelled around 80 flights But this wintery surge isn't just


about what's coming out of the sky. Britain's east coast is tonight


preparing for sea flooding. After the last flood


I had a couple of strokes The Army has been sent


to Lincolnshire tonight, to alert people to the possibility


of tidal flooding. And, with freezing temperatures


over the next few hours, this seasonal beauty comes


with a winter warning. We can talk to our correspondent


Danny Savage in Skegness tonight. Danny, what's the latest? The army


lorries are here outside Skegness police station. The soldiers are


going door-to-door. We have been talking to residents who say they


are reassured but slightly alarmed to see soldiers knocking on their


door. They are warning them about the potential for flooding tomorrow,


with this storm surge coming down the North Sea, a strong northerly


wind coupled with higher than average tides could push the sea


over the defences. There is every chance those defences will hold but


there is concern for just over 3000 properties between the Humber and


the Wash, that the defences may be breached and they may get flooded,


but it will depend on the conditions around high tide tomorrow, at 6:30am


and again at 7:30pm. It's an anxious 24 hours ahead for people on the


coast of Lincolnshire and round into East Anglia, Suffolk and Essex. In


Kew, Danny Savage in Skegness. The new Secretary-General


of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, has said Cypriot


leaders are close to reaching a deal on reuniting the former


British colony of Cyprus. The island has been divided for 40


years after Turkey invaded the north and later declared it


an independent country. In 2004, a UN plan to reunify


the Turkish-controlled north and the Republic of Cyprus


in the south was put to a vote. One of the main obstacles is the


presence of 30,000 Turkish troops - something Greek Cypriots


say is unacceptable. Our special correspondent,


Fergal Keane, has been to the island At Nicosia's abandoned airport


today, remnants of Europe's longest An escalating Civil War that led


to invasion and partition. There is an air attack


on the airport of Nicosia. With a deal now possible,


this is a reminder of why the Geneva talks matter so much in a place


where memories are still vivid. We were gathered at the garden


of the hospital, Turkish hospital, They burned the Turkish flag


and they put on the Greek flag. For more than 40 years,


the conflict on Cyprus defied the best efforts


of the United Nations and The result was a generation that


grew up knowing only And listening to their parents'


stories of dispossession. The UN patrol the buffer zone


between the two sides. Here, Turkish-occupied Cyprus


is a few metres away, But now the talks have given Maria


hope she can go home to the village she was driven


from four decades ago. We crossed the Green Line


to see her old house, Do you think you will ever,


even with the peace deal, Among Turkish villagers we found


good will, though some worry about property being reclaimed


and fear extremists could An abandoned Turkish village,


a vision of the old Cyprus. But this peace choir of Greeks


and Turks are a symbol of the new. Of what so many here are willing


their leaders to achieve. The world's first tidal lagoon


to capture green energy from the sea is likely to be built


in Swansea Bay. The proposal has now been supported


in an official review and there are hopes of developing


a network of larger lagoons A network of tidal lagoons


could generate more than 10% That's enough energy to power


some 9 million homes. It would also result


in a 36% cut in the UK's But, as Sian Lloyd reports


from Swansea, there are some The plan is to generate power


from the ebb and flow of the tide. And today, supporters of a lagoon


in Swansea Bay believe a bright future for this type of renewable


energy is on the horizon. VOICE OVER: We want


the lagoon to become more A sea wall more than six miles long


will loop across the bay. Energy harnessed by 16


hydroelectric turbines. Today's report says tidal lagoons


can deliver a secure supply of clean energy,


and give companies like this one, which already makes turbines,


the chance to help the UK become the global leader in


this new technology. Mark Shorrock leads the private


company behind the lagoon project. It's great when a government review


spends six months crawling over every aspect of what the potential


of tidal is and says, yes, we agree, there's jobs to be had,


there's cheap power to be had, there's a global industry


to be had in the UK. But his plans for three further


lagoons in Wales and two in England would be delayed until the impact


of the smaller Swansea On cost, the report does suggest


that in the long term, lagoons could compare


favourably with nuclear. A view shared by this


independent energy expert. We don't have an enormous


number of options in terms This particular project adds about


25p per annum to consumer bills. But if it does work,


we may have unlocked But other questions remain,


including the impact on marine life. These charter boat owners, who take


anglers out of Swansea Marina, are worried fish stocks


will be significantly depleted. The scheme will impact


on the cod and the whiting, If the food chain isn't there,


then the cod will go looking for their food elsewhere


and they will not come into Swansea. That will be the end of that,


there will be no more fish. The prospect of jobs and a boost


for the local economy makes the tidal lagoon attractive to many


people who live here. But it will still be for the UK


government to decide whether it is a scheme


they should invest in. It will now consider


the report's recommendations, while the body responsible


for protecting the environment in Wales has yet to grant the marine


licence needed before any The former England football


manager, Graham Taylor, He managed England


from 1990 until 1993 and was a highly successful club


manager at Lincoln, Tributes have come in from


all parts of the game. Our sports correspondent,


Nathalie Pirks, looks back The sound of hitting


a football thrills me. Football was in


Graham Taylor's soul. I think I've got qualities


as regards coaching. ..to the highs and lows


of the England job, he remained In 1977, he joined


Elton John's Watford. Three promotions in five


years tells you why. He turned them into the family club


during an age of hooliganism. There was also an FA


Cup final to cherish. He had that smile that would make


you feel comfortable He always tried to help you in


whatever situation you found yourself in and he would give


advice. For me, he was my dad when it comes to football.


Aston Villa first came calling in 1987.


He led the club to promotion a year later, and that turned


Those five simple words would come to define his England career.


In his three years as coach, he was depicted as a tabloid turnip


and pilloried for England's failure to reach the 94 World Cup.


But the man who Taylor gave his first England cap


One of the reasons I admired him and liked him so much was,


you never got any bull from him, he was just straight down the middle


Some people didn't like that but I loved it,


He was honoured but surprised to receive an OBE for


services to football - his friends were not.


Tonight, Sir Elton John described him as "like a brother to me".


Wembley also paid tribute as the sport mourns the loss of one


The former England manager Graham Taylor, who has


The big winner at the Golden Globes was the jazz musical La La Land.


It's also received more Bafta nominations than any other film


It's a celebration of the great tradition of Hollywood romantic


musicals, starring Ryan Gosling as a struggling musician,


and Emma Stone as an aspiring actress.


Our arts editor, Will Gompertz, has been speaking to


Welcome to La La Land, the Hollywood musical starring


Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, which looks like it's going to sing


It is a genre of film-making which its 31-year-old writer


and director thinks is unfairly derided for being a bit naff.


This idea of musicals as still being vibrant and vital...


I don't think that they're the outdated thing that they get


They're also not just the purely fantastical thing that people


I think musicals can actually say a great deal about real life


and real emotions and humanity and also where we are right now.


From a writer's and a director's point of view,


what can you do in a song that you can't do in a script?


I think of a song in a musical as a reflection of a person's


It's feelings that can't be described in dialogue


It is feelings that need the outlet of a song.


We had about a three to four month rehearsal period of prep,


where every day Ryan and Emma were in dance lessons,


I think it's also part of the fun, if you're going to work


with movie stars, put them outside their comfort zone,


Maybe it means something? I doubt it. Yeah, I don't think so.


Damien Chazelle is not yet 32 but is already being lauded,


applauded and awarded for his talents.


He is a young film-maker living his own La La Land dream.


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