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Tonight at Ten: Boris Johnson under attack for appearing to compare


The Foreign Secretary, visiting India, accused some


European leaders of wanting to punish the UK for leaving the EU.


If Monsieur Hollande wants to administer punishment beatings


to anybody who chooses to escape, rather in the manner of some


World War Two Movie, then I don't think that is the way forward.


But at the European Parliament, the Prime Minister of Malta warned


that Britain could not be seen to benefit from any


We want a fair deal for the United Kingdom,


but that deal necessarily needs to be inferior to membership.


We'll have more on the reaction to the Government's Brexit plans


as HSBC says it's decided to move a thousand jobs


A special report from the ruins of eastern Aleppo on the likely


Foreign intervention has transformed this war,


and the way it's looking right now, foreigners, not Syrians,


Climate scientists declare that 2016 was the warmest year on record.


Extra news - how will this new website funded


by a millionaire Eurosceptic fit in to the media landscape?


And tributes to Rachael Heyhoe-Flint, one of the great


Coming up in Sportsday later in the hour on BBC News,


we will have the goals from tonight's FA Cup


third-round replays, including Liverpool's


Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, has once again been


criticised for his choice of language after appearing


to compare the French government to the Nazis.


He said Britain should not be penalised with punishment beatings


in the manner of a World War Two movie for wanting to leave


During the day, EU leaders have been giving their reactions


to Theresa May's speech yesterday outlining her Brexit ambitions.


The European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker promised to work


for good results in the forthcoming negotiations, as our political


Watch out, chaps, I'm worried about you falling over.


"Watch out, Foreign Secretary," more like.


It is his job to win friends and influence around the world.


But as the delicate process of leaving the EU begins,


rather indelicate words about our old friends


If Monsieur Hollande wants to administer punishment beatings


to anybody who chooses to escape, rather in the manner of some


World War II movie, I don't think that is the way forward.


I think, actually, it is not in the interests of our


From thousands of miles away, he was slammed as crass.


"Not exactly what you would expect from a Foreign Minister,"


Awkward, when back home the Prime Minister is urging


The point he made was a reasonable one, but the language has got to be


extremely careful in dealing with colleagues and friends.


He comes up with these extraordinary phrases


Boris Johnson's team says he was just making the point that it


makes no sense for the rest of the EU to treat Britain harshly.


But only yesterday, Theresa May publicly reminded ministers


here at home of the need for discipline and with a difficult


deal ahead, Britain needs all the friends it has.


Language matters, but it is the words and attitudes of European


Yesterday, the Prime Minister appealed to her EU counterparts,


urging them to behave as good friends, even as we leave.


The arch European Jean-Claude Juncker, who leads the commission


that will manage the deal was suing for peace.


We want a fair deal with Britain and a fair deal for Britain,


but a fair deal means a fair deal for the European Union.


Yet Europe's leaders are in no mood to let Britain divide and conquer.


Their goal right now is sticking together.


"We now have a clearer idea of what Britain


wants," Angela Merkel said, "The most important thing is that


And in public and private, here is the reality.


Whatever the UK asks for, the rest of the EU will not do


a deal where the terms of trade are as cushy outside as in.


We want a fair deal for the United Kingdom,


but that deal necessarily needs to be inferior to membership.


Are you playing hardball, Prime Minister?


She may smile, her speech yesterday pleased most of her party,


but Theresa May is still under attack for not giving


It is not so much the Iron Lady as the Irony Lady.


Next Tuesday it is over to the courts, who could force


the Government to give detail, much more detail, to Parliament,


before the technical process of extricating ourselves


In these negotiations it will not always seem that


Laura Kuenssberg, BBC News, Westminster.


In a moment we'll talk to our business editor Simon Jack,


who's at the World Economic Forum in Davos, but first let's talk


to our Europe correspondent Damian Grammaticas,


What did you make of the responses today? I think two things, Theresa


May's plan depends on achieving a far-reaching trade deal with the EU.


Their voices in the UK who say we are already in the free market, we


have free trade, that should be easy. EU leaders have said


consistently that this will be a very, very difficult negotiation


because, they say, Theresa May has prioritised a political decision to


prevent the freedom of movement of people and so leave the single


market. Outside it, they say, access will be much more limited. They say


it is not punishing the UK, it is the consequence of decisions taken


by the UK. Few here think the time frame of two


years is really achievable. The reason for that, I think, is they


say there is the expert negotiation to agree first, then the question of


the future trade deal. The Maltese Prime Minister said EU leaders have


not decided if they will let the UK start talking about trade deals


straightaway until it are settled the terms of Exeter, including,


possibly, a bill for billions and billions of pounds.


Simon isn't Davos. Rash is in Davos. Simon, Theresa May has


arrived in Davos tonight, but there's some unwelcome news


from HSBC? The guilt she will arrive to the


news that HSBC was not bluffing when it said it would move 1000 of its


highly paid bankers from London to Paris if the UK let the single


market. They have made it clear that that will happen, they will take 20%


of the UK banking revenue with them. The chairman of UBS told me they


could move up to 1000 workers from London to, probably, from third.


Some people would say, so what? But there are two important messages.


Two big banks have decided that London, outside the single market,


is -- is not the optimal place to provide services to European


clients. These are very highly paid people. Whether you like it or not,


they are paid hundreds of thousands of pounds each and they pay a lot of


income tax. With the revenue from the bank they are taking MBA can tax


being taken away, there will be a hit to the Exchequer.


These are not contingency plans any more, they are plans that are


becoming a reality. Simon and Damian, thank you both.


The United Nations says it believes 40,000 people have returned


to their homes in eastern Aleppo, the city devastated


Most are living on aid in very difficult conditions.


It became a major battle ground in the summer of 2012.


As recently as August last year this was the picture -


a city divided with regime forces in the west rebels in the east.


But Government forces cut off the rebels' supply lines and in just


a few months they were able to take full control.


Our Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen has been to east Aleppo,


The final battle for Aleppo swept through the city like a man-made


All sides in this war were prepared to destroy


In the end, the firepower of the regime and its


Russian and Ukrainian allies was too much for the fractious rebel


coalition that controlled east Aleppo.


This city is the key to northern Syria.


Right across the country, rebels who are still


The battle for Aleppo lasted four years.


More than 200,000 civilians were trapped in the heat of the fight.


Attacks on civilians by any side in the war are crimes if it can be


Zakaria Mohammed Juma lost his leg in East


At a clinic run by the International Committee


of the Red Cross, he is being measured for a prosthesis.


When you can't walk, supporting a family is


It will take years and billions to rebuild.


The east side of Aleppo and much of the old city in


With a photo of his clothes shop, Salah stood in front of where


I've seen this much damage elsewhere in Syria, but never


Abu Mahmoud is one of the first to return to his


If only they'd take away the rubble, he said, all the


This corpse was still lying on the road a


More are certain to be buried in collapsed


Abu Mohammed, collecting firewood, showed where a mortar


Look, he said, they took out my spleen, kidney, and


In every queue for emergency aid there are tragedies.


This child, who is 12, has seen more than anyone


Her grandmother is using all the strength


she has left to care for


TRANSLATION: My daughter's 15-year-old girl and her son, who


My son's three-year-old daughter lost a leg.


Another grandson, aged seven, lost a hand.


My family's houses were all destroyed.


We don't know what's hidden in our future.


I saw with my own eyes my other cousin, his intestines were


President Assad's resurgence in Aleppo means talk


about forcing him out sounds more hollow than ever.


He is the strongest he's been since the war


The empty, ruined, silent streets on the former front lines


That is a home-made mortar, designed and built


But it is nothing compared to the power of the Russian


air force and the military know-how of the Iranians and their Lebanese


Foreign intervention has transformed this war.


And the way it's looking right now, foreigners,


not Syrians, will dictate the way the war ends.


The sun sets in Aleppo on a dark, cold and broken place.


It feels like a post-war city, but this


For the first time, the president and his


A glimpse of life in eastern Aleppo with our Middle East correspondent,


Jeremy Bowen. Thousands of British holiday-makers


are being flown home from the Gambia after a state


of emergency was declared. The Foreign Office is advising


people to avoid all but essential travel to the country


because of a risk of unrest. President Yayha Jammeh is refusing


to accept the result of last month's presidential elections


in which he was defeated. His elected successor Adama Barrow


is due to be inaugurated tomorrow. Senegal has said its military forces


will enforce the handover, if necessary.


Our correspondent Umaru Fofana reports


Not as they came, not as they had anticipated.


Thousands of European tourists, mostly from the UK, being flown back


Some had been here for only a couple of days,


But I understand that we need to do it.


To me, it feels stupid because this will


all be over within 24 hours, 48 hours.


Thousands of Gambians are also streaming out.


They fear a West African military intervention


Troops are said to be massing on the border.


The African union says, effective tomorrow, it will not


recognise Jammeh as this country's leader.


Ahead of the anticipated military action and the planned


inauguration of Adama Barrow, president Yahya Jammeh declared a


Behind me here is the National Stadium of the


Gambia, the planned venue for the inauguration on Thursday


of Adama Barrow as the country's next president.


He has tweeted defiantly from neighbouring Senegal,


where he is expected to come from, that he will be here tomorrow for


Jammeh withdrew from the British Commonwealth in


He has now ruled this country for 22 years,


controversially winning four elections.


It took a coalition of seven political parties led by Adama


Barrow to defeat him in December, but he insists those elections were


We advise the President to cooperate.


However this pans out, this tiny West African


Many people have been killed, jailed or


Their families are calling for justice.


Responding to such demands could determine how this crisis is


Unemployment has fallen to its lowest level


Official figures show the number of people out of work in the UK


in the three months to November was down by 52,000 to 1.6 million.


Average earnings rose by 2.7% compared with


But the figures also show that since July the total number


of people in work in the UK has stopped growing.


In his final news conference at the White House before he leaves


office in two days' time, President Obama has underlined


the importance of accountability and freedom of the press


President-elect Trump has signalled he's considering changes


to the traditional White House news briefings, prompting


concern that accountability might be more limited.


Our North America editor Jon Sopel was at the news conference


For one last time Barack Obama came to the White House briefing room


But amid reports that his successor wants to limit access


and regularly accuses journalists of being dishonest and liars,


the outgoing President spoke of the importance of a strong


You are not supposed to be sycophantics,


You are not supposed to be sycophants, you are


You are supposed to ask me tough questions.


You are not supposed to be complimentary but you are supposed


to cast a critical eye on folks who hold enormous power.


This picture was released today of Donald Trump


Barack Obama was asked what advice he would give his successor?


On this, he steered a diplomatic course.


This is a job of such magnitude that you can't do it by yourself.


You are enormously reliant on a team, that's probably


the most useful advice, the most constructive advice that


Then the final question, come on, Mr President,


are you really as sanquine as you are saying publicly


This is not just a matter of no drama Obama.


It is true that behind closed doors I curse more than I do in public.


Sometimes I get mad and frustrated like everybody else does.


But at my core I think we're going to be OK.


Thank you very much, press corps. Good luck.


Barack Obama will spend the next year writing and being around more


He says he won't be a back seat driver.


But he's given this warning, if he sees things that he really


doesn't like, then he will speak out.


It seems that Friday won't be the last we see of Barack Obama.


But in the meantime, there is a new home to get ready.


Moving house is said to be one of life's most


But when you have been President for eight years making


and death decisions, where to hang your favourite picture


is probably unlikely to keep you awake at night.


Scientists at the American space agency NASA say 2016 was the hottest


year since records began over a century ago.


Average global temperatures edged ahead of 2015


and are now 1.1 degrees higher than pre-industrial levels.


It's the third consecutive year that the record has been


Scientists believe that the El Nino weather phenomenon played a role


but increasing levels of greenhouse gases were the main factor


in driving up temperatures, as our science correspondent


Our planet is warming, fast, and the latest data suggests that


This winter, parts of the Arctic have had a heatwave,


temperatures were above freezing, when they should


While Australia's Great Barrier Reef was transformed to this.


Vast swathes of coral were killed off, as the waters warmed.


2015 was the warmest year on record up until now,


It's beaten it by about 0.1, 0.12 degrees Celsius.


Which doesn't seem like a lot, but in terms of the yearly


Part of this rise was caused by an El Nino event,


a warm ocean current that disrupts the world's weather.


But scientists say greenhouse gases were the main driver.


This shows how global temperatures have increased


The bigger the circle, the hotter the year.


And the latest data, collected by Nasa and meteorological


agencies around the world, suggest 2016 is the third year


The global temperature is edging ever closer


Scientists say a rise of two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels


could lead to dangerous impacts around the world.


So a lower limit of 1.5 Celsius was set by the Paris Climate Agreement,


a global deal that came into force last year.


But with carbon dioxide at record levels, scientists say this


is a temperature threshold we are on course to surpass.


To tackle global warming, the world is being urged


to move away from fossil fuels, like coal.


But in the US, Donald Trump has said he wants to revive the industry,


and has threatened to pull America out of the Paris Climate Agreement.


The woman who brokered the deal is concerned.


If the US chooses to exit the road and the path that is being pursued


by every other country in the world, it is only going to damage


itself, because it will become less competitive.


We are moving toward a de-carbonised society.


All eyes will now be on this year's data.


Already, scientists forecast that 2017 won't be as warm,


But they say longer term, unless action is taken,


A disabled man has won his case at the Supreme Court after a dispute


It means bus drivers will have to do more


Doug Paulley brought his case after he was refused entry


to a First Group bus in 2012 when a mother with a pushchair


Our disability affairs correspondent Nikki Fox has the story.


It has taken almost five years of legal battles


But finally, Doug Paulley had his day in the highest


All seven judges agreed the bus company's policy of requesting,


and not requiring, a person to vacate the wheelchair


But it is not quite as clear-cut, because the judgment does go as far


as insisting someone move from the space.


I am aware some people won't be pleased.


It has not gone as far as some people would like or it has gone too


In the end, this is about disabled people's right to access,


to travel on the bus, and, hopefully, today has


been at least a step in the right direction.


It began in 2012 when Doug was unable to catch a bus


because the space for wheelchairs was occupied by a mum


She refused to move which meant Doug could not get on.


The bus operter First Group admit that following the verdict,


they may have to amend training they provide staff, but are pleased


drivers will not have to force people off the bus.


We really welcome the fact the court confirmed that a driver is not


required to remove a passenger from a bus if they refuse


to move from the space, which is important for drivers


The impact of the judgment will have much wider implications that span


Any service provider or company that has a dedicated space


for disabled people, which could be a supermarket


disabled bay, or an accessible toilet in a restaurant,


they will have to make sure wheelchair users get priority.


I will not go on the bus and take the woman with the pram...


I am disabled, but I am still a man and this just feels not right.


It is not quite as simple as wheelchairs versus pushchairs.


It is better to remain a grey area for people


However nuanced, today's Supreme Court ruling paves the way


for a closer look at legislation when it comes to prioritising access


Aaron Banks, the millionaire who financed the campaign


to leave the European Union, is now turning his


Tomorrow, he'll be launching a news website called Westmonster.com,


owned jointly by a former press officer to Nigel Farage.


They say they will by-pass the traditional media and speak


directly to voters concerned with issues such as immigration.


Our media editor Amol Rajan has this exclusive report.


A screaming failure, screaming weakness!


Alternative news is watched by millions of Americans.


Fuelled by social media, some of these websites have a bigger


Donald Trump openly courted this new media to energise his voter base


I am not going to give you a question.


Arron Banks, the man who bankrolled the Leave campaign was one


of the first Brits to meet Mr Trump after his win.


That's the total amount of money we have sent


Mr Banks put nearly ?7 million into last year's referendum.


Thought to be the biggest political donation in modern British history.


Now Britain's newest media baron is launching


I think the internet and social media has changed the world


and that the mainstream media, however you want to describe that,


is lagging a long way behind the way you communicate and I think


Called Westmonster, the site is co-owned


Nigel Farage's former spin doctor wants to bring the viral energy that


What you have seen obviously is a multitude of different


right-wing sites be set up, they've had tremendous success.


It shows there is clearly a demand and we want to be


We want to be there speaking to people in a language


they understand and in a way they understand about


Three years ago, nearly 60% of us got our news


And meanwhile, social media has risen from less


than a quarter and is poised to overtake newspapers.


Before the digital era most of us got our news from a few generally


But these days we get our information from wildly different


Nowadays you can find your own facts to suit your own opinions


and for some that's a threat to all of us.


She believes some new forms of media could undermine democracy.


I think citizens need good information to make


and to help them understand the kind of world they're in and perhaps


to help them build the kind of world they want to live


in and without good information, without facts and without public


interest journalism that's just much harder to find.


An alternative news eco-system is heading to Britain.


But in the digital age the truth is vulnerable.


The news once aimed to unite us, perhaps thanks to technology,


Rachael Heyhoe-Flint, a pioneer in the world of women's cricket,


The former England captain was the first woman elected


to the MCC's full committee and became the first female sports


As our correspondent Katherine Downes reports,


her life and career were marked by a series of notable achievements.


Women's cricket as it was when Rachael Heyhoe-Flint


was captain of England just setting out on her campaign for change.


Even before her playing days were over, she was a pioneer,


organising the first women's World Cup in 1973 and then in 1976


leading England out to face Australia in the first ever women's


I think there was a sort of reticence and nervousness that


perhaps the women might take over altogether and there might be rape


and pillage of the members in the luncheon intervals


We might not present an acceptable face of cricket.


I actually cried as I walked out on to the pitch and it was the most


After 12 years as England captain, Rachael Heyhoe-Flint went


on to become one of the MCC's first female honorary life members,


a member of the ECB board, and she was made a Baroness.


She used her influence and celebrity to give women's cricket


I have got messages coming in from members of the current


England women's team, the opportunities they have now


as professional sportswomen don't come by chance.


They come through years of devoted, tireless work


In later life, she became vice-President of Wolverhampton


Wanderers, pouring her energy into the football club's


work in the communities around her home town.


But cricket remained her first love and the field in which she shone


Rachael Heyhoe-Flint, who has died at the age of 77.


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