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A furious Donald Trump rounds on the media


In a lengthy news conference, he accuses them of making his job


much harder, and of painting a false picture of his administration.


I turn on the TV, open the newspapers and I see


Yet it is the exact opposite - this administration is running


And the President announced he was preparing a new order,


The Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg tells the BBC of his fears


for public debate, because of fake news and extremist views.


Growing concern for thousands of Vauxhall jobs, as Peugeot


considers a takeover of the European side of General Motors.


Passengers on Southern Rail are facing further disruption,


after train drivers reject a deal to end their long-running dispute.


The new friend is welcomed by a Petty Officer... -- a new wren.


Marking the formation of the Women's Royal Naval Service.


And coming up in Sportsday on BBC News:


After defeats for Arsenal and Spurs, can Manchester United


We'll bring you news of their Europa League


In a tempestuous news conference at the White House,


which lasted an hour and a half, President Trump has


rounded on his critics - especially in the media -


and accused them of undermining his presidency.


He sought to deny the existence of any compromising


connections with Russia, and announced he was


preparing a new executive order on immigration,


To replace the one suspended by the courts. Jon Sopel sent us this


report. Ladies and Antman, the President of


the United States. At short notice a news conference was announced to be


given by the president. Highly unusual. Ostensibly to announce his


new choice as labour secretary but it was to get a whole load of his


chest and the principal target was the media. The press have become so


dishonest that if we don't talk about it we are doing a tremendous


disservice to the American people. Tremendous disservice, we have to


talk about it, we have to find out what's going on. The press is


honestly out of control, the level of dishonesty is out of control. The


idea his administration was in meltdown... Nothing could be further


than the truth. I turn on the TV open the newspapers and see stories


of chaos, chaos. Yet it is the exact opposite. This administration is


running like a fine tuned machine. But how could he reconcile that with


the travel ban that's been blocked by the courts? A question I asked


after a little back and forth. Can I just ask you, thanks very much


Mr President... Where are you from? The BBC. Impartial, free and fair.


Sure, just like CNN, right? On the travel ban, we could bounce back and


forth... On the travel ban, would you accept that that was a good


example of the smooth running of government? I do, I do. Wait, wait.


I knows you you are, just wait. Let me tell you about the travel ban. We


had a very smooth roll-out of the travel ban, but we had a bad court,


a bad decision. We're going to have to put in a new executive order next


week sometime, but we had a bad decision. That's the only thing that


was wrong with the travel ban. The other thing the president is in a


rage about is the suggestion he's in the pocket of the Russians, too


close to Vladimir Putin, too many shady business contacts. I own


nothing in Russia, I have no loans in Russia, I don't have any deals


Russia. President Putin called me up very nicely to congratulate me on


the wing of the election. He then called me up extremely nicely to


congratulate me on the inauguration, which was terrific. But so did many


other leaders, almost all other leaders from almost all other


countries, so that's it. Russia is fake news. All of which brings us to


the firing of his national security adviser Michael Flynn. Why was he


sacked? Was it he discussed lifting fractions against the Russians or


was it that he misled the vice president? I fired him because of


what he said to Mike Pence, very simple. Mike was doing his job,


calling countries and his counterparts, so it certainly would


have been OK with me... Donald Trump said his administration would crack


down on the leaking of classified information and then at the end,


something you never see a White House news conference, the president


being heckled. If you have no connection to Russia, why don't you


prove it? The White House as an witness to many historic occasions


but probably never a news conference anything like that. It was part of


relaunch after four turbulent weeks, although that's not how Donald Trump


would characterise it, and also an attempt to save the American people


don't listen to the press, listen to me. As Jon was saying the president


fielded questions for 90 minutes and didn't hold back when challenged by


representatives of the world's media, including Jon Sopel who joins


us from Washington. Was this a man obviously trying to say he was under


control or under great pressure? I think it was a man under great


pressure but also a man who was enjoying himself hugely. This was


the Donald Trump of the campaign. He was bantering and bullying in equal


measure. The man who loved WikiLeaks during the campaign not loving leaks


so much now he is governing. A man who hates the media so much... What


really struggle me was how much time he spent watching television and


watching the newspapers, when does he find time to govern in the midst


of all of that? For all that he accused the media of being


dishonest, there were a few untruths he spoke himself. Saying that Ronald


Reagan, no one had got more electoral college votes since Ronald


Reagan. That's just simply factually inaccurate. One other thing,


apparently during the news conference and Republican Senator


contacted us to -- distinguish news anchor with latex. He said, he


should do this with a therapist, not on live to revision.


Jon, thank you very much. Jon Sopel with his experience today at that


news conference at the White House. The founder of Facebook,


Mark Zuckerburg, has told the BBC he fears millions of people


are withdrawing from the globally connected world and that fake news


and the propagation of extremist views online have


damaged public debate. It's unusual for Mr Zuckerberg


to make an intervention of this kind, but he expresses concern


that the process of globalisation is viewed with increasing


hostility around the world. He's been speaking


exclusively to our economics A global chief executive


with global ambitions, part businessman, part politician,


and today, adding his voice to the debate


about the controversies of the moment - globalisation,


the people who feel left behind, Mark Zuckerberg, the ultimate


citizen of the world, speaking to his staff


about global inclusion. We're also going to focus


on building the infrastructure for community, for supporting us,


for keeping us safe, for informing us, for civic engagement


and for inclusion of everyone. Mr Zuckerberg spoke to me not


so much about his huge and sometimes controversial business,


but about his worldview, how global connectedness always


beat building barriers. It was almost political,


a manifesto, and very different in tone from "America first"


and constructing those border walls. The first thing I tackled


was globalisation and the moves He replied that people had


lost their sense of hope. There are people around the world


that feel left behind by globalisation and the rapid


changes that have happened, and there are movements as a result


to withdraw from some Mr Zuckerberg was one of the few


tech leaders who didn't accept an invite to meet Donald Trump,


but of course no one voted Is his voice a legitimate


part of this debate? It's not coming completely


out of the blue, nor does it seem motivated


by commercial considerations. Sometimes we think business


leaders are just taking a position because it


benefits their pocketbook, but in this case that doesn't


seem to be the case. He is actually taking


a pretty big risk with users of the site by taking


any political stand. From the moment you turn


on your phone, you see Mr Zuckerberg knows his audience


in the US and around the world is diverse,


from the rust belts of Pennsylvania to the flip-flop wearers


of California, but his message Coming together is


better than division. He said, if people are asking


the question, "Is the direction for humanity to come


together more or not?" I think that


answer is clearly, "yes." But we have to build infrastructure


to make sure the global Fake news - that hasn't


worked for everyone. Claims that the Pope supported


President Trump was a prime example. Facebook has been criticised for not


doing enough to clear its newsfeeds. The technology moves


faster than the ethical practice of the technology,


and Mark Zuckerberg is moving very quickly into an environment


where I don't think that there is the infrastructure


in place to make sure How does Mr Zuckerberg respond


to the fake news controversy? He told me, "Misinformation


is a big deal and that undermines having


a common understanding. So does sensationalism,


so does polarisation. I think there are things


we can do to help create An everyday man in control


of an extraordinary phenomenon used He's promised to control fake


news and insisted to me, But he knows in today's


febrile environment a plan for a connected world will be


seen as an alternative manifesto. Facebook could find itself


being fined in Germany if it refuses to remove stories


which are shown to be false. The German government


could become the first in the European Union to use the law


to try to stop the rise Facebook says it's taking the threat


seriously and is appointing its own Our media editor Amol Rajan sent


this report from Berlin. Footage from Dortmund,


West Germany, on New Year's Eve. A report on the influential


antiestablishment website Breitbart suggested a huge mob attacked


a church, while waving al-Qaeda flags and chanting


"Allah Akbar" - "God is great". But there was no Islamist assault


on this church, it was fake news. And the vicar mentioned


in the Breitbart article, which is still online,


fears the consequences. I was astonished,


because it was a lie. The Reinold's Church


was not burned down and no The false story about this church


has helped to harden the political mood here,


and with elections coming up there's a growing determination to take


action against fake news. Here in Berlin, one party


in the ruling coalition wants We want to force Facebook to build


a permanent contact agency, where the law enforcement can reach


them 24 hours for the whole week. The second point is we will define


periods and in that period they have The third thing is that they have


to pay a high fine if they do not These are independent fact checkers


now used by Facebook. Refugees get the driving


licence for no money, If they discover fake news,


they mark it as false and send a warning message


to German-speaking users. A lot of this fake news only focuses


to bring hate to our communities. When this hate comes


to an election point, and people have made their mind up


on election day on the basis of hate and lies, then it's a big


threat to our society. Anas Modamani knows


what that feels like. He fled Syria and came to Germany


in 2015 as a refugee. When the German Chancellor


visited the hostel he was Soon it went viral,


together with the claim More fake news, and now


he's suing Facebook. TRANSLATION: It made me feel


very bad, I even cried. Then I found out people


were seeing me as a terrorist. Many Germans fear that false stories


online could stoke the rise Fake news seems unlikely


to disappear any time soon, and what's happening here could help


determine the future The Business Secretary Greg Clark


has been in Paris tonight, holding talks with the owners


of Peugeot, the company that's hoping to takeover Vauxhall


and the other parts of the European There are concerns about the future


of thousands of jobs at Vauxhall's The president of General Motors


was in London today, for crisis talks at the Department


for International Trade. Our business editor


Simon Jack is there tonight. What is the extent of concern about


these jobs? I think ministers are very concerned. You can tell that by


how fast things have moved. On Tuesday night we found out General


Motors was thinking of selling, with advanced talks of selling its


European business to Peugeot and Citroen. On Wednesday senior members


of GM went to Germany to meet surprise politicians and unions are.


On Thursday morning the president of General Motors arrived here and that


no sooner had they finished talking Thang Greg Clark got on a train to


go to Paris. Excuse me. To go to Paris to talk to Peugeot, Citroen


and his opposite number in the French government. You can see they


are taking this deadly seriously. You wouldn't be doing these kinds of


moves that this pace if you want extremely concerned that over a


thousand jobs are threats. On that note, it's not difficult to foresee


this could become politically and extremely challenging thing for


ministers and others. You will end up with a 3-way fight


between France, Germany and the UK, for jobs. If you look at the map of


General Motors and Peugeot Citroen, there's 14 plants in France and


Europe for Peugeot and Citroen, eight. Opel as Vauxhall is known in


Europe, and two over here, so you will have a 3-way tussle to preserve


jobs in those countries. The French government has a 14% stake in


Peugeot Citroen. The Peugeot family have a 14% stake in Peugeot Citroen.


German jobs are three times more expensive to get rid of than UK


jobs. With that background, Greg Clarke is going to have to use all


the charm he used with Nissan, if he's going to persuade the new


company to keep those jobs here in the UK. Indeed, Simon, Simon Jack,


our business editor at the Department for International Trade.


A deal to settle a long-running dispute with drivers


on Southern Rail has been rejected by union members.


It raises the prospect of further industrial action


and disruption for hundreds of thousands of passengers.


The deal had been negotiated by leaders of Aslef -


the train drivers' union - but it was turned down


Southern's parent company said it was "hugely disappointed".


It's also involved in a separate and even longer-running


Our correspondent Sangita Myska reports from Brighton.


Southern Rail, the franchise at the heart of this most bitter


Today, another twist, as the deal negotiated


by the drivers' union was rejected by its members, threatening yet more


We pay through the nose for public transportation and I do not think


it's appropriate that we have lots of disruption.


This is a national problem and they need to deal


I have every sympathy with the train drivers and the guards,


but I wish they'd just get round the table and


We are pleased to announce that Aslef and GTR Southern have


But it was that deal, backed by the union's leadership,


that was today voted down by the rank and file.


At the heart of the dispute is who shuts these doors.


It's a job currently done by the conductors, but Southern says


it should be the responsibility of the train drivers.


The company says it's safe, as does the rail safety regulator.


The train drivers we've spoken to today say they feel badly let


down by their union, Aslef, that they had no choice


They say it wasn't worth the paper it was written on because it doesn't


They say by adding to their responsibilities, passenger safety


Aslef says the deal they'd hammered out meant drivers would have


to operate train doors, but there was also a guarantee


that there would always be two members of staff on board,


It's something the union representing the conductors


The reality was there was a host of exceptions that meant up to 1800


trains a day would be able to be run without a guaranteed second person.


Southern Rail says it's disappointed with today's vote and there's


still no word as to what Aslef's next move will be.


What is for sure is that widespread disruption is on its way.


Workers on Arriva Trains North are being balloted over the same


issue and the prospect of industrial action on Merseyrail also looms.


More than 70 people have been killed and hundreds injured in a suicide


bomb attack at one of Pakistan's most famous shrines.


The Islamic State group said they carried out the bombing.


The Lal Shahbaz Qalander shrine in Sindh province


was filled with worshippers when the bomber struck.


From Islamabad, our correspondent Secunder Kermani reports.


A time of worship turns to carnage in one of Pakistan's most


A suicide bomber blows himself up, sending


Survivors chant prayers as they crowd around


the dead, whilst the injured are taken to hospital.


TRANSLATION: The bomb went off where people were worshipping.


Those of us further away managed to survive.


The shrine was particularly busy tonight.


Thursday evening sees special devotional services.


The so-called Islamic State have claimed the attack.


They and other jihadists believe the liberal Sufi Muslims


As the group's territory in the Middle East shrinks,


IS has gradually grown in influence in both Pakistan and Afghanistan.


This week, Pakistan has been struck by a series of attacks


right across the country by different extremist groups.


Over the past few months the country has seen the numbers of those killed


in terrorist incidents greatly reduce, but this recent upsurge


Secunder Kermani, BBC News, Islamabad.


A car bomb in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, has killed at least 45


The Islamic State group said it was behind the blast,


which targeted a market in the southern district of Bayaa.


It's the third car bomb attack in as many days


The police say the emergency services are struggling to cope


The Ukip leader, Paul Nuttall, says he's been the victim


of a smear campaign, following the controversy


about his recollections of the Hillsborough disaster.


He's apologised for inaccurate claims that he'd lost "close


personal friends" in the disaster, but he says it's disgraceful that


some have been questioning whether he was present at the ground


Mr Nuttall was speaking in Stoke, where he's standing as the Ukip


candidate in a parliamentary by-election a week today.


Our political correspondent Ben Wright reports from the constituency


Ukip, get him in, that's what we need.


The Ukip leader hopes next week Stoke-on-Trent Central


will turn from red to purple, giving the party at second MP.


But Mr Nuttall has had a tricky few days, admitting that claims


on his website at he lost close friends in the 1989 Hillsborough


Ukip foot soldiers were on the ground today


Paul Nuttall is not a man who normally avoids the limelight,


We've been texting him, calling him for more than a day,


His press team says he's working on a speech he's


going to make tomorrow, but the other candidates


This has been Labour turf since 1950.


But at the last election, Ukip were second and since Stoke-on-Trent


voted strongly to leave the EU, Labour's candidate has


You've been tweeting about how much you hate Brexit,


Well, when I tweeted it was my frustration


at the fact the Prime Minister, after a number of months, had yet


The Labour Party is, as far as I'm concerned,


the only party that will deliver a plan for North Staffordshire,


a plan to Stoke-on-Trent that will make Brexit work.


The pits and pots that built this city have largely gone,


It's a vibrant city with lots to offer and lots of friendly


people and a real sense of creativity about it.


Unlike the other parties we are not funded by millionaires.


We're not based around a London centred agenda,


At 25, the Tory candidate would be a young


A lot of people have been saying to me they've felt let down


That's why, that's one of my top priorities,


and not just about more jobs in this city, we want to see


better jobs, better skilled jobs and better paid


jobs for the people of Stoke-on-Trent.


Brexit cannot be ducked in this campaign, with the Lib


We're standing up for people, for them to have another say, rather


than a stitch up between ministers and Cabinet.


Clearly not swerving scrutiny after all, this evening


Paul Nuttall was at BBC Radio Stoke hustings and was asked about the


There was a mistake on my website, which was


I was there, I was at the game, I can prove I was at the


Look, I thought I'd seen all lows in politics, this just isn't


scraping the barrel, this is digging beneath a barrel.


I believe I'm the best candidate on the panel, who can


bring investment because I'm a national figure, I'm a national


political leader, I'm a national voice and if I stand up in the House


For Ukip this by-election will test its claim it can replace


If Jeremy Corbyn's party doesn't hold it, Labour's


Ben Wright, BBC News, Stoke-on-Trent.


There are ten candidates standing in the by-election


in Stoke-on-Trent Central next Thursday.


You can find out more about them - and their policies -


More than 500,000 children and teenagers in the UK are carers,


who look after relatives who are ill or disabled.


But budget cuts by local authorities are making it increasingly difficult


for these young carers to get the support that they need,


according to the Local Government Association in England and Wales.


They say it's crucial for councils to have better relationships


Our Midlands correspondent Sima Kotecha reports.


In Dudley, 17-year-old Alex looks after his mum,


I suppose you could say it's a big responsibility,


but it doesn't really feel like it, because obviously it's what I've


It's just the normal thing to go, "Have you had your tablets today?"


So how many tablets does your mum take every day?


He's her primary carer and is one of 700,000 young


You do just want to throw the towel in sometimes and go,


I've had enough, I don't want to do this any more.


But you see at the end of the day, you just see how happy you make


the person or the people that you care for, and it really does


Some of these young people do get support from their local


authorities, but the organisation which represents local councils


in England and Wales says tight budgets means they're having to make


tough choices about who gets help and who doesn't.


There might be some people who are watching this thinking,


is it fair to have a child helping you and being there for you,


when actually the adult should be there for the child -


I agree with that, to be quite honest, I really do.


I wish that I hadn't got to rely on Alex sort of thing.


So I've got to rely on him sort of thing, to help me.


Not too far away in Wolverhampton, ten-year-old Ethan takes care


With his mum, he's one of his primary carers.


It feels a bit like a burden and sometimes he does things


that makes us angry, but then he does lots of things that


Noah has complex learning difficulties, which means


he struggles with everyday tasks and needs to be


The government says later this year it will publish a strategy that


will outline what more it will do to help vulnerable young carers.


There's an argument that being young and responsible for someone's


well-being is a duty that is just too much, but in many of these cases


When I tell people about it, it just makes me feel proud.


Sima Kotecha, BBC News, in the West Midlands.


A century ago, the Women's Royal Naval Service was founded,


to boost the naval effort during the First World War.


It was the start of a hugely significant change in the role


Wrens - as they became known - served as dispatch riders,


telegraphists, cooks, stewards and went on to play


key roles in the Navy, in the Second World War and beyond.


Our correspondent Duncan Kennedy reports from Portsmouth,


where events will be held throughout the year.


At 90 years old, Win Price still has an affection


for the sea and the Wrens, who hold sway over her maritime


memories, that first began when she joined


I couldn't cook, so I opted for a steward.


Proud then and honoured now to be celebrating 100 years of the Wrens.


No, the ones before me were pioneers.


NEWS ARCHIVE: She's the skipper and it's by her order that the mail


boat stops at the ships named on that precious letter.


The Women's Royal Naval Service was formed in 1917.


By the Second World War they had become the home front force that


Now a century of achievements are charted in this new exhibition.


The strength of this exhibition lies in its detail and the telling


This is the leave permit for a Jane Rossiter and it's


She was obviously going home for Christmas.


But then we know that Jane subsequently left the Navy and then


re-enlisted at the outbreak of the Second World War, and here,


In a hundred years, women sailors have gone from medics to marines,


They've had to prove themselves, which they did really well.


After that it was for the other women to embrace that change


and they took it forward and it's continued to go forward.


Now called sailors, not Wrens, women have seen a century of naval change.


For those like Win Price, the exhibition is a proud salute


Duncan Kennedy, BBC News in Portsmouth.


Today's tributes to the Women's Royal Naval Service there. Newsnight


is about to begin on BBC Two. President Trump's press conference


was one of the strangest any of us can remember. We'll Biamou lies in


what it says about the president and his