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President Trump breaks with decades
of US foreign policy,
and recognises Jerusalem
as the capital of Israel.
Mr Trump said he was also delivering
on a campaign promise
to move the US Embassy
from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
He said the change was
a "recognition of reality."
I judge this course of action to be
in the best interests of the United
States of America, and the pursuit
of peace between Israel and the
But the decision on Jerusalem has
provoked opposition around
the world, as the United Nations
warned it would damage the search
for peace between Israel
and the Palestinians.
We'll have the latest
from Jerusalem and from Washington
on a decision that could have
for the Middle East.
Three, two, one.
The Christmas spirit
in Downing Street.
Counting down to the next stage
of the Brexit talks,
as ministers admit there's no
measure of the impact
on the economy.
No, not that I'm aware of.
Is there one on aerospace?
Not that I'm aware of.
One on financial services?
I think the answer's
going to be no to all of them.
No to all of them.
A man appears in court,
accused of plotting to assassinate
the Prime Minister
and bomb Downing Street.
After a 20-year excavation,
one of the oldest skeletons
of humankind's ancestors
is unveiled in South Africa.
Oh, that's it.
And, two consecutive defeats
but England insist they're
still in the Ashes series.
Coming up in Sportsday later
in the hour on BBC News:
It could have been a nervy night
Liverpool but a big win sees
them reach the last 16
of the Champions League.
President Trump has abandoned
decades of US foreign policy
by recognising Jerusalem
as the capital of Israel.
It is arguably his most
since taking office,
and it's provoked expressions of
concern and anger around the world.
Mr Trump also approved plans
to move the US embassy
from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The Pope and the head
of the United Nations
are among world leaders
to voice their opposition.
And the Palestinian president
Mahmoud Abbas warned of "dangerous
consequences" for the entire region.
In a moment, we'll have
the latest from Jerusalem.
But first to Washington and our
North America editor, Jon Sopel.
It is hard to overstate the enormous
historical significance of today's
announcement for the 1948 Harry
Truman became the first US president
to recognise the state of Israel.
Today, nearly 70 years on, Donald
Trump becomes the first US president
to recognise that Jerusalem is its
capital. Indeed he becomes the first
leader anywhere in the world to
recognise Jerusalem as its capital
for it is a city that has long been
fought over, a city that will be one
of the keys to any future peace
agreement. That is why today's
announcement is so controversial.
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The president signing this or that
proclamation has become
a commonplace, but nothing he's put
his name to is as consequential
or historic as this,
a decision that upends US policy
to the Middle East,
the most troubled
region in the world.
Past decisions had failed.
It was time for a new approach.
Today, we finally
acknowledge the obvious,
that Jerusalem is Israel's capital.
This is nothing more or less
than a recognition of reality.
It is also the right thing to do.
It's something that has to be done.
It's a decision that
the Arab world and
cloche at close allies cautioned
against, but the president has gone
ahead, and so he stressed his
commitment to peace, whether via a
two state solution
or any other solution.
We want an agreement that is a great
deal for the Israelis,
and a great deal
for the Palestinians.
We are not taking a position of any
final status issues,
including the specific boundaries
of the Israeli sovereignty in
Jerusalem, or the resolution
of contested borders.
Demonstrations so far have
been relatively low-key,
but US citizens have been warned not
to go to the west bank or the old
city in Jerusalem, the president
well aware of the reaction this
speech might provoke.
So, today, we call for calm,
for moderation, and
for the voices of tolerance to
prevail over the purveyors of hate.
Our children should inherit our
love, not our conflicts.
There has been a fierce
to what the president is proposing,
even though Donald Trump insists
it's just accepting
what is present-day reality.
So far, the Arab world,
Nato, the Pope, the UN,
Russia and Turkey have spoken
out against the move.
The White House is on a charm
offensive, but so far,
the only country that has
been charmed is Israel.
And on Jerusalem's
ancient walls, a very
modern projection of
Israeli sentiment tonight.
This is a historic day.
We are profoundly grateful
to the president for his
courageous and just decision
to recognise Jerusalem
as the capital of Israel,
and to prepare for the
opening of the US Embassy here.
This decision reflects
commitment to an ancient but
enduring truth, to fulfilling his
promises and to advancing peace.
Six months ago,
the Palestinian leader
hosted Donald Trump
on his Middle East tour.
That early optimism replaced
by disappointment today.
is a Palestinian city - Christian,
Muslim, Jewish -
and it is the capital of the state
of Palestine for ever.
Jerusalem, a city 6000 miles and two
continents away from
the US, was the subject
of an unusual campaign pledge
from Donald Trump
to a very narrow constituency,
to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv
to Jerusalem and recognise the
ancient city as Israel's capital,
but in keeping that promise, he
seems to have made his other goal
of advancing Middle East peace
a whole lot more complicated.
Jon Sopel, BBC News, Washington.
The city of Jerusalem
is at the heart of the conflict
between Israel and the Palestinians
because both sides
claim it as their own.
Back in 1948, Israeli independece
came after a war the Arabs lost,
and 750,000 Palestinians
were expelled by Israel or fled.
When the shooting stopped,
Jerusalem was divided
between Israel and Jordan.
The Israelis declared
their side the capital.
The rest of the world said
that Jerusalem's final
status was undecided.
In 1967 after another war,
the Jordanians were forced out
of the east side of Jerusalem,
which includes the walled Old City,
and Jerusalem's most
important holy sites.
In 1993, Israelis and Palestinians
embarked on a peace process
and one of the key issues
was the future of Jerusalem.
Palestinians want a capital
of a future state in
the east of the city.
The peace process broke down
and the current Israeli government
says Jerusalem will not be divided.
Yolande Knell, sent this report.
For many Israelis, Mr Trump's formal
recognition of Israeli sovereignty
over Jerusalem corrects
an historic injustice.
This is a city with 3000
years of Jewish history -
their seat of government.
And there has long been
frustration that the US,
Israel's closest ally, just has
consulate offices here, not its
Now that is set to change and there
are hopes that other countries
will follow Washington's lead.
I expect the leaders of the free
world to recognise Jerusalem
as the capital of Israel.
We recognise Paris as the capital
of France and Berlin
as the capital of Germany.
We expect our friends to recognise
our own capital as what it is.
About a third of Jerusalemites
The old city here has some
of the holiest sites for
Muslims and Christians
as well as Jews.
And Palestinians want occupied
East Jerusalem as the capital of
their future state.
They object to the US announcement.
TRANSLATION: As a Palestinian,
this is a mistake.
Jerusalem is the capital
for the Palestinian state.
That is not negotiable.
TRANSLATION: There will be
troubles over this.
It will not pass smoothly.
There will be opposition
and there will be chaos.
Jerusalem is probably
the most sensitive issue
in the Israel/Palestinian conflict.
This ancient city has great
religious and political significance
and we have seen many times how just
small changes made here can
quickly flare up into unrest.
During the summer there
was deadly violence
when Israel put in new security
measures at Al-Aqsa mosque
compound, after two Israeli
policemen were killed there.
These were later removed
to keep the status quo.
Now Palestinian officials say
Mr Trump is raising tensions again.
This is a declaration of war on
Palestine and the Palestinians and a
manifestation of the lack of
fairness in handling the Palestine
file. A total bias towards Israel.
Tonight, there were large protests
in Gaza, following the US
And there are calls for more
in the coming days.
Yolande Knell, BBC News, Jerusalem.
Our Middle East editor
Jeremy Bowen is here.
Strongly worded criticism
from across the world.
What's your assessment
tonight of the implications
for the Middle East?
Potentially very serious. Mr Trump
says he will work very hard for
peace. By alienating one side so
completely he has made the job much
harder. He says you cannot have
peace without recognising Israeli
rights, the Israeli sovereignty, the
Israeli capital. The Palestinians
have said very clearly they want a
Palestinian capital of Jerusalem or
it is no deal. If he had said, OK, I
want Israel to have their P also the
Palestinians, he could have changed
the conversation greatly. -- their
capital there also. Every time I am
in Jerusalem, I look at the area
around the holy sites. It is sitting
there like a time bomb in the centre
of the Middle East was any thing
that upsets the status quo injury
slim is potentially cause of
violence. I think will be marches in
the next few days but not
necessarily big upsurges in
violence. If it happens, it might be
a couple of months, and triggered by
something else but the atmosphere
has changed. I think the US and the
Israelis could be calculating that
the weak and very divided
Palestinian leadership will say a
few things and basically suck it up.
It is possible and they might also
be calculating that big countries
like Saudi Arabia will protest but
they will be more interested in
getting together with Israel and
states against Iran. The thing about
Jerusalem as it has the capacity to
make people angry all over the
place, particularly in the streets
in the Arab world foot I think
whatever people in the palaces are
saying and hoping, I think this has
the possibility for causing trouble
in not just Jerusalem itself. We saw
King Abdullah of Jordan saying, he
was being quite strong about what Mr
Trump said. I think that is because
he is worried about there could be
trouble on his streets and he is not
the only one.
To read more about the Middle East
and to learn why Jerusalem matters -
then you can go to our
website - bbc.co.uk/news.
You will see the links to our
reports today and our analysis as
David Davis, the Brexit Secretary,
has been accused of gross
negligence, after admitting
that the Government has not tried
to calculate the impact of Brexit
on the British economy.
During the day, in a new attempt
to unlock the Brexit talks,
the Prime Minister spoke
to Arlene Foster of the DUP,
who forced the rescheduling
of the talks earlier this week.
Her party rejects Theresa May's
proposals for the future
of Northern Ireland's border.
Our deputy political editor,
John Pienaar, reports.
Three, two, one.
Theresa May needs
some comfort and joy
in the Cabinet in her party
in Ireland, North and South.
If only everyone could
sing from the same
hymn sheet on Brexit.
Her message, "Start trade talks.
We could all get what we want."
We aim to deliver this as part
of our overall trade
deal between the United Kingdom
and the European Union.
Labour is loving
Theresa May's troubles.
Brexit negotiations in a shambles.
This Government is clearly
not fit for the future.
Tory Brexiteers are ramping
up the pressure, too.
They say, no more concessions.
Will she apply a new coat of paint
to her red lines because I fear
on Monday they were beginning
to look a little bit pink?
If we have a problem,
would it help if I came over
with you to sort them out?
The DUP heard Mrs May's pledge
to preserve the union but want more
guarantees Brexit means the same
deal for the whole UK.
Can you give a specific
commitment that nothing
will be done that creates any
barrier - constitutionally,
politically, economically, or
regulatory between Northern Ireland
and the rest of the United Kingdom?
Mrs May was on the phone
to the DUP leader today.
But still no sign of agreement.
In Dublin, a clear threat.
Ireland's leader wants a promise
of free trade and no
hard north/south border.
And he would veto the
start of trade talks
at next week's EU summit to get it.
If it is not possible to move
to phase two next week
because of the problems that have
arisen, then we can pick it up
of course in the New Year.
The Prime Minister spoke to him
on the phone today, too.
Still no sign of another meeting
in Brussels this week.
The President of the European
Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker's
spokesman went so far today
as to say his boss wanted
to prevent Mrs May's
government from collapsing.
So, how clear is Britain's
future after Brexit?
Not at all, according
to the Brexit Secretary today.
David Davis only handed over files
on business and Brexit reluctantly.
MPs accepted he had met the demands
of the Commons but today he
also told them no estimates of
the cost to business had been done.
It would be a game changer
but guesswork was pointless.
Look at the chairman's face.
So, there isn't one, for example,
on the automotive sector?
Not that I am aware of.
Is there one on aerospace?
Not that I am aware of.
On financial services?
I think the answer will
be no to all of them.
No to all of them.
And now a new cause
for Brexiteer Tories to complain.
The Chancellor says
Britain will not shirk its
divorce bill - deal or no deal.
That's just not
a credible scenario.
It's not the kind of country we are.
Frankly, it would not make us
a credible partner for future
But Theresa May's team said there
will be no deal, including cash,
until Brexit is agreed.
Tonight the goodwill is in short
supply in the Cabinet too.
John Pienaar, BBC
News, in Westminster.
Let's go live to Westminster, and
Johnnies there. John, some attempts
at optimistic statements today from
Government, but really, what do you
read into the state of these Brexit
talks right now?
It like deadlock.
Forced to a standstill by competing
pressures on all sides. We've seen
the Brexiteers telling Mrs May to
give no more concessions. Tonight,
19 Tory MPs worried about Brexit are
saying, ignore the Brexiteers,
saying they are driving her to walk
away with no deal at all. Something
will have to give, or next week's
European summit will again decide
not to start those talks on trade,
and if that happens, we will seek
Brexiteers, Brexit supporting
sections of the media, calling on
Mrs May as never before to walk
away. With all of the uncertainty
that would inevitably bring, and the
penitential for the dampening of
markets and of sterling. We don't
know, there could be more proposals
being brought forward by Mrs May in
the next 24 hours. That is what the
Irish leader is saying tonight, that
he expected that could be a
breakthrough. And then you may see
Mrs May coming through with a
clearer vision Brexit and she has
given so far, and the first real
discussion in the Cabinet. Tonight,
this latest chapter in the story of
Brexit looks like becoming a
John, once again, many
A man has appeared in court,
accused of plotting to kill
the Prime Minister,
in a bomb and knife
attack on Downing Street.
Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman,
who's 20 and from North London,
is alleged to have planned
to bomb the security gates,
before attacking Number 10.
Our home affairs correspondent
June Kelly reports.
Counterterrorism detectives moved
in on two men last week.
Yesterday, they were
charged, and this morning,
amid high security,
came their first court appearance.
One is accused of planning
to strike at the heart
of the British Government
and assassinate Theresa May.
He's Naa'imur Zakariyah
Rahman, on the left.
In the dock with him
was Mohammed Aqib Imran.
In court came the outline
of the prosecution case.
Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman is 20
years old and told the court
he was Bangladeshi British.
He is accused of planning
to detonate an improvised
explosive device -
in other words, a bomb -
here at the Downing Street gates.
In the chaos that would follow,
it's alleged that, equipped
with a suicide vest,
a pepper spray and a knife,
he wanted to get down the street,
into Number 10 and kill the Prime
He was arrested last Tuesday in this
road in West London.
It is claimed that he had two inert
devices in his possession.
He's also accused of
helping his co-defendant,
Mohammed Aqib Imran,
to prepare terrorist acts.
It's claimed he was planning to
travel abroad to join IS fighters.
Yesterday, the head of MI5
briefed the Cabinet
about the security situation.
plots are said to have
been thwarted this year.
The next hearing in this latest case
will be in two weeks' time.
June Kelly, BBC News.
A man from Lancashire is alleged
to have sent the address
of Prince George's school
to potential attackers.
Husnain Rashid, who's 31,
has appeared before
accused of helping others
to commit acts of terrorism.
He was remanded in custody to appear
at the Old Bailey later this month.
The High Court in Birmingham
is considering whether the men
suspected of carrying out
the Birmingham pub bombings
in 1974 should be named
at a new inquest, due
to held next year.
Lawyers for relatives of the victims
said there had never been a 'full
and independent investigation'
into what happened.
Two of the men wrongly
jailed for the attack,
have told the BBC they also want
the perpetrators brought to justice
as our correspondent
Sima Kotecha reports.
These faces are a reminder of what
happened in Birmingham more than 40
Two bombs exploded inside to pubs,
killing 21 people.
Today, the families
of those victims are
challenging the system.
They want the inquest
next year to include the
names of the suspects,
something the coroner
has decided against.
This is our one and only
opportunity to get
to the truth, and the perpetrators
must be brought into scope.
Otherwise, there's no point
in having an inquest.
It was Birmingham's
deadliest attack, and
those responsible have
never been prosecuted.
Instead, these men, who became known
as the Birmingham Six,
were wrongly imprisoned
for the crime.
Now, in a rare interview,
two of them are also calling for the
The families of the people
in Birmingham, they are the ones who
For years and years,
I've always said that there
was a double injustice done here -
by the innocent being convicted
under the circumstances,
and the innocent victims not getting
justice, and their
families, in the sense
that the police weren't
looking for anyone else.
The IRA is widely
believed to have been
In what's been described
as one of the worst
miscarriages of justice, the men
were jailed for almost 17 years
before their convictions
Justice has been done today,
but it's took 16 years for
this justice to happen.
It's such a serious
crime that they wanted
somebody for it.
And then they got me
into the station
and they certainly knocked me about.
And it was dreadful.
They made me say confessions.
I've had nightmares.
And I woke up at night,
not so long ago, plenty
of times, screaming
shouting, thinking they
were still beating me.
The memories of their arrest
still haunt them today,
beaten into making confessions,
mock executions, psychological
torture, just some of the police
methods they say were used on them.
I was dragged into a room
with about five or six of them.
It was dark.
They punched me and kicked me
until I had agreed to tell them
anything they wanted.
So, I was in a position
where I had to try and make up
something that would agree
with what they would accept.
For those who lost their
loved ones, it's been a
long fight for justice.
The coroner has argued
it is not his job to
point the finger of blame.
His views will be heard
at the judicial review
We're at the site of
one of the bombings.
The Mulberry Bush
pub was just here behind me.
Now, these attacks
rocked the nation.
The Birmingham Six
still haven't got the
answers they've been searching for,
and neither have the victims'
Decades on, it remains unclear
whether they ever will.
Sima Kotecha, BBC News, Birmingham.
After a painstaking excavation
that took two decades,
one of the oldest and most complete
skeletons of humankind's ancestors
has been unveiled in South Africa.
Little Foot, as she's been named,
is more than three million years
old, and was discovered
in the Sterkfontein caves
north-west of Johannesburg.
Our correspondent Andrew Harding has
been to see Little Foot
and the caves where she was found.
They found her skeleton in these
deep caves outside Johannesburg.
She'd been lying here
for almost four million years,
trapped in the rock.
Today, Little Foot finally emerged -
after 20 painstaking
years of excavation.
These bones had a very,
very fragile, flaky
surface, many of them.
And it was like trying
to extract a pie with flaky
pastry out of concrete
without damaging the pie.
We had to do this properly,
we had to do it slowly.
Yes, it took more than 20 years
of my life, but I feel younger
and stronger for it!
So, these are the caves
where Little Foot was found.
The theory goes that she was walking
along the surface, fell
down into the caves,
and was covered
by sediment and rock.
Millions of years later,
scientists in the 1980s and '90s,
in a series of extraordinary
across her remains and slowly
managed to piece them back together.
Her skeleton shows
she was in her 30s.
She probably lived in the trees,
and crucially, she was more
like us than like an ape.
So, the pictures you see in books
of our ancestors gradually getting
up off of all fours and walking
along in a stooped manner,
that's all nonsense.
They were upright when
they were in the trees,
and they were upright
when they came down to the ground.
And now they're us?
Yes, now they're us.
Unearthed in these caves, then,
a vital addition to our own
complicated family tree.
Andrew Harding, BBC
News, South Africa.
In cricket, England's Test captain,
Joe Root, insists his side
are still in the Ashes
despite starting the series
with consecutive defeats.
Australia wrapped up a 120-run
victory in less than two
hours of the final day,
ending hopes of
an England fightback.
Our sports correspondent Andy Swiss
reports from Adelaide.
They had arrived with such optimism,
England fans hoping to witness one
of cricket's greatest comebacks.
But within minutes,
their hopes lay in
Second ball of the day,
Chris Woakes caught behind, and even
worse was to follow.
England's captain and
cornerstone, Joe Root,
gone for 67.
Australia had their key men.
And when Moeen Ali was trapped
for just two, any last lingering
hopes left with him.
The rest was a formality.
In just an hour and three quarters,
England's dreams had been
Australia taking a 2-0 lead
while England tried to take the
We've shown that throughout
the two games, there are
periods where we can
just not for five days,
and that's going to be our
England haven't been able
to match the pace of
Australia's bowlers, or
the durability of their batsmen, and
some believe there is no way back.
We've had a moment here
where we've all been
up a bit, and maybe,
when it comes to the tough moments,
they are better than us.
So, no chance?
I don't think so, no.
And so, an all too familiar story.
England have now lost their last
seven Tests in Australia.
One more and their
Ashes hopes will have
turned to dust.
Yes, England now head to Perth for
the third test next week, and they
know that if Australia win that
match, they will win the Ashes. One
other piece of news to be new: Ben
Stokes has been named in England's
one-day squad for their series here
in January. He is waiting to find
out whether he will be charged over
an incident in Bristol in September,
and despite being named in this
squad, as things stand at the
moment, he won't be selected to
Andy, many thanks again.
Five English teams are
through to the last 16
of the Champions League
for the first time.
they went through after
beating Spartak Moscow.
This volley from Sadio Mane
was the pick on their goals
in an emphatic 7-0 victory.
Spurs and Manchester City also both
finished top of their groups.
In its first month since opening
in the US, the film Lady Bird has
made history as the best-reviewed
in Hollywood history.
It's a coming of age story written
and directed by award-winning
actress Greta Gerwig.
She's been talking to our
Lizo Mzimba about the prime
importance, especially now,
of having women in roles
of influence in the film industry.
I want to go where culture is, like
New York, or at least Connecticut.
coming-of-age tale about a daughter
and mother's difficult relationship.
So far, so familiar. Perhaps not.
Lady Bird is that you're given an?
Because Lady Bird's influence has
She's talking about the
fact that no Hollywood film ever has
scored so many positive reviews.
don't have anything to say that
Telecom, is just kind of amazing.
They think, this had better be
Well, I saw your Thanksgiving
show. My name's Lady Bird.
It centres on a girl
documenting her teenage years. It is
symbolically meaningful off-screen,
It makes me sad every year when
there are actresses who talk about
how there are a limited number of
interesting parts, and parts that
are full, interesting human beings
driving the story, who are the
subject, not the object.
lead story is also leading the way
in perhaps most significant -- the
most significant year for the male
directors. Greta Gerwig know she
could soon become only the fifth
woman ever to be nominated for Best
director at the Oscars. She is
equally excited she might not be
There's a slew of great
female directors this year, and like
also Patty Jenkins.
Who was behind
wonder woman. It is a time the
conversation. The silence breakers,
who revealed sexual misconduct,
named Time magazine's person of the
Putting women in Power is
important. A diversity of voices.
Because I think it is impossible to
change things as long as everything
stays the same.
A film and its
director aiming to give women a
greater voice both on and off the