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For the first time in over two
years, North and South Korea engage
in formal military talks.
After months of rising tensions,
representatives of North and South
meet to try to defuse tensions
around the border.
And in a dramatic gesture,
both countries agree to appear
together at the Winter Olympics
in South Korea next month.
I'm live in Seoul on what has been
a day of dramatic change
in the temperature of relations
between North and south.
We'll have the latest
on the talks which represent
More women and MPs from ethnic
minorities become ministers
on the second day of
Theresa May's reshuffle.
A court is told that the football
coach Barry Bennell was a predatory
paedophile who engaged
in the systemic abuse of young boys.
The intelligent suitcase.
We look at the latest
applications of technology
at the Consumer Electronics Show
in Las Vegas.
Everyone is listening
and I am in the same room
as the Royal couple right now.
And a Royal visit to a radio station
which trains hundreds
of young people in media
and employment skills.
Coming up on Sportsday later
in the hour on BBC News,
Manchester City have to dig deep
in their League Cup semifinal
against Bristol City.
For the first time in over two
years, North and South Korea have
engaged in formal military talks
to try to defuse tensions
between the two countries.
The South has asked the North to end
any hostile acts while the North
agreed there was a need to guarantee
a peaceful environment
on the Korean peninsula.
The North will also send
a delegation to the Winter Olympics
taking place in South Korea next
It represents a sudden and dramatic
change after months of tension.
Let's join our correspondent Rupert
Wingfield-Hayes in Seoul tonight.
It was just last week that North
Korea's dictator in his new year
message made the sudden and
unexpected announcement that he
wanted to open talks with South
Korea and that he was willing now to
send a delegation to the Winter
Olympic that is begin here in South
Korea next month. Well, today those
talks happened and they produced a
result that not many people would
have predicted just a few weeks ago.
The skiers on the slopes
of PyeongChang today were moving
a little slower than they will be
in a month's time.
Then, the world's best will be
flying down these pistes.
And now we know that
when the Olympic Games open
here on February 7th,
there will be a full
North Korean team competing.
They will march in side by side
with their South Korean compatriots.
I think with sport,
we can put everything aside
and everyone should do their best
to achieve their goals
in the competition.
North Korea is just 50 miles
away in that direction,
and the North has really completely
for the Olympics here.
Some teams have
threatened to pull out.
Ticket sales have been slow -
you can see this place isn't exactly
humming with skiers.
So there is immense relief
here that the North and the South
are now at least talking.
This morning, North Korea's chief
delegate, Ri Son Gwon,
strode across the demarcation line
that divides the two Koreas.
He warmly shook the hand
of his South Korean counterpart.
"The weather is cold", he said,
"but despite the cold,
the people's desire for improving
relations is unfrozen".
It's hard to overstate how dramatic
and rapid this shift has been.
It's only a month since North Korea
test-fired this huge new missile,
boasting that it could hit any city
in the United States.
Off the coast of Korea,
US aircraft carriers massed,
their decks swarming
with supersonic strike aircraft.
It felt like this region
was teetering on the brink of war.
So is Pyongyang's sudden
change of heart real,
or just a tactic to avoid
war with America?
North Korea would like to gain time
in order to avoid a potential
by the United States against its WMD
facilities and eventually re-engage
in the provocation cycle
so that it can threaten the
United States with nuclear action.
The Winter Olympics may be
a cover for Kim Jong-Un,
a convenient excuse for him to step
back from the brink.
But here in the South,
any chance to talk is better
than the terrifying alternative.
Let's pick up on the final point,
what do you read into the wider
significance of what's happened
Well, I guess the big question
here is can these talks lead
anywhere down the road to North
Korea getting rid of its nuclear
weapons? At this stage it's very
hard to tell what is going on in the
mind of Kim Jong Un. He has stated
that he wants his country to be
recognised as a full nuclear state.
South Korea and its ally the United
States have insisted that its
nuclear weapons programme must be on
the table if negotiations are to
succeed. So, this is very, very
early days. It will be a very long
road. But I think the situation here
in the last year has been so tense,
so frightening for people here in
South Korea and the whole of this
region, that the feeling is these
talks have to be given a chance and
that in a process that will take
years, if there is any success at
all, then that nuclear weapons
programme has to be on the table and
has to be up for negotiation from
the North Korean side. If it's not,
then these talks will fail.
The Government reshuffle carried out
by Theresa May has resulted in more
women and MPs from ethnic minorities
being appointed ministers.
The Prime Minister said the changes
meant the Government would look more
like the country it served and gave
opportunities to a new
generation of ministers.
Several long-standing ministers
have lost their jobs
as our deputy political editor
John Pienaar reports.
Allowed through the door
at Number Ten today for a quick peek
at the new look cabinet.
Almost nobody moved yesterday,
because Theresa May
couldn't make them.
Where is she?
There she is.
Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary,
was in the way and wouldn't budge,
just like yesterday.
The new faces in the top team
were happy enough, though.
There's lots of energy,
lots of ideas.
It was a really important
meeting this morning,
with a sense of renewed vigour.
And the losers?
I did what I thought
the right thing to do was.
Justine Greening, now ex-Education
Secretary, had no regrets.
She wouldn't switch jobs.
Now she's jogged off.
You have to be careful
about who you alienate.
You can't make too many enemies?
No, you can't.
That is the simple truth
of all reshuffles.
But I do think the Prime Minister
has balanced it well.
We have stability at Cabinet level,
and we have new blood coming
through into the other
layers of government.
So the balancing act,
she's got right.
Bringing the Tory Party closer
to people was today's mission,
making government look more
like the electorate and somehow
retrieving old loyalties that
were junked by potential voters.
Excited about the prospect
of joining the government?
So for those judged
the brightest and the best,
the guessing game was over.
You live in hope these days.
Are you pleased with your new job?
They left Number Ten
happier than they went in.
Some couldn't bear to wait
for the official announcement before
passing on the news.
Congratulations, what have you got?
Altogether, 14 MPs were given jobs,
eight of them women
and five from ethnic minorities.
plan went wrong today.
Toby Young, appointed to the board
of a new university regulator,
resigned under pressure.
He had helped set up free schools,
but past inflammatory comments
and tweets forced him to step down
before he could start his new role.
An embarrassment to the Government,
but a relief to critics,
Clearly, due diligence wasn't done.
I made it clear I thought
it was the wrong thing to do
because of some very extreme things
that Toby Young had said
in the past on eugenics,
on the disabled and the way
he described working class people.
Newly appointed and promoted
ministers are looking happy tonight.
They always do.
But this reshuffle, the ministers
Theresa May couldn't move or sack,
has been as much a mark
of her political vulnerability
as the sign of strength
her party wanted.
Tory MPs can only hope
for a tighter grip at the top
in what will be a defining year.
British politics is as volatile
as it's been in modern times.
Unpredictability is the new normal.
John Pienaar, BBC News, Westminster.
Steve Bannon, the former White House
advisor to President Trump,
has resigned as executive chairman
of Breitbart News,
the right-wing news organisation.
Mr Bannon has recently been
quoted in a new book
criticising President Trump's son.
Breitbart said that Mr Bannon
was a valued part of its legacy
and they'd always be grateful
for his contributions.
Our North America editor Jon Sopel
joins us from Washington now.
What do you make of it, Jon?
the things it means is this is an
elegant lesson in what happens when
you cross the Trump family, if you
look at what Steve Bannon was quoted
as saying in Michael Wolff's book
published last week, he said Donald
Trump Junior had been treasonous in
a meeting he held at Trump Towers
with a number of Russians with links
to the Kremlin. Ivanka Trump, he
said she was as dumb as a brick. Now
Steve Bannon was the chief
strategist of the White House. And
the intellectual underpinning of
Donald Trump's Make America Great
Again and America First policies. He
was promising that later this year
in the mid-term elections he would
be running a raft of populist
candidates against established
republicans, he was going to burn
down the republican party. Well it
looks like he has burned himself
down by giving these quotes. Now
what's happened was over the past
week that donors have been pulling
money out of Breitbart News. When
the book was published Donald Trump
said he not only lost his job, he
has lost his mind. Well, now he has
lost his platform as well.
Many thanks, Jon. The latest there
at the White House.
The trial of Barry Bennell,
the former football coach, has been
told that he was a predatory
and determined paedophile whose job
had given him unfetterred access
to large numbers of boys.
Bennell, who's now known
as Richard Jones, has already
admitted seven charges of indecent
assault between 1979 and 1991.
He's pleaded not guilty to a further
48 counts of historical child sex
offences as our sports editor
Dan Roan reports.
A successful former coach
in the 1980s, Barry Bennell worked
with some of the most promising
young footballers in
the northwest of England.
Youth team coach at Crewe Alexandra,
he also had links with
Manchester City and Stoke City.
But today, Liverpool Crown Court
was told the 63-year-old,
who now calls himself Richard Jones,
was also a predatory,
determined and devious paedophile.
For the prosecution,
Nicholas Johnson QC told
the jury that Bennell,
who appeared via video link
because of ill-health,
engaged in a course of conduct over
many years involving systematic
and persistent sexual abuse of pre
or peri-pubescent boys.
He had pretty much unfettered access
to large numbers of young
lads who dreamt of life
in professional football.
Although it seemed that
Mr Bennell was a skilled
and relatively successful coach,
he said, he had a much darker side.
The court was told that Bennell
had previously served
two prison sentences,
both here and in the United States
for serious sexual offences
against junior footballers,
but that he insisted the current
complainants were maliciously making
up stories about him,
seeking attention or compensation.
The court was told that Bennell
subjected boys to hundreds
of assaults and even carried out
some of his crimes here,
in one of the changing rooms
at the ground of Crewe Alexandra.
But several alleged victims
also played for clubs
linked to Manchester City.
One alleged he was abused when aged
between 11 and 13 more than 100
times after Bennell introduced
himself as a scout for the club.
Another claimed he was abused
at Bennell's house and on football
tours, where horror movies would be
played to soften up his victims.
And one complainant,
who threatened to report the abuse,
said Bennell told him that nobody
would believe him and that,
"I've got people playing
professional football now that I've
done these things to -
The jury was told they would have
to decide between Bennell's version
of events or believe
the prosecution's case that he'd
committed sexual offences on a large
scale against very vulnerable lads.
The trial continues.
Dan Roan, BBC News, Liverpool.
Five men and a woman have appeared
in court charged with belonging
to the banned far-right group
The six who were arrested during
raids across England last week
appeared at Westminster Magistrates
They'll appear at the Old Bailey
later this month.
The Director-General of the BBC has
been asked to appear before MPs
to answer questions about gender
and pay at the Corporation.
Lord Hall will face
questions by the Culture
and Media Select Committee.
The request comes after the BBC's
former China editor Carrie Gracie
resigned from her post,
complaining about unequal pay.
She's also been asked
to appear before MPs.
The number of people waiting more
than four hours in Accident &
Emergency departments in Scotland
reached a record high
in the last week of 2017.
New figures show only 78%
of patients were seen
within the Government's four-hour
target, the lowest proportion
since weekly data started
being published three years ago.
Our Scotland editor,
Sarah Smith, reports.
Busy Accident & Emergency
departments in Scotland
mean patients are facing
record waiting times.
In the last week of the year,
over 20% waited for more
than four hours to be seen.
Nearly 300 waited longer than 12
hours, figures described
today as a "disgrace."
The figures out today
are for the week ending in Hogmanay,
a very, very challenging week
for our health service,
flu really beginning
to kick in that week.
For example, 40% increase in calls
to the Scottish Ambulance Service
on Hogmanay alone.
Of course, our staff are working
extremely hard on the front-line
to keep patients safe.
In the week between Christmas
and New Year, only 78% of people
visiting A&E were seen
within the target of four hours.
That's compared to 92% for the same
week the year before.
The delays are not because of
increased patient numbers,
only 635 more people attended
One reason given for
the increased waiting times
is a surge in flu infections.
Cases of flu in Scotland
are running at more than double
the rate in England,
more than twice as many
as there were last year, and that's
now a significant concern.
I just wasn't sure.
Patients with flu take longer
to assess and require treatment
in individual rooms,
as staff try to minimise
the spread of infection.
The team have had to work extremely
hard all the way over Christmas
and the New Year period.
Worse than before?
I would say so.
I've been doing this job for many
years and I think it's probably one
of the busiest times we've had.
The Health Minister,
visiting a hospital in Perth,
insists the Scottish NHS
is performing well overall,
with far fewer cancelled operations
than south of the border.
In Lanarkshire, some of the NHS
admin staff have been volunteering
on the wards to help
the overstretched nurses.
I was a bed buster.
What's a bed buster?
It was basically going and helping
the ward staff to strip down
the beds after a patient had been
discharged, so that it's cleaned
and made up and ready
for the patient to come into,
and do that as quickly as possible,
to save the nursing staff
doing it themselves.
NHS spending is significantly higher
in Scotland, about £160 more
per person than in England.
Greater integrated health and social
care is meant to mean
fewer delayed discharges,
less bed-blocking, but today's
figures show that the winter health
crisis has hit Scotland hard.
Sarah Smith, BBC News, Perth.
The Syrian army has accused Israel
of launching a series of strikes
on targets close to the capital
It says both Israeli warplanes
and missiles were deployed
and claims it brought
down one plane.
Israel has refused to confirm
the military action.
Our chief international
correspondent, Lyse Doucet,
is in Damascus with the latest.
What's your assessment of what's
Well I think the reality
is that Israel's main target was not
Syria itself, but Syria's, two of
Syria's most important rallying
lice, that's the hez hez forces that
happen to be Israel's most important
enemies in this region. The Israeli
jets and the missiles are said to
have struck an arms depot north-east
of Damascus, which is used both by
the Syrian military and Hezbollah
forces. Israel never comments on its
air strikes against its neighbours
Syria. Today the Israeli Prime
Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu,
happened to speak to Nato
ambassadors and emphasised Israel
has a longstanding policy to stop
any sign that Syria could be
transferring what he called "game
changing" weapons across the border
into Lebanon. Israel is now striking
Syrian territory every few months,
but the timing of these strikes
seems to be particularly
significant. They come just two-days
after what was regarded as a very
important meeting of the Israeli
security cabinet and the main item
on the agenda - the growing threat
along the Syrian-Israeli border.
Because that border now is largely
controlled by Syrian rebels. But the
Syrian army is gaining ground. That
doesn't just mean the Syrian army
will be closing to Israel's borders,
but also its allies, hez hez and
Iran. That is not a threat that
Israel takes seriously. When I asked
a spokesperson about it and said
Israel always attacks when its
enemies, the Syrian rebels are
losing ground. He warned, as the
military did in a statement about a
greater escalation of a war in this
region. What thing is certain, Huw,
none of these players in one of the
region's biggest proxy wars want to
be drawn into another major
escalation. They all know the risks
of an accidental tumbling into that.
Lyse many thanks once again for the
latest there in Damascus. Lyse
Doucet there for us.
A teenager has been arrested
on suspicion of murder and two
others are being sought by police
after a shop worker
was attacked in an argument
about cigarette papers.
The victim, Vijay Patel,
died in hospital yesterday.
Our special correspondent,
Lucy Manning, reports
from north London.
He worked hard in this shop
in the quiet suburbs of north
London, but one punch was to end
Vijay Patel's life.
On Saturday night, Abdullah Rahimzai
was working alongside Mr Patel
when three teenagers were told
they couldn't buy cigarette
papers unless they could
prove they were 18.
They threatened me to break
the window, so that's why I ask him.
I wish I didn't send him
to the window, but because of
the threat the guys made,
I asked him only to see.
When I reached the door,
he was already knocked down.
He was hit one punch.
The family released this photo
of Mr Patel in hospital before
he died to try to help catch those
who killed him.
For his relatives in Slough,
disbelief a night at work
could end with such violence.
He was just the greatest man.
He was innocent, he was kind.
He loved everyone and that's why
we all loved him as well.
He was the pillar of the house.
You know how you take out the pillar
and the house is not
there, it's like this.
Everyone is broken down.
Mr Patel had come from India
a decade ago, working
all hours to help his family.
He came to this country
so he could support his family,
so he could support his children.
He could give them a better life,
so they could get the best
education as well.
So they could have
better lives ahead.
A better future ahead as well.
Police say Mr Patel
was murdered for trying to make
others obey the law.
It was a completely unprovoked
attack on a man just
doing his job here.
The police have now arrested
a 16-year-old and are looking
for two other teenagers.
Mr Patel's nephew, the same age
as the boy arrested,
can't understand why
they attacked him.
One punch and one family left
with nothing but their grief.
Lucy Manning, BBC News.
More than 170,000 people
are expected to visit this year's
Consumer Electronics Show in Las
The tech companies' latest
driverless taxis and new
advances in artificial
intelligence, including some
uncannily human robots.
Our technology correspondent,
Rory Cellan-Jones, is in
Las Vegas with the latest.
Every year we see thousands of new
products here. We try to spot the
big trends. A couple of years ago it
was virtual reality. This year it's
very clearly artificial
intelligence, trying to make
products ever smarter. The other
trend, the Chinese are everywhere. A
big Chinese stand behind me, lots of
other major Chinese companies who
are competing with the American
giants for dominance of AI - the
technology of the future.
A powerful and largely invisible
technology is on the march.
It's learning how to drive,
it can recognise individual faces,
and it knows an awful lot
about our personal preferences.
That technology is artificial
intelligence and, in Las Vegas this
week, tech firms are showing off how
far it's come.
Hey, Sophia, can we shake hands?
In a Las Vegas university lab, I'm
meeting Sophia, a humanoid robot.
How sophisticated do
you think you are as a robot?
I want people to perceive
me as the robot I am.
However, I wouldn't want to trick
people into thinking I'm a human.
I just want to communicate
with humans in the best possible
ways, which includes
looking like one.
Sophia, who's had advance
notice of my questions,
has few practical uses right now,
but her creators believe she
represents a big step on the road
to artificial intelligence.
Our aspiration is to bring
the machines to life,
to create living, intelligent
systems and there you'll see
the greatest revolution
in artificial intelligence.
As this giant tech show gets under
way, China's spending on AI
and robotics is much in evidence,
this suitcase recognises
and follows its owner.
Here's China's biggest force in AI,
the search giant Baidu,
laying on a lavish Las Vegas event
with the slogan - "AI is changing
the world at China's speed".
It calls itself China's Google,
it's already a leader
in technologies like facial
recognition, and Baidu
is confident China can challenge
America's AI dominance.
China is quickly catching up
and the gap is closing,
but China has a lot more people,
much larger scale.
It's a big market.
So I think that's a foundation
for China to prevail in the AI age.
Google, which usually keeps a low
profile at this show,
has chosen to put its name
everywhere across Las Vegas,
stressing its leading role in AI.
We are trying to do our
best to stay ahead.
There's lots of great
competition, lots of excitment.
What it means is that there's a lot
of investment going into this area,
a lot of the best minds
working on it.
So I think you're going to see
the field advance pretty quickly.
It's arriving quite slowly.
Out in downtown Las Vegas,
I've booked a ride in
an autonomous taxi -
no steering wheel, no pedals,
no driver, and it's made
by a French transport company.
It's not just America and China
racing to get ahead in AI.
BBC News, Las Vegas.
The Government has rewritten
its ministerial code of conduct
following widespread allegations
of harassment at Westminster
which emerged last year.
The code states that inappropriate
behaviour "will not be tolerated."
The amended code also sets out
ministers' duty to report any
meetings that they conduct overseas.
Thousands of skiers
and tourists have been trapped
in the Swiss Alpine resort
of Zermatt because huge falls
of snow have blocked
road and rail links.
The avalanche risk has been raised
to its maximum level, forcing
the closure of the slopes.
A number of villages in southern
Swizerland have been cut off
after more than six feet of snow
fell in 24-hours.
Virgin Trains has said it
will no longer stock copies
of the Daily Mail newspaper
on its West Coast route.
The firm said it made the decision
after staff expressed concern
about the paper's editorial stance
on issues such as immigration,
LGBT rights and unemployment.
The Daily Mail said the decision,
in its view, was "disgraceful."
Our transport correspondent,
Victoria Fritz, has the story.
They're designed to sell papers,
but headlines like these
are precisely why the Daily Mail
will no longer be sold
on Virgin West Coast Trains.
Staff at the train operator raised
concerns over the paper's editorial
position on issues like immigration
and LGBT rights.
A memo circulated to
staff in November said:
It was removed from on board
But was that their call to make?
I think it represents censorship.
I think that people should
have a choice of what paper
they want to read on the train,
even if it's a paper I don't
personally want to read myself.
If you want to buy the Daily Mail,
they can buy it outside.
If you don't like it,
don't travel with them, I suppose.
I don't think it's a terrible
thing they've stopped
selling the Daily Mail,
to be honest.
I just think it's a terrible paper.
Virgin Trains is not the first
to distance itself from the paper.
Last year, Paper Chase apologised
to followers on Twitter after users
complained about a promotional deal
that was run on the front page.
It smacks to me a bit
of censorship really -
we know what's best
for our commuters.
The Daily Mail claims that
at the time no other reason
was given other than to save space,
restricting sales to
just three newspapers -
The Mirror, The FT and The Times.
The Daily Mail is
a provocative paper.
It's a lively paper,
it's a very successful paper.
It sells around 1.4,
1.5 million copies a day.
Some people criticise
the fact we may use the word
"Muslim" in a headline.
We follow a very strict code set
down by the media regulator.
After all, only 70 copies
of the paper are sold a day
on Virgin West Coast Trains,
but this decision speaks
volumes about how
we engage with views that
are different from our own.
Victoria Fritz, BBC News.
Prince Harry and his fiancee,
Meghan Markle, have visited
a radio station at Brixton,
in south London, where they met
presenters and staff from Reprezent
FM, which trains hundreds of young
people every year in media
and employment skills.
Our royal correspondent,
Nicholas Witchell, was there.
His report contains
some flash photography.
They travel with all
the paraphernalia of royalty,
but Harry and Meghan
are the new Royal couple
determined to do things just
a little differently.
So this was a visit
to a radio station, housed
in old shipping containers.
Believe it or not everyone
is listening and I'm in the same
room as the Royal couple right now.
This is Reprezent FM in Brixton,
south London, set up 10 years ago
to help tackle inner city issues,
like knife crime.
It gives young people a purpose
and trains them to be broadcasters.
I can see why your show's
so popular because you're
so thoughtful in the approach,
but also so engaging to listen to.
Inside the station, Harry and Meghan
were getting to know
the broadcasting class of 2018.
Outside it was apparent that
royalty's newest recruit is reaching
new audiences herself.
The support from Brixton,
it was just a lot of people
of colour that were just
cheering her on.
Obviously you could tell
that she was quite surprised
the reception she got.
She looked shocked, didn't she?
I thought that, yeah.
Yeah, because everyone was shouting
for Meghan and not really Harry.
Get out of the way.
We want to see Meghan!
"We want to see Meghan",
demanded the crowds in south London.
Expect to hear a lot of that
between now and the wedding
in May, and beyond.
Nicholas Witchell, BBC News.
Newsnight is coming up on BBC Two.
Here's Evan Davies.
Tonight, Virgin West Coast says
it'll stop selling the Daily Mail
on its trains because it doesn't
like the paper's values.
The decision went down with some,
but angered others.
Just today's example from a vicious
culture war under way here.
Is it healthy debate or hateful?
Join me now on BBC Two.
That's Newsnight with Evan.