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Tonight at Ten.

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For the first time in over two

years, North and South Korea engage

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in formal military talks.

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After months of rising tensions,

representatives of North and South

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meet to try to defuse tensions

around the border.

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And in a dramatic gesture,

both countries agree to appear

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together at the Winter Olympics

in South Korea next month.

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I'm live in Seoul on what has been

a day of dramatic change

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in the temperature of relations

between North and south.

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We'll have the latest

on the talks which represent

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Also tonight.

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More women and MPs from ethnic

minorities become ministers

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on the second day of

Theresa May's reshuffle.

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A court is told that the football

coach Barry Bennell was a predatory

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paedophile who engaged

in the systemic abuse of young boys.

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The intelligent suitcase.

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We look at the latest

applications of technology

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at the Consumer Electronics Show

in Las Vegas.

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Everyone is listening

and I am in the same room

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as the Royal couple right now.

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And a Royal visit to a radio station

which trains hundreds

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of young people in media

and employment skills.

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Coming up on Sportsday later

in the hour on BBC News,

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Manchester City have to dig deep

in their League Cup semifinal

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against Bristol City.

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Good evening.

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For the first time in over two

years, North and South Korea have

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engaged in formal military talks

to try to defuse tensions

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between the two countries.

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The South has asked the North to end

any hostile acts while the North

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agreed there was a need to guarantee

a peaceful environment

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on the Korean peninsula.

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The North will also send

a delegation to the Winter Olympics

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taking place in South Korea next

month.

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It represents a sudden and dramatic

change after months of tension.

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Let's join our correspondent Rupert

Wingfield-Hayes in Seoul tonight.

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It was just last week that North

Korea's dictator in his new year

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message made the sudden and

unexpected announcement that he

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wanted to open talks with South

Korea and that he was willing now to

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send a delegation to the Winter

Olympic that is begin here in South

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Korea next month. Well, today those

talks happened and they produced a

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result that not many people would

have predicted just a few weeks ago.

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The skiers on the slopes

of PyeongChang today were moving

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a little slower than they will be

in a month's time.

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Then, the world's best will be

flying down these pistes.

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And now we know that

when the Olympic Games open

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here on February 7th,

there will be a full

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North Korean team competing.

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They will march in side by side

with their South Korean compatriots.

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TRANSLATION:

I think with sport,

we can put everything aside

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and everyone should do their best

to achieve their goals

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in the competition.

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North Korea is just 50 miles

away in that direction,

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and the North has really completely

overshadowed preparations

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for the Olympics here.

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Some teams have

threatened to pull out.

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Ticket sales have been slow -

you can see this place isn't exactly

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humming with skiers.

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So there is immense relief

here that the North and the South

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are now at least talking.

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This morning, North Korea's chief

delegate, Ri Son Gwon,

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strode across the demarcation line

that divides the two Koreas.

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He warmly shook the hand

of his South Korean counterpart.

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"The weather is cold", he said,

"but despite the cold,

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the people's desire for improving

relations is unfrozen".

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It's hard to overstate how dramatic

and rapid this shift has been.

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It's only a month since North Korea

test-fired this huge new missile,

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boasting that it could hit any city

in the United States.

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Off the coast of Korea,

US aircraft carriers massed,

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their decks swarming

with supersonic strike aircraft.

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It felt like this region

was teetering on the brink of war.

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So is Pyongyang's sudden

change of heart real,

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or just a tactic to avoid

war with America?

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North Korea would like to gain time

in order to avoid a potential

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immediate retaliation

by the United States against its WMD

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facilities and eventually re-engage

in the provocation cycle

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so that it can threaten the

United States with nuclear action.

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The Winter Olympics may be

a cover for Kim Jong-Un,

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a convenient excuse for him to step

back from the brink.

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But here in the South,

any chance to talk is better

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than the terrifying alternative.

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Let's pick up on the final point,

what do you read into the wider

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significance of what's happened

here?

Well, I guess the big question

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here is can these talks lead

anywhere down the road to North

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Korea getting rid of its nuclear

weapons? At this stage it's very

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hard to tell what is going on in the

mind of Kim Jong Un. He has stated

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that he wants his country to be

recognised as a full nuclear state.

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South Korea and its ally the United

States have insisted that its

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nuclear weapons programme must be on

the table if negotiations are to

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succeed. So, this is very, very

early days. It will be a very long

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road. But I think the situation here

in the last year has been so tense,

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so frightening for people here in

South Korea and the whole of this

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region, that the feeling is these

talks have to be given a chance and

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that in a process that will take

years, if there is any success at

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all, then that nuclear weapons

programme has to be on the table and

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has to be up for negotiation from

the North Korean side. If it's not,

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then these talks will fail.

Rupert,

many thanks.

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The Government reshuffle carried out

by Theresa May has resulted in more

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women and MPs from ethnic minorities

being appointed ministers.

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The Prime Minister said the changes

meant the Government would look more

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like the country it served and gave

opportunities to a new

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generation of ministers.

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Several long-standing ministers

have lost their jobs

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as our deputy political editor

John Pienaar reports.

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Allowed through the door

at Number Ten today for a quick peek

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at the new look cabinet.

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Nobody moved.

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Almost nobody moved yesterday,

because Theresa May

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couldn't make them.

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Where is she?

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There she is.

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Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary,

was in the way and wouldn't budge,

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just like yesterday.

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The new faces in the top team

were happy enough, though.

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There's lots of energy,

lots of ideas.

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It was a really important

meeting this morning,

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with a sense of renewed vigour.

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And the losers?

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I did what I thought

the right thing to do was.

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Justine Greening, now ex-Education

Secretary, had no regrets.

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She wouldn't switch jobs.

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Now she's jogged off.

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You have to be careful

about who you alienate.

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You can't make too many enemies?

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No, you can't.

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That is the simple truth

of all reshuffles.

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But I do think the Prime Minister

has balanced it well.

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We have stability at Cabinet level,

and we have new blood coming

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through into the other

layers of government.

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So the balancing act,

she's got right.

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Bringing the Tory Party closer

to people was today's mission,

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making government look more

like the electorate and somehow

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retrieving old loyalties that

were junked by potential voters.

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Excited about the prospect

of joining the government?

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Very.

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So for those judged

the brightest and the best,

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the guessing game was over.

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You live in hope these days.

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Are you pleased with your new job?

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They left Number Ten

happier than they went in.

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Some couldn't bear to wait

for the official announcement before

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passing on the news.

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Congratulations, what have you got?

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Altogether, 14 MPs were given jobs,

eight of them women

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and five from ethnic minorities.

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Meanwhile, another

plan went wrong today.

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Toby Young, appointed to the board

of a new university regulator,

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resigned under pressure.

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He had helped set up free schools,

but past inflammatory comments

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and tweets forced him to step down

before he could start his new role.

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An embarrassment to the Government,

but a relief to critics,

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including Tories.

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Clearly, due diligence wasn't done.

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I made it clear I thought

it was the wrong thing to do

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because of some very extreme things

that Toby Young had said

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in the past on eugenics,

on the disabled and the way

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he described working class people.

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Newly appointed and promoted

ministers are looking happy tonight.

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They always do.

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But this reshuffle, the ministers

Theresa May couldn't move or sack,

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has been as much a mark

of her political vulnerability

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as the sign of strength

her party wanted.

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Tory MPs can only hope

for a tighter grip at the top

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in what will be a defining year.

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British politics is as volatile

as it's been in modern times.

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Unpredictability is the new normal.

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John Pienaar, BBC News, Westminster.

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Steve Bannon, the former White House

advisor to President Trump,

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has resigned as executive chairman

of Breitbart News,

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the right-wing news organisation.

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Mr Bannon has recently been

quoted in a new book

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criticising President Trump's son.

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Breitbart said that Mr Bannon

was a valued part of its legacy

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and they'd always be grateful

for his contributions.

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Our North America editor Jon Sopel

joins us from Washington now.

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What do you make of it, Jon?

One of

the things it means is this is an

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elegant lesson in what happens when

you cross the Trump family, if you

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look at what Steve Bannon was quoted

as saying in Michael Wolff's book

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published last week, he said Donald

Trump Junior had been treasonous in

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a meeting he held at Trump Towers

with a number of Russians with links

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to the Kremlin. Ivanka Trump, he

said she was as dumb as a brick. Now

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Steve Bannon was the chief

strategist of the White House. And

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the intellectual underpinning of

Donald Trump's Make America Great

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Again and America First policies. He

was promising that later this year

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in the mid-term elections he would

be running a raft of populist

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candidates against established

republicans, he was going to burn

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down the republican party. Well it

looks like he has burned himself

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down by giving these quotes. Now

what's happened was over the past

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week that donors have been pulling

money out of Breitbart News. When

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the book was published Donald Trump

said he not only lost his job, he

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has lost his mind. Well, now he has

lost his platform as well.

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Many thanks, Jon. The latest there

at the White House.

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The trial of Barry Bennell,

the former football coach, has been

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told that he was a predatory

and determined paedophile whose job

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had given him unfetterred access

to large numbers of boys.

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Bennell, who's now known

as Richard Jones, has already

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admitted seven charges of indecent

assault between 1979 and 1991.

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He's pleaded not guilty to a further

48 counts of historical child sex

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offences as our sports editor

Dan Roan reports.

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A successful former coach

in the 1980s, Barry Bennell worked

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with some of the most promising

young footballers in

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the northwest of England.

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Youth team coach at Crewe Alexandra,

he also had links with

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Manchester City and Stoke City.

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But today, Liverpool Crown Court

was told the 63-year-old,

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who now calls himself Richard Jones,

was also a predatory,

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determined and devious paedophile.

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For the prosecution,

Nicholas Johnson QC told

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the jury that Bennell,

who appeared via video link

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because of ill-health,

engaged in a course of conduct over

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many years involving systematic

and persistent sexual abuse of pre

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or peri-pubescent boys.

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He had pretty much unfettered access

to large numbers of young

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lads who dreamt of life

in professional football.

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Although it seemed that

Mr Bennell was a skilled

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and relatively successful coach,

he said, he had a much darker side.

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The court was told that Bennell

had previously served

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two prison sentences,

both here and in the United States

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for serious sexual offences

against junior footballers,

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but that he insisted the current

complainants were maliciously making

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up stories about him,

seeking attention or compensation.

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The court was told that Bennell

subjected boys to hundreds

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of assaults and even carried out

some of his crimes here,

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in one of the changing rooms

at the ground of Crewe Alexandra.

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But several alleged victims

also played for clubs

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linked to Manchester City.

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One alleged he was abused when aged

between 11 and 13 more than 100

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times after Bennell introduced

himself as a scout for the club.

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Another claimed he was abused

at Bennell's house and on football

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tours, where horror movies would be

played to soften up his victims.

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And one complainant,

who threatened to report the abuse,

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said Bennell told him that nobody

would believe him and that,

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"I've got people playing

professional football now that I've

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done these things to -

you're nothing".

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The jury was told they would have

to decide between Bennell's version

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of events or believe

the prosecution's case that he'd

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committed sexual offences on a large

scale against very vulnerable lads.

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The trial continues.

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Dan Roan, BBC News, Liverpool.

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Five men and a woman have appeared

in court charged with belonging

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to the banned far-right group

National Action.

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The six who were arrested during

raids across England last week

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appeared at Westminster Magistrates

Court.

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They'll appear at the Old Bailey

later this month.

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The Director-General of the BBC has

been asked to appear before MPs

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to answer questions about gender

and pay at the Corporation.

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Lord Hall will face

questions by the Culture

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and Media Select Committee.

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The request comes after the BBC's

former China editor Carrie Gracie

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resigned from her post,

complaining about unequal pay.

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She's also been asked

to appear before MPs.

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The number of people waiting more

than four hours in Accident &

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Emergency departments in Scotland

reached a record high

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in the last week of 2017.

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New figures show only 78%

of patients were seen

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within the Government's four-hour

target, the lowest proportion

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since weekly data started

being published three years ago.

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Our Scotland editor,

Sarah Smith, reports.

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Busy Accident & Emergency

departments in Scotland

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mean patients are facing

record waiting times.

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In the last week of the year,

over 20% waited for more

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than four hours to be seen.

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Nearly 300 waited longer than 12

hours, figures described

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today as a "disgrace."

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The figures out today

are for the week ending in Hogmanay,

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a very, very challenging week

for our health service,

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flu really beginning

to kick in that week.

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For example, 40% increase in calls

to the Scottish Ambulance Service

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on Hogmanay alone.

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Of course, our staff are working

extremely hard on the front-line

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to keep patients safe.

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In the week between Christmas

and New Year, only 78% of people

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visiting A&E were seen

within the target of four hours.

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That's compared to 92% for the same

week the year before.

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The delays are not because of

increased patient numbers,

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only 635 more people attended

A&E departments.

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One reason given for

the increased waiting times

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is a surge in flu infections.

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Cases of flu in Scotland

are running at more than double

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the rate in England,

more than twice as many

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as there were last year, and that's

now a significant concern.

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I just wasn't sure.

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Patients with flu take longer

to assess and require treatment

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in individual rooms,

as staff try to minimise

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the spread of infection.

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The team have had to work extremely

hard all the way over Christmas

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and the New Year period.

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Worse than before?

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I would say so.

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I've been doing this job for many

years and I think it's probably one

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of the busiest times we've had.

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The Health Minister,

visiting a hospital in Perth,

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insists the Scottish NHS

is performing well overall,

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with far fewer cancelled operations

than south of the border.

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In Lanarkshire, some of the NHS

admin staff have been volunteering

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on the wards to help

the overstretched nurses.

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I was a bed buster.

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What's a bed buster?

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It was basically going and helping

the ward staff to strip down

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the beds after a patient had been

discharged, so that it's cleaned

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and made up and ready

for the patient to come into,

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and do that as quickly as possible,

to save the nursing staff

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doing it themselves.

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NHS spending is significantly higher

in Scotland, about £160 more

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per person than in England.

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Greater integrated health and social

care is meant to mean

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fewer delayed discharges,

less bed-blocking, but today's

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figures show that the winter health

crisis has hit Scotland hard.

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Sarah Smith, BBC News, Perth.

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The Syrian army has accused Israel

of launching a series of strikes

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on targets close to the capital

Damascus.

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It says both Israeli warplanes

and missiles were deployed

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and claims it brought

down one plane.

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Israel has refused to confirm

the military action.

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Our chief international

correspondent, Lyse Doucet,

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is in Damascus with the latest.

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What's your assessment of what's

going on?

Well I think the reality

0:17:530:17:57

is that Israel's main target was not

Syria itself, but Syria's, two of

0:17:570:18:05

Syria's most important rallying

lice, that's the hez hez forces that

0:18:050:18:09

happen to be Israel's most important

enemies in this region. The Israeli

0:18:090:18:13

jets and the missiles are said to

have struck an arms depot north-east

0:18:130:18:18

of Damascus, which is used both by

the Syrian military and Hezbollah

0:18:180:18:23

forces. Israel never comments on its

air strikes against its neighbours

0:18:230:18:29

Syria. Today the Israeli Prime

Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu,

0:18:290:18:33

happened to speak to Nato

ambassadors and emphasised Israel

0:18:330:18:39

has a longstanding policy to stop

any sign that Syria could be

0:18:390:18:43

transferring what he called "game

changing" weapons across the border

0:18:430:18:47

into Lebanon. Israel is now striking

Syrian territory every few months,

0:18:470:18:51

but the timing of these strikes

seems to be particularly

0:18:510:18:55

significant. They come just two-days

after what was regarded as a very

0:18:550:19:00

important meeting of the Israeli

security cabinet and the main item

0:19:000:19:04

on the agenda - the growing threat

along the Syrian-Israeli border.

0:19:040:19:08

Because that border now is largely

controlled by Syrian rebels. But the

0:19:080:19:13

Syrian army is gaining ground. That

doesn't just mean the Syrian army

0:19:130:19:18

will be closing to Israel's borders,

but also its allies, hez hez and

0:19:180:19:24

Iran. That is not a threat that

Israel takes seriously. When I asked

0:19:240:19:30

a spokesperson about it and said

Israel always attacks when its

0:19:300:19:34

enemies, the Syrian rebels are

losing ground. He warned, as the

0:19:340:19:38

military did in a statement about a

greater escalation of a war in this

0:19:380:19:42

region. What thing is certain, Huw,

none of these players in one of the

0:19:420:19:48

region's biggest proxy wars want to

be drawn into another major

0:19:480:19:52

escalation. They all know the risks

of an accidental tumbling into that.

0:19:520:19:58

Lyse many thanks once again for the

latest there in Damascus. Lyse

0:19:580:20:02

Doucet there for us.

0:20:020:20:12

A teenager has been arrested

on suspicion of murder and two

0:20:130:20:16

others are being sought by police

after a shop worker

0:20:160:20:18

was attacked in an argument

about cigarette papers.

0:20:180:20:20

The victim, Vijay Patel,

died in hospital yesterday.

0:20:200:20:22

Our special correspondent,

Lucy Manning, reports

0:20:220:20:24

from north London.

0:20:240:20:25

He worked hard in this shop

in the quiet suburbs of north

0:20:250:20:27

London, but one punch was to end

Vijay Patel's life.

0:20:270:20:30

On Saturday night, Abdullah Rahimzai

was working alongside Mr Patel

0:20:300:20:32

when three teenagers were told

they couldn't buy cigarette

0:20:320:20:35

papers unless they could

prove they were 18.

0:20:350:20:40

They threatened me to break

the window, so that's why I ask him.

0:20:400:20:44

I wish I didn't send him

to the window, but because of

0:20:440:20:48

the threat the guys made,

I asked him only to see.

0:20:480:20:51

When I reached the door,

he was already knocked down.

0:20:510:20:53

He was hit one punch.

0:20:530:20:56

The family released this photo

of Mr Patel in hospital before

0:20:560:21:00

he died to try to help catch those

who killed him.

0:21:000:21:07

For his relatives in Slough,

disbelief a night at work

0:21:070:21:10

could end with such violence.

0:21:100:21:13

He was just the greatest man.

0:21:130:21:15

He was innocent, he was kind.

0:21:150:21:20

He loved everyone and that's why

we all loved him as well.

0:21:200:21:28

He was the pillar of the house.

0:21:280:21:29

You know how you take out the pillar

and the house is not

0:21:290:21:32

there, it's like this.

0:21:320:21:34

Everyone is broken down.

0:21:340:21:38

Mr Patel had come from India

a decade ago, working

0:21:380:21:40

all hours to help his family.

0:21:400:21:46

He came to this country

so he could support his family,

0:21:460:21:49

so he could support his children.

0:21:490:21:57

He could give them a better life,

so they could get the best

0:21:570:22:00

education as well.

0:22:000:22:01

So they could have

better lives ahead.

0:22:010:22:03

A better future ahead as well.

0:22:030:22:04

Police say Mr Patel

was murdered for trying to make

0:22:040:22:07

others obey the law.

0:22:070:22:08

It was a completely unprovoked

attack on a man just

0:22:080:22:10

doing his job here.

0:22:100:22:12

The police have now arrested

a 16-year-old and are looking

0:22:120:22:15

for two other teenagers.

0:22:150:22:19

Mr Patel's nephew, the same age

as the boy arrested,

0:22:190:22:22

can't understand why

they attacked him.

0:22:220:22:25

One punch and one family left

with nothing but their grief.

0:22:250:22:28

Lucy Manning, BBC News.

0:22:280:22:34

More than 170,000 people

are expected to visit this year's

0:22:340:22:38

Consumer Electronics Show in Las

Vegas.

0:22:380:22:41

The tech companies' latest

developments include

0:22:410:22:45

driverless taxis and new

advances in artificial

0:22:450:22:47

intelligence, including some

uncannily human robots.

0:22:470:22:48

Our technology correspondent,

Rory Cellan-Jones, is in

0:22:480:22:50

Las Vegas with the latest.

0:22:500:22:56

Every year we see thousands of new

products here. We try to spot the

0:22:560:23:00

big trends. A couple of years ago it

was virtual reality. This year it's

0:23:000:23:06

very clearly artificial

intelligence, trying to make

0:23:060:23:08

products ever smarter. The other

trend, the Chinese are everywhere. A

0:23:080:23:13

big Chinese stand behind me, lots of

other major Chinese companies who

0:23:130:23:17

are competing with the American

giants for dominance of AI - the

0:23:170:23:21

technology of the future.

0:23:210:23:25

A powerful and largely invisible

technology is on the march.

0:23:250:23:27

It's learning how to drive,

it can recognise individual faces,

0:23:270:23:29

and it knows an awful lot

about our personal preferences.

0:23:290:23:34

That technology is artificial

intelligence and, in Las Vegas this

0:23:340:23:38

week, tech firms are showing off how

far it's come.

0:23:380:23:43

Hey, Sophia, can we shake hands?

0:23:430:23:47

In a Las Vegas university lab, I'm

meeting Sophia, a humanoid robot.

0:23:470:23:50

How sophisticated do

you think you are as a robot?

0:23:500:23:52

I want people to perceive

me as the robot I am.

0:23:520:23:55

However, I wouldn't want to trick

people into thinking I'm a human.

0:23:550:23:58

I just want to communicate

with humans in the best possible

0:23:580:24:02

ways, which includes

looking like one.

0:24:020:24:06

Sophia, who's had advance

notice of my questions,

0:24:060:24:09

has few practical uses right now,

but her creators believe she

0:24:090:24:12

represents a big step on the road

to artificial intelligence.

0:24:120:24:15

Our aspiration is to bring

the machines to life,

0:24:150:24:19

to create living, intelligent

systems and there you'll see

0:24:190:24:22

the greatest revolution

in artificial intelligence.

0:24:220:24:26

As this giant tech show gets under

way, China's spending on AI

0:24:260:24:30

and robotics is much in evidence,

this suitcase recognises

0:24:300:24:32

and follows its owner.

0:24:320:24:38

Here's China's biggest force in AI,

the search giant Baidu,

0:24:380:24:41

laying on a lavish Las Vegas event

with the slogan - "AI is changing

0:24:410:24:46

the world at China's speed".

0:24:460:24:49

It calls itself China's Google,

it's already a leader

0:24:490:24:53

in technologies like facial

recognition, and Baidu

0:24:530:24:55

is confident China can challenge

America's AI dominance.

0:24:550:24:57

China is quickly catching up

and the gap is closing,

0:24:570:25:01

but China has a lot more people,

much larger scale.

0:25:010:25:05

It's a big market.

0:25:050:25:07

So I think that's a foundation

for China to prevail in the AI age.

0:25:070:25:15

Google, which usually keeps a low

profile at this show,

0:25:150:25:19

has chosen to put its name

everywhere across Las Vegas,

0:25:190:25:25

stressing its leading role in AI.

0:25:250:25:27

We are trying to do our

best to stay ahead.

0:25:270:25:30

There's lots of great

competition, lots of excitment.

0:25:300:25:32

What it means is that there's a lot

of investment going into this area,

0:25:320:25:35

a lot of the best minds

working on it.

0:25:350:25:37

So I think you're going to see

the field advance pretty quickly.

0:25:370:25:40

It's arriving quite slowly.

0:25:400:25:43

Out in downtown Las Vegas,

I've booked a ride in

0:25:430:25:46

an autonomous taxi -

no steering wheel, no pedals,

0:25:460:25:50

no driver, and it's made

by a French transport company.

0:25:500:25:52

It's not just America and China

racing to get ahead in AI.

0:25:520:25:55

Rory Cellan-Jones,

BBC News, Las Vegas.

0:25:550:26:01

The Government has rewritten

its ministerial code of conduct

0:26:010:26:03

following widespread allegations

of harassment at Westminster

0:26:030:26:05

which emerged last year.

0:26:050:26:08

The code states that inappropriate

behaviour "will not be tolerated."

0:26:080:26:12

The amended code also sets out

ministers' duty to report any

0:26:120:26:18

meetings that they conduct overseas.

0:26:180:26:19

Thousands of skiers

and tourists have been trapped

0:26:190:26:22

in the Swiss Alpine resort

of Zermatt because huge falls

0:26:220:26:25

of snow have blocked

road and rail links.

0:26:250:26:31

The avalanche risk has been raised

to its maximum level, forcing

0:26:310:26:34

the closure of the slopes.

0:26:340:26:35

A number of villages in southern

Swizerland have been cut off

0:26:350:26:38

after more than six feet of snow

fell in 24-hours.

0:26:380:26:43

Virgin Trains has said it

will no longer stock copies

0:26:430:26:46

of the Daily Mail newspaper

on its West Coast route.

0:26:460:26:49

The firm said it made the decision

after staff expressed concern

0:26:490:26:53

about the paper's editorial stance

on issues such as immigration,

0:26:530:26:56

LGBT rights and unemployment.

0:26:560:27:03

The Daily Mail said the decision,

in its view, was "disgraceful."

0:27:030:27:06

Our transport correspondent,

Victoria Fritz, has the story.

0:27:060:27:08

They're designed to sell papers,

but headlines like these

0:27:080:27:10

are precisely why the Daily Mail

will no longer be sold

0:27:100:27:12

on Virgin West Coast Trains.

0:27:120:27:15

Staff at the train operator raised

concerns over the paper's editorial

0:27:150:27:20

position on issues like immigration

and LGBT rights.

0:27:200:27:29

A memo circulated to

staff in November said:

0:27:290:27:31

It was removed from on board

shops immediately.

0:27:340:27:36

But was that their call to make?

0:27:360:27:38

I think it represents censorship.

0:27:380:27:45

I think that people should

have a choice of what paper

0:27:450:27:49

they want to read on the train,

even if it's a paper I don't

0:27:490:27:52

personally want to read myself.

0:27:520:27:54

If you want to buy the Daily Mail,

they can buy it outside.

0:27:540:27:56

If you don't like it,

don't travel with them, I suppose.

0:27:560:27:59

I don't think it's a terrible

thing they've stopped

0:27:590:28:01

selling the Daily Mail,

to be honest.

0:28:010:28:03

Why not?

0:28:030:28:04

I just think it's a terrible paper.

0:28:040:28:06

Virgin Trains is not the first

to distance itself from the paper.

0:28:060:28:08

Last year, Paper Chase apologised

to followers on Twitter after users

0:28:080:28:12

complained about a promotional deal

that was run on the front page.

0:28:120:28:20

It smacks to me a bit

of censorship really -

0:28:200:28:22

we know what's best

for our commuters.

0:28:220:28:24

The Daily Mail claims that

at the time no other reason

0:28:240:28:26

was given other than to save space,

restricting sales to

0:28:260:28:29

just three newspapers -

The Mirror, The FT and The Times.

0:28:290:28:31

The Daily Mail is

a provocative paper.

0:28:310:28:33

It's a lively paper,

it's a very successful paper.

0:28:330:28:36

It sells around 1.4,

1.5 million copies a day.

0:28:360:28:41

Some people criticise

the fact we may use the word

0:28:410:28:43

"Muslim" in a headline.

0:28:430:28:45

We follow a very strict code set

down by the media regulator.

0:28:450:28:50

After all, only 70 copies

of the paper are sold a day

0:28:500:28:54

on Virgin West Coast Trains,

but this decision speaks

0:28:540:28:57

volumes about how

we engage with views that

0:28:570:28:59

are different from our own.

0:28:590:29:00

Victoria Fritz, BBC News.

0:29:000:29:04

Prince Harry and his fiancee,

Meghan Markle, have visited

0:29:040:29:07

a radio station at Brixton,

in south London, where they met

0:29:070:29:11

presenters and staff from Reprezent

FM, which trains hundreds of young

0:29:110:29:14

people every year in media

and employment skills.

0:29:140:29:16

Our royal correspondent,

Nicholas Witchell, was there.

0:29:160:29:18

His report contains

some flash photography.

0:29:180:29:23

They travel with all

the paraphernalia of royalty,

0:29:230:29:26

but Harry and Meghan

are the new Royal couple

0:29:260:29:28

determined to do things just

a little differently.

0:29:280:29:31

So this was a visit

to a radio station, housed

0:29:310:29:34

in old shipping containers.

0:29:340:29:35

CHEERING

0:29:350:29:43

Believe it or not everyone

is listening and I'm in the same

0:29:430:29:47

room as the Royal couple right now.

0:29:470:29:51

This is Reprezent FM in Brixton,

south London, set up 10 years ago

0:29:510:29:54

to help tackle inner city issues,

like knife crime.

0:29:540:29:58

It gives young people a purpose

and trains them to be broadcasters.

0:29:580:30:01

I can see why your show's

so popular because you're

0:30:010:30:03

so thoughtful in the approach,

but also so engaging to listen to.

0:30:030:30:07

Thank you.

0:30:070:30:09

Inside the station, Harry and Meghan

were getting to know

0:30:090:30:11

the broadcasting class of 2018.

0:30:110:30:17

Outside it was apparent that

royalty's newest recruit is reaching

0:30:170:30:19

new audiences herself.

0:30:190:30:20

The support from Brixton,

it was just a lot of people

0:30:200:30:23

of colour that were just

cheering her on.

0:30:230:30:25

Obviously you could tell

that she was quite surprised

0:30:250:30:27

the reception she got.

0:30:270:30:28

She looked shocked, didn't she?

I thought that, yeah.

0:30:280:30:30

Yeah, because everyone was shouting

for Meghan and not really Harry.

0:30:300:30:33

Get out of the way.

0:30:330:30:34

We want to see Meghan!

0:30:340:30:38

"We want to see Meghan",

demanded the crowds in south London.

0:30:380:30:41

Expect to hear a lot of that

between now and the wedding

0:30:410:30:44

in May, and beyond.

0:30:440:30:45

Nicholas Witchell, BBC News.

0:30:450:30:49

Newsnight is coming up on BBC Two.

0:30:490:30:51

Here's Evan Davies.

0:30:510:30:53

Tonight, Virgin West Coast says

it'll stop selling the Daily Mail

0:30:530:30:56

on its trains because it doesn't

like the paper's values.

0:30:560:30:58

The decision went down with some,

but angered others.

0:30:580:31:01

Just today's example from a vicious

culture war under way here.

0:31:010:31:03

Is it healthy debate or hateful?

0:31:030:31:04

Join me now on BBC Two.

0:31:040:31:14

That's Newsnight with Evan.

0:31:140:31:16