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Reporting from Washington, I'm Tim Willcox.
Shoes off, no liquids, and now, no laptops.
Why Britain is joining the United States in banning some
electronic gadgets on certain flights.
From bombs to the ballot box - Northern Ireland's Martin
The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam welcomes home two stolen paintings
Welcome to our viewers on Public Television in America,
For millions of airline passengers long haul flights could soon
It follows US authorities announcing a ban on laptops, iPads,
cameras and other devices bigger than a mobile phone being allowed
The order, based on unspecified threats, affects passengers on US
bound flights from certain countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
And now Britain has tightened its aviation
Our security correspondent Frank Gardner has more.
Jamelia, tedious, time consuming. Getting laptops and other devices
through airport security on flights from the Middle East to the UK is
Anything bigger than a smartphone Anything bigger than a smartphone
will now have to go in the hold. British Airways, easyJet and four
other UK airlines are affected, so too are Middle Eastern and North
Africa and carriers. It follows a similar measure by the United
States. The Government has said the security of the travelling public is
its highest priority. What has prompted this? Last year's laptop
bomb aboard this flight out of Somalia raised a lot of concerns.
Smuggled aboard by the group, Al Shabab, it made a hole in the plane.
The pilot was able to land safely. The year before so-called Islamic
State put a bomb onto a passenger jet coming out of Egypt, killing
everyone on board. That device was in the mould with a new ban does not
apply. In Whitehall, the BBC understands there were concerns
about introducing the band. It does not relate to a specific plot. There
was bound to be a commercial and diplomatic price for this. It is
also yet one more incumbents for air passengers. The scope for disruption
is immense. People will get the wrong end of many sticks. They will
think it applies to all flights from the UK, as well as these six
countries. People will have organised only hand baggage flights.
They will suddenly need to check things in. It is going to be, I'm
afraid, and a mighty muddle, until we get used to the idea. Business
travellers who need to work on the flight will be especially
inconvenienced. There is no end to the ban in sight. The ban on liquids
over 100 Mills is still in place. For more on this spoke a short time
ago with Matthew Levitt, who heads the Counter-terrorism
programme at the Washington How effective will this be? What it
will effectively do is get these items into the hole. The idea is
that there is better and easier screening of devices that can go
beneath and it is harder to do those above. They are interested in the
size. It is about how much explosive can be fitted in. What do you mean
the screening is more effective question what do they go through
bigger machines? Will banks have to be unpacked by more airport workers?
There is easier and better technology. When there are
questions, there will be workers to go through. You have probably
travelled and checked bags underneath and there is a tag on
their saying, we have had to go through your bag will stop that will
happen. It is only from certain countries, probably where the Intel
is coming from. It is unclear how long it will last. The trend is for
miniaturising agent of devices. We saw in that report the laptop and
the group claiming responsibility for that. It really is about the
evolving threats of explosives and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
has a bomb maker who has been very creative with the types of
explosives, what they are made out of a where he puts them. Inside a
person boss Max physical being in Saudi Arabia. It is the extent to
which they have been able to miniaturise that explosive. Is there
anything that can be done to the aircraft itself to sustain or
withstand the small explosion? You don't want any explosive to get onto
the plane. You do not know where it will be. It is true that our
passengers in the immediate area, if there is something small, it will
have less of an effect. The do not take that risk. You want to put
things down there so it can go through more security checks.
Airports around the country, they are really close allies to United
States for that Turkey is a member of Nato. Earlier on Turkey said it
would appeal for study in the lobby any movement on that front all, is
the risk so grave, that the countries will have to follow suit?
We do not know the nature of the intelligence was that it is possible
there will be other checks will carry on baggage to enable these
things to go back at the carry on. There are flights from certain
places like United States. It is less likely that this will be
something we will have 11 years on, as we do with the liquid gel will
have to see how the threat pans out. Thank you very much.
On Capitol Hill here in Washington, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch
today faced more hours of questioning from lawmakers.
The topics ranged from US policy on abortion and torture,
to allowing cameras in the courtroom and Gorsuch's own past rulings.
But perhaps foremost on lawmakers' minds was the issue
of judicial independence, and whether Judge Gorsuch
would operate separately from the politics of Washington.
Let's go live to Laura Trevelyan on Capitol Hill for us now.
Very keen to make people realise he is his own man. Absolutely. In doing
so, he is blunting one of the key lines of the attacks from the
Democrats. They want to stress how important judicial independence is
under this president. Neil Gorsuch said he believed in the separation
of powers he said they gave me a gavel and not rubber-stamp. He said
no man is above the law, not even the president. On the hot button
issues which could camp up in front of the Court, a Republican senator
had this to say about what resident tramp said about abortion in 1973.
-- president Trump. I would have walked out the door. It
is not what judges do. I don't do it at that end of Pennsylvania Avenue
and they should not do it at this end.
This has been billed as a grilling of Neil Gorsuch. The atmosphere has
seen quite -- seemed quite warm at stages. There is no disguising the
fact that Democrats are sought about the fact that President Obama's
nominee never got the chance to have the nomination hearing that Neil
Gorsuch is going through. They are divided as to how far they can go in
opposing him, given that Neil Gorsuch has shown himself to be
erudite, highly qualified, able to cope with the pressure. He seems
barely to have put a foot wrong. It is a big dilemma for Democrats. Do
they throw the kitchen sink at this? It is difficult for them right now.
Thank you very much. The other big story on Capitol Hill
is the fight over the new health care bill. It is close. The real
winners and losers could be those in states like Pennsylvania. This was
such a huge issue for Trump on the campaign trail. He is finding that
health care is Commper gated. We all remember that rallying cry on the
campaign Trail to repeal and replace Obamacare. He is repealing a banner
care. We saw that as an executive order on day one. -- Bama care. He
has come up with some will call Trump care. It looks slightly
different, very different if you are a Democrat. President Obama help the
most vulnerable and the sick. A lot of that will be shrunk and withdrawn
foot. Making insurance is compulsory and stop insurers having to find
insurance premiums for their workers for the bidders more market-driven
and there is less subsidy. The funding is through tax credits for
the bus is very much a businessman's. He has come up with
something in the past month that everyone has hated. The moderate
Republicans have been very spooked by anon parties and budget office
saying millions of Americans could be uninsured over the next decade.
On the right of the party, the real conservatives, they say they hate
it. They think it does not repeal enough and that it will be too
expensive for the Government. Just very briefly on the numbers, it will
be tight, will it? The numbers on Capitol Hill. We talked to
congressmen there this morning, some on the right of the party. They
think it will not pass. All he needs to lose our 22 votes. We think the
numbers against him are between possibly 25, 30 five. He might try
to cancel the vote on Thursday altogether. It does not look good if
you are President and cannot get the first piece of legislation through.
Rebel and jihadist forces in Syria say their latest
assault on the capital, Damascus, is sending a powerful
message to the government just days before another round of peace talks.
They say it shows they can still mount a major attack
on what is regarded as Syria's most heavily protected city.
The Syrian military response has included moving dozens of tanks
into the city centre, airstrikes, and artillery fire.
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Still to come on tonight's programme:
We'll speak with the US negotiator of the Northern Ireland peace
South Korean prosecutors have spent 14 hours questioning
the former President, Park Guen-haye over her involvement
in the growing corruption scandal that led to her impeachment.
Ms Park travelled voluntarily from her home to the prosecutor's
She's always denied wrongdoing but as she arrived to be
interviewed, she apologised to the country.
Hidden in the motive Cade, Park Guen-haye. As an ordinary citizen,
the prosecutor calls her in and she complies. I am sorry, she said, to
the Korean people. But it is not clear what she is sorry for. Two
weeks ago, when she was evicted from the presidential palace, she was
defiant. Her innocence, she said, would emerge. Others are also facing
the heat, like the patriarchs who control the biggest businesses in
South Korea, the head of some sun is on trial. The ex-president's best
friend has been charged accused of getting money from business. Park
Guen-haye is said to have favoured donors in return. Outside, her
supporters, angry at what they call political persecution. This
symbolises the whole division of the country. There will be an election
in two months' time. There may well be a movement to the left of the
Government. Even after that, the divisions will remain. Park
Guen-haye still has her fans. The prosecutor probably is not one of
them. Martin McGuinness, the former IRA
leader turned deputy first minister of Northern Ireland has died
at the age of 66. He'd been suffering
from a rare heart condition. From one of the Provisional IRA's
most senior and ruthless commanders, responsible for many deaths and acts
of terror he went on to embrace electoral politics and became
a principal architect of the peace process that led to the 1998
Good Friday Agreement. To paint a true picture of Martin
McGuinness, you have to accept contradictions. He was a
paramilitary who once embraced violence but also a peacemaker who
reached out to rivals. A man who could be seen in very different
lights. Born in Londonderry into a large Catholic family, Martin
McGuinness came of age as Northern Ireland's divides became prevalent.
In that time, he joined the IRA, quickly rising through its ranks.
Can you say whether the bombings are likely to stop in the near future in
response to demands? I would take into consideration the feelings of
the people. He became one of the faces of ruthless Irish
republicanism and was jailed for terrorist offences in Dublin. He
changed considerably from the own man he is to swagger around the no
go areas in Londonderry as commander of the provisional IRA. What started
as a fight for civil rights has become a vicious battle. Alongside
the many bombings and shootings, Martin McGuinness sought
opportunities for Sinn Fein, the political party linked to the irony.
Even then, the language remain. We don't believe winning elections and
any amount of votes will bring freedom. In the end of the day it
will be the cutting edge of the IRA who will bring freedom. After years
of chaos, in the 1990s, the ceasefires offered the opportunity
for talks between unionists and Republicans. Would you like to shake
hands? There are no guns here. Not only would they shake hands, after
the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, they joined each other.
Eventually at its head was the murky partnership of two former enemies.
Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness. The firebrand and Unionist radical
Republican became so close they were nicknamed the Chuckle Brothers.
There were Republicans who continue to threaten that political progress.
When a police officer was killed, the then Deputy First Minister stood
side by side with the chief Custer Paul to condemn the dissident
groups. -- Chief Constable. They are traitors to Ireland. Alongside the
words there were reactions from all sides. The Queen was a cousin Lord
Mountbatten was killed by the IRA. After the troubles, they put their
differences aside. Relationships at Stormont always seemed strange. As
Ian Paisley stepped down as First Minister to be replaced by Peter
Robinson and then Arlene Foster. His ill-health became obvious. Martin
McGuinness walked out of government. The boy's from the Bogside retiring
as First Minister after years in the irony. It breaks my heart. My heart
lies in the Bogside and with the people of Derry. The past actions of
the IRA will colour many people's you of Martin McGuinness. As a
Republican who work towards reconciliation, he will be
remembered as a key figure in a changing Northern Ireland.
The Queen has sent a message of condolence to the widow of Martin
McGuinness. Another prominent figure in those
peace talks was George Mitchell, the US envoy to Northern Ireland
during that pivotal time. He knew Martin McGuiness well,
and earlier my colleague Katty Kay spoke to him as part of the BBC"s
100 Days programme. Senator Mitchell, when you went to
Northern Ireland in the mid-90s and you started to deal with Martin
McGuinness, what made you think that you could trust him, given his past
record? He was obviously a political leader, chosen by the people of
Northern Ireland. When the peace talks began, all of the delegates
were elected. They represented the people of Northern Ireland. So it
another, it was wanting to accept another, it was wanting to accept
the will of the people of Northern Ireland. Martin McGuinness was
intelligent, articulate, a strong and effective leader of the
community and his point of view. In that way, along with leaders on both
sides, they helped to reach the decision to end the violence and
move towards democratic and peaceful ways of resolving disputes. Of
course he is a controversial figure. Many would say he had blood on his
hands. Whilst you were in the process of negotiating with him
during the years leading up to the Good Friday Agreement did you ever
discuss his past actions with him? I never discussed past actions with
Martin or any other participant in the Northern Ireland peace process.
Many of them were in a similar circumstance. The problem was, they
were embedded in the past. I was trying to get them to look to the
future. The last thing I wanted to do was to get them focus on and
talking about the past when I was trying to get them to talk about the
future. But this transformation from leader of the IRA, as somebody who
have been convicted in the 70s for crimes related to the IRA and
actions related to the IRA committed being seen today is one of the key
peacemakers, I think that is what people struggle with in Martin
McGuinness personally? Were you convinced that was a genuine
transition and had really been made? You'll occur I did not make
judgments of that kind. What I did was tackle each problem on a daily
basis. Participate and try to get them to look forward and understand
that whatever the circumstances of the Democratic peaceful future work,
they would be better than returning to the conflict that had dominated
society. Martin McGuinness accepted that challenge was instrumental in
bringing his community and his side along in the peace process. That is
why I think he will be remembered. I think that the ultimate, iconic
picture of the Northern Ireland peace process will be Ian Paisley as
the First Minister of Northern Ireland, Martin McGuinness as Deputy
First Minister, embracing each other, serving the people of
Northern Ireland through a democratic process and appearing to
enjoy each other at the same time. Art lovers in Amsterdam
are celebrating the return, and re-hanging of two paintings
by Vincent van Gogh. The images, a seascape,
and a depiction of a church attended by the artist's father,
were stolen in 2002 on the orders They were found last year
during a police raid in Naples. The BBC's Anna Holligan has
more from Amsterdam. After 14 years and a traumatic
journey, the paintings Now protected by thick screens,
they're not taking any chances. Two early works by one
of the Netherlands' We have no idea what happened
to them in the intervening years. In this beach view, a small
piece in the lower left But it does not really disturb
the image as such too much, and the small church
is practically unharmed. It took opportunist thieves less
than four minutes to break in through the roof using
a rope and sledgehammer, rip the paintings from the nearest
wall with brutal force, and escape before the police
arrived, leaving a hole Italian police arrested
two men in 2016. They'd been investigating
allegations of drug trafficking, but apparently one detainee
confessed that the network The Italian authorities
were proud of their work. These two works are of vast historic
and sentimental value. The Sea View at Scheveningen is one
of only two seascapes painted by Van Gogh during his time
in the Netherlands. The wind was so blustery that day it
blew tiny grains of sand The Congregation Leaving
the Reformed Church in Nuenen was a gift for Van Gogh's mother
after she'd broken her leg. He changed it after his father
died to include images The museum is deliberately
displaying the paintings as they were found, with slight
damage representing Now, anticipating the moment they're
back in the admiring public eye. inside the Van Gogh
museum in Amsterdam. That is it. You can find plenty more
on the website. And to reach me and most of the BBC
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World News America, thank you for watching and please
tune in tomorrow. More spring sunshine on the way by
the weekend and into next week as well. On Tuesday we seem to jump
back into winter.
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