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Russia blinks, just a little,
in Syria, allowing a brief daily
truce to get humanitarian aid
in East Ghouta.
From tomorrow, for 5
hours, there will be
a humanitarian pause -
but today the bombing continued
and more civilians were killed.
The United Nations pressured
Moscow to allow some
relief after 500 people,
including children, were killed
in the area last week.
Brexit will mean Brexit -
says the government -
but the opposition is less resolute
- today the Labour party
laid out its vision
with closer ties to the EU.
Also on the programme.
From gun control reform to Brexit -
as politics becomes ever more
polarised on both sides
of the Atlantic we go looking
for the common ground.
Six months on from surviving
for the common ground.
Hurricane Harvey we meet the Houston
residents trying to rebuild
their homes and their lives.
Get in touch with us
using the hashtag
Hello and welcome -
I'm Katty Kay in Washington
and Christian Fraser is in London.
For five short hours tomorrow,
the thousands of people trapped
in East Ghouta will be able
to leave their underground
shelters and seek relief.
Aid will go in, the wounded will get
treatment and people
will be allowed to leave.
The pause will continue daily.
This small reprieve comes
because Russia has given
in to pressure from an international
community horrified by the images
of suffering we have seen
in the rebel held enclave.
It's an important concession given
the ongoing bombardment
of the rebel-held enclave.
Reports suggest more than 500 people
were killed last week alone.
For more on how things
are playing out on the ground,
we can speak to Linda Tom
from the UN's Office
for the Coordination
of Humanitarian Affairs.
She joins us now from Damascus.
The reasonable conditions have
to be in place for aid workers to go
on, do you think five hours is a big
We welcome the UN
resolution for this sensation of
facilities which should last at
least 30 days. We are calling to see
that resolution implemented now. It
is critical we can reach people in
need and our UN and had --
humanitarian partners can get to
people in need. We are ready to do
that now in order to help people.
You have the people who are ready to
go in and you have the need?
correct. We came here to Syria along
with our partners and we are working
together in order to respond to the
needs of people. But we need the
access. The supplies are ready. The
teams are ready on the ground. As
soon as conditions allow, we are
ready to provide aid.
The last time
aid got him was two weeks ago and
the situation has deteriorated since
then. His five hours enough to give
The needs in
Eastern Ghouta are enormous. There
are 400,000 people there. Some of
those areas have been besieged for
many years. That means that people
are not only deprived of humanity
mean access but they cannot go in
and out. It means that is a lack of
food, nutrition supplies, lack of
medicine. And the hospitals are
working on a shoestring. Some of
their equipment is no longer
functioning because of the lack of
electricity or damaged by the
Do you trust the Syrian
government to stick by this brief
humanitarian window everyday?
course we are hopeful. The UN team
is here and our partners are here.
We hope to deliver humanitarian
assistance. In the last 48 hours, we
have received reports of military
operations, resulting in the death
of at least 30 people which includes
women and children. In the meantime,
attacks on Damascus from Eastern
Ghouta have also continued.
you welcome the security council
decision, can I put you what the
chairman of the medical cheer of
relief said, I am embarrassed for
the UN Security
how do you react to that?
have to say this situation is
horrendous. Hospitals in Eastern
Ghouta were impacted with the
shelling. The hospitals have had to
go out of service. We have not had
access and the February 14. Even
then we were only able to bring in a
small amount of aid, not enough for
what was needed. Prior to that it
was over 70 days since we had been
able to reach Eastern Ghouta.
you very much for joining us from
Joining me now is our North America
correspondent, Nick Bryant.
You were at the United Nations last
week when they were debating this
resolution. This is a Russian
dictator to humanitarian resolution
were looking at?
Yes, this is not
Russia adhering to the ceasefire
solution. The Russian Ambassador
raised his hand in support of it on
Saturday but this is a Russian
initiative. The humanitarian
resolution was a call for a 30 days
of cessation of hostilities. The
Russians are calling for a five
hours on Tuesday. So a convoy
contriving get some medical
evacuation in place. This is not
abiding by the resolution but this
is the Russians showing they are in
charge. They are the most
significant presence on the ground
and we will decide what happens, not
We live in a Darwinian
universe. If our body continues to
be dysfunctional, eventually
governments are going to look at the
Security Council and see it is not
The French ambassador
said that very starkly last week
ahead of the vote. He said this is a
moment of truth for the Security
Council to show it has credibility.
He even said if it failed to act, it
could sound the death knell of the
United Nations itself. You have
people like Linda Thom who are on
the ground, UN professional staff
who are ready to go, just waiting
for the green light from the UN
Security Council and that has been
blocked repeatedly on Syria by
Russia. Now the green light but
Russia still says they cannot take
action because we do not think the
conditions are right for a
ceasefire. We will decide if it
happens or not. It does make the UN
but irrelevant but you feel sorry
for UN professional staffers who are
ready to go in there and deliver aid
but are being hamstrung by their
Security Council and mainly by
Thank you very much.
That is no guarantee that outside of
the five hours that the attacks will
not carry on. Five hours does not
give anyone a lot of time.
There are no tariffs on goods
or services that move
between the United Kingdom
and the EU.
The Customs Union that binds
all EU member states,
ensures frictionless trade
across internal borders -
and it also sets a common tarrif
on imports that come into Europe
from non EU members.
The quid pro quo is that Brussels
negotiates the external trade deals
on behalf of its 28 members.
Post Brexit, that may change,
the British Prime Minister
says the UK will be leaving
the customs union and taking back
control of its own trade deals.
Today the opposition Labour party
attempted to set a clear dividing
line between their position -
and the one Theresa May will seek
to establish on Friday.
Mr Corbyn's been speaking to our UK
Political Editor, Laura Kuenssberg.
All of the noises from
the European Union on this have been
that if we want to have a customs
arrangement with them,
they set the rules.
There would be 27 countries
against us, we wouldn't have a say.
They have interests in this country,
we have interests in Europe.
There is an interest all around
in not sending this country off
into a sort of Donald Trump style
of Transatlantic Trade
and Investment Partnership
economy dominated by tax
cuts and deregulation.
We're not going to do that.
Chris Morris from the BBC's
Reality Check is with us.
A lot of concern in Britain at the
moment because we do not know what
the government plan is. How did it
relate to business and the customs
Yes, it is a big issue for
many companies based in the UK
because they have become used to
having, as you described, this
tariff free access for the whole of
the European market. When she bought
goods, you can move them across
borders without any other payment of
tariffs. A lot of companies rely on
that with what they called
just-in-time manufacturing. I have
been looking in particular at the
This is the BMW factory in Oxford
mentioned by Mr Corbyn where they
make the Mini.
Its components cross EU
borders multiple times.
A crankshaft cast in
France crosses to a
plant in Warwickshire
to be finished.
And then goes back to Austria to be
built into an engine
which then comes back to Oxford
to be put in a completed car.
Half the cars built
in Oxford are then
exported back to the EU
and it is all tariff free.
The government argues the problem
with a customs union is you cannot
negotiate during trade
deals around the world.
A key part of taking back control.
It is true you are constrained,
you cannot alter tariffs on goods.
You can still do goods and services.
And on harmonising
regulations with other
Labour says it still wants to be
involved alongside the
EU, negotiating any trade deal
in the national interest.
Is it trying to have
its cake and eat it?
Business leaders are
still looking for more
Being in the customs union
is a hassle-free solution.
There are different
types of customs union.
What we heard Jeremy Corbyn saying,
is not all of the details, we need
to get more before business know.
Every time I think I understand
Brexit something happens and I
confused again. Just to clarify for
me, what is the difference between
Labour's position that the
The government is
talking about a customs arrangement
which does not mean much, he can be
anything. A customs union is a
technical term in the world of trade
talks. What the Labour party is
saying is that we will stay in a
customs union, otherwise businesses
will suffer. The government says you
then cannot do deals around the
world. That is not quite true
because you can do some trade deals.
What you cannot do is deal in goods
because you cannot change that
tariff rate which is set by being in
the customs union. You can still do
deals and services and with third
countries which harmonise
regulations so there are some things
you can do but it makes it more
Thank you very much
indeed. That is probably a majority
in parliament in favour of a customs
union but for the government to be
beaten on it and move towards
Labour's position that would have to
be enough Tory rebels to move
towards Jeremy Corbyn's position
which he set out today. The simple
arithmetic is that unless the DUP,
if they move or if enough Tory
rebels move then that could happen
but it is very unlikely. It is
likely when it comes to vote that
the government will set up as a
confidence motion and will -- and
the rebels will have cold feet.
Thank you very much for that
explanation. I think we have done it
for today until the next one.
President Trump today met Governors
at the White House to talk
about the Florida school shooting.
Over the weekend several
US companies reduced
their ties to the NRA -
America's powerful gun lobby group.
In the long televised
meeting Mr Trump once again
criticised law enforcement officers
for the way they handled
the shooting - and suggested
he would have been braver
than the armed guard who failed
to confront the killer.
I got to watch some deputy sheriffs
performing this weekend.
They were not exactly
medal of honour winners.
The way they performed
was frankly disgusting.
I really believe you don't know
until you are tested.
But I really believe
I would run in there,
even if I didn't have
a weapon and I think
most of the people in
room would have done that too.
The gun debate has been
ferocious this past week -
with one side attacking the other
ever since the Parkland shooting.
It has revealed the extent of tribal
loyalty in the country
on this divisive issue.
President Trump today
stressed mental health
concerns over gun control.
The two issues have almost become
shorthand for which side
you are on in the US -
and compromise seems
further away than ever.
According to a new book
it is just one area of growing
separation in the US.
The author, Amy Chua, joins us now.
Thank you for coming in. Is
gun-control symbolic of what you
call political tribalism gone right
in the US?
It is a perfect example.
Human beings are all tribal but the
problem is that tribalism has taken
over the American political system.
When you are tribal, you see
everything through the lens of your
tribe and facts don't matter. Logic
does not matter. You take the
position of whatever your tribe says
and this prevents us from having
important discussions and
gun-control is this. People in the
country divided into two camps,
hurling horrible freezes at each
other. Literally, in this political
tribalism, the other side is
immoral, the enemy. A motive
language. You want children to die.
It is not just gun-control but every
issue in the United States,
immigration, climate change. Has the
internet exacerbated this?
Definitely, internet, social media.
There are studies I described that
people actually get physical
pleasure from seeing the other side
suffer. This is terrible. It takes
effort to get a lot of clicks, if
you start annoying the other people
and scapegoating the other side.
Even in countries like Iraq, it is
the same dynamic, you can whip up a
lot of sentiment by tapping into
these primal instincts.
times, Britain used this idea to its
advantage. It used to pick out the
smaller tribes in particular
countries and put them in power and
of course they stayed loyal because
they were fearful of the bigger
tribes. How does that relate to
foreign policy today? Does the
United States understand the tribal
conflict -- condition of every
country on the planet?
specifically compare the United
States to Britain, Great Britain was
a master of divide and rule. They
know about the different tribes and
religions for us strategic ends. The
US, because of our unusual history
of successful assimilation has been
the opposite. We tend to be blind to
the group identities that matter
most to people on the ground. You
have Germans, Hungarians, Japanese,
they all become Americans in one
generation. We think that democracy
is the panacea. We think if we bring
elections, that will smooth out
problems but in fact, democracy has
exacerbated the conflict over and
If you look at women, white
woman in America, the majority of
them voted for Donald Trump ahead of
Hillary Clinton and yet there are
plenty of white women across America
who hate Donald Trump.
I think there
are sound bites out there which are
confusing what is happening in
America. While of course that is a
lot of coding, Trump is coming back
and saying let us go back to the
America we used to know. But there
is another piece of those which is
white on white resentment. It is
mostly educational difference which
has split the white majority in
America. The rhetoric and resentment
between the coastal elite, whites in
the cosmopolitan cities, well
educated and whites in the
heartland, men and women, you will
see it is like two Americas.
fascinating. We could talk about
this for a long time but we have to
leave it there. Come back and join
Thank you so much for
Six months ago we
watched as a massive
storm hit Houston, Texas.
It took a couple of days
for the full scale of
the devastation to emerge.
Hurricane Harvey killed 68 people.
40,000 more had to
flee from their homes
as the water poured in.
The devastating floods
about the city's preparedness -
it is not, after all,
the first time Houston,
which sits on the Gulf of Mexico,
has suffered a disaster like this.
Laura Trevelyan reported the story
for us in August and has
returned for this report.
This was the catastrophic flooding
caused by Hurricane Harvey.
As record rainfall saturated
the city, deluging neighbourhoods
and turning lives upside down.
You know you're home?
Yeah, we're home, baby.
It's an emotional moment for Gloria,
clutching Snoopy as she shows us
where she was rescued
from while the floodwaters rose.
It was devastating.
I just couldn't believe it.
I am still looking at it
and it's still hard.
Gloria's home of nearly 20 years
was uninhabitable and she did not
have flood insurance,
like thousands of others in Houston.
Now Gloria is living
in a hotel paid for by
the Federal Emergency Management
But she does not feel safe.
The other night I have to barricade
myself in here every night
because that is so much
going on out there.
Prostitution every night.
Guys are driving by one night,
they shot about eight times
towards this hotel and I had to get
on the floor.
Volunteers from a Houston charity
are helping rebuild Gloria's home.
Hopefully she can return in March.
Federal officials are trying to help
the 4500 Houston families
like Gloria's's get back home.
People do expect someone to fix it.
Fema's role is not that,
we want to help everybody,
every way we can as quickly
as we can.
But in doing that we also have to be
mindful of the taxpayer dollars
that we are spending.
Here is how this well-to-do suburb
west of Houston looked
when I was here in August.
The neighbourhood was deliberately
submerged as officials let water out
of the nearby reservoir
to stop it overflowing.
Dan and Virginia Reid did not have
flood insurance and they are
still trying to rebuild.
Six months on, we are
still not home yet.
We vacillate between wondering do
we want to be in this house or do
we just want to start
over somewhere else?
As Houston recovers from the impact
of Harvey, the next hurricane season
is only four months away.
This is a sprawling coastal city
with bayous like this
which are vulnerable to flooding.
So is anything being done to defend
Houston against future hurricanes?
It's important for the city
to take steps to mitigate
the risk of flooding,
which means if they are living close
to a bayou, the bayou
needs to be expanded.
Or there needs to be more detention
basins put in place.
Hurricane Harvey destroyed
homes and lives.
Though Houston is rebounding,
the road to recovery is a long one.
Of course there are questions about
whether or not enough is being done
in Huston but when you compare what
is happening in Puerto Rico where
they still do not have electricity
and access to basic services, the
devastation was far worse. There are
a lot of people there are saying
what about us? We have been
forgotten because we are less
politically important to the White
You can actually juxtapose
these, Florida, Huston, Puerto Rico.
Who got the most help? Yes. Shall we
move on. Let us talk about the most
important issue of the day.
Now it's only 4 weeks
to go until Easter.
There's a warning today
that the traditional Hot Cross Bun
may be in short supply -
or at the very least not
contain as many raisin
and sultanas this year.
It's all down to world shortages.
The wholesale price
of dried fruit has been pushed up
this year by the wildfires
we reported on in California
in October and November.
Which means we are more
reliant here in the UK
on the sultanas from Turkey.
And when there is a shortage
of supply of course, prices go up.
40 per cent since September.
In the unintended consequences of
globalisation, when we reported on
those fires, we never projected
forward and thought this would have
an impact on hot cross buns. Yes,
these are supposed to be eaten on
Good Friday. For those who do not
know, it is a spicy barn and they
are traditionally eaten on Good
Friday. In our household, the air in
the bread then all the time. The
stock food for our children.
were invented in the 14th century by
a monk, how did that monk get his
reasons? Not from California ISM.
think I might have a ransom. Do you
know the difference between reasons,
sultanas and currents?
You are such
an know it all. Sultanas are dried
white grapes. Reasons are dried
black rapes. I would presume the
monks grew their own grapes.
This is Beyond 100
Days from the BBC.
Coming up for viewers
on the BBC News Channel
and BBC World News -
when you're the president's senior
advisor and daughter,
where do you draw the line
between family and business?
Very cold weather and it has been
well talked about, now it
Very cold weather and it has been
well talked about, now it is here.
Already some of us have had snow
showers or snow flurries. Bitterly
cold day from Siberia running across
much of Europe and the UK. This
pressure from the south will come
into the cold air and make it more
widespread. The first part of the
night, snow showers to the east. Two
things to notice, this line inside
East Anglia and this area is now
running north-east up to Yorkshire
and into the Midlands and into at
least in Scotland as well. These
areas most likely to see disruptive
snow going into the morning. The Met
Office Hazzard amber warning in
Forss versus looks, and the London
area. Another amber warning for
parts of Yorkshire, north-east
England's, perhaps ten centimetres
of snow, wet snow as well so
accumulating rather than blowing
around like powdery snow. Disruption
as possible in some spots. Some snow
in parts of Wales. Further snow
showers on Tuesday. Some sunny
spells around, some in the West. The
showers will stay dry. It will feel
colder than the temperatures
suggest. Ahead to Wednesday, this
area of concern is moving north.
Into eastern England and Northern
Shortland, # northern Scotland. You
can see the showers moving in as we
go through Wednesday. Some spread
all the way from east to west across
the UK, reaching parts of Northern
Ireland. Feeling cold and in these
temperatures suggest when you factor
in the winter. It feels well below
freezing and the wind gets even
stronger. This area of low pressure
is coming into the cold air from the
size. There is a risk of heavy
disruptive snow spreading north,
making blizzards as well.
This is Beyond 100 Days,
with me Katty Kay in Washington -
Christian Fraser's in London.
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The Nigerian airforce is scouring
the north East of the country
looking for 110 girls
who were kidnapped from
a school last Monday.
Four years after Boko Haram took
more than 270 girls in Chibok -
this latest kidnapping got very
little global attention.
And yet the same Islamist militant
group is thought to be responsible.
So let's remind you
what Boko Haram is.
It's been around since 2002.
They follow a strict
interpretation of the Koran,
opposing Western style education.
The military operations began
in 2009, and they've been focused
on the north-eastern part
of the country.
The US has listed it
as a terrorist organisation.
Of the 276 schoolgirls the group
took from Chibok in 2014,
100 of them are still missing.
That same year, copying the tactics
of the Islamic State,
they set up their own caliphate
in areas under Boko Haram's control.
A regional coalition -
made up of troops from Nigeria,
Cameroon, Chad and Niger -
has recaptured most
of the besieged region.
But Boko Haram militants
continue to operate
and with some effectiveness
in the country's north.
Let's get the thoughts
of Linda Thomas-Greenfield,
who was assistant secretary of state
for African affairs.
She joins me in the studio.
Why did he get so much attention on
the previous group of girls that
disappeared and this story has
almost passed us by?
It is a
difficult question. This kind of
terrorism in Africa does not get the
same attention that terrorism gets
Chibok was shocking. I
was under the impression that the
Nigerian Government had been
effective against Boko Haram. What
does it say about the organisation
that it can still do this?
organisation has made every attempt
to let the world know that they are
still out there and they are still
having an impact in Nigeria. It is
important that the Nigerian
Government continues its efforts to
go after Boko Haram and stop the
carnage they are causing in northern
When you talk about the group IDC
does not have the same focus as
Islamic State. In 2015 it was cited
as the most deadly organisation in
the world, why has the United States
not got to grips with this group?
is not the United States. You cannot
blame the US for this terrorist
activity. There are a lot of
terrorist organisations that are
demanding attention and the world is
focused on Syria, and is not focus
on Africa. The Nigerian Government
and the press in particular needs to
make sure that you get the news out
that this is still happening in
Africa and it is having a major
I know that it was a focus
after 2014, and it has affected a
huge area of Western Africa. This is
a very big group across an awful lot
Can you hear me?
We have had a
communications failure. One of the
critical issues in Africa is trying
to get more girls into education, as
there a knock-on impact in families
been reluctance to send their
children to school?
That is my
biggest worry, in an area where
girls education is not given the
attention it should get and girls
are not being sent to school, and
girls are now being sent to school,
to have them televised sends a very
negative message. My biggest concern
is that parents will start having
second thoughts about sending their
girls to school. We have to work
with the Nigerians to address this
issue because the education of girls
is extremely important.
We were getting mixed messages from
the Nigerian Government. This is
behind some of the fact that the
story has not been reported earlier.
Look at the global attention on
Chibok, and some of those girls were
The president put out each week the
other day saying it was a national
disaster, perhaps that explains why
they are doubling their efforts at
The British Government is seeking
to reassure the devolved governments
that taking backing control of power
from Brussels does not
amount to a Westminster power grab.
David Liddington who is
Theresa May's number two, says
the nations of the United Kingdom
need to work as one
to secure the best possible
trade deals post Brexit.
The Cabinet Office Minister has
promised to strengthen
and enhance powers for Wales,
Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The vast majority of powers
returning from Brussels he says
will be returned to the devolved
nations and he explained why
he believed that would work well
for the whole of the UK.
Our new proposal reflects the
seriousness of our desire to strike
agreements with devolved
governments, our seriousness about
delivering more powers to Scotland,
Wales, Northern Ireland, while at
the same time making sure there are
no new barriers for people across
the nations of the United Kingdom so
families can continue to buy and
sell freely, businesses will not
face extra bureaucracy and higher
costs, so people face minimal
disruption and maximum certainty
that things can carry on as normal.
Stephen Gethins is the SNP's
spokesperson on matters
to do with the Europe.
We caught up with him
a short time ago.
I asked him if they believe when and
if the UK gets freedom to negotiate
trade deals Westminster will act in
the interests of the entire UK.
the point of the Prime Minister
talking about leaving the customs
union and single market we know from
the Government's order analysis that
that would be devastating for jobs
and the economy in each and every
part of the UK. Although it would
not be good for our partners
elsewhere in Europe and further
afield that would be even worse for
businesses and the economy in the
United Kingdom, including Scotland.
What we think is that those areas
that are devolved to the Scottish
Parliament should remain the
responsibility of the devolved
administrationss and that is
something that was promised to us by
the UK Government during the EU
What David Luddington
has said today is that to protect
the UK internal market and to meet
international obligations there
should be one set of common rules
that would apply to these trade
deals and he is saying that if you
devolve some of the crucial things
that are up for negotiation in the
trade deal you make it more
complicated, and you undermine the
entire UK economy.
I am not sure why
he is making the case in that way,
does not make sense. The Scottish
Government has ready said on some
issues, issues that were the
responsibility of the EU, like food
labelling, maybe it makes sense to
have a go at this at a pan UK level,
but the Scottish Parliament has got
a clear set of responsibilities, and
if you look at the Tory party's
economic mismanagement and a
disastrous is taking us down, I
trust the Scottish Parliament is
more with the Scottish economy and
making sense on the economy for the
entire UK, than I trust the UK
Government at the moment. We were
promised that we would be given all
the powers that we have got, they
would be a powers bonanza for
Scotland, therefore I want to see a
dual where the Scottish economy can
thrive, or at least the least worst
option, that includes keeping the
powers we have got, although there
will be some areas from work with
the United Kingdom, but also other
areas where we were promised powers,
such as over immigration. Scotland
needs immigration, freedom of
movement is a good thing, that is
yet another broken promise from the
Conservative Party Government and
they break their promises this
crucial areas cable break.
other areas. And editors, in your
words a power grab, then what?
is a power grab the Scottish
Parliament should have responsible
to you over these areas and in terms
of what happens in the future of the
Scottish Parliament is preparing
legislation. Also there has to be a
legislative consent motion that goes
through the Scottish Parliament
because the Westminster Parliament
is not able to legislate over areas
that are the responsibility of the
Scottish Parliament. Not just from
the SNP but the other parties in the
Scottish Parliament, we know that
the plant as they stand are not
acceptable to the Scottish
Parliament and different that
legislative consent motion would not
Very good to talk to you.
Thank you for being with us.
Divisions within the fabric of the
UK, the Government has got quite a
Censors in China are erasing online
criticism of the announcement
that the president, Xi Jinping,
could stay in power indefinitely.
The phrase "two term
limit" has been blocked.
As has "Winnie the Pooh" -
the lovable British bear character
Xi is often compared to.
This comes after the Communist Party
proposed removing presidential
conditions, which limits
presidencies to two five-year terms.
Let's get more on this
with the author Yukon Huang who's
from the Carnegie Endowment
for International Peace.
There was quite a backlash against
this announcement with people online
in China saying they would be
compared to North Korea, this is
what the neighbours are doing, it is
too much like an authoritarian
regime will are you surprised by the
backlash and surprised by the
crackdown on social media?
surprise. Those who put their faith
on the fact that China is moving
forward with stable political
evolution, including term limits for
the presidency, are disappointed.
Those who are still hoping for
progress and social and economic
objectives, it remains to be seen
whether this will help or hurt that
It does look like Xi
Jinping is amassing considerable
power in the country and he wants to
Ybor City but in a
particular way, the presidency as
itself does not have power. -- he
wants to keep it in a particular
way. What does that mean that he
wants the title of president for
more than the term, he wants to make
the Constitution paramount in
guiding China in the future.
suppose when he looks at the
instability in the West, in
so-called stable countries, Brexit,
Mr Trump, the rise of the far right,
his focus on continuity and
stability, you can understand why
you might want to fix himself in
position in some time.
This has made
it easier. He points to the West,
disorder, divided and Parliament,
inability to move forward, the
vision for the last three - five
years, more prosperous, more
powerful on a global sense, this
aggregation of power gives both time
and authority to meet these kind
What does it
mean in geopolitical terms, how does
it affect relationships across the
globe of years there for the long
Jonah's advantage in terms of
foreign policy making is that they
can think in terms of decades
whereas the West is often driven by
election cycles. The advantage of
China in terms of foreign policy.
That's probably strengthens his
hand. Thank you for joining us.
I've while ago we talked about Xi
Jinping wanting to seize this moment
because they saw Donald Trump as an
opportunity, while the world was
distracted, they could move forward
with amassing a certain amount of
power and expanding global outreach.
That is also the point that was just
me dear, you get Democrat and
Republican governments and there is
flip-flop in international
relations, he is there for the long
term, that is a long path ahead, and
that will make China more
competitive on the world stage.
Unless there is a backlash against
this consolidation of power that he
The UK's was senior counterterrorism
officer has revealed that for attack
plots were foiled last year. He
described the threat from far right
terrorism as organised and
significant and said he wanted to
highlight the recent growth of
We have always
had right-wing groups who organise
protests and hate crime and a degree
of criminality. Occasionally in the
past we have had lawn actors
committing right-wing terrorism but
what we have no is a degree of
organisation. 18 months ago the Home
Secretary declarant National Action
a terrorist organisation. They are
home-grown white supremacist
terrorist organisation, that has to
be a matter of concern that we have
that degree of organisation here,
and that reflects in number of
arrests and the fact we are now
announcing a combination of
organised and individuals acting
that has led to four plots being
foiled last year.
A mother and her three children have
narrowly escaped a fire in Houston.
Dramatic pictures show how
firefighters managed to get them out
after their apartment caught fire.
Officials say no one was hurt
and everyone accounted for.
Germany has moved a step
closer to ending months
of political deadlock.
Chancellor Merkel's Christian
Democrats have approved
a planned coalition.
But their proposed partners,
the Social Democrats,
still need the deal cleared
by their membership.
Several senior European Union
politicians have condemned
the killing of a Slovak
Jan Kuciak recently reported
on alleged tax fraud involving
a luxury property development,
with links to Slovakia's
Both the minister and
developer deny wrongdoing.
If one thing is certain
about Mr Trump it's that he likes
to surround himself with his family.
People like Jared Kushner, his son
and in law, and Ivanka Trump,
his daughter and senior
White House advisor.
But what happens when
lines are blurred?
Can there ever really be
a distinction between personal
and professional relationships
when your father is President
of the United States?
Here's Ivanka talking to NBC's
Peter Alexander in South Korea.
Do you believe your father's
accusers? That is an appropriate --
that is not an appropriate question
to ask. He has stated there is no
truth to it. That is not a question
you would ask many other daughters.
I believe my father. I know my
The problem is that many other
daughters do not also have what is
basically a political position in
the White House as an adviser to the
president of the United States and I
am not sure you could have it both
ways, have that title, access to
information and state secrets,
because she went to South Korea, to
talk about new sanctions against
North Korea, that suggests high
level of access, and then to say
that the question cannot be asked.
He has got to make an appointment to
the Civil Aviation Authority.
federal aviation authority.
equivalent of the Civil Aviation
Authority. He is proposing his own
personal pilot, someone who he has
known for years, to a position, you
could question whether he has the
know-how and experience to do a job
like that. That is not the first
time that a nominee that has the
bridge followed by Mr Trump was
questioned for his experience.
pilots in question, Donald Trump
used to sit on the runway, sometimes
the airline would be delayed, he
used to say, if only you had a pilot
running the authority you would not
have these delays. It is an
indication of how he likes to
surround himself once again with
people who come from his inner
This is Beyond 100 Days.
Still to come -
An icy-cold Colosseum -
Rome sees snow for the first time
in six years and other European
cities are bracing for more of it.
Five people are now known to have
died in a large explosion
in Leicester last night,
which destroyed a building
in the middle of a parade of shops.
Five others remain in hospital,
one is said to be in
a serious condition.
Emergency teams have been searching
through the wreckage,
as Sima Kotecha reports from
Plumes of smoke
billowing into the sky.
Last night an explosion.
A shop and the flat
above it were destroyed.
Flames shot up into the air.
Towering over the
I heard a big bang.
The owner of the shop
was inside at the
I didn't know what was that
and I found myself on the floor.
Half of my body was
under the, how to say,
bricks and rubble.
How do you feel?
I don't know how to tell you.
Never I feel how I am now.
Well, the shop was a Polish
supermarket and had
only been operational since January.
Firefighters today spent hours
wading through rubble, trying to
Police have confirmed
that five people died
inside the building and several
are in hospital with injuries.
But there could be more.
We can't confirm exact numbers.
We are working on the possibility
there could be people
still within the building
and we will sweep
through with our teams
make sure that we have located
everybody that could be in there.
Investigators will start
looking for the cause
of the explosion, once
search and rescue effort ends
and the area is declared safe.
You're watching Beyond 100 Days.
Heavy snow is falling
in the UK and Europe as cold winds
from Siberia sweep
across the continent.
The so-called beast from the east
is bringing freezing temperatures
and disrupting transport -
forcing the cancellation of train
services and flights.
Rome has seen its first snow in six
years while other cities in Germany,
France, Sweden and Austria have
also been blanketed.
Authorities are warning more
freezing weather is on the way.
BBC Weather's Louise Lear joins me.
In the wind it is called, who
It is going to get colder. In Russia
temperatures had fallen 2-40, it is
that called air coming from Siberia
that is affecting all of Europe. It
is a significant late winter
You have got some graphics about the
beast from the East.
We have been forecasting this for
over one week. Most people should be
aware that is coming. It is called
air coming right out of Siberia. The
high pressure is sitting across
Scandinavia and that wins circulate
in a clockwise direction sucking
that called you in.
Normally we get it from the other
direction? When it is low pressure
at the go anticlockwise but we are
and the influence of that high.
At the moment we have significant
snow across the Ukraine, Bulgaria,
Romania. And you can see those snow
showers across Italy as well. But
look at what is happening in Iberia.
Portugal and Spain.
Is that snow? It is, across the
Pyrenees and into France. The
Portuguese met surface. Strong winds
I am glad I did not have to look at
I have two as to what extent this is
an impact of climate change?
We are heading into March. The
diplomatic answer for that one is
that it is difficult to take one
specific set of events and apply
that to climate change. We have seen
some extreme weather that it has
actually been quite mild in new look
for part of the winter and across
into that unites States you will
have seen some extreme weather, it
has been bitterly cold, and in New
York one week ago I was talking
about a record-breaking heat for
February. They brought an 80 year
record with temperatures as high as
It was like some of the other day.
We were all out in T-shirts. How
many of these extreme events do you
need in one season before you can
definitively say this is an impact
of climate change?
If I could predict that I would not
be sitting here doing this job, I
would be far higher up in the
How long this is going to last in
Europe? At the moment the signs are
that it will be here for at least
one week and even into next week we
are still going to seek significant
calls but a little less calls.
Beginning of March, first week of
meteorological spring, it looks like
there is nothing particularly
springlike until the middle of next
That beast from the East might be
suffering from a performance crisis,
it has to live up to the billing it
as hard, everybody is shivering and
looking at the forecasts, but it
could be pretty cool this week.
Just really glad he does not flash
your legs on television.