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This is Outside Source. Here are some of the main stories.
The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has
ruled out membership of the
EU single market, when Britain leaves the European Union.
She said staying in would mean accepting the
EU's rules without having any say in making them.
China's president, Xi Jinpig, has defended globalisation
and free trade at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
It's the first time a Chinese head of state has visited
Turkey says this is the man who entered a nightclub in
Istanbul on New Year's Eve and shot dead 39 people.
We speak to BBC Uzbek about the claims he's from Uzbekistan.
There have been some criticisms that we've not given enough detail what
have Brexit actually is by Theresa May and her Government. That
criticism is going to be lessened by a speech today in which we got
plenty of detail. It was billed as the most important
speech of her term in office. It was certainly the clearest exposition
yet of what Britain wants from Brexit. Not partial membership of
the European Union, associate membership of the European Union, or
anything that leaves us half in, half out. I want to be clear - what
I am proposing cannot mean membership of the single market.
But, she said, Britain would push for the freest possible trade with
European countries and other nations around the world. For the first
time, Mrs May confirmed that the British Parliament would get to vote
on the final deal at the end of the negotiations. Sitting in the
audience were some of the ambassadors to the UK. Mrs May
emphasised she didn't what to undermine the EU, but she also
warned against those who wanted to see the UK punished for voting to
leave. While I am sure a positive agreement can be reached, I am
equally clear that no deal for Britain is better than a bad deal
for Britain. The Opposition Labour Party said Mrs May wanted to leave
the single market, yet still have access to it. That, they said, was
like having your cake and eating it. They warned against her negotiating
position. Throughout the speech, there seemed to be implied threat
that somewhere along the line, if all her optimism of a deal with the
European Union didn't work, we would move into a low-tax, corporate
taxation bargain basement economy on the off shores of Europe. That
implication of a warning was picked up by the European Parliament's
chief negotiator on Brexit. I don't think we're going to make a lot of
progress if this has to happen under threat, because I, so saying, OK, if
our European counterparts don't accept it, we gonna make from
Britain a sort of free zone or tax haven. I don't think that is very
helpful. It creates also an illusion, the illusion that you can
go out of the single market, that you can go out of the customs union
and that you can cherry-pick, that you can have still a number of
advantages and yeah, I think that is, will not happen. The German
Foreign Minister said at least the British position was now much
clearer, a sentiment echoed in the Irish Parliament. I welcome the
statement today in that it brings clarity in a number of areas. This
is the start of the process now. Europe is now going to have to
respond to the statement made by the Prime Minister today. That response
is only just beginning. The tough negotiations will take many years.
Let me bring you breaking news in the US. This is a significant story,
a decision made by President Obama, who according to AP, but this is
being extensively covered, President Obama has commuted the sentence of
Chelsea Manning, who leaked army dock upts and is serving 35 years.
I'm certain you'll know who Chelsea Manning is. She was responsible. She
served as a soldier in Iraq, formerly known as Bradley manning.
In 2010, a huge cache of documents was published by Wikileaks and she
was primarily responsible for that leak. She was given a sentence of 35
years. By far the longest sentence given to someone in the US for a
crime related to leaking. But we're now understanding that she'll be
released in May. So just in a few months' time. There had been
speculation about whether President Obama might do this. Some
commentators thought that this was Chelsea Manning's last Charles
Kennedy to get out of praise -- chance to get out of prison for a
long time. It's impossible to know the thinking of current
president-elect, but we know President Obama has decided to
commute a very long sentence. We understand Chelsea Manning will be
free come May. We speak to our colleagues in Washington being in a
few -- colleagues in Washington being in a
few DC in a few minutes. The Chicago cubs have
visited the White House, just as President Obama
said they would. A few months ago, the Cubs
won their first World They're also the last
sporting team to visit President Obama
while he is in office. They said this day would never come.
LAUGHTER . Here is something none of my
predecessors ever got a chance to say, welcome to the White House the
World Series champion Chicago Cubs. APPLAUSE
now interesting insight into the system of the UK's amazing run of
success at the Olympics. Seven sports have been told they're not
going to be getting any funding ahead of the Rio Games in 2020. All
seven are now appealing. They are: In no particular order, badminton,
fencing, weightlifting, also table tennis, plus archery and goalball
and wheelchair rugby. Let's speak to Olly foster live in the BBC sports
centre. What did they do wrong? Well, UK Sport, who dish out
something like a third of a billion pounds every four years to all these
Olympic sports, it's a brutal business there. What they've done
wrong is that they cannot guarantee more than one medal at the Tokyo
Olympics in 2020 or Paralympics. This from UK Sport, they say, "We
have to prioritise to protect and enhance the medal potential in the
system. If we underinvest, we will underperform at the Games. The rest
of the world will catch us up and medal success will be put at risk."
The argument for those seven sports, para power lifting only has a small
amount and are appealing as well for more. If they don't get the funding
that they require, for seven sports no funding at all, it's their sports
that will be put at risk. Table tennis say this will be a tipping
point. You have to feel for badminton because they exceeded
their expectations in Rio. They got a bronze medal for the men's
doubles. They got no funding whatsoever. Table tennis, they
wanted some funding. They did very well. They've doubled their ranking
in the world over the last four years. But again, UK Sport are
really prioritising where the medals will come. There's no coincidence
that since all these billions of lottery funding was poured into UK
Sport, it's the envy of every other world governing body that the UK
teams, the British teams have gone right to near the top of the medals
table. They'll all have an hour each, these governing bodies in the
next fortnight to put their case to UK Sport and perhaps save their
sport. Let's talk about that again after their appeals have been heard.
Thank you very much. Next, to a sport that would love to
have the problem of whether it gets funding ahead of the Rio Olympics or
not. Squash, it's not an Olympic sport. One of its big
pro-championships, the tournament of champions is taking place in New
York. It's got a great venue in Grand Central station with the court
in the middle of it. Each day this week we're playing the best rally of
the day. Here is the latest rally that I picked out for you.
COMMENTATOR: That's well done. She's absolutely gone for that.
That's America's Amanda Sobie. She lost against the UK's Sarah-Jane
Perry. They are now at the quarter finals in New York. Another rally
for you tomorrow from that tournament. In a few minutes I play
Jon Kay's latest report. He's weaving his way across the US ahead
of Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday. He's been to President
Obama's favourite diner. Now the UK voted to leave the
European Union by 52% to 48. The Leave camp won the majority of votes
in England and Wales. While every council in Scotland saw Remain
majority. So is Theresa May's vision of Britain's future what voters had
in mind when they went to the polls for the referendum? Our Midlands
correspondent has more. It's the 50-50 city, where half the
population voted to leave the EU and the other half voted to remain.
Today in her speech, the Prime Minister said people who had voted
for Brexit had done so with their eyes open. Out. Out of course,
absolutely. Country seems like it's slipping, slipping. We lost
everything, didn't we. Everything to the European. Everything is going
up. We seem to be slipping away. She spells out her vision for Britain
after it leaves the EU. But not everybody's clear about what she
means. Unless it's laid out in Lehman's terms, we don't -- layman's
terms, we don't understand the jargon. Might as well speak Chinese
to us. At the market, locals were digesting the headline announcement.
She's just said that the UK will be leaving the single market. What do
you think about that? I don't think the UK should leave. I think things
are all right the way it is. Because personally, they're rocking the boat
quite a lot. Diversity is a good thing. You bring all kinds of
different ways of life. And the jobs that some of the people in England
don't want to do, other people are happy to come and do, it to keep the
country going. The Leave campaign won by a whisker here. 4,000 votes
made the difference. No matter which way people voted, the question many
want the answer to is what Brexit really means. -- means for them. We
need still even more information. I don't think we will fully understand
until we have made that complete break away. Then we will understand
what it means. You know, at the moment, it's just pie in the sky.
The Prime Minister says she wants a smooth and orderly Brexit. But the
process could take years. And for some of those who voted out,
patience could be wearing thin. This is Outside Source. Hello, I'm
Ros Atkins. Our lead story, as we've been seeing, the British Prime
Minister, Theresa May has ruled out membership of the EU's sing the
market, when Britain leaves the European Union. She's saying staying
in would mean accepting the EU's rules without having any say in
making them. A quick look at what's coming up: If you're outside of the
UK, it's World News America next. It has a great interview with the
outgoing US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power. She's not known for
mincing her words. She says Russia is threatening the rules based
international order. Here in the UK, it's the news at Ten. It will have
extensive coverage of Theresa May's speech on Brexit.
Now Russia has invited Donald Trump's transition team to Syria
Peace Talks that are going to happen next week. They'll take place in
Kazakhstan. Sergey Lavrov is the Russian Foreign Minister. He's been
saying today the new administration, ie Mr Trump's administration,
judging by its statements is prepared to seriously fight terror,
not the way it's been until now. So a compliment for Mr Trump. A dig for
President Obama. These Peace Talks are aimed at consolidating a truce,
a national truce in Syria, that's been in place since the end of the
year. Really you have to see everything that may happen at those
Peace Talks in the context of what happened recently in Aleppo. The
Syrian government recaptured the parts of the City it didn't control.
It drove the rebels out. That was a huge moment for it. Our Middle East
editor is in Aleppo. Here's a report from what remains of the great
mosque of Aleppo, which you can see marked there on the map.
The battle for Aleppo was the most decisive of the war so far. It is
Syria's biggest city. It's the key to the north of the country and both
sides were prepared to destroy it to possess it. The cost has been very
high, in blood and in the ruin of a city that can trace its history back
50 centuries. Now this is the great mosque in Aleppo. It dates back to
the 700s and as you can see, it's been used as a military position.
There's heavy damage here. It's a UN World Heritage Site. But now it's
covered in sandbag, bullet holes. Can you see from the number of
bullet holes how much fighting went on here. Over in that corner stood
the famous minarette that looked out over this mosque. It was built in
1090. It was destroyed in April of 2013. At the time, there were a lot
of reports saying it was done by regime shelling. The people here,
who are representatives of the Syrian government, who are with us,
say it was done by the rebels, who blew it up deliberately. Now this is
one of the sides of the mosque. It was used as an entrance and an exit.
There's a lot of damage around here, a lot of bullet holes. Evidence of
shell fire and the fact that was used as a military position is very
clear. You can see this from this line of oil drums. They were used to
shield the people who were inside here. If you look at the ceiling, it
is absolutely pitted with shrapnel marks. That means there were big
explosions here, right inside the mosque. You can see the damage right
up there now. The damage done to these really important religious,
cultural, historic sites is tragic, way more tragic, though, is the fact
that so many of the people who used to pray in this morphing, who
shopped in these -- in this mosque, who shopped in these streets are now
dead. In terms of the progress of the war, capturing Aleppo was a
vital moment for the regime and its allies, the Russians, Iranians,
Lebanese, Hezbollah. For the first time, I think, President Assad can
now sense victory. The war is in a new phase. It's not over, but from
the point of view of the regime in Damascus, this is the strongest
they've been since it started. Jermey Bowen, BBC News, Aleppo.
Let's return to an important story from Washington. This is a picture
of Chelsea Manning. This is copy telling us that President Obama has
commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning who leaked the Army
documents and is serving 35 years. Chelsea Manning was the person
behind a huge leak to WikiLeaks that gave Wikileaks a global profile,
this caused a huge amount of diplomatic tension between the US
and some of its closest partners. Well, she had been serving or is
serving a 35-year sentence. We understand she'll now be released in
May. Twice last year she tried to commit suicide and there were lots
and lots of question marks about her future incarceration as a
transgender woman currently serving time in a men's prison. We'll bring
you more information as we get that. As we understand it, she'll be
released in May and will not serve the rest of her sentence, which was
going to go on for a very long time. This time yesterday, if you were
watching, you'll know that we started to get information through
from curbingy that police had -- Turkey that police had found the man
they said carried out the attack on New Year's Eve. They did have the
man they were looking for, it's this man. According to the authorities
he's admitted the attack. Here's for details from the Istanbul governor.
TRANSLATION: His name is Abdulkadir Masharipov. He was born in
Uzbekistan in 1983 and trained in Afghanistan. The terrorist spoke
four languages and was well educated. It is clear that this
attack was carried out for Daesh. The Turkish government said this man
is from Uzbekistan. We contacted BBC Uzbek to see if they can confirm
that. He certainly looks Uzbek. His name sounds Uzbek. But we haven't
seen any evidence in terms of for example a passport photo or any
other evidence to show that he is actually national of Uzbekistan. He
may be Uzbeki, from Tajikhistan or any other part of central Asia.
There was another suspect earlier in the year whose name was similar.
Later he was found and it turned out he was innocent. He wasn't linked at
all to the whole thing. Later, we had more reports about people,
suspects, maybe from Tajikhistan or even from China. This time, Istanbul
mayor is saying this man is national of Uzbekistan. Uzbek government is
saying we haven't had any information about this man. Earlier
in the year, this etold us the Turkish -- they told us the Turkish
government hasn't made any requests about this person. If he is Uzbek,
would that be a huge surprise, is there an issue of radicalisation
there? I don't think there is a massive radicalisation going on in
central Asia, because the governments that are staunchly
secular, they are ex-Communist leaders, who actually are accused of
a lot of religious persecution against Muslims. It's tightly
controlled. There are men who go to, for example, Turkey seeking
religious freedoms, but the numbers are quite low. There has been some
cases of Daesh or Isis recruitment in Russia, for example, where there
is they say about seven million Uzbeks working there. They say young
men who've gone to Russia to work there in menial jobs as migrant
workers. So there's been some recruitment amongst those men. But
compared to other parts of the world, the recruitment levels are
not great in central Asia. So there may be a few hundred. Now for the
first time Vladimir Putin has responded to those unverified claims
that Russia has compromising material on Donald Trump. I wanted
to make sure I had time to play you the clip.
TRANSLATION: First of all, he's a grown up man. And secondly, he's a
person who has been organising beauty contests for many years. He
communicated with the most beautiful women in the world. You know, I can
hardly imagine that he went to the hotel to meet with our girls of
reduced social responsibility. Undoubtedly my girls are the best in
the world, of course. But I doubt Mr Trump took this bait. People who
order such fakes, which are now being spread against a new president
of the United States, they fabricate them and use them in the political
race, they are worse than prostitutes. They do not have any
moral limits. I want to finish with the latest report from Jon Kay, in
the US ahead of Donald Trump's inauguration. Today he's in Chicago.
He's been to Barack Obama's favourite diner.
Right through the middle of Donald Trump's America, to get a sense of
the country he's taking over. But our next stop is not Trump
territory. Chicago. This is Barack Obama's favourite diner. He lived
round the corner before he was president and he still comes back.
He is humble. He is strong. Tahisha is a fan. As a nurse, she likes the
changes he made to health care, giving poorer people better access.
She worries Donald Trump will overturn the reforms, hitting the
most vulnerable. Many of them will be very sick, can't get medicine,
some of them will die. Some here do question the Obama legacy and think
change is overdue. Aspiring businesswoman Erica, hopes Donald
Trump will help people like her. I believe that he's going to open up
doors for small business owners, hopefully, that's trying to create
big businesses. That's you? Yeah. Maybe you'll be as rich as Donald
Trump in a few years. We head to the suburbs Elgin, where nearly half the
population is Hispanic. Donald Trump's plans to build a giant wall
along the Mexican border mean many here cannot support him. Never.
Never. Some views here may surprise you. Rosa hopes a wall would stop
illegal immigrants. We have our own problems here in America. You know,
to add more of them coming over here, I think, that I don't think
it's a good thing. It seems this Hispanic community is split just as
America is split. And look where we are - time to get back en route 45.
I'll see you tomorrow at the same time. Bye-bye.
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