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Hello, I'm Ros Atkins, this is Outside Source.


British MP's have voted for the government to begin


The bill was never in any doubt, but a key amendment,


guaranteeing the rights of EU nationals already in


One of the Democrats' top senator has been silenced by the leader


of the Senate for breaking the rules.


Senator Warren said Senator Sessions has used the awesome power of his


office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens.


We'll be live in Washington in a moment.


We're also going to talk about Donald Trump.


It would be so great for our justice system if they would be able to read


The most high-profile opposition figure in Russia has been been found


Alexei Navalny can no longer run for president next year.


If you want to get in touch at any time, you can at #BBC OS.


British MPs have voted to allow the Government to formally begin


the process of leaving the European Union.


the process of leaving the European Union.


Didn't have one to the right 494, the noes to the left, 122. -- the


ayes to the right, 494. The ayes to the right 494, the noes to the left,


122. The ayes habit, the ayes habit! The bill will now move


onto the Upper House - If the Lords make any


changes to the bill, it will be considered again


by the Commons. We can join Rob Watson


at Westminster now. We knew this Bill was going to go


through but what have we learned from the results? It is a moment of


history. This will go down as a key moment in European history and


Britain's departure from the European Union. What have we


learned? That although most MPs personally voted to Remain, this was


the power of the referendum, with most of the MPs despite what they


think of the possible consequences of Brexit, falling in behind this


love that Theresa May once past so she can fired the starting gun.


Before they voted for the bill overall, MPs spent hours voting


on amendments to the bill, none of them passed.


The one that was getting the most attention was probably from Harriet


Harman who said. Not enough of them date. Was that


expected? Yes, it was. The interesting thing here is what that


tells you about the process that lies ahead and the various


complexities and big issues. We still don't know exactly how that


will be resolved, what will happen to do the many EU nationals living


here. I is trade going to work, how will banking work? Hi Will movement


and immigration of people? Rather than getting bogged down with the


Parliamentary process here in the UK, what was instructive about that


is just how complex this process of Britain leaving the eerie -- leaving


the European Union is likely to be. He's referring to this headline


in The Herald newspaper - "Support for independence surges


on hard Brexit vow". That is related to Theresa May


saying that Britain will leave the single market. It doesn't


necessarily mean we will get a second referendum, does it? It does,


but those who wanted Britain to remain in the European Union feared


his threat to the United Kingdom itself. The Scottish National Party


sense an opportunity. The opinion polls may be moving in that


direction. It is not a done deal that there is no doubt that the


union of the United Kingdom is shakier now than it was some weeks


and months ago. One final thoughts, what happens next is that Theresa


May will be hoping to have this law and trigger the process of Britain


leaving the European Union at an EU summit on the 9th of March. That is


where a real challenge begins, getting a good deal with the other


EU 27. The staff in the Parliament was a relative piece of cake. A lot


of these MPs are deeply worried about Brexit and will be watching


these negotiations closely indeed. Thank you very much. If you want


lots of background information on the Brexit processed you can find it


online at any time you wanted at our website that BBC News.


Things are getting spikey in the US Senate.


The confirmation hearing for Attorney General nominee


But Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren has been banned from speaking


She'd read out a 30-year-old letter written by the widow


The letter contains the accusation that Mr Sessions had "used


the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate


The senator has impugned the motives and conduct of our member for


Alabama. Senator Warren said Senator session has used the awesome power


of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black


citizens. I called the senator to order under the provision of rule


19. Mr President... Mr President, I am surprised that the words of Mrs


King are not suitable for debate in the United States Senate. I as leave


of the Senate to continue my remarks.


Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader, judged that to have


Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader, judged that to have


We can go to Washington now and join Anthony Zurcher.


In trying to get quietened in this debate, they have Nato into a


liberal marker. This is putting Elizabeth Warren in touch with the


Democratic base and pushing her to the forefront of the 2020 race for


the Democratic presidential nomination. They might have thought


they were taking someone who was in punching the qualities of a


colleague, but what they have done is turn this into a multi-day


controversy. The data is captured looking ahead to the next


presidential election! I can't help myself!


Donald Trump addressed police chiefs earlier.


Inevitably he turned to his travel ban which is currently suspended.


I don't ever want to call a court biased, so I won't call it biased


and we haven't had a decision yet. But courts seem to be so political


and it would be so great for our justice system if they would be able


to read a statement and do what is right, and that has to do with the


security of our country, which is so important. Right now we are at risk


because of what happened. A US Appeals court has


said it will not deliver a ruling on Donald Trump's


immigration ban today. How Washington -based journalist has


said this. Would you agree with that analysis,


or is that too strong? Donald Trump has profited over the course of his


political rise in questioning established norms and political


power structures. That is part of why his base like sin. It is unusual


to see a president so directly question the judgment of the


judicial system. He almost acknowledges that he is going to use


-- lose this case. He is commenting on a court while they are


extraordinary. I think he is trying extraordinary. I think he is trying


to rally the base and laid the blame to rally the base and laid the blame


of any future terrorist attacks of the judiciary because he


think he will win in the court room. think he will win in the court room.


Anthony, thank you very much. In a few minutes we will talk to a court


case in Russia. Alexei Navalny is a leading Russian


opposition figure and he's just been The former entertainer Rolf Harris


has been found not guilty of three counts of indecent


and sexual assault. A jury at Southwark Crown court


was unable to reach verdicts on four The allegations in this trial


spanned a 40-year period Our correspondent Sangita Myska has


been at Southwark Crown Court. The prosecution has already asked to


go our way to consider as to whether it can have a retrial on those kinds


were the jury could not reach a verdict. In the meantime, Rolf


Harris issued a statement in which he thanked the jury for the care and


consideration and for clearing him of three counts of indecent assault


today. Rolf Harris has protested his innocence throughout this trial but


he did not walk out of court today a free man. Instead, he is heading


back to Stanford prison because it is there that he is already serving


a sentence for indecently assaulting four other women and girls. That


trial was back in 2014. This is Outside Source live


from the BBC newsroom. British MP's have voted


for the Government to begin proceedings to leave the EU


by a huge majority. South Africa's President,


Jacob Zuma, has ordered the deployment of about 440 troops


to maintain law and order in Parliament for his State


of the Nation address on Thursday. Opposition parties have


called the decision It's Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo -


he was selected by MPs. The vote has been


postponed for four years. But it finally happened


at Mogadishu Airport, which one of the few places


where security can be guaranteed. Somalia has not had a one-person


one-vote democratic The Yemeni Government has told


America it must coordinate with it on any future military missions


on the ground. Last month a US commando


raid didn't go plan. It happened on January 29th


and targeted an al-Qaeda stronghold near a town called Al-Bayda


in southern Yemen. More than a dozen civilians


were killed, including children. Here's Mohamed Yehia


from BBC Arabic. This story started this morning with


withdrawal of permission from the Yemeni government to the American


government to carry out ground operations. We have been trying all


day to get through to the Yemeni government to ask this question but


they have not applied. They said they did not withdraw permission for


the Americans to conduct operations against Al-Qaeda and other terrorist


groups, but they have reservations about the operations that happened


on the 29th of January and they want to coordinate future operations with


the Americans. The target was an Al-Qaeda base, heavily guarded


cluster of buildings over there. Among the people killed the was an


Al-Qaeda local commander, but he is also linked to tribal forces who are


fighting people who are fighting alongside Saudi Arabia. This is


where it gets murky and detentions get high amongst the Yemeni


officials. So, in some ways they can be helpful


in fighting the rebels? It is a web of intermingled tribals. But


indirectly? The sky is thought to be an Al-Qaeda leader but he is also


allied to tribal porters who are fighting against the who sees. We


tried to bring you the best of information from around the world.


Let's go to Russia. Russia's most prominent opposition


leader is Alexei Navalny and he's has been given a five-year suspended


sentence for embezzlement. This was a retrial and he got


the the sentence is the same Navalny tweeted from the courtroom


"Even the witness statements are Although this time they were of


course in a different order. Navalny claims both trials


were politically motivated. He was intending to run


for president in 2018. This is his official


campaign website. Today's verdict means


he's barred from running TRANSLATION: what we have seen


neither is a sort of telegrams sent from the Kremlin saying that they


believe that I, my team and the people whose views I voice too


dangerous to take part in the election campaign. Nevertheless, we


don't recognise this ruling. It will be overturned. I have every right to


take part in the election according to the Constitution and I will do


so. I wanted to know if there is any


evidence that this trial suffered OS regular Olga Ivshina from BBC


Russian helped me out. The European Court of Human Rights


has ruled that the case was politically motivated and that is


the reason why the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation had to send


this case for a retrial. If you carefully look at the materials of


the case it is quite weird. Many guys who are giving testimony back


in 2013 and this time the could not answer the questions, they could


barely remember what was going on. There were more questions than


answers in this case. The ruling of the European Court of Human Rights


tells us a lot. How does a suspended sentence work in Russia? The thing


that is important in this case is that according to the Russian


Constitution, people found guilty of serious crimes, they are not allowed


to run for presidential campaigns. They can't participate in any


elections as a candidate. On the other hand, today's ruling put it


all back to stage one. It is a huge saga now because temp can appeal,


prosecutors can appeal and that will go back and forth. They can go up to


the Supreme Court again and again he can go to the European Court of


Human Rights. What is playing against Alexei Navalny this time


because he wants to run for the presidential campaign and the last


if you can register is December 2,000 17. This week President Putin


signed into law and you measure that decriminalise some forms domestic


violence, a first offence that results in minor harm to a woman


such as lacerations or bruising is will not be considered criminal.


This has caused huge controversy around the world. Is it causing


controversy in Russia? Not that much, to be honest. There is an old


Russian saying that if a husband beats you it mean to loves you. Not


supported by many people. Domestic violence is spreading in Russia and


according to activists of the 87% of the cases do not get reported, so


nobody goes to the police and reports. He basically took corporate


bad thing, saying that the law on domestic violence is not working,


but the way they changed it has raised a lot of discussions because


people are not reading laws that deeply. They heard on TV is that it


this could spark a lot of violence. this could spark a lot of violence.


Was it supported by a lot of women MPs? By a huge majority in the


Russian State Parliament, but we need to remember that in that


parliament party discipline very important, so if the chief of the


party told them to vote they would because it is part of the


discipline. US media giant Time Warner


is in a pretty good It's released better than expected


results for the fourth quarter - revenue is up 11.5% -


and the company's CEO Jeff Bewkes said today


the $85 billion merger with AT - CEO Randall Stephenson,


is still on track. There's one problem though -


this man is opposed to the deal. On the campaign trail he said "It's


too much concentration of power Let's go to New York. Samir Ek, the


president was not keen when he said the Pope would he have any influence


over whether this happens? He has echoed those few since becoming


president, saying that he does not believe that this merger should


happen. If you look on the part of these two companies, Time Warner, it


owns CNN. CNN has received quite a lot of press, so to speak, from


Donald Trump. He does not like them as a media organisation. If you look


at AT they are trying really hard to make sure this gets pushed


through by regulators. It has been reported that they are on a big


trump offensive in Washington and have more than a dozen lobbyists


working behind the scenes to make sure that this gets pushed through.


The one thing that is happening here that is interesting is that it is


not just president Trump he is against it, but there are


republicans and Democrats who have spoken out against this merger. It


comes at a time in which we are seeing a lot of this kind of


consolidation and that is bringing about some concern amongst people.


Thank you very much. I got discrete from David dashed


tweet from David in the UK saying interestingly, no coverage on the


BBC of the Intel investment pledge yet. The problem was I had not been


on air after I had heard of that story. Here is Donald Trump saying


thanks to the CEO of Intel, a great investment of $7 billion in what he


calls in American innovation and jobs. He has been at the White House


talking with the president. This is Brian, you should say a few words.


It is an honour to be here today representing Intel. To be able to


announce our 7 billion dollar investment in the most advanced


factory in Chandler, Arizona. We will be completing that factory to


make the most advanced semiconductor chips on the planet.


Let's look at the mania. A snowstorm, a mild earthquake, power


blackouts have all been going on the people are still demonstrating and


the temperature is minus three Celsius. It is day nine of these


protests. Most of them have been happening in the capital, Bucharest.


Here are some of the latest pictures. This all began after a


decree that weakened anti-corruption laws. The decree was overturned at


the weekend, but the protests go on. They want the government gone. Here


are some protesters explaining why. We are keeping our petition strong


and we want our government to resign because we can't trust them. They


come in in the middle of the night to pass corrupt laws for corrupt


politicians. We will keep coming every night until they resign. We


want to make the point that you cannot accuse the people like this


and sustain power. It will not happen any more. Today the


government survived a no-confidence vote. The president has also been


dying talking to the protesters. The president has a largely ceremonial


role, but the protesters were shouting for him to resign of the


same. Today the focus shifted to


Parliament and a no-confidence vote in the social Democrat Liberal


coalition government. On paper there are still strong, only being in


power a month, but in practice they have been badly wounded by the size


of the protest against them. This is a country were demonstrations are


often successful, only two years ago a previous social Democratic


government was brought down, also after a corruption scandal.


Protesters are well organised with excellent communications. The


protesters have an important ally in the president. When he accused the


governing social Democrats of defending their own corrupt


interests, the MPs left the chamber. All eyes in Romania are not on what


the government will do next. Just had a message from somebody watching


in Mumbai in India saying there is more online on the story about the


main opposition figure in Russia being given a five-year suspended


sentence. If you go to the front page of the BBC News website, click


on the Europe tag and you will find extensive coverage of that. I will


be back with you in a couple of minutes for the second half of


outside source. Memories of the drought that has


been gripping California over recent years quickly fading away. Another


weather system is moving in from the Pacific to bring heavy rain, not


that we need any more that just at the moment because we have seen some


pretty nasty flooding in parts of California over recent days. Roads


have been turned to rivers. There is more rain on the way. Across the


north-east of the United States it is a different problem. The pressure


will bring a spell of snow as we head through the


night into Thursday. Anyone planning to catch a transatlantic flight bear


this in mind as it could get as much as 25 centimetres of snow. There


will be disruption to the roads and airports and it could be flight


cancellations. This was the scene in Vancouver, and mass snowball fight


as we have seen lots of heavy still here over recent days. There will be


more of that before the snow turns back to rain on Thursday. We have a


relatively mild there are pushing into the midwest, bitterly cold and


central Canada. Temperatures as a maximum of -15 in Winnipeg. In


Europe, a big area of high pressure in Scandinavia, cold easterly winds


feeding in across much of Eastern Europe brings cloudy skies and snow


flurries. By the skies in the Mediterranean, bringing rough seas


and gale force gusts of wind and outbreaks of rain that will be back


in Corsica, Sardinia and mainland Italy and Sicily. Some of those


heavy showers will move into the North of Tunisia and north-east


Algeria as we go through Thursday. In our weather, the clues to what is


happening lie in the jet stream. War on terror is being pushed up into


the Arctic, building this big area of high pressure in Scandinavia that


is going nowhere fast in the next few days. On the southern flanker


that high, we get these winds moving across the continent into the UK.


Temperatures will be below par for the next few days and the rest of


the week will be cloudy. It will turn colder and the cloud will be


thick enough for some snow showers at times. Here is the picture to


take us through the night. A lot of cloud around, but under the clear


skies it will be cold. The temperature potentially getting down


to -3 in western parts of England, Scotland and Wales. Temperatures


hovering close to freezing on the East Coast because we have that


cloud here back could turn to snow overnight into Thursday. There could


be some slight accumulation in some places, but otherwise I cloudy and


cold day with a bitter wind. That is your latest weather. Bye for now.


Hello, I'm Ros Atkins - this is Outside Source.


Brexit gets a step closer to happening.


The bill was never in any doubt, but a key amendment guaranteeing


the rights of EU nationals already in the UK was not passed.


Donald Trump is unhappy with how long it's taking


Mark Urban's been investigating how easy it'll be to get things done


There is no obedience with this Congress and there never has been


but I do not think with this president, there will be.


The Dakota Access oil pipeline was the focus of mass protests


Its construction had been suspended, but now it's got the go-ahead


And Qatar is spending $500 million a week on World Cup preparations.


We'll look at what it's getting for its money.


As Donald Trump keeps reminding us the confirmation hearings


Today, the Senate will vote Jeff Sessions, who is Donald Trump's


And the President isn't happy about the pace of this.


"It is a disgrace that my full Cabinet


is still not in place, the longest such delay


That's not true, by the way - it's not the longest such delay.


Anyhow, it is very likely Mr Trump will get the cabinet he wants.


But he will still face significant challenges


if he wants his main policies through.


And this next report, by the Mark Urban from the BBC's


Newsnight programme, looks at just that.


You can come here, promising to drain the swamp or dethrone


the establishment, but this city has a way of protecting its interests,


slowing down those who challenge its ways.


So the Trump administration's process of nominating a Cabinet


This level of obstruction at the beginning of an administration


is really record-setting in a very unfortunate way.


While the Senate have blamed the Democrats for the go slow,


they don't have the numbers to wreck Trump's agenda.


Rather, it's doubts among Republicans that could pose the most


Keen to impress the people who voted for him, President Trump has signed


some highly significant and emotive executive orders.


But you can't run the country by those alone, particularly when it


comes to spending money or changing existing laws.


For that, you need to go up to the Hill and get people


Thousands of people work on the Hill in offices so widely spread,


Things here travel at the speed legislators can work with.


As many presidents elected on a reform ticket have discovered.


John has been a Hill insider for the best part of 20 years.


With a Republican majority of just two in the Senate,


he sees particular risks there for the White House.


The members of the Senate especially, because they have


these six-year terms, they have tremendous power, they can


gum up the works any time they want, and you'll see that,


especially for some Republicans who don't really like Donald Trump


or trust him, they will step up and say what they feel.


So there is no obedience with this Congress, there never has been but,


but especially with this President, I don't think there ever will be.


The combination, seen with the nomination Betsy DeVos,


of Democrats keen to thwart Trump voting with a small number


of dissident Republicans could pose all manner of problems


To avoid them, he must stick to policies where


he and Congressional Republicans are on the same page.


I believe in the need for bilateral agreements with the UK or Japan,


We all agree that our tax code is overly complex,


there are over 70,000 pages in our tax code, it's too complex.


People want it simpler, fairer and in many respects flatter.


So that's something we should be focused on and I think


we'll find common ground with the administration.


Among those on powerful Senate committees, there are already key


figures who now challenge Trump on issues such as the handling


of his immigrant ban or his professed admiration


Are you worried by what the President's been saying?


There have been a lot of things said that I wouldn't


say but I think that, as time moves on, there'll


be a much more coming together on those issues.


I think that the administration is just getting going and my sense


is that, in the very near future, things will be in the


On nominations, health care or Russian sanctions,


Trump campaign trail pledges are already being modified


As the President starts to spend money, that will intensify.


It might know it is time for Outside Source Sport. -- now it is time for.


For the first time, a women's bout will headline a night of boxing


Star of the show is Claressa Shields.


She's the most successful amateur boxer in US history,


and a two-time Olympic gold medallist.


Now to Hugh Woozencroft, at the BBC Sport Centre.


I guess despite her success this is still a sizeable leap up? Yes,


hello. It is a sizeable leap. Well, it's interesting, isn't it,


the rise of mixed martial arts in recent years has


included women's fights? And that popularity,


led by the likes of Ronda Rousey, Following that extra


attention in women's bouts come more sponsorship


and more money and quality. Now the quality in women's boxing


has been there for a long long time, so could the rise in professional


female boxers spur American Claressa Shields


headlines when she takes on Hungary's Szilvia Szabados


for North American Boxing Federation title in Detroit


on the 10th of March. Shields is just 21, but took Olympic


middleweight gold in 2008 and 2012 and with the likes of Olympic


champion Katie Taylor of Ireland and Great Britain's Nicola Adams


also leaving amateur boxing in favour of the professional ranks,


I think we can expect to see much A good start. And just ask you about


the FA Cup game? Yes, the replay in the FA Cup between Derby County and


Leicester City has just finished. We will see extra time to see which of


these two says will get through to the last 16. As it has finished 1-1


at full-time. Thank you, and you can keep up-to-date with that on the BBC


sport web page. Take a look at this guy and remember


the name - Mohit Ahlawat. He could be cricket's


next big thing. He's 21, and has hit 300 in a local


Twenty20 match in Delhi. He scored at four runs a ball -


which, if you're not into cricket, This was taking place


in a game in Delhi. He was playing against a team


called Friends 11 - how unfriendly Mohit


was to their bowlers! 39, and let me just repeat that -


39, sixes he hit, and he also added 14 fours,


when he couldn't be bothered He needed 50, basically,


off the last two overs. He finished hitting


five consecutive sixes. When asked afterwards,


he said he felt that he was Continuing our commitment


to covering sports that's don't get much coverage,


let me show the final moments It doesn't matter how many of these


you have potted before, and he has done millions of them, it is the


World Championships, the big one. There were entrants from the UK,


France, Norway, Ireland, He is perfect, absolutely plum. He


from Shooters Sports Bar He is perfect, absolutely plum. He


could pot- both... Pot-shot, there will be each cheer after this. And


that is the one that clinched it. Congratulations to Craig.


We've also been in touch with international bodies


for downhill skateboarding, kite surfing, table tennis


More under-reported sports next week on Outside Source.


Have you seen how much Qatar is spending on hosting the World Cup?


New figures put it at $500 million - a week.


By the time it comes round in 2022, it's predicted the bill will be more


Brazil spent $11 billion in 2014.


Russia is expected to spend $10.7 billion on the 2018 event.


This is what the country's finance minister said:


With that kind of spending, you wouldn't think there would be


What the finance minister was saying, I think,


was two things and one was reassurance, because Qatar,


like other Gulf countries, has faced quite a fall


in its revenue in the last couple of years.


There have been a number of cutbacks in a number of its businesses.


What he is making clear is that will not affect


What he is also making clear, in a sense, is that $200 million,


if that is all being spent specifically on the stadiums


and the footballing aspect of the World Cup, then that


absolutely dwarfs any spending has ever been before in a World Cup.


What he was saying is this is the infrastructure


being built around it - roads, transport, hotels,


So in a sense Qatar is using this a reason to continue with...


Obviously there has been huge building for years in Qatar,


but to make it infrastructure even bigger and stronger,


with the World Cup being the target it is aiming for.


And I guess with this huge increase in construction,


more questions about how the construction is working,


the conditions in which people are working under?


Yes, I mean the problem Qatar has with its migrant workers is one


again faced across the whole of the Gulf, where they don't have


rights - although there are laws which are supposed to protect them,


they are not always enforced, and Qatar has faced


There have been reports that workers have died on the site.


It has turned out I think that most of the deaths that have been


reported have not actually be directly connected with


the World Cup, but there have been many calls internationally


from governments to rights organisations that they need


They promised a couple of months ago that there would be


Every time a country hosts the World Cup,


whether it's South Africa or Brazil, or any others, there is an internal


discussion about whether this is money well spent.


I don't think that kind of discussion quite happens in Qatar.


It has not reached a stage where money is so short


that they have to be concerned, but Qatar, like other


Gulf countries, again, is going to be undergoing certain


changes in the way that it provides for its people


VAT, for instance, is going to be introduced across the Gulf.


It could be the first element of tax actually being brought in,


and obviously when you start having tax people become more


concerned about the way their money is being spent.


So that process may begin to start happening by the time


of the World Cup, but for now I don't think we have to worry.


They have a tiny population - 90% of the population


Massively bolstered by the numbers, the hundreds of thousands,


who comes specifically for the World Cup.


You will remember we were covering protests over a proposed oil


pipeline in Dakota. President Obama suspended that and President Trump


has now intervened and it looks like it will now go ahead. We will bring


you details on that. A woman has won an appeal


to the Supreme Court after being denied payments


from her late partner's Chris Buckler reports


on the significance of the case. Denise Brewster had lived


with her fiance, Lenny, for ten years and they were making


plans for their future. When I look at this picture,


I think that's just how we were. He was a fun loving guy,


he had lots of friends. But in 2009, just days after


they got engaged, he died suddenly. It was such a difficult time and it


will always remain difficult for me. But I feel Lenny has


given me strength at For 15 years, Lenny worked


for Translink, which provides public transport in Northern Ireland and,


during that time, like many workers, he paid into a local


government pension scheme, which he thought would provide


some security for him But when he died, Denise


was informed she wouldn't benefit. Because Denise wasn't married,


she was told that she wasn't Her partner would have had to have


filled out this, a nomination form. She argued that that was a lawful


discrimination and today the Supreme Court ruled


in her favour. We say that she is entitled


to receive a pension and that the nomination requirement


should no longer be applied. It's a ruling that could benefit


the partners of some other public sector workers like nurses,


teachers and civil servants although that could depend


on the rules of each There are over 6 million


people across the country Many of them are in company


pension schemes, public sector pension schemes,


and they should be treated equally So I hope all pension schemes


will review their rules And the woman who fought this case


hopes it will provide greater At least I just had to defend


for myself and I had to take my hardships but,


when you have other families that have a young daughter or son


who are losing their daddy or their mummy, and then


they have the financial burden on top of that,


the inequality and the injustice And this is a judgment which perhaps


reflects changes to what the word This is Outside Source,


live from the BBC newsroom. British MPs have voted


for the Government to begin proceedings to leave the EU


by a huge majority. If you're outside of the UK,


it's World News America next. With no decision expected


on the travel ban today, they'll be looking at the mood


in the US administration with the help of the Time magazines


White House correspondent. Here in the UK, the


News at Ten is next. Our Europe editor Katya Adler has


been looking at the rise of populist Earlier the International Committee


of the Red Cross in Afghanistan Confirming that six of its staff had


been killed in Afghanistan. We know this happened in the north of the


country and an convoy were missing -- an aid convoy was missing.


Drivers and five field officers were on their way to deliver some


livestock to the needy people of a village in this northern


province of Afghanistan, that they were stopped on the way,


Six of them were killed, two of them were kidnapped, and we do not know


Now, the local officials tell the BBC that they have sent


a delegation of elders to that area controlled mainly by Uzbek


and militants related to either Isis or Daesh to try to reach a deal


to try to release the two staff members.


to try to release the two staff members of ICRC.


The Taliban, the Afghan government, the ICRC have all have


all condemned the attack, and no one has yet taken


responsibility for this killing and kidnapping,


but the police chief of the province tells us that this area


is where most militants loyal to Isis or Daesh operate.


Lets move from Afghanistan to North Dakota...


The final stage of a controversial oil pipeline in North Dakota has


These are pictures from today and also from protests in the past.


Opponents of the pipeline have called for worldwide


These pictures are from today but the rest


The protestors are mainly made up of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe


This is the background to this story.


The pipeline is supposed to cross four states,


to transport crude oil to a terminal in Illinois.


Most of it is already built, except for this bit -


the section closest to the Standing Rock


Members of the tribe say the construction


will damage their water supplies and ancestral cultural sites.


These protests helped lead to the suspension of construction.


That decision has been reversed by Donald Trump.


The BBC's Peter Bowes is covering the story from Los Angeles.


I asked him if there's anything the protesters can do at this stage.


They can go to court and file an injunction hoping to stop the


issuing of the permit, as it is known, the easement, that helps the


company behind this pipeline. It would potentially stop them from


starting the drilling necessary to install this final one mile section


of this pipeline. Time is not on the side of the Sioux tribe, the


Standing Rock Tribe, and this needs to happen very quickly, because that


permit is likely to be issued later on today, which means the drilling


could start as early as tomorrow. Presumably those who support the


drilling or do they do respect this tribe and they do respect the


importance of their water supply? Yes, they do, and they also say


there is no mac danger. The company says the pipeline is entirely safe


in its view, however local people disagree with that and they say, and


they were gratified by the actions of the Obama administration in the


middle of December, just a few weeks ago, really, which halted this


project pending a further longer term environmental review of the


situation. That review would have been followed by consultation with


local people. What Donald Trump has done since taking office is


expediting the process, essentially telling the army he wanted a quick


decision, and that is what has come in the last 24 hours, which means


this is very likely to go ahead. Presumably it is a tough time to


protest against this one, firstly because of the weather, and secondly


because Donald Trump is president, so protests are likely to be focused


in Washington rather than North Dakota? Yes, it is a very remote


area. As you mentioned, protests around this project have been


global. It has really garnered a lot of support set around this country


but globally as well. But in terms of physical protest, getting to this


area and getting their very quickly is actually quite difficult. That


may pose a problem but certainly from the statements issued by the


Standing Rock Tribe tripe and others, they are determined to keep


this fighting and ticket to the courts if it comes to -- the Sioux


tribe. The top story today, MPs in


Westminster have supported a bill in the House of Commons to allow the UK


to start formal negotiations with the European Union to trigger its


exit, triggering Article 50. Nigel Farage, former leader of the UK


Independence party, has said... Of course until we get to the end of


those negotiations we cannot know the form Brexit will take. What we


do know now is that Prime Minister Theresa May is in a position to go


to the European Union with the backing of the House of Commons, to


trigger article 50 and begin those two years of negotiations, and of


course we will be covering that every step of the way here on


Outside Source. Just quickly, if you are a football fan, let me bring up


some news coming through the BBC newsroom, to update you on that FA


Cup game we were speaking about earlier. The game between the


Premier League champions Leicester, and Derby. Leicester are in front.


That is not a full-time results and keep an eye on the BBC sport app to


find out which we that one goes. That is Outside Source for tonight.


Thank you for