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Hello, I'm Ros Atkins,
this is Outside Source.
America is moving towards
as Israel's capital.
President Trump called regional
leaders today to say he'll move
the US embassy there.
That totally destroys any
chance he will play a role
as an honest broker.
Until now America's policy was that
Jerusalem's status should be
negotiated by the Israelis
and the Palestinians.
That's changing - we'll report
from Washington and Jerusalem.
We'll be live in Lausanne -
Russia's been banned
from the 2018 Winter Olympics
for state-sponsored doping.
These were the extraordinary
scenes in Ukraine.
That's the former Georgian president
Mikheil Saakashvili being detained.
And we'll be live in
Westminster with the latest
on the stalled Brexit.
Welcome to Outside Source.
President Trump has announced
he intends to move the US embassy
in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem
- he did so in a number of calls
to leaders in the region.
This is hugely significant -
it could be a step towards
recognising Jerusalem as Israel's
capital - no country has gone that
far since Israel's creation in 1948.
King Abdullah of Jordan told
Mr Trump this could have "dangerous
repercussions on the stability
and security of the region".
A spokesman for the
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
said he has urged Russia,
France and the Pope, "to intervene
to prevent it from happening."
Here's the reaction of Turkish
president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
I would like to
reiterate my sadness over reports
the US is getting ready to recognise
Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Mr
Trump, Jerusalem is the red line for
Muslims. We will continue our fight
until the last minute. This can go
as far as cutting diplomatic ties
Israel sees Jerusalem
as its eternal, undivided capital
and it has long been a source of
frustration for Israeli leaders that
there is no recognition of its full
sovereignty over the city, but
Palestinians want East Jerusalem as
the capital of their future
It has been the international
consensus for a long time now that
the status of the city should be
decided in a negotiated peace deal
between Israel and the Palestinians.
The east of Jerusalem of course was
captured by Israel in the 1967
Middle East war, later annexed in a
move that is not recognised
internationally. That is really all
the sensitivities. At the moment,
all countries that have an embassy
in Israel keep them in or close to
Tel Aviv, and they have consulates
in Jerusalem. This is a big
departure by Mr Trump.
Next the BBC
State Department correspondent on
why this is such a big shift in
The Americans have followed
the international community on this,
because its controversial for two
reasons, one because both Israelis
and Palestinians claim it, Israelis
say they want East Jerusalem as
their capital, so that is something
that should be decided in final
status negotiations. This is a place
that also is claimed wholly to three
religions, Christianity, Judaism and
Islam. There is a UN resolution that
says the status of Jerusalem should
be separate or decided ultimately in
a way that satisfies all of those
religions, so it does not actually
recognise Israeli sovereignty over
any part of Jerusalem. It's a very
contentious issue. The position of
the US has been told now that status
should be decided in final
negotiations on a peace deal between
Israel and the Palestinians. If Mr
Trump announces he will move the
embassy, either right away or at
some point definitively, or if he
says they will recognise Jerusalem
as the capital of Israel, then that
is a big departure from the previous
US policy. It also flies in the face
of pretty much everyone else, the
US's allies in the region, its
enemies, and the United Nations.
The International Olympic Committee'
says Russia will be banned
from the Winter Olympics.
But Russian athletes who can prove
they are clean will be allowed
to compete under a neutral flag -
we're not sure yet if Moscow
will let that happen.
The Games start in February
in Pyeongchang in South Korea.
The ban is because of allegations
the Russian government orchestrated
at the last Winter Games -
which were in in Sochi in Russia.
Russia denies this by the way.
It hasn't stopped the IOC banning
Russian Deputy Prime Minister
and former sports minister
Vitaly Mutko from all
future olympic games.
He's also the Chairman
for the 2018 Russia World Cup.
Here's the IOC
President Thomas Bach.
The report clearly lays out an
unprecedented attack on the
integrity of the Olympic Games and
support. The report includes in
particular the manipulation of the
anti-doping love for Tory at the
Olympic Winter games in Sochi, 2014.
As an athlete myself, I am feeling
very sorry for all the clean
athletes. -- anti-doping lavatory
never before has a country been
banned by anti-doping violations.
This is an Olympic superpower, a
real heavyweight. It has proved in
the end that the IOC had no choice
but to issue the sanction. It was
expected given the evidence had been
mounting, which had always denied
state-sponsored doping, and
crucially a report given by our
previous Swiss President looking
into the wider issue of whether this
doping had been a state led
conspiracy between the years of 2011
and 2015, as laid out in Professor
McLaren's report last year, he
agreed with him. It was systemic
manipulation, of the anti-doping
rules, Russia was guilty of that, it
was state-sponsored doping and
that's why the IOC has been able to
issue this tough penalties today.
The President of Russia's
Olympic Committee says
he will appeal the ban.
As Alex told us, these
allegations aren't new.
In 2015, report
by the World Anti-Doping Agency,
Wada, found evidence
of state-sponsored doping in Russia.
Then last year this man
Richard McLaren led an independent
report and found that more
than 1,000 competitors in more
than 30 sports had been involved
in a conspiracy to conceal positive
drug tests - over
a five-year period.
There have already
The Russian cross-country skier
Alexander Legkov was one
of the first to be stripped
of his Sochi medals.
He's one of 25 Russians who have
been banned for life.
Let's talk to our correspondent from
BBC Russia. Russia say they did not
do this but there is a lot of
You may laugh but Russians
keep saying there is no evidence,
that's what they claim. They say all
this is based on words of just one
man, who is cold a national traitor
now in Russia and is under
investigation at the moment. He
underlined that there is no document
saying let's start the doping
programme or whatever, so it's pure
politics, it's just another version
of Western sanctions, that's the
This idea of Russians
competing under a neutral flag, will
gladly repeat in Dover that?
hard to tell, we need to wait till
-- will of
Vladimir Putin go for that?
Kremlin will take a while to go for
that. We'll take this decision on
the 12th, when all the Russian
national team members will meet to
As this had any ability
on Russia's ability to host the
At the moment, Fifa said
these are two separate events it
will look into the reports, but at
the moment they will only act based
on the hard evidence.
Thank you. If
you speak Russian, you can get news
through BBC Russia .com.
The Trump Russia story
continues to evolve at speed.
First - remember
this at the weekend.
That's the President admitting
he knew Michael Flynn
had broken the law.
Some suggested the tweet
could be an admission
of obstruction of justice.
Well Mr Trump's lawyer has told
the media outlet Axios
"The president cannot obstruct
justice because he is the chief law
enforcement officer under
the Constitution's Article II
and has every right to express
his view of any case".
In other words, the president
is above the law.
Mr Dowd also claimed
he wrote that tweet -
if he did, he does a good job
of mastering Mr Trump's
Anthony Zurcher spoke to us
from Washington about this
For a President's lawyer to say he
is writing tweets for the president
to immerse himself in an ongoing
controversy like this is remarkable.
But I have to point out that the
idea that the president is above and
obstruction of justice charge is a
relatively controversial, novel view
of residential culpability. If you
will remember when Bill Clinton was
impeached there were quite a few
Republican senators who voted to
convict him in the Senate trial,
based on obstruction of justice
allegations. I think this may be the
defence that the administration is
constructing here, but I doubt it
will be an iron clad one.
appreciate your not a lawyer,
Anthony, but in layman 's terms, how
do we define obstruction of justice
in terms of what the president did
or I think in this case, the
question is whether the President
that Michael Flynn had
committed some kind of criminality,
lied to the FBI, then he went about
trying to disrupt the investigation,
telling FBI director James Comey to
go easy on Michael Flynn, that he
was a good guy, taking other steps
possibly to make it more difficult
to investigate Michael Flynn for
criminal acts that at least
according to this tweet if you
believe it at face value, criminal
acts the president himself was
aware. Politics will say this is not
a case that looks directly at
formula should be investigating
which is Russian meddling in the US
election. This is a process case
that could be a direction Robert
Mueller is going in.
The Democrat John Conyers has
resigned from Congress.
He's been mired in allegations
that he sexually harassed aids.
He denies the claims
and in announcing his resignation
he said "My legacy can't be
compromised or diminished in any way
by what we are going through now".
"This too shall pass."
Here's Anthony again.
Stay with us on Outside
Source - still to come.
We're going to turn to Yemen to look
at how the killing of former
President Ali Abdullah Saleh
could impact the country's
ongoing civil war.
An independent review
into the terrorist attack
in Manchester, in which 22 people
were killed, has concluded that
MI5 and the police may
have had opportunities
to prevent the bombing.
David Anderson QC, who lead
the review, said that while security
services were closing
in on the bomber, Salman Abedi,
it is "conceivable the attack might
have been avoided had the cards
A young man, Salman Abedi, who they
had no reason to be particularly
suspicious of, though he certainly
had some bad associates. Despite
that they got quite close to him,
they had peripheral vision of what
he was perhaps thinking of planning.
At the end of the day, they were too
late, they had a meeting scheduled
just a few days after the attack. To
decide what should be done about
this man, and by then of course it
was too late. We can see with
hindsight that that intelligence was
highly relevant to the attack this
man was planning at the Manchester
Arena. At the time that was not
appreciated. Understandably, we can
see was a mistake.
The Palestinian, Egyptian,
Jordanian and Turkish leaders have
all warned President Trump
that his plans to move the American
embassy in Israel to Jerusalem
will have dangerous consequences.
Monday wasn't the start of the week
Theresa May was looking for.
She'd travelled to Brussels
hoping to announce
progress on Brexit talks.
Only to find out, she could do
nothing of the sort
because of what one party
in Northern Ireland thinks.
Back in Westminster,
the Prime Minister relies on the DUP
to have a functioning majority -
so when they pulled the plug
on a plan for the Irish
border, that was that.
Well Mrs May regrouped BOX one
with a cabinet meeting.
Here is Boris Johnson arriving.
After the cabinet meeting we heard
this from Mrs May.
Talks with the European Union have
made a lot of progress. There is
still a couple of issues we need to
Theresa May is expected to speak
to talk to the DUP leader by phone
later to try to break the deadlock.
But the DUP has already
restated its position.
When we looked at the wording, and
saw the import of all that, we knew
we could not sign up to anything
that was in that text that would
allow a border to develop in the
Needless to say this all came up
in parliament today.
Here's the opposition.
Mr Speaker, what an embarrassment.
It is one thing to go to Brussels
and fall out with those on the other
side of the negotiating table, it is
quite another to go to Brussels and
fall out with those supposedly on
your own side of the negotiating
We recognise that as we exit
we must respect the integrity of the
EU single market and the customs
union but we are equally clear we
must respect the integrity of the
And there was criticism from
the Prime Minister's party too -
who said she should say this
to the EU.
You need to change this process, and
to back off. Otherwise we get on
with other arrangements.
That was in Westminster.
In Dublin, the Irish
Prime Minister had to
face his own parliament.
Remember he thought
there was a done deal -
only to find out Theresa May hadn't
cleared it with the DUP.
Here he is earlier.
We cannot move on to phase two until
we have the assurances that we need,
that there will be no hard border.
And indeed the assurances we have
been promised for 18 months now, and
even longer. As things stand, the
ball is very much in London. The
ball is in London's court.
Finally we shift to Brussels.
That perhaps given what the EU
is saying I shouldn't have bothered.
"The show is now in London" it says.
True - the show may be there,
but the Eu's in Brussels
and its clock is ticking.
The short term deadline is to get
to this point where sufficient
progress has been made -
and trade talks can start -
both sides hope that will be
by an EU summit later this month.
Eleanor Garnier is watching all this
in Westminster. I can't help but
look all this and scratch my head
and think, shouldn't you play this
with the DUP before you went to
That's one question
everyone in Westminster has been
asking. How did Theresa May get
herself into a position where she
was in Brussels having not been
completely 100% sure that the DUP
were onside. To update you on what
was meant to be happening today, we
understood there was going to be a
call, a phone call between Theresa
May and the leader of the DUP,
Arlene Foster, in the last few
minutes it has become apparent that
that call is not going to be
happening tonight, it seems there
has been little progress today,
despite the DUP's negotiating team
and the Conservatives chief whips
and government negotiating side,
when it comes to the DUP, plus some
others, they met for several hours
this afternoon. Yet not enough
progress was made. A DUP insider
saying tonight this is not just
changing a few words here and there,
they say there needs to be a lot of
change when it comes to the deal
right now. After these last few days
of this week, Theresa May is under
increasing pressure and as you point
out, this week was meant to be about
getting that signal that the UK and
the EU might be able to move from
phase one of the talks, about the
divorce side of things, to phase
two, which is all about the future
relationship, trade relationship we
might have with the EU. Certainly
Theresa May is under pressure and
this is not the week she wanted to
have started with.
Thank you. We
will leave it there. If you want
more background on the Brexit talks,
head online to our website.
Let's look at the fallout
from the killing of Yemen's former
president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
He died in a roadside ambush
by Houthi rebels just
outside the capital Sanaa.
He had been allied to the Houthi
rebels but he recently shifted sides
and started cooperating
with the Saudi-led coalition.
And the Houthis took exception.
Well, this is the latest development
in a long and complex conflict.
Before we talk to BBC Arabic,
this short report from the BBC's
Mai Noman explains how we got here.
For many year many, this was the
only president they knew. Until the
first event, remember the Arab
Spring? You many came out on the
street as well.
Meant to be a transitional period,
but that did not go so well. Saleh
was accused of meddling. Then
armed rebels took control of large
areas of the country. You should
also know that Saleh and the Houthi
had previously fought each other on
and off the years. After being
ousted and replaced by his deputy,
Saleh formed an alliance with the
Houthi. That did not go down well
with Saudi Arabia, which accused a
man of supporting the Houthi. Then
Saudi Arabia led a coalition
targeting the Houthi rebels. That
was the start of nearly three years
of full-blown war. It has left
thousands dead and brought the
country to the brink of famine. Our
fourth turn of events happens days
before Saleh died. He shifted sides
yet again. He said he was willing to
start a new page with Saudi Arabia,
and fought off against the Houthis.
In the final turn of events, Saleh
was killed by his former allies.
Ali Abdullah Saleh's son
has reportedly vowed
to avenge his father's death.
That makes a complicated military
situation even more complex.
Rasha Qandeel from BBC Arabic.
From the initial reactions it's like
an ultimate victory to the Houthi,
they think they will be the sole
power on the ground. Actually the
disappearance of Ali Abdullah Saleh
would make the shift in power go a
bit more risky. He still has
followers, and there are more
leaders to his party, the General
people's congress, outside Yemen
than there are inside. Especially
after the invitation of his son
today to move towards the capital
and defeat the Houthis, so things
can change dramatically after his
My guess is reaction
to these events in Yemen very much
depends on which part of Yemen you
That's absolutely correct.
In the north there is a sense of
shock. So many people still like to
Saleh despite everything that
happened after the Arab Spring. In
the south, totally different, levels
of people celebrating. He was the
responsible party for the decision
to bomb the South in 1994 to reunify
the country and overcome the
Communist part of Yemen. They did
not really stand by him and they
were happy for Emirates and their
men playing behind the scenes to
take over the power politically.
scenes in Ukraine earlier.
Let me show you this video.
It features the former president
of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili -
who has a complex relationship with
Earlier the authorities
tried to detain him
at his flat in Kiev -
Mr Saakashvili then
got onto the roof -
and called his supporters.
But he was captured.
And pushed into a vehicle.
By which time a big crowd
of his supporters had gathered.
And Jonah Fisher was watching.
We believe he is inside that blew a
vehicle that, he was arrested by the
authorities this morning, his
supporters have turned out to make
sure he does not go anywhere. We
have seen clashes for the last
couple of hours, Hebert gas has been
used by the security forces, and we
have a stand-off, the supporters
don't want to be taken... More
pepper gas. People have been trying
to reach his vehicle, the one trying
to take him away. To try to release
Incredibly, he has been broken out
of his vehicle.
A short addition of Outside Source
today, because next is coverage of
the Turner prize, coming up shortly.