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Hello, I'm Ros Atkins,
this is Outside Source.
On yesterday plasma programme we
heard Donald Trump say he would tow
truck -- he would do trade was the
loving way. We will get a look of
what that might be like. The EU says
it has a long list of American
imports that would be hit by Terence
if its steel and aluminium are
targeted by America. The White House
says announcement that just that
will happen will come later in the
The president is being sued by a
pawn star over hush money. You
You heard that read. British police
say a nerve agent was used in that
attempt to murder a former Russian
spy in the UK. We will have the
Lyse Doucet on the Saudi Crown
Prince's visit to the UK and an
American academic who looked into
so-called sonic attacks on US
diplomats in Cuba.
Things are getting a little tense
between the EU and America. If you
watched yesterday, you might
The European Union has been...
Particularly tough with the United
States. They make it almost
impossible for us to do business
Well the EU's responded.
This is Trade Commissioner
Cecilia Malstrom earlier.
She gave us detail on what will
happen if America imposes tariffs
on steel and aluminium.
There are a long list
of American products that
can expect tariffs too.
Blue jeans, motorbikes,
whisky, peanut butter -
also cranberries, orange juice,
- on and on it goes.
Not long after President Trump
tweeted - not a direct response -
but on this issue.
"From Bush 1 to present,
our country has lost more
than 55,000 factories,
6 million manufacturing jobs
and accumulated trade deficits
of more than $12 trillion.
Bad policies and leadership.
Must win again!"
Big theme of Mr Trump -
it's not other countries' fault -
it's America's for letting it
A White House spokesperson has
confirmed these tariffs are coming
by the end of this week.
One interested observer of that
will be whoever replaced Gary Cohen,
who was the President's
chief economic advisor.
He's left the White House -
that may not be unrelated
to the fact that he's
very pro-free trade.
He is not a big enthusiastic
Terence. Rash enthusiast of tariffs.
Here's Jane O'Brien with what we can
expect next from the White House.
We understand Donald Trump is
drawing up a memo which will push
these forward. In practical terms
these things take longer and there
is a question on whether tariffs
will be confirmed and go ahead in
any meaningful fashion. They could
be overturned by the World Trade
Organisation, which happened before
when George W Bush, the president
then, tried to introduce something
similar. There is still a lot of
uncertainty but I think the bigger
issue is the political fallout. You
have a president of the United
States going up against his own
party, for whom free-trade runs in
their lifeblood, saying he will
completely overrides their very
stern advice against this and plough
on regardless. And he is upsetting
his allies around the world.
probably pleasing quite a lot of the
people voting for him?
some states that say they will
benefit from this. The fact remains
that more people are employed in
jobs in companies that make things
from steel than are employed in
producing steel. There is even a
domestic imbalance in this. How that
will play out, we will probably see
in the mid-term elections when lots
of Republicans are going up for real
action, as well as Democrats, some
of whom support this.
We will be covering those midterms
and 25 minutes live from Texas.
As well is threatening to introduce
terror the White House seems
deceptively be trying to renegotiate
its Nafta agreement with these
tariffs factored in. Mexico and
Canada are part of this North
American Free Trade Agreement.
President Trump's spokesperson says
these countries might be exempt from
these tariffs. That matters because
Canada is the biggest importer of
steel to the US.
Let me show you the announcement.
expect the president will sign
something from the end of the week,
there are potential car Reds for
Canada and Mexico based on national
security, possibly other countries
as well based on that protest.
It's a measure of the Trump
presidency, that when we learn
the President is being sued
by a porn star - it's just
one of many stories.
It's alleged that Mr Trump had
an affair with Stormy Daniels -
and she was paid to sign
a non-disclosure agreement.
That is not new.
But now Stormy Daniels says Mr Trump
never signed it, so it's void.
This is the lawsuit.
You can find it online if you would
like to read the whole thing.
It says the contract was drawn up
during the 2016 election campaign.
It also alleges that the affair
was in 2006, shortly
after Melania Trump gave birth
to Barron Trump.
We know how much this deal cost.
Mr Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen
confirmed he privately paid
Stormy Daniels $130,000.
We also now know that breaking
the terms exposes her to $1 million
in costs for each violation.
Here's her lawyer on why
she's taking action.
She wants to tell her story, because
there is so much misinformation out
there, so much misinformation that
has been spread by Mr Cohn and
others over the last few weeks on
what happened, the circumstances of
the agreement and the payment, she
wants to set the record straight,
she wants to be heard and she wants
to tell the public the true facts of
Various things to note here.
One - Mr Trump's lawyer
has previously denied
any affair happened.
There are also questions
over whether the payment
to Stormy Daniels broke federal law.
Here's Jane again on where the law
falls into this story.
-- here is Californian Democrat
fares. More evidence that candidate
Donald Trump and Michael current
Dutchman who conspired for this. He
says he has been asking the FBI to
Here it is Jane O'Brien again on
where the law fits into this story.
If the payment was made in
coordination with the Trump
campaign, that is against the law.
There is also an issue over whether
or not it may come to the attention
of special Counsel Robert Muller,
who is investigating any possible
collusion with Russia. Although this
is separate, if the situation arises
where somebody lies to Mr Mole, that
could land Mr Trimble, conceivably,
in legal jeopardy. There is an irony
to all this because every indication
is that had this been a
straightforward six scandal, Donald
Trump could probably have weathered
it. But by getting into murky legal
grounds, this could put him on far
more shaky territory, which could be
far more politically dangerous for
him than any alleged affair with a
UK Police say a nerve agent
was used to poison a Russian
spy and his daughter.
This afternoon they said they
believe Sergei and Yulia Skripal
were targeted deliberately.
Here's a clip from
the police briefing.
This is being treated as a major
incident involving attempted murder
by administration of a nerve agent.
As you know, this two people remain
critically ill in hospital. Sadly,
in addition, a police officer who
was one of the first to attend the
scene and respond to the incident is
now also in a serious condition in
Scientists at the Porton Down
military research facility have been
examining the nerve agent
that was used.
Police would not confirm the exact
substance they've identified.
Here's chemical weapons expert
Professor Alastair Hay.
It is a fascinating clip from an
interview he did on the BBC.
I think the doctors probably had
some guidance, given the signs the
individuals would have displayed,
the laboratory saying it was a nerve
agent allows the doctors to
administer some very specific
treatment. There are treatment
protocols for this type of chemical.
Nerve agents belong to a family of
chemicals called organophosphates,
which vary enormously in how toxic
they are. The nerve agents are at an
extreme end of the organophosphate
family. They only have one purpose,
that is to kill people. That is what
they were designed to do. They were
designed to be used in warfare.
This CCTV footage has
just been released.
It shows Sergei Skripal buying
a bottle of milk in a corner shop
in the city where he lived.
We think this is from February
but it's the clearest
recent image we have.
Tom Symonds is at the scene where
the pair were found in Salisbury.
This is his latest update.
heard from the statement, it is not
just the two people who are in
hospital, a police officer is in
hospital, we understand in a serious
condition. And before that several
of emergency service workers had to
be admitted to be looked at. This
all took place in the area behind
me. The tent covers the bench on
which the couple, the pair, were
sitting when this attempt on their
lives, as the police now believe it
was, took place. It will be a very
complicated investigation. There are
plenty of conflicting accounts of
what the Skripals were doing on
Sunday afternoon. They had lunch in
a pizza restaurant not far away,
which is cordoned off tonight and
has been the centre of its own
emergency scare today. It is thought
they had a drink at a bar not far
away in that direction. Police will
be gathering CCTV, talking to the
staff in those two locations and
trying to piece together what they
were doing and who might have been
watching, following them and
attempting to use this fairly
terrifying weapon against them.
Next, the latest Brexit update.
We have the EU's draft guidelines
for negotiating its relationship
with the UK after Brexit.
Here they are - six pages
of them, if you're keen.
You can find them online.
Donald Tusk is one of the most
senior figures in the EU -
he said the EU "does not
want to build a wall,"
but that Brexit means
"we will be drifting apart".
Here's more of what we heard.
Our agreement will not make trade
between the UK and the EU
frictionless or smoother.
It will make it more complicated
and costly for all of us.
This is the essence of Brexit.
A pick and mix approach
for a non-member state
is out of the question.
We are not going to sacrifice these
principles, it's simply
not in our interest.
The words have changed.
The message is the same.
There Mr Tusk talked
about a pick and mix approach -
just another way of saying no cherry
picking, no having your
cake and eating it.
It has been the same message since
the day the UK voted out of the EU.
Either way, the UK continues
to stress it wants what it
calls a bespoke deal.
Today the Chancellor,
Philip Hammond, made the case that
financial services need to be
in a free trade agreement.
That is not Philip Hammond, but this
It's an important sector for the UK.
Let's listen to Chris Morris from
BBC Reality Check.
I Think Generally
If You Talk To People In The City
They Think The Bigger changer is
that jobs would move to the Far East
or New York, you're talking about
the global financial capitals. I
think everyone in the EU knows the
only global financial capital in
Europe is London. I think London
will survive, come what may. The
deregulation was going to destroy
the city, the fire of London was
going to destroy the city! London
survives, I think London will
survive Brexit but I think the
sobering point for Philip Hammond
but he was making the argument that
financial services can and should be
part of a future free-trade
agreement. The document put out by
the EU does not mention financial
services at all. It is considered
ladylike, a nonstarter. If the
French finance minister was in
London yesterday, I went to a speech
she gave coming he met Philip
Hammond and his message was similar
to that of Donald Tusk, financial
services, no. It is a starting
position, but pretty firm.
All the information on Brexit you
want is available online BBC News.
Any few moments we will turn our
attention to a new theory as to why
diplomats at the US Embassy in Cuba
were saying that when they were at
home they were suffering with
problems with eight years. All to do
with alleged sonic attacks. --
suffering with with thy ears.
The leading deputy leader of far
right group Britain first have been
jailed after being found guilty of
religiously aggravated harassment.
Paul Golding Jayda Fransen were
sentenced for an apartment moments
respectively after targeting Muslims
they believe are part of a gang rape
trial taking place last May.
The court heard that the pair posted
offensive leaflets through the doors
of Muslims in Kent and filmed
themselves confronting people in
public. Both were jailed Folkestone
Magistrates' Court today.
The fashion chain New Look is the
latest British high street name to
fall into trouble. It will cut
around 1000 jobs as part of a rescue
plan and says it is planning to
close 60 stores and reduce the rent
on 400 others as part of a deal to
balance the books. New Look says the
cuts are necessary to restore
profitability. Toys "R" Us and map
the last month announced they would
go into administration, putting
around 5500 jobs at risk. -- Toys
"R" Us and Maplin.
This is Outside Source live
from the BBC newsroom.
Our lead story is the EU says it has
a long list of American imports
that will be hit by tariffs
if its steel and aluminium
are targeted by the US.
The White House says that's
going to happen this week.
Some of the main stories from BBC
The last rebel-held enclave close
to the Syrian capital Damascus has
come under heavy bombardment
amid fresh efforts at the UN
to stop the fighting.
At least 20 people are said
to have been killed
in the bombardment in Eastern
Cape Town will not have to turn off
water supplies and should avoid
a looming day of completely running
out of water.
The city is in the middle
of drought and was facing
what was called Day Zero.
Due to water saving efforts,
that day has been pushed back
from April to 27th August.
Lots of you have been watching this
video of an orangutan
in an Indonesia zoo smoking.
A visitor flicked a cigarette
into the enclosure.
That video was on the BBC news up.
As you've heard already,
Donald Trump's top economic advisor
-- the drug administration is
confirmed by Canada and Mexico might
be given exemptions from planned
tariffs on steel and aluminium. Joe
Miller is in New York. This has
become part of the broader
negotiations between Canada, Mexico
and the US?
It has indeed. There was
a real surprise in Wall Street when
Donald Trump appeared to connect
these tariffs with the Nafta
negotiations and talk about how
there would not be any exemption for
Canada or Mexico unless the Nafta
negotiations went the right way. By
donor whether the howls of anguish
from Wall Street reached the press
briefing room that we have heard
press secretary Sarah Sanders say
there might be exemptions after all,
which has come as a huge relief in
New York. Investors were worried
that with Gary Cohen, one of the
President's so-called globalist
advisers, departing the White House.
-- departing the waiters, we would
see the harshest version of these
tariffs across the board. Now there
was some relief, perhaps, and
exemptions for some of the US
because my closest trading partners.
But Mr Trump is still lining up with
tariffs that the EU, China, other
Yes, and the reason
for that is the original, I suppose,
instinct for imposing these tariffs
has not gone away. Donald Trump's
base, lots of whom were in former
industrial heartlands, they really
called for these tariffs and in the
short term they will seize on
benefit from them. We have seen an
announcement by US steel, one of the
last remaining big US steel
companies, that it will reopen a
plant in Illinois and bring back 500
employees that it laid off last
year. The good news will come to the
places that Donald Trump wants to
please most, that is why he will
stick to these tariffs. The question
is in what form, when we finally see
what the tariffs look like in
detail, will it be the blanket
across-the-board tariffs or will it
be what's on Wall Street call
sensible exceptions for countries
that perhaps the US does not want to
start a trade war with, like Canada
All will be revealed,
the White House says it will give a
statement later on that -- later in
The world's youngest self-made
billionaire has told the BBC
that he believes that
President Trump's anti-immigration
rhetoric is deterring software
developers from going to the US.
John Collison, the 27-year-old Irish
co-founder of the payments platform
Stripe, told us in an exclusive
interview that the same may prove
true for the UK because of Brexit.
People are less willing to move to
the United States, they don't even
want to enter the bees are processed
because of what they perceive to be
the political climate and how
welcoming the country is towards
immigrants, so I think the
perception will make recruitment
harder and might be more difficult
to get people to move.
Have you seen
We are seeing the
early stages in the US, we worry
about seeing it in the UK.
recruitment gets harder, people are
less willing to move to the UK, for
example, what is the penalty? What
The ultimate risk we are
talking about is does the UK have a
vibrant tech sector and Star club --
start-up ecosystem? I think the UK
will have a tech sector and started
the ecosystem, but how successful
will it be? There are degrees of
success we can't talk about. If we
do it wrong, we might be looking at
a lower degree of success.
Jack was asking the questions.
Amazon has been forced to admit that
it's smart assistant Alexa
has been playing up -
and freaking out its users.
Here's what's been happening.
@GavinHightower said "Lying in bed
about to fall asleep when Alexa
on my Amazon Echo Dot lets out
a very loud and creepy laugh."
"So my mum and I are just
sitting in the living room,
neither of us said a word
and our Alexa lit up
and laughed for no reason.
She didn't even say
anything, just laughed.
We unplugged her."
A user by the name of
CaptHandlebar even filmed it.
Another guy says Sir Alex decided to
laugh randomly when I was in the
kitchen. One user filmed this
LX LAUGHS. -- ALEXA Laughs. You
might remember this story.
Do you remember a row over alleged
sonic attacks on US diplomatic
staff living in Havana?
They said they heard strange
noises - they developed
symptoms like dizziness,
headaches, hearing loss, nosebleeds,
they even had trouble walking.
This happened in one of Cuba's most
iconic hotels, the Hotel Nacional.
You can see it on the satellite
The same thing happened a block
away at the Hotel Capri.
I was going to show you that, it is
It also happened inside homes these
diplomats were given
by the Cuban government.
But there was one place it didn't
happen - the US embassy,
which is seen as secure.
The map will not let me show you it
but it is just across town.
Well, the US brought
some of the staff home -
it said they've been victims
of health attacks.
There was even speculation some kind
of sonic weapon had been used -
even though it's not clear
if sonic weapons exist.
Basically, it was a mystery.
This though may be an explanation.
Recordings were made of the sounds.
Then a team at the University
of Michigan did this -
they set up an experiment to try
and recreate the sounds.
Working on a hunch that listening
devices, bugs to you and me, might
have been partly to blame.
Have a listen - and, don't worry,
it's not going to do you any harm.
Not very pleasant, is it?
Imagine hearing that,
all the time - not very nice.
Kevin Fu is the computer scientist
who did the research.
Here he is telling me exactly what
causes those sounds.
Well, we don't
know exactly what causes the sounds,
but what we do believe is if there
is ultrasound, the ultrasound in the
air can combine to create these
In terms of what
could have happened inside these
hotels in Cuba, what is your theory?
Our working theory is there may have
been multiple ultrasonic signals
that would unintentionally combine
in the air and produce what we call
these audible by-products. You can
hear things that don't really exist.
In terms of what would be needed to
recreate that, can you explain the
Sure, at least
one ultrasonic transmitter,
transducer. This is an example of
one. Really, really tiny. It needs
to produce a couple of tones. They
produce in the air to create an
audible sensation make humans can
That would be consistent with
the symptoms of these Americans
It is consistent with
what we saw in the news in terms of
the video and audio. It does not
rule out other possibility is that
make sense to us because it is so
Given the Americans were
pulled out in quite significant
numbers, I wonder if they have been
in touch to talk through your
We have provided our results
of State in the United States, I am
sure they are chipping away at some
of the maths and we will see what
Isn't quite uncommon for
listening devices of one type or
another to emit sounds that we're
not aware of or to interfere other
issues in the environment?
I do not
know the answer to that question but
I know that one of our graduate
students and about five minutes was
able to create this proof of concept
eavesdropper that would spirit away
information over and ultrasonic
inaudible channel, but when this
channel would have interference from
a second ultrasonic tone, you would
hear noises like you played earlier.
Thanks to Kevin Fu. After the break,
we will hear about a letter that the
North Koreans have given the South
Koreans, and they want it delivered
to the White House. See you in a
Welcome to a look at the weather
away from the UK. Making headlines,
the storm that we had across the USA
and Canada late last week, this is a
picture sent from Massachusetts. We
were inundated with the rainfall
amounts comic huge, crashing waves
due to the strength of the wind. And
hot on the hills, the next storm.
This linking back into an area of
low pressure. That has already been
giving considerable problems through
the day, dumping snow fall quite
widely. Snow is more an issue on the
system, 12 to 18 inches forecast
before it clears. Though the winds
are not as strong they are strong
enough to blow the snow around.
Still some severe storms for parts
of Florida, and virtually feel
continues to the end of the working
week. Some respite from the rain.
Not for Orlando, potentially.
Another weather system is moving
further west. Things have moved on
but they are bringing in rain, hail
snow, strong winds and we might see
rates for LA. Potential flash
flooding. Heading into Asia, rather
wet weather across southern parts of
China, into Hong Kong and Taiwan. A
really nasty area of low pressure
blooming across the Korean
peninsular and into Japan. --
low-pressure brewing. Snowfall
across the Korean peninsular as that
system brings northerly air into
parts of Japan. After soaking rains,
expect a real drop in temperature
and snow to set in. Tokyo largely
escaped the snow but it stays
unsettled until midweek. Some
showers around, initially in
Beijing. This is the Tropical
Cyclone Joyce talked about, it is
around Vanuatu, it is intensifying.
At the weekend it promises to bring
wet and windy weather to parts of
New Zealand. A tropical low across
the Northern Territories and in the
desert states, here it could bring
some very wet weather indeed, up to
100 millimetres, causing flash
flooding here. Watch for a tropical
site and in the coming few weeks.
A very showery picture. Across
Europe we have lost the bitter
easterly winds that there are still
warnings avalanches towards the
north, heavy rains across parts of
Turkey and the Balkans and we are
watching this massive rain
approaching the Bay of Biscay, which
looks set to be quite a nasty storm
for Iberia into fronts, pushing
weather fronts northwards towards
the UK, bringing milder weather with
it but nevertheless some quite nasty
stormy weather through the Bay of
Biscay. As for here in the UK, we
will see our fair share of sunshine
and showers. A little bit of snow
over the hills, Ben will have much
more in around half an hour.
Hello, I'm Ros Atkins,
this is Outside Source.
These are the main stories
here in the BBC Newsroom.
The EU says it has a long list
of American imports that will be hit
by tariffs if its steel
and aluminium are
targeted by the US.
The White House says that's
going to happen this week.
British police say a nerve agent was
used in attempted murder a former
Russian spy in the UK. If you want
to get in touch...
#BBCOS is the hashtag.
OK, deep breath.
Let's start out coverage
of the US mid-term elections.
Not for a few months...
Texas has held the first primaries
of the midterm election season.
In the coming months
across the US, voters will vote
on candidates for this election.
The mid-terms will decide
who controls Congress,
state legislatures and a number
of key governorships.
If you want detailed analysis,
The Washington Post has a good break
down of today's results.
A few takeaways...
A lot more women won
in primaries here.
The turnout of Democratic
voters has surged.
And high-profile Republican Ted Cruz
might have a fight on his hands.
Let's go live to Austin, Texas.
Anthony is there for us. You have
gone home and working!
combination! Working out quite well!
A very interesting primary in Texas,
Ted Cruz is going to have a
legitimate opponent, a Democratic
member of Congress from El Paso,
campaigning throughout the state and
beat Ted Cruz in fundraising. He is
no slouch himself. He will be his
opponent. It would take a big wave,
this is a conservative state, but
lots of people on a national level
say this could be the upset, if
Democrats are doing as well as
people think they are, with
conventional wisdom at this point.
think of Texas being a huge sea of
Republicans with a small island of
Democrats in Austin.
What is going
on across the state? It is not just
Austin, Texas. Lots of big cities
have become increasingly blue,
Dallas, San Antonio always
democratic, Houston and key
Congressional races, the House of
Representatives races that could
decide who controls the House of
Representatives in November, some of
the key races are in Texas, there
was a district in San Antonio, will
herd, second term Republican,
Hillary Clinton was carried by eight
percentage points and several
Democrats think they have a good
chance. There is a race in Dallas,
and in Houston, and a Democratic
race in Houston is interesting
because it highlights some of the
divides within the Democratic party,
several establishment Democrats
running for that seat to go against
Culbertson, he is at risk, the
incumbent Republican, but the person
in the top two, Lauren Mozer,
supported by the grassroots Bernie
Sanders weighing and the
Congressional Democrats dropped
information harmful to her before
the election, thinking they could
not provide because they think she
is too liberal to win but she
finished in the run-off and could be
the nominee. That is assorted divide
in the Democrats people are worried
about, are those progressives going
to cause trouble in some of these
Congress, as you have
explained, the Republicans hold both
houses of Congress, that makes
Donald Trump's life easier but is
there any possibility in the
mid-terms but one of the houses
There is a possibility,
people look at the House of
Representatives as the easier task
because of the lay of the map in the
Senate, only a third of Senate seats
are up in this year's collections
and a lot of those are Democrats
trying to defend states that Donald
Trump carried. There are lots of
seats were Democrats get eight,
nine, 10% bump over past years, they
could win. Hear in Texas, suburban
districts, California, Florida, some
of the midwest seats are filled to
Republicans over the past few years,
everybody is looking at the House of
Representatives, the Democrats would
have to pick up about 20 seats to
make this happen but in a wave
election like 2006 with the
Democrats, and in those elections
you can see 30 or 40 seat swings.
Thank you very much. Live from
Austin with that incredible blue sky
early afternoon in Texas!
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince,
Mohammed bin Salman,
is meeting Queen Elizabeth today
at Buckingham Palace.
He's in the UK for three days.
He met Theresa May, there they are
at the front of Number 10.
We've just see this statement
from Downing Street that they've
agreed an ambition for around
£65 billion of mutual trade.
Significant announcement, that will
go down well with both parties and
you may have noticed in London there
has been a big PR push.
These billboards have
appeared around London.
Telling us about Saudi Arabia and
Mohammed bin Salman, he is the
central figure at the moment.
Now Mohammed bin Salman
is behind a major push
to liberalise the country.
to be honest, it would have been
hard to go in the other direction,
given how the country's been run.
He has made significant
Women have been allowed to go
to football matches,
they will soon be able to drive
and cinemas are opening after a 35
year ban was lifted in December.
There's also a huge effort
to stop the Saudi economy
being so oil dependent.
Let's remember, Mohammed bin Salman
is also Defence Minister.
He's overseeing a foreign policy
that includes a significant
involvement in the conflict
in Yemen, both with its use of air
strikes and a blockade.
To understand the importance
of Saudi Arabia, I spoke
with our chief international
correspondent Lyse Doucet.
In the Middle East Riyadh is the
capital of Capitals, one of the most
important players in the region and
are very close strategic partnership
with President Trump's
administration and very much taking
the lead whether it comes to
intelligence cooperation, but will
be high on the agenda in talks with
Theresa May, but in terms of trying
to chart a strategy which says Iran
is the main risk in the region and
that plays out in neighbouring
I would imagine Theresa May's
priority, what is the one parity for
For both it is to say
this is an important strategic
relationship with economic benefits
for both, the Saudi kingdom has
money to invest and they want to
continue to buy arms from the UK and
the UK was to sell arms, were one of
the biggest arm sellers to the Saudi
kingdom and Theresa May has this
idea of becoming more global with
Brexit and Mohammed bin Salman helps
Selma agenda and Britain was to say,
we are good friends and because of
that we can be very frank. Britain
has been putting pressure on Saudi
Arabia for some time to say, you
have to bring an end to this war,
the reputational risk is too big and
yes, the Houthis are causing
civilian casualties by
indiscriminate bombing but the Saudi
led coalition bombing is causing the
greatest amount of casualties.
is why we have protests in London.
This big PR push, saying we have
changed and we are changing and
Saudi Arabia is exciting. You meet a
lot of the senior figures, you buy
Undeniably, I have been going
there every six months and every
time I go something is different,
when it comes to social reform,
opening up the economy, undeniably
it is changing and it is the
32-year-old Crown Prince doing this
along with his allies and friends,
trying to drag the kingdom into the
21st century. It seems so banal to
us that women can drive and you have
cinemas and women can go to sports
stadiums and they can work. But that
has been denied to Saudi women for
so long and that is changing so on
social reform he is a reformer and
the Kingdom needs him. Politically,
any suggestion of dissent is quickly
suppressed. They have to do more
when it comes to that front and on
the economy he is trying to
diversified the kingdom away from
what he has described as this
addiction to oil. It is a mixed
picture which is why it is important
for countries like Britain to talk
to the young prince because he is
going to be there for a long time
and he says he wants to reform, his
kingdom is waiting.
Thank you very
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One of our colleagues
from the BBC Russian Service -
Farida Rustamova -
has accused a senior
Russian politician -
of sexual harassment.
She is the third journalist
to openly make allegations
against Leonid Slutsky,
who has denied the accusations.
This is Farida.
who has denied the accusations.
She says that last year,
during an interview in his office,
Slutsky suggested they sleep
He also allegedly
stroked her groin area.
BBC Russian's Nina
Nazarova has more.
According to Farida Rustamova, in
March last year when she went to
check a comment from Leonid Slutsky,
according to her words, Mr Slutsky
unexpectedly change the conversation
and offered for her to become his
lover. When my colleague refused, he
told her, drop by my office, I miss
you and the unexpectedly approached.
And then with his open palm, he
touched her groin area and she
protested and he told her not to
worry because he was ready to help
Mr Slutsky was recorded...
Mr Slutsky was recorded saying,
"I don't feel people up".
"Well, OK, just a little".
The story is on BBCRussian.com.
It reports that the incident
was recorded on a dictaphone.
The BBC has this, but decided not
to broadcast the audio.
Let's hear more from Nina.
We don't have laws here to cover
sexual harassment, improper touching
and offers other sexual nature. The
law here condemns coercion of others
into acts of a sexual nature,
suggesting threats and blackmail so
for my colleagues and others who
have suffered from harassment, there
is no point in even bothering the
Every day on the programme
we try to take you to different
parts of the world...
In Sierra Leone more than 3 million
people have been voting
for a new president and parliament.
This is President Ernest Bai Koroma
he is standing down after serving
two five-year terms.
There are now 16 candidates
vying for his job.
Some of the key
election issues are...
The economy, after the price of one
of their major exports -
iron ore - collapsed.
Also health, after the ebola
crisis, and education.
The BBC's Umaru Fofana has
been following the day's
developments in Freetown.
Very long queues snaking their way
throughout the capital of free time.
Voters pouring onto the streets,
despite the presence of police and
soldiers and with restrictions on
the movement of vehicles. And some
voters's enthusiasm is reinforced by
the desire for basic services.
very excited, it is very good to
exercise my rights as a citizen.
the first time, we don't want the
disappointment from our candidates.
I expect much from the next leader.
They should always try to satisfy
services. Clean water, these are the
From these policies.
There has been no reports of major
incidents and the initial reaction
from observers gives this a clean
bill of health, echoed by the
But we're getting
from some of our people is they are,
we have about 60 observers around
the country. What they are seeing is
encouraging. This is not to say we
don't expect the odd bump or two
along the way but thus far, things
At this polling
station there are complaints the
process going on inside is pretty
slow. People have been standing in
this queue for more than five hours
waiting to cast their ballot but
they say they will remain patient
until they can do just that. The
results will be announced within one
week and if none of the 16
candidates gets 55% of the vote, the
top two will face off in a run-off,
that second round taking place at
the end of March. A horrific story
from South Africa at... Mendy
iguana, a South African try Alan
sugar triathlete attacked on the way
to his early morning training
session, this happened in Durban. At
the time his training partner said
they were being robbed but the
details are even more disturbing, we
are told he was dragged from the
road and I was sure you the account
of the South African Olympic
triathlete, Henry 's Goodman, who
There are many other ways of
describing this. We are told that
Gwala has been through surgery. This
is Dennis Jackson from South
Africa's elite athletic programme,
with more on his condition.
been waiting all afternoon, there
was quite a long surgery, close to
seven hours, the doctors did say
they were going to be meticulous
about this and give him the best job
possible and it seems they have done
this, they have saved his leg, that
was in the most danger of losing. We
have some good news, which is great.
I think it is too soon to say a
thing about his career prospects.
Journey he has had an amazing last
week, coming to where he is in terms
of determination and strength so I
would not put it past him to come
back, this will take some time, this
has been a massive trauma to him and
the news today, tonight, that he is
coming through the surgery and
everything has gone well, I would
not put it past him for Mhlengi
Gwala to rise past this and come
We wish him well. The head of
recycling governing body is calling
for an investigation into Team Sky
following the damning report by
Members of Parliament earlier this
week. David Lappartient has told the
BBC that the findings of enquiry
into doping in sport were
unacceptable and could affect the
global credibility of cycling. The
report accused Team Sky and Sir
Bradley Wiggins of having crossed an
ethical line by using drugs allowed
under anti-dumping rules to enhance
performance instead of just using
them for medical purposes. From
Switzerland, here is Dan Roan. They
may be the dominant force in cycling
but the pressure is on Team Sky.
Today they tried to focus on their
latest race in Italy. But it is the
way they have one of the past that
is under scrutiny. Team Sky have
admitted mistakes following this
week's damning report by a
Parliamentary committee but today
there was powerful figure in the
sport told me that was not good
A mistake is something you
have done without attention --
intention to being wrong. The report
is different. It seems like it was
organised. So it is maybe not a
mistake. Which is different. That
could affect the credibility
globally of our support and that is
why I am concerned.
The MPs alleged
Sir Bradley Wiggins used asthma
drugs to boost performance and not
just from medical need when he rode
for Team Sky, acclaim both they and
he deny. Do you feel an ethical line
was crossed, as the MPs suggest?
the report, what I read... When you
can see that substances were used,
not for health problems but to
increase their performance, then,
yes, that is something unacceptable
If it is not breaking the
rules, can it be cheating?
are using substances to increase
your performance, I think this is
exactly what is cheating.
the controversy, Sir Dave Brailsford
remains in charge of Team Sky but
the party and told me he wants the
anti-doping division to launch their
I want them to
investigate and to see if there is
any violation of anti-doping rules.
Britain's top rider, Chris Froome,
continues to compete despite an
adverse drugs test last year and the
Team Sky star who defend his title
in the Tour de France this summer
with the case still unresolved.
would be the effect of that? That
would be a disaster for cycling,
from a legal point of view he has a
right to ride but for our sport that
could be a disaster.
President once Chris Froome to
withdraw until either he clears his
name or is banned. The road to
reputational recovery could be a
long one. Dan is reporting on this
story and that is essential, if you
are interested on following this on
Twitter for updates, as he chases
We keep learning more about the 48
hour visit by a South Korean
delegation to North Korea.
We already knew their two
leaders may now meet.
It's also emerged that
the South Koreans were given
a letter from Kim Jong-Un
to the United States.
That will be delivered
to America when officials go
to Washington next week.
There have already been indications
North Korea may be willing to engage
with the Trump administration.
Up until now, Dennis Rodman,
retired basketball star,
is the highest profile American
to meet Kim Jong-un.
Here's Donald Trump yesterday
on the idea of a meeting.
I think that they are sincere but I
think they are also sincere because
the sanctions and what we are doing
with respect to North Korea,
including the great help we have
been given from China, and they can
do more, but I think they have done
more than they certainly have done
for our country before...
has imposed new sections on North
Korea. That is because it concluded
Pyongyang was behind the
assassination of a half-brother of
Kim Jong-nam, you might remember
this, killed last year by a chemical
agent at Kuala Lumpur airport in
Malaysia. The Russians are not keen
on these sanctions. This and...
although motivated by the situation
on the Korean peninsula, are being
imposed in addition to the existing
sanctions. Bypassing the UN Security
Council. The sanctions are
illegitimate in our view.
sections are hurting North Korea,
and that is why there is scepticism
about this new approach from Kim
Jong-un. This is the assessment of
the South Korean President...
I think we're at a very
crucial moment regarding the peace
and the neutralisation of the Korean
peninsula. We're only at the
starting line and it is too early to
That was a President,
he are some other South Koreans.
Until now North Korea
has always sought to negotiate when
facing hard times. Still, there have
been so many cases where they would
then make a slick move from behind.
We really should not fall for this
again, especially this time.
Dialogue is Mrs Rae. They need to
talk and discuss measures, this is a
short cut to unification, even if
not arrived. -- even if not right
I wonder if you have seen this
video already on your phone... It
has been shared a lot already.
This is a video of a British diver
swimming through a sea
of plastic rubbish.
Instead, in this film
you see plastic bags,
straws and other rubbish
floating all around.
And they are a symptom
of Indonesia's plastic problem.
It produces 130,000 tons
of plastic waste every day
and half reaches landfill.
This film is from Nusa Penida
Island in Indonesia -
this is somewhere where you'll also
see manta rays and tropical fish.
Well, the diver is Rich Horner -
he's spoken to the BBC.
You can see the occasional cloud of
this and it comes and go with the
currents that was horrifying, that I
mind. I think all the stuff I have
seen has been from Indonesia but
with the Indonesian Masters current
we have dominating, it could come
from further north, in the north and
South East of Asia.
bottle just collects, they are not
on the ground for a long and
actively ship them back to the plant
in Bali and they are recycled but
general plastic waste, I don't think
that is collected enough so a lot of
people do with that themselves.
Makes for a grim viewing. A reminder
of the lead story, coming from
Washington, Donald Trump and the
White House telling us by the end of
the week we should have details of
the of tariffs the President was to
introduce on aluminium and steel,
the EU has responded by saying if
you do that, here is a long list of
products imported into the European
Union which can also expect tariffs
to be applied. They will have to see
how that develops. Another story
relating to the President is today
he has been sued by former adult
star claiming they had an affair and
a deal that he signed with her is
void. See you tomorrow...