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President Trump's most senior diplomat makes his debut


The new US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson,


is meeting his counterparts - including from Britain and Russia -


We'll have the latest from the summit and from Washington.


Also this lunchtime: Britain's most senior judge says some press


coverage of the Article 50 Supreme Court case


Researchers say taking vitamin D supplements could prevent


three million people in the UK getting colds or flu every year.


A state of emergency in the New Zealand city


of Christchurch, as wildfires take hold over nearly 5000 acres.


More teams and more host countries - Fifa's president says four countries


And coming up in the sport on BBC News: A decision on the future


of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger won't be made until the end


of the season, following a heavy Champions League defeat.


Good afternoon and welcome to the BBC News at One.


President Trump's most senior diplomat is making his debut


on the international stage at the G20 summit in Germany.


The new US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is meeting


Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov this lunchtime -


at a time when contacts between the Trump administration


The US State Department says Mr Tillerson will try to provide


a "comforting message" to countries uneasy about apparent


changes in America's foreign policy positions.


We'll be live in Germany in a moment, but first this


With so much attention on his own difficulties at home,


Donald Trump might be thankful that, for the next couple of days,


the spotlight will fall squarely on the shoulders of


his new secretary of state Rex Tillerson, attending


Among his first meetings was with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.


The people of Gambia were delighted to be coming back


Not something the United States is going to be doing.


Small talk and jokes for the cameras, but Rex


will want to hear reassuring words about many things, including


the new administration's commitment to Nato.


In a turbulent, uncertain world, much has been made of


Rex Tillerson's previous role as a senior oil executive with very


A relationship that will come under microscopic


scrutiny when he sits down with Russia's Foreign


From security to global trade, the uncertainty about where


the United States now stands on many big issues is almost unprecedented.


On the one hand you have chaos and a possibly compromised


administration, and by that I mean the President Donald Trump


and his closest advisers, some of them are deemed indicated


On the other hand you have the pragmatists,


for example General Mattis, Defence Secretary, trying


to say to Nato allies, let's put this back on course.


What is also unprecedented and unacceptable, says


President Trump, is what he called a biased discredited media,


at the New York Times and CNN, which he accuses of relying too


heavily on leaks and hearsay to undermine his government.


I think there is not the same rigour going on right now in newsrooms.


The number of rubbish stories that we are seeing with reporters


just rushing to publish with thinly sourced or anonymously sourced


stories is not doing any favours to the impression that they are out


The president again took to Twitter today to attack press coverage.


But there's also clear, undeniable evidence that his


Andrew Pudzer, the President's nominee for labour secretary,


withdrew late last night after cross-party


These are testing times for Donald Trump, less than one


We can talk to Gary O'Donoghue in Washington, and first,


to our diplomatic correspondent James Robbins, at the G20 summit.


It's striking that suggestion from the State Department that there will


be a comforting message. What do the member states where you are want to


hear from him bastion Mark it's very clear that much of the outside world


represented at this G20 meeting, both the leading industrialised


countries and the most rapidly emerging countries, a group of more


than 20 countries, are very anxious, alarmed, frankly, at what they


regard as an unpredictable, radically changing American foreign


policy. They haven't even understood let alone got to grips with. Rex


Tillerson has a big job to do, to reassure them. He says that's what


he wants to do. It's first, most challenging meeting this afternoon,


is going to be with his opposite number from Russia, Sergei Lavrov.


That's going to be a really critical meeting, because this is a veteran


Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, one of the longest serving on the block.


He will undoubtedly be trying to size up and analyse any sense of


American weakness, which is the charge, of course, against the


administration from its critics, who say the administration is


compromised partly by Rex Tillerson's commercial ties and


links to Vladimir Putin before he left business and partly by


everything that has happened in Washington over the past few days.


Rex Tillerson will try to distance himself from any of that


controversy, try to reassure allies and critics that the United States


is going to pursue a twin track policy towards Russia, highly


critical of the Ukraine for instance and in particular, and it's going to


maintain sanctions, which is one of the critics make, that you seem to


be showing signs in Washington of weakening them, and yet it also


wants to engage on the other track of the policy with Vladimir Putin


and explore ways of building a better relationship. It's clear that


many of the people represented here, not least Chancellor Merkel of


Germany, where this meeting is being held, are very alarmed. She's been


talking about the danger of one country trying to manage the world's


problems on its own. James Robbins, thank you. Let's head to Washington


and Gary O'Donoghue. James Mattis has been, as we know, at Nato


headquarters and again, some very, very strong comments from him? Yes,


picking up on the points about developed American foreign policy,


it's a work in progress at the moment. There are not clear


developed areas, where the world can know exactly what the US is thinking


at this stage. One of the area is perhaps where they can is on


America's attitude to Nato at the moment. You will remember during the


campaign Donald Trump called it obsolete. That rhetoric has all gone


away. What we have had now is James Mattis, the Defence Secretary,


saying that he stands behind Nato, but giving a very tough message


about the responsibilities of other Nato countries to pay their way.


Only three other countries, I think, maybe four other countries apart


from the United States, pay this 2% of their annual income is towards


defence, which is a prerequisite of Nato membership. James Mattis has


gone further and said, look, if you don't do this, guys, we are going to


have to consider moderating, his word, moderating, the US


contribution to Nato. What that might mean, who knows. You can


imagine it might mean things like reconsidering that deployment of a


whole armoured Brigade in Poland recently, which was seen as a way of


shoring up that threat from Russia deployments in the Baltic states as


well. One other thing on the horizon to be aware of in terms of defence


and policy towards the Middle East that will inflict on Russia, is that


this 30 day review of the Islamic State strategy comes up at the end


of February, and that's when we are going to hear whether or not America


is prepared to do joint actions inside Syria with the Russians. Gary


O'Donoghue, thank you in Washington. Britain's most senior judge has


criticised sections of the press for their coverage of the ruling


which said Parliament had to be consulted before the process


to leave the EU could be triggered. The President of the Supreme Court,


Lord Neuberger, also accused politicians of not being quick


enough to defend This from our legal affairs


correspondent, Clive Coleman. CHEERING


If the EU referendum stirred the country's emotions, the court case


about who had the right to trigger Britain leaving under Article 50,


ministers alone, or parliament, raised even stronger feelings. When


business woman Gina Miller won ruling preventing the government


from starting the process without parliament, some in the media saw


red. The coverage by parts of the press of the judges that decided the


Article 50 case am here at the High Court, against the government,


stunned and hurt the judiciary. The judges did not feel they could


respond without compromising their position. But now the country's most


senior judge, the outgoing President of the Supreme Court, clearly feels


the time is right to say something. Some of the things that were said


risks undermining the judiciary and unfairly undermining the judiciary,


and therefore undermining the rule of law. This former tabloid editor


disagrees. When you get an important issue, like Brexit, being decided by


uniquely I think for the first time in 43 years by referendum, you are


going to get big reactions on both sides, so I defend the right of a


newspaper to give a rather large raspberry to a controversial


decision will stop Lord Neuberger wasn't impressed by the response of


politicians, including the Lord Chancellor Liz Truss, who has a


statutory duty to defend the independence of the judiciary.


Politicians acted slower than one would have liked and perhaps


expressed themselves rather more organically than one would have


hoped but to be fair to politicians, like judges, they learn and after


the Supreme Court case decision they did precisely what they should have


done. In response to that Liz Truss said in a statement, that it's right


that everyone understands the importance of judicial independence


and the rule of law in a free society. If sections of the press


can be criticised for undermining the rule of law, then the Supreme


Court itself, currently made up of ten white men and one white woman,


has faced criticism for a marked lack of diversity. The process of


appointing a new president and Jew new justices begins today. With


steps to encourage -- and two new justices begins today. With steps to


encourage more diverse candidates, including the option of part-time


working. That should encourage a favourable press. Clive Coleman, BBC


News. Researchers say taking vitamin D


supplements could prevent more than three million people in the UK


from getting colds or flu each year. Sunshine is needed to produce


the vitamin naturally in the skin - and levels plummet


during the winter. The team - from Queen Mary,


University of London - says the vitamin should be added


to foods like bread. Here's our health correspondent,


Dominic Hughes. This is what vitamin D


deficiency can look like. Softened bones bowing under


the weight of the body. But now researchers say vitamin D


may have other benefits apart Effectively, vitamin D boosts


the production of natural antibiotic substances called antimicrobial


peptides, which are toxic to We have shown the effects


of vitamin D to prevent respiratory infections are on a par


with those of the flu vaccine and They argue that if everyone got


enough vitamin D there would be a 10% reduction in the risk


of respiratory illnesses Among those with the very lowest


levels of vitamin D, the benefit is even greater -


a 50% reduction. And across the whole UK population,


that would equate to more than 3 million people avoiding


a cold or flu each year. Sunlight on the skin


is the best source of vitamin D but the increased use of sunscreen,


and our weather, means exposure It is possible to get vitamin


D through some foods. For example, cereals, particularly


those marketed at children, have vitamin D added


as a supplement. You can also get it


from oily fish or from eggs, although you would have to eat ten


every day to ensure What researchers are arguing is that


vitamin D should be added as a supplement to products


like milk so that we all But some scientists believe that


fortifying food with vitamin The recommendation is more around


that we should all take a supplement in the winter months,


in autumn, and in those groups that are at risk,


so people with darker skin or who aren't outside


as much, they should take While the specific benefits of


vitamin D are still being debated, sunshine and supplements seem to be


the best sources. A 15-year-old girl has pleaded not


guilty to the murder of Katie Rough was found


with severe injuries in a playing field last month,


and died later in hospital. The teenage defendant appeared


at Leeds Crown Court this morning via videolink -


charged with murder, The Malaysian authorities have


confirmed that the man who died after being poisoned


at Kuala Lumpur Airport is the half-brother


of the North Korean leader, Three people - two women and a man -


are now in custody, in connection From Kuala Lumpur,


Karishma Vaswani reports. It has been almost a week


since the mysterious death of a man at Kuala Lumpur airport on Monday


and still no answers. Malaysia confirmed for the first


time today that the dead man is North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's


half-brother Kim Jong-nam, I think he carries two


different identities. Probably this is an


undercover document. Two women, one shown


here in police custody, Officials say one is an Indonesian,


while the other was carrying A third suspect, a Malaysian male,


has also been detained. But we don't know what they have


to do with Kim Jong-nam's death and we still don't know how he died


or what he was doing in Malaysia, but we do know that he did come


here fairly frequently. We understand this is one


of the restaurants Kim Jong-nam used The owner said that he would


regularly come here and would I spoke to the owner


of the restaurant on the phone. He was too scared


to speak in person. Did Kim Jong-nam ever tell


you that he was worried for his life, that someone


might kill him? But at the North Korean Embassy


in Kuala Lumpur, all was quiet. Instead, the focus in Pyongyang has


been on the 75th celebrations North Korea hasn't said anything


about the death of Kim Jong-nam and it is highly unlikely


it ever will. In this secretive regime, unanswered


questions are a way of life. The new US Secretary


of State, Rex Tillerson, is meeting his counterparts -


including from Britain and Russia - And still to come: All aboard


for a celebration of the Wrens. We're in Portsmouth


for the 100th birthday are in Europa League action this


evening, with United's Paul Pogba facing off against older brother


Florentin, as Saint-Etienne visit The prime minister of New Zealand


is in Christchurch to monitor the efforts to fight a huge wildfire


which has led to the evacuation Two separate fires which began


in hills to the south of the city on Monday have combined,


to cover a total of The city's mayor has warned


that the fire could pose These are the fatal fires that have


burnt a ferocious path through It's taken more than two days


to bring them under control. An aerial battle is winning


the war against the flames, involving 14 helicopters


and three planes. The cost, the life of a pilot -


a highly decorated former serviceman turned firefighter who crashed


while on duty. He was trying to help


save the lives in these homes. A dozen were reduced


to charred remains. Miraculously, the residents


were left unharmed. Visiting the displaced,


New Zealand's Prime Minister. There's a whole lot of people here


have been traumatised by the events, some who have lost their homes,


many who have been evacuated, and this is a community that knows


how to stick together A big pall of smoke now sits over


the country's second-biggest city. The fire is contained


but not under control. Wildfires here are rare,


but that's of little comfort now. My neighbours up the hill


are absolutely terrified because they are surrounded


by forest and gorse and long dried We've been up pretty much all night,


since we were evacuated, The blackened hillsides


are now yielding clues It's believed it started


in two separate locations, French prosecutors say they will


continue their investigations into the centre-right presidential


candidate Francois Fillon, who's been accused of cheating


the parliamentary payments system. He's denied paying his wife


and children inflated parliamentary salaries for minimal


or fictitious work. Let's talk to our Paris


correspondent, Hugh Schofield. What is Francois Fillon saying about


this? Is he continuing with his campaign? Absolutely. He hasn't got


what he wants. He wanted the prosecutor to say there is not


enough here to proceed. But the prosecutor, this kind of interim


statement, has said, we are going to continue with our investigations


because there is enough evidence to allow us to do that. He hasn't got


what he wanted but, at the same time, it isn't the worst news. The


prosecutor could have said, there is enough before Russell ready to


recommend that he be placed under formal investigation, in which time


he would have had to step down. So what we have got is more of this


drip drip agony for Francois Fillon, which means he can't properly


campaign. From the constituencies, reports are coming from his agents


in the field saying, it's terrible for us out here, nobody wants to


hear about your proposals, just whether you are honest. What it


means is that Francois Fillon, the centre-right candidate, has slumped


in the polls. He is in third, which is significant because, remember, in


the French system, it is number one and number two in the first round


who go through to the second round and, right now, those two people are


going to be Marine Le of the Front National and the newcomer, Emanuel


in -- Emanuel Mammana, the centrist, who is number two. Francois Fillon


needs to fight back hard if he is to get second place. -- Emanuel Makron.


A woman and her son have been arrested by City of London Police


after they allegedly faked her death in order


Officers say the woman's teenage son and his guardian tried


Our correspondent Helena Lee is here.


The City of London Police has told us that this 18-year-old and his


guardian claimed that the woman had died in a car crash in Zanzibar in


east Africa last year. It is alleged they tried to claim against a life


insurance policy worth ?140,000 in her name. It is also alleged that.


Humans including a death certificate and also accident reports were


produced. -- alleged that falls documents. They couldn't verify the


woman cars death so they refused to pay the claim. They passed it onto


police and they found that the woman was alive and living in Canada. She


to the UK, she was arrested and questioned by police. Her son was


also arrested and questioned and both of them have been bailed and


they are expected to return to a police station in Birmingham in


April. The guardian who was with the 18-year-old who was 24, he was also


interviewed under caution. Social care for elderly people


is on the brink of collapse in some parts of England,


according to the charity Age UK. It says more than 50,000 people


are now not receiving any help, despite struggling with essential


daily tasks such as washing, Our Health Correspondent,


Sophie Hutchinson, reports. For ten years, Elaine Yates has


cared for her husband. They managed to get some


social care but Elaine, who runs a support group for carers,


says it's much harder to get now. When Michael first came


into the system, it was a lot easier, because we had our own care


manager that grew to know us and could help support


us in what we needed, whereas today, people coming


into the system don't get that type of support,


they don't have their Today's report by Age UK says,


since 2010, in England, there has been a rise of 50%


in the number of elderly people who don't get the help they need


with essential daily activities. These are getting out of bed,


bathing, dressing, using the toilet, The charity's particularly concerned


about more than 50,000 people who struggle with three or more


of these activities While social care is run


in different ways across the UK, cuts have meant councils in England


have had to reduce the amount they spend on social care,


and Age UK says emergency funding is now needed to avert a complete


collapse of services in some areas. We are seeing the beginnings


of something that's And that's because,


if there is going to be any extra money for social care,


it's not coming yet. That is a real concern because,


every day we have an ageing population, we have more people over


85, in particular, who need care. The Government says it


recognises the pressures on the system and is working


on a sustainable solution. There is now a growing expectation


a rescue package may be included Fifa's president Gianni Infantino


says the 2026 Football World Cup could be hosted by more


than one country. He says this could involve up


to four different nations, Our sports news correspondent


Richard Conway is here. Possibly as many as four. What is he


suggesting? The reasons behind this are that Fifa agreed that the 2026


World Cup would be completed by 48 countries, expansion. That brings


logistical hosting issues for smaller nations. So what Gianni


Infantino is saying is that he wants to expand the number or encourage


co-hosting between three or even four different countries. At the


moment, the favourite for the 2026 bed is America. That leaves open the


possibility of a co-hosting agreement between Canada and Mexico,


despite the difficulties with the Trump administration between those


two countries, becomes a real possibility. In the wider context,


it is politically astute by Gianni Infantino. Lots of smaller nations


will welcome the chance to play a part in the World Cup. He has a real


election in 2019 and he will hope they remember this.


100 years ago, the Women's Royal Naval Service was founded to free up


more men for active service at sea during the First World War.


It was the start of a hugely significant change in the role


Wrens, as they became known, served as cooks, stewards,


dispatch riders and telegraphists, and went on to play


key roles in the Navy in the Second World War and beyond.


Our correspondent, Duncan Kennedy, is in Portsmouth, where events


Welcome to the heart of this expedition in the naval dockyard.


You join me at the start of this royal naval service for women back


in 1917, but don't be fooled into thinking this is a dry exhibition.


This is about the people who were women and made up the service. Look


at this photo, 1919, the first parade of Wrens, and alongside, this


permit to go home dating December 1918. That was her Christmas leave


to go and see her family, all part of this exhibition.


At 90 years old, Wyn Price still has an affection for the sea.


Whether it is her admiration for these World War II motor boats


or the time she joined as a 17-year-old in 1944,


the Wrens have always held a strong bond over her


You had to go in what they was short of and they


I couldn't cook so I opted for a steward.


Proud then and honoured now to be celebrating 100


No, the ones before me were pioneers.


The new Wren is welcomed by a Petty Officer


and ushered into the presence of a chief officer.


The Women's Royal Naval Service was formed in 1917 but


it was in the Second World War they came of age.


It is by her orders that the mail boat


stops at the ships named on that precious letter.


This may have been the extent of the seaborne presence


but the Wrens' 17,000 volunteers were vital to take the strain off


men in the Navy's non-fighting roles.


Without the Wrens we wouldn't have the service that we have today


so they very much laid the foundations for the women who are


It is a nice opportunity to look back and


celebrate the achievements of the past 100 years and even


The new exhibition charts this vital service


When the women integrated with the men in


1993, out went the title Wrens, but they continued to embody the


standards and professionalism of the Royal Navy.


The pioneers really set the bar high, I think,


and they had to prove themselves, which they did really well,


and after that it was for the other women to embrace that change


and they took it forward and it has continued to go forward.


Women now make up 10% of the Royal Navy.


100 years after they became the first of the free services


to officially recruit women, the new exhibition is a moment


for early Wrens to reflect, commemorate and cherish


their connections with Britain's maritime heritage.


This is all about the personal detail, the letters and photographs


and uniforms. It all opens to the public on Saturday and the


exhibition lasts for the rest of the year.


Time for a look at the weather with Stav.


Thank you. With the milder air across the UK and seems like this in


Norfolk, some good spells of sunshine, it's going to feel


positively springlike. This was the picture earlier in Norfolk. Cloud


has built a bit. A big contrast to the north of the UK where, across


Scotland, we have strong winds, cloud and showers, close to the low


pressure. You can see where the sunshine is, in the south and east,


although cloud beginning to feel in a bit. Southern counties should hold


onto the sunshine all day. That low pressure across Scotland is moving


off to the North Sea and the winds getting lighter. Some rain coming


into Northern Ireland. Lots of sunshine in the south, with decent


temperatures in south Devon, potentially 13 or 14 Celsius.


Double-figure values in the sunshine across the south. What cloud


developing in the Midlands, a few showers, and rain developing in


north Wales and north-west England and stretching into Northern


Ireland. Sunshine and blustery showers across Scotland. These will


gradually ease through the day along with the wind. That area of low


pressure moving off towards Scandinavia. It turns dry with clear


spells for Scotland. Some clear spells in the south west, so it will


be chilly with a touch of frost and some and fog. In central areas,


Northern Ireland, the Midlands and south-east, holding the cloud and


some outbreaks of rain. It will be fairly mild. Friday generally drier,


a bit of rain in the north-west, but it should lift and allow some


sunshine to develop. A cloudy day generally for Friday. It will still


be mild with all the air coming in from the south and south-west.


Double-figure 's foremost and feeling quite pleasant in the


sunshine in the north-east. There will be areas of sunshine in


central, southern and eastern parts of the UK, with the north-west


seeing the biggest cloud and outbreaks of rain. The majority of


England and Wales should stay dry with some good, sunny spells.


Double-figure values for most. On Sunday, it's the north-west corner


seeing the strongest winds and the biggest outbreaks of rain will stop


the driest weather in central, southern and eastern areas.


Double-figure values again. Those mild temperatures lasting into the


start of next week. The new US Secretary


of State, Rex Tillerson, is meeting his counterparts -


including from Britain and Russia - On BBC One we now join the BBC's


news teams where you are.