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This is BBC World News Today with me Zeinab Badawi. Stay indoors, that's


the warning to people across North America as the big freeze takes


hold. Temperatures are down to Arctic conditions causing havoc with


roads, transport systems and air travel. We bring you the latest live


from one badly hit area, New York City. Al-Qaeda militants in control


of Fallujah warn residents not to help Iraqi government forces who are


trying to drive them out. The revolutionaries of the Lodz tribes


have resolved to punish those linked to the sectarian government. Former


foe turned mediator: Sudan's President Bashir arrives in Juba for


talks with south Sudan's leader Salva Kiir whilst face to face talks


between the warring parties start in Ethiopia. Another high-profile


skiing accident, this time it's emerged the German chancellor Angela


Merkel fractured her pelvis after a recent fall in the snow. So, who is


holding the reins of power now? Hello and welcome. People across the


United States and Canada have been warned to stay indoors to avoid


extreme cold weather. Many schools are closed and more than 3,000


flights in and out of the US have been cancelled. American weather


forecasters say the mass of Arctic air, known as a polar vortex, will


affect two-thirds of the country as it moves east from the Midwest. The


freezing conditions could be life threatening, temperatures are down


to minus 51 Celsius, if you factor in the wind chill. Beth Macleod


reports from Washington. The bitter weather is being


described as life-threatening in large parts of the US and Canada.


These people are out and about in Chicago despite warnings to stay


indoors. The cold temperatures we are expecting this coming week on


more than an inconvenience. They are serious, dangerous and they can


cause serious health risk. Exposed skin to become frostbitten within


minutes. Many schools in the midwest are closed. More than 3000 flights


into or out of the United States have been cancelled and there are


likely to be many more cancellations over the next few days. On the


shores of Lake Michigan temperatures hit minus 30 Celsius. The wind chill


made it feel even colder. The freezing weather is due to spread


from the midwest to the east coast over the next 24 hours. Like large


swathes of the country, Washington is bracing itself for bitterly cold


temperatures. And extreme weather warning comes into effect and local


authorities are publishing a hypothermia hotline, preparing


people for what could be the coldest temperatures in 20 years. In a few


minutes, we will be talking to an ABC News correspondent about the


freezing conditions. The battle for control of key cities in Iraq's


Sunni heartland remains tense, unpredictable and worrying for the


government. The Prime Minister, Nuri al Maliki, has called on residents


of Fallujah to drive out Al-Qaeda militants who have been seizing


control there. Mr Al-Maliki warned the people of Fallujah that this


would be the only way for them to avert a major offensive by


government forces. But now masked militants in Fallujah have said they


will punish anyone who co-operates with the authorities.


The fighting continues. There were sporadic clashes on Monday in the


provincial capital where Al-Qaeda fighters took control of most parts


of the city. Iraqi troops have been trying to dislodge them since then.


It was after Iraqi police broke up a protest last week that the present


tension and deadly clashes erupted across this province. After the


US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 that brought Shi'ite majority rule to the


country, it became the heartland of Sunni insurgency. The other focus of


the new fighting, the nearby city of Fallujah. Al-Qaeda fighters and


their supporters are currently said to be still in control of the city


centre while government troops are surrounding the city. A command of


an anti-government group vowed to punish tribesmen backing the


authorities. The revolutionaries of the Lodz tribes have resolved to


punish those, the covetous, linked to the sectarian government.


Dashes-macro Fallujah tribes. At the same time, the Prime Minister called


on the people to expel the militants. It said this way they


could avoid an all out assault by government forces. They ordered the


troops not to strike residential areas. It is already said to have


been the deadliest violence in the province in several years. As of


now, how this challenge to the government 's authority will end


remains unclear. It has taken a heavy toll in blood in south Sudan


to get to this stage and still there is no guarantee the fighting will


stop. But at least the warring parties have begun face to face


talks in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, which it's hoped will bring


about a cease-fire in the first instance and then end the conflict


between Presidet Salva Kiir and his rival Riek Machar. The talks are


being brokered by foreign ministers from the East African community. The


BBC's Emmanuel Igunza is there for us now and has been following


developments. Can you tell us, we have all been waiting for these


face-to-face talks to take place? -- to take place, is anything emerging?


Today they talked about how they will address each other in the face


to face talks. They will talk about the cessation of hostilities in


South Sedan and also talk about the release of political detainees. That


work properly begins tomorrow. Today they were laying ground for how they


were going to engage each other. What about the talks that are going


on in Sudan - Southsea dan rather? Dashes-macro South Sudan. The


president sent a special envoy, a former general to attend peace talks


saying, as a good neighbour, a country that has interest in the


welfare of Sudan, it needs to have an interest in the process. He will


be sitting in the talks. What the envoy brought was they want a speedy


conclusion to the fight that is continuing in South Sudan, for that


country to go back to peace. Thank you. Meanwhile, in the capital, the


president has been holding talks with the South Sudan president. The


two countries share a long and precarious border. There are also


strong economic ties between them. The vast majority of income comes


from oil. The idea of a joint force to protect the oil fields in the


south has been raised. To talk some more about the talks going on, I


have been joined in the studio by the press Council of the Sudanese


Embassy in London. First of all, do you think that, given the history


between South Sudan and Sudan, he is the right person to try to mediate?


He is the right person. Before the referendum, President Bush if lead.


He said he will respect the result of the referendum. When the


referendum gave cessation as the outcome, he delivered and the


Sudanese army withdrew completely from the south. He is seen as an


honest - and honest broker? He has acted in the past as an adviser to


the president and here he is talking to the South Sudan president. Was a


long time ago. Most recent and more important is the cooperation


agreement, signed between the two presidents in 2012, September 2012.


It includes not only oil, banking, pensions, and the 40 billion debt,


which we have two try and work out. That is the 40 billion debt that


Sudan had when it was united country. You are trying to work out


what portion of that South Sudan pays. Basically, what you are saying


is there are very strong economic trade ties going beyond the oil. The


oil is very important. What about the idea we are now hearing


attributed to the Sudanese Foreign Minister about the possibility of a


joint force to protect the oil fields during this conflict? Until I


left my office one hour ago, according to the Sudan News agency,


it said we have a cooperation agreement with South Sudan. We have


many common interests. We are hopeful of a stable South Sudan and


hopeful of cooperation with the legitimate government to negotiate.


Would it be in keeping with that cooperation agreement that there


would be a joint force between the South Sudanese troops to protect the


oilfields? I am not here to speculate. There is a long border


between the two countries. Any word of refugees? Have any people cross


the border? They are preparing, in case refugees crossed the border.


Everything is in place on television. There is more than one


item of news. Remember that, chewing the long civil war, millions of


seven Sudanese cross the border to the north and stayed there for long.


When you look at what is going on between the rivals, it is very


tragic that given the long and bloody history, the conflict with


the North, the people of South Sudan still have not been able to reap the


peace dividend. People in South Sudan have not been able to beat the


benefits of peace. People in North Sudan still have been unable to reap


the benefits of peace. The people in Sudan were promised the lifting of


sanctions and many other actions to be taken, normalisation of relations


with the West. That has not materialised. As for the South, it


is very tragic. They have suffered a knot. It is time for them to enjoy


peace and prosperity. Thank you very much indeed for talking to us. Now


let's bring you some of the days of the news in brief. Police in


Afghanistan say they've detained a young girl wearing a suicide bomb


vest. An Interior Ministry spokesman told the BBC that the girl, who


could be as young as eight, was caught trying to attack a police


post in Helmand province. She failed to trigger the device and is now


said to be in a state of shock. A US woman involved in a plot to kill a


Swedish artist who'd offended Muslims has been sentenced to ten


years in prison. 50-year old Colleen LaRose had called herself Jihad Jane


online and agreed to kill artist Lars Vilks over his series of


drawings denigrating the Prophet Mohammed. Three political parties in


the Czech Republic have agreed to form a centre-left coalition


government. It's taken since October's election to get to this


stage. Under the deal, the Social Democrat leader, Bohuslav Sobotka,


will become Prime Minister. The election was prompted by a bribery


and spying scandal which brought down the last government. Let's get


back to those freezing weather conditions in the US. With us live


from New York City and out and about in the cold is ABC's Tahman Bradley.


Freezing conditions, I know. It does look a little more than nine behind


you. Nevertheless, give us an overview of what people have been


experiencing. -- more benign. It is the quiet before the storm. The


north-east of the US will be hit again. It is wicked cold. Every


single state in the continuous US, all of the 48 states, by tomorrow


are expected to see subfreezing temperatures. Texas, for example, is


colder today than it is in New York City. This is a cold, Canadian and


that is invading the untied US, Chicago, Minneapolis and other


cities across the Midwest, they are basically shut down. People who


dared to brave the temp job going out in freezing wind chill. Some


parts of the midwest and upper midwest are seeing wind-chill of -50


degrees. It is bitterly cold. It is a bit of a baptism of fire, isn't


it, for the New York mayor. Are the authorities coping all right? That


is exactly right. It was a big test. We had a monster storm which packed


quite a punch on Thursday evening and into Friday morning. It was


impressive to see all these snowploughs out and about and people


dropping salt. The new man wanted to show the people he could handle a


big snowstorm. Most of the primary and secondary roads were clear. The


male wanted to make people know he could do a better job picking up


snow than his predecessor. Here in Britain, victims of the TV


presenter the late Jimmy Savile are calling for a single inquiry into


how he managed to evade justice. Around 50 of the people who have


reported being abused by him say the current multiple investigations


won't answer the key questions about how Jimmy Savile operated and


they're worried the truth may never be uncovered. David Silitto reports.


This is BBC One. The year is 1964. The programme is Top of the Pops.


This triggers when in Manchester. One man remembers them rather too


well. He is now 64 but we met to discuss an encounter when he was


just 15 years old, an encounter with Jimmy Savile. It was unbelievable


what he had done to me with both of his hands. Unbelievable. It is a


difficult moment for you. I'm sorry. As I say, it is like yesterday, you


know? Yesterday. Why do people do these things? It ruins your whole


life. He was speaking to me because he wants answers. An enquiry that


answers all those questions. If there was just one enquiry, then we


might know exactly why Jimmy Savile got away with serious sexual abuse


for 50 years. There has of course been no shortage of investigations


into saddle. The Metropolitan Police and DNS PCC report came out just


under one year ago. Since then, there has been enquiry after enquiry


after enquiry. The BBC, police, Crown Prosecution Service, 32


hospitals. Or to answer all the questions? One solicitor


representing victims thinks not. There is no ability to compel the


production of documents or production of people to appear


before enquiries and to be questioned and subjected to tough


questioning. But 15 months have already gone by. The NSPCC has some


fears. All the time that enquiry was going on, every question anyone


wanted answered would be booted into that enquiry and the lessons which


we could learn quicker would be pushed off into the future. At the


heart of all of this is Jimmy Savile, and how victims get the


truth? How did he get away with it? She's been described as Germany's


Iron Lady, but today the Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has begun a period of


being confined to bed after she was hurt in a cross-country skiing


accident in Switzerland. At first it was thought she had just suffered a


bruise. But Mrs Merkel's spokesman said she had partially fractured her


pelvis when she fell before the New Year. The Chancellor has cancelled a


number of meetings and foreign trips, but she'll work from home for


the next three weeks. I have joined by Thomas Kielinger,


the London correspondent for Die Welt newspaper. The iron lady


showing a bit of fragility area chink in our armour. It is strange


that we have these incidents of its key accidents in Germany. Now we


have the top politician in Germany. Her incident is not related to speed


going downhill at great risk. It was a cross affair and she supposed to


have hit a tree, which makes me wonder what our security guards who


were accompanying heart were up to. That is the two of them. Why


couldn't they prevent her hitting a tree? Where was her husband? It is


one of these riddles I cannot solve. He probably does not want to ski


with her. The sheer keen skier? Annually, around Christmas, she goes


to Switzerland and enjoys leisurely hours and days. There is no danger


of suffering any untoward incidents like she has now. She's now bedbound


for three weeks and I would imagine she could learn from a person World


War II -- Winston Churchill and World War II the conducted his


business from bed. She wholeheartedly could easy in her


bedside. -- she will have to take it easy in her bedside. They will take


control in her absence? The Vice Chancellor. He is the head of the


other party who joins her in Government. He is the supreme law


about energy policy and Chancellor of the Exchequer. We can see him in


the picture. You would imagine an mammoth so many commitments and


responsibilities -- a man with so many communes and responsibility to


be ready for the job. But he is apparently going to take Wednesday


afternoons off in future to be with his two-year-old daughter, he will


pick up in kindergarten to relieve the workload of his wife, who is


also employed. That is the New Year resolution of the Vice Chancellor.


He cannot follow through with that because camelid meetings are


normally on Wednesday. Mrs Merkel will hold the one Cabinet meeting


this week, the first of the new Coalition. What, in her bedroom? No,


she is going to make it to their Cabinet room and conduct business in


crutches. We are an interesting way to relax country about such things.


Accidents do not prevent us from doing these things. Very


interesting. Let's hope Mrs Gabriel is understanding about the


two-year-old. Do you ski? I used to a long time ago, but not now. Weiss,


keep safe. -- very wise. Music talent contests have become


popular the world over. They can help launch a budding singer or


musician into almost instant stardom. Take the British singer


Adele, for instance. She's now one of the world's biggest-selling


artists after she won the BBC Sound of 2008 competition. We'll announce


this year's winner on Friday. But all week we'll feature the runners


up. First up today is 19-year-old singer-songwriter George Ezra. His


music has been described as "grizzly folk-pop". To find out more about


him, we joined him onboard a train at the London Transport Museum.


Hi, I'm George Ezra. I am a singer-songwriter.


I travel everywhere around England to bring, just long trains, it is


just me on the guitar. -- just on the trains. Whenever I am on a


train, although I paid for a ticket, that is a sense of, I do not know


where I am going. I took myself travelling around Europe on trains.


Yet, a lot of the album I have recorded as come from that


experience. It is brilliant. Travelling on my own funds the


nation was brilliant. I did not note I could cope with myself and deal


with myself, you know, and spend time with myself. It turned out I


can and I loved it. I have notebooks and I can record


onto my phone. Often I want in the street and harm a little melody.


Then you sit down and, you know, get the different bits together. I never


sit down and go, I'm going to write a song. I used to play in bands and


all that, and then I realised it is quite a bit easier to do it on your


own. MUSIC. I have been supporting a lot, and


that is a test. People do not go to see support that's a lot of the


time. It almost means that you cannot lose. Either they are not


going to listen to you and they never were they will listen to you


and that means you have done something right. My name is George


Ezra and I will play a few songs for you. This first one is called Blame


It On Me. I had never been to Glastonbury and I was invited to


play the BBC Introducing stage. I got silly behaviour out of the way


on Thursday and then focused Friday, Saturday. It went really well. It


was the first time I had people running towards the ten singing


along. I had never seen that. Cheer Thousands of people have gathered in


the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, to pay their last respects to one of


football's all time greats, Eusebio, who died on Sunday.


They clapped and chanted as the coffin was taken into the Luz


Stadium before a Mass and burial later today. Portugal has declared


three days of national mourning for Eusebio, who died from a heart


attack at the age of seventy-one. Born


that is all for now. Next up, the weather.


We're looking at a further heavy shower the next 24 hours. That will


continue overnight tonight, particularly affecting southern


England. We have the highest


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