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This is BBC World News Today with me, Tim Willcox.
The headlines: Cologne tries to restore public trust
The city's police chief Wolfgang Albers is suspended
as anger mounts over the New Year's Eve mass sexual assaults.
Belgian police believe this flat's a bomb factory and hideout used
by one of the jihadists after last November's Paris attacks.
Mexico's most notorious drug lord, Joaquim Guzman, has been recaptured.
Also coming up: We investigate the horrific violence in Burundi.
An eyewitnesses tells us about the brutality meted out
They say, open, open, if you don't open we will shoot. They hit my
husband and my little girl cried out, you're going to kill us.
And no drinks good, one drink bad - Britain issues tough
After days of public outcry, the head of Cologne's police force,
Wolfgang Albers, has been forced to step down over his handling
of attacks on women on New Year's Eve.
121 women were the victims of sexual assault and robbery in front
Police have now identified 31 suspects and say almost two-thirds
It's re-ignited the debate in Germany over how it can cope
with one million migrants and refugees.
But the local state minister wants the police investigation
TRANSLATION: My decision is necessary now because public trust
in the police needs to be restored and the police needs to regain its
ability to act efficiently. The Cologne police department now has a
massive task of fully investigating the New Year's Eve events. The
public wants to know what happened, who the attackers were and how to
prevent this in the future. Our Germany correspondent Jenny Hill
reports from Cologne. Germany is confronting a new reality
- on New Year's Eve in Cologne nearly 100 women were
sexually assaulted. Authorities now admit some
of the men who attacked them Today Cologne's police chief
was sacked amid allegations TRANSLATION: There are suggestions
that the wording of a police report was changed for political
reasons So does this man, Adil,
a Yazidi from Iraq fears reprisals. Anti-refugee violence
was already on the increase. New Year's Eve has inflamed
a sensitive national debate TRANSLATION: I believe
these were new refugees because people who have been
here a long time wouldn't do this. These people come to Germany
and then commit these acts, There are calls for more
CCTV in public places. A poll today found one in three
Germans will now TRANSLATION: I don't feel that
safe after what happened at New Year, but I think if you can
defend yourself you should be OK. There is a large influx
of immigrants coming in but I think if you go about with a trusting
heart and make sure you regard these as single incidents,
it should be OK. Today in Cologne city authorities
pledged to rebuild trust But officers have yet to charge
anyone over the attacks and many wonder what it will cost
to keep Germany's doors open. The BBC's Damien McGuinness
joins us from Berlin. Is anything urging about how this
was organised? That is the real question because although it is
thought the men came in organised groups, what is not clear is whether
they came with the intent of the very or sexual assault because what
seems to have happened is that women were singled out within the crowd,
surrounded by large groups of men, maybe ten or 20, who ganged up on
them and post them and robbed them and then in some cases also
conducted sexual assault, but what is not clear is the initial
motivation because this area around Cologne Cathedral is known as an
area rife with pickpockets, so the fact people would lose their mobile
phones or bags is not surprising, what is shocking is the level of
sexual assault because we are now seeing, according to latest
testaments, as many as 200 women have reported some sort of abuse of
incident, whether loss of desertion or asexual incident. Allegations of
a conspiracy of silence, not only the police but stayed roared
casters, national broadcasters, why they were so slow -- state
broadcasters. It is quite clear that what the police did was out of order
and this was why the police chief of Cologne, Wolfgang Albers, has been
pushed today. That is a result of public outrage because people say
the police didn't protect women sufficiently on site on New Year's
Eve, there were not enough police officers and allegations that
reinforcements were not accepted from other neighbouring regions in
the aftermath was also oddly handled by the lease because they sent out a
message saying it all past his filly which it clearly did not. There were
allegations of a cover-up because there are allegations asylum seekers
may be involved. It is unclear what happened with the media, partly the
fact there were a few days holiday after New Year's Eve, the country
effectively closes down so there are a few journalists and it went under
the radar. Journalists did not pick up on that lease reports because
they were slow. We also hear that from far right groups there are
always conspiracy erase that the German state tries to push out far
right dissent and that is part of the debate now here in Germany.
Thank you, Damian. Cologne is not the only city
in Europe to claim to have suffered a spate of sexual attacks
during New Year's Eve. We can go to another now,
and Ilkka Koskimaki who is the deputy Police
Commissioner of Finnish capital You have been talking about
unprecedented crime levels on New Year's Eve. What in particular? We
had news in Helsinki that some incident committed by asylum seekers
on years eve and we had also background last autumn, we had a lot
of this kind of sexual harassment in Helsinki and even had some
aggravated, very brutal rape cases and these were committed by asylum
seekers. The people who have been charged, have you charged anyone
with these crimes and can you categorically say they were carried
out by asylum seekers? Yes, I can categorically say these suspects
were Iraqis. They select did victims, very into cicadas ladies
and young ladies -- in toxic it'd ladies. You had information about
this and put extra police on the streets. Tell us how that
information came about. We got this information from reception centres
and we had also other information. That they were planning to do this?
Yes, our information was that some asylum seekers were planning some
disturbance, even this kind of crime. Thank you. Finland having the
fourth highest number of asylum seekers and refugees are capita in
the EU. A man arrested in the United States
after shooting a police officer had pledged allegiance to
so-called Islamic State, The unnamed 30-year-old fired
at least 11 shots at the police officer in Philadelphia,
leaving him with severe injuries. The man later told the police he had
carried out the attack The Police Commissioner said
the injured officer - who will need multiple surgery -
had been lucky to survive. This is one of the scariest things I
have seen. This guy tried to execute the police officer, who had no idea
he was coming, it's amazing he is alive.
Police in Belgium have found traces of explosives,
three handmade belts, and the finger print of a key
The evidence is a direct link to Salah Abdeslam and it was found
during a raid on a flat in Brussels last month.
Well, our correspondent in Brussels, Gavin Lee's been telling me
This came from the federal prosecutor in Belgium who said this
single anger print was found in the third-floor apartment about three
miles north of Brussels, there was also traces of explosives and
manufactured home made belts that were apparently used to transport
the explosives. The theory the investigators are working on is that
Brussels attackers link to the Harris attacks, of which we know
there were at least four attackers, they were using this lace to prepare
explosives before the attacks. After the attacks, Sala Abdul Salam
briefly stayed at this place. We know he was dropped off at this
place, that was the last sighting of him and security experts believe for
a brief variant he may have stayed in this flat. He hasn't been seen
since, he is still on the wanted list form els and French police.
French authorities said weeks ago they believed a significant amount
of planning for the resin attacks were based in Brussels. Abdul Salaam
was one of two brothers involved, his older brother was killed in the
attacks and the morning after he drove from Paris to Brussels, we
know he was stopped and checked I police, he got through and on the
morning he was taken into cars to this area. It also emerged that
friends of him who were now being questioned by Belgian Daugherty 's
claim he called them on Skype the week after and said she was being
monitored by French and Belgian officials on one side and I guess
militants on the other who were unhappy he had not set off his
suicide belt and he was trying to leave first area, and that is where
the trace goes cold. The Mexican President,
Enrique Pena Nieto, has announced that the country's most notorious
druglord, Joaquim Guzman, known as "El Chapo"
has been recaptured. Guzman escaped six months ago
from a high security prison through a tunnel which led
from his cell to a building around This is quite a coup for the
president, one of Mexico's most wanted men. Yes, he has had the
Mexican Marines in the north-west state, and extensive operation ever
since the escape last July, so he said in his suite -- his tweet,
mission accomplished, we got him. He is a billionaire, originally
sentenced to prison in the 1990s and this is the second time he escaped.
Talk us through how he escaped. Guzman was first arrested in what
Allah in 1993 and spent a decade in a Mexican jail before escaping with
the laundry basket and he was on the run fourth 13 years before he was
held again in 2014. Last time he got through a tunnel out of the prison.
You might remember those pictures, and air-conditioned tunnel with a
motor bike to take down the tunnel, a kilometre and a half long haul
from the shower area inside his self to a building outside the prison. Is
he still in charge of the cartel, is it still a cartel rolling the drug
wars of Messaggero? -- Mexico? We do not know where he is captured but it
is likely it was in that area where he has his henchmen and his
organisation is based. Thank you. Now to Burundi, where hundreds have
died in violence since the president announced he would be running
for a third term last year. The most deadly attack happened
in December when armed insurgents The government says 87
of them were killed. But evidence is emerging that
many of those who died were unarmed, and that they were shot several
hours after the rebel attack. The BBC spoke to witnesses,
and found freshly-dug graves TRANSLATION: I saw a lot of soldiers
and policemen and men without uniforms
but with big sticks. This mother of three says
that on December 11th, several hours after
a rebel attack, security forces showed up at her family home
in an opposition neighbourhood. TRANSLATION: Then they started
forcing the door, saying, "Open, open, if you don't
open we'll shoot!" They whacked my husband with sticks
and my little girl cried, They went from door to door,
threatening to kill us, saying we were going to organise
another protest, another coup. This is what they woke
up to the next day. Human rights groups say at least 150
civilians were killed in reprisals This man's ID card
says he was a teacher. The dogs had eaten
some of the bodies. The police came hours later
to take the bodies away. We don't know where
they were buried. Some of the bodies were first
collected by residents and then Hours later, reports
started emerging that We went to look for
one of them on the outskirts This is where some witnesses
told us some of those who were killed in the December 11th
attacks were buried. This is an old cemetery
that isn't used anymore. You can see the mass graves,
there are flies flying around. A resident told us he saw policemen
here the day of the attack He said they shooed locals
away when they tried The government says 87 people
were killed and 45 captured. It says they were all rebels
involved in an attack The army and the police
in Burundi are professional, Justice in Burundi is interested
in getting to know what happened. Some people may be killed
by the attackers but let's wait the results of the
investigation so we Burundians will struggle
to erase from their minds the image of these bodies exposed
for hours in the capital's streets. Emerging rebel movements are a real
threat to the country's stability but the extreme brutality
of the security forces' reaction is unlikely to put a stop
to the cycle of violence. The so-called Islamic State group
says it carried out a truck bombing which left at least 47 people dead
in the western Libyan town of Zlitan The blast targeted
a police training centre. It's the biggest such bombing staged
by IS since it started to expand its presence
in Libya in the past year. The militants claimed the attack
was in revenge for the death The EU Foreign Policy Chief,
Federica Mogherini, who's in Tunisia discussing
a proposed unity government for Libya, said Thursday's attack
was a reminder that Libyans need The best response to terrorism and
especially to Daesh would be, we agreed that, in Libyan response
determined I Libyan unity there can be supported in ways Libyan 's will
determine by the international community and EU, but it has to be
Libyan lead. And based on Libyan unity.
Medics working at refugee camps in the Balkans say they're seeing
a marked increase in the number of refugees falling ill because of
Temperatures have fallen to as low as minus 11 degrees Celsius
Our Global Health Correspondent Tulip Mazumdar has followed migrants
making the journey from the Macedonian border,
through Serbia to the Croatian border.
She sent this report from the town of Shid.
This man, Ibrahim, has travelled from Syria.
He's cold, exhausted and suffering from a painful chest infection.
One-year-old Arizu is also suffering because of the cold.
She's given medicine through a machine
The next morning more people arrive at the border in Macedonia,
ready to walk across the frozen no-man's-land into Serbia.
Despite these cold conditions, or maybe because of them,
Around two kilometres up that way is Serbia,
to make the journey now, the ground is very icy,
and the journey is even more treacherous in these conditions.
This family has already travelled around 2000 kilometres from Syria.
"We are on a journey of death," he tells me.
"We can endure, but I'm worried about the children.
determined to get to Germany, where
and the family have made it safely to the next refugee point.
Medics wrap him in extra warm clothes
The kindness of strangers is overwhelming.
After an overnight bus journey north, the family can finally board
the train to Croatia, but more people follow
in their footsteps, the desperate and weak.
In other news, a cosmetics company in Thailand has apologised for
promoting skin whitening pills using the slogan, you need to be white to
win. It features an actress attribute in her fame to her skin.
The company says it had not meant to convey a discriminatory message.
Bolivia and Peru have committed money to clean up late to the Qatar,
-- lake did attack are, which is home to fish and other species
threatened with extinction, threatened by waste produced by a
Bolivian city. There is no safe level
of drinking - that's according to new guidelines on alcohol issued
by the British government, The latest recommended limits apply
to both men and women equally People should drink no
more than the equivalent of seven pints of average strength
beer or seven standard glasses And people should also have several
drink-free days a week. Pregnant
women shouldn't drink at all. Critics say the advice smacks
of "the nanny state" as our Health Editor Hugh Pym
reports. It's certainly stirred up a big
debate over how much it is sensible to drink and whether people need to
be told to cut act on the alcohol they order at the bar or in shops.
The official line now is that there is no such thing
The risk is significant of over drinking to people's
We are advising a low risk amount which is up to 14 units
A key question for most drinkers, how much is it reasonable
There will no longer be any difference between
the recommended maximum amounts men and women might drink in a week.
New guidelines for everyone will mean no
more than 14 units in that time, so what does that look like?
It is equivalent to seven pints of beer or seven medium sized
glasses of wine but if you drink higher strength
brands in both cases, that will mean fewer drinks
On this basis for beer towards the lower end
of the strength range, it is three fewer pints for men
Lucy often drank a bottle of wine a day but after
drinking three in one night she ended up in hospital
She believes drinking has been glamorised and tougher
I grew up in the '90s so I was subjected to the whole
ladette culture and I think women of my generation have been sold
wine is a treat, it is good for you, it is a convivial and with friends
and harms have been played down, even to the extent of promoting red
The guidelines will apply across the UK.
We asked drinkers in Swansea whether they thought the government
People wouldn't take any notice, they will drink what they want.
It is up to the individual whatever they want to drink.
People tend to think they are fine, two or three pints is nothing,
It could be some time before there is any firm evidence
as to whether these tighter guidelines make any difference
to people's behaviour or their health.
A quick reminder of our main story, that the chief of police in the
German city of Cologne has been suspended and made criticism of the
way his force handled allegations of violent crime during New Year's Eve
celebrations, including sexual assault and theft. That's it from
me. Good night. The weekend is upon us and
weather-wise if you have plans for out door is take an umbrella because
there is rain forecast in the form of showers and a noticeable breeze.
We have low pressure