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After prosecutors in Brazil question the former President -
Lula - as part of a corruption inquiry.
He accuses them of disrespecting democracy.
The WHO says there's growing evidence of a link between the Zika
virus and two neurolgoical disorders, including microcephaly.
Police in Los Angeles are carrying out tests on a knife which could be
linked to the killing of OJ Simpson's ex-wife and her friend
Why the man -- why the surgeons who repaired this man's severed spinal
column on the search for new patient.
Brazil's former president - Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva -
has reacted angrily to being detained and questioned
in connection with a corruption case.
Lula was taken from his house and questioned for three hours
The current president said it had been unnecessary for the police to
detain her predecessor because he would have wanted them voluntarily.
Scuffles outside the former President's home after he was taken
away for questioning by police. A long-running corruption probe
targets its biggest figure. For many Brazilians, Lula is a saviour but,
for others, he is the emblem of a corrupt government
TRANSLATION: He should have been detained a long time ago. Everything
is so slow here. If this was the US, he would have been detained and
investigated already. TRANSLATION: I have suffered from
hunger and worked a lot in the countryside until I was 18. I
couldn't even afford a bicycle. For me, Brazil only started existing
after Lula. Lula made history as the first president from a poor
background, a steelworker who reached the highest office. As head
of the Workers' Party, he ran the country from 2003 until 2011,
presiding over a booming economy and lifting millions out of poverty. His
popularity was enough to elect his chosen successor, Dilma Roussef. But
his legacy has been tarnished by a deepening corruption scandal at the
state oil company Petrobras. The police alleged state appointed
members of the company got kickbacks from firms which wanted contracts.
The state prosecutor says they are working on the hypothesis that some
of this money ended up in the former President's think tank.
TRANSLATION: 60% of the funding comes from the top five companies
involved. The police alleged that homes were bought for the president
with the money. The former president denies all charges and, in a
strongly worded statement, he said he was the victim of violence and
the case was an assault against the rule of law. The police questioned
Lula for three hours. Even if no charges are applied, this is seen as
a major blow to his hopes of becoming a presidential candidate in
2018. Let's talk to our correspondent
Daniel Gallas in Rio because, in the last hour or so, Lula has
given his own press conference. He gave every impassioned defence of
his institute and his work and legacy. He says he has been subject
to violence by institutions. He says this is a media circus, not a
serious investigation. He says the powerful elite are after him cause
of his track record against poverty, and that they don't want his project
for Brazil to continue. That is what he said regarding the
investigations. He also said there is nothing wrong with the money he
earned with the speeches. He compared himself to Bill Clinton,
saying he is as expensive and valuable as Bill Clinton when giving
speeches and there is nothing wrong with the money he earned. He gave a
passionate defence, a challenging one. At times, he almost sounded a
bit like a politician who wants to run an election campaign, which is
what many people speculate he will do in two years' time.
More than 20 years after the former American football
star OJ Simpson was found not guilty of the murders of his ex-wife
Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman,
police are investigating possible new evidence in the case.
Millions of people watched the televised trial back in 1995.
Despite a huge search, the prosecution was never able
Now the Los Angeles police department says it's testing a knife
that may have been recovered from a property once
At a news conference, the LAPD described the circumstances
in which the knife was reportedly found.
We received the knife from a retired LAPD officer retired in the late
90s. It was a motor officer. At that time, according to them, he was
working off duty, working a movie job, which a lot of our officers do
on and off duty bases, as well as our retired officers. I don't know
whether he was retired at the time he allegedly received this item from
the person who claimed they found it on the property or whether he was
still an LAPD officer and they retired after that. We are looking
into it. The investigators will continue to look at this. The item
has been recovered by homicide investigators and it is being
treated as we would all evidence. It has been submitted to our lab. They
are going to study it and examine it all forensics, including DNA and
hair samples. That is ongoing as we speak.
Earlier, our correspondent in Los Angeles - James Cook -
gave this assessment of what the police had to say.
Quite an extraordinary develop and, more than two decades after the
murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman here in Los Angeles.
1994, they were killed, stabbed to death, the murder weapon never
found. In the trial the following year, where it felt that point the
entire world was watching, OJ Simpson was of course acquitted in
the end, at the dramatic finale to quite an incredible trial. In the
years that followed, don't forget, civil proceedings were brought
against him by the victims' families, which he lost, and was
subsequently sent to prison in 2000 for armed robbery. Such risks and
turns, and the latest now, the finding of this knife. Although the
circumstances of the discovery are not at all clear. Why it was not
investigated earlier is a big question for the LAPD. That officer
talking about the circumstances under which it may have been found,
and suggesting this may come to nothing. It is important to stress
that. A police captain addressing the media said it was important to
note that they did not necessarily think this was the murder weapon. At
the moment, they were simply looking into whether or not it had a
relationship to the case. The police officer who was supposedly given the
knife was given a second hand account of how it was found, so they
don't even know for sure that it was definitely found on the property of
OJ Simpson, a property demolished in 1998. The suggestion was that it was
found around that time. They haven't confirmed that information, so a lot
of enquiry still to carry out, not least the DNA testing, which it is
interesting to note that the science is more advanced now than it was at
the time. Scientists in the United States say
they've found more evidence to suggest that the Zika virus
can damage brain cells after they injected the virus
into human stem cells. Zika is spread by mosquitoes
and generally causes mild flu-like But it's been linked to birth
defects in hundreds of babies born in Brazil whose mothers contracted
Zika while pregnant. The findings in the US come
as the World Health Organisation announced there was accumulating
evidence linking Zika with both microcephaly and the Guillain-Barre
syndrome, which damages Our Science Editor David Shukman
says the US lab tests are an important step
towards proving the link It is a sort of detective job going
on, with teams of scientists around the world desperately trying to
understand how the virus works, how it could get into the body, how it
could affect a baby's brain development and caused that terrible
condition of the abnormally small heads, microcephaly. What we have is
a series of pieces of evidence, if you like. Traces of Zika virus were
found in the amniotic fluid of infected pregnant women, found in
some babies who had microcephaly, and now this study in America, which
is an important step forward, where scientists took the virus and
applied it to human stem cells, cells which could go on to develop
into brain cells. They found that 90% of them were infected by Zika
virus and then went on to become damaged. What you have got is the
first tangible physical proof, if you like, of a mechanism by which
the virus could damage a baby's brain.
Two men have been jailed in Turkey in connection with the death
of a three-year-old Syrian boy who drowned while trying to reach
A photograph of his body on a Turkish beach last September
came to symbolise the plight of refugees making
But despite the huge risks people are not being deterred.
The latest figures show a record number of migrants and refugees
entered Europe last year - almost all of them by sea.
And just to warn you it contains flash photography.
Convicted for the trade in people's lives.
Two Syrians, jailed today for over four years,
for smuggling Aylan Kurdi and his family.
But they were cleared of deliberately causing their deaths.
It was the most potent image of the refugee crisis.
Little Aylan washing-up near Bodrum last autumn sparking sympathy
It also put pressure on Turkey to tackle the smugglers.
The migration crisis again topped the agenda
Chancellor Merkel visiting President Hollande in Paris.
TRANSLATION: We, Germany and France, entirely agreed that we must
protect our external borders to defend freedom of movement
within Europe but also for security reasons,
because we have to know who arrives in Europe.
And they are still arriving, at a huge rate.
More gathered in Izmir, putting their faith in life jackets,
The crowds of refugees and migrants who used to be camped out in places
like this in central Izmir have mostly been chased away by police.
But it doesn't mean the numbers have dwindled.
You still see them here, for example, at food hand-outs.
Turkey has been told by the EU to reduce the flows of those
arriving on the Greek island every day from 2,000 to 1,000.
When, for those fleeing war, the hope of Europe burns so bright.
One way, says the head of the European Council,
visiting Istanbul today, is for Turkey to take
There is hope it can be agreed upon at a summit next week.
But along the journey to Europe the bottlenecks are growing.
Macedonia has shut its border with Greece and 11,000 people
As Europe scrambles for unity, individual states close their doors,
but that still won't kill the dreams of the desperate.
Stay with us here. Still to come, can the cell transplant which
repaired this man's broken spinal cord work for others and
revolutionised the treatment of paralysis? The baby of a pregnant
woman who was stabbed multiple times in Sutton Coldfield has been born in
hospital and is doing well, according to police. A 41-year-old
man known to the woman was immediately detained in connection
with the attack in the town centre and he remains in custody. Speaking
a short time ago, Phil Mackie gave us this update on the condition of
the mother and the child. This news came through from West Midlands
Police not long ago. We know that the mother, who was 40 years old and
heavily pregnant, had been stabbed this afternoon and she was airlifted
to hospital. In hospital this evening, a baby has been born. We
presume that is by Caesarean section. We don't know the sex of
the child yet. The baby is doing well, according to the statement
from police, but the mum, who was stabbed, remains in a critical
condition. She is still being treated in hospital. This is BBC
world news. The latest headlines. Brazil's former president Lula
accuses proxy tutors of disrespected -- accuses prosecutors of
disrespecting democracy after they question him. Police are testing a
knife to see if it was the murder weapon in the OJ Simpson case. Now
all of the sport. Three points clear at the top of the
Premier League, but what has been the secret to Leicester City's
remarkable success? Claudio Ranieri has revealed he has kept the squad
focused on the training pitch by ringing and imagine rebel at them. I
say to them, ding-dong, when they are sleeping, no? And then I ring a
little bell. We have brought you a little bell. Hey, you are sleeping.
Come on! Do you think you have maybe got this air of a headteacher about
you, with the players, with us? No, no. From the beginning, when
something was wrong, I said, ding-dong, wake up! During the
training sessions, ding-dong! Christmas Day, I said, I'd buy for
everybody, all of the staff, a little bell. Ding-dong! Just a joke.
Arsenal have suffered another blow to their title hopes. Petr Cech, the
goalkeeper, will be out for three to four weeks. The the Czech... Arsenal
travel to north London rivals Tottenham on Sunday. It is a serious
calf injury and he had a green alert. From the first goal, he
couldn't kick the ball properly because of his groin. He may be deep
-- he may be compensated too much. If you look at... It is very good as
well. I am not honestly worried at all on that front. A report
commissioned into the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany says
it has found no conclusive evidence of vote rigging, but it cannot rule
out the possibility of votes being bought. The report was commissioned
after it emerged the German football Federation made a payment of 6.7
million euros to Fifa in 2005. This investigation essentially says
that the World Cup of 2006 was not bought, it was not subject to
corruption. However, it goes on to say that the possibility that votes
were bought cannot be ruled out. A bit of a conflict that in the
statement. Why cannot that possibility be ruled out? There was
evidence that was supposedly withheld, some documents, e-mails
which were destroyed, but also individuals such as the Fifa
president at the time, Sepp Blatter, refusing to give evidence to
Freshfields in the case. It is a confusing picture. There is also
suggestion in this report that there are unclear payments which have been
uncovered. One of those has come from Franz Beckenbauer, was the
president of the German bid for the 2006 world club -- World Cup, some
money received in Swiss francs from a Swiss bank account to a bank
account in Qatar which was owned by the disgraced former Fifa vice
president, who was on the Fifa executive committee at the time.
Great Britain's defence of the Davis Cup title saw them finish one rubber
apiece after the opening round against Japan in German -- in
Birmingham. Kei Nishikori levelled it out with a defeat against -- with
a win against Dan Evans. Tomas Berdych has been taken to five sets.
World number one Novak Djokovic started winning legal Serbia but
Mikhail Kukushkin pulled it back for Kazakhstan, beating Viktor Troicki.
Surgeons in Poland are launching a global search for to paralysed
patient is -- patients and they will try to help to walk using transplant
surgery. In 2014, the team announced they had reversed paralysis in a
former fireman using cells taken his nose to repair his spinal-cord. Our
correspondent broke the story and he now has this exclusive update.
He is the paralysed man who walked again.
This is Darek Fidyka in 2014, after his regenerative cell
transplant, documented by the BBC's Panorama.
Now, a bigger test, to ride this tricycle.
Remember, this is a man who had been completely
paralysed below his chest after being stabbed.
Now, he is relearning how to control his legs,
sending commands from his brain down to his muscles,
The effort is as much mental as physical.
TRANSLATION: If I really think, I can feel each muscle,
The brain is very important and I appreciate it
lays a crucial role in cycling, or any other exercise I do.
The big question now is whether Darek's extraordinary
achievements can be repeated in other patients.
Only a clinical trial can show whether or not the cell transplant
does indeed represent a revolution in the treatment of paralysis,
which would make it one of the greatest
That's why his surgeon is launching a worldwide search,
via a website, for two patients with highly unusual injuries.
Their spinal-cord must be completely severed,
Help them, and it will silence any doubters.
We can prove once and forever that we can repair
There would be no speculation if we succeed to reconstruct.
This would be history, this will change history.
If we succeed, we'll find a cure for paralysis.
The patients will have one of their olfactory bulbs,
at the base of the brain, shown in green, removed.
It processes the sense of smell, and is the only part of the nervous
In a second operation, cells from the
bulb will be transplanted into the spinal-cord to provide
a pathway for nerve fibres to grow back.
The patients selected for the trial will
undergo intensive physiotherapy, both before and especially
In all, they will have to commit to spending three years
living at this rehabilitation centre in Poland.
The research will be independently assessed by this team
They will use equipment like this magnetic stimulator
to monitor the patients' neurological pathways
As a proof of principle, I'm very excited, because
this is a novel treatment that holds a great deal of promise.
This would open up hope that an alternative
But it is going to take some years to refine it.
The treatment will cost ?250,000 per patient,
and is being funded by a small British charity set up by a chef,
David Nichols, whose son was paralysed in a swimming accident.
If the trial is successful, it might mean patients
For Darek, the return of muscle control and sensation has brought
other improvements, like bladder control and sexual function,
which he says are just as crucial to his growing sense of independence.
At a cost of $4 billion, it is the most expensive railway station in
the world. It is in New York near where the twin towers once stood.
Today, several years behind schedule, it finally opened. More
than 200,000 commuters are expected to use it everyday. The architect
who designed it has called it a gift of love to the city.
A bird in flight, a Phoenix rising from the ashes,
New York's latest landmark is a station that doubles
as a symbol, of renewal, of hope, of life.
Almost 15 years on from the attacks of 9/11, this new transportation hub
at Ground Zero has finally opened its doors.
For survivors it's a highly charged moment.
Charles DeAndrea lost 176 colleagues that day and has watched this
Really kind of proud of New York City, being able
It's just absolutely remarkable, the way we have come back from this.
And then, to see this today, it's quite amazing.
It's staggeringly beautiful, but staggeringly costly.
The project has been plagued by cost blowouts and delays.
Originally, the plan was to have a transportation hub
And the price tag of $4 billion is double the estimate.
It's made this the most expensive station in the world.
The design, his inspiration was a bird in flight.
So the tourist trail has a new addition, but the symbolism
It's been likened to a turkey carcass the day after
Like a bird, right? Seagull?
I don't know, I don't really see a bird.
It just looks like a series of Nike ticks being repeated.
I know it's supposed to look like, represent a bird, but,
But to others it's become instantly iconic, and perfectly complements
I think it's a fantastic way for the city and visitors to always
look up and be inspired instead of feeling drugged down
In lower Manhattan, the skyline has been repaired,
the subway system has a cathedral-like new home.
But it's still hard to see a plane in the skies without remembering
the monuments that stood here before.
Now to something very old. A medieval ring said to have belonged
to Joan of Arc has returned to France after nearly 600 years in
England. It was bought by a foundation which runs a historic --
historical theme pub in western France for $425,000. It is thought
that Joan gave it to an English cardinal before she was burnt at the
stake. The former resident of Brazil, Lula, has reacted angrily to
being detained and questioned in connection with a corruption case.
He was taken from his house and question for three hours at a police
station. That is all from me and the rest of the team. Thank you for
watching. Goodbye. Hello. The heaviest snow really has
cleared away now, but we might get some fresh snow in one or two other
parts of the country through the evening and overnight. Across the