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This is BBC World News Today with me, Reged Ahmad.
The headlines: America's top intelligence chiefs are briefing
President-elect Donald Trump on claims of Russian hacking.
But before the meeting, Mr Trump told the New York Times
that the investigation was a witch hunt carried out by his
Gunmen opened fire in Fort Lauderdale.
Sending a message: Michelle Obama gives an emotional last
speech as First Lady, saying the country belongs
to the young, regardless of their background.
If you or your parents are immigrants, you are proud part of
their tradition, an infusion of cultures, talents, and I is in
generation after innovation. Also coming up: An iceberg five
times the size of Manhattan is close to breaking away
from the Antarctic ice shelf. Donald Trump has described
allegations that Russia interfered in the American presidential
election as part of a witch hunt The president-elect was speaking
to the New York Times ahead of a briefing by top US intelligence
officials on Russian cyber-attacks. That briefing is taking place about
now at Trump Tower in New York - this was Mike Pence,
vice-president elect The heads of the CIA,
FBI and National Intelligence insist the Kremlin ordered a cyber attack
to help Mr Trump's campaign. He has repeatedly cast
doubt on those claims. Ahead of the meeting,
CIA Director, John Brennan, said he was looking forward
to the encounter. I am hoping that he will be
respectful to the profession, respectful towards the intelligence
community and I am looking forward to a rather throw but, if not
sporting, discussion on this issue. Our north America correspondent
Nick Bryant has more. Did a cyber attack on America
organised by Vladimir Putin help put US intelligence can't say
whether votes were changed or opinions altered
but they are convinced Russia wanted the billionaire to win and conducted
a multifaceted cyber campaign using hacking, propaganda and fake
news to boost his chances It wasn't just the billionaire who
celebrated his unexpected victory, Intercepted conversations reportedly
picked up senior figures in the Russian government rejoicing,
too, among them officials said to be Donald Trump will be told
by America's intelligence chiefs that the Russians tried much harder
to hack the computers of the Democratic National Committee
than those at Republican headquarters, and also that
go-betweens have been identified who allegedly handed stolen e-mails
to the website WikiLeaks. Details from the classified report
were leaked to NBC News, Did a cyber attack on America
organised by Vladimir Putin help put Details from the classified report
were leaked to NBC News, "How did NBC get an exclusive
look into the top-secret Vice President Joe Biden said it was
time for Donald Trump to grow up. The idea that you know more
than the intelligence community knows, is something like saying
"I know more about physics Time to be an adult.
You are President. Donald Trump this morning complained
of a political witchhunt, and his spokesman said he is right
to be cautious. The President-elect has a healthy
scepticism of everything, People need to know that
when decisions are made, we've seen in the past that a rush
to judgment is not in This morning Donald Trump got
into an online dispute with Arnold Schwarzenegger over
ratings for the TV And so he continues
with his unconventional journey to the White House,
but troubled by that nagging question, did Russia
help him on his way? Let's speak to our correspondent
Aleem Maqbool, who's Our correspondent is in Washington.
You have been speaking to John Kerry. He has something to say about
these claims from Donald Trump that this focus on Russian hacking
amounts to a witchhunt? Yes, I spoke to secretary Kerry before Donald
Trump was briefed by the intelligence service. Just after
Donald Trump said he thought the focus on Russian hacking amounted to
a witchhunt, I asked Secretary Kerry Wattie of those remarks.
We have an extraordinary have professional intelligence community.
The men and women who work every day to give us information
And some of them sometimes have many different ways of doing things
In order that we can be informed and make decisions,
I think DNI Clapper could not have spoken more clearly about it,
he said that healthy scepticism is a good thing,
And he felt it fell on the side of disparagement.
So, I think he has spoken for this administration
There has also been friction with the administration and Theresa May.
This is very interesting. After secretary Kerry last week gave a
tough speech criticising Israeli settlement building in the occupied
territories, quite unusually, the British Prime Minister Theresa May
put out a statement criticising, effectively, the speech. In all the
time I have been covering American politics, which is a long time,
almost 16 years, I have never heard of British Prime Minister be that
critical in public of an American Foreign Secretary. So I asked John
Kerry what he made of this criticism from such a key ally. I'm very
gratified by the support I received from members in the Arab world, and
Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and others, expressed support for
the principles which I laid out, which by the way are very much alike
with what Great Britain believes would bring about a solution in
Middle Eastern peace. I stand by it. I believe the speech was honest, I
think it was very much spoken as a friend of Israel, but also as a
friend of the region and one that recognises it is heading in a
dangerous direction if we don't resolve this problem. Were you
surprised by promised a pot-macro reaction? An honest answer is yes
but I am not going to get into it. We move on. I did ask him whether he
thought this was something of the Donald Trump affect, perhaps the
British by Minister has been trying to align herself more closely with
the incoming American president double trouble, who has taken a
tougher stand in favour of Israeli issues, but he said was up to me to
speculate on that question. US media are reporting a shooting in Florida.
The sheriffs office has been quoted as saying several people have been
killed and nine have been wounded and the shooter is in police
custody. You can see these live pictures. It was at the airport. It
is believed the shooter acted alone. It is an ongoing incident at the
baggage claim area in terminal two. We hope to speak to our
correspondent shortly to get more on the news.
Michelle Obama has delivered her final speech as First Lady
of the United States with an impassioned call
on young people to have hope and fight for their rights.
Speaking at a ceremony in the White House to honour
American school counsellors, Mrs Obama told young people
to empower themselves with a good education and lead by example.
She concluded tearfully by saying that being First Lady had the been
Npower yourselves with the good education, then get out there and
use that education. Lead by example with hope. And never fear. And note
that I will be rooting for you can supporting new for the rest of my
life. And that is true I know full every person who is here today, and
for educators across this nation who get up every day and work their
hearts out to lift up our young people. And I am so grateful to all
of you for your passion and your dedication and all the hard work, on
behalf of our next generation, and I can think of no better way than to
end my time as First Lady than to celebrate all of you. So, I want to
close today by saying thank you. And queue for everything you do for our
kids and for our come to. Being your First Lady has been the greatest
honour of my life. And I feel proud. Russia says its aircraft carrier,
the Admiral Kuznetsov is to come home
from the Mediterranean, where it's been involved
in military action in Syria. The vessel's return is to be part
of a wider scaling back of Russia's Forces backing Moscow's ally,
President Bashar al-Assad recently won a significant victory
in the battle for Aleppo. Russian military forces have played
it he wrote in this war, providing support to the Syrian regime. So
much so that Moscow is credited with helping turn the tide in favour of
its ally, the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad but a week or so
ago, Vladimir Putin announced a partial pull out of its forces in
light of the ceasefire that Russia helped to broker, despite four
elections, is still holding. The Russian Foreign Ministry have said
it's aircraft carrier and some small warships based in the Mediterranean
would be the first to leave. Russia became significant military presence
in Syria but for some this is a sign that Moscow sees the Syrian conflict
is entering a new phase after helping the Syrian government take
control of Aleppo and with peace talks and folate of this month. But
this comes with an important caveat. It is the first time Russia has
announced the withdrawal -- isn't the first time Russia has announced
withdrawal from Syria, it did so in March and then went back in.
Police in Bangladesh say they have killed one of the masterminds
of last year's terror attack on a cafe in the capital Dhaka
which left 20 hostages, mostly foreigners, dead.
Nurul Islam Marzan and another suspected Islamist extremist died
in a pre-dawn raid on a property in the city.
The world's biggest art gallery, the Louvre in Paris,
says the number of foreign visitors fell by 20% last year
in the wake of Islamist attacks in the city and elsewhere in France.
The director of the Louvre, Jean-Luc Martinez, said the drop
in visitor numbers had cost the museum more than
Other galleries in Paris also saw a decline in foreign tourists.
A new documentary about David Bowie has revealed that he learned his
cancer was terminal only three months before he died.
The director of the Lazarus music video, which shows Bowie in a bed
with his eyes bandaged, says it was not about
Bowie's long-time producer also says the artist
was "at the top of his game" when recording his final
An iceberg a quarter of the size of Wales is close to breaking away
If and when it happens, it would be one of the 10
Scientists have been monitoring the break-up for months.
And even though the crack in the ice shelf has got
significantly worse in December, they're not blaming it
on climate change, but calling it a 'natural event'.
Here's our environment correspondent, Matt McGrath.
Stretching for around 100 miles in length,
the 100 yard wide rift in the Larsen ice shelf has grown
Just 12 miles of frozen material is keeping this enormous iceberg
Collapsing ice shelves are common in Antarctica.
As these pictures show, these fragmentations can
dramatically affect the landscape, creating icebergs of
A team of British researchers have been travelling to Antarctica
to monitor the growing rift in the Larsen C ice
shelf for several years, but they have been surprised
by the dramatic expansion in the rift that's taken place
What we've found is that the rift that's been in this ice shelf
for a number of years has broken through another 18 kilometres
and is now at risk of giving birth to an iceberg about a quarter
And the significance of that is it is a very large
iceberg that will go out into the open ocean,
but the remaining ice shelf we believe will be less stable
When large icebergs break off the edge off an ice shelf
like the Larsen B in 2002, it can have a dramatic
effect on the stability of the whole structure.
At Larsen B, most of the remaining shelf disintegrated
Experts at the British Antarctic Survey are worried that any
new iceberg formation could have long-term consequences.
When the ice shelf loses this ice, it may then start to collapse
and if that were to occur, then the glaciers that feed the ice
shelf could flow faster and contribute more to sea-level
When it shears away, the new iceberg will be one
of the biggest recorded - around 50 times the size
But despite concerns about the impact of global warning,
researchers they receive no evidence evidence that climate change
is playing any significant role in the new iceberg's formation.
Dr Anna Hogg is a researcher at Leeds University who uses
satellite technology to study ice sheets and ice shelves
Thank you for the joining us. Why is this important? Why should we care
about this? This is important because of the location in which the
iceberg will carve off. It will carve off the Larsen C which is on
the peninsular and we have seen dramatic warming in this region over
the last 20 years. Iceberg calving in itself is not a direct indicator
of climate change but it is important we monitor the small
events in order to better understand the region. What are the
consequences of this ice shelf separating? For example, for the
mammals that live there? Not so much for the mammals that live there. If
shipping routes were in this location, then icebergs could cause
problems for ships as they have to navigate around the speeches but for
this iceberg that is so large, it is possible to observe this using
satellites from space and therefore safely navigate the feature. In the
future, it may force problems when it is in smaller pieces that are
harder to spot. Once the iceberg moves away, will it melts, will we
see water levels rise? The iceberg itself, it is like an ice cube in
your gin and tonic, it won't directly cause sea level rise
because it is already floating in the water. Typically, icebergs last
many years. They melt very slowly over time so that is what we expect
will happen with this iceberg, too. Can you give us a sense of how
unusual an event this is? Is this something that scientists like
yourselves way to many decades for? We see ice berg is carving all the
time. There may be many pieces of fragments of ice that are about to
or nearly calving off different glaciers. This iceberg is not unique
in its calving but it is unique in the context of the size of the
iceberg which is much bigger than we usually observe. Thank you.
There is increasing talk about all the different ways
but what about when it comes to going under the knife?
Surgeons are labelling the technology a revolution
for the field - as the ability to print bespoke implants gives
patients quicker recovery times and a better end result.
Katie Silver's been to meet someone whose face has been
But, in 2011, he had an accident which tore
What happened next, I slammed into a piece
Not a good idea to hit something with your chin at 30 miles an hour,
and a titanium metal plate to rebuild his jaw.
They then covered it with a skin flap.
He didn't have any bottom teeth and his new mouth was tiny.
It is very difficult to speak when you have the opening
at the centre in North London, Veronique and her team
input George's CT scan into into a 3-D printer.
This is basically an oven, filled with nitrogen and powdered nylon.
It has a very hot temperature, but when the laser hits the nylon,
it pushes it to the point where it melts.
Here, they are making an engineering part, layer by layer.
Here in the corner is a 3-D printing on George's jaw.
George's doctor, Ian Hutchinson, says that 3-D printing has
We use it to plan the operation, and we use it to actually design
Apart from planning the operation, George's doctors also used the model
to make him an implant, perfectly fitted for his new jaw.
The technology has helped him maintain a sense of hope.
First of all, if you know that you are going to get a solution,
it means you can keep going, and second, red wine helps!
And there's also that passion for cycling, which survives,
in spite of everything he's been through.
Let's return to the story about the shooting at Fort Lauderdale. You can
see live pig just there of the emergency services. Let's go to our
correspondent to tell us a little bit more, she is in Washington. What
do we know best and Mark the latest we have heard is that the County
Sheriff office says there are multiple dead in the shooting, we
don't have the confirmed figure. Earlier, reports said nine people
were injured. We are still waiting to find out what the con firmed
casualty figures are. Clearly, this is a very distressing incident. It
took both at Fort Lauderdale airport, in the baggage claim area.
Apparently, it was a domestic flight, and the security is quite
limited there, it is easier to walk in that area, easier than if you
walked into the departure area for example. Somebody opened fire there.
It was a lone shooter, and that person has been taken into costs are
they. There is no information about whether he was acting alone. There
is no information about what his motive was. Was this a vintage of
crime, a personal grudge, or a terrorist act, we don't know yet
what act -- motivated the shooter. The incident shot down that
particular terminal. People were evacuated out onto the tarmac. We
have now seen pictures of people going back into the terminal now
that the shooter has been apprehended but in the operations of
the airport, at least from that terminal, they are still stopped.
There was a backdrop of traffic and passengers as police officers tried
to figure out what happened and speak to as many passengers as they
can to get details from witnesses who were resident. There is a
sensitivity about incidents at Ayr ports, especially in the United
States. Well, certainly there is a sensitivity about incidents at
airports not only in the United States. We have security in airports
since 9/11. When you go into an airport, you go through bag which
checks, screenings are you go through all kinds of checks to make
sure you are not carrying anything in that could be used as a weapon.
But when you leave the airport, there is less security, and that is
something that this attacker has taken advantage of. Of course there
is a heightened alert about security threats not only at airports but in
other transport areas and so on, with regards to the general fear
about terrorism attacks in the last couple of years because of the
anti-Isis campaign, the influence that Isis has had all other Islamic
extremists have had on instigating lone wolf attacks so there is
increased security because of that but it is to early to say what
inspired this individual to do this shooting.
Two people have been jailed in China for the defrauding people out of
millions of dollars. On the face of it, quite an extraordinary is dory.
It seemed like a anchor, there were tellers behind booths, in uniforms,
even the slips you would expect from a Chinese national bank, except it
was nothing of the sort. It was an illegal act which duped hundreds of
Chinese customers and the people and planet profited around the million
dollars. The two heads of this organisation have now failed in
their attempt, they have been jailed for nine years and nine and a half
years, respect every. You wonder how could you do this? How could you
setup the building and pretend it was a bag and get away with it? They
were able to do with this because it is the kind of rural body which
might have had some of the similar functions of the bank, they were
ordered to dodge any direct questions about whether it was
really a cooperative or a bank and were telling people it was kind of
the same thing, until one day, businessman tried to get his money
out, wasn't able to do so, and went to the police, telling them that
this looks a bit strange to me, the investigations began and the whole
thing came crumbling down. That is it for now. I am on Twitter. You can
get in touch with me. Also check out our website.
A change in the weather as we had through to the weekend. We have lost
most of the cold and frosty weather now and through the next couple of
days things will