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This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK


Donald Trump has defended his position on Russia,


saying only fools would think having a good relationship


US investigators are trying to determine the motive for Friday's


gun attack at a Florida airport in which five people died.


At least 43 people have been killed by a huge truck bomb which went off


in a market in the northern Syrian town of Azaz.


A deal to end the mutiny in the Ivory Coast -


the President says he'll accept the soldiers' demands.


And how a Wayne Rooney goal seven minutes into an FA Cup match


against Reading marks a moment of history at Manchester United.


Donald Trump has given more reaction to the intelligence


report released on Friday, which accused Russian president


Vladimir Putin of ordering the hacking of US political parties


On Twitter, Mr Trump said: "Having a good relationship


with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing.


Only "stupid" people, or fools, would think that it is bad!


We have enough problems around the world without yet another one.


When I am President, Russia will respect us far more


than they do now and both countries will, perhaps, work together


to solve some of the many great and pressing problems and issues


Our correspondent Barbara Plett-Usher, who is in Washington,


has been assessing Mr Trump's response to that


Mr Trump has been doing most of the news-making, as you could see with


his tweet on Russia. He has renewed his calls for closer cooperation and


relations with Russia and that is a signal he does not want to change


his approach to Russia even though the intelligence report accused


Russia of meddling in the election. Mr Trump, after the briefing,


appeared to concede that Russia might have been involved in some way


but he did not say anything about the conclusion that Vladimir Putin


was trying to help them win the election and he very much insisted


that any hacking or outside influence did not have any impact on


the outcome of the vote and what you are seeing, the underlying factor to


his response to the intelligence briefing is one that has been there


all along. He said he cannot accept the Russians tried to help him win


because he feels this would delegitimise his victory and you can


see in his tweets where he attacks the Democrats and says they are


driving this because they were sore losers when he says they are at


fault for computers being hacked because they had poor defences. He


has gone on with that response although he softened his tone


towards the intelligence agencies and did appear to concede that there


had been some kind of cyber interference from the Russians.


Sir Tony Brenton, is the former UK ambassador to Russia -


he joins us via Skype from Cambridge.


Doesn't Donald Trump have a point that there is at potential for


global improvement if the US and Russia can work together? I think


that is the case and what is going on in Washington is in some sense a


struggle about precisely that point with the agencies who are hostile to


any relationship with Russia but you got this report which is accurate,


no doubt, but as a weapon to tie Donald Trump dime. Where do you


think this new relationship could go? What are your sources telling


you in Moscow? Moscow, it has been at the top of Mr Putin's to-do list,


establishing a good relationship with Donald Trump. Get -- he had the


wrong relationship with Obama and that reached the stage of being


quite dangerous this autumn when each side was threatening the other


with military action. The obvious area where both can work together


isn't dealing with Isis. Both Vladimir Putin and Trump said that


the Russians are not killing Americans, Americans are not killing


Russians but Islamic extremists are killing both. Beyond that, and other


obvious area for cooperation, strangely, is cyber warfare, and


seeing the charges against Russia, and we have seen the Americans


hacking into the cellphone of Angela Merkel. This is in the area of


potential conflict which is very dangerous and in similar ways to the


earlier years of nuclear, the ownership of nuclear weapons. And


there is scope for agreement there and that is something we could


usefully work on together. Some people will find it difficult to


take, given the evidence that the US intelligence agencies say they have


that Russia has hacked and effected the US election, potentially trying


to do the same in French and German elections. But just taking the point


on IS, which has been a crucial battle ground around the world, did


you think there is potential scope? What about Iran and Saudi in the


proxy wars going on in the region? There are all sorts of


complications, we had a sharp disagreement about Syria. Yes,


Donald Trump said very firmly against Iran, who are working with


the Russians, and the Saudis working with the Americans. But the


underlining fact is that both Russians and Americans have suffered


from the impact of Islamic terrorism. Both have intelligence


from either side, both of military assets in Syria which are usable and


on both sides are being used against Isis activity there. They are


co-ordinated, they can do things better. And the main point is it is


important in itself that if they didn't create mutual trust and


cooperation, which could lead to closer deals on the difficult areas,


most notably Ukraine... Sir Tony Brenton, many thanks.


Police in the US State of Florida are trying to work out the motive


for Friday's gun attack at Fort Lauderdale Airport


The alleged gunman is in custody - he's a former soldier


His family says he has a history of mental health problems.


The airport has reopened, although part of terminal two -


where the attack happened - is still closed.


From Fort Lauderdale, Gary O'Donoghue sent this report.


This is the man who police say killed five people


at Fort Lauderdale airport, opening fire indiscriminately


He is Esteban Santiago, a former member of the military.


His family said he had been receiving psychological help


His aunt said he was never the same after returning


Police say that Santiago used a semiautomatic handgun


in the attack in the baggage hall, scattering terrified passengers


before throwing away his weapon and laying spread eagle


on the ground as police moved in to arrest him.


As things started to return to normal at the airport,


it has emerged that Santiago had been interviewed by the FBI


One anonymous source has said that he told agents


that the government was ordering him to watch videos from


We are hearing that contact, that the agents noted the erratic


behaviour and that it concerns them and motivated them to call the local


authorities to have him taken into custody and evaluated


at a medical facility for his mental health.


Questions are being raised about the ease with which Santiago


was able to transport and use his weapon in a supposedly


It is legal to put a gun in checked baggage in the US as long


as it is locked in a case and unloaded but you can carry


Earlier Gary gave me more details about some of the victims.


Another victim was a man from Iowa who was heading to the Caribbean


His wife was shot in the shoulder as part of that and she survived.


We're learning about Olga Woltering, who was British-born, she lived in


the US for many years, her local church in Georgia posted a comment


on their website about her person, saying she was enormously caring who


called everybody loves in what they described as the unmistakable


English accent. The human cost of what happened yesterday is starting


to be made manifest. Gary O'Donoghue there.


At least 43 people have been killed after a car bomb


The bomb went off in the town of Azaz - a busy market


in the rebel-held town that lies on the border with Turkey.


Local residents suspect the Islamic State group


Azaz has been a key staging post on the supply


Alex Forsyth reports from neighbouring Lebanon.


Fear, panic and chaos. The aftermath of this morning 's explosion. Many


were killed, others wounded by the attack outside a courthouse in a


busy commercial district in the centre of the city. TRANSLATION: A


car bomb went off in the city centre near civilians, there are no


fighters, all of are civilians. As rescue workers search for both


survivors and bodies, nobody claimed responsibility for this attack but


the city is no stranger to such scenes. Azaz is a stronghold of


Turkish backed Syrian rebels involved in a major operation to


clear so-called Islamic State from northern Syria. Close to the Turkish


border. In recent days Turkish forces and rebels have continue to


target IS, which is not included in the fragile ceasefire covering much


of Syria. Azaz has become home to people who have fled fighting


elsewhere. Today's attack shows that despite the ceasefire, largely


holding, people in Syria are continuing to die.


Let's take a look at some other stories now.


The National Health Service here in the UK has rejected a claim


by the British Red Cross that hospitals and ambulance services


The charity - which has been helping patients to get home


after they are discharged - said more money was needed


for social care to prevent people being stuck in hospital.


Officials defending the NHS said the phrase "humanitarian


The acting mayor of Beijing says a new team of environmental police


will try to reduce hazardous levels of toxic smog engulfing


The police will look for local sources of air pollution,


including open-air barbeques and dusty roads.


The mayor also promised to reduce coal consumption by 30% this year.


Many residents have been forced to stay in their homes for days


at a time over the past month to avoid breathing


The former President and Prime Minister of Portugal,


Mario Soares, has died at the age of 92.


As a left-wing lawyer, Mr Soares was jailed then exiled


during the right-wing dictatorship that ruled Portugal up to 1974.


Mr Soares became the country's first democratically elected


Prime Minister and also served as President later.


The former human rights lawyer Nana Akufo-Addo has been sworn


Several African heads of state were in the capital


The peaceful handover of power is being seen as a success


for democracy in Africa, where leaders are often


Here's what the new President and some of the crowd had to say.


We are adventurous people who are in a hurry for success. I have no doubt


that the gallops, energy, sense of enterprise and innovation of the


Canadians can be harnessed to make Ghana the place where dreams come


true. I am sure he will reduce taxes with one district, one tax, he will


help create more employment. I think we need to get more investment from


others into the country and it has to be very strategic, the way we get


investment into the country. Because there is so much helplessness,


people need work and we should be working to bring jobs. Some of the


voices out of Ghana. A week of heavy rains and floods has


left at least 12 people dead and thousands of villages submerged


in southern Thailand. According to the country's


Interior Ministry, 700,000 Forecasters are warning


that the unseasonal downpours will continue for at least


another two days. As David Campanale now reports,


the deluge has also disrupted beach holidays in several destinations


popular with tourists - the islands Heavy rains are hammering Thailand's


flood ravaged south, taking the death toll higher


and leaving thousands of villages In some parts, the water has


risen to the rooftops. The rain is turning roads


into rivers, making them impassable. It has also inundated farmland


and damaged more than 1500 schools. The downpour is expected to persist


for another 48 hours, with Thailand's meteorologists


warning of possible flash floods. Its severity is testing


the capacity of locals to cope. TRANSLATION: Now we lack food


and trending water but the water Many flights and train


and bus services have been delayed or suspended,


and power lines Boats are being used


to evacuate flood victims, while military bases have been


mobilised to help in the process. For many, the downpours and flooding


could not have come at a worse time. Tourism plays a vital role


in the Thai economy and this is usually peak holiday season,


with weather are normally both Social media showed some tourists


making light of the floods, using inflatable rings to float


down waterlogged streets. But others may choose to cancel


or cut short their visits, taking away a desperately needed


source of income for Still to come: We take a look


at the protests in Sri Lanka led by Buddhist monks


against Chinese development After half a century of delighting


fans around the world, Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang are calling


it quits. The singer Paul Simon starts his tour of South Africa


tomorrow in spite of protests and violence from some black activist


groups. They say international artists should continue to boycott


South Africa until majority rule is established. Teams tried to skew


problems of oil as France recognises it faces an ecological crisis. Three


weeks ago the authorities confidently assured these areas that


oil from the broken tanker would head out to sea. It didn't. The


world's tallest skyscraper opens later at it today. It has easily


overtaken its nearest rivals. Donald Trump has defended


his position on Russia, saying only fools would think having


a good relationship The family of a man suspected


of shooting dead five people at a Florida airport reportedly had


a history of mental The government in Ivory Coast says


it's reached an agreement with soldiers to end a two-day


mutiny that had spread President Alassane Ouattara -


in a televised address - said he had agreed to take


into account the soldiers' demands The mutiny, which started


in the central city of Bouake, spread to army bases in several


other cities, including The BBC's Alex Duval


Smith is in Abidjan. There seems to be a complex and


changing position. Yes, shortly before the president announced the


meeting was over, that the government would take into account


the request for pay rises and bonuses that were owed to them, he


chided them for having used the mutiny to demand a pay rise. Within


minutes of that, we then heard that the Defence Minister, who had been


negotiating all day with the mutineers, was being held hostage in


a house. That seems to be the ongoing situation so on one hand,


here in Abidjan the president says the mutiny is over and on the other


hand the man who negotiated with the mutineers is being held hostage,


apparently against his will. And gunfire was heard when he was taken


to a house. Is it clear why there is this conflicting set of events going


on? Is this just about pay and conditions or something else? It


does seem that it has come down to pay and conditions, yes. It was


surprising to hear the president say with such conviction that the mutiny


was over earlier this evening. I had spoken in a few moments before


hearing that to a soldier who said there is no way we will accept a


deal through the Defence Minister. We want to meet the President


himself. So clearly, the mutineers are not all speaking at the same


voice and it will take a lot of time to get this message through to


mutineers who have spread across the country in different battalions and


ranks and from different parts of society. Some of them formal Josh


Barro former rebels and some of them mainstream soldiers. Thank you very


much. In Sri Lanka, demonstrators have


clashed with police over plans to evict thousands of villagers


and set up a Chinese industrial zone They're angry at being forced


to leave their land, China says it will invest


$5 billion in the project around Hambantota port,


creating around 100,000 new jobs. Our South Asia editor,


Jill McGivering reports. There was a court ban on protests


but it did not stop them. Hundreds of opponents to this massive deal


led by Buddhist monks showed their anger. Some accuse China of acting


like new colonial power. Many are sceptical about how locals will


benefit from China's investment and they say and 99 year lease is simply


too long. TRANSLATION: Because of this agreement people who were born


and living in this area are losing their land and houses. 15,000 acres


means 12,000 houses and 35 temples. We want to know where they are


sending us. They did not seem to spoil the celebration inside. For


China this is a first step towards its own major manufacturing zone in


southern Sri Lanka, close to the recently built port which cost


Beijing more than $1 billion. It was only alone unless Lansdale is a way


of getting the money back. The Sri Lankan government defends the deal


and promises to compensate those losing their land. TRANSLATION: We


are starting a new journey, we're going to create a powerful Sri


Lanka. Nobody can stop the journey to creating a powerful new Sri Lanka


which will give a bright future to the young people of this country.


China has been a significant investor here for years. And that


seems unlikely to end any time soon. Some sport... Jessica has the


latest. Manchester United are


through to the fourth round of the FA Cup in England -


and it was a special day for


striker Wayne Rooney. He equalled Sir Bobby Charlton's 44


year old record of 249 goals for the club, as he contributed


to his side's 4-0 win over Reading. It is amazing because everybody


knows that what Sir Bobby means for the history of the club and the


history of English football. For Wayne Rooney to score the same


number of goals Manchester United is fantastic. The best they will


arrive. The team was intense and dynamic, playing well, and


obviously, as we expected, they are good with the ball so when we gave


him the chance with the ball, they moved the ball and they created not


big chances but they created some attacking football. And for a long


time the game was still open. 2-0. But I am really happy with our


attitude. Arsenal are also through


to the fourth round - but they left it late to beat


Championship side Preston North End. It took until the 89th minute


for Arsene Wenger's side to find The shock of the day was the defeat


of Premier League side Bournemouth Bournemouth made 11 changes


to the side that drew with Arsenal on Tuesday -


and didn't have a shot All the results are


on the BBC Sport website. Real Madrid have matched the Spanish


record for games unbeaten after extending their impressive run


to 39 matches without defeat with a comfortable five


nil win over Granada. Ronaldo scored a header,


after he was handed his Ballon D'or award on the pitch by previous


winners, before kick off. Karim Benzema also grabbed a goal -


as Real's relentless run which now stretches back


to April, rolls on. Real extend their lead at the top


of the Primera Division, but Barcelona can pull


to within three points with victory Novak Djokovic delivered the first


blow of 2017 to Andy Murray as the world number two beat


the world number one in the final of the Qatar Open,


to end the Briton's 28 It was the Serb who took


the opening set, and who served for the match in the second,


but Murray was able to save three match points and force


the final into a decider. The match lasted nearly three hours,


and as both players tired, it was Djokovic who just edged it -


6-3, 5-7, 6-4 the final score but despite that defeat, Murray


retains his number one ranking. The two time double Olympic champion


Sir Mo Farah finished a disappointing seventh


in the Great Edinburgh International The race was won by


Amercia's Leonard Korir. It was Farah's first race of 2017,


and he admitted afterwards his I am definitely a little bit behind.


The last bit of training has not gone as well as I wanted but this is


all about the team event and I want to come here and represent my


country and help the guys. Earlier on, it was all of those things where


ten days beforehand, what do I do? I did a session and I knew from that


but it was going to be a hard day. Australia have taken


their Test Series against Pakistan 3-nil with a comprehensive 220 run


win in Sydney. Pakistan were bowled out just before


tea on the final day for 244 chasing 465 runs with Josh Hazlewood


and Steve O'Keefe both Pakistan's hopes of holding out


for a draw disappeared with the dismissals of Azhar Ali


and Younis Khan before lunch. The image was taken from the most


powerful telescope that Nasa has orbiting the red planet and if you


look closely, the redish feature in the centre of the Earth is slowly.


Pretty small but the image is from a long way away! Chip to the opticians


beckons for me! That is it from me. -- a trip to the opticians.


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