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This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK


The headlines: Donald Trump hits out again at the intelligence community,


The US Congress is briefed on the report into Russia's Jack King of


the US election. -- hacking. Donald Trump hits out again


at the intelligence community, blaming them for releasing


allegations linking him with Russia. A baby girl stolen 18 years ago from


a hospital in Florida has been found, alive. Dying from the cold:


the UN warns that refugees and migrants struggling to survive in


Europe's wintry weather. -- are struggling.


Intelligence agencies have briefed the US House of Representatives


about their investigation into Russia's alleged


campaign to influence the US presidential election.


Also today, the president-elect has sent out another barrage


of early morning tweets, accusing his opponents of making up


He's promised a report into hacking within 90 days,


as our North America correspondent Nick Bryant reports.


There are storylines that could easily come from a Cold War


spy thriller, and plot twists involving sex allegations


and potential Russian blackmail that even the TV series House Of Cards


But this is reality, not a show, and the first episode of Trump


the Presidency airs in just one week's time.


For now, Donald Trump mainly delivers his lines on Twitter.


"It now turns out that the phoney allegations against me were put


together by my political opponents and a failed spy


Totally made-up facts, by sleazebag political operatives,


Probably released by intelligence even knowing there is no


My people will have a full report on hacking within 90 days."


On Capitol Hill today, lawmakers received a behind closed


doors briefing on the unverified dossier and Russia's


alleged interference in the presidential election.


And many are left demanding more answers.


The American people are owed the truth, and there is a great deal


of evidence to say this is an issue of high interest to the American


people - the strength, the integrity of our own democracy.


a senior US official confirming today there were frequent contacts


between Donald Trump's top national security adviser and Russia's


ambassador here in Washington, and that those contacts took place


on the day that President Obama expelled dozens of Russian


officials in retaliation for the alleged hacking.


It again raises questions about the Trump team's


All this as Barack Obama performs his final acts, and one


of them took his deputy completely by surprise.


I am pleased to award our nation's highest civilian honour,


I can say I was part of the journey of a remarkable man, who did


But Washington moves on - it's always been a city


And this time next week, this capital, this country, will be under


The House of Representatives has voted to start the process of


repealing Obama care. The US House of Representatives,


where the Republican Party has a majority, has voted to begin


the process of repealing Mr Obama's landmark Affordable Care Act,


known as Obamacare. Our correspondent Laura Bicker


explained more about Republicans say people have lack of


choice now, and they believe it is Government overreach. They


campaigned, and Donald Trump made it a key pledge, to replace it and


repeal it. Repealing it might be the easy part, but replacing it is far


more tricky. And that is because parts of it are still popular,


including that mandate, which means that people with pre-existing


conditions have to have health insurance, so they get health


insurance that they otherwise would not get. So there is a worry that if


they pull that rug away, what will be left? So now we have even a few


Republicans who are voicing their concerns. But Paul Ryan, the house


speaker, and the senior elected Republican in the house, has already


said that they will find a way to make a smooth transition, although


we have yet to hear the details of that.


A woman has died in the US with an untreatable


infection that could resist all available antibiotics.


The case occurred last year, and details have just been released


in a report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


She was infected with Klebsiella pneumoniae -


which normally lives in the gut without causing disease.


Helen Branswell is a senior writer on infectious


She told me health authorities will be deeply concerned about the case.


Some of the details are not known, as is always the case, her name and


personal details have not been released. What is known is that she


was a woman who was in her 70s, resident in Reno, Nevada or that


area, but had been spending quite a bit of time in India in the two


years prior to her death. She had an accident of some sort, and broke her


femur in the right leg, which is the big bone in your thigh. After that


she developed a bone infection in that bone, and also in her hip, and


over the next couple of years she was in and out of hospital a lot in


India. As recently as last June, as a matter of fact. That is kind of a


risk factor because India has quite a high rate of some of these


superbugs that we've been hearing a lot about lately. Then she went to


the United States, she was cared for in a hospital in Reno, Nevada, and


was quite sick, and they try to cure her and could not.


What does that mean, and how worrying is it?


Well, people have been warning for quite a while that we are running


out of antibiotics essentially, that the bacteria are evolving faster


than we can produce new drugs. Health officials have been worried


about it a lot. The reason that I was keen to write about this story


though is because it sort of translates what seems sometimes like


a theoretical risk into reality. I mean, this is happening. It doesn't


happen daily, at least not in developed countries, but it is


happening and it is going to continue to happen, and at


escalating rates. Is there any concern that, you know,


the bacteria could have transferred from that woman in the US hospital


treatment centres that she was being cared for's sure, that would


obviously always be a concern. The hospital seems to have got very


quickly that she had a multidrug resistant bacteria, and they are


slipped her, and health care team that worked on her used what are


called contact precautions, they were wearing gowns and gloves, and


they had to obviously washed their hands going out of her room. They


have tested the health care workers, they have tested people who were in


parts of a hospital near her, so far there is no evidence of the bug's


spreading, but experts are saying it is only a matter of time before we


see more of these bugs in our hospitals.


A newborn girl stolen 18 years ago from a hospital in the US state


of Florida has been found alive in South Carolina.


Kamiyah Mobley's biological family was notified of the news after DNA


A woman has been arrested in connection with the abduction.


In the interest of reducing any further trial to this young woman, I


am not revealing her name. Please remember this young woman was


abducted as a newborn, and she will need time and assistance to process


all of this, and we are respecting her privacy and I ask her to do the


same. She had an inclination, beginning a couple of months ago


probably, that she may have been involved in this in some way, so we


were able to deliver that to her today. And again, she is taking it


as well as you could imagine but she has a lot to process. She has a lot


to think about is you can imagine. Peter Bowes is in


Los Angeles for us. Peter, do we know how the police


tracked this woman down? No, we don't. That is the key piece of


information that we don't have yet, but it is an extraordinary series of


events, that we are learning about, going back to 1998, July of that


year, when this then Ed-year-old -- eight hour old baby was stolen from


a hospital. A woman apparently posed as a nurse, and she said that the


child had to be taken away for some treatment because she had a fever.


She was taken out of the ward away from her mother and never seen


since. There was a huge search at the time, there was extensive media


coverage here in the United States, there was a quarter of $1 million


award for any information leading to what has now happened, and that is a


tip off that she was apparently living with a woman in South


Carolina. The woman itself, who's now grown up


of course, is not being named as we have there. Very understandably.


That's right, she has been known today by her original name, the one


that she was given by her family, but we have no other details, and as


we've just heard from the police officer there, she has a lot to take


in, this woman, realising that her identity was completely different,


apparently something has happened, whether it's the tip of or some


other information, that made her a little suspicious over the last few


months, and then presumably agreed to the DNA test. And the test has


just come back and it has confirmed her true identity. As far as we can


gather there has been no reunion yet with her family, and that the


police, because she is now an adult, say it is now off to her in terms of


the circumstances precisely when that happens. How come the police


are still working on this? Obviously it was a long time ago. It was, but


it was an unsolved case and this is a case of a mother and a family not


giving up hope. Over the years some 2000 plus Leeds, tips, were sent


into the police and they were investigated, and over the years the


tapes were different, and up until as loosely as a couple of years ago


police were looking into new information. So this wasn't a cold


case, this was still a case that was being actively investigated. Peter,


we will wait to find out more. Thanks very much for now. French


authorities have launched an investigation into car-maker Renault


over allegations they attempted to cheat at this -- emission tests. The


companies share price dipped 4% as a result. Earlier this week Volkswagen


agree to pay fines for cheating similar test. Pressure is mounting


on the Gambia's president to speak down. He lost the December election


but has refused to relinquish power. The delegation of West African


leaders has arrived to try to resolve the issue before next week's


inauguration ceremony. -- Labour's former Education Secretary Tristram


Hunt is standing down as an MP, but says his differences with Jeremy


Corbyn are in the past. He is the second Labour MP to resign


in recent weeks. Stay with us here. Much more ahead. All the sport,


including the latest on Diego Costa, who has been left out of the Chelsea


squad for this year -- this weekend's match after a dispute over


his fitness. The industry is nervous of this


report, this may tend to make people want to stop smoking cigarettes.


There is not a street that is unaffected. Huge parts were simply


demolished as buildings crashed into one another. This woman said she had


been given no help and no advice by the authorities. She stood outside


the ruins of her business. Tens of thousands of black children in South


Africa have taken advantage of laws passed by the country's new


multiracial Government, and enrolled at formerly white schools.


Tonight sees the 9610th performance of the mousetrap. The management


considered whether to cancel tonight's performance, but Agatha


Christie would have been the last person to want such a thing.


This is BBC World News Today. The latest headlines:


Donald Trump has once again hit out at the intelligence community,


blaming them for releasing allegations linking him with Russia.


A woman has died in the US from an infection which ripped -- resisted


all available antibiotics. Disease control experts have told -- called


it and "Nightmare back bacteria." -- nightmare bacteria.


More than 65 people have died as a result of icy storms


Snow and strong winds have hit much of the UK; severe flood warnings


are now in place on the eastern coast of England with


In Scotland, heavy snowfall has caused 19 schools


In France, power cuts have affected more than 237,000 homes as a storm


swept across Normandy and regions north of Paris.


And in Germany, wind and snow forced the airline Lufthansa to cancel 125


Well, the sudden cold snap is severely affecting


The United Nations refugee agency is urging governments to do more.


The UNHCR said several migrants had died from cold


and exhaustion in Bulgaria, and it called on Greece to move


migrants from poor conditions on islands to better facilities


Our correspondent Sian Grzeszczyk reports.


Desperate to get out of the bitterly cold waters,


these are just some of the 800 migrants and refugees


that were rescued from the Mediterranean Sea yesterday.


The Italian coastguard helped them out of the six rubber boats


Freezing temperatures in Europe over the last week have caused the UN


to call on governments to do more to help migrants.


In Greece, the situation was so bad that this ship was sent


to Lesbos, at the request of the Greek Prime Minister, to house


migrants amidst health warnings that condition at the main camp


Hundreds of others in Lesbos are being transferred to hotels.


I am afraid, but I don't know where I go.


At the European Parliament in Brussels, a warning about how


prepared the EU is for a further increase in numbers.


We are making a call for Europe to prepare


It may not happen, but we need to be prepared.


We are very concerned that in a number of situations,


Europe does not seem to have a plan A or plan B.


Conditions are also tough at this migrant camp in Serbia.


More than 1,000 men from Afghanistan and Pakistan are relying on one meal


a day from volunteers, and having to wash outside


Concern is growing that more migrants will die, trying to survive


Hugh Ferris has all the sport for us.


It's the latest drama with Diego Costa, who's been left out of the


Chelsea squad for the match at Leicester on Saturday, after a


dispute with the club's coaching staff. He's got 14 goals so far this


season, and he is thought to have been the subject of a lucrative


offer from a Chinese club. It seems as though, after a period of


relative calm in Diego Costa's combustible career, that the start


of this week he started to have disagreements with a particular


member of the Chelsea coaching staff, and that has escalated to a


point where his manager has decided to leave him basically out of the


squad, didn't travel to Leicester, he's not going to play at Leicester.


The key point is, what is behind the issues? And some people are


suggesting that big offers, big, big offers that cost -- Costa seems to


be at the centre of, which are coming from China, where other


players have gone, they might be at the bottom of Diego Costa's anger at


the moment. Birds a different dispute


threatening to overshadow the beginning of the Africa cup of


Nations. The DDR Congo squad boycotted the training session on


Friday before their opening match of the tournament. They -- the players


explained the boycott is over bonus payments. They are saying this has


been happened from -- happening for years and years, and that they


always prepare well but in the end there is always a problem with


bonuses. They are Congo play Morocco on Monday, the tournament starts on


Saturday, the 31st Africa cup of Nations is being hosted in Gabon.


Every two years, Africa's top 16 national sides battle it up to


become the continent's top team. This year, the battle ground is


Gabon. Five years after this small oil-rich Central African country


last hosted the tournament, football is back on the fans are excited. But


preparations have been slow. Just a few days ago this was the state of


the entrance into the stadium. It will host group C matches and at


least 1/4-final. The slow pace of work has not dampened the spirits of


the people, led by President Ali Bongo. As in tournaments past, once


the action starts, most of the problems tend to be forgotten.


Defending champions Ivory coast are still one of the favourites to win


the term and, despite being without their once talismanic captain Yaya


Toure, who announced his retirement last year. They are in group C


alongside Congo, Morocco and Togo. Gabon may not boast the most


talented squad, but you discount Africa's most prolific striker at


the moment that your own peril. They are in group A, alongside 2013


finalists Burkina Faso, four time winners Cameron and newcomers


Guinea-Bissau. Senegal post the continent's most expensive player;


they are in group B alongside Algeria, Tunisia and Zimbabwe. Ghana


are always in the running to win, despite not having lifted the trophy


since 1982. A different country has won the last four nations cups.


Gabon is known as the land of the storytellers, but whose legend will


be the tail to be told by the end of this tournament? -- the story to be


told. Always very exciting, that's all the sport for now. Here in the


UK, police in Great Yarmouth and Norfolk say -- and Norfolk say


thousands of people are refusing to leave their homes, despite advice to


evacuate because of severe -- the threat of severe flooding. Snow and


strong winds have continued to hit much of the UK, and the Environment


Agency have now issued 17 warnings of danger to life. Ben Brown is in


Great Yarmouth, were issued -- huge storm surge is about to reach its


peak. It looks pretty wet, then. Yes, actually it seems that it's not


quite as bad as some people had feared this -- this storm surge. You


can they possibly just behind be the water; it is not yet up to the level


of the coastal defences here, so it looks like Great Yarmouth might get


away with it, and further up the eastern coast of England it is the


same story, whether high tide has already hit -- where the tide has


already hit, it doesn't seem to have been as bad as the warnings would


have had people believe. But further down the coast, the high tide will


be later on and they are bracing themselves for perhaps more damage.


It has come over in some places like Scarborough, the water has come over


a little bit, but not too concerning. 17 severe flood warnings


were issued by the Environment Agency. That means a risk to life,


and then more flood warnings as well involving people being asked to take


immediate action. There have been 5000 homes that the authorities have


been trying to evacuate here in Great Yarmouth, the military and


police have been going round trying to get people to leave their homes,


but say about 50% to 60% have been saying no, they don't want to leave


their homes, or if they do, they don't want to go to the event --


official centres, they want to stay with friends and family. A lot of


people have been staying at their homes, putting sandbags around their


homes, maybe moving upstairs, taking carpets and mats and their pets


upstairs in case the waters come in. But at the moment it looks like good


news for a Great Yarmouth, the waters don't seem to be coming into


the town. The daughters of former president


George W Bush have written an open letter to Sasha and Malia Obama


as they prepare to leave In the letter, Jenna Bush-Hager


and Barbara Bush offered advice to Obama sisters in their "next


chapter" - her are some excerpts: "You have lived


through the unbelievable pressure You have listened to harsh criticism


of your parents by people who had Now you are about to join


another rarified club, We stay in touch with


our Secret Service. There for first dates,


first days and even You can read the full


letter on our website, A secondary school in the US has


apologised after it used the topic of child sexual assault in a maths


assignment. The Pennsylvania high school based the question around the


life of the poet Maya Angelou, asking students to work out who


abused her when she was just eight years old. Parents complained that


the subject matter was not appropriate for young teenagers.


Let's move to space. Two astronauts from the International space centre


have been on a spacewalk. They have been upgrading the space station's


Power system with new batteries; it took a lot of hours, during that


time there was no food, no toilet break and apparently their space


suits became increasingly stiff in the vacuum of space. But it seems to


have gone well. Thankfully. Well, I am back on Sunday night. That's it


from me, we are keeping you up-to-date of course throughout the


rest of the day. Goodbye. There will be a comparative look at


the weather here in the UK before the top of the hour, but right now


whether to take a look at some weather stories from elsewhere


around the world. In the United States we got some relatively warm


and moist air coming in from


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