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Growing concern for migrants and the homeless,
as Europe prepares for more snow and cold weather.
Aid agencies warn that thousands of migrants in the Balkans risk
freezing to death in tents and temporary shelters.
Civil rights demonstrations in Washington, as Donald Trump
The private rocket firm SpaceX resumes operations,
taking ten communication satellites up into orbit.
And in football, Chelsea beat Premier Champions Leicester to go
seven points ahead of their nearest rival in England's top league.
Serbia's migrant spokesman has defended his country's handling
of the extreme cold weather that's claimed dozens of lives across
Ivan Miskovic has told BBC News that many have refused shelters,
15,000 people are living in tents as far South as Greece,
including the islands of Lesbos and Samos.
Aid agencies warn they are at risk of freezing to death.
It's in the Balkans, though, where the situation
We'll have that interview with a Serbian official in a moment,
The cold snap is tightening its grip.
Claiming more than 65 lives across Europe.
Causing traffic chaos, power cuts and travel delays.
The Balkans have been particularly hard hit.
Temperatures have been as low as -15 for several days.
There is major concern about the plight of refugees,
Some are being sheltered in reception centres.
But 1,200 are living in a derelict warehouse in Belgrade,
It's very cold, and we are just making fire.
But still we can keep warm ourselves.
We're trying to leave this country and go to European countries.
But we are stuck because of the borders.
There are calls for governments across Europe to do more.
It will only take one more snow storm or another cold snap
and we're going to see some, some children, you know,
Children are particularly prone to respiratory illnesses
It's about saving lives, not about red tape and keeping
to bureaucratic arrangements at the moment.
River traffic along the Danube, one of Europe's main waterways,
has largely been suspended in Eastern Europe due to the ice.
In Wengen in Switzerland, a famous downhill race
in the Skiing World Cup had to be cancelled because of too much snow.
More than 40 centimetres fell overnight.
Powerful winds added to the complications,
with organisers eventually having to admit the race
And the warning is that more bad weather is on the way.
Well, Ivan Miskovic is a spokesman for the Serbian Government's
This is what he had to say about the situation. At this moment there are
more than 7000 migrants in the Republic of Serbia. Out of that
number, 6000 are accommodated in official centres manage that the
department for refugees, and more than 1000 around the centre of the
city. What other conditions like? The conditions in the form of sites,
the people living here are battling with harsh conditions in freezing
temperatures, so this is inadequate for anybody. We have a campaign
trying to persuade them to go to the centres, to be accommodated in the
official heated rooms and Friday will be provided with meals and
health care. Unfortunately is still got back only 400 people --
unfortunately only 400 people are being persuaded. There are no women
or children in the public places in the city centre of Belgrade, so
there is a good result, but more than 1000 migrants are slipping in
public places. Whose responsibility is it to sort the situation? The
state of Serbia is doing everything we can to provide shelter for these
people and we have managed to provide in a shelter for these
people, but they are refusing to be accommodated in official centres.
They are distrustful towards us because they are afraid of being
deported. In reality, there is not a single real reason for them to be
outside the official centres, provided by the state of Serbia. The
good news is that we have provided new capacity in Belgrade, so in the
next few days everyone will be accommodated officially with heated
rooms and three meals a day and proper health care. Some charities,
including save the children, are saying that in Belgrade there are
1500 migrants, including unaccompanied children, slipping in
factories added two spaces. -- sleeping in factories and empty
spaces. Is it not your responsibility to make sure those
people are catered for? We have done everything we can to persuade them
to be accommodated in the centres. We have done everything to care
about them. They are persistent and refusing us, so we hope that the new
capacity is there will be provided in the next few days are going to be
suitable for them and they will trust us that nothing will happen to
them if they are accommodated there. It will get a warm room, three meals
and proper health care. From the Serbian government departments and
refugees. It has been a deadly weekend for migrant strength to make
their way to Europe. The Italian cruise guide says a hundred people
are missing after the boat sank. Police eight migrants are known to
have died. For migrants have died off the coast of southern Spain."
Searching for a 21 people in the Mediterranean Sea.
Ahead of his inauguration next week, Donald Trump has become embroiled
in a row with one of the country's most distinguished civil
Congressman John Lewis said he did not consider Mr Trump
a legitimate President - prompting an angry response
In Washington, civil rights protesters have held a rally
at the Martin Luther King Memorial, chanting "no justice, no peace".
The Reverend Al Sharpton called on all politicians
We have, not to appeal to Donald Trump, because he has made it clear
what his policies are and what his nominations are. We come to see to
the Democrats in the Senate and in the house and to the moderate
Republicans to get some backbone. We need to send you read here to be
with me. Live now to Washington,
and the BBC's Laura Bicker. Al Sharpton was uncompromising in
his words, but what are these protests and the ones coming up next
week going to achieve? It is worth remembering when you see
those thousands marching along the maul, they stop short a few yards
from where Donald Trump will take the growth of office in six days.
This march today is one of many double take place over the next
week. Many people are just trying to be heard. There are a number of
African Americans to see a Donald Trump. Only 8% of African-Americans
voted for Donald Trump. When it comes to him being the new
commander-in-chief, there are some concerns. There is also the lesbian,
gay and bisexual community holding a march and lawyers are marching in
some kind of protest as well. The biggest march will be next Saturday,
which is the woman's march. It started as a small organisation who
said they wanted to March the day following his inauguration that now
we know that buses coming the city. Donald Trump has also been
criticised by the row here's had with the leading civil rights
campaigner. John Lewis was an icon in the 1960s.
Here's last surviving speaker of that Martin Luther King march on
Washington. When it comes to a member of Congress, he has been
there for 30 years and is very well respected. He has the support of
many Republicans. During an interview, John Lewis said that he
did not recognise Donald Trump is a legitimate resident and would not be
attending his inauguration. He said that he believed Russia got him
elected. Donald Trump sent a number of messages on Twitter that said
John Lewis should spend more time looking after his area and dealing
with crime rather than complaining about the election results. All talk
and no results. Said this was sad. When it comes to criticism for
Donald Trump that has come fast and furious. A number of leading
Democrats and entertainers and also members of Donald Trump's own party
have elected their of John Lewis. Here are a few of the messages. One
from a Republican who says that John Lewis and his top have changed the
world. Donald Trump just insulted one of America's's civil icons. The
timing of Donald Trump's treat is interesting because this is a
holiday weekend in the US where many people are spending the time
honouring Martin Luther King, and they have a day off on Monday. To
start holiday weekend by treating and criticising is civil rights icon
has led to some sharp criticism. Thank you.
Let's take a look at some other stories now.
Turkey and Russia have decided to invite the United States
The talks are due to be held this month in the Kazakh capital, Astana.
But the Turkish Foreign Minister said Turkey remained
opposed to the inclusion of the Syrian Kurdish
A major summit of African heads of state has begun in Mali,
with the talks being dominated by the political
The Gambian president-elect, Adama Barrow, is attending the summit.
It comes after West African leaders failed to persuade long-time ruler,
Poland has officially welcomed 3,500 US troops
as part of a Nato military build-up on the bloc's eastern front.
The troops are part of President Obama's
response to Nato concerns about Russian aggression.
It's the biggest US troop deployment to Europe in decades.
Russia has criticised it as "a threat" to security.
Let's go to Florida now, where a teenager who was stolen
as a baby from a hospital nearly two decades ago has been found.
Kamiyah Mobley was discovered after a tip-off.
The woman who raised her in South Caroline has now been
This is Kamiyah Mobley with the woman who,
for all her life, she believed to be her mother.
They'd seemed a perfectly normal and happy family living in a quiet
But today, her mother, Gloria Williams, is under arrest,
charged with kidnapping Kamiyah after she was born 18 years ago
So in South Carolina, we found an 18-year-old young woman,
with the same date of birth, but a different name.
So further investigation revealed that fraudulent documents had been
used to establish that young woman's identity.
In interviews with people, it supported the possibility
that this young woman may be Kamiyah Mobley.
Just after she was born in this hospital in Florida in 1998,
Kamiyah was abducted by a woman posing as a nurse.
But it was only last year that police received a tip
For her biological family, a moment of huge relief.
She sounds so intelligent and so respectful and she says
For Kamiyah herself, disbelief that the woman she loved
as a mother is now accused of being her abductor.
Stay with us on BBC News, still to come:
A beautiful sight with hidden dangers.
We find out how competition between kite-flyers is putting
Aid agencies warn that thousands of migrants in the Balkans risk
freezing to death in tents and temporary shelters.
Donald Trump sparks outrage after criticising a veteran
civil rights campaigner who questioned his
The Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has warned that moving
the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would deal a huge
blow to remaining hopes for Middle East peace.
It comes as as major summit is held in Paris -
seen as one of the last chances to save the so-called
two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Our Middle East correspondent, Yolande Knell, reports
Jerusalem is meant to be a shared capital for Israelis and
Palestinians. Living peacefully side-by-side into nations. That is
how many seed the two state solution to the conflict. But today, Israel
controls most of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which the
Palestinians wanted their state. Over 600,000 Israeli settlers live
in these areas, captured in the 1967 war. We are going further away from
the two state solution. The Palestinians were given a chance to
set up a Palestinian state, but we know that they completely corrupt
and bankrupt. That many in the international community said that
settlement expansion is what is undermining a two state solution.
You'll the issue of the settlements, compromises were made in the past
but money this attempt brought peace until now. But there are new
international efforts to push for peace and a Palestinian state to
neighbour Israel. Many Israelis welcomed the idea because it
recognises the united Jerusalem as their capital. But Palestinians
believe it will kill the two state solution. I am a permanent resident
but I am not a citizen like any Israeli dues in Jerusalem. Since
1967 more than 14,000 residency cards were revoked by the Israeli
authorities in the main purpose is to minimise the number of
Palestinians living in Jerusalem and to ensure a Jewish majority. Recent
opinion polls suggest most Israelis and Palestinians do still support
the idea of two states, but only by very narrow margins. On both sides
there are fears that chances for a peace deal are fading.
Chelsea are seven points clear at the top of the English Premier
League after their 12th victory in 13 matches.
Dropped after a falling out with the coaching staff.
Their 3-0 win over champions Leicester came thanks to two goals
And it takes them seven points clear.
The leaders were without their star striker,
who's reportedly unsettled by a lucrative approach
But manager Antonio Conte insists Costa was injured
and couldn't train this week and that's why he didn't play.
I think in this situation you can listen to a lot of things. In my
career and experience, as a coach, if there are problems I'm used to
solving them in the changing room. I never do a press conference.
Tottenham have gone second thanks to a 4-0 win over West Brom.
Their sixth victory in a row in a league.
Harry Kane got a hattrick at White Hart Lane at the end
of the week he became a father for the first time.
The last few times we played they scored first saw it has been a
while. We had to go out there and get an early goal and try to finish
the game off and we did that in our best performance of the season. It
was a great day. While Arsenal also
won 4-0 at Swansea. Thanks in part to Olivier Giroud's
fifth goal in as many games. That was enough to take them
third above Liverpool, Swansea have dropped
to the bottom of the table. Elsewhere Burnley won one nil
at home to Southampton - the returning Joey Barton
with the goal. Hull are off the bottom,
beating Bournemouth in Marco Silva's Sunderland lost 3-1
at home to Stoke City. Watford and Middlesbrough drew nil
nil and Sam Allardyce saw his Crystal Palace side lose
three nil on their visit The opening match of the Africa Cup
of Nations produced a shock, as Guinea Bissau scored in the last
minute to register a 1-all draw It's the first major tournament
in the country's history. Seth Bennett was watching
in Libreville. The Gabon fans arrived at the
stadium with plenty of hope that their national team would provide a
performance that would live long in their memory. They were treated to a
great opening ceremony were plenty of national pride was Sean. The game
was pretty dull for the first 45 minutes but hardly a shot on target,
but in the second half there was a goal scored from close range. There
was to be a late twist on this as the ball was played around nicely
and it got a fix that they were not able to get a second. The fans here
go home disappointed and frustrated that the home team were unable to
turn it into a performance, but for the proponents of it was a night to
remember. The other gaming group a sort the favourite team held to a
draw. Cameron took the lead in the first half, but then Burkina Faso
equalised 40 minutes from time. After the South African open, the
British golfer managed to keep his lead. He sunk five birdies and has
now played 41 holes since dropping his last shot. He is 17 under for
the competition, three shots ahead of the world under two Rory McIlroy,
who is struggling with back pain, but he still managed a third round
of five under par. That is the spot for now. -- the sport.
This weekend, the skies above India will be filled with kites
as the country celebrates one of the harvest festivals.
Kite-flying is often part of major religious festivals,
but as Sanjoy Majumder reports, the country's passion for kites
I had been doing some tight shopping in New Delhi, but this is what I was
after, a glass coated kite string. It is supposedly banned but it only
took a little persuasion for one of the shopkeepers to go to the back
and sell me one. Kite flying can be done with the cotton thread, you do
not need to use a sharp objects that might hurt someone or kill hundreds
of thousands of birds. A sport should not be enjoyment from one
that brings grief and suffering to others.
The private rocket firm - SpaceX - has blasted off a Falcon nine
rocket in California, the first since one of its vehicles
exploded on the launch pad in September.
Today's rocket is carrying cargo for the Iridium satellite phone
On this flight are ten spacecraft - the first phase in the roll-out
of Iridium's next constellation, which consists of a total