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Donald Trump has arrived in Washington ahead of his inauguration
tomorrow as America's 45th President. Martin McGuinness, the
former IRA commander turned peacemaker has announced his
retiring from front line politics. The Sinn Fein politician recently
quit Northern Ireland's Power saving executive and he now says he is
suffering from ill health. The question I ask myself is are you
physically capable? Theresa May said Britain will be
open for business after Brexit as one high St bank predicted London
will remain your's top financial centre despite the UK's leading.
Also coming up, the latest on the unfolding crisis in Gambia.
Neighbouring Senegal has sent in troops to make sure a new present --
presidency. Under French -- and a winning record time.
Hello, and welcome to BBC News. Donald Trump has arrived in
Washington ahead of their inauguration tomorrow as the 43rd
President of the United States. Let's cross to our Washington
Correspondent Jane O'Brien. A sign of the times, our viewers saw
the pictures. That plane did not have the word Trump all over it and
it will be official tomorrow. The clock is ticking, fewer than 24
hours to go on Donald Trump will become president. He is on his way
right now to the national cemetery to lay a wreath. He has had lunch
with some of his cabinet picks and the Republican leadership at Trump
Hotel which he jokingly referred to as weird he would move in whether or
not he won the White House, also on Pennsylvania Avenue. He has a
concert with on this afternoon at the Lincoln Memorial which he is
expected to speak. The celebrations underway for Donald Trump at least
but a lot of protests expected to kick off, including a big march at
the weekend where women from all over the country had expected to
converge on Washington. There will be a huge security presence with
$500,000 spent on security around the inauguration site.
Non-collapsible umbrellas will not be allowed and no selfie sticks.
That is right, but the Park service has made a concession to the rain
because it is expected to report tomorrow, they say short collapsible
umbrellas will be allowed so you can take some shelter. Security will be
tight. We're not sure at the moment how many people to expect. There has
been some controversy. Donald Trump, as you would expect, said hotels are
booked solid but they are not. He has also got less than a stellar
line-up of celebrities, a lot refusing to appear with him, so a
bit of a B list for some of the events, but his new press secretary
today said the inauguration was 20% under budget and that the money
would be returned to the taxpayer. He said Donald Trump was already off
to a good start. This historians pour over presidential inaugurals.
What do they expect from President Tromp tomorrow? That is an
interesting question. His press secretary said it wouldn't be so
much an agenda as a philosophical document. I am not sure what we can
take from that. It will be quite short, we think. He has not finished
writing it as couple of hours ago. We don't really know whether it will
lay out his priorities. According to Mr Spicer it is about what it means
to be an American, this is a member of Congress, and what it means to be
a citizen at this point of time. This is all important because the
country according to the latest polls is more divided than ever, 86%
think Donald Trump is taking office over a deeply divided nation. Thank
you very much. I should say of course stay with us tomorrow because
you will be able to see the inauguration ceremony.
The former Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister,
Martin McGuinness has announced he is to retire from politics
and will not seek re-election to the Stormont Assembly in March.
Mr McGuinness says he had been planning to stand down in May,
on the tenth anniversary of sharing power with Ian Paisley.
But he says that plan was over taken by his health
problems and the political crisis at Stormont.
Our chief correspondent Gavin Hewitt has more.
Martin McGuinness is one of the most controversial leaders in British and
Irish politics. He has been a central figure in both Northern
Ireland's pain and peace and is now standing down due to illness. I have
to be honest with myself and the question I ask is are you physically
capable of fighting this election with the intensity with which they
need to be fought? The honest answered I am physically capable.
His background lay in the civil rights and riots in Londonderry but
Martin McGuinness chose violent resistance. By the age of 21 he was
second-in-command of the IRA in Derry talking about the bombing
campaign. Can you save whether the bombing is likely to stop in the
near future in response to public demand? We've always take
consideration the feelings of the people of Derry and these feelings
will be passed on. He served two prison sentences in the Irish
Republic and was also convicted of IRA membership. He openly attended
IRA events, he denied he was the IRA chief of staff but said he regarded
it as a compliment. We don't believe that winning elections or any amount
of votes will bring freedom to Ireland. At the end of the day it is
the cutting edge of the IRA that will bring freedom. Today he asked
-- was asked if he had any regrets. People have to remember the
circumstances that existed in the city when I joined the IRA are --
the IRA. We had a situation with people being murdered wholesale by
the RUC, as on bloody Sunday, and the fact many young people and
myself were supported by thousands in the city. I am not saying it was
a majority but we decided to fight back. He was one of the IRA leaders
who recognised that further violence would not bring political gains. In
1994 there was a ceasefire which laid the foundation of peace talks
and Sinn Fein nominated him for a lead negotiator leading to the Good
Friday agreement and eventual power-sharing. But foes sat
alongside each other in a new assembly. My journey has been a long
journey, more than 25 years building the peace. His departure from
politics comes at a sensitive time for Northern Ireland. Its
power-sharing assembly has collapsed and the Brexit poses difficult
questions about the future of the border with Ireland. Many people
would struggle to forgive the man who played such a key role in a
violent campaign but he earned grudging respect for his commitment
to peace and the gunmen had turned politician have the authority to
make compromises. Let's cross to our Northern Ireland
Political Editor Mark Devenport. This he had been ill for some time,
any surprise he is stepping down. Not particularly. It was probably
predictable from the time he appeared and resigned as Deputy
First Minister and appeared very weak on that particular day about
ten days ago. There had been a lot of speculation he would not be able
to fight the campaign but it nevertheless has the feel of the end
of a new dock and while he didn't use the word retirement he said if
he conquers the illness you could perform an ambassadorial role, there
is the sense of him stepping back from the front line. His family were
they are supporting him. And how much of a loss is this for Sinn
Fein? There is no doubt he will miss Martin McGuinness and he says this
is part of a process of transition which will like it will also see
Gerry Adams at some point yet to be announced stepping down. The new
generation are not as well-known and certainly across the world as Martin
McGuinness or Gerry Adams. They will be tested soon on handling the
difficulties because we have had the breakdown of the power-sharing
system in Northern Ireland over the renewable heating scandal. The one
hope is they will not be tested in the tough times that Martin
McGuinness lived through. The Prime Minister says she's
confident that Britain's financial services sector will continue
to prosper after It's a view echoed by the head
of Barclays who says he expects the City of London to remain
the financial centre of Europe. That's despite a number of OTHER
banks and financial institutions suggesting they will move thousands
of jobs AWAY from London.Theresa May has been talking to business
leaders in Davos - and to our economics
editor Kamal Ahmed. Wrapped up warm, whisked from
meetings with bankers to millionaire technology entrepreneurs. It is hard
to come to Davos cannot look like a member of the global elite. While
she was here to say that Britain is open for business she was also hear
with a warning. Talk of greater globalisation can make people
fearful. For many it means jobs outsourced and wages undercut. It
means having to sit back as they watch communities change around
them, and in their minds, it means watching as those who prosper seem
to play by a different set of rules. To these age came to the World
Economic Forum not so much to celebrate business as to warn that.
She backs globalisation and free trade and a deal with the European
rain, but she had another message for this rather privileged audience,
do more to make globalisation work for everyone or if you don't she
will be quite willing to intervene to ensure businesses change their
behaviour. It was sunny here today but the Prime Minister's visit to
Davos was overshadowed with a number of international banks involving
Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan saying they are reducing investment or
planning to cut jobs. The city is a big place with different voices and
for Barclays London are still in the lead. I think the UK will continue
to be the financial ones for Europe. We may have to change the legal
structure we used to operate in Europe but I think it will be at the
margin and will be manageable. I caught up with the Prime Minister
later. What have the bank said to you about why they are moving jobs?
I have had a positive discussion with banks about the benefits of the
City of London and what has brought them, and how we can continue to
build on that for the future. There are huge benefits for investment in
the UK. We have fundamentally strong economy and the service sector that
is very important but valued around the world. I believe a truly global
Britain can bring jobs and prosperity to the UK and across the
board including financial services. Many are reflecting on one of the
key tests of Brexit, keeping UK financial services buoyant. Hard
Brexit does the country damage but the point I am making to political
leaders is if businesses decide to leave London, they are going to
Paris, Madrid or Frankfort, they are going to Hong Kong and New York. It
is a lose- lose battle, bad for London and the UK and the EU as
well. Theresa May said she was an optimist and free trade discussions
had also started with India and Australia. She admitted the journey
ahead was unpredictable but with the right deal the future was bright.
Dozens of people are feared dead after an avalanche buried a hotel
At least three people have been killed
rescue teams are searching for up to 35 people still trapped
The avalanche happened after a series of powerful
earthquakes struck the area of Abruzzo yesterday
The three-storey hotel was pushed almost 10 metres downhill
as the huge wall of snow hit it directly as it raced down
It's the third in a series of earthquakes in the region
since last summer killing almost 300 people.
Our correspondent James Reynolds is in the nearby village of Penne.
At night, the quickest way through this the wall
These rescuers are among the most experienced in Europe.
Step-by-step, they shovelled their way up towards the Rigopiano hotel.
They went further in and came to where the avalanche hit.
A six foot high wall of snow and rock broke
Several miles away, a father waited for news
Straight after yesterday's earthquakes, they texted each other.
"I think the worst has already happened", he reassured her.
His daughter and many other people, may be trapped
These pictures, filmed after daybreak, show the Rigopiano
Do you think it's possible to find more people alive?
In the past, we found people after three days
And especially in this case, there could be some
Rescuers are helped by the fact that conditions here have improved.
We haven't felt any more earthquakes or tremors.
Relief workers a few miles up the hill, will hope the snow holds
And those rescuers continue on their path to and from
the destroyed hotel, searching for survivors or bodies.
James Reynolds, BBC News, Penne, central Italy.
you are watching BBC News, the top stories now.
Donald Trump has arrived in Washington, ahead of being sworn
in tomorrow as America's 45th President.
Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland's former
deputy first minister, has announced he's retiring
Dozens are feared dead in Italy, after an avalanche engulfed a hotel.
The Foreign Office has confirmed that six Britons have dry after a
road accident in Saudi Arabia. The victims were all thought to be on
pilgrimage when their minibus crashed. We understand that this
family travelled on a journey they had booked through the two operator
behind me, they have told us that all 12 of the people on the minibus
are part of the same extended family. Some from Scotland, some
from here in Manchester, with age ranging from pensioners down to a
small baby just a couple of months old. That baby, we are told that he
dry in the crash along with his grandparents who are from
Manchester. Another relative from Manchester as well. Also that the
two people from Glasgow who died were part of that family as well. We
believe from Glasgow Central mosque that they had five children who we
don't think were involved in the crash. There were also several
people injured including the mother of the baby and his siblings,
children aged between two and four, and also a pensioner in a critical
condition so the Foreign Office are providing consular assistance. The
tour operators say it is the first accident may have had anybody
involved with in the last 15 years since we have been running the trip
and they say the family was partway through a fortnight trip, making a
pilgrimage, travelling on a minibus to the second leg of their journey
to the holy site in the Medina. It is thought that one of the tires on
the vehicle had a blow out but they are still trying to work out what
happened and are providing assistance to other members of the
extended family from the UK now in the process of travelling over to
Saudi Arabia to find that information for themselves.
Senegalese troops have entered The Gambia to ensure Adama Barrow
assumes power as the country's new president, a Senegalese
Mr Barrow has been sworn in at the Gambian embassy in Senegal.
In his inaugural speech, President Barrow urged
Gambian soldiers to remain in their barracks, saying
those who did not would be considered rebels.
The UN Security Council has unanimously backed
the West African regional group, ECOWAS, which has threatened
military intervention to ensure that the new president takes power
from Yahya Jammeh who is refusing to stand down.
We're less than 24 hours away from the inauguration of US
Last year's elections had been dominated by the allegations that
Russia ran a hacking campaign to influence the results.
Stephen Sackur from BBC's Hardtalk has just completed an interview
with the Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov who works closely
It's good to see you. Was he defensive as far as the ledger that
actions of Russia, as far as those actions are concerned, but America
clearly believes influenced the US election. I wouldn't say he was
defensive so much as combative and that really is Peskov's style. He is
spokesman for the president and also one of Vladimir Putin's most trusted
advisers, and he really is the spin doctor and message manager of the
Kremlin. Under enormous pressure in the last few days because as you
say, all these allegations of hacking and dirty tricks and
allegations of a honey trap being laid, all of this stuff has in a
sense being laid at the floor of the chief press officer, and when I saw
him a couple of hours ago when his office close to the Kremlin are said
to him, how do you respond to these allegations which, from the very top
of the US intelligence agencies, and this is how he responded to me.
Every day, we have hundreds and thousands of cyber attacks against
our digital systems in the Russian Federation. Some of them are coming
from the territorial of the United States. Dozens are coming from the
territorial Germany. Dozens from Great Britain. Do you think that it
means, with the high state of certainty, that those attacks
against our digital systems are being promoted by the governments in
Washington, London and Berlin? You would probably say no. We want to
have good relationships with America. We believe that we cannot
solve lots of problems in this world and in the region that are
endangering our country without cooperation with the Americans. That
is why we desperately need good relationships with Washington, but
it takes two to tangle. What would be the approach by President from,
this is the question. It takes two to tangle, clearly Russia hoping
there will be a reset when Donald Trump takes power in Washington,
that relations will be more cooperative and warmer with the new
US administration, but there is some scepticism and very much an attitude
of wait and see and that is what we all must do until we see what Donald
Trump really means by his talk of a new relationship by the mere Putin.
Thank you. It's nicknamed the Everest
of the Seas -- a gruelling solo round the world yacht race
which after 74 days finishes today. British sailor -- Alex Thomson --
turned round a disastrous start and looks set to come second
in the prestigious Our Sports correspondent
Natalie Pirks is following the race from Les Sables d'Olonne
on France's Atlantic coast. After ten unpredictable weeks, the
Frenchman celebrating was a well one story, for six weeks he has battled
everything the ocean has thrown at him, eating only freeze dried
noodles and jelly and surviving on as little as 20 minutes sleep every
few hours. When he set off with 28 other boats
on the 6th of November, the Hampshire yachtsman waved
goodbye to his wife and two young children and attempted
for the fourth time to become the first Briton to win the Vendee
Globe in the race's 27 year history. He headed around Antarctica, across
the Cape of good Hope, around the furthest place from civilisation on
Earth and back around Cape Horn. When he arrives here tomorrow
morning he was not stop somewhere between 25 and 30,000 nautical
miles. There have been good moments This is the southern ocean
moments and it's sunny. And moments over Christmas
where his family worried his wife is simply desperate to get
him home. I can't wait! I am so excited about seeing him. I have
spoken to him and been in contact but actually seeing him, I can't
wait. Just two weeks into the race has bought got so badly damaged that
usually affected his speed yet he still smashed the world record for
the greatest distance sailed so low in 24 hours. The big event tomorrow
if the inauguration of Donald Trump and stay with us on BBC News for
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