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This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK


The Headlines: A war of words between


Donald Trump's team says there's a concerted attempt


to undermine his Presidency -- and vows to fight "tooth


All change in the Gambia: West African troops enter


the capital, preparing the way for the man who won


A shock for France's former Prime Minister Manuel Valls,


as he trails behind a left wing rival in the battle


for the Socialist party's presidential nomination.


And in Sport - we will look at the wide-open field


The top seeds in both draws have been eliminated.


The White House has vowed to fight the news media "tooth and nail,"


over what officials see as unfair attacks on President Trump.


The new administration has taken issue with the number


of people who attended the inauguration on Friday.


President Trump claims at least a million people


turned out, but aerial photographs appear to tell a different story.


With more - here's our North America Editor Jon Sopel.


The weightiest issues on the planet were discussed


at Donald Trump's inaugural address, but what the president is in a white


rage about are suggestions that the crowds for him were not


as big as they were for Barack Obama eight years ago, even though


the evidence is incontrovertible, as these two photos,


each taken 45 minutes before the inauguration


But last night, journalists were summoned to the most


extraordinary White House briefing to be told they were lying.


This was the largest audience to ever witness


This kind of dishonesty in the media, the challenging,


the bringing of our nation together, is making it more difficult.


There has been a lot of talk in the media


about the responsibility to hold Donald Trump accountable,


and I'm here to tell you that it goes two ways.


We are going to hold the press accountable as well.


Earlier in the day from Donald Trump, on a visit


to CIA headquarters, a similar attack, though this time


As you know, I have a running war with the media.


They are among the most dishonest human beings on earth.


They sort of made it sound like I had a feud


But, hang on a minute, how do you reconcile the suggestion


that it's all got up by the journalists when he


He accused the intelligence services of leaking material against him,


and suggested their behaviour made it seem as though we were


And today, key lieutenants were intensifying their attacks.


There is an obsession by the media to delegitimise this president,


and we are not going to sit around and let it happen.


Our press secretary gave alternative facts to that.


Look, alternative facts are not facts, they are falsehoods.


Part of this can be put down to Donald Trump's obsession


with the size of his crowd, but there is deliberate


It seems the White House wants to undermine the conventional media


so that Donald Trump is able to present his own version


of reality through Twitter and Facebook without any mediation,


and say to the public, who do you believe, me


And while this battle plays itself out, the satirists are making hay.


This is their take on what Vladimir Putin makes of it all.


I am glad to see so many people showed up to your inauguration.


So where does the Trump administration's approach


Josh Lederman is White House Correspondent


for the Associated Press - he was in Saturday's press briefing,


when Sean Spicer outlined why he thought the press was inaccurate


in its reporting of the crowds at the inauguration,


and then declined to take any questions.


What was your reaction? This was a stunning departure from what the


White House press corps was used to under previous administrations and


as far back as we can recall. I think journalists in the US are not


exactly sure what is going to be the approach point forward. Journalists


are used to getting some criticism from politicians, that is natural


and part of the process, we are supposed to have an adversarial


relationship which is OK. What we are not used to our things being


stared from the podium which are demonstrated be false, things that


we would have to go away on sale at the press secretary in front of the


presidential seal just said the most people attended Trump's inauguration


of any in history, that is actually not true. I think you'll see


aggressive attempts by the press corps to try to fact check the Trump


administration in real-time, to push back and continue to do our jobs in


the way we did under previous administrations even if the


circumstances are different. You spoke about fact checking in but are


there other strategies reporters can use, for instance Donald Trump in a


previous press conferences and speak to CNN, he called them fake news and


could bus feed fake news, is there another reporters can take to come


together and tackle this? One thing journalists are keeping in mind is


the fact that the White House and the press office I'm not the only


conduits for information. There is a massive federal bureaucracy filled


with people who serve in both administrations and we are going to


turn to for information about what the administration is doing. There


are lawmakers in Congress, members of the US Congress who are also


getting information from the administration and from their own


sources who can help us and the American people understand what is


going on. Daryl kinds of groups outside of government that will be


working to try and hold the government accountable that'll have


their take on the situation. I'm interested in how this relationship


was Sean Spicer, Donald Trump and the rest of the administration, how


it compares so far with the last administration. There is really no


comparison. What we're seeing in the Trump administration is them trying


to use what he called yesterday, a running war with the media, as a


tool to posture and to position himself to remind his supporters


that he is still fighting against the establishment, whatever the


establishment means. The reality is here is that Donald Trump is the


establishment, he is the most powerful person in the country up


and arguably the world. He directs the entire federal government so it


is a bit of a transition for him to be in the place where he is now


calling the shots. All of the responsibility is on him and he will


be the one taking the flak if he is not able to deliver on the promises


he made. Just in time, we have lost timber thank you.


Mr Trump has also announced that he plans to start talks


on the trade deal which exists between the US, Mexico


He made the announcemennt on the NAFTA agreement


at an oath-taking ceremony for White House staff.


I will start renegotiating on Nafta, on immigration,


and on security at the border, and Mexico has been terrific,


The president has been really very amazing, and I think we're


going to have a very good result for Mexico, for the United States,


for everybody involved - it's very important.


Just time to tell you that there's a new BBC programme starting Monday


on Donald Trump's first hundred days and all the key


It's hosted by Katty Kay in Washington,


And it begins at 1900 gmt here on BBC World News.


After a week of political uncertainty...


arrived in Gambia's capital Banjul, in preparation for the return


of the man the people elected president, Adama Barrow.


Citizens cheered as the troops arrived.


ECOWAS had threatened intervention should Mr Barrow's predecessor,


Yahyuh Jam-meh refuse to give up power after losing the elections.


He left the country in the early hours of Sunday morning


There is a great sense of relief here in the capital of the Gambia


following the departure of the former leader. Life is picking up


after three days of a total shutdown where people stayed home in fear of


violence as West African States were mounting against the former


strongman in order to have him step down. There was a declaration issued


by the United Nations and the regional bloc ECOWAS saying they


would work together to ensure that there is no witch hunting of former


members of the regime and its supporters and that they would


prevent the seizure of assets and property is lawfully belonging to


the former presidents. They also said he was leaving at the Gambia


temporarily and he had the liberty to return as a citizen of the Gambia


and the former heads of State at the time of his choosing. People here


are waiting for the new president to return to the country. There will be


celebrations than birds he said he would return when the path is clear


and so I think they are conducting security sweeps throughout the


country to make sure the conditions are met for his own safety.


The Israeli authorities have approved the construction


of 566 homes for settlers in occupied


Jerusalem's deputy mayor said the the rules of the game had


changed since the inauguration of Donald Trump.


The Israeli government lays claim to the whole of Jerusalem,


while the Palestinians see the occupied east as the capital


Emergency workers in central Italy are continuing to search


for survivors after an avalanche engulfed a hotel.


At least five people are known to have died --


Poor weather conditions are hindering the rescue efforts.


Nine people - including four children - have so far been pulled


alive from the rubble of the hotel in the Abrootso region.


The first results from France's centre-left primary


election have come through. Benoit Hamon from the left


of the Socialist Party received the highest number of votes,


The former prime minister Manuel Valls has also made it


through to the second round after receiving 31


The run off for the party's presidential nominee


Tell us more about these two men. Voters will face a clear left right


choice now in the run-up because Manuel Valls represents the social


Democrats right-wing because he was in office for three years and Benoit


Hamon who came first in the primary represents the left-wing comedy


angry protest wing that wants to rip up the rules in Europe and rip up


globalisation in terms of trade and very much more angry and


antiestablishment left. It will be interesting to see which of these


goes through. The arts are clearly with because they third placed


candidate today is also on the left and the will put his weight behind


Benoit Hamon so that should mean gets the nomination next week. Where


does this place the Socialists when they do have the candidate in terms


of general elections? Of course we cannot talk about these will


painting the overall picture which is the Socialists in general are in


such bad odour it is highly unlikely either candidate will win the


presidential election. They are deeply unpopular and on top of that


outflanked on either side of the left and right who are doing


stronger in the polls. Whoever wins next week has an uphill battle.


Thank you. Stay with us on BBC


World News, still to come. Choose life, choose a job, choose a


career... Whatever happened to Renton, sick boy and Begley, 20


years after the film Trainspotting, we will finally get an answer.


Theresa May says she has 'absolute faith,' in the UK's Trident


nuclear deterrent system, despite claims an unarmed missile


veered off course during a test last summer.


she declined to say whether she knew of the incident, before a crucial


It didn't go on its preprogrammed flight path which can be anything to


do with a tiny component, a small transistor or something like that.


This is an inner missile covered with telemetry indicators and that


sort of thing, it doesn't have a warhead and it is designed to go


somewhere where there is no land. Anything could have gone wrong, it


could've been a component failure or a software glitch. I think as Lord


West said just now, this is really unusual for this to happen. If it


did then I'm sure the engineers and the geeks are all over to the


moment. This is BBC world News today. Donald


Trump's team accuses the media of a concerted attempt to undermine his


presidency. A court in Iran's rejected an appeal


against a five year prison sentence given to a woman with dual British


and Iranian citizenship. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is accused of


security offences. She was detained while trying to leave the country


with her two-year old daughter after visiting relatives in April. With me


in the studio is her husband. Thank you for being with us. What is she


accused of exactly? The formal accusation is national security


related charges so we don't exactly know but in the court hearing, it


turns out what she was accused of work to accusations. One of which


were she was the head of recruitment for... And the wife of a known


British by which was me. And the basis for that accusation was the


fact there was a huge media campaign which has been done and a lot of


people have been calling for her release, there were the best part of


500 pages of prosecution which was the media coverage. If protesting


her innocence is proving her guilt. Does she know any of these? She


would have been in the courtroom so she will know but what she won't


know now was that today it was announced that she had been


sentenced to five years and the appeal failed. That was broken in


the media so we didn't hear that from her lawyer. At the time she was


having a family visit. We're seeing pictures of Manuel Valls, how are


you coping? It has been ten months. My daughter has grown lots in that


time. We have gone through different phases of how hard to spend and how


hard to adapt the new environment. Now discovering words and working


out that she lives in London. In the beginning it was terrifying, not


knowing what was going on and as it has unfolded it has gotten crazy and


at one point she was accused of overthrowing a regime and now I'm


accused of being a spy. Different ridiculous stories coming out and


sometimes it feels crazy and sometimes scary. Where do you go


from here? We need to take a breath and see what's next. We have been


battling quite hard to bring her home for Christmas which is where


the campaign was going and that didn't happen but we had this appeal


so it was something to hang onto. The minister went out last week to


see if he could press the case and it's resulted in her case being


reiterated so we need to think what next and clearly she is caught up in


a political bargaining chip in all sorts of things so we will have to


campaign a bit further and draw some breath and think what next. Thank


you for coming to see us. Let's get some sports for you. Chelsea have


extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to eight points.


Diego Costa who was dropped last week in controversial circumstances


was recalled to the starting line-up for the home game. And he scored the


first of Chelsea's goals. Gary K Hill, the other goal-scorer. The


Chelsea manager was delighted to have Costa back and getting goals


from him again. For him and to finish this big thing, he played and


played very well, he scored and I'm pleased for him and pleased for our


team, for the fans and for the club and I think today finish all types


of speculation. Arsenal have moved up to second place in the Premier


League but only after late drama at the Emirates. The winner came in the


97th minute from Alexis Sanchez from the penalty spot. Burnley thought


they had rescued a point when Andre Gray slotted home a penalty into


injury time but Arsenal had another player sent off a dangerous tackle


and Sanches happy there the end. Leicester City's problems continue,


they wait for a first league win in the season, they were beaten 3-0 by


Southampton. Southampton ending their own run of poor form. Cabaye


and have then -- Gabon have been eliminated from the Africa cup of


Nations. Burkina Faso topped the table on goal difference. Cameron


also qualify for the knockout stages. Gabon the first host to fail


to get past the first round since Tunisia in 94. Andy Murray says it


wasn't to be after he was knocked out in the fourth round of the


Australian open by the world number 50. Murray lost the opening set and


then took the second but Spero won the third and fourth. A big


disappointment for Murray who had been hoping to win the title in


Melbourne for the first time. It is one of the biggest days in sport of


the year in the USA and in the next few hours we know which few teams


will contest the Super Bowl. The championship games of the NFL are


taking place and the New England Patriot are at home to the


Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC, but first off the Green Bay Packers are


buying the Atlanta Falcons. It is currently 17-0 to the Falklands with


two minutes to go in the second quarter. England's cricketers have


finally done something India which they had managed to do all winter.


Ben Stokes was the star for England with the bat and ball as they held


on for a five run victory in the one-day international at col Qatar.


Ben Stokes had a 39 ball 57 and the total for India was just short but


they still win the series 2-1. The BBC understands Bernie Ecclestone


could step down as the Formula 1 chief executive as soon as this


week. The move would end his remarkable 40 year reign in the


sport, the American company liberty media is on the brink of completing


its takeover and wants to revamp which could see Bernie Ecclestone


eased aside. That is all the sport for now. When the film


'Trainspotting' came out in the 1990s, its blend of drugs and petty


crime in Edinburgh became an unlikely global hit. Now, more than


two decades later, the original cast and director have re-united for a


sequel - catching up with the characters as they reach middle age.


The film had its world premiere in Edinburgh on Sunday evening - as our


arts correspondent Colin Patterson reports.


Choose life, choose a job, choose a career. Trainspotting was the


defining film of the mid-90s cool Britannia. The post was on student


walls. It dealt with addiction, friendship and had to listen. 20


years later, the gangs back together. We met the director Danny


Boyle where it all began. We implied that they run straight from here on


to this road and then rent and then renting gets hit hit by a car. What


have you been up to for 20 years? Since Trainspotting Danny Boyle has


dominated the Oscars with slum dog millionaire and transfer the 2012


opening Olympic ceremony so why now a sequel to the film made his name?


Since he made the movie people constantly come at you and talk


about the characters like they know them and that makes us think that we


not had an obligation Bert AGT to perhaps turn to it again.


Trainspotting was about the cutting edge, here we are more than 20 years


later, how do you make sure this is not just the film equivalent of dad


dancing? LAUGHING


The truth is you can't. Part of the responsibility was embracing the


fact we were making a sequel to a story people knew intimately and how


we were going to grow up with that. What's really captured the zeitgeist


in the original was the famous cheese life speech. Choose a 3-piece


suites... And it's back in an updated version. Twitter, Instagram


and hope someone, somewhere cares. Delivered once again by Ewan


McGregor returning in the role of Renton. When it came out we were


like the oasis of the movie industry in Britain. We represented Britpop


movies. It was amazing. There are so as part of me that yearns that again


I suppose. For guys, it's fair to say they have lived a bit, how have


they age? There was always a moment in every shooting day where it was


like a 20 later moments where you suddenly felt 20 years had gone by


since your last playing this guy. So far reviews have mainly been


positive but it would be audiences that will have their memory


tarnished of the original. Back to President Tran. We heard from him


earlier in the programme but in a less abrasive moment today he said


he would cherish a letter left to him by Barack Obama. I went to the


Oval Office and Thomas Pieters letter from President Obama. It was


very nice of him to do that and we will cherish that and we will keep


that and we won't even tell the press what is in that letter.


President trumpeted the last word. That's all from me goodbye.


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