12/02/2017 World News Today


12/02/2017

The news programme for audiences who want more depth to their daily coverage. With a focus on Europe, Middle East and Africa.


Similar Content

Browse content similar to 12/02/2017. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!

Transcript


LineFromTo

This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK

:00:00.:00:00.

After the latest firing of a North Korean ballistic missile,

:00:07.:00:19.

the US says it will reinforce its alliances in

:00:20.:00:21.

Swiss voters decide in a referendum to make it easier for some

:00:22.:00:25.

A 13th day of protests - tens of thousands of Romanians

:00:26.:00:30.

demand their government's resignation.

:00:31.:00:36.

The leadership says it's standing firm.

:00:37.:00:38.

If we get a nonconfidence vote in the parliament, we go home.

:00:39.:00:41.

But until that moment, we will do our job.

:00:42.:00:48.

And the British Academy film awards are underway here in London with

:00:49.:00:55.

Viola Davis, Casey Affleck and Dev Patel winning in some of the acting

:00:56.:00:57.

categories. A senior advisor to President Trump

:00:58.:01:10.

says the United States is going to reinforce vital

:01:11.:01:13.

alliances in the Pacific region in order to deter increasing

:01:14.:01:17.

hostility from North Korea. That announcement followed

:01:18.:01:19.

North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile that's drawn

:01:20.:01:22.

harsh international condemnation. It's the first such launch

:01:23.:01:23.

since Donald Trump took The missile was fired from an air

:01:24.:01:28.

base in North Pyong-an Province - and flew about 5000 kilometres east

:01:29.:01:37.

into international waters Our Tokyo correspondent

:01:38.:01:40.

Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports. This is the launch of a Musudan

:01:41.:01:48.

ballistic missile, the same type that was fired from North Korea

:01:49.:01:52.

into the Sea of Japan Today's launch was almost

:01:53.:01:54.

certainly timed so that North Korea's dictator,

:01:55.:02:00.

Kim Jong-un, could crash a weekend party taking place

:02:01.:02:02.

on the other side of the world. President Donald Trump

:02:03.:02:08.

and Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, have been spending

:02:09.:02:11.

the weekend golfing in Florida. Mr Abe was not amused

:02:12.:02:15.

by the North Korean intrusion. TRANSLATION: North Korea's

:02:16.:02:23.

recent missile launch North Korea must fully comply

:02:24.:02:28.

with the relevant United Nations In his response, President Trump

:02:29.:02:32.

seemed less certain. Even neglecting to condemn

:02:33.:02:36.

the North Korean launch. Thank you very much,

:02:37.:02:40.

Mr Prime Minister. I just want everybody

:02:41.:02:43.

to understand and fully know that the United States of America

:02:44.:02:46.

stands behind Japan, Kim Jong-un recently promised

:02:47.:02:51.

to test a much more powerful President Trump has vowed

:02:52.:03:02.

that will not happen, but it's not clear how he intends

:03:03.:03:07.

to stop it. North Korea already has

:03:08.:03:09.

short-range missiles capable of hitting South Korea,

:03:10.:03:12.

and medium-range missiles The Musudan is an intermediate range

:03:13.:03:14.

missile, which may be able The ultimate goal is a so-called

:03:15.:03:22.

ICBM, able to hit parts For more than 20 years,

:03:23.:03:30.

the outside world has been trying to stop North Korea,

:03:31.:03:36.

with tighter and tighter sanctions. The border with China remains open,

:03:37.:03:39.

and trade is flourishing. The US and its allies will now move

:03:40.:03:46.

to tighten sanctions further, and accelerate the deployment

:03:47.:03:50.

of new anti-missile systems in South Korea and Japan,

:03:51.:03:54.

but no one seems to have any idea how to stop North Korea

:03:55.:04:01.

from becoming a fully fledged Rupert Wingfield-Hayes,

:04:02.:04:06.

BBC News, in Tokyo. David Willis is in

:04:07.:04:14.

Washington for us now. Thank you for joining us. North

:04:15.:04:26.

Korea has said some time that it's been threatening to launch a

:04:27.:04:30.

missile, but do you get the sense that the Trump administration was

:04:31.:04:33.

expecting this news? Were they prepared for this? It's interesting,

:04:34.:04:38.

the Trump administration has been at pains to reassure its allies,

:04:39.:04:42.

particularly Japan, that it has their back as far as North Korea is

:04:43.:04:47.

concerned. But what precisely the Trump administration plans to do

:04:48.:04:50.

about North Korea isn't precisely clear. We've had over the last

:04:51.:04:57.

several presidencies talks, sanctions, we had what was called

:04:58.:05:02.

under the Obama Administration, strategic patients. None of it has

:05:03.:05:06.

calmed North Korea's nuclear ambitions. With every likelihood

:05:07.:05:12.

that North Korea might actually develop a nuclear missile capable of

:05:13.:05:16.

reaching the United States within the lifetime of this current

:05:17.:05:21.

presidency, it becomes something of an urgency for Donald Trump to sort

:05:22.:05:27.

some sort of policy out on this front. He has said on the campaign

:05:28.:05:30.

trail that he would be willing to sit down and have a burger, as he

:05:31.:05:36.

put it, with Kim Jong-un and negotiate directly. That's not

:05:37.:05:40.

something the Obama administration wanted to do. But certainly, that

:05:41.:05:45.

and all the other potential solutions to this, are being weighed

:05:46.:05:48.

up now in the light of what's happened over the last few hours. It

:05:49.:05:52.

was interesting to hear the statement from Stephen Miller today.

:05:53.:05:58.

It seems to throw out the idea that talks with Kim Jong-un out of the

:05:59.:06:02.

window. It seemed like they were more talking about reinforcing

:06:03.:06:05.

alliances in the region. Do you think they are grasping at straws a

:06:06.:06:12.

little bit? There is the thought that China could be a buttress, if

:06:13.:06:17.

you like. That its influence over North Korea could be helpful to the

:06:18.:06:22.

United States, could be leveraged in some way. North Korea relies on

:06:23.:06:27.

China for most of its energy and food. Despite the fact China has

:06:28.:06:33.

condemned this and other missile tests by South Korea, it doesn't

:06:34.:06:37.

seem to have affected anything. North Korea remains committed to its

:06:38.:06:40.

nuclear programme, no question about that. It really is a difficult

:06:41.:06:47.

situation and one that has vexed presidents before Donald Trump,

:06:48.:06:51.

going back several decades. In fact, to the time of George Bush senior. A

:06:52.:06:55.

difficult situation indeed. Thank you to David Willis in Washington.

:06:56.:06:59.

Voters in Switzerland have approved a plan to relax

:07:00.:07:01.

Final results from the national referendum show just over 60%

:07:02.:07:05.

of voters support measures to make it easier for third

:07:06.:07:07.

generation immigrants to become Swiss citizens.

:07:08.:07:09.

Vanja and Vanja, two young women with the same name,

:07:10.:07:33.

Supporters of simplified citizenship argued this

:07:34.:07:38.

We asked people, what's the difference between people born

:07:39.:07:42.

here, went to school together, raised here, why should

:07:43.:07:45.

they have a different set of rights at birth?

:07:46.:07:47.

But the Swiss have traditionally been very protective

:07:48.:07:49.

Opponents of changing the current strict rules tried to exploit fears

:07:50.:07:55.

of increased immigrants from the Middle East.

:07:56.:07:56.

Over 60% said yes to easier citizenship for

:07:57.:08:00.

Now, on paper, this looks like a pretty minor change

:08:01.:08:10.

in Switzerland's citizenship law, but actually it's very significant.

:08:11.:08:14.

For around 25,000 people who were born here,

:08:15.:08:16.

mainly young people, it will make a big difference.

:08:17.:08:20.

Vanja from the campaign poster is among them.

:08:21.:08:24.

The granddaughter of Italian immigrants born in Switzerland,

:08:25.:08:27.

she cannot vote and is barred from some professions,

:08:28.:08:30.

Because it shows that I'm a part of Switzerland.

:08:31.:08:41.

But the vote also reflects a change in country.

:08:42.:08:48.

But the vote also reflects a changing country.

:08:49.:08:50.

Three previous attempts to relax the rules

:08:51.:08:52.

Today, Switzerland has signalled a growing acceptance

:08:53.:08:54.

German politicians have chosen the country's new President.

:08:55.:09:09.

The former foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier,

:09:10.:09:13.

was elected at a special assembly of both regional and

:09:14.:09:15.

The German President has little executive power, but is considered

:09:16.:09:21.

to have an important role in setting moral leadership for the nation.

:09:22.:09:24.

Hamburg airport in Germany was temporarily evacuated

:09:25.:09:28.

and flights stopped after an irritant gas caused

:09:29.:09:30.

passengers to suffer breathing and eye problems.

:09:31.:09:35.

Firefighters later said they had found an empty cartridge that had

:09:36.:09:39.

likely contained pepper spray or tear gas, which is sold

:09:40.:09:41.

Nine people have been taken to hospital.

:09:42.:09:46.

In Greece, military bomb disposal experts have removed a huge second

:09:47.:09:49.

world war bomb after it was found during construction work

:09:50.:09:54.

Around 75,000 people were moved to safety

:09:55.:09:59.

The device is now being taken to a military base,

:10:00.:10:04.

Tens of thousands of Romanians have taken to the streets for a 13th day,

:10:05.:10:19.

to demand the resignation of the government.

:10:20.:10:20.

This was the scene outside the government's offices

:10:21.:10:22.

The demonstrations have forced the government to revoke

:10:23.:10:26.

a controversial decree that would have weakened the powers

:10:27.:10:28.

of anti-corruption prosecutors, and caused the justice

:10:29.:10:29.

The country's foreign minister has admitted that the government had

:10:30.:10:34.

made mistakes in its handling of the corruption issue.

:10:35.:10:37.

But he told our correspondent Nick Thorpe that ministers

:10:38.:10:39.

If we get the nonconfidence vote in the parliament, we will go home.

:10:40.:10:50.

But until that moment, we will do our job.

:10:51.:10:53.

And let the others express their opinions.

:10:54.:10:54.

And try to take into account, to the best of our abilities,

:10:55.:10:58.

the opinions of those who are demonstrating.

:10:59.:11:00.

Do you plan to introduce any similar legislation in future?

:11:01.:11:10.

We decided to abbrogate the ordinance and to come back

:11:11.:11:12.

to the previous situation, which does not mean

:11:13.:11:14.

It will be solved in the parliament in the period to come.

:11:15.:11:18.

And with a larger consultation, transparency and so on and so forth.

:11:19.:11:21.

That's why, from my point of view, practically there are no reasons

:11:22.:11:25.

And the second thing in which we were wrong,

:11:26.:11:34.

was the way in which we communicated with the population,

:11:35.:11:36.

How uncomfortable has it been for you and your government to face

:11:37.:11:46.

these massive protests over the last weeks.

:11:47.:11:48.

Of course it's an uncomfortable position when people

:11:49.:11:50.

But at the same time, I have to tell you very bluntly,

:11:51.:12:03.

we have the feeling that we did our best, whatever was in our power,

:12:04.:12:07.

The biggest awards night for British film - the Baftas -

:12:08.:12:20.

Guests have been gathering at the Royal Albert Hall.

:12:21.:12:24.

The romantic musical, La La Land, leads the

:12:25.:12:26.

The films Nocturnal Animals and Arrival both follow closely

:12:27.:12:31.

We can go live to the BBC's Jane Hill.

:12:32.:12:37.

Jane, who has been picking up Baftas so far?

:12:38.:12:42.

The ceremony is continuing at the Royal Albert Hall. Until just a few

:12:43.:12:50.

minutes ago, it really was looking like an evening of all must have

:12:51.:12:56.

prizes. Almost every film nominated tonight was picking up something

:12:57.:12:59.

along the way. A real scatter-gun affair. In the last little while

:13:00.:13:04.

we've had a few more of the major categories through. Certainly La La

:13:05.:13:13.

Land has done pretty well. Damien Chazelle's film has done well with

:13:14.:13:17.

Emma Stone picking up the award for Best actress and Damien Chazelle for

:13:18.:13:22.

best director. Also on award for cinematography. Certainly not

:13:23.:13:24.

running away in terms of pure numbers. We wait still to find out

:13:25.:13:29.

whether it picks up the award for best film. The film Lion, based on

:13:30.:13:36.

the true story of a young boy adopted from India and taken to live

:13:37.:13:40.

with a family in Australia aspect up a couple of awards including one for

:13:41.:13:45.

its screenplay by Luke Davies and a big cheer for the British actor Dev

:13:46.:13:50.

Patel, who picked up the acting award in that category. A couple of

:13:51.:13:56.

awards that perhaps were expected, Casey Affleck has taken the award in

:13:57.:14:02.

the last few minutes for his performance in Manchester by the

:14:03.:14:06.

Sea, quite a bleak New England 's tale, but a very strong performance

:14:07.:14:09.

from him. He won the Golden Globe for that award and has picked up the

:14:10.:14:15.

Bafta here tonight in London. And best supporting actress went to the

:14:16.:14:19.

very popular American actress Viola Davis for her searing role in

:14:20.:14:25.

Fences, directed by Denzel Washington and based on a play by

:14:26.:14:30.

August Wilson, who adapted the screenplay for Fences from his own

:14:31.:14:34.

play. That was quite some years ago because he died in 2005. We wait

:14:35.:14:40.

here at the Albert Hall to find out what has been selected as best film

:14:41.:14:44.

and the Bafta Fellowship is still to come as well. There is more to come

:14:45.:14:46.

tonight. Thank you, Jane. Stay with us on BBC

:14:47.:14:56.

world news. Still to come... Catastrophic fire conditions in

:14:57.:15:00.

parts of Australia. Bushfires take hold in dozens of places in New

:15:01.:15:01.

South Wales. Nelson Mandela taking his first

:15:02.:15:23.

three steps in a new South Africa. A death sentence has been passed on

:15:24.:15:30.

Salman Rushdie, the writer of a book many Muslims say it is blasphemous.

:15:31.:15:36.

The people of Haiti say thank you for the asking of their former

:15:37.:15:39.

president, Doctor Valley. Shergar was kept in a special box in the

:15:40.:15:46.

stud farm block. He was driven away in a horse box the thieves had

:15:47.:15:51.

brought with them. Stepping down from the plane, a figure in

:15:52.:15:56.

mourning. Elizabeth II, Queen of this realm and of all her other

:15:57.:16:00.

realms and territories, head of the Commonwealth, defender of the faith.

:16:01.:16:15.

The latest headlines... After the latest firing of a North Korean

:16:16.:16:21.

ballistic missile out, the US says it will reinforce its alliances in

:16:22.:16:22.

the Pacific region. Back to our top story and that

:16:23.:16:26.

North Korean missile test that took It's received strong

:16:27.:16:29.

condemnation from across Joining us is Professor David Kang

:16:30.:16:32.

at the university of Thank you so much for joining us. My

:16:33.:16:48.

pleasure. Off in the North Korean leadership and Kim Jong-un in

:16:49.:16:51.

particular, is painted as this kind of insane figure who is building up

:16:52.:16:55.

a missile programme with no real goal. Is that true, is that the

:16:56.:17:00.

case, or does he have a real strategy and goal in mind? I think

:17:01.:17:04.

that's one of the biggest misconceptions, is that it's random

:17:05.:17:10.

and unpredictable. But in fact, the North Korean regime under numerous

:17:11.:17:14.

leaders including his father and grandfather, have tested new

:17:15.:17:18.

American presidents. We all expected some type of response from North

:17:19.:17:23.

Korea to Trump, especially given how Trump is outspoken. In many ways the

:17:24.:17:30.

missile test was carefully chosen, and the nuclear programme is very

:17:31.:17:33.

deliberate in its planning in North Korea. What does North Korea

:17:34.:17:38.

actually want? What does it help to achieve with its nuclear ambitions?

:17:39.:17:43.

I think the nuclear ambitions more generally are a way to survive as a

:17:44.:17:49.

country, as a regime, without the nuclear programme, I think the

:17:50.:17:52.

leadership of North Korea would be very vulnerable. With the nuclear

:17:53.:17:58.

programme, it makes people anxious about attacking them. It makes sense

:17:59.:18:03.

for them to have one. It makes it harder for us to imagine the

:18:04.:18:09.

denuclearisation of North Korea. Our sanctions having any effect? It's

:18:10.:18:14.

hard to see the effect they have had. The latest UN sanctions from

:18:15.:18:18.

last year when there were two nuclear tests were ostensibly the

:18:19.:18:22.

strongest ever. And in response North Korea has still tested

:18:23.:18:26.

Intercontinental ballistic missile Isles, and now the shorter missile

:18:27.:18:30.

it tested yesterday. It's not clear that more pressure makes North Korea

:18:31.:18:35.

back down. Pretty clearly, and pretty consistently, North Korea

:18:36.:18:38.

meets pressure with pressure of its own. We always run into the problem

:18:39.:18:43.

of, will we start a war? And then all sides decide, we don't want to

:18:44.:18:49.

do that. We are stuck in a cycle of provocation and backing down. Thank

:18:50.:18:53.

you, David, from the University of Southern California.

:18:54.:18:57.

A bit of breaking news coming into us at the BBC. La La Land has won

:18:58.:19:04.

best film at the Baftas. It was widely expected.

:19:05.:19:09.

The emergency services in the Australian state

:19:10.:19:12.

of New South Wales say a record-breaking heatwave has

:19:13.:19:15.

produced the worst conditions ever seen for local firefighters.

:19:16.:19:18.

The extent of damage inflicted remains unclear,

:19:19.:19:21.

but the authorities say homes and livestock have been

:19:22.:19:23.

As David Campanale now reports, the biggest blaze has been

:19:24.:19:29.

near the town of Dunedoo in the centre of the state,

:19:30.:19:31.

Ideal conditions are in place for these bushfires.

:19:32.:19:39.

Temperatures in New South Wales have soared to record levels

:19:40.:19:42.

Fanned by strong winds, the fires raging across the state,

:19:43.:19:51.

and here in Dunedoo are threatening homes and closing roads.

:19:52.:19:55.

More than 2000 firefighters, many of them volunteers,

:19:56.:20:00.

The authorities have had to order the evacuation of some sparsely

:20:01.:20:07.

And they admit many of the fires are uncontained.

:20:08.:20:12.

Yeah, just there's nothing you can do.

:20:13.:20:22.

The rural Fire Service in the state has issued a warning

:20:23.:20:24.

of catastrophic fire conditions, declaring this to be the worst

:20:25.:20:27.

day seen in the history of New South Wales.

:20:28.:20:31.

Firefighters at the front line say conditions

:20:32.:20:33.

We have got reports across a number of the fire grounds,

:20:34.:20:40.

particularly those that are subject of emergency warning,

:20:41.:20:42.

that we are seeing property impacted and we are expecting

:20:43.:20:45.

The areas hit by fires are a long way from Sydney, the state capital,

:20:46.:20:52.

where thousands of people have flocked to the beaches to cool off.

:20:53.:21:01.

The heatwave and need for air conditioning in homes has put

:21:02.:21:03.

Some businesses have reduced or halted operations

:21:04.:21:06.

Wild bushfires are not uncommon in Australia's arid summer,

:21:07.:21:13.

climate change has pushed up average land and sea temperatures

:21:14.:21:15.

Australians are seeing a rising number of extremely hot days

:21:16.:21:19.

But for this week at least, they are hoping that new cold

:21:20.:21:26.

weather fronts will give some urgent relief.

:21:27.:21:28.

Premier League champions Leicester City are facing a battle to remain

:21:29.:21:42.

in the Premier League, one season on from lifting

:21:43.:21:47.

the title, after being beaten 2-0 by Swansea City.

:21:48.:21:49.

Claudio Ranieri's side are now just one point above the relegation zone

:21:50.:21:52.

after slipping to their fifth straight league defeat.

:21:53.:21:54.

Defender Alfie Mawson produced a striker's finish to volley

:21:55.:21:56.

in the home side's first before Martin Olsson doubled their lead.

:21:57.:21:59.

The result moves Swansea up to 15th, four points clear of danger.

:22:00.:22:02.

It's unbelievable. We start well. We wanted to make a good result today

:22:03.:22:18.

against our, another team in the battle of relegation. We start well,

:22:19.:22:24.

we make something good. But at their first shot at goal, they scored. The

:22:25.:22:28.

second action, they scored again. From that, it was very difficult to

:22:29.:22:33.

go back. We had a chance at the beginning of the second half and

:22:34.:22:36.

lost the chance, and then we tried to do our best, but it was very,

:22:37.:22:38.

very difficult. League leaders Chelsea missed

:22:39.:22:40.

the chance to extend their lead at the top to 12 points,

:22:41.:22:45.

as they were held to a 1-1 They looked con course

:22:46.:22:48.

for their 20th league win of the season after Pedro put

:22:49.:22:53.

them in front. But the Republic of Ireland

:22:54.:22:55.

international Robbie Brady produced a stunning equaliser,

:22:56.:22:57.

his free-kick levellling Chelsea still have a sizable ten

:22:58.:22:58.

point advantage over second placed Tottenham and remain on course

:22:59.:23:03.

to win their sixth league title. Graf we all know that against

:23:04.:23:16.

Burnley at home is not easy. They have taken 20 points before this

:23:17.:23:22.

game, now 29 points. Now it's important to continue to work. There

:23:23.:23:27.

are 13 games before the end of the league. We must be concentrated and

:23:28.:23:37.

start again on Tuesday. In rugby union's Six

:23:38.:23:41.

Nations Championship, Scotland were beaten 22-16

:23:42.:23:43.

by France in Paris. It was a fiercely contested

:23:44.:23:45.

encounter at the Stade de France and despite the Scots outscoring

:23:46.:23:49.

France by two tries to one, five penalties and a conversion

:23:50.:23:52.

from Camille Lopez gave France their first win

:23:53.:23:54.

of the tournament. That result though leaves England

:23:55.:23:57.

as the only unbeaten side It was a physical encounter and

:23:58.:24:11.

quite a few times we came off second best. But I thought the boys stuck

:24:12.:24:15.

in really well defensively, defended our line well and scored a couple of

:24:16.:24:20.

tries, but we just at critical times, perhaps we were not accurate

:24:21.:24:24.

enough. We will have a good look at that before moving to the next game.

:24:25.:24:28.

Jordan Spieth took a six shot lead in the Pro-am

:24:29.:24:30.

The two-time major winner was 16 under going into the final round,

:24:31.:24:35.

which is now underway and he's currently on 18-under par -

:24:36.:24:38.

four shots ahead of his nearest rival Brandt Schnedeker.

:24:39.:24:40.

Earlier on, an eagle on the last hole gave Fabrizio Zanotti a one

:24:41.:24:43.

shot win in the Maybank Championship in Malaysia on Sunday.

:24:44.:24:46.

Zanotti had been eighth going into the final round,

:24:47.:24:48.

but the Paraguayan, who has missed three

:24:49.:24:50.

cuts in a row, produced an incredible final round of 63.

:24:51.:24:54.

Seven birdies put him contention before a eagle at the 18th

:24:55.:24:56.

9-under for the day and 19-under overall - one shot clear

:24:57.:25:00.

of American David Lipsky for his second win

:25:01.:25:02.

The US Tennis Association has apologised after a Nazi-era version

:25:03.:25:15.

of Germany's national anthem was sung ahead

:25:16.:25:19.

The soloist's version here included the words "Deutschland uber alles" -

:25:20.:25:36.

which translates as "Germany above all else."

:25:37.:25:39.

It's a version banned since the end of the Second World War.

:25:40.:25:42.

While the singer continued, fans and players began a loud

:25:43.:25:46.

rendition of the correct lyrics, to the same tune, when they realised

:25:47.:25:49.

The latest news from the Baftas, best film has gone to La La Land.

:25:50.:25:58.

From me and the rest of the team goodbye.

:25:59.:26:09.

After the weekend which many of us have endured, I'm sure you watch

:26:10.:26:14.

crying out for something more like spring.

:26:15.:26:17.