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Hello, this is BBC World News. Our top story. President Trump is still
searching for a National Security Advisor. His second choice but the
top post says no thank you. Under mental questions about the
future relationship with the EU and Russia. It is a fair demand that all
who benefit from the best alliance in the world carry their proportion
of chair of the necessary cost to defend our freedoms.
Princess Cristina, the sister of the Spanish king is cleared and tax
fraud trial but her husband has been given a six-year jail term.
And diplomacy with bear hugs and head locks, how Iran took on the
United States and one. -- won.
A day after President Trump told his Administration was running like a
fine tuned machine, it has been called to be in disarray.
The former naval admiral chosen by President Trump
to be his national security advisor has turned down the job.
The president returned to one of his favourite themes, of wing in jobs
back to America. He has been speaking to a factory in South
Carolina. As York resident, I am going to do everything I can to
unleash the power of the American spirit. And to put our great people
back to work. This is our mantra, by American and higher American. We
want the Bucs made in America, made by American hands.
Our correspondent Gary O'Donoghue is in Washington for us now.
It must be quite unusual for someone to turn down the offer of such a
prestigious job, particular when it has got to the stage there name is
being mentioned soap publicly in connection. Yes, you are talking
about the National Security Advisor. That is a conundrum, frankly. It is
bad enough losing your NSA within the first four weeks of coming into
office and that has derailed this presidency little bit in its early
days. But putting it about that they wanted Bob Harwood, the Vice Admiral
who had been the centre of command as well, you really want to make
sure he differently was to do it before you start putting that idea.
-- the deputy centre of command. He said he would rather stay at the
defence company. They are still costing around. The reason it is
important is Security Advisor is one of the absolute inner circle. They
are there to bring everything to the President in terms of security,
defence, and intelligence. They are the conduit for all the other parts
of the executive branch. They are in the situation room when something
big is kicking off, advising the presidency. It is a crucial role. He
will need to get someone in place pretty soon on that. We have seen
President Trump trying to retake the initiative today with this trip to
the Boeing factory in South Carolina. That is playing to his
base, and his dominant theme of bringing jobs back. Yes, it was
actually not a bad speech. It looked pretty controlled, he pressed a lot
of buttons, in terms of American jobs, the American dream, American
innovation, standing there in front of that great big Boeing dream
line-up they have been building, a symbol of American achievement. The
jobs issue is the thing that really did get him Alex did. It was the
thing that resonated Djibouti with those parts of America, particularly
the belt where jobs have been disappearing and probably still are.
He will tell you the jobs are all coming back. He will put tariffs on
American companies that move jobs outside the US. We will see how
successful that is as a policy. But this was a strongly economically
nationalist speech in that sense and that is what we have come to expect.
The slogan is America first. US vice-president Mike Pence
is to become the latest representative to shed light
on what Trump's America First policy He will speak at the Munich
Security Conference later. The conference is happening right
now - US policy towards Russia, the Middle East and Nato
are all on the table. And on Nato, the new US
Defence Secretary, James Mattis, insisted that Nato countries shared
a strong bond against instability. But he stressed the need for members
to contribute their fair share. President Trump came into office and
has thrown down his full support to Nato. He too espouses Nato's need to
adapt today's strategic situation for it to remain credible, capable
and relevant. It was noted last week that it was a fair demand that all
who benefit from the best alliance in the world currently a
proportionate share of the necessary costs to defend our freedoms, and we
are committed to keep those freedoms intact for the next generation. Lyse
Doucet has been following the events. We are here for the annual
security forum. There is real diplomacy, real negotiations going
on behind the scenes and sometimes even on public that forms to tackle
the world's red crisis. There is of this year because of the uncertainty
and quite some anxiety about the new policies emerging from President
Trump's new team in Washington. Most of all, there is concern about the
transatlantic relationship. James Mattis began the conference. Michael
Fallon, there has been comments from many of those attending St that you
weren't convinced by the speech. He repeated the commitment that
President Trump has already even. Our Prime Minister Theresa May was
told that America remains 100% committed to Nato. Secretary James
Mattis has been in Brussels with me for the last two years, with Nato
ministers and we are in no doubt that America is continuing to commit
to Nato. But the anxiety is such that even the chairman of the Munich
Security force said he wanted to hear from the United States that
they would not try to break up the European Union and destroyed the
killers that had been in place since the Second World War. -- back
pillars. This is the Munich security forum. You get some uncertainty
about new policies of the new administration, particular make
changes. Republican and Democrat and vice versa. That is inevitable. But
on the commitment to Nato, we are in the town that America is behind the
Alliance, they want Europe to do more to contribute more, we agreed
all that two and a half years ago, we agreed we would each spend two
and a half percent. In Britain, we do spend 2%. America was the other
countries to step up as well. Given the hour-long press conference that
President Trump gave yesterday, would you be worried about it? We
all handle these things in different ways. One thing, chaotic, ramming is
another. This is the beginning of the new administration for a very
new president. What is important is to judge this Administration on what
it actually does, not what was said during the camp aim. Over here,
secretary James Mattis has reassured all the allies that Nato remains
behind the Alliance. General Mattis has also been tasked with drawing up
a new plan with looking at Islamic State. You have said then is to be
more pressure on them in Syria and a lark -- Iraq. There is talk that
America could consider putting troops on the ground in Syria. Will
that be a good idea? We need to keep the momentum up. Half of Mosul, the
second biggest city in Iraq has been liberated. Some 2 million fewer
people live under the Daesh rule now than did. We need to keep up that
campaign and help the Iraqis, and we're helping with air strikes, with
intelligence, and with training. British troops have trained merely
40,000 Iraqi and Peshmerga troops. We will not deploy combat troops on
the ground but we are going to help local forces regained control of
their country. You've just come back from Iraq. If President Trump
decides it was more aggressive, kinetic action for a sonic State,
will question back him in that special relationship? We are making
probably the August two and reviews. Would you change if evident from
changes his condo Bijan? -- will you change your contribution if
President Trump changes his? We've been doing this for two and a half
years now. Many of the towns occupied in the Iraq have now been
lit related. We want -- liberated. In the end, the fighting has to be
done by local troops. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, thank you
per room at for joining us here in unique. Just getting underway, much
more coming from behind-the-scenes. One woman arrested in Malaysia over
the killing of the half brother of North Korea's leader has said
she was duped into thinking she was part of a comedy show prank -
that's according to Indonesia's national police chief who's been
briefed by Malaysian authorities. Kim Jong Nam died after being
attacked at Kuala Lumpur Meanwhile North Korea has made
a plea to Malaysia to release We strongly urge and demand from the
Malaysians side not to be entangled with the political plot via the
hostile forces towards us. And want to damage the image of our republic.
And to release the body, immediately, without any conditions.
A Spanish court has acquitted the Princess of being... Her husband was
found guilty of fraud and tax evasion and sentenced to six years
in jail. For more on this, we can speak to Raphael Timmy Gell, editor
of Elle Pace. Raphael, good to see you. Tell us more about this case.
It sounds extraordinary. It has been a very extra merry case. A very long
trial, almost seven years of a trial. It came at a time during
probably the worst economic and political crisis that Spain has
suffered in decades. The public romance with the monarchy, with the
institution that lasted so many years had started to erode because
of the public behaviour of the former King, and then when this case
erupted, the public anger towards the monarchy became more and more
intense. Now, as you probably know, the King abdicated and his son, King
Philip, the sects, and the public knew what the outcome of the trial
would be because the public persecution had renounced to push
against -- push a case against Princess Christina. But still, it
has been a very dramatic, of every hard case for the Spanish monarchy.
And the UK has a very tough work ahead to regain the public
confidence that his father once enjoyed. -- the new king. You
mentioned that the effect this has on the image of the monarchy, is
there any sense of how the king is going to try and restore that? Well,
it is going to be a very slow and tough process. He has started to
take distance from his sister and from all those past behaviours. The
institution, the monarchy, has started to put in place new
accountability and Rawls -- rules. The public behaviour of the new King
is very austere, in comparison to the former king. He has adhered to a
very strict constitutional role in order to regain that confidence,
because as I was telling you, it is going to be very hard. And among the
royal family and their advisers, there will be mixed feelings about
the outcome. Well, it is a very sad day, especially for Queen Sophia,
which has been very close to Princess Christina. In the case of
King Philip the six, he knew that in order to reserve the constitution,
he had to distance himself from her. Apart from that political decision,
the relations with tween them had grown very cold after he found out
all the things that his brother-in-law had done and all the
businesses he had engaged in. So, now you have very cold relations
between the king and his staff and it is indeed a very sad day for the
Royal family. -- the king and his sister.
Pakistan's security forces have carried out raids
across the country, killing and arresting dozens
It follows the suicide attack at a famous Sufi shrine in the south
The attack has been claimed by the so-called Islamic State.
Our Pakistan correspondent Secunder Kermani reports.
The shrine was packed with men, women and children for the special
devotional services that take place here on Thursday nights.
Jihadists believe Muslims who attend shines like this are heretics
Today the families of the dead began to bury their loved ones.
This woman's 13-year-old son was among those killed.
His uncle expressed the family's sorrow.
TRANSLATION: He only wanted to pay his respects at the shrine.
I raised him like my own child as I don't have any children.
He was my own child and they took him from me.
There have also been angry scenes close to the shrine where locals
have clashed with police, who they blame for not having done
We have been telling the police and other officials
that there was no security and that anything could happen any time
Security has been stepped up at religious sites considered
possible targets like this Sufi shrine.
Paramilitary forces say they have killed dozens of suspected militants
in raids carried out across the country today
but Pakistan has now suffered five attacks in five days carried out
One faction of the Pakistani Taliban has vowed to unleash
It's not known whether this latest attack by IS is linked to that
but many here now fear that after a recent significant
reduction in violence, the security situation
The US and Iran have gone head-to head in one of the ultimate
More than 300 people have broken through a fence separating
the Spanish territory of Ceuta from Morocco.
Most of the group are believed to be migrants from sub-Saharan Africa,
Video footage shows them using clubs and shears to create gaps
The former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has launched a campaign
to try to persuade people in the UK to change their minds about Brexit.
Mr Blair said no-one knew the true cost of what they were voting for.
The UK government is expected to start the formal procedure
Researchers based in New Zealand say they've found more evidence to back
the claim that the world has an additional continent.
The land mass, known as Zealandia, is shown here in grey
Although 94% of it is under water, the scientists say its geology
proves it was once a land mass in its own right.
The US and Iran have gone head-to head in one of the ultimate
Nothing to do with politics this time -
they were in fact locking horns in the Freestyle Wrestling
American and Iranian wrestlers battled it out in front of roaring
crowds in the city of Kermanshah and it was hosts Iran who pipped
There was initially doubt over whether the match would even go
ahead after the American team were barred from competing by Iran -
a retaliation for President Trump's ban on Iranian travellers.
With me is Nicholas Niksadat from the BBC's Persian Service.
The match that almost take place. Exactly. Obviously, the travel ban
was a big headline and affected many Iranians and originally it was
thought the government would retaliate but they changed their
mind. In fact, the Americans were the first team that arrived, and
much to a warm welcome from many members of the public. There is a
portion of the Iranian population that is very eager to show the
Westerners and Americans, especially, that they want a distant
themselves from the position of their government and in fact,
wrestling is one of very few channels of contact between the two
nations, other contacts obviously happening very tense situations
between politicians, mainly. In recent years it was volleyball, but
mainly wrestling revives channels for the two people to have contact
with each other. And so it was good-natured, despite the political
tension? Of course. Wrestling is a big sport in Iran. It is one of a
handful of disciplines where Iranians can winds at world level
and in fact when world medals at the Olympics. It is an ancient show of
their identity and culture. It is not a major sport in America.
Ironically, some of these American wrestlers are bigger stars in Iran
than they are in their own country and they have their own fans and
that makes the Iranians -- the Americans so popular in Iran. When
Americans are wrestling against third parties, the Iranians and the
crowd usually support the Americans. That is very interesting. And
something you alluded to a moment ago, even if conversations are
awkward and difficult on a political level, it is so important to have
channels like this must sport, weather two nations can come
together. Exactly because after all you have a chance to see that they
are normal people like you, you can seal a real, so to speak, persons,
people shake hands, they stand up for one another's national and is.
Some of these tournaments in the past five years, three of them have
been held in the US, in Los Angeles, specifically, whether as a Iranian
diaspora so it is pretty much like playing at home or the Iranians so
there is a lot that -- lot of contact from sport, also volleyball,
and that makes have hope for the future and I think maybe some
opportunities for mutual understanding that has been shot
down by politics can be opened through sport. Thank you very much.
The weekend is almost upon us which means for Donald Trump it's
almost time to head down to his Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago.
He's owned the lavish private club and estate for decades,
but it's taken on a new prominence since he took office.
It seems destined to become his number one getaway retreat,
Welcome to the American President's Florida getaway.
A place where Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley
spent their honeymoon and actor Charlie Sheen once
Maralago, Spanish for "sea to lake", is a sprawling, 126-room mansion
nestled in some of the most expensive real estate in Palm Beach.
This is a great entrance hall to Maralago.
Mr Trump bought it as a holiday home back in 1985 for $10 million,
Back then it was a family retreat and a place to wine and dine
Never one to miss a moneymaking opportunity, Mr Trump turned it
A membership here will set you back a cool $200,000, double the price
Mr Trump has stayed at Maralago nearly every weekend
since his inauguration and some club members have bragged
about their access to the workings of state.
When North Korea tested a ballistic missile
during the Japanese Prime Minister's visit, witnesses said the two
leaders gathered with their advisers openly in front of other guests.
It's not unusual for presidents to have retreats, and Maralago
Its original owner, Marjorie Merriweather Post,
was herself a business tycoon who wanted to be
We really pay a certain reverence to Mrs Post
She left it to the Government in her will, but the United States
It took a future president to come along and make Maralago his own.
It is not unusual to be asked for direction but a lorry driver in
Kazakhstan has captured the moment a pilot landed on a highway to ask for
help after apparently losing his way. The eyelid asked how to get to
a city in the north-west of the country, much to the amusement of
the two lorry drivers. The pilot had been taking part in the bridge will
orientation exercise when he lost his bearings.
Dick Bruna, the Dutch illustrator and author who created
the much-loved cartoon rabbit Miffy, has died at age of 89.
He wrote more than 30 books about Miffy's adventures which sold
The reminder of our main news. President Trump has suffered a
setback in an attempt to finalise the administration, his latest
choice for National Security Advisor has turned the job down.
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