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Hello, I'm Kasia Madera with BBC World News.
Michael Flynn says he'll talk to investigators examining
ties to the Kremlin, as long as he won't be
As guidelines are issued for the European Union's Brexit
strategy, it warns the UK of tough times ahead.
The talks, which are about to start, will be difficult, complex and
sometimes even confrontational. There is no way around it.
Europe and Australia announce a sweeping probe into tax evasion,
as they coordinate raids across several countries.
And could love be in the air for Pamela Anderson and Julian Assange?
He's very sexy. LAUGHTER
A witch hunt - that's how Donald Trump has described
a congressional investigation into alleged Russian
interference in last year's presidential election.
It comes after a lawyer for his former National Security
Adviser Michael Flynn said he is prepared to testify,
but only if he is granted immunity from prosecution.
Live to Washington in a moment, but let's first remind ourselves
of what's been a turbulent six months for Michael Flynn.
Back in November, he was controversially appointed
as Donald Trump's national security adviser, having once been fired
He's also been criticised for dabbling in conspiracy
In February, he was sacked by the Trump administration,
after it was revealed he'd lied about discussing sanctions with
Now, his links to Russia are under scrutiny.
In asking from immunity to testify, Mr Flynn's lawyer said
We're joined now by Gary O'Donoghue in Washington.
So, by asking for immunity, there's so much speculation about what
Michael Flynn, what that story has is?
Usually, people ask for immunity when they think they need it. That's
why people are speculative and quietly about what he might have to
say what he's prepared to say, that this is something that is trying to
keep him out of the spotlight of the big prosecution, potentially. If you
look at the words of the man himself, back in September last
year, he was talking about the Clintons and he said, you only
usually look for unity when you've committed a crime. Those White House
suddenly come back to haunt him in the last -- those words have
certainly come back to haunt him in the last few days. The Senate
intelligence committee may have turned that requests for immunity
down for the time being, that has not been confronted by them, nor has
it been confirmed by Michael Flynn's lawyer. The difficulty is that there
is this FBI investigation also going on. The question is has he asked
them for immunity humour we don't absolutely know that. They would
only be really interested in granting immunity, the FBI, if there
were bigger fresh to thrive. For instance, if they wanted access or
get someone further up the food chain, they might grant someone
immunity in order to cooperate. Now, it doesn't get much higher up the
food chain than Michael Flynn, in terms of where he was in the Trump
administration. He was national security adviser, so the suggestion
or the thought is, as these things start to emerge, thereby bits,
step-by-step, it will get closer and closer to the Oval Office.
There is lots to watch out for, but thank you very much for the time
being frame us the latest. Authorities in Europe
and Australia have announced There have been a series
of internationally coordinated raids in several countries including
Britain, France and the Netherlands. Dutch investigators said they'd
received information about some 50,000 suspect accounts
at a Swiss bank. They reported the seizure
of paintings, a gold bar and jewellery and had
arrested two people. The authorities haven't named
the bank, but Credit Suisse of Switzerland said its offices
in London, Paris and Amsterdam When the British Prime Minister,
Theresa May, triggered the UK's departure from the European Union
two days ago, she stressed that Britain was keen on a trade deal
to protect its exports Today, the European
Union has responded. In draft guidelines for negotiating
Brexit, the EU ruled out trade talks before outstanding issues
were cleared up. Speaking in Malta, the president
of the European Council Donald Tusk made citizens' rights
the top priority. Our Europe correspondent
Damian Grammaticus has more. After the Shadow books and, now
coming into focus the EU's terms of the Brexit. Donald Tusk will insist
the UK sorts out its excitons first. Once and only once we have achieved
sufficient progress on those developments, can we discuss the
framework for our future relationship. Starting parallel
talks on all these issues at the same time, as suggested by some in
the UK, will not happen. So, if the EU is explicitly
rejecting Theresa May's positions. No talks at first, future ties only
outline to June two phase of investigations. No special access
with things like as banking, the EU excludes a sector by sector approach
to the single markets, and the transition period will be under EU
clause, as it would require... In our book, participation means
your sole member, or have access to a membership situation. If you have
such an access, it is obvious, it goes without saying, that the
institutions will have sent to agreed upon the governments of that
period. Inside the EU, there had been months
of preparations and lobbying to draw up these guidelines. UK citizens
living in the EU, EU said since living in the UK, all worried about
losing their rights, have the air of the EU's get-go shooter. Ireland has
been pressing its case over its border. In Gibraltar as a surprise
inclusion, the result of Spanish lobbying. The EU says no future
trader can be applied to Gibraltar unless Spain agrees. The EU will
defend the interests of its 27 after Brexit. And that was a shock for the
Foreign Secretary, it didn't show as he arrived for a meeting at Nato HQ.
He sought to calm EU fears that the EU might tie security and trade
together. The commitment to security of this
region is unconditional, and it is not some bargaining chip to be used
in any negotiations that may take place.
But now that Article 50 has been triggered, it is the EU side that
can determine much about these negotiations. In the guidelines they
want control not only the sequence, but what the UK can negotiate too.
In other news - at least 22 people have been killed and more than
70 injured in a blast outside a mosque in in northwest Pakistan.
The explosion happened in the city of Parachinar,
a mainly Shia muslim area on the Afghan border.
Reports say a car packed with explosives was left
near the women's entrance of the mosque.
The Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has praised the US
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for his strong commitment
to the transatlantic alliance, as Nato foreign ministers gathered
in Brussels for their first meeting with him.
The US is calling on all Nato states to meet their
Research conducted here in Britain suggests that western countries
are losing the battle against online extremism.
The study estimates that each month there are nearly half a million
Google searches for results dominated by extremist material.
And it concludes that people are not just being radicalised
on social media but also during their online searches.
The salvaged wreck of South Korea's Sewol ferry has reached port,
nearly three years after it sank, killing more than 300 people.
The vessel was raised from the sea floor in one piece
President Trump's administration has not criticised Israel's announcement
that it's to build the first new Jewish settlement
in the occupied West Bank in more than 20 years.
But a White House official said further unrestrained settlement
activity would not help advance peace between
The settlement near the Palestinian city of Nablus was approved
at a meeting of Israel's security cabinet on Thursday.
Palestinian officials have bitterly condemned the new building project,
and the UN Secretary General said it threatened the prospects for peace.
The BBC's Yolande Knell is in Jerusalem and told us how
this plan breaks away from established policy.
Suddenly, it has a lot of symbolic significance.
Although we don't expect this to be such a big settlement.
Israel, as we know, has continued with settlement construction,
settlement expansion, but it hasn't made an announcement
There's also been another law passed recently that retroactively
legalised outposts that were built originally without
Dozens of those legalised under this law, which is yet to be
So it is something that's very significant.
That's why the Palestinians have reacted to it very angrily.
Their leader coming out saying this is a violation of Palestinian
human rights and calling on the international community to act.
We've the statement from the spokesman of the
UN Secretary General saying he notes with disappointment
But here in Israel, the council that is one of the main
settler bodies has welcomed this decision.
It comes as there are concerns, basically within the settler
community, that the talks currently ongoing between the Israeli
government and the Trump administration could lead
to restrictions on settlement building on the future.
This after President Trump asked Prime Minister Netanyahu
when he visited the White House last month to hold back
He told an Israeli newspaper that they may not be helpful
as he tries to reboot the peace process.
Stay with us on BBC News, still to come:
President Trump supports his former national security adviser
as he seeks immunity from prosecution in exchange
for testifying about alleged Russian interference in the US election.
The European Union has insisted it won't negotiate its future
relationship with Britain until there's been sufficient
progress towards agreeing the terms of Brexit.
The Indian state of Gujarat has passed a law making
the slaughter of cows punishable with life imprisonment.
Under the new law, India's strictest ever on the issue,
cow slaughter will also become a non-bailable offence.
Until now it carried a penalty of seven years' jail.
Cows are widely considered to be sacred by India's Hindu majority,
and a state minister said the animal symbolised Indian culture.
The US Navy has accused Iran of harassing its warships as they enter
the Gulf. The Navy claims that as many as 20 rainy and vegetables --
vessels approached his warship. Iran denies acting improperly.
This warship on its way to the Gulf to continue bombing missions against
so-called Islamic state. But first it must run the gauntlet of Iran.
This, the first US carrier to pass through the strait since President
Trump took office. As they approach, the Iranians are already watching.
At some point, at some time, there could be a miscalculation. Do we
need to take evasive action? Could this be the time that something
really happens? Those are the things that each ship's captain and crew
have to a sire every time they come through.
This is what they have to go through, ran's revolution I guard
Corps practice and publicise. Swarming and attacking a larger foe,
in this case, a replica of the US carrier. Heavily armed helicopters
take to the air and escort as all ships close in. This will be a test
of the new administration that signalled a harder line on Iran.
This carrier and the warships behind me are making the transit through
the Strait. In the distance, we can see a number of small vessels
approaching us. We are told they are from the Iranian Revolutionary
guard. In total, they spot more than a
dozen fast attack boats. Some of which then threaten the helicopters
above. We had some boat that uncovered
their machine guns and loaded their weapons. It was a little
nerve-racking. A bass boat coming towards you with guns uncovered and
loaded, any miscalculation could cause catastrophic results.
Last year, Donald Trump claimed the TV became president, any Iranian
boat harassing the US Navy would be shot out of the water. That hasn't
happened, but there are signs of growing frustration over Iran's
behaviour. They had all of those weapons man's,
and we had video taped that they were arming everyone of those
weapons as we were flying in. It was malign activity, Iranian activity,
to come out and harass, essentially, an international coalition that was
in a area of international transit as we were going through the Strait.
Iran sees this as US sabre rattling, but these are international waters.
And with neither side backing down, there's always a danger that this
brinkmanship could become a more serious confrontation. They're
It may be one of the most significant steps ever taken
in the fight to save the African elephant.
China has closed down almost half of its official ivory carving
factories and shops, and by the end of this year
will force the remaining legal businesses to shut.
Conservationists say today's move is a game changer,
as our Beijing correspondent John Sudworth reports.
Chinese ivory carving dates back hundreds of years.
But these craftsmen will be the last.
The UN's top wildlife official is on hand to witness the shutdown.
This is a momentous day in China, where we see this decision
We are here, in the marketplace, we have seen a shop that has
We're in another one that is going to close
This is a momentous decision and a momentous day,
China's move comes not a moment too soon.
The African elephant is teetering on the brink of extinction.
And the majority of the slaughter, perhaps as much as 70%,
This business is one of those being forced to close today.
The owners shows off the system of markings and certifications meant
to prove that his supply comes only from China's authorised
TRANSLATION: I feel sad, I love this art.
And even if you abolish it, it won't necessarily
But campaigners, including Prince William, who has personally
lobbied China's leaders on the issue, disagree.
Factories like this one, they argue, it sent a signal to consumers
that ivory is OK to buy, and they provide criminals
Certifications for pieces like this one can, in fact, easily be forged.
And the reality is, however inadvertently,
China's legal ivory trade has acted as cover for a much larger,
So that's why the stand being taken here is so important.
The complete closure of China's officially
It is already illegal to sell ivory in China over the internet.
And yet it took us just a few clicks to find it.
Our investigation suggest that China's new restrictions won't stop
Nonetheless, it is a bold and important step.
China is sacrificing this ancient art in order
Hollywood film stars Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac
are taking on new roles set against the backdrop of a little
known historical event, the Armenian Genocide.
The Promise, directed by Terry George - who won
an Oscar for Hotel Rwanda - depicts the last days
of the Ottoman Empire in 1914 and the eventual massacre of one
Where were you? We just took a walk.
You see the German battleships? A gift from the Turkish navy. A
perfectly innocent gift. Richard tonic friends.
Turkey has every right to have a strong Navy.
That was a short segments, Terry Jones, the director, joins us now.
This is a hugely sensitive subject, Armenians described the event as
genocide, the Turks say it shouldn't be. You are making a Hollywood film
about it, how did that happen? We received finance from a Armenian
businessman who was anxious to have the story told. I co-wrote and
erected what is essentially a love story, set against the Armenian
genocide. -- co-wrote and erected. Most historians recognise it as a
genocide, and Turkey and others do not for strategic reasons. We wanted
greater from on epic scale, similar to Dr Zhivago or Ryan's Daughter.
That was the intention. That was something you are very keen
to do, make a love story at the centre. Is that what humanises what
is historically a very difficult time you?
That has been my strategy and modus operandi in doing the rind and
genocide with Hotel Rwanda and the troubles in Northern Ireland with In
The Name Of The Father. I like to pick characters the audience can
identify with and work them through these tragic events.
Your films do have such difficult subject matter is, it's just
extraordinary that so few people really know about this. We had the
100th anniversary of the Armenian massacres around two years ago, and
yet it's still not that well known? Is big still success of the Turkish
Government in denying this and having it suppressed. Draxler two
films try to be made, one of the 30s, and one in the 70s about the
subject. The Turkish Government intervened on both times. Luckily,
we were inserted from that. Years are saying this is 1.4 million
people lost their lives, the Turks are disputing that, they say it
wasn't as many people as that. The agreement is that it was an
uprising and Asa Boer War, they had to drive the Armenian community out
of that region. If you presented that argument in the Second World
War, the Nazis said there was an uprising in the Warsaw ghetto, and
we had to move these Jews to a area where we could handle them, it is
this period is argument. This was a genocide by any definition.
You spoke about hotel Rwanda, you have such difficult films, historic
moments that you have encapsulated. How are the audience reacting to
something that is good to be a hard watch, no matter how beautifully
filmed it is? I always try to make it not a hard
watch in terms of the visuals. You can't recreate the horror of these
events, and therefore, I zoned in on the characters and allow the
audience to imagine what took place. And at the same time find characters
that are inspiring. Terry George, it has been a
privilege to speak to you, thank you. Staying with celebrities,
swelling back American actress Pamela Anderson
when asked about a rumoured romance with
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
The former Baywatch actress has been seen visiting
London's Ecuadorian Embassy where Mr Assange took refuge
to avoid extradition to Sweden over rape allegations.
On Swedish television, Anderson was asked about their relationship.
If he's imprisoned, it would make it difficult.
Is that why it's difficult to answer?.
Let's see what happens when he's free.
I probably spend more time with him than any other man socially.
I don't want to go into any private details, but I don't know.
there you go. Pamela Anderson speaking on Swedish
television. I is bringing to date with our top story -
Michael Flynn says he will talk to investigators examining ties to the
Kremlin, as long as he won't be prosecuted for it. As always, thanks
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