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This is BBC World News Today.
I'm Geeta Guru-Murthy.
Our top stories...
Protests continue against
President Trump's recognition
of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
The Israeli Prime Minister
says Palestinians have
to accept the decision.
I think the sooner the Palestinians
come to grips with this reality, the
sooner we move towards peace.
Britain's Foreign Secretary
Boris Johnson leaves Iran
without agreement on the release
of the dual national
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe -
but her husband tells the BBC
he thinks there may now be
more chance of her being
home for Christmas.
I've got reasonable hopes. It feels
to me that I can see light at the
end of the tunnel. I just don't know
how long the tunnel is.
Heavy snow fall causes disruption
across much of the UK,
bringing problems on the roads,
railways and at airports.
Hello and welcome
to World News Today.
There have been more protests
in the Arab and Muslim world
against President Trump's decision
to recognise Jerusalem
as the capital of Israel.
Violence flared near the US embassy
in Beirut, and thousands gathered
to express their anger
in the Moroccan capital Rabat,
as well as in Cairo and Istanbul.
It comes as US Vice President Mike
Pence strongly criticised
the Palestinian Authority,
saying it was "unfortunate" that
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
was declining to meet Mr Pence
on his forthcoming
trip to the region.
With the latest,
here's Sebastian Usher.
Tear gas was fired into a crowd of
around 1000 protesters in Beirut as
they tried to reach the US Embassy
this morning. Effigies of President
Trump and US flags were burned by
angry groups of Palestinian refugees
and Lebanese activists. We are here
to tell the US embassy, the Embassy
of the aggressor, that Jerusalem is
Arab, was Arab and it will stay
Arab, this man says. Large rallies
have been held in the Moroccan
capital, Rabatts. And in Cairo too.
Protesters tried to build momentum
across the region against President
Trump's decision. In Istanbul,
thousands turned out to hear
President Erdogan launched a
blistering attack on President Trump
Israel is a terrorist
state. We will not abandon Jerusalem
to the mercy of a state that kills
That lent him a fierce
riposte from the Israeli Prime
Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, who
said he wasn't used to receiving
lessons from morality on a leader
who bombs Kurdish villages. He also
had a message on Jerusalem.
always been our capital. The sooner
the Palestinians come to grips with
this reality, the sooner we move
towards peaceful is white as clashes
again broke out near the fence
between Gaza and Israel, many fear
that President Trump's move will
To discuss the reaction that we've
seen to President Trump's
announcement and what
the consequences for
the region might be,
I'm joined by Khaled El Gindy,
a fellow at the Brookings
Institution and a former advisor
to the Palestinian leadership.
Thanks for joining us. Would it not
be better for the Palestinian
leaders to meet the Vice President
of the United States now?
they have calculated that it's not
better for them. I think the
calculation probably goes something
like this - if they meet with the
Vice President, they will be very
negatively received back home, and
probably thoroughly discredited,
even more so than they are in the
eyes of their people. If they do go
back and meet with the Vice
President, or re-engage in an
American led peace process, they
probably have very, very little to
gain in terms of a future
Palestinian state or some kind of
credible peace agreement. Since we
have some idea as to what is in the
Trump peace initiative.
That are the
hopes of president Abbas really
dashed now? Some are saying the two
state peace solution, that there is
no hope for that, that we are
looking at a one state solution in
That is certainly the
view among younger Palestinians,
which is why this is such a huge
blow to our bass's leadership. They
are a generation who have staked
their political future and their
credibility for more than 25 years
on a 2-state solution. And not only
on that, but on an American peace
process that will get us there. So
that US led peace process has been
discredited, even in the eyes of
Mahmud Abbas, who was its main
champion up until a few days ago.
World this effectively promote a
different set of leaders with more
extreme views within the
It is possible.
There is a real leadership vacuum in
the Palestinian national movement.
Both of the two main factions, Hamas
on the one hand, and Fatah of
President Abbas on the other, seem
to have failed in their respective
programmes. There doesn't seem to be
an alternative at this moment. So we
are likely to see a lot of
introspection happening over the
next several years.
And what do you
make of the response in the Arab
states and the Muslim world in
general? Is there a real commitment
to the Palestinian cause, or is it
just rhetorical? The Saudi US link
is strong under President Trump.
It's fair to say there is a
rhetorical commitment to the
Palestinian cause among Arab
leaders, but there are reasons why
they have to at least be seen to be
supportive of the Palestinians, and
that is because it's an issue that
resonates very deeply with Arab
people across the region, regardless
of sex or religion, and even beyond
the Arab world, as we have seen in
many capitals around the world. --
regardless of Qatar or religion.
They have to to at least be seen to
be serious on this issue, but
because their people care very much
about it, I think the premise of
your question is correct. They are
not going to sacrifice the
relationship with the United States,
or possibly whatever relations
particular states may have with
Thank you for joining us.
The family of Nazanin
Zaghari-Ratcliffe says a court
appearance scheduled for today has
been postponed following a visit
to Iran by the British Foreign
Secretary, Boris Johnson.
But the court denies that
a trial was planned.
The British-Iranian woman is serving
a five-year jail sentence in Tehran.
Mr Johnson met the Iranian
President, Hassan Rouhani earlier
today where it's believed he pressed
for her release.
Our Diplomatic Correspondent
James Robbins reports.
Boris Johnson spent nearly an hour
with Iran's president.
That access itself
seen as a good sign as
The Foreign Office
says both sides spoke
forthrightly about obstacles
in the relationship
and the need to make progress.
Boris Johnson raised the case
of dual nationals in Iranian
The Foreign Secretary met some
of her family in Tehran.
In London, her husband Richard
is much happier, showing me
pictures of his Iranian family,
and delighted by the fact she didn't
have to face a possible
He told me about the family
meeting with Boris Johnson.
The Foreign Secretary also met
with Nazanin's father
and had a long chat
with him, talked and said,
I have raised her case
with everyone I have met.
I'll keep worrying
and battling for her.
Don't worry, we will do what we can.
They came away pretty hopeful.
If there has been
progress, where might
it have been made?
The Foreign Secretary
has been careful to say
nothing publicly while in Iran.
But a Foreign Office
statement says the
two sides discussed the full range
of issues, including banking matters
and concerns about the consular
cases of dual nationals.
Those banking matters include two
major Iranian grievances.
One, that no UK bank will open
an account for Iran's
embassy in London,
fearful it could put them in trouble
with US authorities.
There are signs that
could be sorted soon.
Second, the Iranians
want Britain to pay
a long-standing debt of
around £400 million.
A way to do that without breaching
sanctions looks closer.
Both sides say these
issues are not linked
to prisoner releases,
but giving one side something
it wants often helps
the other to give in return.
One gift to Britain would be
the reunion of Nazanin
with her three-year-old daughter,
seen here just before her arrest
in April last year.
The family is feeling
much more positive.
The Foreign Office delegation
left Iran sensing both
sides wanted to resolve
the difficult issues
in the relationship.
Later in the programme we will be
hearing more from Richard Ratcliffe,
who came in and told me his hopes
Heavy snowfall across much
of the UK is causing
disruption on the roads,
to air travel, and on the railways.
Hundreds of flights have been
cancelled or delayed
at a number of airports,
while some roads are described
as hazardous, with the police
warning motorists to travel
only if absolutely necessary.
Meteorologists say it's the heaviest
snowfall to hit the affected
areas in four years,
as Richard Lister reports.
Much of Britain looked
like a Christmas card today.
Scotland and northern England
had been expecting snow,
but this was Buckinghamshire,
and it wasn't pretty.
Breakdowns and blizzard conditions
on the M25 near Gerard's Cross
made for slow going.
On the A34 near Newbury - two stuck
lorries, and the southbound
carriageway had to be closed.
In Wales, some smaller communities
were cut off entirely and thousands
of people had lost power.
This is by far the worst
I have ever seen.
It's probably the worst snow
I've ever seen, to be honest.
It's about a foot deep.
In the Midlands, they had hoped
gritters would keep the roads safe,
but needed snowploughs in Redditch.
It's been a long day for breakdown
services like the RAC,
which is getting five
calls a minute.
I had problems starting it.
I tried starting it last
night and this morning.
Mark says everything he's dealt
with today has been weather-related.
Only travel if you have to.
If you are going to travel,
make sure you have a fully charged
phone and warm clothing in case
you get stuck for hours.
This car, at least, got going again.
This is one of an estimated 25,000
breakdowns across the UK today,
15% more than usual.
Everything from flat
batteries to people stuck
in their drives because of snow.
It's not just motorists who've
been having problems.
70 flights were cancelled
at Heathrow, and Luton and Stansted
had problems as well.
Unhappy passengers at
East Midlands Airport.
A bit frustrated.
They could have told
us when we checked in
that the flight was cancelled.
We've been waiting around
for six, seven hours.
A P&O ferry with 300 passengers
on board ran aground
in Calais due to high winds.
No one was hurt and it
was refloated, but this
was a day to stay at home.
Listen to me!
Where we live,
we never get any snow.
I like snow because you can make
snow angels and snowmen,
and I find it really fun.
And maybe do some of this.
It's been a great day for snowmen,
sledging and snowballs,
but what looks like fun on Sunday
afternoon could look very different
on Monday morning at rush hour.
Gritters are out in force
as the roads ice up,
ready for a difficult day tomorrow.
Stay with us on BBC World News.
Still to come...
Why the winner of the Nobel Peace
Price believes the world could be
just a moment of panic away from
The Prince and Princess of Wales are
to separate. A statement from
Buckingham Palace said the decision
had been reached amicably.
Protests continue against
President Trump's recognition
of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
The Israeli prime minister
says Palestinians have
to accept the decision
as a recognition of reality.
The British Foreign Minister,
Boris Johnson, has left Iran,
after pressing for the release
of imprisoned dual national
The British Prime Minister -- the
British Foreign Minister has left
Iran now without any agreement on
the release of Nazanin
Zaghari-Ratcliffe. I have been
speaking to Nazanin's husband about
what he felt about the meeting.
fear it has been a good weekend for
us. The Foreign Secretary was in
Tehran. We were worried because a
court case was due to happen
yesterday, and it didn't happen, and
it seemed to be as a consequence of
him being there and his
representations to a rainy
What does it mean, the
fact that the court case didn't
Formally, the court case was
postponed, so it could still happen.
She has been assessed by medical
conditions, we have heard, and that
she could be released on medical
grounds, but then we hear that she
is being accused of being a spy. We
have possibilities of good news and
bad news, but today we feel that the
possibility of good news is higher.
He was not able to meet Nazanin, but
he was able to meet her family, so
he was able to reassure them that
everything is done with regard to
her case. He was very clear that he
is doing all he can for her case,
and they came away much more
Did he go into specifics?
There's been talk of this huge sum
of money that Britain owes to Iran,
and that paying that will help.
didn't say that specifically. I am
going to meet with the Foreign
Secretary tomorrow or Tuesday for a
full debriefing. He is the Foreign
Secretary and there's lots of issues
between Iran and the UK, involving
bank accounts and all sorts of
things, and no doubt those will have
been discussed. My concern is
Nazanin. His job was to reassure us
that he is doing all he can.
Boris Johnson went to your in laws'
No, he went to the ambassador
's residence. It was with her father
and her brother was there to
translate. Our daughter had to be
looked after by our granny.
spoke to the family. Can you tell us
more about the meeting and what they
They felt quite hopeful. The
Foreign Secretary didn't give any
guarantees. He said, I can't promise
you the world, but I promise you I
am doing my best. They came away
certain that she was his priority.
He spent nearly an hour with
President Rouhani, but whether that
is the right part of the Iranians
regime and thethe internal politics
are very complicated.
One of the
good things about the visit is that
he went round lots of different
parts, meeting with the chair of the
National Security Council, with
people from Parliament, people from
the atomic agency. It wasn't just
the Foreign Ministry. So all of that
And you have spoken to
your wife today?
Yes. When I spoke
to her in previous times, she was
obviously quite distraught and we
were looking with trepidation at
this court case. So today, she was
just so relieved. Still looking to
me for reassurances as to whether
she would be home for Christmas.
She's in prison, which is not a
great place, but there was a lighter
tone to have voice.
Did she feel
upset that Boris Johnson wasn't able
to see her and has come home without
When I spoke to her he
hadn't left. Obviously, we were
hoping he would be able to see her
but we were not expecting it. We
were dreading the court case, and we
didn't get that. If we had to choose
one thing that didn't happen today,
it would be no court case.
think she is coming home for
I think there is a good
chance. The Foreign Secretary, when
we met him a month ago, was clear
that he couldn't make any promises.
I have a reasonable hopes and it
feels I can see light at the end of
Do you have faith that
Boris Johnson is the right person to
handle this, given his previous
I was critical of his
comments before and the consequences
they had. The problem was his
comments were being used by the
judiciary, but that now seems to
have stopped. I asked him to go to
Iran, and he's done that. It feels
like he's on the case and doing what
he can, and that's all one can ask.
Richard Radcliffe, whose wife is in
Iran still. We will keep you updated
Let's get the latest sports news
now, with Gavin Ramjaun.
It's only December -
but Manchester City look
like they've already got one hand
on the Premier League Trophy.
A 2-1 victory on Sunday afternoon,
against Manchester United
in the derby - has taken them
11 points clear of United now
at the top of the table.
scored United's goal.
But strikes from David Silva
and Nicolas Otamendi earned City
a record 14th straight league win.
So - do the managers think the title
is done and dusted?
Impossible. Of course you have 11
points and you are so happy for
that, plus the goal difference, but
it is not yet. It's just in
December, so you have a lot of
things, a lot of games still to do.
It's important for our confidence,
Probably yes, but I think
everyone of us, Chelsea, Tottenham,
Liverpool, Arsenal, every of us with
the ambition that probably you feel
it a bit damaged because of the
distance to Manchester City, but I
think everybody is going to fight
for the points every match until
mathematically it's impossible.
Also in English Premier League -
Liverpool were held to a 1-1
draw by Everton, in
the Merseyside derby.
Mohammed Salah opened
the scoring for Liverpool.
Wayne Rooney got
Arsenal drew 1-1 away
at Southampton, thanks to
a late Olivier Giroud equaliser.
Elsewhere - in La Liga -
Barcelona remain top of the table.
They are 1-0 up at Villa Real in the
Late Kick Off there.
Atletico Madrid move into third,
jumping above city rivals Real.
Atletico beat Betis 1-0.
Malaga are off the foot
of the table - they beat
Real Sociedad 2-0.
In Italy - Napoli missed
the chance to go top again.
They were held to a 0-0 draw
at home to Fiorentina.
Roma stay fourth, after their
goalless draw with Chievo.
And in the late game -
AC Milan versus Bologna.
They are leading 2-1, AC Milan. They
are mid-table at the moment.
Dutch Eredivisie league leaders
PSV Eindhoven were beaten 3-0
by arch-rivals Ajax on Sunday.
David Neres opened the scoring.
Just three minutes later,
Lasse Schoene doubled Ajax's lead.
And Donny van de Beek
later made it 3-0.
PSV's lead over AZ Alkmaar has been
trimmed to five points.
Third placed Ajax are now seven
points adrift of PSV.
In the German Bundesliga -
Borussia Dortmund have sacked
Peter Bosz as head coach.
He was dismissed just hours
after Dortmund's 2-1 home defeat -
to relegation strugglers
After holding a five-point
lead at the top of the
Bundesliga in September.
Dortmund have since dropped
to seventh, now 13 points behind
current leaders Bayern Munich
and have been knocked out
of the Champions League.
Bosz has been replaced
by Peter Stoeger, who himself
was fired from Cologne
The Joburg Open Golf -
will be decided on Monday
after play was abandoned
at the Randpark Golf Club,
due to to thunderstorms.
Overnight leader -
India's Shubankhar Sharma
continues to lead -
his advantage now four shots
with 11 holes to play.
He was only able to play seven shots
on Sunday and birdied two of them -
before play was suspended.
American skier Lindsey Vonn
was forced to miss Sunday's racing
at the World Cup in St Moritz
after compressing her spine
in the Super G on Saturday.
She said it was mainly
a precautionary measure.
Meanwhile Austria's Marcel Hirscher
got a record 14th podium
on the slopes in Val D'Isare.
He overcame the tricky
conditions to win the slalom.
It's his 47th World
Cup slalom victory.
And Ronnie O'Sullivan has won the UK
Snooker championship, beating Shaun
Murphy in the final. He made three
centuries during the match. 10-5 the
score, in what was a dominant
performance from the man known as
the rocket. The win equals the
record of six UK titles set by Steve
And that's all the sport for now.
Venezuelans are voting
to choose mayors for more
than 300 towns and cities.
20 million people are eligible
to vote but turnout
is expected to remain low.
Major opposition parties
are boycotting the elections.
They allege the voting system
is rigged in favour of President
Nicolas Maduro's candidates.
The winner of this year's Nobel
Peace Prize has warned that the
world could be just a moment of
panic away from a nuclear war.
Beatrice Fihn was accepting the
award on the half of her
organisation, the International
campaign to abolish nuclear weapons.