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The UN Security Council unanimously
backs tougher sanctions
against North Korea,
in response to its recent
ballistic missile tests.
Two former Fifa bosses have been
found guilty by a court in New York
of accepting millions
of dollars in bribes.
Clashes have broken out
in the West Bank between Israeli
troops and Palestinians protesting
against Donald Trump's decision
to recognise Jerusalem
as the capital of Israel.
We'll hear about the fully-automated
computer system that can trap sexual
predators from thousands of miles
Hello and welcome
to World News Today.
Within the hour, the United Nations
Security Council has
passed tough new sanctions
on North Korea that will cut oil
supplies vital for Pyongyang's
missile and nuclear programs.
We can look at some images from New
York where a short time ago, with
China's backing, the council
unanimously adopted this US draft
resolution that forces the
repatriation of North Korean workers
abroad, cutting off another revenue
stream of Kim Jong-un's regime.
Here's what the US ambassador
to the UN, Nikki Haley had
to say a short time ago.
Today, for the tenth time,
this council stands united
against the North Korean regime that
rejects the pursuit of peace.
The Kim regime continues to defy
the resolutions of this council,
the norms of civilised behaviour
and the patience of
the international community.
Their arrogance and hostility
to anything productive
has set their country
on a destructive path.
That was Nikki Haley.
The BBC's UN reporter Nada Tawfik
joins me from New York.
This just coming through over the
last hour. Interesting that now we
finally see China supporting this.
They have taken what Rex Tillerson,
his critique his accusation that
they weren't committed, to heart.
Yeah, absolutely, as you say, Rex
Tillerson said he wanted to see
this, president Trump even called
President Xi to say he wanted oil
supplies cut off and we've seen the
Security Council, after tougher
sanctions, getting to this point. To
give a sense of how much this will
hurt Pyongyang, in 2016 according to
the US, beyond Yang got 4.5 million
barrels of refined petroleum. Now
they will get 500,000 barrels, a
nearly 90% cut to what is a lifeline
for Kim Jong-un's struggling economy
and a lifeline, a vital part of his
nuclear missile programme. Diplomats
hope that if this doesn't, as past
sanctions haven't, convince Kim
Jong-un two abandon his nuclear
programme, it will hurt his
credibility to conduct tests.
Unanimous at the Security Council
with the US ambassador Nikki Haley
saying they will further put
pressure on Pyongyang if he
continues to defy resolutions.
dissect the measures. It's not just
oil, what else is involved?
absolutely, this actually tells
countries, especially China and
Russia, who are hosting 100,000
North Korean guest workers, tells
these countries that they have 24
months to pull them out. The UN has
described these workers as toiling
in slave like conditions and the
North Korean regime heavily taxes
them, so they take most of their
earnings. That is trying to cut off
that source of revenue. Also trying
to close loopholes, allowing
countries to seize ships which they
think are carrying illicit cargo
from North Korea. And it toughens
some of the major exports from North
Korea that passed resolutions that
out. A further ban on textiles and
coal for example, two important
parts of North Korea's economy.
Thank you for joining us.
The vote coming in over the last
hour. Interesting that China voted
to support it.
Within the past half-hour
a mix of guilty and not
guilty verdicts have been
handed down to three former Fifa
officials accused of accepting
millions of dollars in bribes.
The trial in New York City was part
of a United States investigation
into corruption at the football
Our sports correspondent
Richard Conway joins me from outside
the court in Brooklyn,
So, we have partial verdicts,
That's right, the jury have
deliberated for the sixth
day-to-day. It came back into court
a short time after 1pm local time to
tell the judge that they have
partial verdicts on the defendants.
What they came back with after some
lengthy legal argument is that Juan
Angel Napout, the former head of the
South American football
Confederation, he's guilty on three
out of five corruption charges that
he faced. Jose Maria Marin, the
former head of Brazilian football
and another big figure within world
football, has been found guilty on
six out of the seven counts he
faced, relating to charges such as
wire fraud, marketeering, conspiracy
and money-laundering. The one count
against Manuel Burga, the head of
the per ruby and FAA, is still
undecided and the jury will have two
comeback and continue deliberations
against Manuel Burga -- wrote the FA
of Baru. -- the Football Association
of Peru. US prosecutors have pursued
this for close to two and a half
years following their action that
launched in May, 2015. Post dramatic
dawn raids we saw in Zurich against
Fifa officials in a 5-star Hotel,
that's where this started, 42 people
indicted. These two men have pleaded
not guilty, taking it to court and
now we have partial verdicts finding
two guilty on a number of those
As you say we expect the
final decision on Tuesday for the
final count. You follow this for a
long time, in terms of Fifa and the
future, can this verdict, can you
put it into context?
blindsided in May, 2015 when the
raids happened. I was sat in the
Hotel early in the morning and
watching Jose Maria Marin, the
former head of Brazilian football,
being led away by Swiss authorities
on behalf of their American
counterparts. He was extradited to
New York and there was shock through
the system that finally, what many
had suspected had been going on in
the game, had caught up with it. US
authorities pursued charges against
a number of those people, 42. 24 in
total have played guilty, hoping to
receive more lenient sentences in
return for cooperating. Over the
last five weeks many have been in
this court room in Brooklyn to give
evidence against the three men. That
shows the lengths and depths this
has gone too. Fifa says this has
nothing to do with them, it is about
South American contracts, TV rights,
it was only because these men were
then those of the organisation that
we've been dragged into it. Some say
that the tone was set at the top and
this has been allowed to flourish.
Prosecutors will be quietly
satisfied that they've managed to
get those convictions on a number of
key charges against two men who will
return to court next week to see if
the jury can reach a decision on the
final count, against Manuel Burga.
Thank you for joining us.
It's a growing problem in countries
like the Philippines -
children put to work in front
of webcams, forced to perform sex
shows for paedophiles watching
on the other side of the world.
In 2013, a Dutch NGO tried to find
out how big the problem was,
by using the fake online profile
of a ten-year-old Filipina girl,
they called her Sweetie.
More than 1,000 men
offered her money.
Sweetie's been retired
but the team behind her
are launching a new project,
this time targeting individual
Angus Crawford reports.
searching chat rooms,
looking for predators.
Sweetie is back.
Always it's about sex.
And always it's about adults
who want to talk about sex.
Look, he's British, like many
others, and remember
they are talking to what they think
is an 11-year-old girl.
I'm not real.
Back then, Sweetie needed human
operators to type her chats online.
The new version is different.
The popping up.
Fully automated, she can
now handle hundreds
of conversations at the same time.
So you could be getting
the information on thousands of men?
There is no end.
Sweetie's avatar has been retired
and replaced by two new ones,
sometimes being shown
to predators via webcam.
But we can't show you or they'd
be no use any more.
They invite them into their house,
which is the cybersex den...
So, why is this new campaign?
In the Philippines more and more
children are being forced to sell
sex to foreigners via webcam.
Five people were arrested
and there were more than 600 foreign
customers in the network.
He has turned on his camera...
Sweetie first showed us
the scale of the problem.
Now the team is going on the
offensive against men like this.
He's naked and he thinks
he knows you're just 12.
And he wants you...
To be naked...
To turn on your camera...
Be naked, as well.
I think he will...
Take off his trousers.
Their details could be
passed to the police.
And they'll get a nasty shock.
An automatic message sent
straight to their inbox.
That will have a major
impact on their behaviour.
We know who you are,
we know where you are,
we know what you want, stop this.
Sweetie's job was to raise
awareness, not catch criminals.
This man, Australian Scott Hanson,
was one of the few to be prosecuted.
But in many countries this kind
of evidence doesn't count.
Some police forces support
the project, others don't.
But the Sweetie team go on,
searching chat rooms,
turning the same technology used
to exploit children back against
the predators who seek them out.
Angus Crawford, BBC News.
Let's take a look at some of
the other stories making the news.
Donald Trump has signed
a $1.5 trillion tax bill into law,
before heading to his Florida
resort for Christmas.
The legislation cuts the corporate
rate of tax from 35% to 21%
and includes funds
for missile defence.
It's the biggest overhaul to the US
tax system in decades.
The price of Bitcoin has plummeted
by 30% in just one day -
marking the worst week
for the cryptocurrency since 2013.
It follows days of high-profile
security problems at two exchanges -
as well as stark warnings
from global regulators
about the risks posed
The Ugandan army has attacked
rebel camps in the east
of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The rebel groups have set up camps
on the border of Uganda.
The rebel group has been blamed
for a recent deadly attack on UN
peacekeepers in the DRC.
The fourth election in as many years
in the Spanish region of Catalonia
has demonstrated just how divided
the region remains.
The party that won the most
votes doesn't support
independence for Catalonia -
but put together the separatist
parties are able to
form a slim majority.
The sacked pro-independence
Catalan leader, Carles
Puigdemont, has called
on the Spanish prime minister
to negotiate a political solution.
James Reynolds reports.
Catalonia's pro-independence voters
enjoyed their victory.
And now they want their power back.
Starting with the return
from exile of their deposed
leader, Carles Puigdemont.
But he can't just fly
back from Belgium.
He faces arrest in Spain
on the charge of rebellion.
So, from Brussels this afternoon,
Mr Puigdemont had a message
for Spain: let's talk.
We want to be an independent state.
This is the wish of
the Catalan people.
The next step is to talk
with President Mariano Rajoy.
We need to find new ways,
the political solution
for our crisis between the Spanish
state and Catalonia.
That offer doesn't
interest Spain's leader.
This afternoon, Mariano Rajoy made
it clear, if Carles Puigdemont isn't
here, he can't talk to him.
I will have to talk
with the person who actually
occupies that office of president
of the Catalan regional government.
For this to happen, they need
to take up their seat and be
in a position to talk with me.
The crisis began months ago when a
faced off against the government in
There followed months
of argument, protest,
debate, emergency measures,
and then the vote.
Now, Catalans find that they are
right back to where they were
when the crisis began.
Nobody has really changed sides.
For now, the local government
headquarters here awaits
its permanent occupant.
The man who won this election can't
come to take up his old job.
The law says that all sides
now have until April
to decide what to do next.
James Reynolds, BBC News, Barcelona.
More protests today against
America's recognition of Jerusalem
as the capital of Israel.
Health officials say two
Palestinians have been killed
in clashes with Israeli security
forces in the West Bank and Gaza.
It comes after yesterday's decisive
vote by the UN General Assembly
rejecting America's decision.
The Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas says the Palestinians
will reject any plan for peace put
forward by America.
Sebastian Usher, the Middle
East Editor for the BBC
World Service, join us.
Two people have lost their lives in
protest. The protests increasing in
I don't think they are
increasing that noticeably. This is
the third Friday, the traditional
day of protest in the Arab world,
days of rage, as they have been
called. I think ten Palestinians
have been killed hence they started.
Two more today in Gaza. Palestinians
say that the clashes have spread
more widely, almost in every part of
Gaza and the Palestinian territories
in the West Bank. The Israelis say
that the numbers have gone down.
They are fierce clashes taking
place. Israeli forces are clearly
using live ammunition which is why
we are having these deaths. Many
other Palestinian youths have been
wounded. This is going on, it isn't
going down in intensity but it
hasn't gone beyond where we seen it
already, getting to the stage where
Hamas, who controlled Gaza, called
for when they said there should be
an intifada. We've been watching,
especially a day after the UN vote,
which may have given fresh momentum.
We saw the vote, Mahmoud Bass today
saying he will reject any peace plan
put forward by the Americans. What
peace plan is he talking about?
There is a peace plan the Trump
administration have been talking
about, led by the President's
son-in-law, Jared Kushner who was
talking about it a few weeks ago,
not giving the details away but
saying he and the other three people
involved have been out across the
region listening to all sides. I
think although we haven't had
details, what is suggested is that
this will be a take it or leave it
to deal that will be
all-encompassing and they are hoping
that there will be something for
everybody, people are going to
reject bits, the Palestinians and
Israelis, but they may take most of
it because it feels fit gives them
enough. It is ambitious. They say
they are businessmen, the status quo
hasn't worked, peace talks have been
in stalemate, so what is to lose?
The Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas made his strongest statement
saying that Palestinians won't get
involved in the peace plan. Maybe
the peace plan to some extent wasn't
going to involve them much in the
first place, which would be a huge
stumbling block because it can't
happen without their involvement.
The other question, Mahmoud Abbas
reiterated that he no longer
believes that the US is an honest
broker. The question is, who else is
going to step in. He spoke with
Emmanuel Macron, the French
president, who has taken a lead in
Middle Eastern issues but he
extensively said that they won't
take the role, they will see what
happens with the US. There isn't any
other player, even if the
Palestinians have decided officially
what they long decided ago at a
street level, that the Americans
aren't unbiased, who else do they go
Thank you for joining us.
The first visit by a British foreign
minister to Moscow for five years
has ended in public disagreement.
Boris Johnson accused Russia
of meddling in the UK election
and Brexit referendum.
His Russian counterpart,
foreign minister Sergei Lavrov,
responded by accusing the UK
allegations against it.
Our diplomatic correspondent
James Robbins reports from Moscow.
Handshakes can be deceptive.
True, this Foreign Secretary has
broken a five-year British boycott
of visits to Moscow.
But when Russia's Sergei
Lavrov says he wants
a return to business as usual,
Boris Johnson says that impossible.
As you rightly say,
Sergei, things are
not easy between us at the moment.
The talks aired
the grievances on both
sides and examined space for
by supporting the Iran
nuclear deal together,
and opposing the nuclear
threat from North Korea.
But deep disagreements remain.
At their joint news
conference, that was stark.
For all the attempts
at banter, there was a
seriousness when Sergei Lavrov
tried to brush off
British allegations of Russian
meddling in foreign elections.
My neighbour, Boris
Johnson, recently stated he had no
evidence that Russia medelled
in the referendum on the withdrawal
of Britain from the European Union.
I think is the word.
Not successfully is the word
that I think you need to
He is scared if he doesn't
disagree with me, his
reputation will be ruined
in the media at home.
Sergei, it's your reputation
I'm worried about.
But this was dark, serious humour.
When Boris Johnson was asked if he
trusted Russia's foreign minister,
he tried to make light of that.
You know, it's a measure of my trust
that as soon as I got into this
excellent Foreign Ministry,
I immediately handed my coat, my
hat, my gloves and indeed everything
that was in my pockets,
secret or otherwise,
to Sergei Lavrov.
I can say there
was nothing in the pockets of Boris'
So how did relations with Russia
go from bad to worse?
Russia's use of radioactive
poison to murder
Alexander Litvinenko in the middle
of London started the slide.
Three years ago,
Russia's annexation of
Crimea and interference in Ukraine
provoked tough EU sanctions strongly
backed by Britain.
Then last month, Theresa May
accused Russia of cyber
espionage and meddling
in the elections.
Britain says it has cyber weaponry
to retaliate if attacks get
So, striding across Red Square,
the Foreign Secretary was no
He was nodding to Russia's
historic greatness, while
pressing for a radical
change of direction.
Coming here to Red Square,
Boris Johnson insists he
He points to his name,
the fact he has Russian ancestry.
What he doesn't love
is the present Russian government.
So, paying his tribute
at the tomb of Russia's
unknown soldier had
a particular symbolism.
Britain and Russia fought together
against Hitler as allies.
Restoring that closeness now
seems a long way off.
A mourn our website. -- a lot more
on our website.
After sexual harassment allegations
against Kevin Spacey
became public in October,
Netflix announced he would not be
involved in future seasons
of the television show
House of Cards.
But film director Ridley Scott faced
a more complicated problem.
His new film, All the Money
in the World, starred Kevin Spacey
in the role of oil
tycoon John Paul Getty.
It had been due for release today.
Here's a clip from
the original trailer.
Mr Getty, how much would
you pay to release your grandson
if not $70 million?
# It's the time of the
season for loving...#
After those allegations came
to light, the decision was made
to replace Kevin Spacey
with Christopher Plummer.
Just a warning - these pictures
contain flash photography.
A number of key scenes had to be
re-shot and the film
was re-edited at a rumoured
cost of $10 million.
It comes out on Christmas -
remarkably, that's just three days
after the original release date.
The BBC reached out to one
entertainment industry critic
to gauge their reaction to the film
and whether the decision to recast
Spacey's role was the right one.
It works just on the basic
"Did they pull it off?"
I guess you'd call it
a Spacey-ectomy, you know,
which I would define as the surgical
removal of a disgraced actor
from an already finished film.
Two scenes in with Christopher
Plummer in the role,
you relax right into it
and it's clear that just
on a technical and narrative level,
they've completely pulled it off.
You need to pay
the ransom, Mr Getty.
I do not have the money to spare.
No one has ever been richer
than you are at this moment.
What would it take
for you to feel secure?
Yeah, the movie is not terrific.
It's not top shelf Ridley Scott,
but I would say it's a good,
solid telling of this story.
They have some competition
from the Danny Boyle FX
miniseries next month,
so they did get to market first.
This was a special case of deciding,
"Well, do we simply just cash
out and call it a day,
"or do we actually try
to salvage this thing?"
And on that level, even though
the story actually belongs
to Gail Harris, in this telling
played by Michelle Williams,
and she's good, on that
level, Plummer absolutely
was the right choice.
And some say he was actually
Scott's first choice.
It's the kind of notoriety
and scandal that will not help
you at the box office,
and I think what you're getting,
just on an artistic level,
is, Ridley Scott has said that
Christopher Plummer brings
a warmer and more empathetic
quality to the role.
The movie lacks a little bit of...
There's no sense of humour
in this film at all,
and I think Kevin Spacey would have
brought a sneaky sense of humour
because that's his style.
But I think in the end,
it was a good trade.
I don't know.
We don't know where it ended yet.
I feel like we're still
midstream on all of it.
We'll have to see it