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This is BBC World News Today.

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I'm Kasia Madera.

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Our top stories...

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Fire and fury...

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The author of the incendiary

new book about Donald Trump's White

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House speaks in his first broadcast

interview since publication.

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I will tell you the one

description that everyone gave,

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everyone has in common.

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They all say he is like a child.

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Brutally cold weather

in the United States

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kills at least 18 people -

low-temperature records could be

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broken in the coming days.

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The lines of communication are open.

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North Korea agrees

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to talks with the South -

the first in more than two years.

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The film that Kevin Spacey

was in, and then wasn't.

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We talk to director Ridley Scott

about the business of replacing

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the actor after allegations

of sexual misconduct.

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Hello and welcome

to World News Today.

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The author of a controversial book

on Donald Trump's White House has

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spoken for the first time

since its publication.

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He says he stands by everything he

wrote. He dismisses the President's

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assertion that he never spoke to

him, saying that he spoke to him for

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three hours before and after his

election.

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President Trump tried to get

the book's publication halted,

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and has dismissed it

as "full of lies".

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He has flown to camp David and

talked to the assembled press on the

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lawn.

We are going to camp David, we

have a lot to accomplish. The stock

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market is setting new records and

the tax cuts are kicking in, far

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beyond what anyone thought. Numerous

companies have come out and said

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that they are going to come out and

said that they are going to make big

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payments to the employees. Nobody

had that in mind. Where very

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honoured by it. Things are looking

good over the next couple of months.

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We are going to camp David with a

lot of great Republican senators and

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we are making America great again.

Thank you very much.

No mention of

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the book as President Trump left for

camp David.

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Our North America editor

Jon Sopel reports.

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Not quite Harry Potter

but at midnight last night,

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they were queuing to get their hands

on Fire And Fury, and

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if Donald Trump had the powers

of the young wizard,

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he'd have made this book disappear

but he doesn't and this

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damning portrait is now available

for everyone to read.

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Well, what I'm most looking forward

to is seeing what we all know

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is going on just below the surface.

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I'm expecting the White House to be

as absolutely dysfunctional

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as the leaks make it seem.

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I don't think anyone really gets

tired of palace intrigue.

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The picture it paints of life

in the West Wing is unsparing,

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allegations of marital strain,

of tears and tantrums,

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of dysfunction and improvisation.

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And at the epicentre of every

storm, Donald J Trump.

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I will tell you the one

description that everyone gave,

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everyone has in common,

they all say he is like a child.

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And what they mean by that is he has

a need for immediate gratification.

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It's all about him.

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And the gravest charge of all,

Michael Wolff alleges that a number

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of his unnamed sources told him

that the President was mentally

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unfit to remain in office,

a charge that brought this response

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from the President's spokeswoman.

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It's disgraceful and laughable.

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If he was unfit he probably wouldn't

be sitting there and wouldn't have

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defeated the most qualified group

of candidates that the Republican

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Party has ever seen.

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The President has been on Twitter

to rubbish the book saying:

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I authorised zero access

to White House, actually

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turned him down many times,

for author of phoney book!

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I never spoke to him for any book.

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Full of lies, misrepresentations,

and sources that don't exist.

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But that's not how

Michael Wolff remembers it.

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I absolutely spoke to the President,

whether he realised

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it was an interview or not,

I don't know but it certainly

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was not off the record.

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The author says he

stands by every word.

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Although with anonymous sources

it's hard to fact-check.

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The most remarkable

thing about this is -

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given Michael Wolff's track record -

why White House staff gave him

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access to the inner sanctum

of the West Wing for months on end

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as virtually a semi-resident.

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The author was asked this

morning what he had to say

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about the threatening legal letter

the President's lawyers had sent.

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His reply?

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"Where do I send the

box of chocolates?"

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Jon Sopel, BBC News, Washington.

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Supporters of Mr Trump

have dismissed the book

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which depicts a chaotic

White House, as phoney.

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Sebastian Gorka, who

was Deputy Assistant

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and Strategist to the President,

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dismissed the book as blatant lies

by a political assassin.

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You need to have a look

at the disclaimer that the book has

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on page ten of the Business Insider

just published today.

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On page ten the author,

Michael Wolff, who has been caught

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lying repeatedly in the past

in his previous books,

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states that he cannot verify

the accuracy of anything

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that is in the book.

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If you did that as a journalist,

you would be fired.

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This is just a tissue

of lies which is about

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as realistic as Harry Potter.

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Let me give you just

one factual example.

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He states that on the day

he won the election,

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the President did not know

who John Boehner, the Speaker

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of the House, was in Congress.

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Any child with access to Google

can google Donald J Trump

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and John Boehner and find

photographs of those two men golfing

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together from two years ago.

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The idea that this person

is reporting anything of factual

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import is just fallacious.

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Again, he is a political hack,

this is a storm in a teacup

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and the book will be forgotten

a week from now.

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That was Sebastian Gorka,

who was President Trump's

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Deputy Assistant for

eight months last year.

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Let's talk to our correspondent,

Anthony Zurckher in Washington.

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I put it to him whether it was a

point about the disclaimer?

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Michael Wolff said he conducted over

200 interviews, many

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of which she recorded

and has notes for, he has

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said that he stands

by

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all of the reporting

and he is comfortable with it.

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As pointed out, some of his past

works have been pushing the

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facts as far as they can go

and focusing more on flowery

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language than on actual

on the ground reporting.

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But I think if you look at the book

overall, it matches up

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with you what of what the mainstream

reporting has been on Donald Trump

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as President over the past year.

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It is no secret

that there has been a

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lot of chaos within the White House

and that there is a lot of staff

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turnover.

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The president has seemed

occasionally disinterested in the

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details of governing.

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These should not come

as a surprise but we should

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look at individual anecdotes and

individual stories with a sceptical

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eye, we cannot take it on face value

and while haters and sceptics of

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Donald Trump might embrace this

book, they must look at it as a

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somewhat detached

observer and not this

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just because it agrees

with the

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worldview that it is

necessarily entirely accurate.

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Let's stay in the US but move on to

the weather that has been blamed for

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18 deaths in the country. The brutal

cold will move across the midwest

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and down to the Carolinas.

Record-breaking temperatures could

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be experienced across the nation.

The storm swallowed up the very

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foundations of very beach. Wind and

waves lashed the coastline. In

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Massachusetts, the storm brought not

just heavy snowfall but flooding to

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due to the high winds. In Boston,

there was a three foot storm surge.

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If anyone wants to question global

warnings, look at the flood zones.

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Those zones didn't flood 30 years

ago.

In the wake of the blizzard,

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subzero conditions are making life

very difficult. The winter Hurricane

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Irma conditions closed major

airports in New York though they are

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reopening today. The clear up has

begun in Manhattan and the New

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Yorkers are trying to take it in

their stride.

I have many layers. I

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keep feeling OK right now. As long

as I am at work quickly.

It has been

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way too long. I just want to be nice

and warm again.

They need to clear

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the snow before it turns into

dangerous eyes. The storm brought in

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cold air from the Arctic and its

aftermath means we are due to have

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subzero temperatures for the next

few days. It is so cold, -10

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degrees, already I can barely feel

my fingers or toes.

This is

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Tallahassee Florida and we are

getting snow.

They haven't seen snow

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here in three decades. The freezing

temperatures are prompting many

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Americans to experiment. This

particular trick is proving very

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popular in the deep freeze.

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Some more of the stories making the

news today. 19 people were killed in

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a train crash north west of

Johannesburg. The train was

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travelling to Port Elizabeth when it

hit a truck burst into flames.

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Nearly 200 people were injured and

police have launched manslaughter

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investigation. Protest in Pakistan

after the US government announced it

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was cutting nearly all security aide

to the country. Washington said that

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Islamabad had failed to deal with

terrorist networks operating on its

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soil and that the freeze would last

until action was taken against

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groups such as the Taliban.

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North Korea has agreed

to hold direct talks

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with the South next Tuesday -

for the first time in two years.

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They're likely to focus primarily

on next month's Winter Olympics,

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which are taking place

in South Korea.

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It comes a day after the US

announced that it had agreed

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to Seoul's request to delay

joint military exercises.

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Those drills usually increase

tensions with Pyongyang.

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From Seoul, Sophie Long

sent this report.

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The first talks between the North

and South Korean governments

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for more than two years will take

place here, the village

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of Panmunjom, which straddles

the border between the two countries

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in the demilitarised zone.

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The South's offer of high-level

talks was accepted via fax.

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TRANSLATION:

Regarding the agenda,

both will discuss the Pyeongchang

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Winter Olympics and ways to improve

ties between South and North Korea.

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It came just hours

after the United States

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and South Korea agreed to suspend

joint military drills.

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They say exercises like

this one are defensive

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but the North Korean leader sees

them as rehearsals for invasion.

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Both South Korean and US Marines

are taking part in this exercise

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in the mountains of Pyeongchang.

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They are training together to deal

with winter war conditions

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and temperatures of below minus 20.

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But these drills will stop

for the duration of the Winter

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Olympics and Paralympics.

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The South Korean President

Moon Jae-in has said the Games

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could be a ground-breaking chance

to de-escalate tensions

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on the Korean peninsula.

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Xin Gu-sop hasn't seen his

sister for 70 years.

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He and 61,000 others whose families

remain divided by the border

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hope these talks could be

the prelude to change.

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TRANSLATION:

I am old now

and I don't know how many

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more years I will live.

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It is my only wish that

I meet my sister once and for all.

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This is the wish not only for me

but for all divided families.

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But others are sceptical

about Kim Jong-un's motives.

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The commander of US forces

in South Korea said

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they are keeping their expectations

at an appropriate level.

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My mission remains the same,

to quietly and under control operate

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a military force in greater

and greater readiness in the event

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that it's the negative outcome,

not the positive one.

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But scepticism didn't stop

President Trump claiming

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credit for the potential

thawing of relations.

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Does anybody really believe that

talks and dialogue would be

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going on between North

and South Korea right now,

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he tweeted, if I wasn't firm, strong

and willing to commit our total

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might against the North?

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Sophie Long, BBC News, Seoul.

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Stay with ours here on BBC News.

Lots more to come including

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artificial intelligence, virtual

reality and digital currencies. All

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big in 2017. We look at what to

expect from tech trends in the

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coming year.

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Japanese people are in mourning

after the death of Emperor Hirohito.

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Thousands of people came to pay

their respects after it was

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announced it was dead. After half a

century of delighting friends around

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the world, Charlie Brown and the

rest of the gang are calling it

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quits. Paul Simon starts his tour of

South Africa tomorrow in spite of

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protests and some violence from

activist groups. He said that

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artists should boycott South Africa

until majority rule is established.

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Three weeks ago, the authorities

assured these areas that oil from

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the broken tanker Erika would head

out to sea. It didn't. The world's

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tallest skyscraper opens today in

Dubai.

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Welcome. You are watching BBC World

News today. The author of a new book

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about Donald Trump says everybody he

talked to at the White House says he

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is like a child. Now let's get all

the support. Let's bring you

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up-to-date with the two FA Cup

third-round ties being played. Still

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going in the Merseyside derby,

Liverpool leading Everton by a goal

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to milk banks to James Milner's

first half penalty. Virgil Van Dijk

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making his debut in that game. Still

goalless between Manchester United

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and County at Old Trafford. Not

involved in the Merseyside derby is

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Ross Barkley who has joined Chelsea

from Everton in a fee thought to be

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£50 million. He is yet to play this

season after hamstring surgery but

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is approaching match fitness and has

signed a 5.5 year contract at

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Stamford Bridge. He joined Everton

as an 11-year-old.

An English

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player, a young player, a good

prospect for Chelsea. I think that

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the club decided also for his

contract. I think these are good

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opportunities for the club to buy

this player.

Arsene Wenger has been

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handed a touchline ban and fined

£40,000 by the FA over comments he

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made about the refereeing of

Sunday's game against West Ron. He

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has also been asked to provide

observations about what was said

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about penalty decisions in each of

their last two matches over the

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festive period. Natalie Perks has

more. The FA says the ban follows an

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independent regulatory commission

hearing today in which Arsene Wenger

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admitted his behaviour and language

was abusive and improper and

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questioned the integrity of the

match referee. That ban means he

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will miss the game this weekend. He

will miss the first leg against

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Arsenal's semifinal in the League

Cup against Chelsea and he will miss

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a Premier League match away at

Bournemouth. In a separate cases

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been asked for observations about

what EZ around festive period

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relating to penalty decisions. He

seems to be suggesting there is a

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conspiracy against Arsenal. He

doesn't seem to be a happy bunny at

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the moment. He has got form for

this, last year he served a

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four-game touchline ban after

swearing at Anthony Taylor during a

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home game against Birmingham and

calling him dishonest. Australia

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once again in control, after day two

of the final Ashes Test. The hosts

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193-2 in reply to England's 346. It

is the most often repeated sentence

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of the Ashes, Steve Smith is still

there, alongside Osman choir jerk

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who is not far short of his century

and they are batting Australia into

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a very strong position. England lost

Davit Milan thanks to a spectacular

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catch from Smith but the rest of

their catching was not in the same

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class, Pat Cummins and Josh

Hazlewood made terrible mistakes in

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the field. Are the rest of the lower

order made useful contribution as

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England put on 113 before being

bowled out. They made the perfect

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start in the field with Stuart Broad

clean bowling Cameron Brannagan of.

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David Warner -- Cameron Bancroft.

David Warner made 50 but Jimmy

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Anderson got him. That brought in

Steve Smith and although him and,

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just rode their luck at times, Mason

Crane bowled well but they were

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increasingly comfortable as the day

wore on. They will look too bad

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beyond England's total and England

must work out somehow how to get to

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spit out. Play gets underway in just

under two hours.

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Protests continue in Iran into a

second week, they were triggered by

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rising food prices. Pro-government

rallies have been organised to

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counter them. Russia says that the

US is trying to meddle in Iran's

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internal affairs. The United States

says it will not stay silent.

I call

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on the government of Iran to stop

censoring the voice of the people

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and to restore the access to the

Internet because in the end the

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Iranian people will determine their

own destiny and let there be no

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doubt whatsoever that the United

States stands unapologetically with

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those in Iran who see freedom for

themselves, prosperity for their

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families and dignity for the nation.

The former Iranians ambassador to

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the UN joined is and I asked if the

US intervention would have any

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effect?

Both China and Russia will

veto any intervention and even Great

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Britain and France are not

interested in being in the same camp

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with respect to Western relations to

Iran. If it is actively helping some

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radical elements in Iran to claim

that actually it was an American

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conspiracy to start the

demonstrations, the impact of the

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effort at the United Nations and the

rhetoric in general is to create the

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kind of insecurity in Iran that

would be very negative on the part

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of the uranium efforts to attract

foreign capital. In that sense,

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United States is damaging the

Iranian economy and not helping the

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demonstrators.

Let's look at what

the protesters are doing. The

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protests seem to be dying away and

we are now seeing pro-regime

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protests. What is your assessment of

what is happening? Is it losing

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momentum?

In the short-term it is

possibly losing momentum if you mean

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the presence of bodies on the

streets, how may people can risk

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their lives? Hundreds of people have

been arrested and over 20 people by

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official records have been killed.

There is no question that the

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demonstrators are showing that the

social base of the regime is

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significantly declining. The vast

majority of the demonstrators based

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on information I have gathered come

from the kind of social classes that

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is the working class, raw areas not

the University but the periphery.

0:22:590:23:08

The kind of people who used to be

attracted to the rhetoric of the

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Islamic Republic. They have turned

against it because of the economic

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suffering, incredible corruption and

deep feeling of inequality in Iran.

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The integration of technology into

our everyday lives seems to increase

0:23:260:23:30

every year. Here are the top tech

trends for 2018. I'm Dave Lee in

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Silicon Valley. Here is what to look

for in the tech world in 2018. The

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biggest tech show in the calendar

begins on the 9th of January and you

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can expect huge amounts of

announcements from companies like

0:23:490:23:54

Samsung and Google and intriguing

announcements from those you might

0:23:540:23:58

not have heard of. This is an AI

controlled car. Another thing to

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look out for is whether Apple might

become $1 trillion company. Right

0:24:050:24:10

now it is hovering around 900

Williams but with sales of the

0:24:100:24:15

iPhone ten looking strong, it might

send the share price soaring. We're

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expecting it to launch a smart home

Part. Uber had a rotten year. The

0:24:190:24:32

CEO was given his marching orders.

The new boss has plenty on his place

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including a court battle with the

self driving car company spun out of

0:24:390:24:43

Google. They accuse Uber of stealing

their technology to make self

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driving cars of their own. The trial

begins in February. At the start of

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last year, the value of one bit coin

was $700. Now its value is almost

0:24:550:25:04

20,000 dollars. Supporters say it

will keep going up but many

0:25:040:25:08

financial experts warned that the

bubble could burst any moment and

0:25:080:25:12

your bit coin could be worth very

little. Also, keep your eye open for

0:25:120:25:18

other digital currencies that may

enjoy some second-hand success from

0:25:180:25:24

bit coin's well. Facebook has been

urged to clamp down on fake news

0:25:240:25:29

websites and Russian propaganda. It

is says it will hire 10,000 extra

0:25:290:25:36

people to moderate its network.

YouTube and Twitter are also rolling

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out changes to minimise hate speech.

All companies are being told they

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must be quicker to remove terrorism

related content. Can they do it? Is

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using social networks harming

others? All questions that the most

0:25:520:25:57

powerful companies must try and

answer in 2018. If you're still

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