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I'm Duncan Golestani.
Our top stories...
President Trump has said he won't -
for the moment - pull out
of the Iran nuclear deal.
He's described the 2015 deal as "one
of the worst in American history."
He added that the this new 120-day
waiver will be the last.
Donald Trump also denies
using an offensive word to describe
some poor countries
when discussing immigration.
The United Nations is among
those calling it racist.
These are shocking and shameful
comments from the President
of the United States.
Sorry, but there is no other word
that one can use but racist.
And Facebook's makeover.
The social network acknowledges that
business posts are crowding
out personal connections.
Also in the programme...
Some advice from Queen Elizabeth
on crown wearing - "Don't look
down or it'll fall off."
Hello and welcome
to World News Today.
We begin with some news breaking
in the past half hour.
President Trump has said
he won't pull out of the deal
under which Iran agreed
to curb its nuclear programme,
even though he's described it as one
of the worst in American history.
European allies of the US had warned
that the agreement was vital
for international security.
Let's speak to our Washington
correspondent Gary O'Donoghue.
What else did President Trump have
He was speaking through senior
administration officials and
effectively he had to come to a
decision about the sanctions. These
are the big sanctions tied to the
nuclear deal, in other words Iran's
ability to export oil, for its
banking system to rejoin
international finance system. He has
decided to keep those Saturn trims
off of Iran for a period of 120 days
pay he says it is the last time he
is going to do it and he wants
European counterparts to do, the
other signatories to the deal, to
work on what he calls a follow-up
arrangement that will put new
restrictions on Iran but it will
remove any sunset clause from the
agreement, so he doesn't want Iran
to develop a nuclear weapon and he
thinks the Europeans should be able
to agree to that, but he does not
want your consultation with Iran.
Given the opposition from the other
signatories, how likely he will get
what he once in 120 days?
Thereof some things that the other
European powers are concerned about,
particularly Iran's ballistic
missile programme, some of its
support for militant groups in the
region, what they would describe as
meddling in other countries, and
there is potential room for the US
and Europeans to work on applying
pressure to Iran in those areas, but
the last thing France, Germany, the
UK, Russia, China, the other
European Union countries, is pick
current deal which took a long time
to deal, which they think is working
effectively. They will resist that
significantly. Of course, Iran, if
it will not be involved in the
discussions, if it is kept away from
the table, there is no incentive for
them to follow it at all. It is a
pretty tricky path ahead for this
strategy from Donald Trump, but he
is in a sense backed into a corner
of his own making. This was a
campaign pledge, one of the things
that was good to be done on day one.
It has not been done, and he is
looking for a way to try and move
the debate on and feeling a bit
frustrated. Having said it, they are
imposing extra sanctions that are
unrelated to the nuclear deal, 14
extra ones on businesses and
individuals, including a sanction on
one individual who is a senior judge
in Iran and a brother of the Speaker
of the parliament. That will annoy
terror an considerably, I suspect.
-- that will annoy the capital Iran
This comes hot on the heels
of President Trump appearing to deny
using offensive language to describe
some poor countries.
His reported comments
during a meeting about immigration
with lawmakers at the White House
have caused international outrage.
He asked why the US should take
in people from places such as Haiti,
El Salvador and some
El Salvador's Foreign Minister
says he's sent a formal
letter of protest.
The President is widely reported
to have used a vulgar
and derogatory term -
one that you are about to hear.
President Trump is known for making
what some perceive as racially
charged remarks, for many around the
world, they will seem especially
shocking. The context for them
intense negotiations with lawmakers
about what to do about migrants who
come to the US illegally as
children. According to the
Washington Post, President Trump
said... White... They say these
remarks could be devastating.
are shocking and shameful comments
from the president of the United
States. Sorry, but there is no other
word but someone can use but racist.
The president is understood to be
referring partly to Haiti, recently
hit by a hurricane Ammon of Central
America's poorest countries. There
has been a strong reaction from
If we were to
leave the United States, it would be
bad for the American economy, not
just... Between best in the United
In addition to the
neighbours, Donald Trump spoke of
African nations are named rocketry
way. There has been a mixed
You should rectify what he
We have to deal with our own
problems here, we do not need to
comment on what President Trump says
We do lots of...
contrast, he is wondered why the US
should not have more people from
Norway. Mr Trump has since tweeted
Norway. Mr Trump has since tweeted
Norway. Mr Trump has since tweeted
That many senior politicians were in
the room and stand by their claims
that the president did use the
We have been hearing from one of
those politicians president at the
meeting, the Democratic senator Hugh
maintains Donald Trump did use the
offensive term. Let's have a listen.
He made his presentation, the
president interrupted him several
times with questions and in the
course of his comments said things
that where hate filled, vile. He
used those words. I understand how
powerful they are, but I cannot
believe that in the history of the
White House, in that office, any
president has ever spoken the words
that I personally heard our
president speak yesterday. You have
seen the comments in the press and I
have not read one of them that is
inaccurate. To no surprise, the
president started tweeting this
morning, denying he used those
words. It is not true. He said these
hate filled with things and he said
correspondence had more.
There has been a barrage of
international criticism. The United
States official saying these
comments as racist, Botswana has
contacted the Trump Administration
to find out whether this slur that
the president allegedly used applies
to them. But some people in the
White House take a different view of
the whole controversy. There are
some people in the White House who
have told reporters that they think
the alleged remark will work well
with his Republican votes. I have to
say, lots of Republicans are
horrified by what comes out of his
mouth. There is the political sense
at the White House that this is a
plus for the president with some of
his supporters, and one reporter has
been taught about last night, the
president was doing a victory lap.
President Trump had a meeting that
was televised on television where he
brought together lawmakers. They
have tried to hammer out a
compromise that would involve four
Trump the building of a wall for
Democrats, it would mean more
leniency. He has not been able to
get a deal this week. Also, I saw
something I never saw before, and I
have been in Washington on time, and
that is a president appearing in the
West Wing and being asked by
reporters, are you and it is
unfortunate. -- are you a racist was
back and he was signing a
proclamation in honour of the great
civil rights fighter Martin Luther
Pakistan has deployed
paramilitary forces to suppress
riots in the eastern town of Kasur,
following the rape and killing
of a six-year-old girl.
Protesters are angry at the police
for failing to find those
responsible for a series of child
murders over the past two years.
Officials say the situation is tense
but has been brought under control
after two days of violence.
Our Pakistan correspondent
Secunder Kermani has more.
So far today, Kasur
has remained calm.
There is a big police
presence, but there hasn't
been the kind of angry
protest that we have seen over
the past few days following the
discovery of the body
of six-year-old Zainab Ansari.
There is, though, amongst
the investigating team, a sense of
urgency that whoever
killed her needs to be caught.
We have seen a police document
that reveals that in
this city, over the past year,
11 young girls have been attacked.
Traces of the same DNA have been
found on the bodies of six of them.
All of them were abducted from close
to their homes, all of their bodies
were later recovered,
also nearby to their homes.
Only one of them survived.
She is currently in hospital.
Her relatives say she is unable to
talk and unable to move
from the head down.
If this happened
to the daughter of a
politician, then wouldn't they have
got the attacker by now?
Our family is poor, so no one cares.
Zainab's family has some
that is why they have
had so much attention.
All six girls went
missing from the same
The police do have a grainy
CCTV image of the
suspect and a manhunt is under way
to try and find him.
But many in the city
still pose the question, why
wasn't more done earlier?
Facebook has announced
what it says is a major
change to its news feed -
prioritising posts from family
and friends, over those from media
organisations and businesses.
The BBC's media Editor
Amol Rajan reports.
Mark Zuckerberg's social network has
become of the biggest
distributors of news in history.
Today the company went back
to its social roots.
He said he wants to make
sure the time we spend
on Facebook is time well spent.
Facebook's founder admits users
are being fed a heavy diet
of news and adverts,
together with the more personal
posts from friends and family.
In Bristol today, many young
Facebook users agreed.
It's full of adverts for shopping
and baby things at the moment,
stuff I search on Google.
So I think it would be a lot better
if it was just based around friends
and family without any adverts.
I just feel like I'm
being sold to the whole time.
People are making assumptions
about my opinions, my tastes,
things I'm interested in.
Zuckerberg says he's changing
the goal to make you have more
meaningful social interactions.
That means less news
and more friends and family.
This is the biggest change
to Facebook for many years.
It follows controversy over
the promotion of fake news
with fears the platforms
being used by foreign powers
to subvert democracy.
Today's changes aren't being driven
by those concerns but are clearly
an attempt to restore trust
in a global brand, and the impact
on our news ecosystem could be huge.
Mark Zuckerberg clearly accepts
multiple news is of equal value
but his changes could damage some
reputable news providers who have
come to rely on his platform.
The elephant in the room is fake
news and how they are trying
to clean up the timelines.
The fear for publishers like us
is that the baby gets thrown out
with the bath water and we lose
the really important real journalism
along with the fake news
that they are trying to get rid of.
Google is often described
as part of a duopoly
that is swallowing the industries,
together with Facebook.
Today in a rare interview,
Google's most senior British
executive seemed to see this
as an opportunity.
There's an upside to traditional
media moving to the digital world.
You can reach 5 billion
people, you can use video.
You know yourself as a journalist,
there's a huge ability to tell
the important stories in new ways
and people are turning
to the digital world more than ever
before to understand the news.
For Facebook's young missionary
founder, a short-term hit
in revenues is worth it to lay
to rest accusations that it's
becoming the anti-social network.
Joining me from San Fransisco
is Alex Kantrowitz, he's
the Senior Technology Reporter at
Just how big is this?
This is very big. It usually rules
out changes and it is a little blog
post, but we saw Mark Zucker Berg
post this time, every executive that
I follow from Facebook, on Facebook
is posting about it, so I think you
can expect these changes to be big
and meaningful and impact businesses
and the media in significant ways.
What you think has driven these
I think it is very clear, I think
Facebook had been transitioning from
a platform of friends and family to
a platform that emphasised branded
content and publications. And after
the 2016 US election, I think there
is a questionable value. They saw
passive consumption of news content
making people feel bad, they sought
friends and publishing that was so
impressive that it did not make
people feel good about posting their
amateur videos and photos, so I
think Facebook took that into
account and thinks we should
deemphasise publications and brands.
Ordinary people will be happy that
they can see friends and family and
what they are rocked. What about the
advertisers, the people that hate
beyond that, because isn't there a
message going to be crowded out?
They will be really upset, in my
opinion. They have spent lots of
money trying to hold on Facebook and
they feel for years they have built
up audiences and pages on Facebook
and slowly but surely, Facebook has
pulled the carpet from under them
and now they are forced to pay to
reach those audiences, so especially
be small and medium-sized business
that would rely on Facebook, you
will see complaints from them and
the big advertisers. Anyone who runs
a public page that relies on
Facebook to reach their audience is
going to be pretty upset with these
measures when we see them roll-out.
In the report we just ran, one
publisher said that they worry that
reliable news will be crowded out
and will get lost in amongst the
fake news. Do you think they have
done enough here?
I think that has already been a
problem. If you look at the Facebook
platform, you have seen for a long
time their inability to rein in fake
news, and especially sensationalised
news, which maybe takes a nugget of
news and blows it out of proportion
in a way when you wouldn't recognise
it compare to a traditional news
publication. You have already seen
these publications are mainstream
publications crowded out by the fake
an sensationalised news, so I do not
think the change will make a big
difference when it comes to that. It
will be more difficult for them to
reach their audience than it already
was. BLEEP hole Thank you for
It's a social media campaign that's
spread to nearly every corner
of the world and empowered women,
and men, to stand up and talk
about their own experiences
of sexual harassment and violence.
What's called the "Me Too" movement
started in the wake of numerous
allegations made by women
against Hollywood film
producer Harvey Weinstein.
One of those women is
actress Ashley Judd.
She's just spoken to my colleague
Stephen Sackur for the BBC's
Take a listen.
What we see now is the growth
of a real movement
of women speaking out.
Are you satisfied that this has come
about, or are you deeply frustrated
that it has taken so long for this
to come about?
What is your overriding
emotion right now?
Just unmitigated, electrifying joy.
I'm so happy.
I'm so happy that it is here.
I have been telling this
story for a long time,
since the moment it happened,
in fact, because, you know,
my particular examples of harassment
with Harvey Weinstein,
I am a "teller", to use the word
that Laura Dern used the other night
on stage at the Golden Globes.
I am a "tattler".
And I was molested for the first
time when I was seven years old,
and the first thing I did was go
to a grown-up and say, "Hey,
this just happened."
And as so often the case,
the grown-ups said, "Oh,
he is a nice old man,
that is not what he meant."
But I somehow or another
managed to stay absolutely
authentic in my truth,
that a knew something terribly wrong
had happened, and I think
that is why I am such
a crusader for gender
equality and for the full
eradication of all gender-
and sexual-based violence,
because I experienced it as a youth,
I experienced it in Hollywood.
It has been the core of my
humanitarian work for over 15 years.
And now that this movement has
collectivised and catalysed
and is here, it is incredibly
gratifying to me.
And you can see the full
version of Stephen Sackur's
interview with Ashley Judd on Monday
15th January here on BBC World News.
The US President is also
in the headlines today
after cancelling a visit
to Britain next month.
He had been due to attend
the official opening of the new US
Embassy in south London.
But the US president tweeted
he was not a "big fan"
of the new embassy and blamed
Barack Obama's administration
for a "bad deal" -
despite the fact the move was agreed
under George W Bush.
Our diplomatic correspondent
James Landale has more.
The new US embassy, on the south
bank of the River Thames in London.
A monument, we are told,
to America's commitment to London
that the US ambassador had hoped
would be formally opened
by Donald Trump next month.
Yes, I do hope, and we are going
to welcome him when he comes.
Except that he is not coming.
Mr Trump said that he cancelled
the trip because he opposed
the sale of the previous embassy
building by Mr Obama.
A decision that was
welcomed by his critics.
Here you have the head of state
of another country who has not only
promoted hatred and division
in his own country, but is surely
due to his online activity
guilty of doing the same
in our country as well.
Actually the decision to sell
the old embassy was initially taken
by President Bush in order to find
a new location.
The old embassy had also been
the scene of many demonstrations
in the past and diplomats said
it was the threat of
similar protests that had
spooked the White House.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan,
said there would be mass
protests like these,
but peaceful ones.
The Foreign Secretary,
Boris Johnson, accused Mr Khan
of putting UK-US relations at risk,
a view that Downing Street didn't
echo, but others did.
In this country, we have the Mayor
of London, Jeremy Corbyn and others
encouraging large-scale street
protests against him.
I feel that must be
part of his decision.
And that is the point.
In his first year of office,
Mr Trump has travelled
the world, including France,
Germany and Belgium.
The UK is notable for its absence.
The US ambassador has said that this
fortress of glass represents
a new era in friendship
between the US and the UK,
a strengthening of the relationship.
But the fear among diplomats
is that the President's decision not
to open this building signals that
actually for him at least
Britain is not a priority.
So, for now, the closest
we will get to seeing Mr Trump
at the new embassy is this waxwork,
as ministers say they look
forward to a visit at some
point in the future.
Well, it is for the US President
to determine his travel priorities.
Obviously, it's an important
diplomatic partner for the UK.
We want the closest possible
relationship with the US.
Tonight, as Mr Trump
honoured Martin Luther King,
he was caught up in yet another row,
having to deny making racist remarks
about African countries.
Home or abroad, this President
is rarely free from controversy.
James Landale, BBC News.
As part of events to mark
the 65th anniversary
of Queen Elizabeth's Coronation,
the BBC is broadcasting a programme
called The Crown Jewels.
In the programme, the Queen shares
memories of the 1953 coronation
ceremony itself as well as memories
of her father, King George VI.
Here's Our Royal Correspondent
She famously doesn't do interviews.
This is probably as
close as she'll get:
a conversation with questions about
the Coronation, the Crown Jewels,
and the Imperial State Crown worn
by her and her father,
King George VI.
Fortunately, my father and I have
about the same sort of shaped head.
Once you put it on, it stays.
It just remains itself.
You have to keep your
head very still?
It was huge then.
You can't look down to read
you have take
the speech up
because if you did, your neck
would break, it would fall off.
It's difficult to always remember
that diamonds are stones,
so very heavy.
So there are some
disadvantages to crowns.
But otherwise, they're
quite important things.
She rode to her coronation
in the gold State Coach.
It weighs four tons.
It's not built for comfort.
It's not meant for
travelling in at all.
It's only sprung on leather.
So it rocks around a lot.
It's not very comfortable.
Were you in it for a long time?
Halfway round London.
We must have gone about
four or five miles -
we could only go at a walking pace.
The horses couldn't
possibly go any faster.
It's so heavy.
65 years after the event,
a monarch talking
about her coronation -
the Crown - the real one.
Nicholas Witchell, BBC News.
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