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This is BBC World News Today.
I'm Samantha Simmonds.
Our top stories.
Donald Trump tells world leaders -
it's America first -
but not at the expense
of the global economy.
But America first does not mean
America alone. When the United
States rose, so does the world. --
The death of a Canadian
billionaire couple -
now police say they were murdered.
What Brexit differences?
The UK minister in charge denies
a government split on how to handle
the departure from the EU.
Also in the programme.
Paris braces itself for more
flooding with water levels set
to peak this weekend.
Hello and welcome
to World News Today.
"America First does not
mean America alone" -
that's the message from Donald Trump
speaking at the World Economic Forum
in Davos in Switzerland.
He told an audience of business
and political leaders that the US
was doing "fantastically well"
and was "open for business."
But he hit out at what he called
other countries' "predatory"
Our North America Editor
Jon Sopel reports.
Wherever Donald Trump has gone
in Davos, the crowds
have gone with him.
And wherever the cameras have
been, the President has
been pleased to oblige.
I hope we're going to bring
back many billions of
dollars into the US.
I think that will happen.
It's already happening.
But billions of dollars is coming
back into the US and I think
that will just continue.
How much today?
Probably a lot.
And that was the theme
of his speech.
America first, yes, but an America
welcoming the world.
I will always put America first,
just like the leaders
of other countries should
put their country first also.
But America first does
not mean America alone.
When the United States
grows, so does the world.
But at the end of a week
in which the US imposed extra
charges on some imported goods
from China, he played down
talk of a trade war.
Nevertheless, there was a warning.
We cannot have free and open trade
if some countries exploit the system
at the expense of others.
We support free trade,
but it needs to be fair,
and it needs to be reciprocal.
Because in the end, unfair
trade undermines us all.
Some stood to applaud,
but it wasn't the ovation given
to President Xi of China last year.
This hasn't been a complete meeting
of minds, but then again
it was never going to be.
That said, Donald Trump has been
more conciliatory than many
would have expected,
and the audience have
reacted more warmly.
It may be that Davos 2018 turns
out to be a win-win.
The President has now
left the Swiss Alps,
and if not yet a fully paid-up
member of the Davos set,
he will probably be invited back.
There's a lot they liked
about what Donald Trump said,
and who would disagree
with his central message,
that a booming US economy is good
for the global economy?
Jon Sopel, BBC News, Davos.
In what could be seen as a blow
to President Trump's
America First agenda -
the aviation company
Bombardier has won its case
against proposals to impose tariffs
on their imports into America.
The BBC's Samira Hussain gave me
this update from New York.
So Bombardier had created a series
fleet of planes and there were some
big American Airlines that have
purchased these planes one of which
was dealt airlines, they had
purchased 125 of them -- Delta
airlines. But Boeing, the plane
making giant of the United States,
they cried foul play because they
believed Bombardier was price
dumping, lowering the price of the
planes in order to make it more
attractive for American buyers, and
they took their complaints to the
administration, to the commerce
Department, the US commerce
Department last year said, Boeing,
you are right, and they levied a
300% tariff on any of those Boeing
planes coming into the United States
and clearly that makes it
prohibitive, so what Boeing did,
what bombard the -- Bombardier did,
they appealed to a US body, and just
now the ITC has voted unanimously in
favour of Bombardier and that means
the tariff that was initially placed
put in place by the US commerce
Department is now Boyd.
How have the
really quite pleased with the
outcome, of this vote, and it really
comes to many people as a surprise,
many believe that the ITC was going
to vote in favour of Boeing. Boeing
has said it is quite disappointed,
not surprisingly, but they have also
said that it will not stand by as it
watches Bombardier participate in
illegal business practices and
jeopardise American workers and I
think that phrasing is interesting,
because right now the White House,
the Trump administration is very
receptive to any companies that are
crying foul as a result of unfair
trade practices, so as you pointed
out, this really does hit Mr Trump
exactly where it hurts in terms of
what he was talking about,
protecting American interests.
President Trump has
dismissed as "fake news",
reports in several newspapers
that he tried to fire the man
investigating alleged collusion
with Russia during the 2016
It's alleged Mr Trump was only
stopped from sacking Robert Mueller
by White House advisers.
It's a claim the President
addressed head on, in Davos.
You are going to fire Robert
Fake news, folks. Typical
New York Times.
Gary O'Donoghue has
the latest on this
leak from Washington.
There were stories at the time that
Donald Trump had considered firing
Robert Mueller, the special counsel,
and since then he has interviewed a
bunch of people, Robert Mueller,
around 20 staffers from the White
House have been spoken to by the
special counsel and he has also
spoken to a member of Donald Trump's
Cabinet, Jeff Sessions, the Attorney
General, so it's not entirely
surprising if some of that stuff
started to leak out. But use or a
flat denial from the president that
he had even considered it, but what
is new today is the idea that when
he floated or supposedly floated the
idea last June it was the White
House counsel, the most senior
lawyer in the White House, that he
was the one who threatened to resign
if the president did that. That is
the new piece of information. It has
got everyone concerned again about
whether or not he is still thinking
about doing that and Democrats have
been trying to introduce legislation
which will prevent him from doing
that, even though the legal position
seems to suggest he would have a
hard time doing it, anyway.
Canadian pharmaceutical billionaires
Barry and Honey Sherman
were murdered in a targeted killing
- police in Toronto have said.
The couple were found hanged
in their home six weeks ago.
ruled out murder.
The couple's children disputed this
and hired private investigators
who claimed the pair
had been murdered.
Now police say they agree.
Their deaths shocked the Canadian
communities, one of the country's
ridges couples, billionaires Barry
Sherman and Honey Sherman were found
dead in their Toronto home in 2017,
and in the days following their
deaths were being treated as a
possible murder-suicide. The family
denied that, saying no one close to
the couple believed this, they
criticised the initial handling of
the case by authorities, hide their
own private investigator and
conducted an independent autopsy and
say they are not surprised that six
weeks later authorities now say they
are treating their deaths as murder.
There are no signs of forced entry
on all access points to the home and
Honey Sherman and Barry Sherman were
found deceased in the lower-level
pool area. We believe now after six
weeks of work that we have
sufficient evidence to describe this
as a double homicide investigation.
And that both of them were in fact
Barry Sherman founded the
pharmaceutical giant which sounds
generic medicines worldwide and he
and his wife were well known for
their donations to hospitals and
charities and Jewish organisations.
The police do not have any links and
so the mystery of who killed the
Let's take a look
at some of the other
stories making the news.
Residents in the South African city
of Cape Town have been warned
to "save water as if your life
depends on it" to avoid
the supply being shut off.
A severe drought has seen
consumption limited to 50
litres per person per day.
Now officials are urging people
to switch off their toilet
cisterns and limit flushing
to conserve water.
Formal coalition talks
have begun in Germany
to try to break four months
of political stalemate
Chancellor Angela Merkel's
conservatives are seeking to form
a government with the country's
the centre-left Social Democrats.
Top chefs from as far afield
as the US and Japan have
attended the funeral in France
of one of the prime exponents
of their art Paul Bocuse.
They filled Lyons cathedral
in their hundreds, dressed
in their chefs' whites,
to pay homage to a man nicknamed
the Pope of French gastronomy.
South Korean authorities
are investigating a fire that
swept through a hospital,
killing as many as 40 people.
It took firefighters several
hours to put it out.
The fire is the country's
deadliest in almost a decade.
It's now emerged the building didn't
have any sprinklers -
even though it was built only
a few years ago.
Laura Bicker reports from Seoul.
Black smoke billowed
from the emergency wing,
as firefighters tried to get
to patients trapped inside.
There were nearly 200
people in the building.
Many were elderly.
Those who escaped needed
Others died on their
way to hospital, most
from smoke inhalation.
Firefighters said they did
everything they could.
We prevented the fire
from spreading to the second floor
in the early stages,
so that we could secure the second,
third, fourth and fifth floors.
As crews inspect the blackened
shell of the hospital,
it was revealed that no water
sprinklers had been installed.
This is the deadliest blaze
in a decade in South Korea,
and the government said
there would be a thorough
The president has
ordered an investigation to figure
out the exact cause of the fire
and come up with measures to prevent
more fires at building complexes,
as well as preparing support
measures to promptly cope
with the personnel and property
damage caused by this fire.
Just last month, 29 people
were killed in a fire
in a sports centre in Sejong.
An inquiry found there were too
few emergency exits,
and it had been built
with flammable materials.
Questions are now being asked
about safety regulations
in South Korea, and what needs to be
done to prevent something
like this happening again.
Laura Bicker, BBC News, Seoul.
Stay with us on BBC
World News, still to come.
Paris is braced for more
flooding with water
levels in the city set
to peak this weekend.
This is BBC World News Today.
The latest headlines:
Donald Trump tells business leaders
at the World Economic Forum
in Davos that he's
putting America first.
But he offers friendship
and partnership in
building a better world.
Canadian pharmaceutical billionaires
Barry and Honey Sherman
were murdered in a targeted killing
- police in Toronto have said.
Britain's future relationship
with the European Union is again
causing tensions in the country's
governing Conservative Party.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer
Philip Hammond has suggested
the relationship post-Brexit might
only be a little different from now.
That's sparked an angry reaction
from those in the party who want
a clean break from Europe.
Alex Forsyth reports.
In Teesside today the Brexit
secretary was trying
to calm troubled waters.
Surrounded by businesses
dependent on EU trade,
he promised certainty and continuity
when we leave.
David Davis set out the Government's
plans for a transition period of up
to two years after Brexit.
This is a bridge to a new future
partnership, where crucially
the United Kingdom is outside
the single market and outside
of the customs union.
He said for business
there would be no dramatic change,
but the UK would start to talk trade
with other countries,
all to be negotiated with the EU,
but for now it's comments
by his Cabinet colleague
that is causing problems.
The Chancellor said there could be
very modest changes in EU relations.
If the Cabinet can't
agree on its position,
how can you possibly
negotiate with Brussels?
Look, I'm in politics,
and people debate,
and they have different views.
There's a diversity of views on this
subject, in all parties.
That doesn't mean that we don't have
or can't have a coherent
and forceful view, in the interests
of the United Kingdom.
Ministers don't always
want their divisions laid bare.
Today the Chancellor insisted
he backed the Government's view.
I was speaking about our trade
relationship with the EU,
and it is the Government's policy
that we want to maintain the maximum
possible access to markets,
and the minimum friction
at our borders.
But the businesses Brexit
will affect say the political
discord is damaging.
This car parts manufacturer
in Redcar relies on being able
to import from and export to the EU,
and its boss wants far more
clarity from the Government
about its long-term Brexit plan.
I think it's been pretty
shambolic, and I just want
them to get on with it.
From the contrary statements
coming out and infighting
that is happening, I don't know
what they're expecting to achieve,
I don't know what their targets are,
because it's just wishy-washy.
Businesses like those
here which rely heavily on trade
with the EU crave certainty.
The Government says that's what
the transition phase will offer.
The trouble is, the Conservative
Party simply cannot agree
on what should come beyond.
And as talks slowly approach
future trade relations,
what has so far been a fragile truce
among the Tories looks rocky.
Alex Forsyth, BBC News, Teesside.
Hundreds of people have been
evacuated from their homes in Paris
as the city braces itself
for more flooding.
Tunnels and roads have been sealed
off and the bottom floor
of the Louvre was closed.
It follows the wettest
January in Northern France
for over a century.
And it's not over yet -
flood waters are expected
to peak this weekend.
The BBC's Hugh Schofield has been
stepping out to bring us the latest.
For the second time in a year and a
half Paris is waking up with its
fetid water, and we were reporting
almost exactly the same story in
2016, in June, the land unable to
absorb the excess rainwater and then
this water coming down into the
capital, where there is localised
flooding now, this residential
building, and the ground floor here
has been boarded up. These are flats
where people live and they have
moved out. Looking across the river
that is where the commuter network
comes into the city and that has
been shut down because it has been
flooded, if you live in a barge you
would be told to move out and the
big museums have once again started
moving their precious items from the
basement to higher levels. Every
time there's a flood in Paris they
say, is this the big one? There is a
prediction every hundred years there
will be a big flood like in 1910,
this one Phil Peat on Saturday at
six metres above the norm and it is
not the big one -- this one will
peak on Saturday.
And now all the sport.
Roger Federer will look to match
Novak Djokovic's record six
Australian Open titles when he takes
on Marin Cilic in the final
in Melbourne on Sunday.
Federer had an unexpectedly quick
semi-final when his young
South Korean opponent,
Hyeon Chung, was forced to retire
with severe blisters.
Nick Parrott reports.
Even in a tournament full of upsets,
few would forecast a downturn
in fortunes from Roger Federer.
With the roof closed in Melbourne,
the atmosphere would provide
for his semifinal, but few things
could distract the greatest.
The Swiss won the toss, electing
to receive and showed his intent,
breaking the unseeded outsider
at the first attempt.
And early on, the South Korean got
an inkling luck wasn't
going to be on his side.
At 36, there are cracks
appearing in Federer's game.
But at 21, Chung lacked
the experience to exploit them,
resisting the inevitable was made
harder for Chung with
his mobility hampered.
Federer was blistering, too,
but with brilliance.
It all proved too much,
and trailing 5-2 in the second set,
the pain was such that
Chung couldn't continue.
I've played with blisters
in the past and it hurts a lot
and at one point it's too much
and you can't take it any more.
There's no way you can come
back and you can make it
worse so that's why it's better
to stop, and that is why
this feels bittersweet.
I'm pleased to be in the final
but not like this, and he has
played such a wonderful tournament.
Credit to him for trying so hard
Despite the pain of his
defeat, Chung can leave
with his head held high.
Optimistic that his future is
Federer will face
a tougher challenge trying
to win his 20th Grand Slam
against Marin Cilic on Sunday.
South Africa's Test against India
will resume tomorrow
after today's play was abandoned due
to a dangerous pitch.
Chasing 241 to win
the match in the final
innings at the Wanderers,
South African batsman Dean Elgar
was hit on the grille
of his helmet by a short ball
from India's Jasprit Bumrah.
The strip was cracking leading
to uneven deliveries
and the umpires stopped the match.
However, it's been decided
it can continue tomorrow.
Everybody wants to see Test cricket,
the matches in a good position, but
the issue becomes what is not safe
and what is not fit, and I think
when the ball loops from a length
and hits somebody in the face, that
is when the match officials feel it
is unsafe, but we will definitely
want to play if the conditions are
safe but that is for the match
officials to decide and not us.
England might have won the one-day
series already but there will be no
whitewash after defeat against
Australia this morning.
England were put into bat and got
off to the worst possible start,
losing their first five wickets
for just 8 runs.
Things did improve slightly,
with Chris Woakes hitting
an excellent 78 but their total
of 196 never really
looked like being enough.
Australia cruising to that target
with 13 overs to spare.
And now to the FA Cup. Alexis
Sanchez started for Manchester
United, and he was involved in the
first goal for them, helping to set
up Marcus Rashford. Mata has just
had a goal disallowed for offside.
Ander Herrera with the second offer
Manchester United against Yeovil.
It's been nominated
for seven academy awards -
and star Frances McDormand
is the favourite to take
the best actress Oscar.
Three Billboards outside
Ebbing Missouri is a story
about a grieving mother's
fight for justice.
The BBC's Arts Editor Will Gompertz
has been speaking to the film's
writer and director,
My daughter was married seven months
Frances McDormand, the angry
and unflinching briefings mother.
Martin McDonagh has a
Oscar-nominated for his writing but
not for his directing, is he
Not really, because my
mate has got nominated in the other
category. It would have been nice.
You, get over here.
No, you get over
One of the criticisms of Three
Billboards is that the Sam Rockwell
character, the policeman, he's a
racist and he's treated
He is definitely a
racist and a bully and I would not
say he is treated sympathetically,
but I was trying to see the hope in
all of these people. If you say that
is treating a character
sympathetically, to a degree it is,
but the point of the film and I hope
what people come away with, is the
possibility of change in people.
it was me I'd start up with a
database and every male baby that is
born I would stick him on it and as
soon as he did something wrong,
cross-reference it and make certain
it was a correct match and kill him.
We have heard many speeches from
people in the film industry saying
it is time for a change, do you
think summing fundamental is
It feels like something
new and great is happening, I've
been in rooms at the last couple of
awards ceremonies and it is palpable
and it does feel angry and it feels
like it won't go away and I think
that's great. It feels like a change
is probably happening.
ceremony at the beginning of March
might point towards that change with
surprising winners and quite
possibly a forthright acceptance
speech from this lady.
The Guggenheim museum
in New York is reported to have
turned down a request
from President Trump to borrow
a painting by Van Gogh
for the White House -
instead offering him
a solid gold toilet.
The Washington Post says
the Guggenheim apologised for not
being able to furnish the Trumps
with Van Gogh's Landscape With Snow
but expressed hope
that the alternative
would be of interest.
The fully functioning 18 carat gold
toilet is the creation
of artist Maurizio Cattelan,
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