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This is BBC World News Today.

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I'm Samantha Simmonds.

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Our top stories.

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Donald Trump tells world leaders -

it's America first -

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but not at the expense

of the global economy.

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But America first does not mean

America alone. When the United

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States rose, so does the world. --

rose.

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The death of a Canadian

billionaire couple -

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now police say they were murdered.

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What Brexit differences?

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The UK minister in charge denies

a government split on how to handle

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the departure from the EU.

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Also in the programme.

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Paris braces itself for more

flooding with water levels set

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to peak this weekend.

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Hello and welcome

to World News Today.

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"America First does not

mean America alone" -

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that's the message from Donald Trump

speaking at the World Economic Forum

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in Davos in Switzerland.

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He told an audience of business

and political leaders that the US

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was doing "fantastically well"

and was "open for business."

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But he hit out at what he called

other countries' "predatory"

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trading practices.

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Our North America Editor

Jon Sopel reports.

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Wherever Donald Trump has gone

in Davos, the crowds

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have gone with him.

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And wherever the cameras have

been, the President has

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been pleased to oblige.

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I hope we're going to bring

back many billions of

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dollars into the US.

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I think that will happen.

It's already happening.

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But billions of dollars is coming

back into the US and I think

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that will just continue.

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How much today?

How much?

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Probably a lot.

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And that was the theme

of his speech.

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America first, yes, but an America

welcoming the world.

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I will always put America first,

just like the leaders

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of other countries should

put their country first also.

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But America first does

not mean America alone.

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When the United States

grows, so does the world.

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But at the end of a week

in which the US imposed extra

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charges on some imported goods

from China, he played down

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talk of a trade war.

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Nevertheless, there was a warning.

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We cannot have free and open trade

if some countries exploit the system

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at the expense of others.

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We support free trade,

but it needs to be fair,

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and it needs to be reciprocal.

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Because in the end, unfair

trade undermines us all.

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Some stood to applaud,

but it wasn't the ovation given

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to President Xi of China last year.

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This hasn't been a complete meeting

of minds, but then again

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it was never going to be.

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That said, Donald Trump has been

more conciliatory than many

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would have expected,

and the audience have

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reacted more warmly.

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It may be that Davos 2018 turns

out to be a win-win.

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The President has now

left the Swiss Alps,

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and if not yet a fully paid-up

member of the Davos set,

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he will probably be invited back.

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There's a lot they liked

about what Donald Trump said,

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and who would disagree

with his central message,

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that a booming US economy is good

for the global economy?

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Jon Sopel, BBC News, Davos.

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In what could be seen as a blow

to President Trump's

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America First agenda -

the aviation company

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Bombardier has won its case

against proposals to impose tariffs

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on their imports into America.

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The BBC's Samira Hussain gave me

this update from New York.

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So Bombardier had created a series

fleet of planes and there were some

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big American Airlines that have

purchased these planes one of which

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was dealt airlines, they had

purchased 125 of them -- Delta

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airlines. But Boeing, the plane

making giant of the United States,

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they cried foul play because they

believed Bombardier was price

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dumping, lowering the price of the

planes in order to make it more

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attractive for American buyers, and

they took their complaints to the

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administration, to the commerce

Department, the US commerce

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Department last year said, Boeing,

you are right, and they levied a

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300% tariff on any of those Boeing

planes coming into the United States

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and clearly that makes it

prohibitive, so what Boeing did,

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what bombard the -- Bombardier did,

they appealed to a US body, and just

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now the ITC has voted unanimously in

favour of Bombardier and that means

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the tariff that was initially placed

put in place by the US commerce

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Department is now Boyd.

How have the

companies reacted?

Bombardier is

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really quite pleased with the

outcome, of this vote, and it really

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comes to many people as a surprise,

many believe that the ITC was going

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to vote in favour of Boeing. Boeing

has said it is quite disappointed,

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not surprisingly, but they have also

said that it will not stand by as it

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watches Bombardier participate in

illegal business practices and

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jeopardise American workers and I

think that phrasing is interesting,

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because right now the White House,

the Trump administration is very

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receptive to any companies that are

crying foul as a result of unfair

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trade practices, so as you pointed

out, this really does hit Mr Trump

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exactly where it hurts in terms of

what he was talking about,

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protecting American interests.

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President Trump has

dismissed as "fake news",

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reports in several newspapers

that he tried to fire the man

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investigating alleged collusion

with Russia during the 2016

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Presidential election.

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It's alleged Mr Trump was only

stopped from sacking Robert Mueller

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by White House advisers.

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It's a claim the President

addressed head on, in Davos.

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You are going to fire Robert

Mueller?

Fake news, folks. Typical

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New York Times.

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Gary O'Donoghue has

the latest on this

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leak from Washington.

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There were stories at the time that

Donald Trump had considered firing

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Robert Mueller, the special counsel,

and since then he has interviewed a

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bunch of people, Robert Mueller,

around 20 staffers from the White

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House have been spoken to by the

special counsel and he has also

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spoken to a member of Donald Trump's

Cabinet, Jeff Sessions, the Attorney

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General, so it's not entirely

surprising if some of that stuff

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started to leak out. But use or a

flat denial from the president that

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he had even considered it, but what

is new today is the idea that when

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he floated or supposedly floated the

idea last June it was the White

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House counsel, the most senior

lawyer in the White House, that he

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was the one who threatened to resign

if the president did that. That is

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the new piece of information. It has

got everyone concerned again about

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whether or not he is still thinking

about doing that and Democrats have

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been trying to introduce legislation

which will prevent him from doing

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that, even though the legal position

seems to suggest he would have a

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hard time doing it, anyway.

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Canadian pharmaceutical billionaires

Barry and Honey Sherman

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were murdered in a targeted killing

- police in Toronto have said.

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The couple were found hanged

in their home six weeks ago.

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Officers originally

ruled out murder.

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The couple's children disputed this

and hired private investigators

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who claimed the pair

had been murdered.

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Now police say they agree.

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Their deaths shocked the Canadian

communities, one of the country's

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ridges couples, billionaires Barry

Sherman and Honey Sherman were found

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dead in their Toronto home in 2017,

and in the days following their

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deaths were being treated as a

possible murder-suicide. The family

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denied that, saying no one close to

the couple believed this, they

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criticised the initial handling of

the case by authorities, hide their

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own private investigator and

conducted an independent autopsy and

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say they are not surprised that six

weeks later authorities now say they

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are treating their deaths as murder.

There are no signs of forced entry

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on all access points to the home and

Honey Sherman and Barry Sherman were

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found deceased in the lower-level

pool area. We believe now after six

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weeks of work that we have

sufficient evidence to describe this

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as a double homicide investigation.

And that both of them were in fact

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targeted.

Barry Sherman founded the

pharmaceutical giant which sounds

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generic medicines worldwide and he

and his wife were well known for

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their donations to hospitals and

charities and Jewish organisations.

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The police do not have any links and

so the mystery of who killed the

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Shermans continues.

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Let's take a look

at some of the other

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stories making the news.

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Residents in the South African city

of Cape Town have been warned

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to "save water as if your life

depends on it" to avoid

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the supply being shut off.

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A severe drought has seen

consumption limited to 50

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litres per person per day.

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Now officials are urging people

to switch off their toilet

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cisterns and limit flushing

to conserve water.

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Formal coalition talks

have begun in Germany

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to try to break four months

of political stalemate

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following September's

inconclusive elections.

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Chancellor Angela Merkel's

conservatives are seeking to form

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a government with the country's

second-biggest party,

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the centre-left Social Democrats.

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Top chefs from as far afield

as the US and Japan have

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attended the funeral in France

of one of the prime exponents

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of their art Paul Bocuse.

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They filled Lyons cathedral

in their hundreds, dressed

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in their chefs' whites,

to pay homage to a man nicknamed

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the Pope of French gastronomy.

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South Korean authorities

are investigating a fire that

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swept through a hospital,

killing as many as 40 people.

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It took firefighters several

hours to put it out.

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The fire is the country's

deadliest in almost a decade.

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It's now emerged the building didn't

have any sprinklers -

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even though it was built only

a few years ago.

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Laura Bicker reports from Seoul.

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Black smoke billowed

from the emergency wing,

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as firefighters tried to get

to patients trapped inside.

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There were nearly 200

people in the building.

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Many were elderly.

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Those who escaped needed

urgent treatment.

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Others died on their

way to hospital, most

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from smoke inhalation.

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Firefighters said they did

everything they could.

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TRANSLATION:

We prevented the fire

from spreading to the second floor

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in the early stages,

so that we could secure the second,

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third, fourth and fifth floors.

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As crews inspect the blackened

shell of the hospital,

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it was revealed that no water

sprinklers had been installed.

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This is the deadliest blaze

in a decade in South Korea,

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and the government said

there would be a thorough

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investigation.

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TRANSLATION:

The president has

ordered an investigation to figure

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out the exact cause of the fire

and come up with measures to prevent

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more fires at building complexes,

as well as preparing support

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measures to promptly cope

with the personnel and property

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damage caused by this fire.

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Just last month, 29 people

were killed in a fire

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in a sports centre in Sejong.

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An inquiry found there were too

few emergency exits,

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and it had been built

with flammable materials.

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Questions are now being asked

about safety regulations

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in South Korea, and what needs to be

done to prevent something

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like this happening again.

Laura Bicker, BBC News, Seoul.

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Stay with us on BBC

World News, still to come.

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Paris is braced for more

flooding with water

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levels in the city set

to peak this weekend.

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This is BBC World News Today.

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The latest headlines:

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Donald Trump tells business leaders

at the World Economic Forum

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in Davos that he's

putting America first.

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But he offers friendship

and partnership in

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building a better world.

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Canadian pharmaceutical billionaires

Barry and Honey Sherman

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were murdered in a targeted killing

- police in Toronto have said.

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Britain's future relationship

with the European Union is again

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causing tensions in the country's

governing Conservative Party.

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The Chancellor of the Exchequer

Philip Hammond has suggested

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the relationship post-Brexit might

only be a little different from now.

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That's sparked an angry reaction

from those in the party who want

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a clean break from Europe.

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Alex Forsyth reports.

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In Teesside today the Brexit

secretary was trying

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to calm troubled waters.

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Surrounded by businesses

dependent on EU trade,

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he promised certainty and continuity

when we leave.

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David Davis set out the Government's

plans for a transition period of up

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to two years after Brexit.

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This is a bridge to a new future

partnership, where crucially

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the United Kingdom is outside

the single market and outside

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of the customs union.

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He said for business

there would be no dramatic change,

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but the UK would start to talk trade

with other countries,

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all to be negotiated with the EU,

but for now it's comments

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by his Cabinet colleague

that is causing problems.

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The Chancellor said there could be

very modest changes in EU relations.

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If the Cabinet can't

agree on its position,

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how can you possibly

negotiate with Brussels?

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Look, I'm in politics,

and people debate,

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and they have different views.

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There's a diversity of views on this

subject, in all parties.

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That doesn't mean that we don't have

or can't have a coherent

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and forceful view, in the interests

of the United Kingdom.

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Ministers don't always

want their divisions laid bare.

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Today the Chancellor insisted

he backed the Government's view.

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I was speaking about our trade

relationship with the EU,

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and it is the Government's policy

that we want to maintain the maximum

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possible access to markets,

and the minimum friction

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at our borders.

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But the businesses Brexit

will affect say the political

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discord is damaging.

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This car parts manufacturer

in Redcar relies on being able

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to import from and export to the EU,

and its boss wants far more

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clarity from the Government

about its long-term Brexit plan.

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I think it's been pretty

shambolic, and I just want

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them to get on with it.

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From the contrary statements

coming out and infighting

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that is happening, I don't know

what they're expecting to achieve,

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I don't know what their targets are,

because it's just wishy-washy.

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Businesses like those

here which rely heavily on trade

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with the EU crave certainty.

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The Government says that's what

the transition phase will offer.

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The trouble is, the Conservative

Party simply cannot agree

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on what should come beyond.

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And as talks slowly approach

future trade relations,

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what has so far been a fragile truce

among the Tories looks rocky.

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Alex Forsyth, BBC News, Teesside.

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Hundreds of people have been

evacuated from their homes in Paris

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as the city braces itself

for more flooding.

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Tunnels and roads have been sealed

off and the bottom floor

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of the Louvre was closed.

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It follows the wettest

January in Northern France

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for over a century.

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And it's not over yet -

flood waters are expected

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to peak this weekend.

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The BBC's Hugh Schofield has been

stepping out to bring us the latest.

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For the second time in a year and a

half Paris is waking up with its

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fetid water, and we were reporting

almost exactly the same story in

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2016, in June, the land unable to

absorb the excess rainwater and then

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this water coming down into the

capital, where there is localised

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flooding now, this residential

building, and the ground floor here

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has been boarded up. These are flats

where people live and they have

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moved out. Looking across the river

that is where the commuter network

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comes into the city and that has

been shut down because it has been

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flooded, if you live in a barge you

would be told to move out and the

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big museums have once again started

moving their precious items from the

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basement to higher levels. Every

time there's a flood in Paris they

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say, is this the big one? There is a

prediction every hundred years there

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will be a big flood like in 1910,

this one Phil Peat on Saturday at

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six metres above the norm and it is

not the big one -- this one will

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peak on Saturday.

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And now all the sport.

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Roger Federer will look to match

Novak Djokovic's record six

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Australian Open titles when he takes

on Marin Cilic in the final

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in Melbourne on Sunday.

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Federer had an unexpectedly quick

semi-final when his young

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South Korean opponent,

Hyeon Chung, was forced to retire

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with severe blisters.

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Nick Parrott reports.

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Even in a tournament full of upsets,

few would forecast a downturn

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in fortunes from Roger Federer.

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With the roof closed in Melbourne,

the atmosphere would provide

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for his semifinal, but few things

could distract the greatest.

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The Swiss won the toss, electing

to receive and showed his intent,

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breaking the unseeded outsider

at the first attempt.

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And early on, the South Korean got

an inkling luck wasn't

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going to be on his side.

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At 36, there are cracks

appearing in Federer's game.

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But at 21, Chung lacked

the experience to exploit them,

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resisting the inevitable was made

harder for Chung with

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his mobility hampered.

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Federer was blistering, too,

but with brilliance.

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It all proved too much,

and trailing 5-2 in the second set,

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the pain was such that

Chung couldn't continue.

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I've played with blisters

in the past and it hurts a lot

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and at one point it's too much

and you can't take it any more.

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There's no way you can come

back and you can make it

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worse so that's why it's better

to stop, and that is why

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this feels bittersweet.

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I'm pleased to be in the final

but not like this, and he has

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played such a wonderful tournament.

0:20:370:20:38

Credit to him for trying so hard

today.

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Despite the pain of his

defeat, Chung can leave

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with his head held high.

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Optimistic that his future is

bright.

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Federer will face

a tougher challenge trying

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to win his 20th Grand Slam

against Marin Cilic on Sunday.

0:20:520:20:57

South Africa's Test against India

will resume tomorrow

0:20:570:20:59

after today's play was abandoned due

to a dangerous pitch.

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Chasing 241 to win

the match in the final

0:21:030:21:06

innings at the Wanderers,

South African batsman Dean Elgar

0:21:060:21:11

was hit on the grille

of his helmet by a short ball

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from India's Jasprit Bumrah.

0:21:140:21:23

The strip was cracking leading

to uneven deliveries

0:21:230:21:24

and the umpires stopped the match.

0:21:250:21:26

However, it's been decided

it can continue tomorrow.

0:21:260:21:28

Everybody wants to see Test cricket,

the matches in a good position, but

0:21:280:21:32

the issue becomes what is not safe

and what is not fit, and I think

0:21:320:21:36

when the ball loops from a length

and hits somebody in the face, that

0:21:360:21:43

is when the match officials feel it

is unsafe, but we will definitely

0:21:430:21:45

want to play if the conditions are

safe but that is for the match

0:21:450:21:49

officials to decide and not us.

0:21:490:21:57

England might have won the one-day

series already but there will be no

0:21:570:22:05

whitewash after defeat against

Australia this morning.

0:22:050:22:16

England were put into bat and got

off to the worst possible start,

0:22:160:22:19

losing their first five wickets

for just 8 runs.

0:22:190:22:21

Things did improve slightly,

with Chris Woakes hitting

0:22:210:22:23

an excellent 78 but their total

of 196 never really

0:22:230:22:25

looked like being enough.

0:22:250:22:26

Australia cruising to that target

with 13 overs to spare.

0:22:260:22:29

And now to the FA Cup. Alexis

Sanchez started for Manchester

0:22:290:22:33

United, and he was involved in the

first goal for them, helping to set

0:22:330:22:38

up Marcus Rashford. Mata has just

had a goal disallowed for offside.

0:22:380:22:47

Ander Herrera with the second offer

Manchester United against Yeovil.

0:22:470:22:57

Thank you.

0:22:570:22:58

It's been nominated

for seven academy awards -

0:22:580:23:00

and star Frances McDormand

is the favourite to take

0:23:000:23:02

the best actress Oscar.

0:23:020:23:03

Three Billboards outside

Ebbing Missouri is a story

0:23:030:23:10

about a grieving mother's

fight for justice.

0:23:100:23:11

The BBC's Arts Editor Will Gompertz

has been speaking to the film's

0:23:110:23:14

writer and director,

Martin McDonagh.

0:23:140:23:16

My daughter was married seven months

ago...

Frances McDormand, the angry

0:23:160:23:22

and unflinching briefings mother.

Ghosh grieving.

0:23:220:23:28

She

0:23:310:23:33

Martin McDonagh has a

Oscar-nominated for his writing but

0:23:340:23:42

not for his directing, is he

disappointed?

Not really, because my

0:23:420:23:46

mate has got nominated in the other

category. It would have been nice.

0:23:460:23:51

You, get over here.

No, you get over

here.

One of the criticisms of Three

0:23:510:23:59

Billboards is that the Sam Rockwell

character, the policeman, he's a

0:23:590:24:02

racist and he's treated

sympathetically.

He is definitely a

0:24:020:24:06

racist and a bully and I would not

say he is treated sympathetically,

0:24:060:24:13

but I was trying to see the hope in

all of these people. If you say that

0:24:130:24:19

is treating a character

sympathetically, to a degree it is,

0:24:190:24:23

but the point of the film and I hope

what people come away with, is the

0:24:230:24:28

possibility of change in people.

If

it was me I'd start up with a

0:24:280:24:34

database and every male baby that is

born I would stick him on it and as

0:24:340:24:38

soon as he did something wrong,

cross-reference it and make certain

0:24:380:24:41

it was a correct match and kill him.

We have heard many speeches from

0:24:410:24:47

people in the film industry saying

it is time for a change, do you

0:24:470:24:52

think summing fundamental is

happening?

It feels like something

0:24:520:24:56

new and great is happening, I've

been in rooms at the last couple of

0:24:560:25:02

awards ceremonies and it is palpable

and it does feel angry and it feels

0:25:020:25:06

like it won't go away and I think

that's great. It feels like a change

0:25:060:25:12

is probably happening.

The Oscar

ceremony at the beginning of March

0:25:120:25:18

might point towards that change with

surprising winners and quite

0:25:180:25:22

possibly a forthright acceptance

speech from this lady.

0:25:220:25:32

The Guggenheim museum

in New York is reported to have

0:25:320:25:35

turned down a request

from President Trump to borrow

0:25:350:25:37

a painting by Van Gogh

for the White House -

0:25:370:25:39

instead offering him

a solid gold toilet.

0:25:390:25:41

The Washington Post says

the Guggenheim apologised for not

0:25:410:25:45

being able to furnish the Trumps

with Van Gogh's Landscape With Snow

0:25:450:25:47

but expressed hope

that the alternative

0:25:470:25:49

would be of interest.

0:25:490:25:51

The fully functioning 18 carat gold

toilet is the creation

0:25:510:25:56

of artist Maurizio Cattelan,

titled 'America'.

0:25:560:25:58

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of the team on Twitter -

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