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This is BBC World News Today,
I'm Geeta Guru-Murthy.
Our top stories:
across Russia in support of calls
by the opposition leader
for a boycott of presidential
elections in March.
Alexei Navalny is himself
Alexei Navalny is Russia's most
prominent opposition figure and
Vladimir Putin's most vocal critic.
He has been barred from running in
the presidential election, he is now
being arrested by police.
Ingvar Kamprad, the brains
behind the Ikea furniture empire,
dies at the age of 91.
And a dramatic rescue
for a French climber
from a deadly Himalayan mountain.
But the search for her Polish
climbing partner is called off.
Also coming up,
a tearful Roger Federer
wins a record-breaking 20th
with a five-set victory
over Croatia's Marin Cilic
in the Australian Open.
Hello and welcome
to World News Today.
In the last hour, the Russian
opposition leader, Alexei Navalny,
has been released without
charge after his dramatic arrest
earlier by police
at a rally in Moscow.
His supporters have been
demonstrating across the
vast country on Sunday, calling
for a boycott of what they claim
is a rigged Presidential
election in March.
This is the moment
Mr Navalny was seized by police
just after he arrived
in Pushkinskaya Square
in the centre of the
He was trying to address
hundreds of protesters
who'd gatherered there.
The BBC's Steve Rosenberg
was at the protests
and witnessed Mr Navalny's arrest.
It isn't easy taking on the Kremlin.
Alexei Navalny has been jailed
three times in the last year.
He has been barred from
the upcoming presidential election.
So today, Mr Navalny called
his supporters onto the streets.
Alexei Navalny is Russia's
most prominent opposition figure
and President Putin's
most vocal critic.
He has been barred from running
in the presidential election.
He's now being arrested by police.
This was no softly, softly.
We saw Mr Navalny
surrounded by police.
he was thrown onto the ground.
Then the politician Vladimir Putin
cannot bring himself
to mention by name was dragged
into the police bus.
His supporters called on voters
to boycott the election.
All the candidates, they believe,
are hand-picked by the Kremlin.
They are candidates
that Putin approved.
And we do not have candidates
that we want to have.
There is little doubt that Vladimir
Putin will walk this election,
with the help of Russian TV,
which maintains his macho image,
portraying him as a cross
between action man
and father of the nation.
And Mr Putin enjoys far more airtime
than any of the other candidates.
But the Kremlin still needs
people to come out
and vote for Vladimir Putin.
That is why calls to boycott
are making the Russian
Steve Rosenberg, BBC News.
Earlier I spoke to Leonid Ragozin,
a Russian journalist
who's covered Alexei Navalny's
political movement in depth.
I began by asking him
why the authorities
want to arrest Mr Navalny.
Navalny has created the best network
of headquarters in different regions
of Russia, and he has made an
unprecedented breakthrough into the
Russian regions, he really expanded
the geography of the protests, and
he has discovered and brought these
younger people who are manning his
protests. It will take a long time
in Russia before it will end up with
a transition to another kind of
government. But Putin is entering
his lame-duck period of presidency.
The six years will be manifested by
a lot of infighting in the Kremlin
and the growing movement led by
Navalny will be a factor in the
Is there not a fear about
what could happen to Mr Navalny,
Putin's grasp on power is so
Peas a hostage to Putin
and his life is at risk, but then
Putin is a hostage to Navalny, and
the consequences of doing something
to Navalny would be very grateful
the regime, and that is why Navalny
himself is not in jail, and that is
because of his significance, because
there is real power behind Navalny.
Let's take a look at some of
the other stories making the news.
Dozens of people have been killed
after heavy fighting
in the Yemeni port city of Aden.
It followed clashes
between separatists who want
independence for south Yemen
and forces loyal to
the Saudi-backed government.
The Yemeni government
has called for a ceasefire
and urged Arab allies to intervene.
Turkish media say the military
have used improved
weather conditions to resume
air and artillery strikes
against a Kurdish militia
in northwestern Syria.
The Anatolia news agency said a hill
near the strategic border town
of Azaz in the Kurdish region
of Afrin was attacked.
Hollywood actress and UN goodwill
ambassador Angelina Jolie has urged
world leaders to find a way to solve
Syria's near eight-year war.
She was speaking
during her fifth visit
to the Zaatari refugee camp
The actress said
it was "soul-destroying"
for the refugees
to be made so dependent.
Even if you've never been to Ikea,
you've probably heard of
the Swedish retail giant
that's now a global brand.
The man who founded it,
the furniture industry,
has died at the age of 91
at his home in southern Sweden.
Here's our business
correspondent, Joe Lynam.
Ingvar Kamprad can safely be
described as a retailing genius.
Born in 1926 in southern Sweden, he
started selling matches aged five.
Then seeds and then pencils.
At 17, he formed Ikea -
named after his own initials
and the area where he was born.
Now it's probably the best known
furniture store in the world,
with over 400 giant shops
and annual sales of $42 billion.
He was inspired to create the idea
of flatpack furniture when watching
someone remove the legs from a table
to fit into a customer's car. He
disowned his previous board for far
right bodies in Sweden during the
war and lived a modest lifestyle.
His house and possessions did not
reflect his wealth.
I don't think I'm
wearing anything that I haven't
bought at a flea market.
I want to give a good example.
If we are going to be
conscious about our economy,
one cannot just talk about it,
one has to show that.
The genius of Ingvar Kamprad
was to persuade people
to come to his store, pick up things
they like if not necessary need,
pick it up at his warehouse
and assemble it at home.
We are used to it now,
but at the time it was laughed at.
Ikea said Ingvar Kamprad,
who was involved with the business
until recently, would be much missed
by his family and warmly
remembered by the company's
For more on this,
I spoke to Birgitta Forsberg,
a columnist and reporter
for the Swedish newspaper
You had an exclusive feeling for
people and what they wanted, and he
always could see people, I mean,
regular people, he always saw them.
He saw them, and of course a lot of
it was self-assembly furniture,
which seemed very novel at the time.
Yeah. They were very novel at the
time as well, nobody had seen it
before, and he also managed to have
very modern designs at very low
prices, so it was affordable for
And it spread throughout
the world, do you know where it was
I don't know where it is
You don't. And what
about his grip on the business, was
he always very centrally involved?
It was very centrally involved and
had a very big need to have big
control, so we controlled everything
all the time, and he called the
executives almost every day and kept
being involved with the company,
even though he was 91 years old, and
he knew which products sold the
most, which had the highest margins,
he was very much involved always in
There has been mention
of controversies in his past, his
links with fascist parties when he
was younger, for which he then
apologised, allegations of tax
evasion, links with the use of false
labour. You know, how do you think
that will affect the legacy?
know how he managed, but he had a
very good hand with the media, so
even though he had connections with
fascist when he was young, this
whole tax planning which are still
going on, Swedes seem to four give
him for everything.
And how is he
regarded in Sweden now?
He is an
icon, seen as Sweden's biggest
entrepreneur ever, seen as a man of
the people, a person who could speak
to the people, and he is very well
liked in Sweden.
Birgitta Forsberg on Ingvar Kamprad.
Here in the UK, the Prime Minister
Theresa May is coming under
new pressure about her leadership -
and her policy on Brexit.
Some Conservative lawmakers believe
she's not being tough enough
in negotiations to leave
the European Union.
Others are concerned that domestic
policies are becoming paralysed.
Our political correspondent
Chris Mason reports.
If it felt a little bit chilly
for the Prime Minister
at the World Economic Forum
in Switzerland last week,
well, the political forecast
isn't looking much sunnier for her
now she's back home.
Some of her MPs are fed up
with what they see
as her merely muddling
along in office.
And on top of that, some of those
who campaigned for Brexit fear it
being diluted to such an extent
it never really properly happened.
It is very complicated,
and that is one of the reasons
why I have advocated
and supported compromise.
But there is only so far you can go
with compromise without ultimately
finding yourself in a position
where you are selling out
on the people who voted to leave.
The Government says it is committed
to delivering Brexit.
But you know when a party
is falling out with itself
when senior figures,
like this man, who is effectively
the Prime Minister's
deputy, have to say this.
The Conservative family,
left, right and centre,
because we are a broad church,
needs to come together
in a spirit of mutual respect,
because there are difficulties
in any broad church,
and look at what the bigger
picture is showing.
The next stage of Brexit
negotiations is about what happens
immediately after we formally leave
the European Union
at the end of March next year.
For around two years,
freedom of movement will continue.
The Government will
introduce a registration
scheme for new arrivals.
The rights of EU citizens
here and UK citizens in the EU
will remain the same.
And EU laws will continue to apply.
The Labour leader is facing
his own divisions in a party
that predominantly voted to remain
within the EU, many of whose
supporters, polls suggest,
would like a second referendum.
But Jeremy Corbyn says no to that.
What we asked for and demanded
in Parliament has been a meaningful
vote in Parliament at the end of it.
And what happened with this bill
was it was an undemocratic power
grab by the Government.
We're not asking for
a second referendum.
Tomorrow, the rest of the EU
will get together in Brussels
to sign of its approach
to the transition
or implementation period.
are about to crank up again.
Chris Mason, BBC News.
This is BBC World News Today.
New York is gearing up for the 60th
Grammy awards, one of the biggest
nights of the year for the music
industry, we will cross live to the
The shuttle Challenger
exploded soon after lift-off.
There were seven astronauts
one of them a woman school teacher.
All of them are believed
to have been killed.
By the evening, Tahrir Square,
the heart of official Cairo,
was in the hands
of the demonstrators.
They were using the
The earthquake singled out buildings
and brought them down in seconds.
Tonight, the search for any
survivors has an increasing
desperation about it
as the hours pass.
The new government is firmly
in control of the entire
Republic of Uganda.
Moscow got its first taste
of Western fast food as McDonald's
opened their biggest restaurant
in Pushkin Square.
But the hundreds of Muscovites
who queued up today
will not find it cheap,
with a Big Mac costing
half a day's wages for
the average Russian.
This is BBC World News. Russian
opposition leader Alexei Navalny has
been released without charge after
being detained at a rally in Moscow
calling for a boycott of the
presidential elections. And Ingvar
Kamprad, the brains behind the Ikea
furniture empire, has died at the
age of 91.
A day of mourning has been taking
place in the Afghan capital, Kabul,
for more than 100 people killed
in Saturday's bomb attack.
The attack, using an ambulance
packed with explosives,
was the worst to hit
the city in months.
Our correspondent Secunder Kermani
reports from Kabul.
Hospitals across Kabul
have been at full stretch,
trying to treat the huge
number of wounded.
This taxi driver was just metres
away from the explosion.
There was smoke, shrapnel
and burning smell everywhere.
Everyone looked terrified.
There were dead bodies and injured
people covering the street.
The Taliban packed this
ambulance with explosives.
The attacker detonated
them close to a police
compound on a busy street.
Over the last year,
Kabul has been repeatedly attacked.
It used to be one of
the safest places in the country.
Now it feels like one
of the most dangerous.
The Taliban and the Islamic State
group both at the moment
seem to be focusing their efforts
on targeting the capital, Kabul,
rather than trying to capture rural
territory from the security forces.
They know that attacks
here will spread fear,
will generate headlines,
and will undermine the government.
I asked the head of the Afghan
intelligence service about rising
public anger with his forces'
failure to prevent so many attacks.
We are using all our assets,
all our...whatever possibility
and resources in our hand
to prevent it.
But you cannot prevent
100% of the attacks.
Meanwhile, the families
of victims line up
desperate for news.
This man has been going
from morgue to morgue,
trying to identify
his cousin's corpse.
I've seen so many dead bodies,
all the morgues are full of them,
they are all burned so badly,
you can't even recognise them.
Last year, more than
2000 civilians were killed
in just nine months
This year looks set to be
just as deadly.
Secunder Kermani, BBC News, Kabul.
A French climber stranded on
one of Pakistan's highest peaks
has been flown to hospital
after a rescue operation.
But the search for her Polish
climbing partner has been abandoned.
Elisabeth Revol was in northern
Pakistan on Friday.
They were attempting
to scale Nanga Parbat,
also known as the "Killer Mountain",
when they became stuck.
Tim Pattinson reports.
A dramatic rescue operation
on one of the world's highest
and most deadly mountains.
An elite climbing team
was rushed to the rescue
after two climbers became stranded.
As part of this daring
the team was dropped more
than 1000 metres
below the lost climbers'
They scaled the mountain overnight,
eventually finding the French
climber Elisabeth Revol alive.
A friend and fellow mountaineer
described the rescue attempt.
They started their incredibly
heroic and extraordinarily fast
seven-hour climb towards her.
She was able to start moving,
and that is what, perhaps,
saved her, because had she stayed
where she was, it's not certain
at all whether they would have been
able to reach in time.
Elisabeth Revol has now arrived
in the capital, Islamabad,
and is being treated for frostbite.
But the whereabouts
of climbing partner remain.
Tomasz Mackiewicz had
He was reportedly suffering
from frostbite and snow blindness.
Now the search has been called
off due to bad weather
and treacherous conditions.
Tim Pattinson, BBC News.
We will keep you updated on that.
Bat get you updated on this board.
-- let's get you updated on the
There were tears from
Roger Federer as he won
the Australian Open.
It's a 20th Grand Slam title for him
and a record equalling sixth
at the event in Melbourne.
He's now won 10% of all
the Grand Slams in the open era
after he beat Marin
Cilic over five sets.
Ominously he said, even at the age
of 36, he will never
get tired of winning.
It's so much fun, really,
you know, we all work
hard, we'll sacrifice
a lot, being away from home
and all that stuff, but this
is what you live for,
you know, hopefully one day
when you experience these
moments, and I have
had so many of them,
but I can't get tired of them.
Also thanks to you guys
that keep me going,
so just a big thank you to always
supporting me, wherever you are in
the world, wherever I am,
I do feel the love,
and I want to thank
you very much,
thanks for being out here tonight.
Manchester City manager
says his side haven't
got the resources to challenge
for a domestic and European
quadruple this season.
The League Cup finalists
beat Cardiff City 2-0 in Wales
to reach the fifth
round of the FA Cup
with goals from Kevin de Bruyne
and Raheem Sterling.
People ask me, you are invincibles
in the Premier League, I say no, we
will have a lighter squad, a lot of
players injured in this six months,
playing all season without a left
back. But that is not my concern.
Chelsea also made it
through with a comfortable
3-0 win over Newcastle.
Michi Batshuayi scored a brace
in a rare start at Stamford Bridge.
Marcos Alonso curled in a fine free
kick in the second half,
with the draw for the last 16
taking place on Monday.
In Spain, Luis Suarez has equalised
for leaders Barcelona in the past
two minutes against Alavez. Earlier,
John Guidetti put the relegation
threatened Alavez in front in the
Earlier on Sunday second placed
Atletico Madrid scored three
second-half goals to win at home
against Las Palmas, while a late
Getafe goal saw Sevilla held,
with Leganes winning 3-2
against Espanyol, thanks largely
to two Mario Hermoso own goals.
In Italy's Serie A, Dries Mertens
scored twice for leaders Napoli,
as they won at home against Bologna,
Milan moved up three places
to seventh with a 2-1 victory
at the San Siro
over third placed Lazio,
while fifth placed Roma
are currently hosting
sixth placed Sampdoria.
That is currently goalless.
China's Li Haotong became
the first Asian player to win
the Dubai Desert Classic when he won
by a shot from four-time
major winner Rory McIlroy.
Li who finished third at last year's
Open Championship also carded
a tournament record
score of 23-under.
The 22-year-old will also become
the first man from China
to break into the world's top 50
when the latest rankings
are released, while for McIlroy
it was a case of so near yet so far.
That is all we have got time for,
back to you.
Tonight is one of the biggest
nights of the year
for the music industry -
the Grammy Awards.
This year's ceremony takes place
in New York,
and a number of superstars are
expected to perform,
including Sir Elton John,
who will duet with Miley Cyrus.
In previous editions, the award
has been criticised of racist bias
against black artists,
but this year it is sexual
harassment on centre stage.
harassment on centre stage.
Singers plan to wear a white rose
in solidarity to the
Time's Up movement.
Our reporter Nada Tawfik
is there on the red carpet.
Nada, looking very glamorous, how
much is the sexual harassment
problem and question on the agenda
there, do you think?
Well, I can
tell you that here on the red
carpet, we have seen numerous men
and women wearing a white rose. And
that was really an initiative, an
idea that came about just a few days
ago by a newly formed group called
Voices In Entertainment, they wanted
a white rose to stand in solidarity
with victims of abuse, so many have
been following through with that
idea and doing just that. One
celebrity I spoke with was wearing
one and said that the industry has a
powerful voice, so it is important
that they use it and share their
stories and stories of their
colleagues, and we know that Kelly
Clarkson, Dua Lipa, they are also
expected to wear the white rose, and
it is the Grammys, of course, we
expect there to be a performance,
you know, honouring the Me Too
movement, and that will come from
Kesha, who has had a long legal
battle with her producer who she has
accused of sexual assault. He has
denied that, but it is opposed to be
a very powerful performance of a
ballot, hair and to him.
course the question of race has
always been controversial for the
Grammys, are they over that? -- of a
ballad, her anthem to him.
first time in history, a white male
is nominated for the top prize of
album of the year, and when you look
at the top awards, it is from a
diverse list of nominees. In fact,
for album of the year, it is thought
of as Jay Z up against Kendrick
Lemar, the two favourites, and they
are artist to have in the past
called out the Grammys for not being
in touch with hip-hop's influence on
the music industry and culture, so I
think it will be interesting to see
how many of those categories do go
to those diverse nominees. Now, it
is too early to tell if this is just
a blip, or if the Grammys has really
changed the way it considers music,
and away the academy votes and
music. There are 22,000 submissions
this year, 13,000 voting members,
and they say that they have changed
a lot to try and get people to look
at records that are not necessarily
kind of the past Grammy style, but I
doing really well on streaming and
are really popular amongst voters.
Just quickly, what are the other big
names that we should look out for
Well, there is going to be
performances tonight from Elton
John, Sam Smith is actually
honouring him, performances from
Lady Gaga, who doesn't have as many
nominations as in past years, and
there will be a tribute, I should
point out, from the country artists
who performed at the Vegas concert
where there was a mass shooting, the
deadliest mass shooting in US
history, they are paying tribute to
Nada Tawfik, thank you
very much indeed.
Don't forget you can get
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