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This is BBC World News today. Our
top stories. Victims families
command two members of an Islamic
State execution cell should answer
in court for their actions.
If it goes to trial,
I'll certainly be there.
I certainly want to look them
in the eye and let them know that
I am who I am and they have
destroyed a big part of my life.
Paris closes the Eiffel Tower for
the second time this week as another
blanket of snow covers the French
Hello and welcome to World News
The families of the victims of two
British Islamic State
members captured in Syria,
have called for them
to face justice in court.
Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee El
Sheikh were part of a team of four
IS members whose British accents
earned them the nickname
US officials say the group are
accused of executing 27 hostages.
Our home affairs correspondent
Daniel Sandford has more.
They became the most infamous
gang of foreign fighters
in the self-styled Islamic State,
callous torturers and public
executioners of hostages.
Jihadi John, his real name
Mohammed Emwazi, now dead.
Aine Davis, in prison in Turkey.
And the two men captured last
month, Alexanda Kotey
and El Shafee Elsheikh.
The two were detained
Syrian Kurd fighters.
Kotey, the Kurds said today,
was trying to escape into Turkey.
The gang are suspected
of beheading Alan Henning,
a driver and aid worker
from Eccles, and David Haines,
seen here in Croatia,
a former RAF engineer and long-time
aid worker from Perth.
This morning, his daughter, Bethany,
was finally contemplating
what punishment two of his suspected
killers should face.
They should die a long,
slow, painful death.
And I think quite a lot of people
will understand that,
that they shouldn't be
allowed to live.
But realistically, that's
not going to happen.
And I have to come
to terms with that.
And the best thing for them is to be
locked up and throw away the key.
They should never be
allowed back in society,
because they will just recruit
people and they will
just do this again.
And for the sake of her father,
if they end up in court,
she will go to watch.
If it goes to trial,
I will certainly be there,
I will certainly want to look them
in the eye and let them
know that I am who I am,
and they have destroyed a big part
of my life.
And hopefully there will be
some sort of justice.
Some of the gang's hostages
were freed, including
former French reporter,
He wants them to have
the fairest trial possible.
I would not be happy
if they were just sent
to Guantanamo Bay, because this
is denial of justice.
If we want justice, we need
to give them the trial
that would satisfy them,
but also the victims.
The British men detained last month
are El Shafee Elsheikh,
who arrived in Syria from Britain
in 2012, and Alexanda Kotey,
who left the UK on an aid
convoy to Gaza in 2009,
and also ended up in Syria.
Their gang is accused by the US
of beheading at least 27 hostages,
including Alan Henning,
David Haines and Americans
James Foley, Peter Kassig
and Steven Sotloff.
They are also accused
of water boarding,
mock executions, crucifixions
and electric shock torture.
Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee
Elsheikh grew up close to each other
in quite a small area of west
London, near to the A40 flyover.
It became infamous as
an IS recruiting ground.
As well as Mohammed Emwazi,
Jihadi John, some half a dozen other
men from these streets died fighting
for IS in either Syria or Iraq.
At El Shafee Elsheikh's house,
his parents, who had another
son killed in Syria,
asked the media to leave.
There's nothing we can say,
no comment whatsoever.
Please, please, let us be in peace.
Their son and Alexanda Kotey
have had their
British citizenship removed already.
Now a trial, possibly
in the United States,
seems the most likely outcome.
Daniel Sandford, BBC News.
Gale of suffering in Syria continues
according to the United Nations. --
the scale of suffering. More than
240 civilians are thought to have
been killed in the besieged areas
this week. After five straight days
of bombing by Syrian warplanes and
artillery. The assistant Secretary
General at the United Nations and
the UN regional coordinator for
Syria explained why he is among
those calling for a ceasefire.
We have seen a massive besiege area
and some 4000 people have been
living in extreme situations. We
have more than 700 medical cases of
people who need to move out. We have
not been able to bring humanitarian
assistance to the besieged places
for over two months. It is a
situation which cannot continue any
longer. We average a point where we
feel enough is enough. It is time to
act in a way that ensures women and
children who are in desperate
situation receive assistance and the
injured are able to come out.
last year, the UN only got access to
27% of its request to get access to
opposition areas by the Syrian
government. The UN is failing
miserably in terms of getting a grip
I would say what is really
happening at the moment is there is
a failure of humanitarian diplomacy,
a failure to bring a solution to a
problem which has been going on for
seven years. It is a country which
has been seriously affected. 30
million people are in need, more
than 6 million people are internally
displaced. It is a situation which
is very difficult. We are able to
million people every month through a
regular programme of assistance
inside Syria and from cross-border
countries. What we are unable to do
is to reach the people in the most
desperate need, in the besieged
areas and hard to reach areas.
Really, something needs to change.
We cannot continue like this not
being able to reach the most
vulnerable within Syria.
But as you
said, this has been going on for
seven years. You have much time to
raise your voice. Are you not put
enough pressure on the regime to get
access to drive humanitarian aid to
those people who need it?
moment we are in contact with the
government of Syria and we are in
contact with every single government
capital we think can be of help, to
help us reach these people who are
in this desperate situation. This is
not happening, this is not moving
any further. Last year we reached
about a quarter of what we should
have done from the Cross line Syria
operations. Within two months this
has come to a complete halt. It
cannot be business as usual. The
reports, the pictures, the images we
are getting every day in Ghouta and
Idlib are really quite dramatic.
Health facilities should not be
targeted, civilians should not be
But how effective can you
be if you have Russia continually
supporting Assad? What can you
We always say the
humanitarian response cannot be a
problem. A solution to what is a
political problem. What needs to
happen is the political will, the
commitment, the consciousness of
politicians and government to bring
pressures so there is an improvement
to people's lives in these
situations. The siege Matt, conflict
is definitely not a way forward.
What we need to see is a ceasefire
so we can bring humanitarian
assistance and also take out the
medical cases of people whose lives
are really on the line.
Assistant Secretary-General of the
United Nations is among those
calling for a ceasefire.
President Trump has called the
departure of a former White House
aide accused of domestic violence
very sad and wished him well. Staff
secretary Rob Porter resigned
following accusations he abused his
two ex wives.
He did a very good job
when he was in the White House and
we hope he has a wonderful career
and hopefully he will have a great
career ahead of him. But it was very
sad when we heard about it and he is
also very sad. And he also, as you
probably know, he is innocent and
you have to remember that. He said
very strongly that he is innocent.
But we absolutely wish him well. He
did a very good job when he was at
the White House.
I asked our
correspondent Barbara Plett-Usher to
give more background on this
starting with reports earlier this
week that this White House aide had
abused his two ex-wives.
House defended him. But a photograph
was published showing one of the
ex-wives with a black eye. The
narrative changed in the White House
said he they were taking action
against him and he resigned. The
question of what the White House
knew and when it knew, it continued
to bubble up because the timeline
keeps changing, particularly the
role of the Chief of staff John
Kelly and the communications staff.
These are the people who were
supposed to bring order to the White
House to make it run smoothly and
now they are embroiled in this
We heard the president
say this was very sad and he wishes
him well. Is he supporting him?
certainly sounds that way. It sounds
like he's continuing to defend him,
wishing him well, saying he hopes he
does well in his career, and rather
than take a stand against domestic
violence, he said remember that Mr
says he is innocent. This is a
pattern we have seen before when
certain people within his orbit are
accused of egregious behaviour,
rather than condemning the behaviour
he suggests there might be two sides
to the story. This approach is tone
deaf. The president is the top law
enforcer in the country and he is
not calling out domestic violence.
And given the current environment
with Me Too which is in the news at
Uber has settled around with the
company Waymo. -- settled a row.
Uber has agreed to give Waymo shares
in its firm worth $245 million but
it could have been worse.
We were talking in the region of
more than $1 billion if the jury
ruled that these trade secrets had
been stolen and used. It is that
crucial part that using them was
what Waymo was trying to prove over
the course of the trial. There was a
suggestion that the reason these two
companies have come to this
settlement is because it is mutually
beneficial. On Uber's side they can
put this behind them. They can move
on and not worry about this case
going on and airing any more dirty
laundry. On Waymo's side, they get
an increased stake in Uber. They
already have small ownership, now
they have a bit more. And also they
can keep an eye on what you've is
doing himself driving technology
which has been their aim all along.
This is about making sure for Waymo
but they stay ahead in the race to
bring self driving cars and the self
driving fleet of taxis to the roads.
They were trying to slow down Uber's
progress by accusing them of getting
an unfair advantage by stealing
these trade secrets. They were not
doing a particularly good job in
court of convincing the jury. I
don't think those trade secrets were
used. So a settlement like this has
benefits for both parties.
impact apart from the awkward
situation of the accusations of
stealing trade secrets, what impact
has had on both businesses?
for Uber it has been a huge
distraction. The new chief executive
wrote a letter today to investors
and employers and in that he said he
regrets what happened although he
was not at the company at the time.
He also apologised to staff for the
big distraction this had caused, ie
the people working on the self
driving team, have essentially had
to put down their tools because of
this case, and only now can they
start working on it again. I think
the immediate impact will be that
Uber can begin its work in self
driving once more. Also looking
ahead a little bit. Many people
predict that Uber will become a
public company, perhaps in 2019.
This case and the potential damages
was hanging over the company. Now
they have managed to put this behind
them and I think the idea that it
could go public in 2019, becomes a
lot more likely than it was before.
Dave Lee reporting from sunny San
We will report on all the sport
including the latest from
Pyeongchang as the Winter Olympics
have got underway.
This is BBC News, our main story
this evening: victims families
demand that two members of an
execution cell should answer in
court for their actions.
Let's get the sports news with
Lizzie Greenwood Hughes. We have had
the fireworks, now for the sport in
Yes, the legendary downhill skier
Lindsay Vaughan admitted this might
be her last games. She took gold in
Vancouver eight years ago but her
career has been plagued with injury
and she says it is the memory of her
late grandfather whose Birsa on --
It is good because it
is not about me or my career, it is
about my grandfather. I will lay it
out there. I will give it everything
I have. And whatever happens will
happen. I am not going to be
nervous. I know he's looking out for
me and I think that actually gives
me a lot of peace of mind. I always
feel privileged to be able to
compete in the Olympics and just as
in 2002 I was soaking in every
moment because it was my first time
and I could not believe I was there,
I had worked my whole life for that
moment, I'm still in that position
right now. This is probably my last
Olympics. I am soaking in every
moment. I am in of being able to
represent my country.
Nathan Chen is the only athlete to
have landed five different quadruple
My name is Nathan Chen, I am
a US figure skater. Figure skating
is a combination of artistry and
athleticism in a really cool
package. Everything is super precise
about our sport but there is a lot
of emotion in our programmes and it
will definitely be a sport to watch
in the games. The quads I am
planning, any quads take a lot out
of everybody. You put all your
exertion in a split second and it is
all technical and timing. Right
after that jump you are pretty
exhausted and you have to do it
again, again, again and again
throughout the programme. That
stamina work will be huge in my
preparations. I remember I was three
years old, I did not state, I stood
on the ice. I wanted to skate more.
There is an interesting quote at the
US Olympic training Centre and
basically the idea is, yes, we are
trying to strive for these gold
medals but at the end of the date is
the friendships, the relationships
and the journey that matters the
most and that is what you will
remember and what your legacy will
entail. I have wanted to make an
Olympic team my whole life. I have
wanted to stand on top of that
programme the macro podium and that
would be the pinnacle of my career.
Head of the big match between
England and Wales in the Six Nations
the England coach Eddie Jones has
been questioning whether the Welsh
fly half Rhys Patchell has the
bottle for the games. This is what
the captain had to say in reply.
People forget Rhys Patchell has been
in the squad for a good few years
now. He would probably like a few
more caps but he has experience of
being around the camp. It is a step
up, no one will deny that. But he is
ready for that and focused on the
job at hand.
That is all the sport
The EU's chief Brexit negotiator,
Michel Barnier, has issued
a stark warning to the UK -
effectively telling the British
government, you can't
have your cake and eat it.
Our deputy political editor,
John Pienaar, reports.
Brexit is coming and
time is running short.
Just 13 months before
Britain is officially out
of the European Union,
and today the EU had
a sharp warning.
Sort out key sticking points,
or there will be no
deal and no transition.
Britain's Brexit Secretary met
the EU chief negotiator
in Downing Street on Monday.
Friendly enough, but just weeks
to thrash out the shape
of a Brexit transition.
Today, with a big EU summit next
month, Michel Barnier
had a blunt message,
in terms easy to understand.
If these disagreements persist,
the transition is not given.
So much to sort out,
and talks are getting prickly.
On the rights of migrants who arrive
after the Brexit date,
will Brussels block trade if Britain
breaks EU rules?
The Brexit secretary
called it discourteous.
Mr Barnier disagreed.
negotiations, my attitude has
not been in the least
discourteous or vindictive.
We have never wished
to punish the UK.
It is totally foreign
to my state of mind.
And how to leave the EU
without bringing back a hard
north/south Irish border.
Nobody wants that but...
It is important to tell the truth.
A UK decision to leave
the single market and to leave
the customs union would make
border checks unavoidable.
It is not just a political
problem at this shoe shop
in Newry, Northern Ireland.
These shoes are meant for walking,
on both sides of the border.
Customs and tariffs could mean
a business like this
running into trouble.
We need easy access
from the factory to our shop floor.
If there is a hard border,
there will be hold-ups all the way
along that we cannot predict.
But the Unionist party shoring up
the government in Parliament says
Tonight, the Brexit secretary
is saying he is surprised that
Mr Barnier is not clear that Britain
wants to go on trading as now
during a transition.
The government is hoping
for compromise in negotiations,
but if there is no transition deal
next month, ministers will have
to prepare Britain and British
business for the possibility
of a cliff-edge Brexit.
If there is a transition
deal it is onto deciding
the ambitions for Brexit,
which divide Parliament,
Tory MPs and the Cabinet.
One day, one crisis at a time.
Now let's take a look at some other
President Trump has signed in new
spending bill into law ending a
brief government shutdown. Congress
passed the legislation after a
midnight deadline was missed. Fiscal
Conservatives had not liked the
India's competition commission said
Google was indulging in practices of
search buyers thereby harming its
competitors and users.
Researchers at Edinburgh University
have grown human eggs in a
laboratory for the first time. They
say the breakthrough is an
opportunity to explore how human
eggs develop, much of which remains
a mystery for science. The findings
may lead to a new way to preserve
The Eiffel Tower in Paris has been
shut for the second time this week
because of snow and black ice.
The French capital is covered
in a heavy blanket of snow that has
brought some parts of the transport
system to a halt.
But not everyone is complaining.
Here's our correspondent,
For the second time this week,
snowy weather has blown
into Paris from the West,
setting off to good
effect for tourists,
some of the most popular landmarks.
The city was just getting over
the previous heavy fall on Tuesday.
That caused some disruption
to transport on road and rail.
Parks were shut as freezing
turned slush to ice.
I love it.
I'm used to coming to
Paris when it is sunny.
I have never been here
in the snow before.
As a tourist I don't like it
because lots of things are closed
but it is beautiful.
You cannot not enjoy it.
I think some roads
should have been cleared quicker,
but then that is the weather,
nothing out of the ordinary.
I think we should look
at the positives.
Snow is actually quite beautiful.
At this airbase just
west of the capital,
snowploughs have been brought out
to clear the runways.
And one adventurous soul had a flaky
answer to the transport problem.
Now there is a skiing fan.
Yes, flaky indeed! Just time to tell
you that all good fairy tales say if
you kiss a frog you could end up
with a prince. But one young lover
in Bolivia is hopping for a
different result. Meet Romeo a water
frog who has been calling for a mate
for the past nine years. Now a
dating website has created a profile
to help him look for love. They will
have to be quick. Conservationists
warn that frogs like Romeo only live
to age 15. Let's hope he does not
croak it before he