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Robert Mueller brings charges
against Russian nationals for trying
to help Donald Trump win the 2016
committing federal crimes while
seeking to interfere in the United
States critical system.
The FBI says
it mishandled information warning
about the danger of the Florida
A former Oxfam aid worker tells the
BBC she was physically abused and
sexually assaulted by colleagues in
The new South African president has
been setting out his plans to end
corruption in his first State of the
A new dawn is upon us. And a
wonderful dawn has arrived.
Hello and welcome to world News
today. The office of Robert Mueller,
the special counsel investigating
Russian interference in the US
presidential election has filed
charges against individuals and
companies. Three have been accused
of conspiring why afford. Details
are still coming in on the
indictments but a short while ago,
the US debt that the Attorney
General made this statement to
The defendants allegedly conducted
what they called information warfare
against the United States. With the
stated goal of spreading distrust
towards the candidates and the
political system in general.
According to the allegations in the
indictment, 12 of the individual
defendants worked at various times
for a company called Internet
research agency, a Russian company
based in Saint Petersburg. The
conspiracy was part of a larger
operation called Project Latka.
Let's get more now from our
correspondent in Washington.
Details are coming in by the minute
but can you just take us through
some of the charges outlined?
larger charges, meddling in the US
2016 election, wire fraud to
undermine election law. It lays out
the scope of these activities, the
entire apparatus to influence the
2016 election. Individuals connected
with travel to the United States set
up servers within the United States
to hide their attempts at online
election meddling. They met with
experts in the United States to
learn about how they could best
influence the presidential election
and did what they could to try to
boost the campaign of Donald Trump
and undermine Democrat Hillary
Clinton but those were the only
candidates that were involved in it.
They also tried to support Bernie
Sanders, who was running against
Hillary Clinton in the primary and
the Green party candidate running in
the general election, to siphon off
some support from the Democrat. Also
worked against Republican candidate
in the primary is. Ted Cruz and
Marco Rubio. This was an all
encompassing effort that try to
create rallies on the ground in the
United States spread disinformation,
setting up fake and sometimes
assumed identities of real Americans
in online accounts and use them to
spread a series of hash tags and
social media means and other
attempts to undermine the US
presidential election process.
the indictments sit whether
crossbred any new light on who or
what organisation was set --
directing this alleged activity?
names actual individuals who were
involved in this. Essentially, this
indictment lays out who was
involved, people within the
boundaries of Russia, but who were
coming to the United States to
attempt to influence. They said they
even had contact with grassroot
supporters of the Donald Trump
campaign, although if there is
anyone in the campaign who worked
with them, it was unwittingly, they
did not know they were Russians
because these individuals were
posing as Americans on the ground in
OK, we will leave it there.
More funerals are taking place
in Parkland in Florida,
for the victims of Wednesday's mass
high school shooting,
when 17 people died.
Last night thousands
attended a candle-lit vigil,
with many in the crowd calling
for tougher gun controls.
President Trump is heading
to Florida today, as our
North America Correspondent Aleem
They are coming to mourn a girl shot
dead inside her school.
One of the 17 victims of America's
latest mass shooting.
Alyssa had been passionate
about playing football and had been
a popular and talented people.
Earlier, thousands had gathered
to remember all of those who died,
in many cases friends that only
a few days ago they had
shared classrooms with.
They included 14-year-old
Jaime Guttenberg, all family members
say stood up for those
who were bullied.
Her father spoke at the vigil.
I sent her to school yesterday.
She was supposed to be safe.
Among the others who died,
Meadow Pollock, who was going
to university next year,
Joachim Oliver a basketball player
who loved writing poetry.
Nicholas, a promising
swimmer and academic,
and 14-year-old Cara,
who her family says
was a great student who loved
being at the beach.
All lives cut short by a former
student at their own school who had
returned with a gun.
This is where Nikolas Cruz
bought his weapon.
All he had to do was produce
his driving licence,
give the most basic of personal
details and then answer a question
to say that he was not mentally ill.
He was 18 at the time,
too young to buy alcohol
here but old enough to walk out
of this job within the 15 rifle.
Young survivors are insisting
on better gun control but feel many
adults are letting them down.
The fact that I have to say this
is horrifying but I feel the need
to because this is the blood
of children that is on the floor
of the school now.
These are 17 children that are dead.
Those children are the future,
the feature of this country.
And what are we telling our children
and showing the feature
of our country when they have
to come to school and
worry about being shot?
Politicians again promised change.
You call this a talking point,
why would this be any different
to all the atrocities that have gone
before, what makes you feel
this is different?
I have never seen students speak out
as boldly as they have.
Maybe this is the turning point.
Close to the school students
demonstrated to demand
a solution to stop this type
of tragedy happening again.
In truth America remains a long
way off finding a way
to end its problems with guns.
There's been a big development
in this story in the last half-hour.
A statement from the FBI.
It says that someone close
to the gunman, Nikolas Cruz,
did contact the agency
at the beginning of January,
talking about his erratic behaviour,
his gun ownership, his desire
This admission by the FBI, how is
that news being greeted where you
I have to say for the last day
or so we have heard from authorities
constantly. If you see something,
say something. Well, somebody did.
The students and families I have
spoken to are absolutely furious
about this. The FBI director said he
called the victims' families and
told them about this admission that
they failed to properly investigate
the tip and he says he cannot
imagine the added pain this is
causing them. I spoke to one father
whose son was inside and for a while
when he was in there, he could not
get in contact with him and he was
so scared and he was blunt that the
agency needs to hold up their hands
and say exactly step-by-step what
had gone wrong because he said he
failed these families. 17 people
We had seen some discussion about
gun control. Do you think this
announcement by the FBI is now going
to crowd out those arguments?
That is certainly the fear. The
talking point from staunch
conservative Republicans who have
defended the second Amendment have
said from the beginning, as they
have with every school shooting,
that we have to wait to get the
facts of the case before we jump to,
as they call it, politicising the
issue aren't talking about gun
control. Donald Trump has said from
the beginning, this is someone who
was known to be mentally unstable
but he was silent on gun control.
For those voices, certainly, this is
added ammunition to say, look, we
could have prevented this, if the
FBI had stepped in on warnings that
people had put forward. On the other
side, I think as was said in the
package, I have never seen students
come together so boldly, really, to
demand not just ask, but to demand
that the country changes it stands
and bushes for safer gun laws and we
saw students pulling out their
phones and showing these videos and
when I asked one of them why he did
that, he said it was specifically so
he could record what was happening
and change people's minds about this
We are expecting
President Trump to be in Florida
later on Friday.
We are also hearing of another
school shooting. Police have been
responding to an incident. Details
are not clear and we don't know of
any injuries yet but this is what
people are posting on Twitter,
showing a sense of panic in the wake
of that Florida shooting.
In the last half an hour, another
school has posted this, confirming
school has posted this, confirming
it is not a drill.
it is not a drill. We will keep
across this and bring you any more
details as we get them.
A woman employed by Oxfam
as a junior aid worker,
during the relief effort in Haiti
after the 2010 earthquake,
has told the BBC she was physically
abused and sexually assaulted
by a more senior male colleague.
abused and sexually assaulted
She also claims she was the victim
of another sexual assault
by an Oxfam worker, at a party
in South Sudan in the same year.
It comes as the Head
of Oxfam International,
announced a plan to deal
with allegations of abuse.
Winnie Byanyima says
the charity, has been shamed.
Our Diplomatic Correspondent James
Landale has the full story.
His report contains some
Haiti in 2010.
And the chaotic aftermath
of an earthquake.
A country heaving with
Some of them there to help
like this young woman working
for Oxfam for the first time.
I studied Oxfam in University
in England and learned about them,
they are the lead in the world,
after Unicef, a lot
of humanitarian response.
I always dream of working for them.
But her dream turned sour as a more
senior colleague became over -
friendly and then not so friendly.
You will understand why we have
protected her identity.
He literally pinned me
against the wall, he was groping me
and grabbing me, kissing me
and I was just trying
to shove him off.
I got him off eventually anti-got
mad and through his glass at me
and it shattered on the floor,
and later on we got in the car to go
home and he got in next to me
and I was scared so I got out
and I went to sit on the back.
I didn't fall out of my seat,
he threw me out of my seat and then
pinned me to the ground.
One of my colleagues,
a woman, also my room mate,
reached back and tried to grab me
and pick me out.
I was hitting him, kicking him.
She helped me and I got back
into the middle seat and I jumped
into the front seat,
on the passenger side.
As soon as we got home I ran out
of the car and went up to my room,
I didn't want to say anything.
And then in South Sudan
she was assaulted by another Oxfam
colleague after a New Year party.
I went to my room and I was starting
to undress and go to sleep
and he just walked in,
shoved me on the bed,
he tried to rip, he did rip
some of my clothes off,
he got naked, forced and soft...
he got naked, forced himself...
I was shoving him, kicking him
and screaming for anyone.
I know that the man next door heard
because in next morning he even
said something like,
hey are you all right
after what happened last might.
Nobody came to help and I just
pushed him and kicked him
and kicked him, and eventually
he got up and walked
outside for a bit and I ran
to the door and shouted.
And I stood at the door
with all my might, keeping it pushed
shut as it was pushing
from the other end.
It felt like, for so, so long.
I was exhausted.
I don't know, I was just crying.
I didn't know what to do.
I was screaming for help.
I thought someone
would come help me.
But nobody came.
Today Oxfam announced they had said
at the new commission
to investigate cases like these.
There will also be tough and Ajax
on staff references and three
times more money spent
on internal safeguarding procedures.
But can you guarantee
that there are no sexual predators
working for Oxfam today?
We have cases that we are
and I am determined that we deliver
justice in those cases.
Thousands and thousands of Oxfam
staff, doing the right thing
in the most dangerous places
in the world.
Protecting people, saving lives,
that work must go on.
You cannot give that guarantee
that there are no sexual predators
working for your organisation?
How would I be able to guarantee
that there is no one
who is going to offend?
What I can guarantee
is that we will build a new culture
that doesn't tolerate bad behaviour.
What went on in Haiti has cost Oxfam
donations and public trust.
So it is promising justice
and changing its rules.
But its future depends on changing
a culture that seems
to tolerate sexual misconduct.
I think it is absolutely clear that
that partnership, that economic
partnership will be one and can be
one that will be of benefit both to
German businesses that want to
continue to operate and trade with
United Kingdom and UK businesses
that want to continue to trade and
cooperate with Jimmy and other
members of the remaining EU 27. --
Germany. What I believe we are
looking at a partnership that is not
based on an existing model but one
that recognising the different
position of the United Kingdom as we
leave the United Kingdom -- European
Union and recognises the importance
of those trade links and those
businesses cooperating that will
have been referred to from German
companies but also is also important
to UK companies as well.
Merkel said the partnership will be
different and not as close.
In the end, it needs to be not as
close a partnership as we have had
but I think we as 27 will be very
carefully vetting and seeing it is
as close as possible but different
to what Britain currently has as a
member, which is what they want.
Let's take a look
at some of the other
stories making the news.
The Brazilian army is to take
full control of security
in Rio de Janeiro state.
President Michel Temer
ordered the intervention,
saying organised crime has virtually
seized control there.
The state is in a deep
In the city of Rio, street
crime is on the rise
and criminal gangs have regained
control of the shantytowns.
A court in Turkey has
ordered the release on bail
of the German-Turkish journalist
Deniz Yucel, whose detention
in Istanbul has been a major source
of diplomatic tension.
The order came as prosecutors filed
an indictment on charges that carry
an 18-year jail sentence.
Mr Yucel was accused of terrorist
propaganda and spying
after writing articles
about Turkey's Kurdish minority.
Two Swiss athletes at
the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics
in South Korea have become the first
competitors to be hit
by an outbreak of the norovirus.
The Swiss team says the freestyle
skiers have been taken away
from the rest of the team.
The pair have been named in Swiss
media as Fabian Boesch,
pictured here, and Elias Ambuehl.
The new South African president has
delivered his first State of the
nation address to parliament in Cape
Town a day after being sworn into
office. He set out his plans for the
economy and for ending the
corruption scandals that forced his
predecessor to resign. Mr Ramaphosa
told MPs this is the year that tide
will be turned on corruption in
South African institutions.
fight corruption, we must fight
fraud and collusion, as well as in
the private sector with the same
intensity that we want to fight it
in the public sector. We must
remember that every time someone
receives a bribe, there is someone
who is prepared to pay it. We will
make sure that we deal with both of
With me now is a journalist who has
worked in Africa for 20 years and
now director of the society in
A wonderful dawn has arrived, do you
Whether it is going to be
wonderful, we will have to see but
there is going to be a huge change.
Cyril Ramaphosa has a very strong
vision, he has a terrific track
record. He started as a trade union
leader and completely outfoxed...
This was in 1986, he completely
outmanoeuvred the mining companies.
He then became the main negotiator
for the new South Africa and again,
the ruling apartheid... Taught him
things like fly fishing, and things
like that, which he became very good
at. When he came to the
negotiations, he again outmanoeuvred
them. And put things in the
Constitution that they really didn't
want. But he is just a very good
communicator and a very good
You have met the man. How does his
character and temperament differ to
He is a very calm
person. When you meet him, he talks
to you, he is totally focused on
you. He does not just talk for the
sake of it. Very precise. In South
African terms, it is a bit awkward
because he comes from a very small
ethnic groups so in that way, he is
not part of the big ethnic
competition that is going on. He is
outside of that. And I notice when
he went around after Nelson Mandela
was released from prison, there was
three people that went with him,
carrying his bad, the head of the
military wing, he was murdered, the
third one was Cyril Ramaphosa. We
know that Nelson Mandela wanted
Ramaphosa to be his successor.
Let's look ahead. Massive
challenges. Unemployment at 27%. Of
the country living in poverty. What
has he got to do to tackle this
downward spiral -- half the country.
I think stopping the corruption is
the first thing. Jacob Zuma is
facing 784 charges. To have survived
so long without hanging round his
neck, it is just absolutely
extraordinary. I think it is because
of that sort of corruption that
investors on the outside and the
inside have held back and are
sitting on their hands and I think
now they will move, they trust him
and I think he will try and get the
economy going again. And that
economy can drive the whole of
southern Africa. Zimbabwe,
Mozambique, Angola, also in change.
I think if southern Africa really
gets going, Africa as a whole will
do a lot better than it has been.
The budget next week. Maybe we will
get some indicators then. Always
good to speak to you. Thank you very
There's been a massive fall
in the number of Orangutans
on the island of Borneo.
A study has found
that within 16 years,
the population there has halved.
The researchers said
that while deforestation
was partly to blame,
a large number of the animals
were being killed by hunters
or as punishment for raiding crops.
Victoria Gill reports.
Hanging onto survival.
Zoo programmes like this
preserve small populations
of Bornean orangutans.
But in the wild, they are being
pushed rapidly towards extinction.
Their rainforest home
continues to be cleared
for agriculture and mining,
but a 16-year-long study has now
revealed that Borneo's orangutans
are disappearing from areas
where the forest is untouched.
They are being targeted by hunters.
Even in the areas where we think
they're safe, we are losing them.
And in some of the large populations
where we have measured this loss,
it's 50% over 16 years.
It is an astonishing decline
at the population level.
Even without animals
being deliberately killed,
scientists estimate that
deforestation alone could wipe out
another 45,000 orangutans
here in the next three decades.
But this bridge-building project
is a much-needed sign of hope.
Where the forest is fragmented
by agricultural drainage ditches,
a team from Chester Zoo
and the Malaysian charity Hutan
is physically reconnecting it
with tough polyester straps.
This remarkable footage captured
by a tourist is the project's
first sign of success.
When these animals use their arms,
they move around, they move that
height, they swing in the forest
canopy and that's what they
rely on in the wild.
The zoo has learned from that
to build bridges that
will reconnect that habitat,
just like the ones
in the zoo enclosure.
To actually see them using them
and moving more freely
across this habitat,
that is so fragmented,
is a really positive sign.
This is very much
a short-term solution.
The long-term solution
is to reforest the area.
Palm oil grown here makes its way
into a huge variety of our food
and other products,
so conservationists are urging us
consumers to check it's
Our choices, scientists say,
could decide whether there
is a future for these
critically endangered apes.
Victoria Gill, BBC News.
And that's the way it is looking
this hour. Plenty of developing
stories which you can
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