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This is BBC World News Today,
I'm Karin Giannone.
Our top stories:
Demanding action on gun control -
survivors of the school shooting
in Florida plan to march on the US
A showdown at the Munich
as Israel and Iran trade insults -
To the tyrants of Tehran -
do not test Israel's resolve.
Iran will respond, we will respond
seriously, and I believe it would be
a response that people
will be sorry.
Brought to a halt by a blizzard -
rescuers postpone the search
for a downed passenger
plane in Iran.
As many as 66 people
are feared dead.
All in black on the red carpet.
The stars of cinema show
their support for the a campaign
against sexual harrassment.
I am Jane Hill at the Royal Albert
Hall in London where that ceremony
is continuing. Join me in half an
hour for a special programme with
all the winners.
Hello and welcome
to World News Today.
A group of American teenagers
who survived a school shooting
in Florida on Wednesday have
announced a national march
on Washington to demand political
action on gun control.
They say they're determined
that the mass shooting,
in which 14 pupils and three staff
members were killed,
will be a turning point
in the national debate on guns.
Organisers say they want to shame
politicians who take contributions
from the pro-gun lobby,
the National Rifle Association.
A former pupil, 19-year-old
Nikolas Cruz, has admitted carrying
out Wednesday's attack,
using a semi automatic rifle
he purchased legally.
David Willis is in Washington.
What is the message these students
want to bring to America's leaders?
It is interesting, because after
this Florida shooting, it seemed the
national debate might follow the
sort of conventional pattern that
has followed in the past. You know,
outrage, followed by calls for
action, followed by precisely
nothing. But now we have these
students calling for some sort of
action. These are people who, of
course, to remember the Columbine
massacre back in 1999. They weren't
born at that particular time, but
unlike Columbine, which had outrage
but not activism following it, these
people are calling for a change and
they have come up with various ways
of bringing fact about, including
this scheme to hold a march on the
capital, Washington, DC, next month.
That is going to be called the March
for lives. Separately, they are
planning a school walk out on the
20th of April, that marks the 19th
anniversary of the Columbine
massacre. And there is a big rally
planned for Wednesday in the Florida
capital, Tallahassee. All basically
to advance the cause for tighter gun
control laws here in America.
What do opinion polls show lately
over the divide in America over the
issue of gun control?
appear to show there is a majority
in favour of some sort of tightening
of the gun control laws here. But
that said, President Trump, who got
the early backing of the National
Rifle Association, thought to have
donated about $30 million to his
cause, has said quite emphatically
that he would never infringe on the
right to bear arms. Indeed, in a
tweet to date he blamed the
Democrats for failing to press
tougher gun control laws when they
had control of Congress in the early
days of Barack Obama. But the
president is to meet with high
school students this week, listening
session the White House is. It will
be interesting to see what comes out
David Willetts in
Washington, thank you.
Israel's Prime Minister has
warned that he is ready
to act against Iran,
calling it greatest threat
to his nation and the world.
Benjamin Netanyahu made his remarks
at an International Security
Conference in Munich,
a week after the first known direct
military engagement between them.
Israel shot down an Iranian stealth
drone that entered its airspace
from Syria, and then bombed
the Iranian vehicle that
controlled the drone.
Mr Netanyahu warned Iran not
to test Israeli resolve.
Here's a piece of that Iranian
drone, or what's left of it after we
shot it down.
I brought it here so you could
see it for yourself.
Mr Zarif, do you recognise this?
You should - it's yours.
You can take back with
you a message to the
tyrants of Tehran -
do not test Israel's resolve.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad
Javad Zarif mentioned there,
said Mr Netanyahu's speech
was an attempt to undermine
the landmark nuclear deal in 2015
between his country and several
I can assure you that
if Iran's interests are not
secured, Iran will respond.
We'll respond seriously
and I believe it would be a response
that people will be sorry for taking
the erroneous actions they did.
We will not be the first ones
to violate an agreement
for which all of us tried,
in spite of Netanyahu's
attempts, to achieve.
We achieved it in spite of him,
we implemented it in spite of him,
and the world will maintain that
agreement, in spite of his
Earlier, I asked Kasra Naji,
of BBC Persian, how real
was the tension between Israel
It's very real, actually.
And what we've seen in the last
three days in this conference,
in this hotel behind me...
In fact, a lot of people who did
speak, some of the leaders
of the countries, top officials,
strategists who spoke,
they spoke about the real danger
of a conflict breaking out in that
because of the worrying
developments in Syria.
There are people here who believe
Syria today poses the greatest
threat to world peace,
in effect, and what has happened
eight days ago between Iran
and Israel lends itself to that,
in a sense that when that Iranian
drone went over into Israel
and the consequent actions
of the Israeli air force has raised
the tension to a new level.
Tension between Iran and Israel.
At the opening of this
conference three days ago,
we had the General Secretary
of the UN, who said tension between,
on the border of Lebanon and Israel
is also very, very high.
But he was of the opinion that
neither Iran nor Hezbollah
in southern Lebanon nor Israel
want to see a conflict breaking out,
a war breaking out.
Although here this morning,
there were talks of the possibility
of a full-scale war breaking out
here if they don't watch it.
Kasra, we believe that incident,
that drone incident you mentioned
eight days ago, that was the first
direct military confrontation that
we've seen between the two.
That was the first one, direct one,
for a very long time.
I don't remember it,
I mean the last time we had
Hezbollah in southern Lebanon
getting into conflict.
But it shows how the situation
in Syria is leading to all sorts
of problems that is very dangerous
and increases the real danger
of an outbreak of conflict.
Let's take a look at some
of the other stories
making the news...
A fire has hit the most important
shrine in Tibetan Buddhism. Footage
posted online showed flames
billowing from the ancient
compounds. Chinese state media has
given few details but insisted the
blaze was quickly put out and no
relics harmed. It is more than 1300
A Russian athlete is suspected
of failing a doping test
at the Winter Olympics in South
The athlete hasn't be officially
named but some Russian media outlets
suggest the curling bronze medallist
Russia is banned from the Games
for doping but individual Russian
athletes can compete under a neutral
Latvia's finance minister has called
on the country's central bank
governor to step aside,
after he was detained
by the anti-corruption
agency on Saturday.
Ilmars Rimsevics has been head
of the bank since 2001 and is also
a member of the European Central
The Government has not said why
the governor was detained.
A memorial service for Zimbabwe's
opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai
has been held in the capital Harare,
four days after he died from cancer.
Politicians from across
the political divide gathered
at the church to pay tribute
to Mr Tsvangirai, alongside hundreds
of supporters wearing the red
colours of the Movement
for Democratic Change.
His body was flown back
from South Africa, where he'd been
Our correspondent has been watching
events in Harare.
On this overcast day,
hundreds of opposition supporters,
leaders from across the political
divide, as well as diplomats
and representatives from some
African countries, have gathered
here to bid farewell
to Morgan Tsvangirai.
The speakers that were in this
church service remembered his
contribution to democracy
in this country.
They say that he is an icon
who should be honoured,
but there's also been reference
to the fact that in his death,
his supporters should now
the night behind one leader.
-- should now unite behind one
You'll know that thre have been
disputes over who the rightful
successor is to Morgan Tsvangirai
amongst the three vice presidents.
So the speakers are saying
they should use his death to unite.
Shingai Nyoka, BBC News, Harare.
Rescue teams in western Iran
searching for a passenger plane that
disappeared with more than 60 people
on board have called off their
search for the night because of
heavy snow. Families have been
gathering at a mosque close to the
airport to get information about
their loved ones. It is feared there
are no survivors. The plane went
down in the mountains during a
flight from the capital Tehran to
the south-western city.
Iranian state TV, they have called
off the rescue operation. It is
night there, very cold. The weather
conditions are very severe. The
teams that tried earlier on to go to
the crash site were unable to do so
and they were sent back halfway
through, because the blizzard is so
severe that they couldn't reach
anywhere near the crash site.
all the while the relatives were
told first of all everyone had been
killed and then they said, we are
not so sure. This must be absolute
torment for them.
It is, and
unfortunately the whole messy
process of giving information is
going on, there is no exact
knowledge of the number of people
who were on board. The figure
bandied about over 65 or 66. That
has added to the misery of these
relatives who are waiting. Some even
tried to take the initiative of
going up themselves, and then of
course they were stopped by the
officials because they were
endangering their own health. They
will probably have a very difficult
night, waiting until tomorrow
morning to find out what has
More widely, what is the
Iranian air safety record like? The
difficulties over recent years of
maintaining error plays under
sanctions must have been
Obviously yes, because
of sanctions there is a very ageing
fleet in Iran. This particular plane
was 25 years old, but there's also a
question of mismanagement in cases
like this. A lot of air crashes are
due to human error, pilot error, and
some of them to do with weather
conditions, but also there is a
sizeable number of them which
because of technical problems. When
you have an ageing fleet by Iran
has, that hasn't been updated, you
haven't been able to purchase new
planes, that risk goes higher and
Stay with us on BBC
World News, still to come...
We will have the latest from the
Winter Olympics. The Austrian skier
Marcel Hirscher has taken another
Nine years and 15,000 deaths after
going into Afghanistan, the last
Soviet troops were finally coming
home. The withdrawal completed in
good order but the army defeated in
the task it was sent to perform.
Malcolm was murdered and had a
terrible effect on the morale of the
people, terrible repercussions in
As the airlift got underway, there
was no let up in the eruption
itself. Lava streams from lower in
the greater flow down to DC on the
east of the island, away from the
town for the time being, but it
could start flowing again at time.
The Russians heralded their new
generation space station with a
spectacular night-time launch.
This is BBC World News Today,
I'm Karin Giannone.
The latest headlines:
Survivors of the latest school
shooting in the United States are
organising a march on the national
capital to press for action on gun
Israel's Prime Minister says Iran is
the world's greatest threat. It
responds by Coldingham Benjamin
Netanyahu delusional. -- by calling
Benjamin Netanyahu delusional.
More now from the Munich
As well as discussing tensions
in the Middle East he event has also
reminded the world about the ongoing
conflict in Ukraine.
A report has described the situation
in Ukraine as 'a stumbling block
in the path to better relations'
between Russia and the West.
A reminder of some of the key
points in that conflict.
Nearly four years ago,
Russia annexes the southern
Ukrainian region of Crimea.
It follows a controversial
referendum on its status.
Moscow's actions are
roundly criticised by
the international community.
By April 2014, heavy fighting
is well underway in eastern Ukraine
between pro-Russian separatists
and the Ukrainian army.
Kiev insists some of the pro-Russian
fighters are actually Russian
nationals, specifically sent
over the border.
By July 2014, matters escalate
sharply, after Malaysia Airlines
flight MH17 is blown out of the sky
by a surface to air missile fired
in rebel held territory.
Initially, pro-Russian rebels
prevent a proper investigation.
After various failed ceasefire
attempts, EU foreign ministers
extend sanctions against Russia
in June 2015, much to the ire
of President Putin.
Renewed hostilities in the summer
of 2016 see a sharp spike
in civilian casualties,
that's according to the UN
High Commissioner for Human Rights.
As President Trump assumes power,
Nikki Haley, America's Ambassador
to the UN, condemns Russia's
aggressive actions in Ukraine.
Fighting continues with no sign
of a political breakthrough.
Let's speak to the Global Affairs
Analyst, Michael Bociurkiw.
He formerly worked for the OSCE -
the Organization for Security
and Cooperation in Europe -
as spokesman for its Special
Monitoring Mission to Ukraine.
Welcome. How far from any kind of
resolution is the situation in
They are talking about a
peacekeeping mission coming to
Ukraine, 28,000 troops, but there is
no peace in Ukraine. 10,000 people
have died. The daily explosions
going to the thousands on Sundays.
There is a lot of displacement of
people. It is a very violent scene.
By now we would have thought that
some of those steps would have been
applied. The main one is the
withdrawal of heavy weapons. Read
any ONC report and you will see
every weapons along the contact
line. How do we treat peace when the
Russians haven't admitted they are
party to the conflict?
And they keep
denying they are. Given what you
say, the severity of the fighting
still, it seems remarkable the
situation seems to keep slipping
from the world's consciousness.
does. I think the reason is there is
so much happening around the world,
like Yemen and Correa. Another
reason I think is foreign
journalists, including your own BBC
correspondent in Kiev, isn't able to
go across the contact Linux or near
it to report what's going on. In
today's world without images and
interviews, it is very difficult to
get a grip on things right in the
middle of the conflict zone.
talked about before the toll it's
taken on the civilians living in the
middle of all this.
It is an urban
warfare type of situation. The
casualties are very high because the
sides are firing into very densely
populated areas. Another big setback
is the Ukrainian mobile phone
services have been cut off in the
conflict zone and the rebel side has
introduced their own Russian
service. For example, now people
can't even get notifications of
social payments from the Ukrainian
side, very tough on them stopped by
one of the defining moments and most
appalling tragedies over the years
of this conflict with the downing of
that passenger jet, MH17. You were
among the first on the actual crash
site. You are heavily involved in
the aftermath. Is the situation any
nearer to getting any kind of
The investigation team has done
incredible work in terms of
identifying what has happened, they
identified about 100 people of
interest. The next step will be to
name them and to bring them to
justice. I spoke to families today
here in the United Kingdom and the
Netherlands. They used the word
impatient because they want the
trial to go ahead in the
Netherlands. The problem is, it very
unlikely because most of the
suspects are Russian, very unlikely
Russia will extradite them for
Remind us of the conclusion
of the investigators?
brought it down. They found that it
was a missile that came from the
Russian side of the border into
Ukraine, it went up with devastating
Do you see anything
changing in the situation in eastern
Ukraine in 2018 or will it maintain
this awful stalemate?
It is looking very, very bad at the
moment. The peacekeeping force could
be good but I think as the American
representative said, the rebels have
to withdraw. There has to be peace
and then a peacekeeping mission can
come in to make this transition
happen, to make elections happen and
things like that. At the moment, the
violence is so intense right now
that there is a very, very little
hope it could end any time soon.
Michael, thank you very much for
We are going to turn to all the
sports development now.
Thank you. The Winter Olympics is
where we start.
Austria's Marcel Hirscher won
a second Olympic gold medal
with victory in the men's giant
slalom on Sunday.
He's been a dominant figure
on the World Cup skiing circuit
but before Pyeonchang his best
Olympic result was
slalom silver in 2014.
Nick Marshall McCormack
rounds up the action.
His trademark start is brilliant,
powerful, and just listen to the
sweet sound of him carving his way
down the mountain. Marcel Hirscher
already had 55 World Cup wins before
today but his two gold medals here
strengthen his claim to be regarded
as the best male ski racer of all
time. The 28 rolled won by 1.27
seconds from the Norwegian. The
bronze went to France. Norway struck
early with a brilliant first run,
claiming gold in the freestyle men's
slopestyle. The American took silver
and Canada claims surprise their
place. Less than half a point
between the Ukrainian and China.
Roger Federer has called this "one
of the best weeks of my life"
after winning the Rotterdam Open
and reistating himself as World
number one for the first
time since 2012.
The 36-year-old, is now
the oldest Number one
in history and he thrashed
Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov 6-2,
6-2 in a one-sided final that
lasted less than an hour.
This was Federer's 97th career title
and in the Open era,
only American Jimmy Connors has won
more with 109.
It's been unbelievable. I can't
believe it. My 97th title, back to
world number one after all these
years. It's definitely one of those
weeks I will never forget in my
life. Very, very special.
were stunned by a late goal
from Rochdale who are bottom
of the third tier in England.
The last 16 tie finished 2-2
meaning they'll have
to replay at Wembley Stadium.
Harry Kane looked to have won it
with a penalty two minutes
from the end but Steve Davies'
dramatic injury-time equaliser
forced the tie to a replay
with the winner to face either
Swansea City or Sheffield Wednesday
in the quarter finals.
I know very well what happens if
you, if you believe that this tie
was winning and that happened,
because it was tight and I think we
conceded two clear chances.
Gareth Bale started up front
with Cristiano Ronaldo
for Real Madrid in their clash
at Real Betis as they look to stay
in touch with runaway leaders
Barcelona in the Spanish Primera
The reigning champions
are currently fourth,
20 points behind Barca
going into this match
They are currently 4-2 up with about
12 minutes remaining. Dabo from
Asensio. Cristiano Ronaldo also
picking up a goal. Second placed
Atletico Madrid won against Athletic
England beat New Zealand
in their final match
of the triangular Twenty 20 Series
but failed to qualify
for the final against Australia.
The Black Caps go through with
a better overall run-rate.
Darvid Malan's half century
and Captain Eoin Morgan's unbeaten
80 took them to 194 for seven
but New Zealand knew reaching 175
would ensure their run rate was good
enough but they fell two runs short
of winning the match.
That is your sport for now.
Thank you very much. We will see you
later. Let's bring you up to date
with what we're hearing from the
BAFTA awards, underway in London.
The past few minutes, Francis
McDormand has won Best actress for
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
Missouri. That has just won best
film and Gary Oldman has taken the
lead actor BAFTA for his film
betrayal of Winston Churchill in
Darkest Hour. Like other award shows
this season, the stars were asked to
wear black. There was plenty of
speculation about whether one of the
guests, the Duchess of Cambridge
might go along with that, but as you
can see, she opted for a green dress
with a black ribbon. Many other act
But many other actresses, including
Lupita Nyong'o and Angelina Jolie,
chose to wear black to show support
for the Time's Up movement,
which is campaigning for an end
to sexism and Inequality.
for all of this year's winners, join
us for our BAFTA special coming up
here on BBC News in a few moments