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This is BBC World News Today.
I'm Kasia Madera.
Our top stories: Theresa May
spells out what she calls
the hard facts of Brexit.
In a major policy speech,
the British Prime Minister
claims the UK and the EU were now
close to a deal on the transition.
We both need to face the fact that
this is a negotiation and neither of
us can have exactly what we want.
Italy goes to the polls on Sunday
with the familiar face
of Silvio Berlusconi back
on the election trail.
Severe weather continues
to bring chaos
to large parts of Europe.
At least 59 people have died
in sub-zero temperatures.
She's in a lot of pain and it looks
as if she's going to give birth or
something but she's not pregnant.
And a dramatic delivery
of a baby for a Welsh couple
but they didn't even know
that mum was pregnant.
Hello and welcome
to World News Today.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May
has outlined her vision
of Britain's future relationship
with the European Union.
She reiterated that the UK would NOT
be part of the EU's single
market or customs union and said
both sides would have
to accept hard facts
and that no one would get
everything they wanted.
Mrs May also warned that the UK
would have to pay money into SOME EU
agencies to maintain access to them.
Our Political Editor Laura
Kuenssberg was watching the speech.
Roll up, roll up.
A hot ticket for a certain
kind of audience.
Ministers and diplomats
are rising for a speech.
Can you unite the party?
That would affect us all.
And it matters to her survival, too.
With controversy never far away.
The first message, no more
promises after Brexit,
we can have it all, to trade
just as we do now or be
completely free from the European
I want to be straight with people,
because the reality is that
we all need to face up
to some hard facts.
We are leaving the single market.
But it's going to be different.
Access to each other's markets
will be less than it is now,
so we need to strike a new balance,
but we will not accept the rights of
Canada and the
obligations of Norway.
Even after we have
left the jurisdiction
of the European Court of Justice,
EU law and the decisions
of the ECJ will
continue to affect us.
Out of the single market
and the customs union,
she confirmed, yet no new answer
to one of the hardest parts.
We have been clear all along
that we don't want to go back to a
hard border in Ireland.
We've ruled out any physical
infrastructure of a
border or any related
checks and controls.
But it's not good enough to say
we won't introduce a hard
border if the EU forces Ireland
to do it, that is down to them.
We chose to leave and we have
a responsibility to find a solution.
We cannot do it alone.
It is for all of us
to work together.
More details on how
she wants much of the
economy to stay closer to the EU,
but the Prime Minister
wants the right to pick
and choose when and how.
The commission has suggested
that the only option available to
the UK is an off-the-shelf model.
We both need to face
the fact that this
is a negotiation and neither of us
can have exactly what we want.
Fact is, every free
trade agreement has
varying market access depending
on the respective interest of the
If this is cherry picking,
then every trade
arrangement is cherry picking.
Last, in answer to
claims her plans are
too vague and unreal.
My message to our friends
in Europe is clear.
We know what we want.
We understand your principles.
We have a shared interest
in getting this right.
So let's get on with it.
Do you accept now that we cannot
have it all as we leave?
Secondly, you have
outlined today you want to
pick and mix even though
the EU is repeatedly
rejecting that approach.
What is it do you think you can say
to your EU leaders that will
actually change their minds?
I'm confident as we
sit down together we
will be able to show
that mutual interest,
that mutual benefit, from
the proposals I have put forward.
After weeks of internal Tory
wrangling the Prime Minister has
made gathered Tory
This is about finding a way
through that will work
Why have you spent so long saying
we could have everything?
You said we could have
the same benefits?
I said that is the aspiration.
What were aiming at here,
and what the PM said clearly,
is that we want to have
a tariff free arrangement.
We want to have mutual recognition.
All those things, not
just in our interest,
they are in Europe's interest
and that is why we will get them.
What happens the
European Union says no?
I think the invitation that was made
to the speech of the PM was to apply
a cool hand to some very important,
mutual problems, but
An outbreak of Tory unity?
The Foreign Secretary was grounded
by snow but gave a thumbs
up and Brexiteers and Remainers
followed suit, for now.
Others, like the Bank
of England governor, less
keen to give their verdict.
The opposition, unimpressed.
There is yet more
confusion on the road to
What we need is a set of objections
which means we can --
objectives which means we can
protect jobs in this country.
They want more detail and realism.
That could make
a difference to the next
steps of this lengthy tangle.
But there are plenty
of audiences making
demands of Theresa May,
who will still demand yet more.
The reaction here in Brussels has
been wary. Michel Barnier took the
Twitter to thank the Prime Minister
for her clarity and vivid
confirmation that the UK would be
leaving the single market and the
customs union meant it was heading
for a free trade agreement with the
EU. Privately EU diplomats have
praised the Prime Minister is more
realistic tone, admitting that both
sides cannot have exactly what they
want but they said they could not
find anything new in the speech and
limited the absence of a workable
solution to the Irish problem. A
leader here in the European
Parliament said the UK Parliament
was still burying its head in the
sand so the night we have working
groups from all the 27 EU member
states who are poring over the
detail of the election speech. One
diplomat said to me that he hoped he
would find coded messages to the EU
in Mac Theresa May's speech. He said
something similar happened in her
last Brexit speech in autumn.
Italians go to the polls
this Sunday in a general election.
Italy has been run by a caretaker
cabinet since December 2016,
Numerous parties are running -
but there are three main groupings.
On the centre-right
Forza Italia is headed
by a familiar face -
former Prime Minister
He can't become PM until 2019
because of a tax fraud conviction.
But, depending on results,
he could very much be
a kingmaker if it came down
to forming a coalition.
But his eurosceptic coalition
ally, League leader Matteo Salvini
has ambitions for the role.
The 5 Star Movement is led
by 31-year old Luigi Di Maio.
It is one of Europe's
biggest populist movements.
And then on the centre-left,
there's the governing
Democratic Party led by the former
Prime Minister I mentioned,
We are now joined
by our correspondent
James Reynolds live in Rome.
It is a very difficult call, isn't
it? Especially given the way the
opinion polls work in Italy.
When is it not a difficult call in
Italy? Almost never. It has made all
the more difficult by the fact that
Italian law says that the two weeks
before the election you cannot have
opinion polls so we are going to
talk about opinion polls but they
may be out of date. Those last polls
taken two weeks ago suggested that
centre right coalition organised by
Silvio Berlusconi may be the ones
closest to the finishing line but
they may fall short of that line.
Those polls also suggested that the
5-star movement may be the biggest
single political movement after the
election but they have struggled to
form alliances. Essentially there
are two things going on in Italy.
Italians themselves but on Sunday
and then the Italian politicians who
have been elected will discuss
amongst themselves who should take
Let's face it, when those
discussions take place, there is no
one better with more experience than
fascinating to watch him at one of
his final event in wrong here on
organising and convening his
coalition partners as if he had been
doing this for years, as if he were
the ones pulling the strings. He
cannot be King. The law says anyone
with a major connection cannot take
part in public office but he can be
the king maker. That will depend on
the numbers that come out of Sunday.
If that centre-right coalition does
well, it may be that he looks to try
and build a government without
coalition. It may be that his party
tries to break away to form a grand
coalition with the centre-left or
maybe 5-star get close. There are so
many maybes because this is how
politics and Italy usually works.
terms of the issues that the
campaigning is going on, we are
looking at live pictures now of some
of the campaigning. This is the
5-star movement. What is the main
theme going through? Immigration
must be one of those themes?
picked one, I will pick the other,
unemployment. Migration, that has
become one of the key issues of this
campaign. Recently, more than
600,000 migrants have landed on this
country's shores from the
Mediterranean. Not all of them have
stayed but the fact that they have
landed has changed the way in which
this country's debate happens. The
centre-right says anyone who has
come here illegally should be
deported. It appears they want
strength from that. Unemployment,
youth unemployment in Italy
routinely is 30 to 40%. There is a
vast pool of people who feel that
Italy is not listening to them,
those younger people. It may be that
the 5-star movement which calls
itself an antiestablishment movement
is their natural home.
at the 5-star movement, the last
moments of campaigning going ahead.
I suspect you're going to have a
long night on Sunday.
Turkish authorities have confirmed
31 soldiers have been killed. It has
been one of the bloodiest days in
this offensive which is targeting
tradition fighters. Jackie considers
the US militia a terrorist group.
The BBC has managed to film, British
side of the conflict.
Night time in north-eastern Syria.
Turkish jets are pounding the target
at a checkpoint. The world of
survivors emerge out of the dark and
I picked up by and announces. They
have been part of a large convoy of
vehicles bringing food and fuel for
the people of the city. There were
casualties including teenagers but
most people had managed to run the
safety just in time.
We came here as
a peaceful solidarity convoy, we had
no weapons, nothing, but the forces
of Turkish President rained shells
on us. We don't want them here or
anywhere in Syria.
remnants of the convoy. Since Turkey
began its offensive against Kurdish
fighters in the area in January,
human rights groups say more than 90
civilians have been killed and
hundreds injured in feeding
children. They describe it as
indiscriminate attacks. The Kurdish
areas marked in yellow line along
much of the border with Turkey. The
pocket in the far north-west of
Turkey is the current focus of the
Turkish offensive but there may also
be a move on the key city of mandate
to ensure fighters are driven well
away from the Turkish border. The
Turkish government says it is
targeting a Kurdish group known as
the white PG because it poses a
strategic threat as it is linked to
insurgents, also Kurdish, who are
based inside Turkey. But already,
the fighting has forced families to
leave their homes and find shelter
anywhere where it is safer. It is
estimated 50,000 people have been
displaced after their towns and
villages came under attack. It could
be a long time before they can
return home. There is no end date
for the Turkish offensive which aims
to completely uproot the fighters
from the border region.
Let's take a look
at some of the other
stories making the news.
The United Nations says 24
hospitals and clinics
are now known to have been hit
in the Syrian military's bombardment
of a rebel-held enclave
on the edge of Damascus.
The UN said that despite appeals
for restraint, a high number
of civilians were being killed
and injured every day
in the Eastern Ghouta region.
Protests have been taking place
across Slovakia over
the killing of an investigative
journalist and his fiancee.
Jan Kuciac's work alleged
links between the Italian
mafia and figures close
to the prime minister.
Tens of thousands of people
took to the streets
of the capital Bratislava alone.
as Bitcoin should be regulated
to crack down on illegal activities
and protect the financial system,
according to the governor
of the Bank of England.
Mark Carney said that virtual
currencies don't yet pose a risk,
but should still be held to the same
standards as the rest of the system.
Britain's Prince Harry
and Meghan Markle will invite more
than 2,500 members of
the public to the grounds
of Windsor Castle for their wedding.
They'll be able to watch
the couple arrive and depart.
Charity workers and school
children will be among
those invited to attend.
There's no immediate end
in sight to the deep freeze
sweeping across Europe.
Heavy snowfall and deadly blizzards
will continue well into the weekend.
In parts of Eastern Croatia,
temperatures have plummeted
to -23 degrees.
The coastal Adriatic towns of Pula
and Split are covered in snow.
Though Thursday marked the first day
of the meteorological spring,
this morning was actually
the coldest this winter.
Italy, too, remains stuck
in sub-zero temperatures,
with snow blanketing the cities
of Bologna, Venice and Florence.
The ice has left a number of major
roads blocked and caused disruption
to train and air travel.
Forecasters have warned that
conditions there aren't likely
to improve immediately.
There is still snow,
and we risk ice on the sidewalks.
We are on full alert
for the formation
of ice on the roads overnight.
So we will have all 34
of our salt spreaders at work.
We have spread 260 tonnes
and we have another
600 tonnes available.
So we are prepared to face
even more snowfalls,
although we would rather
do without them.
In the UK, Storm Emma has
collided with the Siberian cold
snap, resulting in disruption
across much of the country.
Wales is one of the
worst affected areas.
The BBC's Sian Lloyd
is in the Vale of Glamorgan:
We can see that area, one of two
areas where have a meter of snow was
Absolutely. Last night
that half a metre of snow measured.
It was the highest on record
anywhere in the UK yesterday evening
and as you can see, it has led to
huge problems here in the Vale of
Glamorgan with snowdrifts. This is
actually a car behind me and three
people were rescued from the vehicle
that was stranded in a similar
fashion. They were stuck inside in a
dress like this one close to where I
am now the 12 hours. They put out an
SOS and local people were eventually
able to help. This road is normally
one that is used very often to get
to the airport here on the outskirts
of Cardiff. It is impossible as you
can see here this evening. We
managed to do out one car with a
four I4 but there is an operation
going on further down the lane now
for a vehicle that has been stuck
for a long time. Right across Wales,
the roads have been treacherous and
have been many road closures. The
warning again here is for people to
stay inside, stay in the warmth
unless they actually have to travel,
if it is essential because we have
seen many of the major routes here
also closed in Wales today and
virtually all the schools in Wales
has been closed for a second day.
There has been huge disruption on
public transportation as well. We
have seen many of the transport
operators in South Wales
particularly cancel all services.
This was an area that was covered by
the red warning into the early hours
which is a warning of extreme
weather and risk to life. But did
subside but we have a warning
tonight for ice and it is bitterly
Just briefly if you
would, we are continuing with these
warnings, the build-up is terrible,
when is the end inside?
That is the
big question. People are still
bracing themselves for more bad
weather here certainly this evening.
Living in around the south of the
country. We know there is more sleet
and snow forecast here for this
evening. There has been some are
forecast that it could get a little
better over the weekend but we
really cannot say at this stage
because people are much dark in
In the US, more than
2,000 people have been
paying their last respects
to the world-famous evangelist
Billy Graham, who died last
week at the age of 99.
President Donald Trump
and his deputy Mike Pence attended
the funeral in Charlotte,
He was eulogised by his son
Franklin and is being buried
beside his wife, Ruth.
Billy Graham was one
of the world's most influential
preachers, and is credited
with delivering his sermons
to more individuals
than anyone else in history.
He was also a spiritual confidant
to a host of American presidents.
The house of American civil
right activist Rosa Parks, has just
returned to the US this week.
Since 2016 it has been on a journey,
via Berlin Germany.
The house travelled more than 8,000
miles back and forth
across the Atlantic.
This container has
precious cargo on board.
I just found out what I was hauling
in this container here.
Rosa Parks' house, very
emotional moment for me.
Beautiful day to be
an American, I guess.
But this isn't where
the story begins.
It's 2016, and Rosa Parks'
house is in ruins.
But a rescue is under way.
An artist has promised
to preserve it
found a permanent home.
A lot of people did think
that that house was
not worth saving, because there are
so many in the Detroit
that looks just like that house.
It's sort of goes without
saying that she is a
national icon, and what she did
was so important for
so many millions of people
even if they don't know it.
And so it was taken
into pieces, loaded into a
across the Atlantic,
to Ryan Mendoza's home in Germany.
This is it!
When in 1955, Rosa
Parks refused to give
up her seat on a bus
in Alabama to the white man,
she became a heroine
of the civil rights movement.
Yet she was persecuted for it.
Jobless and penniless,
she left the segregated South
and headed north to Detroit,
like so many
African-Americans before her.
Her family says the house
symbolises her struggle.
The house represents that, look,
you may not have $5,
but you can still be ethical,
you can still be honest,
you can still do things
for your fellow man.
In Berlin, Ryan Mendoza,
with a little help from
his son, rebuilt the house
in his front yard.
And finally, the house
got some attention.
Hundreds of people came to see it,
to Germany's Deputy Prime Minister.
I think that it's the perfect moment
for America to come to terms
with the fact that this house is,
in its utter simplicity,
Perhaps what this house represents
most of all is defiance.
Rickety and decrepit it may be,
yet here it is, still standing.
Zoe Conway, BBC News.
Gareth Williams from Pontypool
in South Wales phoned the emergency
services when his partner Rhiannon
began suffering from stomach pains,
and seemed to have,
in his own words, "something coming
out of her".
The recently engaged couple didn't
realise their family
was in for a big surprise.
How can with a? Congratulations to
them. Banks are watching.