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a very warm welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to our viewers in north america and around the globe. my name's mike embley. our top stories: turkish police say they've captured the main suspect in the istanbul nightclub shooting where 39 people were killed in the new year attack. donald trump casts a long shadow across the atlantic as europe and china hit back at his latest foreign policy comments. elections are called in northern ireland as the power—sharing government collapses. but the main parties are warned they will have to work together again. and he was the last man on the moon. commander gene cernan dies at the age of 82. hello. it's reported police in istanbul have detained the main suspect behind the new year's eve shooting at a nightclub.
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the attack left 39 dead, 70 injured. the extremist group that calls itself islamic state claimed it was behind the attack. the latest from our correspondent in turkey, mark lowen. this was the culmination of a huge nationwide police manhunt that appears to have finally apprehended a 34—year—old man, uzbek national, abdulkadir masharipov, believed to be the main suspect behind the istanbul nightclub attack. in the aftermath of the attack he managed to escape, to flee the scene. there were fears he could have even left turkey, managing to get to areas controlled by so—called islamic state, which said it was behind the attack, but that is not the case. he was arrested tonight in a western istanbul suburb of esenyurt along with his four—year—old son and others. they were reportedly hiding in an apartment belonging to a kyrgyz man in istanbul, so there will be questions of course over his support network that he managed to have. and questions over whether he managed to have support and accomplices for the attack
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itself, in which he is thought to have killed 39 people. most of them were arab tourists, some of them also turkish nationals. people jumping into the freezing bosporus to escape. the photographs show him very heavily bruised, being held by his neck wearing a grey t—shirt and bloodied. he's been transferred to police custody now. the turkish authorities clearlywill be hugely relieved by this capture but the greater challenge for turkey going forward is how to secure this country, how to prevent the wave of terror attacks that is engulfing turkey from continuing, and how to step up intelligence so as to reassure a country that frankly feels very shaken at the moment. some of europe's political leaders have hit back at donald trump after he accused chancellor merkel of making a catastrophic decision to accept hundreds of thousands of migrants, people he called illegals. and president hollande of france said europe did not need outside advice as our diplomatic
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correspondent james robbins reports. they have rehearsed the inauguration in washington with a stand—in for donald trump but no—one knows what to expect at friday's ceremony, still less what his first 100 days could bring. the president—elect continues to amaze, now accusing germany's chancellor merkel, more than 11 years in office, of a very catastrophic mistake with her open doors approach to migrants. i think it's not good, i think it was a big mistake for germany. germany's chancellor did not return fire, except to argue that genuine refugees cannot be sacrificed in the fight against terrorism. translation: i would separate this from the task of helping refugees. the majority of refugees have left syria because of their oppression by assad. here's the latest trump
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on president putin. we can make good deals with russia, he says. one good deal could involve reducing both sides‘ nuclear arsenals, but at what cost? some fear mr trump easing sanctions against russia. there's talk of an early summit in iceland's capital, echoing the famous reykjavik encounter between reagan and gorbachev 30 years ago. that summit may have failed but it did open the way for eventual arms reduction. now mr trump's pick for arms ambassador to the eu says history can be repeated. i think there will be a summit in reykjavik even, which is quite interesting. not unlike the summit between reagan and gorbachev some decades ago where people were equally pessimistic and yet what resulted? frankly the end of the cold war. and we need an end to this cold war. but nato remains worried.
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donald trump is still calling the western military alliance obsolete. so what could that mean for america's new deployment of heavy armour to poland to deter any russian threat? could it be reversed? tonight, france's president hollande expressed his frustration. translation: europe will always be ready to pursue transatlantic cooporation but it will be determined by its own interests and values. europe doesn't need outside advice to tell it what it has to do. those staging friday's inauguration may be anxious to learn lessons from their rehearsals but signs are world leaders remain worried about the real president trump. how will he translate sometimes baffling words into action? james robbins, bbc news. china has also reacted strongly to mr trump's latest pronouncements. state media in beijing said china would take off the gloves and take strong action if mr trump continued to provoke beijing over taiwan. our correspondentjohn sudworth
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reports from beijing. not everyone in china is taking donald trump too seriously. his inauguration this week comes just ahead of the chinese new year of the rooster. and this factory is making, well, giant trump lookalike chicken balloons. the orders are flowing in, we can barely cope, the boss tells me. but increasingly mr trump is becoming a target of anger... ..rather than a figure of fun. mock—ups of taiwanese ships provide shooting practice at this chinese military museum. just across the taiwan strait. while us presidents have long avoided challenging beijing's claim to sovereignty, the so—called one china policy, mrtrump
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says he might. "china's military, especially our navy, is growing stronger, we don't fear us provocation", this man tells me. "we want peace, but if they cross our red line we have to take measures," this woman agrees. last week, in a move seen by some as intended to make that very point, china sent its aircraft carrier through the taiwan strait. and china's communist party run newspapers have issued a stark warning, telling mr trump that if he changes us policy, beijing will have no choice but to take off the gloves, and that china will mercilessly combat those who advocate taiwan's independence. these chinese workers make luxury marble products for the us market. for them, the biggest fear is not rising military tension,
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but a trade war. their american boss believes mr trump's threatened tariffs will do nothing to change the basic market reality. hiring one worker in the states, that could hire five to six in china. so moving our business to the states would impinge into our margins which would then reflect on consumer pricing. and it would be very difficult to run a business that way. the world is about to find out whether one of the most vital and complex bilateral relationships is to undergo a profound change. before his election, china could simply dismiss donald trump's rhetoric as the overinflated bluster of the campaign trail. not any more. and china is making it increasingly clear that while it has a lot
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to lose, so, too, does america and the wider world. john sudworth, bbc news, beijing. in other news: police in the united states have arrested the wife of the gunman omar mateen who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in orlando lastjune. reports say noor salman will be charged with obstruction ofjustice. in venezuela, new larger denomination bank notes have been issued against a back drop of spiralling inflation. the first three new notes have entered circulation with the largest being a 20,000 bolivar note. they were meant to be released in december but it was delayed causing chaos. as people queued for days to exchange the chinese president, xijinping, has arrived in davos for the world economic forum. he is the first chinese president to visit the alpine event bringing together some of the world's richest and most powerful players. mr xi is expected to push the need for greater global trade in the wake of a more inward—looking
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new us administration. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: we look at barack obama's legacy on race, and how the first african—american president will be remembered. day one of operation desert storm to force the iraqis out of kuwait has seen the most intense air attacks since the second world war. tobacco is america's oldest industry, and it's one of its biggest, but the industry is nervous of this report. this may tend to make people want to stop smoking cigarettes. there is not a street that is unaffected. huge parts of kobe were simply demolished as buildings crashed into one another. this woman said she'd been given no help and no advice by the authorities. she stood outside the ruins of her business. tens of thousands of black children in south africa have taken advantage of laws, passed by the country's new multiracial government, and enrolled at formerly white schools. tonight sees the 9,6ioth performance of her long—running play, the mousetrap. when they heard about her death today, the management considered whether to cancel tonight's
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performance, but agatha christie would have been the last person to want such a thing. this is bbc news, i'm mike embley. the latest headlines: turkish police say they have captured the main suspect in the istanbul nightclub shooting. 39 people were killed in the new year attack. donald trump casts a long shadow across the atlantic. europe and china hit back at his latest foreign policy pronouncements. the power—sharing executive in northern ireland has collapsed, amid the row over a hugely expensive energy scheme. new elections have been announced for two march. under the power—sharing deal, sinn fein and the democratic unionists must rule together. but, since the resignation of martin mcguinness, sinn fein has refused to nominate a new deputy first minister. gavin hewitt reports. for ten years power has been shared in northern ireland. it was one of the foundation
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stones of peace. today that power—sharing government collapsed. i propose that a draft order in council be brought forward shortly to set an election date of thursday the 2nd of march. no—one should underestimate the challenge faced to the political institutions here in northern ireland and what is at stake. the trigger for the breakdown was a row over a controversial green energy scheme drawn up by unionist minister arlene foster. but the bitter arguments over the scheme exposed growing tensions between nationalist and unionist politicians. i think it's both parties, personally. i find it very disappointing and very, very sad. it's the tribal politics, you know, i feel like we're back in the ‘80s and i was really hopeful that for the future generations
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that they would have a different story. there's no appetite for a return to any sort of violence at any stage or form in the near future. i think that possibly what will happen is we will be led through another couple of years of political insecurity. at stormont, the northern ireland assembly depends on unionists and nationalists sharing power. today both main parties were asked to submit a name for one of the two top posts. first up, the democratic unionist party. mr speaker, i very readily... and they backed their current leader. ..nominate arlene foster to be the first minister. next up, sinn fein. there can be no return to the status quo. if something is broke, you stop and you fix it. that is the sinn fein approach. but they refused to put forward a name, so ending the power—sharing government. what does all this mean? uncertainty for northern ireland.
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without an executive, key areas of government will be stalled and then, most importantly, there's brexit. where will be the northern ireland voice when crucial decisions are taken? we are in a very grave situation going into this election and the timing of it when northern ireland has no budget agreed, when we are facing brexit and when we are also coming to the end of the financial year, is possibly the worst time that we could be entering into this kind of disarray. recent years have changed northern ireland, but the shadows of the past still make compromise difficult. a turkish cargo plane has crashed into a residential area close to the main airport in kyrgyzstan. local authorities say at least 37 people have died. the boeing 747, operated by act airlines, was flying from hong kong. in thick fog, it crashed into houses near manas airport,
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in the kyrgyz capital, bishkek. abdujalil abdurasulov reports. the tragedy happened early morning. some were getting ready for work. many were still sleeping. the plane crashed and hit the buildings of the village, putting them on fire. translation: i heard a strong noise and after that, all the nearest houses were shaken. of course, everyone got frightened and started to run out of the houses to the street. nobody understood what was going on, because there was a fog. the weather wasn't good. rescue workers arrived at the scene to help the survivors. there are children among the injured. one woman is reportedly pregnant, and doctors fear she may lose her baby. this accident shocked many in kyrgyzstan.
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grief and sorrow were in the eyes of the emergency workers as they pulled out dead bodies from the rubble. no—one from the crew survived the crash. the plane was operated by a turkish company, act airlines, which flew under the name of mycargo airlines. although it was a foggy day, kyrgyz authorities say that conditions for landing were good, since otherflights did manage to successfully land prior to the crash. a special committee has been set up to investigate the accident. after weeks of delays and violent clashes, new bigger—denomination banknotes have now gone into circulation in venezuela. the new $20,000 notes should make transactions easier, and is an attempt to stabilise the country's economy, but some believe it will only exacerbate the spiralling inflation rate. virginia langeberg reports. to the atm alliance, waiting to get their hands on the banknotes which
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their hands on the banknotes which the president hopes will help pull the president hopes will help pull the country out of the economic crisis. -- the country out of the economic crisis. —— venezuela ns the country out of the economic crisis. —— venezuelans waiting at atms. i hope it works, and that you can withdraw normal notes, and that it all flows well, like before. the new denominations range from 500 to 20,000 bolivar is, replacing the most used 100 bolivar note which was a bru ptly most used 100 bolivar note which was abruptly scrapped last month by president maduro in a bid to disrupt the black market. the change caught many by surprise and the transition has not going smoothly. the new notes were supposed to be released in december, and chaos was caused as venezuelans rush to spend the bills before they were taken out of circulation. violence erupted as people raided warehouses in search of food and medicine, left in short supply. the new denominations should
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make cash transactions easier, but relief may only be short lived. the 20,000 bolivar note is worth less than $6 on the widely used black market, and some believed the new notes will only exacerbate the country's high inflation. notes will only exacerbate the country's high inflationlj notes will only exacerbate the country's high inflation. i think it is more of the same. effectively what we are doing is putting more money on the streets, attracting more inflation. the economic situation, that is getting worse, and it will not change. more notes on the streets means more inflation, depreciation and the currency, and nothing else. the 100 bolivar note will now remain legal tender until 20 february. while the international monetary fund is forecasting inflation to hit over 1600% this year, and few analysts believe the bolivar will increase in value any time soon. on martin luther king day in the us, one of the last official acts by the nation's first african—american president was to create three national monuments linked to the civil rights campaign of the 1960s.
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on the issue of race, though, barack obama leaves a complicated legacy. aleem maqbool reports from alabama. there were civil rights battlegrounds across this country, but few as crucial as those in this state. in one of his last acts as president, barack obama has designated certain sites here in alabama important in the civil rights movement as national monuments, and they include this, the gaston motel, which was used as headquarters for a time by martin luther king. around the corner stands a church that was bombed by white supremacists, in one of the pivotal moments of the civil rights struggle. president obama has now made this a national monument, too, in honour of the four young girls who were killed. 11—year—old denise mcnair was one of those who died in the bombing, an event that sparked national outrage.
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church is supposed to be your sanctuary, so for that to happen in a church, i think those who may have been on the side of segregation had to take a second look. during his presidency, barack obama has paid tribute to the historical events that helped pave his own way to the white house. and that included inviting the mcnair family to washington. well, he hugged me in a big bear hug when i walked into the room, and then he hugged me later on before we were leaving. but it is for other reasons lisa feels strongly that he has lifted up african—americans over the last eight years. for so long, the perception was black was bad. black people aren't smart enough, black people aren't kind enough, and he dispelled the myth of all of that. you know, he's highly educated, he's kind, he's respectful.
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there could not have been a better first african—american president. of course, many others here have been counting down the days until barack obama leaves office and donald trump takes over. i believe barack obama is the most divisive president in well over a generation. why? i believe he played the race issue. i agree with doctor king. his dream was that man would be judged not by the colour of their skin but the content of their character, but i believe barack obama kept reminding people of the colour of skin, and forcing it to be a racial issue. i think that's been very negative for our country. bryan stevenson is one of the most prominent civil rights lawyers in america today. he is perplexed by that kind of sentiment. i think he tried really hard to counter the idea that he was there just for people of colour. and i think his policies reinforced that. so i don't believe you can point
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to many things he did that would be "racially divisive". we did have moments in this country, police shootings being the most dramatic, that i think were polarising to people. but i can't find much that he did that, any other democrat wouldn't have done. many of us think he encountered hostility and resistance and obstacles and challenges that he might not have encountered. and many others feel barack obama was not given a chance by some, simply because he was black. for a lot of african—americans, it is important that race is constantly being brought up in this country. but it was also the main transportation source for enslaved people. because, in spite of the inspiration president obama may have provided, hugh practical inequalities remain. the last man to leave his footprints on the moon has died. gene cernan was an astronaut on the apollo 17 mission in 1972. catriona renton reports. this is gene, and i'm
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on the surface. it was on the 14th of december 1972. gene cernan was the last of a dozen men to walk on the moon. we leave as we came, and god willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind. and with these words, the commander of apollo 17 traced his nine—year—old daughter theresa dawn's initials in the moondust, and headed back down to earth. we're on our way, houston. he was born eugene cernan in 193a, in chicago. a qualified naval aviator, in 1963, nasa selected him into its third group of astronauts. he went into space three times, one of only three people to fly to the moon twice.
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0k, your pictures are coming in. in all, he logged 566 hours and 15 minutes in space, more than 73 hours of them on the moon's surface. and, as he and his team returned from their last mission, little did they know that was to be the final manned flight to the moon. he retired from nasa in 1976 and went into private business. he wrote and talked about his time in space. when i looked back at the earth from 250,000 miles away, the beauty, the perfectness, the logic of the earth for the last three days, the last trillions of years, and if i could have had every human being in the world standing next to me at that moment, i truly believe the world would be a different place to live in today. gene cernan's footprints remain on the moon today. nasa said it is saddened by his loss, and on social media, the kennedy space center put, "ad astra, gene, to the stars." there is more on gene cernan on our website, including
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an exclusive interview from 2014 in which the apollo 17 commander discusses what it is like to be part of history, and why he became unhappy about the us space programme. that is at, or you can download the bbc news app. let's just show you these pictures before we go. this is an absolutely huge alligator, spotted going for a stroll in florida. it has been nicknamed "humpback‘. local resident kim joiner posted the video on social media. and you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter. i'm @bbcmikeembley. good morning.
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we got some topsy—turvy weather conditions across the country yesterday. last week's snow still just about lying to the tops of higher ground in scotland. a lot of cloud around, but look at the temperature. 12 degrees, incredibly mild for this time of year. a different story further south and east. there were some brief glimpses of sunshine across that kent coast, but it was cold with it, four orfive generally in the south—east corner. and that is because the nearer the area of high pressure and the cold air that is coming from the near continent, at the same time, we've got the winds coming from a south—westerly direction in scotland, driving in this milder air. there will continue to be quite a lot of cloud, cloud thick enough for some drizzle. but not a cold start to the day, but in the south—east corner, we're going to see temperatures hovering around freezing. but it will be quite a mucky start to the day, really, through scotland and northern ireland. a lot of cloud around, there will be some hill fog, and bits and pieces of showery rain, through eastern scotland down
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across the borders towards the isle of man and north—west england. further south, maybe the cloud thick enough for the odd spot or two of drizzle, but nothing particularly significant, but it will be quite mild. now, across through the isle of wight, up into east anglia, here it is going to be cold and frosty, but i suspect we will see more in the way of sunshine through tuesday. clear skies, a beautiful day developing for many of us. further north and west, it stays cloudy, it stays pretty murky close to the coast there as well, but it stays incredibly mild. with eastern scotland brightening up into the afternoon, we could see highs of 12 degrees. but generally around 10 celsius through scotland and northern ireland. into that south—east corner, despite the sunshine, it stays cold — four or five. and so that means, for the fa cup third—round replays, it is going to be cold at wimbledon, but burnley and barnsley looks as though it will stay with a little more cloud. not quite so cold there. now, with that clear skies through the day, that is going to allow for those temperatures to really fall away overnight tuesday into wednesday, perhaps the coldest of the nights
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through the week. we could see lows down to —2, “11 in rural spots, but —1 close to towns and city centres. elsewhere, it is going to be cloudy and rather mild. and that theme, what a surprise, continues into wednesday. once we lose the frost, it is going to be a glorious day across much of southern england, but it looks as though it will stay rather cloudy. but double—digits again in the far north, 10 degrees the high. things become a little more uniform thursday into friday. not quite as sunny in the south, and not quite as warm in the north. take care. the latest headlines. turkish police say they have captured the main subject in the istanbul nightclub attack. abdulkadir masharipov was arrested in a police raid and was reportedly found with his son. european and chinese governments have reacted to donald trump's highly critical foreign policy
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pronouncements. francois hollande said europe didn't need advice. ageing warned the president elect it will take off the gloves and issue strong countermeasures if it questions the strategy on taiwan. the last man to leave his footprints on the moon gene cernan has died. he was one of only three people to go to the moon twice and was the last to the moon twice and was the last to walk on the surface in 1972. he said it left him feeling he belonged to the universe. it is time now for hardtalk.
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