hello, i'm kasia madera. the african union has expressed outrage and demanded an apology from donald trump, after he allegedly made derogatory and vulgar references to african countries at a meeting in the oval office. president trump has denied making the remarks, including the use of an expletive. a democratic senator, who sat next to mr trump, insists the president did use the phrase, repeatedly. from washington, nick bryant reports. this is a great and important day to martin luther king... the forces of american history seemed to collide at the white house today. donald trump signing a proclamation in honour of the civil rights leader, martin luther king, at the moment he stands accused of using a slur directed at african nations. here though he stuck to his script. today we celebrate doctor king for standing up for that self—evident truth americans hold so dear that, no matter the colour of our skin or the place of our birth, we are all created
equal by god. reporter: mr president, will you give an apology for the statement yesterday? after the ceremony came a very unceremonious commotion. mr president, are you a racist? a sitting president being asked by a reporter if he is racist. ...answer serious questions about your statement, sir? i'm talking to you. mr president, are you a racist? it was behind closed doors in the oval office that donald trump allegedly claimed that immigrants from haiti, el salvador and african nations came from "shithole" countries. donald trump said he used strong language during the meeting on immigration reform, with senators, though not that word. but he has been fiercely contradicted by a senior democrat who was present. i cannot believe that in the history of the white house and that oval office, any president has ever spoken of the words that
i personally heard our president speak yesterday. the no surprise, the president started tweeting this morning, denying that he used those words. it is not true. he said these hateful things and he said that repeatedly. from the united nation, in genveva, came the stiffest of rebukes. these are shocking and shameful comments from the president of the united states. i am sorry but there is now the word one can use but racist. you can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "shitholes". across africe there has been a furious response. the botswana government called donald trump's comments "reprehensible and racist". it may be just words, maybe in another part of the world, but on this continent, that word is an insult. chant: build the wall, build the wall. "build the wall" was the cry of voters who loved donald trump's hardline stance on immigration during the election. we are going to build the wall, folks, don't worry. and he was said to be doing
a victory lap at the white house last night, believing this row will rev up his base. donald trump launched his campaign for the white house with an attack on mexican immigrants and rose to political prominence by claiming, falsely, that barack obama was not an american. this latest racial controversy will doubtless please at least some of his supporters at home but it undercuts us leadership abroad and shows again how america first can mean america alone. nick bryant, bbc news, washington. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. president trump has said he won't pull out of the deal aimed at curbing iran's nuclear programme for now — but it has to change. he said he would waive sanctions against tehran — lifted as part of the 2015 agreement — but would not do so again. and he warned european allies and congress that they had to work with him to fix what he called the "worst—ever" deal‘s "terrible flaws" — orface us withdrawal.
the us ambassador to panama has quit saying he no longer feels able to serve president trump. in a letter to the press, john feeley said he would leave his post in march. according to the us state department feeley notified them of his decision in late december. a number of catholic churches have been vandalised in chile ahead of a visit by pope francis. police said homemade bombs were used to damage two churches in the capital santiago. the attackers left messages threatening the pope, saying the money for the visit could better be spent on the poor. women in saudi arabia have made history by watching a football match from the stands for the first time at a stadium injeddah. stay with us here on bbc news, still to come. facebook gets a status update — it says it will prioritise your family and friends over advertisers and news. a surgeon who branded his initials
onto the livers of two transplant patients has been fined £10,000 and given a community service order. simon bramhall pleaded guilty to two counts of assault in december. his crimes, carried out at queen elizabeth hospital in birmingham, were discovered when the patients returned to hospital for further surgery, as sima kotecha reports. reporter: mr bramhall, what's your reaction? simon bramhall, once a respected surgeon, now a convicted criminal. what would you like to say to the patients, mr bramhall? today, he was fined £10,000 after pleading guilty to assaulting two patients by marking his initials on their livers. his victims were undergoing liver transplants at the time. well, it was here at
the queen elizabeth hospital in birmingham where bramhall committed his offences. he marked the livers in 2013 and it was a year later, after a disciplinary hearing, that he resigned from his post. another of his patients, who also underwent a liver transplant by him, says he shouldn't be punished. signing his work is just his way of showing the artwork he's done. the fact that he's saved so many lives through all the operations he's carried out, mine included, because without him i wouldn't be here, just makes me think he needs to carry on doing what he's good at. bramhall branded sb on the organs with an argon beam machine, a heat—projecting device usually used to stop any bleeding. the crown prosecution service compared its imprint to a minor burn. what happened was a crime.
the rule of law applies equally to everybody, including doctors, so it's important to hold people to account when they commit a crime of assault, and that's what's happened here. the markings were discovered after other surgeons noticed them during operations. bramhall betrayed the trust of his patients and took advantage of them when they were at their most vulnerable. the general medical council, which has already issued him with a formal warning, will now decide whether to take any further action against the surgeon. sima kotecha, bbc news, birmingham. the government's being urged to bring contracts from the construction giant carillion into public control amid fears it could collapse. it's a major supplier to the government and has contracts in the rail industry, including building hs2, and in education, prisons and the nhs. it's struggled since reporting half—year losses of over a billion pounds and a significant pension deficit. families searching for missing relatives after the manchester arena bombing were subjected to intrusive media attention, according to a report.
it's part of a review by lord kerslake into the response to the bombing in may last year, in which 22 people were killed. our north of england correspondent judith moritz has been speaking to one of the families affected. within moments of the manchester arena explosion, the attack was worldwide news. phone footage we shared immediately. camera crews and journalists provided round—the—clock coverage for days afterwards and there were countless posts on social media as well. there was huge interest in the stories of those most closely affected. they included the family of martyn hett, one of those killed in the blast. he had a large on line following and was
previously on tv. his relatives found themselves on the spotlight. post reporters arrived at their house before the family knew martyn had died. to have people coming around knocking on the door and ringing the bell and basically saying, sorry for your loss, would you like to comment? and he wasn't even officially dead yet. how can anybody even be so cruel and say sorry for your loss? we didn't find out officially until that evening. the way the emergency services responded to the attack is already being reviewed by an independent panel. now it will also examine the role which the media played during the aftermath. much of the media handled families in a very respectful way but with heard exa m ples respectful way but with heard examples where that wasn't the case and we think they need to be explored and understood. the long struggle of those whose loved ones died at hillsborough is recently
inspired a charterfor died at hillsborough is recently inspired a charter for families bereaved through public tragedy. there are elements of the response which could be better. the arena review asks organisations to sign up for it and put the needs of families before their own reputations. for it and put the needs of families before their own reputationslj for it and put the needs of families before their own reputations. i want anybody who works in our emergency services that they will be supported in coming forward to tell it exactly as it was because that's what we need, we need the families to have the truth as quickly as possible. need, we need the families to have the truth as quickly as possiblem march the full review will be published eight months after these 22 people died. theirfamilies lives are still dominated by the tragedy. young women with the faulty braca genes, who've gone on to develop breast cancer have the same survival chances as those who don't have them. a study of almost three thousand women also found outcomes were the same whatever kind of treatment the young women had, including mastectomies.
mutations in the braca genes can significantly increase a woman's chance of developing breast cancer. our medical correspondent fergus walsh has more. diagnosed with breast cancer when she was just 35 years old and five months pregnant, laura faced childbirth and then cancer treatment. she carries a brca gene mutation and so, like many women in her position, she opted to have both breasts removed. i decided to have a double mastectomy. my oncologist was keen for me to have it and i was, as well, because i was told that the risk of me getting cancer again was 50%, so it didn't seem worth the risk, really. a new study followed nearly 3,000 women aged a0 or younger diagnosed with breast cancer in britain. it found no difference in survival between those who carried brca breast cancer genes and those who didn't. and it found no survival benefit from a double mastectomy. after ten years, around seven in ten
women survived in all groups. so what does this mean for women carrying a brca gene? i think the key message is that it allows them time to consider all of their options. so they may still need to go ahead and have a double mastectomy because of their risk and for long—term survival. but i think it encourages us to think that they can take their time and discuss and consider all of their options and make the right decision for them. this study didn't look at prevention. one in a50 women carry faulty brca genes. it means they have a 45—90% chance of getting breast cancer, and many women with a strong family history of breast cancer opt for preventative double mastectomies, which almost eliminates the risk. like angelina jolie, the actress and campaigner who revealed she had preventative surgery, it led to greatly—raised awareness
of brca gene mutations. this study looked only at young women, like laura. 95% of breast cancers are in the over 40s. laura says if she had her time again, she might have delayed having a double mastectomy, but she has no regrets. fergus walsh, bbc news. you can keep up—to—date with all our stories including news, business and sport on the website or reaction and analysis from around the world including updated live pages. reports from our correspondence based on 80 international locations and eyewitness accounts. just go to the website. president trump sparks outrage after allegedly making racist comments about african countries. a surgeon
who branded his initials on to the livers of two transplant patient is fined £10,000 and given a community service order. president trump's visit to britain next month is off. he had been due to attend the official opening of the new us embassy in south london. but he tweeted he was not a "big fan" of the new building and blamed barack obama's administration for a "bad deal". downing street says an invitation for a state visit still stands, although no date has been set. our diplomatic correspondent james landale has more. the new us embassy, on the south bank of the river thames in london. a monument, we are told, to america's commitment to london that the us ambassador had hoped would be formally opened by donald trump next month.
yes, i do hope, and we are going to welcome him when he comes. except that he is not coming. mr trump said that he cancelled the trip because he opposed the sale by mr obama what he called the finest embassy for peanuts. "bad deal". want me to cut ribbon? no. a decision that was welcomed by his critics. here you have the head of state of another country who has not only promoted hatred and division in his own country, but is surely, given his online activity, guilty of doing the same in our country as well. actually, the decision to sell the old embassy in mayfair was taken by president bush in order to find a new location in a time of terror. the old embassy had long been the scene of demonstrations and diplomats said it was the threat of similar protests that had spooked the white house.
the mayor of london, sadiq khan, said there would be mass protests like these, but peaceful ones. the foreign secretary, borisjohnson, accused mr khan of putting uk—us relations at risk. a view that others echoed. in this country, we have the mayor of london, jeremy corbyn and others encouraging large—scale street protests against him. i do think that must be part of his calculation. and that's the point. in his first year of office mr trump has travelled the world, visiting other g7 countries and european nations, including france, germany and belgium. the uk is notable for its absence. the us ambassador has said that this fortress of glass represents a new era in friendship between the us and the uk, a strengthening of the relationship. the fear among diplomats is that the president's decision not to open this building signals that actually for him at least britain is not a priority. ministers hope that will change when
he comes, if he comes. it's an important diplomatic partner for the uk. we want the closest possible relationship with the us and look forward to a visit at some point in the future. so, for now, the closest we will get to seeing mr trump is this waxwork, part of a pr stunt. facebook has announced what it says is a major change to its news feed, prioritising posts from family and friends, over those from advertisers and media organisations. the change follows criticism that too much fake news and misinformation has been ending up on the social network. facebook‘s founder mark zuckerberg admits it could could mean people spending less time on it which has hit the company's share price. our media editor amol rajan reports. mark zuckerberg's social network has become of the biggest distributors of news in history.
today, the company went back to its social roots. he said: facebook‘s founder admits users are being fed a heavy diet of news and adverts, together with the more personal posts from friends and family. in bristol today, many young facebook users agreed. it's quite clogged up with adverts for shopping and baby things at the moment, stuff i search on google. so i think it would be a lot better if it was just based around friends and family, without any adverts. ijust feel like i'm being sold to the whole time. people are making assumptions about my opinions, my tastes, the things i'm interested in. zuckerberg says: this is the biggest change to facebook for many years.
it follows controversy over the promotion of fake news, with fears the platform has been used by foreign powers to subvert democracy. today's changes aren't driven by those concerns over disinformation, but they're clearly an attempt to restore trust in a global brand and the impact on our news ecosystem could be huge. mark zuckerberg clearly accepts that not all news is of equal value, but his changes could seriously damage some reputable news providers that have come to rely on his platform for both eyeballs and income. brands like huffpost need the ad revenue facebook can drive. the elephant in the room is fake news and how they're trying to clean up the timelines. the fear for publishers like us is that the baby gets thrown out with the bath water and we lose the really important real journalism, along with the fake news
that they're trying to get rid of. google is often described as part of a duopoly that is swallowing the advertising and news industries, together with facebook. today, in a rare interview, google's most senior british executive seemed to see this as an opportunity. there's an upside to traditional media moving to the digital world. you can reach 5 billion people on any device, you can use video if you come from the print industry and vice versa. you know yourself as a journalist, there's a huge ability to tell the important stories in new ways, and people are turning to the digital world more than ever before to understand the news. for facebook‘s young missionary founder, a short—term hit in revenues is worth it to allay accusations that it's becoming the anti—social network. it's the queen as you've never seen or heard her before. to mark the 65th anniversary of her coronation in 1953, her majesty has been giving a unique insight into the day and what it meant to her.
she's been speaking to the royal commentator alastair bruce for a bbc programme. a key piece of advice for any would be monarch, don't look down, as our royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. she famously doesn't do interviews. this is probably as close as she'll get: a conversation with questions about the coronation, the crownjewels, and the imperial state crown worn by her and her father, king george vi. fortunately, my father and i have about the same sort of shaped head. but once you put it on, it stays. it just remains itself. you have to keep your head very still? yes. it was huge then. yes. very unwieldy. you can't look down to read a speech, you have take the speech up because if you did, your neck would break, it would fall off. it's difficult to always remember that diamonds are stones, so very heavy. yes.
so there are some disadvantages to crowns. but otherwise, they're quite important things. she rode to her coronation in the gold state coach. it weighs four tons. it's not built for comfort. horrible. it's not meant for travelling in at all. it's only sprung on leather. so it rocks around a lot. it's not very comfortable. were you in it for a long time? halfway round london. really? we must have gone about four orfive miles — we could only go at a walking pace. the horses couldn't possibly go any faster. it's so heavy. 65 years after the event, a monarch talking about her coronation — the crown — the real one. nicholas witchell, bbc news. you can see the coronation on sunday evening at eight o'clock on bbc one.
laurel and hardy were one of hollywood's most loved
slapstick double acts. oliver hardy was fat and pompous, stan laurel thin and childish, both wore trademark bowler hats. today a new discovery is being celebrated by their legions of fans. fragments from the british actor stan laurel‘s solo film "detained", which were believed to have been lost, have been found deep in the frisian film archive in the netherlands. it's believed to be the only existing copy in the world. anna holligan reports. do you recognise this man? look a little closer. because that is exactly what this archivist did. jurjen enzing had been stocktaking old nitrate films when he realised he'd stumbled upon one of the silent movie world's most captivating characters. the rediscovered scene shows stan laurel playing a prisoner, and eventually exacting a typically absurd escape. this early experiment with special effects ended up
on the cutting room floor. these scenes on these
fragments that we found were thought to be missing. ted okuda and james neibaur wrote a book about the solo years of stan laurel of which this movie is part and they described this film as being only surviving in a version of 1a minutes and now we found the second reel of the full version so it's very exciting news. their diligence has meant this little lost movie gem has been restored. when we discovered this, we first had to make sure that it's digital and when we made contact, he said it was a very exciting moment for comedy movie history and he was very glad we found the scene so the film can be a little bit more whole again. and now a digital copy of the entire 192a film detained has been released, including these missing scenes.
anna holligan, bbc news. let's have a look at the front pages of the morning's newspapers. the guardian leads on the condemnation by the un of donald trump's alleged racist comments. the president shouldn't get his hopes up about getting an invitation to the royal wedding, according to the daily mail's lead. the mirror covers the allegations of racism by chelsea coaching staff in the 1990s. a smiling image of angela merkel is on the ft, which reports the german chancellor is nearing an agreement to form a coalition government. tips on how to halt dementia, that's the top story in the express. the sun says there's pressure on the bbc to sack radio four presenterjohn humphrys over comments he made off—air about equal pay. the telegraph has an interview with the presenter, in which he says he didn't know he was being recorded. the paper also reports that people wanting flu jabs are being turned
away from pharmacies because of low supplies. the daily star has some alternative advice for keeping the bug at bay. as always lots more on our website at if you want to get in touch with me and some of the team we are on twitter and facebook. the weather now with chris fawkes. hello there. for many of us, the weather has not changed a great deal over the last couple of days. look at the satellite picture from thursday and i will show you what i mean. a largely cloudy day across many areas of the british isles. there is a satellite picture from yesterday again showing extensive cloud cover. we'll leave the satellite picture behind for a moment. today's headline, can you guess what it'll be?
another cloudy day. the weather is not that straightforward. we have a weather front in the west wringing outbreaks of rain for some of us. there's at least one change. now, the weather will be fairly slow moving again on saturday because this weather front is coming in off the atlantic and is running into this massive area of high pressure, influencing the area across northern and central europe so the front will not make much progress. against that massive blocking area of high pressure. then we start off with outbreaks of rain as we start the day on saturday — that rain band will probably be in the same kind of errors right way through the day but further restock ross central and eastern england and central and eastern scotland, for the vast majority of us for much of the day it's going to be drive extensively cloudy, but a bit of breeze around. a few gaps in the cloud to allow some brighter moments. there is the forecast through saturday night. this weather front in the west will fizzle overnight with a bit of rain going on across north—west england into central and eastern
areas of scotland. the winds fall light across england. some mist and fog patches, with maybe the cloud thickening up a bit to allow drizzle on sunday. but for sunday another cloudy one for most of us. a change coming into the north—west. we will see another atlantic fronts moving in. this one bringing some heavy rain and strong winds but this one will be a big player to finally break our spell of cloudy weather. this is what happens. sunday night and on into monday the front swings its way and, behind this cold front, the air gets colder. starting to come in with a more north—westerly direction and the skies will brighten up. down go the temperatures. through monday afternoon, highs of four or five celsius for northern and western areas of the british isles, cold enough for snow in the highlands. colder air on the way for next week, which means more in the way of sunshine. the weather will be getting colder and at times it could turn very windy, but it also means
there is the risk of some snow next week, particularly in the north down to low levels, but the hills further south would also see some snow at times. the african union has expressed outrage and demanded an apology from donald trump, after he allegedly made derogatory and vulgar references to african countries.