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>> welcome to witness news, broadcasting to viewers in north america on pbs and around the globe. our top stories. the united states is criticized by fell u.n. security council members were calling an emergency meeting over protests in iran. the author of a damning book on donald trump says he stands by everything he wrote in his dipics of a chaotic white house. >> i will tell you will the one description that everyone gave. everyone has in common. they all say he is like a child. >> the east coast of america in the grim of an arctic blast. at least 19 people have died and temperatures could fall to minus 40 in some places this weekend. ♪
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>> national presentation of "bbc world news" is made possible by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. doug: hello and welcome to "bbc news." the u.n. security council is holding an emergency meeting on the deadly protests in iran. it was called by the u.s. ambassador nikki haley after a week in which the trump administration expressed strong support for the protesters. the meeting went ahead despite objections from russia and some other council members. our state correspondent barbara rereports. >> nikki haley warned iran that the world was watching its response to the anti-government protests. she used the platform of the u.n. to amplify the message of president trump, who's been tweeting support for the iranian
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demonstrators. >> the united states stands with those in oriental who seek freedom for themselves, prosperity for their families and dignify -- dignity for their nation. we will not be quiet. [chanting] >> this unusually robust stance on human rights by the trump station coincides withs -- with the policy to see -- what it sees as iran's maligned influence. he repeated protests that. protests were dereked from bae aboard, which miss haley denied. >> this is a long history of bullying at the u.n. but this is a preposttrowls example. the interference of a nation, in this case, the united states with the utmost respect of the protesters and with every attempt to deal with peacefully
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despite violent infiltrators and direct encouragement by foreign influences including by the president of the united states. >> other urged teheran to allow free and peaceful nonadministrations but some suggested this was an internal matter and the russian ambassador accused the u.s. of playing policyful the -- politics. >> mr. president, the real reason for convening today's meeting is not in an effort to protect human rights or promote the interests of the iranian people but rather as a veiled attempt to use the current moment to continue to undermine the joint comprehensive plan of action. >> that's the agreement which ricts iran's nuclear program, which mr. trump says deeply flawed. he has to decide next week whether to continue wavepping sanctions suspended under the deal. doug: let's speak to our north
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american correspondent peter. are we expecting anything of substance to come from this meet something peter: it's difficult to see anything of substance coming out of this meeting. it seems to have been an opportunity, certainly for many countries, to display their concern for the u.s. attitude edwards these protests on the streets of iran and there were certainly a lot of arm twisting involved by u.s. officials. nikki haley the ambassador said she wanted to hold this meeting and she was successful in getting it but certainly there wasn't universal support for it and we heard from the iranian ambassador speaking in very strong terms that the u.s. had overstemmed its authority, its position as a permanent member of the security council to get this to happen. if anything, the u.s. will have got the message there isn't universal support for its attitude wards this -- towards this issue. >> as barbara mentioned next
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week could be a more important week in terms of u.s.-iran relations. >> yes, mostly balls president trump fails as decision. he has to decide whether to sign documents that would continue the suspension of sanctions against iran and he has, of course, made no secret of the fact that he opposes the nuclear deal which was negotiated by the obama administration 2015 along with five other nations and that was a campaign pledge of president trump to do with that dream. so he has this decision, does he essentially go along with it by signing the document and continuing the sanctions or does he take an alternative view? now, if he does, that would certainly put pressure on the iranian regime and it would perhaps be the beginning of the process of coming up with a solution to rip apart that agreement, something that he promised his supporters.
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so in a sense, domestic u.s. policies or promises that the president has made to his supporters could come into play here when he makes in important decision. >> peter, thank you. doug: for more on the situation in iran, including more information about the fallout from the emergency u.n. security council meeting, held to our website, forward slash news and you can also download the "bbc news" app. two planes have complileded while on the ground at an airport in canada. it happened at toronto's international airport when a plane was pushing back from the gate, hit an arising jet. the collision between the two aircraft resulted in a fire which was soon put out. some passengers were evacuated using the escape chutes and there are no reports of any injuries. the author of a controversial
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new book about donald trump's first year as u.s. president says everyone he spoke to at the white house described the president as like a child in need of instant gratification. the book, called "fire and fury" has gone on sale four days early despite the white house trying to block its publication. president trump has called it a phony book full of lies. >> not quite harry potter but they were couping to get their hands only "fire and fury," and if donald trump had the powers of a young wizard, he would have made this book disappear but this damning book is available for everyone to read. >> what we all know is going on just below the surface. >> i'm expecting the white house to be as absolutely dysfunctional as the leaks would make it seem. >> no one gets tired of palace
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intrigue >> the picture it paints of life in the west wing is unsparring. allegations of marital strain, of tears and tantrums, of dysfunction and improvisation and at the emcenter of every storm, donald j. trump. >> i will tell you the one description that everyone gave, everyone has in common. they all say he is like a child and what they meanwhile by that is he has a need for immediate gratification. it's all about him. >> and the gravest charge of all, wolff alleges that a number of his unnamed charges sources told him the president was unfit to remain in office. a charge that brought this response from the president's spokeswoman. >> it's disgrace and feel laughable. if he was unfit he probably wouldn't be sixthing there, wouldn't have defeated the most qualified group of candidates the rental party has ever seen. >> the president has been on
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twitter to rubbish the book saying i authorize zero access to white house. actually turned him down many times for author of phony beautiful. i never spoke to him for book. full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don't exist. but that's not how michael wolff rememberers it. >> i absolutely spoke to the president. whether he realized it was an interview or not, i don't know but it was not off the record. >> the author says he stands by every word, although with anonymous sources, it's hard to fact check. given michael wolf's track record, why white house statue would give him access to the inner sanctum of the west wing or months on as virtually a semiresident is unknown. the author was asked what he had to say about the threatening legal letter that the president's lawyers had cents. his reply? where do i sent -- send the box
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of chock laments? >> heavy flooding in the democratic republic of congo has killed at least 37 people. torrential rains caused land slides and a river running through the capital to overflow. 10 million people live in the city where the problems have been mades worse by poor drain age and un-- unauthorized building. thousands of cattle lands have thrown -- shown their support for jailed land independence leaders at the traditional three kings parade. spain's leader ored karras to remain in custody after over two months in prison while authorities investigate his role in the spanish region's independence movements. the oscar winning producer and director paul haggis has been accused of sexual misconduct by four women. a civil lawsuit accused the canadian filmmaker of remain and has prompted three other women
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to come forward. he directed the film "crash" and has denied the original allegation. his lawyer says the latest claims were also untrue. apple said it recently discovered flaws in some computer processor chips that affects all iphones and mac computers. the flaws could allow hackers to steal personal information from devices but there's no information this has happened. the firm says it will reels updates within days. temperatures along the east coast of america are expected to fall as low as minus 40 degrees celsius in the coming hours as a brutal cold spell continues into the weekend. at least 19 people have died since a powerful blizzard hit much of the east coast on thursday. the storm also caused floods which have now frozen in the record-breaking temperatures, adding to the problems. thousands of flights have also been canceled. from new york, we have a report.
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reporter: the morning after the snow cyclone and this was the scene in one part of masachusetts. an allout effort is under way to clear mountains of snow in the sub-zero conditions, it's making life very ditch. even the sea has froze than areas of new england. the winter hurricane conditions have brought not only heavy snowfall but flooding too. in coastal massachusetts, strong winds coins sided with the high tides so that in boston, there was a three-foot storm surge. the city's mayor is blaming the changing climate. >> we're keeping an eye an owl of those different flood. if anyone wants to question global warming, see where the flood zones are. >> not far from boston and the beach town of revere and the floodwaters have frozen in place, trapping the cars in isles. the brutal conditions closed new york's major airports, though
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they've now reopened. new yorkers are trying to take it all in frozen stride. >> i'm so bundled up. i have so many layers, i feel ok right now. as long as i go quickly to work i'm ok. >> i just want to it beover with. it's been way too long. i want it to be nice and warm again. >> the race is on to clear the snow in manhattan before it turns into dangerous ice. the storm brought in all this cold air from the arctic so in its aftermath, we're due to have sub-zero temperatures the next few days. it is so cold out here, minus 10 degrees celsius that already i can hardly feel my fingers or toes and the freezing temperatures are prompting many americans to experiment. this trick is proving very popular in the deep freeze. "bbc news," new york. >> kenneth from cbs is braving the freezing temperatures for us in boston. ken 'em, how's it looking there
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tonight? reporter: i'll tell you what a difference 24 hours has made. we were out here last night. back again out here tonight and i can tell you the temperatures have absolutely plummeted. when we were standing out here in boston last night, temperatures were about 24 degrees, the snow was coming down. you can see the snow has finally stopped here. now we're hovering at around eight degrees and the wind is gusting upwards of 50 miles per hour in places. it feels like negative 16 to egg in active 25 degrees fair hate below zero. things are slowly, despite all of this cold and the wind, getting back to normal here in the city tonight. traffic is moving. crews have done a remarkable job at clearing the snow off the sidewalks. subways and buses are running but the second round is now coming and that is this arctic
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blast we are starting to experience right now. in the single digits tonight. temperatures expected to dip even more overnight and only supposed to be in the highs of maybe six, seven, eight degrees tomorrow with these double-digit negative wind chills again. >> my goodness. we have been hearing about some quite tragic depth because of the cold weather. what are you hearing? reporter: well, at last check, sadly and unfortunately we have counted 22 or so people who have dialed as the storm has made its wail up the east coast and now off the coast. many of those people were in car stents and accidents with plows and that kind of thing and some people dying from highlyo they werea. this is very, very serious and very dangerous cold. the kind of temperatures where you really shouldn't be outside and if you are, you shouldn't be out for long and if you are outside, you need to be bundled up like we are, wearing a lot of layers to protect you from this cold and wind. >> we appreciate you being out
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there for us. turning to another catastrophic wefrlts event in mad gas car, cyclone ava has made landfall along the northeastern coast. it brings wilt the risk of massive floods and mudslides. a year after the island was slammed by a storm which claimed 78 lives and displaced thousands. stay with us here on "bbc news"." still to come, it's the world's most expensive -- cap. who had the bottle to steal it from a bar in copenhagen? >> the japanese people are in mourning following the depth of hirohito. thousands converged on the imperial calf to pay their. . >> good grief. after half a century of delighting fans around the world. charlie brown and the rest of
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the gang is calling it quits. >> the singer paul simon starts his tour of south african tomorrow, in spite of protests and violence from some international groups. they say artists should continue to boycott south africa until majority rule is established. >> realizes it faces an ecological crisis. three weeks ago the authorities assured these areas that oil from the tanker would need sea. it didn't. >> the world's tallest skyscraper opens today. it's easily taken over its nearest rivals. >> welcome back. you're watching "bbc news"." the latest headlines. the united states has been criticized by fellow u.n. security council members for calling an emergency meeting over protests in iran. and the author of a damning book on donald trump says he stands by everything he wrote in his
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depiction of a chaotic white house. 13 people have been killed after a boat tseng in indonesia. it's the second fatal accident in less than a week with nine more killed on new year's day. indonesia has had several boats capsize in recent years. the latest happened on the musee river in south sumatra. police say the captain survived but has disappeared and they're investigating whether the bolt should have been carrying passengers. ref a report. reporter: search teams approaching the wreckage of a bolt which capsized on thursday carrying 55 people on board. 1 are known to have died, their bodies washing along the river in south sumatra but many are -- more are still missing, including the captain. police are investigating whether the boat was sea worthy. three days earlier, another boat capsized, killing nine of those on board. that was traveling between two
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islands on borneo. essential but fatal accidents are common here. in july last year, eight people drowned on the same route under similar circumstances. and on new year's dale in 2016, a tourist bolt caught fire carrying 250 holiday makers celebrating the new year. 23 people died. with 17,000 islands in indonesia's archipelago, people rely on bolts every day but the industry has a patchy safety record. police are now investigating the latest extent and say the captain's assistant is now being questioned. >> now,er is ridley scott's true life kidnap drama "all the money in the world" is destined to go down in cinema history as the film that kevin space by was --
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was in and then wasn't. spacey played john paul getty but was dropped after accusations of sexual misconduct. we spoke to sir ridley. >> original limb it was a commercial decision which would be maybe a little hand in hand with a moral decision. but you can't take the artist and actually whatever persons decide to do in their private life which doesn't harm others, you have to separate that from what they do as an artist or as a person. as a clever person. >> mr. getty, your grandson. he's been kidnapped. >> i've seen the movie and it is completely seamless but what was of course running through my head, is it a much different movie with plummer or spacey? >> kevin spacey did a fantastically good job. it was cooler and chillier. christopher comes with this inordinate charm. smile and his twinkle. so, when, in, he's doing the
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same words, the same text as kevin, the twinkle and smile somehow make him that much more effective. >> do you think we're looking at a moment in hollywood where things actually are going to change, where the sexism will sub side or do you think it's window dressing? >> i think a bit of each. i think there'll be an immediate change because there should be. it's long, way, way overdue. i've never experienced any of those things that you described in my life in my companies. they have frankly got women rung my companies. i've always been a great supporter of strong women without actually ever thinking about it. i've just got great respect for women generally. maybe it comes from my mum. i had a very strong mother who brought up three pretty stalwart sons and always very independents and tough. >> it's something you've
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witnessed a lot of time in hollywood, that women are mistreated? >> never, never, never. and if it came in front of me, i would immediately step on it but not really. i've always treated every actor or actress with the greatest respect. >> a new run of a 140-year-old opera is opening this week and in florence. not in ifments unusual. what's different about this interpretation of george bizet's "carmen" is how it ends. wally carson has the story. ♪ reporter: this is the final rehearsal before the curtain rises on the latest production of "carmen." one of the world's most beloved operas, it's been performed thousands of times but there's something special about this run of the show, a new ending. [speaking in italian] >> carmen's desire for freedom
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backs self-defense. this is what's going to happen. there's no premeditation. it's simply self-defense. ♪ >> carmen becomes the object of donahoe say's affection. when she falls for someone else, he becomes wild with jealousy. in the last acts carmen is stabbed to death by donahoe say but not this time. the director says he was hesitant initially but that it made sense the opera should change with the times. >> we see carmen in the whole opera tormented by donahoe say's obsessive violence. in the final moment when she's certain she will die, she finds a way to defend herself with an extreme gesture.
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♪ >> this time, the heroin -- her win survives. able to should be her would be killer instead of becoming his victim. it's a stand against violence and the mistreatment of women. the new version of the show has already sealed out. -- sold out. riley carlson, "bbc news." >> a bottle of vodka thought to be the most expensive in the world has been found empty after being stolen from a bar from denmark earlier this week. reporter: as bottles of vodka go, this one is really rather special. made of white and yellow gold with a diamond encrusted replica of the russian imperial eagle on its cap, it's almost one of a
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kind. it was on loan at this bar in copenhagen when a masked intruder made off with it in the middle of the night. but now only a few days later, the bottle, although not its contents have been recovered. >> we got a call from a man working at a construction site saying he'd found a bottle of vodka. at first i suspected it was a crazy media stunts then he sends a picture of him holding the bottle and then i'm thinking it's the real deal. >> the bottle is currently being examined by police but soon my return to these shells. it appears this little adventure will have no major impact on the price. as the bar owner said, we have the same vodka. we'll just fill the bolt up again. >> that's it. thank you for watching "bbc news" on bbc. bye for now.
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>> i'm katty kay in washington. join me and my co-host christian fraser in london for "beyond 100 days" on monday. we'll focus on the biggest issues affecting both sides of the atlantic and provide analysis on how they're shaping our world. we look forward to seeing you here on pbs. >> national presentation of "bbc world news" is made possible by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> wour watching pbs.
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hello and welcome to kqed newsroom. i'm thuy vu. coming up on our program, a california republican and democrat have a bipartisan plan focused on tech firms that rely on foreign labor. california's market for legal recreational marijuana kicked off this week. we'll hear from experts about the high stakes and potential pitfalls. but first -- >> he's brought us to the brink of nuclear war. >> if you've watched any cable tv recently, you've probably seen an ad calling for the impeachment of president donald trump. the ads were paid for by billionaire tom steyer. the former hedge fund manager is one of the top donors to the democratic party. he has poured millions of dollars into get out the vote campaigns.


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