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tv   Outside Source  BBC News  December 5, 2017 9:00pm-9:31pm GMT

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hello, i'm ros atkins, this is outside source. america is moving towards recognising jerusalem as israel's capital. president trump called regional leaders today to say he'll move the us embassy there. that totally destroys any chance he will play a role as an honest broker. until now america's policy was that jerusalem's status should be negotiated by the israelis and the palestinians. that's changing — we'll report from washington and jerusalem. we'll be live in lausanne — russia's been banned from the 2018 winter olympics for state—sponsored doping. these were the extraordinary scenes in ukraine. that's the former georgian president mikheil saakashvili being detained. but then... freed. and we'll be live in westminster with the latest on the stalled brexit. welcome to outside source.
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president trump has announced he intends to move the us embassy in israel from tel aviv to jerusalem — he did so in a number of calls to leaders in the region. this is hugely significant — it could be a step towards recognising jerusalem as israel's capital — no country has gone that far since israel's creation in 1948. king abdullah ofjordan told mr trump this could have "dangerous repercussions on the stability and security of the region". a spokesman for the palestinian president mahmoud abbas said he has urged russia, france and the pope, "to intervene to prevent it from happening."
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here's the reaction of turkish president, recep tayyip erdogan. translation: i would like to reiterate my sadness over reports the us is getting ready to recognise jerusalem as israel's capital. mr trump, jerusalem is the red line for muslims. we will continue our fight until the last minute. this can go as far as cutting diplomatic ties with israel. israel sees jerusalem as its eternal, undivided capital and it has long been a source of frustration for israeli leaders that there is no recognition of its full sovereignty over the city, but palestinians want east jerusalem as the capital of their future independent state. it has been the international consensus it has been the international consensus for a long time now that
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the status of the city should be decided in a negotiated peace deal between israel and the palestinians. the east of jerusalem between israel and the palestinians. the east ofjerusalem of course was captured by israel in the 1967 middle east war, later annexed captured by israel in the 1967 middle east war, laterannexed in captured by israel in the 1967 middle east war, later annexed in a move that is not recognised internationally. that is really all the sensitivities. at the moment, all countries that have an embassy in israel keep them in or close to tel aviv, and they have consulates injerusalem. this tel aviv, and they have consulates in jerusalem. this is tel aviv, and they have consulates injerusalem. this is a big departure by mrtrump. injerusalem. this is a big departure by mr trump. next the bbc state department correspondent on why this is such a big shift in policy. the americans have followed the international community on this, because its controversial for two reasons, one because both israelis and palestinians claim it, israelis say they want eastjerusalem as their capital, so that is something that should be decided in final status negotiations. this is a place
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that also is claimed wholly to three religions, christianity, judaism and islam. there is a un resolution that says the status ofjerusalem should be separate or decided ultimately in a way that satisfies all of those religions, so it does not actually recognise israeli sovereignty over any part ofjerusalem. it's a very contentious issue. the position of the us has been told now that status should be decided in final negotiations on a peace deal between israel and the palestinians. if mr trump announces he will move the embassy, either right away or at some point definitively, or if he says they will recognise jerusalem as the capital of israel, then that isa as the capital of israel, then that is a big departure from the previous us policy. it also flies in the face of pretty much everyone else, the us's allies in the region, its enemies, and the united nations. the international olympic committee' says russia will be banned
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from the winter olympics. but russian athletes who can prove they are clean will be allowed to compete under a neutralflag — we're not sure yet if moscow will let that happen. the games start in february in pyeongchang in south korea. the ban is because of allegations the russian government orchestrated large—scale cheating at the last winter games — which were in in sochi in russia. russia denies this by the way. it hasn't stopped the ioc banning russian deputy prime minister and former sports minister vitaly mutko from all future olympic games. he's also the chairman for the 2018 russia world cup. here's the ioc president thomas bach. the report clearly lays out an
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unprecedented attack on the integrity of the olympic games and support. the report includes in particular the manipulation of the anti—doping love for tory at the olympic winter games in sochi, 2014. as an athlete myself, i am feeling very sorry for all the clean athletes. —— anti—doping lavatory cleaner never before has a country been banned by anti—doping violations. this is an olympic superpower, a real heavyweight. it has proved in the end that the ioc had no choice but to issue the sanction. it was expected given the evidence had been mounting, which had always denied state—sponsored doping, and
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crucially a report given by our previous swiss president looking into the wider issue of whether this doping had been a state led conspiracy between the years of 2011 and 2015, as laid out in professor mclaren's report last year, he agreed with him. it was systemic manipulation, of the anti—doping rules, russia was guilty of that, it was state—sponsored doping and that's why the ioc has been able to issue this tough penalties today. the president of russia's olympic committee says he will appeal the ban. as alex told us, these allegations aren't new. in 2015, report by the world anti—doping agency, wada, found evidence of state—sponsored doping in russia. then last year this man richard mclaren led an independent report and found that more than 1,000 competitors in more than 30 sports had been involved in a conspiracy to conceal positive drug tests — over a five—year period. there have already been consequences. the russian cross—country skier
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alexander legkov was one of the first to be stripped of his sochi medals. he's one of 25 russians who have been banned for life. let's talk to our correspondent from bbc russia. russia say they did not do this but there is a lot of evidence. you may laugh but russians keep saying there is no evidence, that's what they claim. they say all this is based on words ofjust one man, who is cold a national traitor now in russia and is under investigation at the moment. he underlined that there is no document saying let's start the doping programme or whatever, so it's saying let's start the doping programme or whatever, so its pure politics, it's just another version of western sanctions, that's the narrative. this idea of russians
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competing under a neutral flag, narrative. this idea of russians competing under a neutralflag, will gladly repeat in dover that? it's ha rd to gladly repeat in dover that? it's hard to tell, we need to wait till tomorrow morning. -- will of vladimir putin go for that? the kremlin will take a while to go for that. we'll take this decision on the 12th, when all the russian national team members will meet to discuss it. as this had any ability on russia's ability to host the world cup? at the moment, fifa said these are two separate events it will look into the reports, but at the moment they will only act based on the hard evidence. thank you. if you speak russian, you can get news through bbc russia .com. the trump russia story continues to evolve at speed. first — remember this at the weekend. that's the president admitting
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he knew michael flynn had broken the law. some suggested the tweet could be an admission of obstruction ofjustice. well mr trump's lawyer has told the media outlet axios "the president cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under the constitution's article ii and has every right to express his view of any case". in other words, the president is above the law. mr dowd also claimed he wrote that tweet — if he did, he does a good job of mastering mr trump's distinctive style. anthony zurcher spoke to us from washington about this latest intervention. for a president's lawyer to say he is writing tweets for the president
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to immerse himself in an ongoing controversy like this is remarkable. but i have to point out that the idea that the president is above and obstruction of justice idea that the president is above and obstruction ofjustice charge is a relatively controversial, novel view of residential culpability. if you will remember when bill clinton was impeached there were quite a few republican senators who voted to convict him in the senate trial, based on obstruction ofjustice allegations. i think this may be the defence that the administration is constructing here, buti defence that the administration is constructing here, but i doubt it will be an iron clad one.|j appreciate will be an iron clad one.” appreciate your not a lawyer, anthony, but in layman ‘s terms, how do we define obstruction ofjustice in terms of what the president did ori in terms of what the president did or i think in this case, the question is whether the president knew that michael flynn had committed some kind of criminality, lied to the fbi, then he went about
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trying to disrupt the investigation, telling fbi director james trying to disrupt the investigation, telling fbi directorjames comey to go easy on michael flynn, that he was a good guy, taking other steps possibly to make it more difficult to investigate michael flynn for criminal acts that at least according to this tweet if you believe it at face value, criminal a cts believe it at face value, criminal acts the president himself was aware. politics will say this is not aware. politics will say this is not a case aware. politics will say this is not a case that looks directly at formula should be investigating which is russian meddling in the us election. this is a process case that could be a direction robert mueller is going in. the democratjohn conyers has resigned from congress. he's been mired in allegations that he sexually harassed aids. he denies the claims and in announcing his resignation he said "my legacy can't be compromised or diminished in any way by what we are going through now". "this too shall pass."
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here's anthony again. stay with us on outside source — still to come. we're going to turn to yemen to look at how the killing of former president ali abdullah saleh could impact the country's ongoing civil war. an independent review into the terrorist attack in manchester, in which 22 people were killed, has concluded that m15 and the police may have had opportunities to prevent the bombing. david anderson qc, who lead the review, said that while security services were closing in on the bomber, salman abedi, it is "conceivable the attack might have been avoided had the cards fallen differently". a young ayoung man, a young man, salman abedi, who they had no reason to be particularly suspicious of, though he certainly
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had some bad associates. despite that they got quite close to him, they had peripheral vision of what he was perhaps thinking of planning. at the end of the day, they were too late, they had a meeting scheduled just a few days after the attack. to decide what should be done about this man, and by then of course it was too late. we can see with hindsight that that intelligence was highly relevant to the attack this man was planning at the manchester arena. at the time that was not appreciated. understandably, we can see was a mistake. the palestinian, egyptian, jordanian and turkish leaders have all warned president trump that his plans to move the american embassy in israel to jerusalem will have dangerous consequences. monday wasn't the start of the week theresa may was looking for.
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she'd travelled to brussels hoping to announce progress on brexit talks. only to find out, she could do nothing of the sort because of what one party in northern ireland thinks. back in westminster, the prime minister relies on the dup to have a functioning majority — so when they pulled the plug on a plan for the irish border, that was that. well mrs may regrouped box one with a cabinet meeting. here is boris johnson here is borisjohnson arriving. after the cabinet meeting we heard this from mrs may. talks with the european union have made a lot of progress. there is still a couple of issues we need to work on. theresa may is expected to speak to talk to the dup leader by phone later to try to break the deadlock. but the dup has already restated its position. when we looked at the wording, and
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saw the import of all that, we knew we could not sign up to anything that was in that text that would allow a border to develop in the irish sea. needless to say this all came up in parliament today. here's the opposition. mr speaker, what an embarrassment. it is one thing to go to brussels and fall out with those on the other side of the negotiating table, it is quite another to go to brussels and fall out with those supposedly on your own side of the negotiating table. we recognise that as we exit we must respect the integrity of the eu single market and the customs union but we are equally clear we must respect the integrity of the united kingdom. and there was criticism from the prime minister's party too — who said she should say this to the eu. you need to change this process, and
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to back off. otherwise we get on with other arrangements. that was in westminster. in dublin, the irish prime minister had to face his own parliament. remember he thought there was a done deal — only to find out theresa may hadn't cleared it with the dup. here he is earlier. we cannot move on to phase two until we have the assurances that we need, that there will be no hard border. and indeed the assurances we have been promised for 18 months now, and even longer. as things stand, the ball is very much in london. the ball is very much in london. the ball is very much in london. the ball is in london's court. finally we shift to brussels. that perhaps given what the eu is saying i shouldn't have bothered. "the show is now in london" it says. true — the show may be there, but the eu's in brussels
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and its clock is ticking. the short term deadline is to get to this point where sufficient progress has been made — and trade talks can start — both sides hope that will be by an eu summit later this month. eleanor garnier is watching all this in westminster. i can't help but look all this and scratch my head and think, shouldn't you play this with the dup before you went to brussels? that's one question eve ryo ne brussels? that's one question everyone in westminster has been asking. how did theresa may get herself into a position where she was in brussels having not been com pletely was in brussels having not been completely 100% sure that the dup we re completely 100% sure that the dup were onside. to update you on what was meant to be happening today, we understood there was going to be a call, a phone call between theresa may and the leader of the dup, arlene foster, in the last few minutes it has become apparent that that call is not going to be
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happening tonight, it seems there has been little progress today, despite the dup's negotiating team and the conservatives chief whips and the conservatives chief whips and government negotiating side, when it comes to the dup, plus some others, they met for several hours this afternoon. yet not enough progress was made. a dup insider saying tonight this is notjust changing a few words here and there, they say there needs to be a lot of change when it comes to the deal right now. after these last few days of this week, theresa may is under increasing pressure and as you point out, this week was meant to be about getting that signal that the uk and the eu might be able to move from phase one of the talks, about the divorce side of things, to phase two, which is all about the future relationship, trade relationship we might have with the eu. certainly theresa may is under pressure and this is not the week she wanted to
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have started with. thank you. we will leave it there. if you want more background on the brexit talks, head online to our website. let's look at the fallout from the killing of yemen's former president ali abdullah saleh. he died in a roadside ambush by houthi rebels just outside the capital sanaa. he had been allied to the houthi rebels but he recently shifted sides and started cooperating with the saudi—led coalition. and the houthis took exception. well, this is the latest development in a long and complex conflict. before we talk to bbc arabic, this short report from the bbc‘s mai noman explains how we got here. for many year many, this was the only president they knew. until the
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first event, remember the arab spring? you many came out on the street as well. meant to be a transitional period, but that did not go so well. saleh was accused of meddling. then armed rebels took control of large areas of the country. you should also know that saleh and the houthi had previously fought each other on and off the years. after being ousted and replaced by his deputy, saleh formed an alliance with the houthi. that did not go down well with saudi arabia, which accused a man of supporting the houthi. then saudi arabia led a coalition targeting the houthi rebels. that was the start of nearly three years of full—blown war. it has left
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thousands dead and brought the country to the brink of famine. our fourth turn of events happens days before saleh died. he shifted sides yet again. he said he was willing to start a new page with saudi arabia, and fought off against the houthis. in the final turn of events, saleh was killed by his former allies. ali abdullah saleh‘s son has reportedly vowed to avenge his father's death. that makes a complicated military situation even more complex. rasha qandeel from bbc arabic. from the initial reactions it's like an ultimate victory to the houthi, they think they will be the sole power on the ground. actually the disappearance of ali abdullah saleh would make the shift in power go a bit more risky. he still has
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followers, and there are more leaders to his party, the general people's congress, outside yemen than there are inside. especially after the invitation of his son today to move towards the capital and defeat the houthis, so things can change dramatically after his disappearance. my guess is reaction to these events in yemen very much depends on which part of yemen you focus on? that's absolutely correct. in the north there is a sense of shock. so many people still like to saleh despite everything that happened after the arab spring. in the south, totally different, levels of people celebrating. he was the responsible party for the decision to bomb the south in 1994 to reunify the country and overcome the communist part of yemen. they did not really stand by him and they we re not really stand by him and they were happy for emirates and their
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men playing behind the scenes to ta ke men playing behind the scenes to take over the power politically. absolutely extraordinary scenes in ukraine earlier. let me show you this video. it features the former president of georgia mikheil saakashvili — who has a complex relationship with ukraine. earlier the authorities tried to detain him at his flat in kiev — mr saakashvili then got onto the roof — and called his supporters. but he was captured. and pushed into a vehicle. by which time a big crowd of his supporters had gathered. and jonah fisher was watching. we believe he is inside that blew a vehicle that, he was arrested by the authorities this morning, his supporters have turned out to make sure he does not go anywhere. we have seen clashes for the last couple of hours, hebert gas has been used by the security forces, and we
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have a stand—off, the supporters don't want to be taken... more pepper gas. people have been trying to reach his vehicle, the one trying to reach his vehicle, the one trying to ta ke to reach his vehicle, the one trying to take him away. to try to release him, effectively. incredibly, he has been broken out of his vehicle. a short addition of outside source today, because next is coverage of the turner prize, coming up shortly. a lot going on across north america at the moment, high pressured to the
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west, low pressure to the east bringing all sorts of different weather conditions. this area of high pressure bringing strong winds to california. this deep area of low pressure bringing a bout of gales and heavy rain which will sweep through during tuesday and by wednesday we will see arctic air moving in behind this system, so after what has been very mild in the east and north—east, much colder on wednesday. low single figures. that cold air will penetrate as far south as the deep south and northern florida, pretty unusual for the time of year. there is the mild air on tuesday replaced by much colder air on wednesday. it is set to stay cold for the rest of the week with overnight frost. across the west also plenty of sunshine around, quite cool, but looking at another problem across california, because the humidity is low we are looking at strong gusty north—easterly winds. we have seen an wildfire which is broken out, out of control, threatening the city of insurer.
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firefighters are having a lot of difficulty containing displays. as the winds are set to remain strong for the next few days. into south asia, we have seen all sorts of problems of the norse west of india because of a cyclone. this has downgraded quite quickly during tuesday, and becomes the remnants of showers and thunderstorms as we had through wednesday. but a record—breaking rainfall across mumbai, meanwhile were looking out to the bay of bengal because this is an area of heavy rain and thunderstorms. could show signs of some organisation, might develop into a tropical cyclone. if it does, some models disagreed with the direction it will take, but it looks like it could move northwards and north—west india and southern bangladesh by the end of the week. some heavy rain. into europe, lots of rain and snow bearing cloud across central and eastern europe, heavy thunderstorms across the
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eastern mediterranean, gradually clearing. the reason things slowly settled down is because i pressure is dominating the scene, though strong winds continue across the baltic states to bring rough seas and may be some disruption. across the south west, mild air, some problems with mist and fog through the morning. but closer to home, a deep area of low pressure starting the fishing off the atlantic. that will bring a surge of mild air to our shores during the course of wednesday, and it will be noticeable. another noticeable feature will be the winds, getting stronger through the day, gale force across the north and west, outbreaks of rain becoming heavy. should stay dry with some sunshine across the south—east and temperatures quite widely into double figures. hello and welcome to the 2017 turner prize award ceremony, brought to you live from hull, the 2017 city of culture. in a few minutes' time, the biggest prize in british art will be awarded. i'm jane hill, here at the magnificent setting for the ceremony, hull minster. the turner prize is of course being
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exhibited here in hull because this is the city of culture for 2017. and i'm rebecca jones. i'm at the ferens gallery in hull, where the four nominated artists
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