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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley — our top stories: president trump unleashes a tirade against his former chief strategist steve bannon, for accusing donald trump jr of treason. winter storms sweep europe — claiming lives, cutting power and causing chaos for travellers and coastal communities. one of the world's most sacred rivers — the ganges in india — is also one of the most—polluted — clogged with plastic waste and other rubbish. and the helping hand of science — researchers in italy develop a bionic limb that feels like the real thing. a spectacular war of words has broken out between donald trump and his former chief strategist steve bannon. bannon is quoted in a new book accusing the president's son
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donald junior of treason, for meeting during the election campaign with a group of russians who'd promised him damaging material on hillary clinton. the president has responded that steve bannon had notjust lost his job at the white house — he lost his mind as well. this from our north america correspondent peter bowes. they were once i speak as these. steve bannon helped to shape the america first campaign that elected donald trump. in the white house he was a key player. he had the ear of the president. but hisjob as was a key player. he had the ear of the president. but his job as chief strategist was short lived and he returned to his goal, job is the head of breitbart news. he promised to be the president swingman outside but this reveals a different story. the most damaging claim is that steve bannon watched a meeting
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between donald trump junior and steve bannon watched a meeting between donald trumpjunior and a bunch of russian lawyers during the campaign and considered it treasonous. also a meeting between paul manna fought and jared kushner. the three senior people in the campaign thought it was a good idea to me with a foreign government inside trump tower in the conference room on the 25th floor with no lawyers. bannon is quoted as saying. he answered that after the meeting they should have called the fbi immediately. the president hit back ina immediately. the president hit back in a scathing statement. he said steve bannon has nothing to do with me nor my presidency. when he was not only lost hisjob, me nor my presidency. when he was not only lost his job, he lost his mind. he goes on, steve was rarely ina mind. he goes on, steve was rarely in a one—on—one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influenced a full a few people with no access and no clue whom he he helped write looks. sarah huckerby sanders has condemned the contents of the book is completely untrue. said the man she says the meeting was not an act
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of treason. i think it is ridiculous accusation and i am sure we have addressed deviously. if that is in reference to comments from mr ban andi reference to comments from mr ban and i would refer you to the ones who previously on 60 minutes where he called the collision with russia about this president a total farce. i think you need to look back at that if anything has been inconsistent it has been bannon, certainly not the president nor this administration. the book also says the steve bannon believes the russians were ta ken the steve bannon believes the russians were taken after the meeting to me to donald trump. the president has always denied that happened. with the ongoing investigation into possible russian interference in the presidential election, this explosive row between donald trump and his once trusted ally has left washington stunned. so why the venom? 0ur north america editor, jon sopel, is in washington. i thought it would take something to eclipse donald trump's tweet about
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kimjong on. eclipse donald trump's tweet about kim jong on. it eclipse donald trump's tweet about kimjong on. it now eclipse donald trump's tweet about kim jong on. it now seems that the president and steve bannon are engaged for who has the biggest bite and in the most powerful one. let me read you a little more of what the president has said about his former chief strategist. steve had little to do with our historic victory. he does not represent myspace. he is only in it for himself. he was rarely in a one—on—one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influenced a full a few people. this is an unprecedented statement from president. so why the van? firstly because steve bannon has gone after family and secondly because it makes it much more difficult for donald trump to deny collusion with the russians when you have someone who was on the inside talking about treasonous and unpatriotic behaviour. there is one source of comfort for the white house, steve bannon continuing to be an influence after he was fired. no longer. he has now been cast out into darkness and the question is what does he do
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next? he will not go away quietly, he has his breitbart website and he will continue to be a thorn in the side. there was an earlier president hu commented about a troublesome allied. are to have him inside the tent looking out than outside the tent looking out than outside the tent looking out than outside the tent looking in. although that is not exactly the quota. more on that injusta not exactly the quota. more on that injust a moment. two people drowned on the northern coast of spain as they were swept away by a huge wave. sp was killed bya away by a huge wave. sp was killed by a falling tree in the french alps and 15 were injured across the country. tens of thousands have been affected by the power cuts and a trouble have been disrupted. 0r major sea barriers in holland have been shut. the storm swept into france with brute force. winds exceeding 150 kilometres an hour battered the
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northern coast. the atlantic ocean crash over and through fences. high tide in brittany saw waves flooding into the streets. in paris there was heavy driving rain. this is what the strongest wind in a years can do to the capital. crushed cars, collapsed scaffolding and downed power lines. dangerous conditions closed ski resorts in the alps. 0ne skier died after being hit by a falling tree. translation: i am devastated. we can predict avalanches or torrential rain that trees falling on the ski trail, were not used to that. it is tragic. destruction has been widespread across northern europe. tens of thousands of homes are without power. in switzerland, 25 people were stuck inside a cable car due to strong winds that it later they were rescued by helicopter. this train was blown off the track
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near lucerne injuring eight people. hours earlier, ireland was the first to feel the power of the storm. high spring tides in galway and gale force winds are a dangerous mix. in donegal, some enjoyed the wild weather. this is a dog in a sea of foam. in south—west england, elenor took a chunk out of the sea wall. foam. in south—west england, elenor took a chunk out of the sea walllj pulled took a chunk out of the sea wall.|j pulled the curtains back and saw a scene of utter devastation. you can see how close the house is, probably 50 yards away. i am amazed to see what happened. and through second night here, large waves pose a serious threat. the sea is a powerful thing. it is a silent killer and it will have you as quick asa killer and it will have you as quick as a lick. this is the fourth major storm to hit europe in a month and it is not yet over. some coastal areas in the uk and ireland remain on high flood alert. an operation has begun to recover the wreckage of a seaplane which crashed near sydney
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on new year's eve, killing five members of a british family and the pilot. the aircraft has been submerged in more than a0 feet of water after coming down in the hawkesbury river. our correspondent, phil mercer is watching the recovery operation. this operation has been going now for seven hours. how is it progressing? that is correct. it began at dawn in waters to the north of where we are at west head in sydney. the salvage operation is going on atjerusalem bay near the town of cowan. rescue divers are attaching inflatable bags to the wreckage. the aim is to bring it to the surface and from there will be pulled from the water by a crane and ona pulled from the water by a crane and on a barge. once it is on a vessel we expect it to travel through these waters to a wharf at pittwater that
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you can see behind me. eventually the wreckage will be taken to canberra by air crash investigators and they say that their preliminary findings into the new year's eve tragedy will be released in about one month's tragedy will be released in about one months time. tragedy will be released in about one month's time. the point of all of this, obviously, is that backplane is the best evidence as to what happened. it is the biggest clue. the authorities hope to find perhaps some mobile phone footage from the passengers that may yield clues that. there may be other digital data that will help their investigation because what they are doing is piecing together lots of different pieces of evidence to establish how and why a routine sightseeing flight from sydney harbour to jerusalem bay sightseeing flight from sydney harbour tojerusalem bay could end in utter catastrophe. the safety record of the company will be examined. the maintenance history of the aircraft, the background and experience of the pilot as well.
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many different things and the authorities have also asked witnesses to the crash to send them any footage they have as well. it is any footage they have as well. it is a big jigsaw that they need to put together and as we say, 11 arie findings are due in about one month but a comprehensive review of the tragedy could take much longer. but a comprehensive review of the tragedy could take much longerlj but a comprehensive review of the tragedy could take much longer. i am sure we will hear more on this from you. thank you very much. the problem of plastics and the impact they're having on our planet is a subject we've been exploring this week. according to a recent study 95% of plastic pollution in the world's oceans comes from just ten rivers. one of them is the ganges in india. our correspondent, sanjoy majumder reports from the banks of the holy city of varanasi. this looks like a drain carrying sewerage, but it's actually a tributary of the ganges. the waste along its banks choking and contaminating one of the world's greatest rivers. every day wrappers, bottles, cups and other plastic waste is deposited here, slowly sliding into the water and then eventually flowing into the ganges. for centuries, some of india's
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greatest cities have been built along its banks, varanasi the oldest one of them. it's only when you come to the ancient city of varanasi that you realise how this mighty river, that's so central to the hindu faith, that sustains the lives and beliefs of nearly half a billion people, is as polluted as it is. the ganges is more than a river to indians, it is sacred to hindus who pray and worship along its banks and cremate their dead in it. from the time it flows out of the icy heights of the himalayas, until it gets here, its crystal clear waters give way to a fetid, muddy flow, contaminated by the millions who live along its banks. five generations of sanjit‘s family have lived along the ganges in varanasi, living witnesses to its gradual degradation. translation: there's an old saying here that the ganges belongs to everyone. you are free to do what you want, throw what you want, cremate dead bodies, bathe, wash,
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and you'll achieve salvation. but we are being irresponsible, we do not have the right to pollute the ganges this way. three years ago, the indian government pledged more than £2 billion to clean up the ganges, but much of the money remains unspent and the focus, in any case, is on treating sewerage and industrial effluents. so the only people trying to prevent plastic waste being dumped into the river are these scrap pickers. translation: every day we pick up about ten to 20 kilos of plastic. we have to sift through the rubbish and segregate the plastic. it is estimated that every year, 1.2 billion pounds of plastic waste is dumped into the ganges, much of it carried into the bay of bengal where the river eventually empties out. sanjoy majumder, bbc news, varanasi. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: homegrown talent — why 2017 was a great year for the uk music industry especially
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for artists without major marketing backing. the most ambitious financial and political change ever attempted has got under way with the introduction of the euro. tomorrow in holland, we're going to use money we picked up in belgium today, and then we will be in france and again it will be the same money. it's just got to be the way to go. george harrison, the former beatle, is recovering in hospital after being stabbed at his oxfordshire home. a 33—year—old man from liverpool is being interviewed by police on suspicion of attempted murder. i think it was good. you... just good? no, fantastic! that's better. this is bbc news.
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the latest headlines: donald trump has accused his former chief strategist of losing his mind, after steve bannon reportedly accused mr trump's son and son—in—law of treasonous behaviour. let's stay with that story now, and joining me now live from washington is daniel lippman, a reporter for politico. daniel, very good to see you again. you know, this is a presidency where we have had to get used to be leaving 15 incredible things before brea kfast, leaving 15 incredible things before breakfast, where the most outrageous
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things become a bit ho—hum. where does all this rank in all that, do you think? i think this is the biggest split between a presidential adviser and his boss in american history, in modern american history. you never see history, in modern american history. you never see someone history, in modern american history. you never see someone so history, in modern american history. you never see someone so viciously attacked by both that person and the president, for someone to say that the president's sun, oh and son, committed treason is shocking in washington. how much credibility should we give it? you know as a journalist we are always told you have to be wary of anything that tells you what you quite like to believe, that confirms your prejudices. and this book is allegedly based on a series of interviews with a series of people who have been known to tell quite a lot of untruths. so even if it is an accurate transcript of interviews, we would still have to be quite wary, wouldn't we, of what the book says? we would, but this past year of trump in office has seen so much
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leakage to journalists in washington, that this is almost nothing new. although the revelations are amazing, to hear former aides to trump say that he is like a child, he is dumb, here's barely or semiliterate, is pretty interesting reading material. but michael wolff is a respected journalist, although some of his reporting methods have been called into question in the past. if steve bannon is to be believed, if the book is to be believed, the trump family does now look pretty vulnerable, doesn't it, to money—laundering investigation, he suggests. but it is also much harder for them to deny allegations of collusion. it is, and it is going to be interesting to see how the trump base, which is also the steve bannon base, which is also the steve bannon base, reacts to all of this. for steve bannon to basically say what a lot of democrats are thinking, that with donald jr and jared kushner meeting with the russians during the campaign is an act of treason. so it
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is interesting to see steve bannon alive with —— aligned with democrats on this front. usually democrats think that steve bannon is a racist who propagates white supremacy on breitbart. but this is quite an interesting revelation, because steve bannon himself almost elected donald trump. thank you very much. america's east coast is bracing for a rare winter storm that is expected to create blizzard—like conditions. schools have been shut, and some flights cancelled, as forecasters warn of strong winds and heavy snowfalls. it follows more than a week of record—low temperatures recorded across the us. kathryn armstrong reports. when water features become ice sculptures. freezing temperatures creating a rare sight for both locals and tourists visiting new york's bryant park. certainly nothing like this in australia. holders to get in sydney is probably
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about six degrees. so coming here and it is —10, —12, yes, it is pretty unbelievable. and it is —10, —12, yes, it is pretty unbelievablelj and it is —10, —12, yes, it is pretty unbelievable. i was asking myself, is it real, yes. further south, those who were used to a much milder winter half experiencing their own weather firsts. it is pretty wild, have never seen palm trees with snow on it before. what do you think? we have never seen this much slowdown here ever, i do then. this family is from down here and everyone is completely freaking out. parts of america have been coping with unseasonably low temperatures for more than a week. at least nine people are thought to have died in the cold. however, now the east coast is in the direct path ofa the east coast is in the direct path of a weather phenomenon known as a bomb cyclone. expected to create blizzard conditions which will see widespread power outages and see more scenes like this. snow-covered roads, high winds, and the fact that this storm will bring two to three inches of snow per hour will make
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driving hazardous, and we are urging the public to please stay off the roads tomorrow unless absolutely necessary , roads tomorrow unless absolutely necessary, and to use public transport. forecasters have warned that the arctic conditions are expected to continue until the end of the week. an international team of researchers has unveiled a bionic hand which enables the person wearing it to actually feel what they are touching. until now, it has only ever been used in labs, but for the first time it is being tested out in the real world. our medical correspondent fergus walsh has been to rome to meet the woman who has been using it, to see what difference it makes to her life. here is his exclusive report. a bionic hand with a sense of touch, and here is the proof. blindfolded, almarina mascarello knows whether what she is holding is soft or hard. she gets it right every time. over lunch she told me that, nearly
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25 years after losing her hand in a factory accident, it is almost like it's back again. translation: the feeling is spontaneous, as if it were your real hand. you're finally able to do things that before were difficult, like getting dressed, putting on shoes. all mundane but important things. you feel complete. the world's first feeling bionic hand, given to this danish man, never left the lab. the technology was just too bulky. now, nearly four years on, it is portable, allowing almarina to go back to her hobby of car mechanics. all the electronics are in her rucksack. here is how it works. sensors in the fingertips
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are linked to a computer. this converts the signals into a language the brain will understand. the information is relayed to it via tiny electrodes implanted in nerves in almarina's upper arm. this represents a significant advance in neuro—prosthetics, the interface between machine and the human body. the next patient won't need to have a rucksack to carry these electronics, because they are going to be miniaturised and implanted under the skin, and the team here are hoping to do the same with a bionic leg, which will have pressure sensors in the foot. engineers, computer scientists, and surgeons from several countries are involved in this eu—funded research. a truly human—like bionic hand is still decades away, but the team here think it will happen. you see that we are going more
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and more in the direction of science fiction, like movies like star wars — luke skywalker after the amputation of the hand. so, fully controlled, fully natural, fully sensorised. prosthesis, very similar, identical, to the human hand. since we filmed with almarina, she has had to give back her bionic hand, because it is still in the research stage. but she says, when it is commercialised in a few years, she wants the feeling bionic hand back for good. fergus walsh, bbc news, rome. 2017 was a great year for the music industry. across the uk, the amount of music we bought, streamed and downloaded rose at its fastest rate since the 1990s, and british artists accounted for eight out of ten of last year's bestselling albums. it is notjust digital downloads. there has been a vinyl revival, too.
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our consumer affairs correspondent nina warhurst reports. 2018 is set to be big for france's long. releasing his first album on manchester's buzzing music scene. because of the internet, he doesn't need the backing of a big label to be heard. i have got the power to put it online immediately. and everybody that is waiting for can hear it. whereas before i would have to wait for someone to give me permission, wait for somebody to tell me that it is good enough for other people to hear. last year, we streamed more music than ever, 68 billion songs, the equivalent of more than 1000 each. father christmas bought it... hats more surprising is how the tables have turned with vinyl records. for some who have flirted with digital, a return to their first love. just the beauty of having a record in your hand, i think, and looking after it, making sure doesn't get scratch, you
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know. so you like physically holding it. physically holding it, looking at the artwork on the covers, may be reading the song lyrics as you listen. vinyl sales were up an astonishing 26% on the year before, with 4 million records sold. today's news is encouraging the studios like this one in manchester which is home toa this one in manchester which is home to a small record label. but there is still what is termed a value gap, thatis, is still what is termed a value gap, that is, a disparity between the amount of music being listened to and the amount of money that that is generating for the industry. we are getting a little bit too used to getting a little bit too used to getting music for next to nothing. and that isn't really the value of the music. the music is somebody‘s life's work. and if the business model that we currently have continues, the price of that. so artist is like francis lung won't be singing from the rooftops just yet. but our willingness to spend more on music as times get tighter does give
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the industry a little something to dance about. thieves have outwitted sophisticated security systems at the doge's palace in venice to steal jewellery on loan from a member of the qatari royal family. police say at least two thieves took a brooch and earrings that had a minimum value of $1 million. the theft was on the last day of an exhibition called treasures of the mughals and the maharajahs. the police chief claimed the alarm went off late, if at all. that may news again, there has been an angry reaction from president trump to remarks from his former aide steve bannon about meetings during the election campaign, which he called treasonous. much more on that and all the news any time on the bbc website. thank you for watching. storm eleanor brought some damage
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and disruption to ireland and the uk. it has continued to move away in towards the baltic states, as you can see here, beginning to weaken now. but, to the west, this next area of low pressure is showing signs of deepening, strengthening all the while as it's reaching our shores, and could bring us severe gales during the course of this afternoon. initially, it's going to send a weather front out ahead of it. some of the rain will be fairly heavy, quite persistent during the overnight period, and to start this morning. but for the north and east, a dry and chilly start to the day with a little bit of frost and fog potentially in central and northern scotland. so, today, there's going to be that early—morning rain, and then in the afternoon, winds pick up across the south. so we start on a wet note to start with this morning in the south—east, east anglia, pushing in towards east midlands
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and northern england. those winds behind the rain band picking up. reaching gale—force, in the south—west, particularly around coastal areas and in towards wales. the rain will be persistent and fairly heavy in northern england, pushing into northern scotland and northern ireland. and, with a little bit of elevation, and cold airaround, we could be looking at some snow over the higher ground here. a dry and cold start for much of northern scotland, with a bit of mist and fog around, too. a few showers in the northern isles. that rain band will move north and grinds to a halt in the far north of england, central and southern scotland, and northern ireland. behind it, though, for much of england and wales, a brighter afternoon, sunshine. but those gusty winds touching 60mph, maybe more in exposure in wales, the south—west and into the south—east. a very mild 12—13 degrees here. a bit cooler further north. that area of low pressure clears away, and on friday, another feature running in off the atlantic. it's going to bring another spell of wet and fairly windy weather to our shores.
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a little bit of snow to start across some of the northern hills first thing on friday, and then those winds picking up into the england, wales, the south coast and south—east. some sunshine around, too. much more cold air begins to push into scotland with an increasing chance of wintry showers. that cold air down from the arctic spreads right across the uk for the weekend. so it's going to feel distinctly cold. much, much colder out on that strong north—east wind. bitterly cold, in fact. there will be some sunshine around. wintry showers in eastern areas. temperatures 6—7 degrees at best. the winds maybe a bit lighter across the board on sunday. still quitge breezy across the south—east, but it is going to feel even colder, despite there being plenty of sunshine. this is bbc news — the headlines: president trump has released a statement attacking his former strategist steve bannon — saying he ‘lost his mind'. mr bannon has been quoted in a book describing a meeting between mr trump's son donald junior and a group of russians during the election campaign
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as treasonous and unpatriotic. surging winds across western europe have left thousands of homes without power and caused chaos for commuters and communities on the coast. in switzerland a train was blown off its tracks — injuring eight people. the dutch authorities have, for the first time, shut all major sea barriers. iran has accused the us of meddling in its domestic affairs, after president trump backed anti—government protests. the iranian un ambassador said donald trump had incited unrest with what he called absurd tweets. the head of iran's revolutionary guards said the unrest was now over. now on bbc news it's time for hardtalk.
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