welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is duncan golestani. our top stories: the united states is criticised by fellow un security council members for 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 depiction of a chaotic white house. i will tell you 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 grip of an arctic blast. at least 19 people have died and temperatures could fall to minus a0 celsius in some places this weekend. a meeting of the un security council has again highlighted sharp
differences between members over recent anti—government protests in iran. it was called by the us 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 department correspondent barbara plett usher reports. nikki haley warned iran that the world was watching its response to the anti—government protests. she used the platform of the un to amplify the message of president trump, who has been tweeting support for the iranian demonstrators. the iranian people will determine their own destiny. and let there be no doubt whatsoever — the united states stands unapologetically with those in iran who seek freedom for themselves, prosperity for their families, and dignity for their nation. we will not be quiet.
no dishonest attempt to call the protesters puppets of foreign powers will change that. the iranian people know the truth. and we know the truth. all chant. this unusually robust stance on human rights for the trump administration coincides with a policy to curb what it sees as iran's malign influence in the middle east. the iranian ambassador called the meeting a farce, and repeated charges that the protests were directed from abroad, which ms haley denied. there is a long history of us bullying at the un, but this is a preposterous example. the purely internal affairs of a nation — in this case, protests that the iranian government has addressed, with the utmost respect for the rights of the protesters and with every attempt to deal with peacefully,
despite violent infiltrators and direct encouragement by foreign forces, including by the president of the united states. other council members urged tehran to allow free and peaceful demonstrations, but some suggested this was an internal matter, not an international threat. and the russian ambassador accused the us of playing politics. translation: mr president, the real reason for convening today's meeting is not an attempt to protect human rights, or promote the interest 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 is the agreement which restricts iran's nuclear program, which mr trump says is deeply flawed. he has to decide next week whether to continue to waiving sanctions suspended under the deal. barbara plett usher, bbc news, washington. our north america correspondent
peter bowes has more. for more on the situation in iran, including more information about the fallout from the emergency un security council meeting, simply head to our website, bbc.com/news. you can also download the bbc news app. two planes have collided on the ground at an airport in canada. it happened at toronto's pearson international airport, when a plane pushing back from a gate hit an arriving jet. the collision between the two aircraft, from sunwing airlines and westjet airlines, 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 new book about donald trump's first year as us 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. our north america editor jon sopel reports. not quite harry potter, but they were queuing to get their hands on fire and fury. and, if donald trump had the powers of the young wizard, he would have made this book disappear. but he doesn't, and this damning portrait is now available for everyone to read. what i'm most looking forward to is seeing what's actually — 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. i think no—one really gets tired of palace intrigue. the picture it paints of life in the west wing is unsparing — allegations of marital strain, of tears and tantrums, of dysfunction and improvisation.
and, at the epicentre 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 mean 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 sources told him the president was mentally unfit to remain in office — a charge that brought this response from the president's spokeswoman. it's disgraceful and laughable. if he was unfit, he probably wouldn't be sitting there, and wouldn't have defeated the most qualified group of candidates the republican party has ever seen. the president has been on twitter to rubbish the book, saying: but that is not how
michael wolff remembers it. i absolutely spoke to the president. whether he realised it was an interview or not, i don't know, but it certainly was not off the record. the author says he stands by every word — although, with anonymous sources, it is hard to fact—check. the most remarkable thing about this is, given michael wolff's track record, why white house staff gave him access to the inner sanctum of the west wing for months on end as virtually a semi—resident. the author was asked this morning what he had to say about the threatening legal letter the president's lawyers had sent. his reply? "where do i send the box of chocolates?" jon sopel, bbc news, washington. janice min is part—owner of the hollywood reporter, and was invited to the dinner party attended by steve bannon and roger ailes that is recounted in michael wolff's book. she told the bbc‘s newsnight programme about the evening. i think that the position from trump
loyalists is that michael wolff is an outsider. it's just — from my experience with michael, i don't see that. he was such an intimate and a — so warmly received by steve bannon and roger ailes, and also roger ailes's wife, and had such a level of trust and intimacy with them that the conversation we had that night was stunning. it was — the thing from start to finish went for five hours. they poured their hearts out about the republican party, and how they were going to — who they were going to put into cabinet. roger ailes offered to coach candidates in their congressional
testimony. they talked of rudy giuliani, who wanted to be secretary of state and was disappointed not to get the position. steve bannon said they owed him something, because he had come out forcefully and spoke on the shows in the united states, when no—one else would, after the access hollywood tapes. roger ailes said, you know what you do? just let him be photographed walking out of air force one. just detail after detail that, were they openly spoke so comfortably in front of michael. to any way characterise him — you can try to dispute the facts, which i think is not... but you cannot dispute the relationship he had with people in the white house. temperatures along the east coast of america are expected to fall as low as minus a0 degrees celsius, 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 cancelled. from new york, laura trevelyan reports. the morning after the snow cyclone, and this was the scene in one part of massachusetts. an all—out effort is underway to clear mountains of snow, and the sub—zero conditions are making life very difficult. even the sea has frozen in areas of new england. the winter hurricane conditions have brought not only heavy snowfall, but flooding, too. in coastal massachusetts, strong winds coincided with the high tide, 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 on all of those different floodings, and if anyone wants to question global warming, just see where the flood zones are.
those zones didn't flood 30 years ago. not farfrom boston, in the beach town of revere, and the floodwaters which engulfed the streets have now frozen in place, trapping the cars in ice. the brutal conditions closed new york's major airports, though they have now reopened. new yorkers are trying to take it all in their 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! ijust want it to be over with. it's been way too long, and ijust want it to be nice and warm again. the race is on to clear away the snow in manhattan before it turns into dangerous ice. the storm brought in all this cold airfrom the arctic, and so in its aftermath, we are due to have sub—zero temperatures for the next few days. it is so cold out here, —io celsius, that already i can hardly feel my fingers or my toes.
and the freezing temperatures are prompting many americans to experiment. this particular trick is proving very popular in the deep freeze. laura trevelyan, bbc news, new york. kenneth craig from cbs has been braving the storm in boston. well, i'll tell you what a difference 2a 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 on the streets in boston last night, temperatures were about 2k degrees and the snow was coming down. you can see it has finally stopped at now we are hovering at about eight degrees. the wind is gusting upwards of 50mph in some places. that means it feels like negative 16 up to negative 25 fahrenheit
below zero. take a look around and you can see the yourself things are slowly, despite all of the cold and wind, getting back to normal here in the city. you can see traffic is moving, crews have done a remarkable job at clearing all of the snow off the roadways and off the sidewalks. subways are running, buses are running, but the second round is now coming and that is this arctic blast we are starting to experience now, in the single digits tonight, temperatures are expected to get even more overnight and only supposed to be in the whole layers of maybe six or seven, eight degrees tomorrow with these double digit negative windchill that we have. my goodness. and we have been hearing about some quite tragic deaths because of the cold weather. are you hearing? well: 22 people have died at the coast. many of those in car accidents, accidents with ploughs and that kind of thing, and people dying of hypothermia. this is very
serious and dangerous cold, the kind of temperatures were you shouldn't be outside but if you are going to be outside but if you are going to be outside but if you are going to be outside you should be outside for very long. and if you are outside, you need to be bundled up like weir, wearing a lot of layers to protect you from this cold and wind. in madagascar, a tropical cyclone has made landfall on the north—eastern coast. it rings with at the risk of massive floods and mudslides. it comes less than a year after the island was slammed by a storm which claimed 78 lives and displaced thousands. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: it is the world's most expensive vodka, but who had the bottle to steal it from a bar in copenhagen. the japanese people are in mourning
following the death of emperor hirohito. thousands converged on the imperial palace to pay their respects when it announced he was dead. good grief! after half a century of delighting fans around the world, charlie brown and the rest of the gang are calling it quits. the singer paul simon starts his tour of south africa tomorrow, in spite of protests and violence from some black activist groups. they say international artists should continue to boycott south africa until majority rule is established. teams were trying to scoop up lumps of oil as france recognises it faces an ecological crisis. three weeks ago, the authorities confidently assured these areas that the oil from the broken tanker erika would head out to sea. it didn't. the world's tallest skyscraper opens later today. the burj dubai has easily overtaken its nearest rivals. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: the united states has been
criticised by fellow un security council members for 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 depiction of a chaotic white house. 13 people have been killed after a boat sank 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 musi river near palembang in south sumatra. police say the captain survived but has disappeared and they're now investigating whether the boat should have been carrying passengers. andrew plant reports. search teams approaching the wreckage of a boat which capsized on thursday, carrying 55 people on board. 13 are known to have died, their bodies washing along the musi river in south sumatra, but more are still missing,
including the captain. police say they are investigating whether the boat was seaworthy. three days earlier, another boat capsized, killing nine of those on board. that was travelling on borneo. boat travel between the islands is essential here, but problems are common. injuly last year, eight people drowned on the same route under similar circumstances. and on new year's day in 2016, a tourist boat caught fire carrying 250 holidaymakers celebrating the new year. 23 people died. with 17,000 islands in indonesia's archipelago, people rely on boats every day, but the industry has a patchy safety record. police are now investigating the latest accident and say the ca ptain‘s assistant is now being questioned. it was a video that went viral
and provoked protests across the us. in 2014, eric garner's final moments, in a police choke hold while complaining he couldn't breathe, were captured on a cellphone. the debate over police use of force has raged on ever since. now, an unlikely theatre experiment involving officers and improv aims to use mr garner's tragic death as a way to improve relations between police and the public. we went to have a look. we have the police officers saying we have to take him down. he refused to follow orders and cost his life. i can't breathe. i can't breathe.|j
don't think that represented us. he was upset, he was feeling closed in on. they are talking to him and from the get go he is saying i am not going. he is the one that have the level of force and unfortunately it ended the way that it ended. so frustrating to really halve any kind of conversation about any police situation. for someone who is not a cop. yes! it isn't about me. it is about the other person. we are trying to get people in a room together where they can talk to each other and then we are trying to get people to really think about the situation thatis really think about the situation that is going on today. sort of like shocked at how
of confidence. ready? no fear! welcome to the 215t precinct, how cani welcome to the 215t precinct, how can i help you? i am doing well. this cut, what it represents is still something that makes me profoundly uncomfortable and i feel so much more comforted knowing that someone like you is wearing it. —— hat. applause. a new run of georges bizet‘s carmen is opening this weekend in florence — not in itself unusual. what's different about this interpretation of the opera is how it ends. those putting it on say they're highlighting italy's ongoing battle
to stop violence against women. rylee carlson has the story. this is the final rehearsal before the curtain rises on the latest production of carmen. one of the world's most beloved operas, it has been performed thousands of times. but there is something special about this run of the show — a new ending. translation: carmen's desire for freedom becomes self defence. this is what is going to happen. there is no premeditation. it is simply self defence. carmen becomes the object of donjose's affection. when she falls for someone else, he becomes wild with jealousy. in the last act, carmen is stabbed to death by donjose,
but not this time. the director says he was hesitant initially, but that it made sense the opera should change with the times. translation: we see carmen in the whole opera tormented by donjose's rather obsessive violence. he is not onlyjealous but also very possessive. in the final moment when she is certain she will die, she finds a way to defend herself with an extreme gesture. this time, the heroine survives... gunshot ..able to shoot her would—be killer instead of becoming his victim. it is a stand against violence and the mistreatment of women. the new version of the show has already sold out. a bottle of vodka thought to be
the most expensive in the world has been found empty after being stolen from a bar in denmark earlier this week. police say the bottle — worth $1.3 million — was discarded on a construction site in copenhagen. the bbc‘s tim allman reports. 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 ofa 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. translation: we got a call
from a man working at a construction site saying he had found a bottle of vodka. at first, i expected it was some crazy media stunt, and then he sent a picture of him holding the bottle and i was thinking it was the real deal. the russo—baltique bottle is currently being examined by police, but soon may return to the shelves. and it appears this little adventure will have no major impact on the price. as bar owner brian ingberg says, "we have the same vodka, "we'll just fill the bottle up again." na zdorovie! tim allman, bbc news. that is the way it is looking. and you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter. i'm @duncangolestani. stay with bbc news. hello there.
following what has been a pretty stormy start to 2018, the weekend holds something a little quieter for most of us, but colder, and it will feel cold as well as the wind, northeasterly wind, strengthens. and of course it's getting colder, so what we've seen through the day on friday is a smattering of snow on the hills. those weather fronts have continued southwards through the night so a further smattering of snow and clearly an ice risk across many northern areas. but even further south, as temperatures fall close to freezing as well for dawn this morning, and some showers around, that poses a risk of fog as well, some dense fog potentially, through southern areas but particularly across parts of wales, the midlands, east anglia, lincolnshire and the vale of york but not to be excluded further south either where we will keep a lot of showers through the day ahead and quite cloudy skies. as the wind starts to strengthen, it will be quite bitter. the wind is quite a feature further north, but at least with the sunshine here it will be a sparkling start of the day. it will still be cold. wintry showers are still there across parts of north—east england, in scotland,
but for western scotland, northern ireland, the lion's share of the sunshine through the day ahead but it does brighten and across much of northern england, north wales, perhaps the north midlands later and of course the fog will lift. the wind strengthens and so with the cloud covering the south and the showers, quite sharp at times, it will feel cold, for example if you are heading off to fleetwood against leicester in london for the fa cup third round, it is going to be quite a bracing wind, particularly by the end of play. for most of us here, 6—8 celsius, but feeling colder as the wind strengthens. the wind starts to ease in the sunshine further north but again 3—5 degrees, it is cold air. that cold air continues its progress southwards during tonight. still, though, we have the cloud generally, showers close to the south coast, touch and go for frost but most areas will have a much colder night. —10, —12 perhaps in the glens of scotland, particularly with the snow cover, but colder further south and obviously the risk that of some slippery where we have had the showers. but it does look like a sunnier day on sunday but look at the north—easterly wind.
it is biting. always the risk of a bit more cloud for the south, but lovely sunshine further north, just cold, temperatures, struggling to get above freezing in a few areas because of the high pressure, light winds in the north, the strong north—easterlies in the south and these weather fronts sitting out in the atlantic which will slowly start to come in next week but another day of largely dry weather, just picking up some cloud and freezing drizzle by monday. it looks more grey by that stage. to keep up to date, there is more of course on our website. bye— bye. this is bbc news. the headlines: the united states has been widely criticised by fellow un security council members for calling an emergency meeting on the anti—government protests in iran. china, russia and france have all questioned the move. iran's representative condemned what he called a preposterous example of bullying by the us. the author of a damning new book about donald trump's presidency says he stands by everything he wrote.
michael wolff says the president behaves like a child, who neither reads nor listens. mr trump has dismissed the book as phony. temperatures along the east coast of america are expected to fall as low as minus a0 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. now on bbc news: as part of the life stories season, celebrating life at 117.