tv BBC News at Ten BBC News February 12, 2019 10:00pm-10:31pm GMT
tonight at ten, an exclusive interview with the president of venezuela, who accuses the us of provoking a humanitarian crisis in his country. venezuela is in chaos, the economy is reeling and the president's opponents accuse him of corruption and incompetence. we speak to nicolas maduro, who accuses president trump of deliberately stoking up the opposition for political gain. translation: venezuela is a dignified country and the united states intends to create a humanitarian crisis to justify a military intervention. we report on the country's economic problems and food shortages, but the president denies people are going hungry. we'll have more from president maduro, and the deepening tensions between venezuela and the us. also tonight. pele! what a save! many tributes to one of the greats of english football, gordon banks,
who's died at the age of 81. the mexican drug lord "el chapo" is found guilty of all charges at his drug—trafficking trial in new york. we report on the nurse, who died of cancer last week after the nhs had given her the all—clear on six separate occasions. he's gone all the way through and and paris saint germain take the advantage against manchester united in the first leg of their champions league tie. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news, a consolation win for england's cricketers as they take the third and final test against west indies in st lucia. good evening.
we start tonight with an exclusive interview with the president of venezuela, one of the world's most troubled states. nicolas maduro has accused the us of waging political war on his country, and he's flatly denied that people are going hungry because of an economic crisis. huge crowds today marched in support of mr maduro‘s rival, juan guaido, who's been recognised by the us and others as interim president. our international correspondent orla guerin sent this report. people power on the streets of caracas today. the opposition still summoning the crowds, still keeping up summoning the crowds, still keeping up the pressure. and on the ground, their charismatic young leader, juan guaido, already compared to barack obama. his ascent has been swift,
fuelled by little more than the power of hope, but he is now recognised by leading western countries as the interim president. orla. president maduro, very nice to see you. thanks for having us. in an opulent setting, we met the other president of venezuela, nicolas maduro. embattled, internationally isolated, but still occupying the seat of power. though many of his people are going hungry, he is still refusing us aid waiting across the border in colombia. translation: venezuela is a dignified country, and the united states intends to create a humanitarian crisis to justify a military intervention. that's part of this show. you say the humanitarian aid is a show, president, but are you actually saying that the hunger is a show? because we have seen it with our own eyes — we have actually seen people reaching into the garbage with their hands to find food to eat.
are you honestly saying there is no hunger in venezuela? the bbc in london has created a stereotype, and the american media also, of a venezuela that doesn't exist. do we have problems? yes, but venezuela is not a country with hunger. tell that to those like john, tell that to those likejohn, full still live hand to mouth, straight from the rubbish. —— forced to live. a shocking site in what was one of the wealthiest countries in latin america. —— a shocking sight. now a place of empty promises. hospitals without insulin and basic drugs, desperately ill patients without treatment. but that is all fake news according to nicolas maduro. we have met people who say a box of antibiotics
because a month's salary. translation: you can rest assured that the venezuelan social health system will reach them, rest assured we have a medical system like no other country in the world. the president denied that 3 million venezuelans had president denied that 3 million venezuela ns had been president denied that 3 million venezuelans had been driven from their homeland by stratospheric prices and seemed out of touch with hyperinflation. can you tell me how much a kilo of cheese costs here now in venezuela today? it depends on the region. because we have been told it is the equivalent of a month's wages, that is what it is costing people to buy a kilo of cheese. we have different salary structures, but this topic is more releva nt for a structures, but this topic is more relevant for a venezuelan audience. i don't think it would interest your audience. this is how he likes to be seen audience. this is how he likes to be seen these days, as
commander—in—chief. he insists that if the us tries any kind of military intervention, his men will fight back. for now, nicolas maduro is demonising the enemy, claiming the us is in the grip of the kkk. do you really think the ku klux klan are ruling america? translation: i believe that the white supremacists of the ku klux klan lead the united states. so is president trump a white supremacist? he is, publicly and openly, and he has stimulated the neofascists and the neo—nazis in the united states, in europe, and in latin america. instead of sending aid trucks, mr maduro says washington should lift sanctions, and if the us and britain really wa nt sanctions, and if the us and britain really want to help, they should u nfreeze really want to help, they should unfreeze venezuela's assets. for now, his troops are blocking the aid, and he is digging infora war
of attrition. orla joins us from the venezulan capital caracas now. to pick up on your last point, president maduro is really under growing pressure. he's very isolated. are you detecting any signs at all he might step aside? he certainly was not showing any hint of that today. it was very rare access. it was a confident, self—assured, composed performance by nicolas maduro. he was very much sticking to his script, as he tends to do, and that script places all of the blame for venezuela's economic problems on the united states. there has been us sanctions in place here since 2014 but they were quite targeted and critics would say that actually the economic meltdown here is the result of his approach, which one economist described to me as lunacy. there was a lot of denial from president maduro today. he denied there was hyperinflation, he denied there was hyperinflation, he denied that millions of his own
people have crossed the border, he also denied that about 50 countries have now recognised his rival, juan guaido. he claimed the number was only about ten. he insisted he would be able to win another presidential election. but he very quickly said he had no intention of calling one. and of course, today we saw that massive protest again by the opposition out in the streets, demanding that he go. it is worth pointing out, though, that president maduro still controls the levers of power, the institutions, the army and police. he is the one who controls the physical territory. i think the challenge he will face will be in the medium term with a new round of us economic sanctions on oil really starting to bite. orla guerin, thank you, our international corresponded in venezuela. many tributes have been paid today to gordon banks, one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time and a legend of english football, who's died at the age of 81. he was part of the england team that won the world cup in 1966, and was named fifa goalkeeper of the year on no fewer
than six occasions. his former club stoke city said his family were "devastated to lose him", but could not have been more proud of his life and achievements. 0ur sports editor dan roan looks back at his life. his report contains flash photography. it remains a footballing miracle. the 1970 world cup, england against brazil and a moment of magic. pele! what a save! the game's greatest save by one of its greatest players. four years earlier, gordon banks had been a cornerstone of his team's world cup triumph, playing every minute of england's momentous campaign. and today, the country's other great goalkeeper paid this tribute. gordon, as a professional was the first goalkeeper to really do that extra training, and that paid off for him. his all—round game was so good, but he was capable of making saves look easy by good positional play. that's one thing that i always thought was his strength. he always got into a good position, he wasn't always flinging himself
around, he was catching a lot of balls. that was what i think was his strength. banks first made his name back in the 1950s with leicester city, where he won the league cup. banks was safe in the leicester goal. he was awarded the first of 73 caps in 1963, his reliability and agility pivotal to english football's greatest moment three years later. today, those who played alongside him at wembley were united in tribute. sir geoff hurst hailing banks as one of the very greatest. and the recognition came from rivals, too, the german fa describing him as a fierce opponent and a good man. although england fell short at the next world cup, banks was at his peak, most famously against brazil with the save of the century. pele! what a save! quite how he denied pele and a header that seemed destined for the net dumbfounded everyone,
not least banks himself. ijust get my hand to it, and it goes in that direction. honest to god, i thought it was a goal. when i hit the floor like that, the position now, i turned round and i could see it bounce behind the goal! i couldn't believe it! banks and pele later became close friends. this is the brazilian legend's memory of the legend that forged the bond between them. i had the ball, ialreadyjumped to say "goal", then i looked there and i did "goa..." 0h! today on social media, pele said, "rest in peace, my friend. yes, you were a goalkeeper with magic, but you were also so much more. you were a fine human being". banks‘s brilliance helped stoke city to the league cup in 1972, the club's first major trophy, but later that year a car crash cost him his sight in one eye and, amid emotional scenes,
he was forced to retire from the english game. today at the club where banks is honoured, fans have been gathering to pay their respects to a man who went from playing legend to life president, including members of stoke city's current team. he just had a way of making everyone feel brilliant. whatever presence he was in, he just had a way of rubbing off on people and bringing happiness. he always made me feel extremely happy, and it's testament to him as a person. banks‘ popularity has endured, in 2012 carrying the olympic torch at wembley, where decades earlier, he had entered footballing folklore. and such was his standing that he was one of the legends chosen to be part of the world cup draw in moscowjust over a year ago. in a statement today, his family said they could not have been prouder — the greatest keeper to grace the english game. as you can see behind me at stoke
city, tributes have continued to pourin city, tributes have continued to pour in but of course, in truth, fa ns pour in but of course, in truth, fans from clubs up and down the country will all agree that when it comes to english goalkeeping, gordon banks was simply the best. the stats very much back that up. remember, the man was crowned fifa world goalkeeper of the year, not once, but six years in a row, the fourth member of england's legendary 1966 world cup winning starting 11 to pass away, banks will always be remembered for that crowning glory, that achievement, that remarkable save, four years later, and for being a decent man, the safest pair of hands that english football has ever seen. dan roan with the tributes to gordon banks in stoke, there. the mexican drug lord, joaquin guzman, better known as el chapo, has been found guilty of multiple charges at his drugs trial in new york. he was accused of trafficking tonnes of cocaine, heroin and marijuana into the united states.
the former leader of mexico's sinaloa drug cartel had escaped from jail twice by spectacular means before being caught in 2016 and extradited to the us. 0ur correspondent nada tawfik is in new york with the latest. for months, this courthouse heard hollywood stories and gave an unprecedented look into the life of the feared cartel boss. el chapo was once regarded as a legendary figure, for being able to evade law enforcement for decades. his conviction now is one of the greatest prizes yet for us authorities in this decades long war on drugs. gunshots. this raid by mexican marines finally put an end tojoaquin "el chapo" guzman's brutal reign as the world's most powerful drug lord. but it was the work of us authorities who secured his extradition to new york and ultimately his conviction, that sealed his fate.
his conviction, we expect, will bring a sentence of life without the possibility of parole. it is a sentence from which there is no escape and no return. in a major victory for us law enforcement, the anonymous jury found el chapo guilty on all ten of the criminal charges against him, including drug trafficking and murder conspiracy. when the verdict was read in court, el chapo sat stunned. he and his teary—eyed wife emma coronel gave each other a thumbs—up. for months, she was present to hear the overwhelming evidence against her husband. but on tuesday, she left the court for the final time without giving any reaction. el chapo's lawyers say they plan to appeal. he was very clear to us. he's a very upbeat guy and he was bringing our spirits up, which is surprising.
usually, it's the other way round, we are consoling a client who has just been convicted of counts that will ensure he was then the rest of his life in prison. this is a positive guy. prosecutors argued that el chapo has made many escapes proved his guilt. jurors were shown this muted video of mexican marines trying to ram the door of one of his secret hideouts. the drug lord was in bed with his mistress at the time and together, they escaped naked through a hydraulic hatch installed in a bathtub and down into a sewer tunnel. and when he was captured, it wasn't for long. the jury was shown one of his brazen escapes from prison in mexico through a tunnel from a shower in the cell where a motorcycle waited to speed him off. the trial allowed american prosecutors to detail the inner workings of the powerful sinaloa cartel and el chapo's rise from a humble farmer in the sierra madre mountains to the world's most powerful drug lord. jurors were told that in just four drug shipments, the cartel smuggled more than a line
of cocaine for every person in the united states, using various decoys such as plastic bananas. the trial featured testimony from many of el chapo's closest associates. together, they painted a vivid picture of how he consolidated power by paying enormous bribes and by being brutally violent. he once ordered the murder of his own cousin and was known to personally torture and kill his enemies. security has been a major feature of this trial and now that prosecutors have won the conviction of the infamous drug lord, he is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison under heavy guard. nada tawfik, bbc news, new york. the prime minister has promised mps a final decisive vote on her brexit deal, but not until she's secured changes to the so—called backstop, which guarantees no hard border between northern ireland and the republic. theresa may said she needed "some time" to get the changes, and she told mps
to "hold their nerve". labour'sjeremy corbyn accused her of "running down the clock", to try to "blackmail" parliament into backing her deal. 0ur deputy political editor john pienaar has the latest. clear the way, prime minister coming through. time's almost up to cut a brexit deal with brussels that mps might support. stop brexit! each time, mrs may is finding mps less patient than before. order! prime minister's statement. but her only option today, another appeal — "stick with me". the same message, only now with more urgency. the talks are at a crucial stage and we now all need to hold our nerve to get the changes this house requires and deliver brexit on time. the labour leader's keen to offer suggestions, but much keener to expose mrs may's appeal for time as a ploy. it appears the prime minister has just one real tactic — to run down the clock, hoping members of this house are blackmailed into supporting a deeply flawed deal.
jeremy corbyn wants britain to stick with eu customs rules. mrs may says no. forget compromise there. and mrs may won't rule out leaving with no deal. some agree, but many don't. the prime minister not only is kicking the can down the road, yet again, she again refuses to take no deal off the table. to get that better deal, you've got to keep no deal on the table as a negotiating tool. there's a plan by labour and tory mps to take control if mrs may can't strike a deal the commons will support. if she can't get a deal in place by the middle of march, there's a real risk we'll end up with no deal by accident, so at that point, she would need to come forward and say, does she want no deal or does she want to extend negotiations, and then parliament needs to decide. mps planning a takeover will hold back this week but could force a vote in a fortnight, ready to take control in march.
rebels believe ministers could join in. i would say to each and every one of them, look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself the honest question about whether where we're heading at the moment, which is probably a no deal, whether that is acceptable for the future of britain, and i don't think it is and i'm pretty sure that a number of current ministerial colleagues agree with me. if unhappy ministers do rebel, brexit could be up for grabs. some believe mrs may would rather see mps take control than be remembered as the prime minister who split her party. but her real ambition is to beat the odds and deliver brexit herself, hoping some labour mps vote with her and help her win. big moments seem to come along as regularly as buses. the numbers don't look like adding up to a government defeat this week, but the outcome is getting closer. it could arrive very late, and it mightjust change the course of brexit.
john pienaar, bbc news, westminster. still with brexit, the governor of the bank of england mark carney has urged mps to break the current stalemate. in a speech warning of growing threats to the global economy, he said a no—deal brexit would create an "economic shock", at a time when china's economy was slowing and trade tensions were rising. 0ur economics correspondent andy verity is at the bank of england. and they, the governor has been criticised in the past for some of the warnings he has delivered. are the warnings he has delivered. are the circumstance is different now?|j think the circumstance is different now?” think they are, yes. i counted the number of times he used the r word and he used the word recession three times, not in the brexit context but in the context of a wider threat to the whole world's economy. he mentioned things we have had before, like global growth is slowing down and there is a huge burden of debt in china. and also some unsettling parallels with the time before the globalfinancial parallels with the time before the global financial crisis struck. for example, those leveraged loans worth
2.3 trillion are like the sub—prime mortgages and there are more of them. but what he is really bothered about is what he calls de—globalisation. if globalisation is barry is coming down, de—globalisation is barriers going back up. that makes businesses nervous. they don't know what is going to happen and they don't invest. he says we are seeing some signs of that already. so brexit becomes an acid test of a new global order, he said. if things go well, it shows that it can go well and we can resolve tensions between democracies and business interests. but if they go poorly, it sends a bad signal and that could have knock—on implications that could bring global economic growth to a halt. andy verity with the latest at the bank of england. julie 0'connor, a nurse who'd given her best years to the nhs, died last week of cervical cancer. her death at the age of 49 came after local nhs services had given her the all—clear on six separate occasions before the disease was picked up by a private hospital.
until the very end, julie was campaigning for an inquiry into how the nhs had failed her. 0ur correspondent matthew hill has been following julie's story. julie 0'connor will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother and nurse. but she says it was the nhs that ultimately let her down after failing to spot cancer cells. this was her speaking to a family member less than two weeks ago, just three days before cervical cancer claimed her life. julie, i mean, she was my life. the impact has been... we can't replace julie.
i'd say we're all devastated, but i can't change the past. julie's gone and she'll never be forgotten, she'll always be in our hearts, but what we can do is make some positives out of this. it was in 2014 when she had a routine smear test. southmead hospital's pathology lab gave her the all clear. she made six visits in all to the local nhs before finally resorting to going private in 2017. within 30 seconds of being examined by the consultant, he diagnosed me with cervical cancer. he took me in for a hysteroscopy the week after and he couldn't even get the camera into the womb, it was completely blocked. i was horrified. her family have now secured an independent investigation, but fear it will not go far enough. it's a catastrophic failure, absolutely. they caused death.
they said it was isolated and rare. however, when you look at the evidence and you look at the missed opportunities, i believe it's highly likely and probable that there are other victims out there. people on social media have contacted us and they've gone through similar experiences. in a statement, the hospital reiterated their apologies and condolences to the family. it says, "we are committed to understanding the full circumstances surrounding the care we provided so that any lessons can be learnt and will be fully open with the overall findings of the independent investigation". i'm here with my beautiful wifejulie... julie never missed a smear test, and herfamily hope herfinal legacy will be to encourage more women to come forward for testing. matthew hill, bbc news. a west indies cricketer, shannon gabriel, has been charged with personal abuse of a player by the international cricket council after apparently homophobic comments directed at the england
cricket captainjoe root during the third test in st lucia. root appeared to tell gabriel there was "nothing wrong with being gay", after an exchange between the two. the nature of gabriel's part of the conversation was not audible. the bbc has written to the white house and to the trump campaign team asking for a review of security arrangements for the media at president trump's rallies. it comes after a bbc cameraman was assaulted at a rally in texas last night in which the president was trying to build support for his controversial border wall. earlier in the rally, mr trump had complained about supposed media bias against his administration. tonight, the white house condemned violence on members of the press. 0ur correspondent, gary 0'donoghue was at the rally. it's become a constant refrain of donald trump's rallies. i heard the same thing from the fake news. it's fake news.
i'm telling you, it's fake news. by the way, there's also collusion between the democrats and the fake news right here. journalists are regularly shouted at and abused, but this time one member of the crowd took matters into his own hands. have reached the lowest level in the history... he pushes the camera violently from behind into my cameraman. usa! then as he's restrained, he continues to yell abuse at the media. fortunately, my cameraman wasn't hurt and the man was taken away. moments later, the president appeared to acknowledge the seriousness of what had happened, but he did not condemn it. you all right? everything 0k? when the bbc approached the trump campaign, they too declined to criticise the attacker. later, the white house press
secretary said the president condemns all acts of violence against all groups, including members of the press. the bbc said security arrangements at the rally were clearly inadequate. criticising the media is part and parcel of a society, and america has enshrined free speech in the first amendment to its constitution. but what happened at last night's rally went well beyond that, and the context does matter. i do think it's true that they're sometimes a bit more rather after a trump rally than they are before a trump rally. so there's no question that the president stirs the pot. 0ne regular target for hostility is the cable news network cnn. this was filmed by their correspondentjim acosta last year. stop lying! tell the truth! this was the president's first campaign rally of the new year,
and next year's general election looks set to be as hostile for the media as the last one was. gary 0'donoghue, bbc news, el paso, texas. football, and manchester united have suffered their first defeat under their caretaker manager 0le gunner solskjaer. they lost 2—0 in the first leg of their last 16 champions league tie against paris saint germain. katie gornall was at old trafford. as a player, 0le gunnar solskjaer was often rescuing manchester united. his return has put a spring back into the step of the supporters and transform the atmosphere at old trafford. after ten wins in 11 games, here was a team they could believe in, up against a psg side missing some star power, but still packed with talent. with no neymarfor the visitors, there was added focus on kylian mbappe, and the 20—year—old world cup winner gave united an early warning. but the first half didn't match the pr. it was tense, nervy,
and at times, ugly. angel di maria neverfully impressed as a united player. he returned here with something to prove. it was his corner in the second half that gave kimpembe an opportunity he just couldn't miss. united had switched offjust as psg were hitting their stride. again, di maria was the creator. again, mbappe was just too quick. this, his 23rd goal of the season. no neymar? no problem. it was tough to watch for solskjaer and it would get worse when paul pogba was sent off in the 90th minute. it all added to a sobering evening for those in red. united were always going to lose at some point under solskjaer, although it will take something remarkable in the second leg to come back from this. united were given a reality check tonight by a psg side who were weakened but still too strong for them. the second leg is in