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this is bbc news — welcome if you're watching here in the uk or around the globe. i'm maryam moshiri. our top stories: president trump arrives back in washington and says he's willing to target iranian cultural sites, if americans are killed by tehran. in australia, the worst weekend of bushfires yet destroys hundreds of homes. and the prime minister warns the fires could burn for months. masked attackers roam the campus of one of india's most prestigious universities — targeting students opposing the government's new citizenship law. and the golden globes is taking place in hollywood. sam mendes wins best director for the first world war film 1917.
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president trump has issued a new warning for iran. he's said he's willing to target iranian cultural sites, in retaliation for the killing of americans. tensions between the two countries are at boiling point following the us killing of iran's general soleimani. iran has announced a rollback of its commitments under the landmark nuclear deal. james robbins has the latest. hundreds of thousands of iranians have been mourning general soleimani and apparently getting behind their leaders promising revenge.
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the chants are familiar, including "death to america," but the context has radically changed. the war of words from both sides is intensifying. president trump has now tweeted a new threat of massive retaliation, perhaps disproportionate. earlier, he wrote: if iran strikes any americans or american assets, we have targeted 52 iranians sites, some at a very high level and important to iran and the iranian culture, and those targets and iran itself will be hit very fast and very hard. is there still risk of attack? of course there is, there is a tremendous risk. we are doing everything we can to make sure we take that down and protect american lives — that is the mission set. under enormous american pressure, britain is adjusting its political stance, slightly. the prime minister, now back from his caribbean holiday, has issued a statement saying... britain does not lament general soleimani's death but does urge de—escalation by all sides. iran's most significant action so far is the announcement that it will no long accept any limit on its ability to enrich uranium, which can be used in nuclear weapons. iran officially denies having such a weapons programme, but the country has steadily been moving away from its nuclear deal
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with key powers since president trump abandoned the agreement in 2018. in baghdad, where the general was killed in the american strike, iraq's parliament has expressed its outrage, voting for the removal of all foreign forces from the country, although the decision is not necessarily binding. iraq's prime minister said the united states had put his country in a difficult position. translation: after the us pulled out of the nuclear agreement with iran, it started to be more tough with iran and the us started adopting a policy of with us or against us, and no option in between. and that is a hard position for iraq to be in. america is busy sending reinforcements to the wider region. in practice, around 5,000 us forces in iraq are unlikely to leave soon, but the us—led coalition has announced a pause in training of iraqi forces and operations against is.
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the whole focus now will be on protecting its bases. tonight, in iran's holy city of mashhad, many thousands more iranians have turned out to mourn as the remains of general soleimani continue a nationwide journey ahead of his burial on tuesday. fears are growing that a ratcheting up of violence in the region seems far more likely than the emergence of a new path away from violence. james robbins, bbc news. peter mansoor is a retired us army colonel and currently professor of military history at ohio state university. first of all, let me ask you. do you think us troops will end up leaving iraqi and if they do, what the consequences going to be the country? there is a big possibility that within a year, they will pull out. this has happened before at the end of 2011 when the status of forces agreement lapsed. the impact is uncertain. the forces are there to train iraqi army forces and other
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services. it is to arrive's never to have them there. to fight isis. if they pull out, that weakens the campaign against that group as well. iraq needs to clearly before kicking us forces out of the country. what do you think most iraqis want out of this? i think iraqi is divided. do you think most iraqis want out of this? ithink iraqi is divided. most of the shi'ites would like to see us forces leave but the other ethnicities, the kurds and the sunny muslims, i think they have more, they would like to see us forces stay. —— sunni. they would like to act as a force to help them with the iraqi government because the iraqi government otherwise would be very
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pro iranians. he is getting his wish in death. it's possible he sacrificed his own life to get his wish. but like i said, if it ties itself to 0rion, it's not in the best interests of that country. it needs a relationship with the united states, diplomatic relationship, and economic relationship and if it cuts ties, it really is isolating itself and the middle east. what about iran and the middle east. what about iran and the middle east. what about iran and the us? where is the route to deescalation? the route is a very tricky one. it would require a diplomatic outreach by the trump administration which doesn't seem to be forthcoming and would also depend on the iranian willingness to accept a diplomatic outreach which i don't see coming until they've exacted a measure of revenge for the killing
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of soleimani and that would lead to certain us retaliation back so it's really a difficult path for deescalation at this point. thank you forjoining us. let's get some of the day's other news. in venezuela chaos has erupted in parliament after luis parra — an opposition rival ofjuan guaido proclaimed himself president of the national assembly, without guaido's presence. the opposition also said mr parra was sworn in without votes — a move denounced by the opposition as a "parliamentary coup". flooding in the indonesian capitaljakarta has now killed 60 people and displaced thousands of others. the country has seen its most intense rainfall for almost a quarter of a century. environmental groups are calling for action — saying it should be a wake—up call to climate change — in one of the world's
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biggest carbon emitters. the centre left challenger zoran milanovic has ousted the incumbent president, kolinda gra bar—kitarovic in the coratian presidential election. the post is largely ceremonial, but the president does play a role in foreign policy, defence and security matters. when confirmed, mr milanovic will have a higher profile than usual, as croatia has just taken over the rotating presidency of the european union for six months. a second day of light rain and lower temperatures is giving firefighters in australia battling bushfires a brief reprieve. at least 2a people have been killed since september and there's a warning that the fires could continue for months with hotter, windier conditions set to return in the next couple of days. 0ur correspondent clive myrie is on the south coast of new south wales, one of the worst hit regions, and has been talking to victims.
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look at that road. this bushfire season is like no other in modern australian history. i mean, this is unprecedented, what we're having here. i mean, the whole country is alight. within half an hour, it was, "get out, it's too late to leave." you know, "you should seek shelter." this is a thousand times worse. this is catastrophic. like, all the fires up the coast are catastrophic. worry etches the faces of those who fled to this hotel from the small town of bundanoon. their homes encircled by two monster fires.
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the smell of smoke is present even here. by 9:30, i thought i was ok. judy coverdale is one of those who escaped with her life. it was just like a volcanic plume, just growing and growing, red. so, it's getting closer and closer, and at this stage, you're thinking, i've got to get out. yes. so then i could hear it. i thought i could hear this large fire. it's a disaster, a national disaster. judy sets out to try to establish if her home's been destroyed. we're going back in to see how far we can get. up ahead, not fog, but a thick wall of smoke from the giant fire a few kilometres away. but she hits a police roadblock. can we get near bundanoon? she's told it's too dangerous. they won't let her through. it's unclear if her house is still standing. the prime minister, scott morrison,
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visited a naval base today, having enlisted the military in this unprecedented emergency. this is the largest single call—out ever of defence force reservists, working together with our full—time defence forces, to provide a support which this country has never seen before. but missteps, including going on holiday as parts of his nation burned, have smashed public confidence, especially in those who've had to escape the fires. reallyjust makes you angry when i see on the television our prime minister speaking. ijust would prefer that he didn't. nearby, we came across this trailer belonging to ron murdoch, who's 7a. he packed what mattered to him as he escaped the flames. they were handmade in chile... one of many tens of thousands in australia's biggest peacetime mass evacuation. it is, it is my life now, and that's what i was trying to salvage — my life. in a country proud of its biodiversity, forests are stripped bare. and half a billion animals have perished, many littering roads. it is really, really disturbing.
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that is just such a waste. when will this nightmare end? heavy rain isn't forecast for eight long weeks. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: more than two years after the first public allegations against him, the trial of hollywood mogul harvey weinstein is set to begin. the japanese people are in mourning following the death of emperor hirohito. thousands converged on the imperial palace to pay their respects when it was 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.
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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 oil from the broken tanker erika would head out to sea. it didn't. the world's tallest skyscraper opens later today. burj dubai has overtaken its nearest rivals. this is bbc world news. the latest headlines: iran says it will no longer abide by limits on its uranium enrichment, abandoning its central commitment under the international nuclear deal reached in 2015. australia's prime minister, who's been criticised for his slow response to the country's bushfire
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crisis, has warned the blazes could last for many months to come. the trial of the disgraced hollywood mogul harvey weinstein on charges of sexual assault begins in new york on monday, more than two years after the allegations against him emerged. the proceedings relate to just two of his accusers. allegations of sexual misconduct have been made against him by more than 80 women. he has pleaded not guilty, as nick bryant reports from new york. if hollywood were to stage the trial of harvey weinstein, maybe it would look something like this. the once all—powerful movie mogul looking feeble and using a walking frame as he appeared at a manhattan courthouse in december ahead of his criminal trial. weinstein has been charged with raping a woman in a new york hotel room in 2013, and sexually assaulting another woman in 2006. he has repeatedly denied all allegations of non—consensual sex. just because a woman makes a claim
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does not mean that it is true, and just because mr weinstein is accused of a crime does not mean he is guilty. some of the biggest names in hollywood have accused him of harassment and assault — angelina jolie, gwyneth paltrow, and ashleyjudd among them. i really hope that justice is served. writerjasmine lobe is also one of the silence breakers who has accused weinstein of sexual assault. cases are sometimes hard to prove. her fear is he could be acquitted. i would be really afraid if he is not held accountable. and i think a lot of silence—breakers will be, and just, you know, survivors in general, it will hurt. it will hurt to know that we have been hurt and that nothing would happen. so i hope the court does the right thing. the fall of harvey weinstein didn't only upend hollywood, it spawned a global metoo
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movement on the streets, in the workplace and online — one that ignited a conversation about consent, equal pay and toxic masculinity, one that demonstrated the magnitude of the sexual harassment problem around the world. this must be very humiliating, mr weinstein? mr weinstein, this must be very humiliating for you ? far from being ashamed after being arrested and charged, harvey weinstein has bragged about being a champion of women. he told a new york tabloid ahead of his trial he has long been a trailblazer who promoted female film—makers — a boast victims have found sickening. harvey weinstein has apparently told friends he is planning a post—trial comeback, but that seems delusional, given the number of women who have accused him of sexual assault. the charges in his trial relate to just two of his accusers and, if found guilty, he could face the rest of his life in prison. nick bryant, bbc news, new york.
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police have been called to restore order at one of india's most prestigious universities in the capital, delhi. about 20 students are said to have been injured at the jawaharlal nehru university, leading to at least seven being taken to hospital. the indian home minister has ordered an enquiry. rhodri davies reports. this masked mob is wielding poles and sticks at one of india's leading universities. witnesses say that more than 50 people entered the campus at the jawaharlal nehru university in the capital, delhi, leaving results like this. i've been bleeding. i'm not even in a condition to talk. but the motives are unclear. the students union she represents alleges activists from the right—wing body, the abvp, that's linked to india's ruling
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—— the right—wing body, the abvp, carried out the attack. the activists are linked to india's ruling party, the bjp, who carried out the attack. while the abvp accuses leftists of aggression against its members. translation: today, the way in which left has attacked teachers and students and members of abvp is a very shameful incident. several victims are in hospital and police and protesters are at the university gates. as demonstrators also massed outside delhi's police headquarters, the education minister has called on students to maintain peace on campus. protests have recently been held at the university over the bjp's controversial new citizenship law. whether or not that's connected, this latest incident will do nothing to ease the discord. rhodri davies, bbc news. the us military has confirmed three of its personnel were killed in an attack in kenya. the somali militant group al—shabaab stormed an army base used by kenyan and american forces in manda bay.
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0ne service member and two defence contractors died in the attack. one of asia's most vibrant democracies, taiwan, will elect a president and new parliament next saturday. beijing sees the island as a chinese province, which makes some taiwanese very nervous. president tsai ing—wen‘s party, the democratic progressive party, supports formal independence for taiwan, while the opposition kmt party wants closer relations with china. 0ur taipei correspondent cindy sui looks at one key factor that could influence the outcome. this 156—year—old, built in the classical chinese majestical style mansion sits majestically in the city. its owner is a family whose ancestors moved to taiwan from south—eastern china in the 18th century.
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derek is the ninth generation in his family. his family history is filled with loyalty and service to china, starting with the taiping rebellion in the 19th century, when the family patriarch sided with the government. later, ancestors prevent french troops from taking over taiwan, tried to maintain chinese culture during japanese colonial rule and founded the founding father of taiwan's efforts to build up a try with —— build the republic of china. they saw themselves as chinese. do you see yourself as chinese, taiwanese or both? i think it is both. because we cannot get rid of — i am not a chinese, cannot. 0n the campaign trail, president tsai ing—wen has a different message about china — the mainland is a threat to taiwan's way of life. at temples like this one, the deities she prays to may be from chinese culture, but she insists taiwan needs to keep its distance from the mainland to safeguard what it has that china doesn't —
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democracy and freedoms. besides the economy, at the heart of these elections is another condition. the sense of identity of the taiwanese people. they have traditionally found support from people who see themselves as only taiwanese. those who see themselves as both taiwanese and chinese have voted for the kmt. how voters identify themselves could decide the outcome of these elections. surveys show that in the last 20 years, the chinese government's actions and politics in taiwan have changed how people identify themselves. many more people now see themselves as taiwanese instead of chinese or both. this is especially true among young people, including at the universities. i take myself as taiwanese. the reason is i think the political system in the two countries is too different. translation: i don't consider myself chinese. one reason is that governments are separated and another reason is,
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when we speak, our accents are different and our cultural distances pull the two sides fell apart. —— differences slowly pull the two sides fell apart. back at the mansion, which is open to the public, mr lin and his wife pray to their ancestors — not only for the well—being of their own family, but also for peace between mainland china and taiwan, and prosperity forfuture generations. the first big film award ceremony of the year has just wrapped up in hollywood. the 77th golden globes were hosted by british comedian ricky gervais for the sixth time. the awards are often seen as a precursor to the biggest awards of the season, the oscars. they are, of course, next month. so, let's get all the news on the winners. david willis is our correspondent in los angeles. sta rt by start by telling me who were the big winners of the night. start by telling me who were the big winners of the nightlj start by telling me who were the big winners of the night. i have to say they spread their favours fairly
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thinly as we expected them to commit to an extent. the golden globes voters. 0ne film going into this hollywood awards season has emerged as the one to watch, and that is the first world war drummer 1917. it is a remarkable piece of cinema and it won the top award of the night at the globe got back for that of best film and sam mendez was named best direct for that —— mendes. 0nce film and sam mendez was named best direct for that —— mendes. once upon a time...in hollywood, a love letter from quentin tarantino to the golden age of hollywood or the end of the golden age in hollywood picked up the award for the best musical comedy. the golden globes, unlike the oscars, divides the top films into two categories. pitt and tarantino himself were awarded golden globes for their involvement in the film. joaquin phoenix, best actor in the drama for his role in
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the film joker, renee zellweger, eltonjohn, bernie tobin, patricia arquette, all getting awards. 0ne perhaps surprise in the best actor ina perhaps surprise in the best actor in a musical or comedy, taryn egerton, the 30—year—old from wales who played eltonjohn in rocketman, edging out any murphy, leonardo dicaprio, and daniel craig to land the award. he said playing elton johnin the award. he said playing elton john in rocketman had changed his life. as he put it. putting you up to speed with the tv award, 0livia colman was named best dress in a miniseries and it was a good night for phoebe while the bridge, she got an award herself as did hurst varies flea bag —— waller—bridge parasite, a south korean drama, was named foreign language film but the night i think very much belonging to the
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very dark 1917 film from sam mendes it has been often said that the streaming networks are getting bigger and more important and this year was meant to be the year of netflix. how did a pan out? -- how did it pan out? there was a lot of talk about netflix sweeping the board with 3a nominations out of 55 going in to these golden globes. i have to say that while it was not perhaps such a great night for netflix, it was a good night for streaming services in general. netflix picked up a couple of awards but so did hulu, showtime and is on so but so did hulu, showtime and is on so you have to —— and is on so you have to think that if you are in anything other than the streaming business, the entertainment industry is changing all around you ——an amazon. no matter what you may do to seek to reverse that. so yes,
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definitely indications that times are changing and hollywood from these awards tonight. david willis, thank you so much and a lovely outfit tonight. thank you so much for watching and thank you for your company. goodbye from me. hello. red sky for some on sunday night but not a huge amount of delight for the shepherds or indeed the rest of us for the weather over the next few days. quite a turbulent spell with the potential for disruption from notjust heavy rain at times but more especially or severe gales, particularly to the north and west. it will bring with it, during the next few days, some very mild conditions before things turn chillier later in the week. first spell of turbulent weather comes from this area of low pressure, it's to the south of iceland. heavy snow here. but gales and heavy rain push to the west of ireland by the end of the night. most, though into the morning rush hour, cloudy, a few spots of rain or drizzle and frost free. but through the morning rush hour itself, northern ireland, some heavy bursts of rain and gale force winds, spreading across scotland from mid—morning onwards.
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not too much rain in the east. as for wales and western england, it's really from lunchtime onwards we will see that heavy rain before sunshine returns to the west later on. it's to the north and west where we'll see the strongest of the winds, potential for gales, maybe 50 mile—per—hour gusts or more for some. not quite as windy for east anglia and the south—east. but the breeze will pick up by the end of the afternoon and into the evening rush hour we will see this band of narrower but quite heavy rain spread its way eastwards. it does mean we finish the day in south—west england, wales, and northern england with a greater potential for some sunshine. a few showers in northern england, and we'll see a few showers in northern scotland, northern ireland, maybe wintry over the tops of the scottish mountains. and temperatures drop away a little bit through the afternoon but not as windy for the evening rush hour as it will have been for the morning one. and then as we go into the evening, that rain spreads across east anglia and the south—east, clear skies for a time, a brief dip in temperature. could rule out a touch of frost and there but temperatures rise later as more wet and windy weather spreads its way in from the west. and that's this area of low pressure. our next one, which is a deeper bigger area of low pressure, that means the winds are stronger,
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extent further away from the centre, which will still be around iceland, producing snow here, but for us dragging in exceptionally mild airfrom the mid atlantic, rocketing temperatures from what will have been a chilly start for some in the south—east. here though it should stay dry and bright through much of the day. it's northern england, scotland, northern ireland, outbreaks of rain at times, the biggest disruption could come from the winds. widespread gales, strongest the winds north and west of scotland, 75—80 mile—per—hour gusts not out of the question. those winds coming over from the mid atlantic and will bring some exceptionally mild weather to the north—east of higher ground, so north—east wales, the north of northern ireland, and to the north—east of scotland we could see 15—16 degrees. that milder air swept away as we go through the night and into wednesday morning. a chillier start on wednesday morning with a touch of frost around. rain returns from the south—west later. more wet and windy weather around on thursday before a quieter end but a colder end to the week.
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this is bbc news — the headlines: president trump has stressed that he is willing to target iranian cultural sites, in retaliation for any future killing of americans by tehran. the iranian government has vowed retaliation following the us assassination of general qasem soleimani. rockets exploded near the us embassy in baghdad on sunday night. australia's prime minister has warned bushfires in the south east of the country could last for many months. the overall death toll has climbed to 2a and hundreds more properties have been destroyed. light rain and lower temperatures made little difference in the two worst—affected states. the first movie awards of the year, the golden globes, has honoured the first world war story 1917 with the prizes for best film and best director. taron egerton won best actor for rocketman and renee zellweger won best drama film actress forjudy.

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