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this is the briefing — i'm ben bland. our top story: prince harry speaks publicly for the first time since the announcement he and meghan will start a new life in canada without their royal titles. this is the business briefing. i‘m ben bland. stoking tensions between it brings me great sadness the us and china — that it has come to this. an extradition hearing for huawei‘s the decision that i have made chief financial officer meng wa nzhou for my wife and i to step back begins in vancouver. is not one i made lightly. it was so many months of talks and as the most influential figures from the financial world after so many years of challenges. arrive in davos, we take a look at what to expect from this year‘s the bodies of ii ukrainians who died world economic forum. when the plane they were on was shot down over iran have been returned home. the documents which accuse africa's richest woman of making her fortune and on the markets, investors took a step back through corruption and after last week‘s rally, though the mood remains upbeat after the china—us trade pact was signed. focus turning this week exploiting her country. to the release of corporate earnings
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by some big us names. and coming up in buiness briefing, the battle between the us and china continues, as a extradition hearing for huawei's chief financial officer meng wanzhou begins in vancouver. a warm welcome to the programme, briefing you on all you need to know in global news, business and sport. and today, it's said to be blue monday — the third monday injanuary is apparently the gloomiest day of the year. it may be just a sales and marketing gimmick — but i'd still like to know, what do you do to lift your mood when it's cold, dark and grey? share your tips with me. just use the hashtag #bbcthebriefing.
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prince harry says it has brought him great sadness that he is leaving his royal duties — after he agreed a deal with the queen that allowed him and his wife meghan to stop their official roles. he's been speaking for the first time since news emerged of his desire to quit. the duke of sussex said the couple felt they had no other option but to leave the royal family behind. he expressed his wish to have a ‘more peaceful‘ life as a family, but said the uk would always be his home. here's our royal correspondent nicholas witchell. they had hoped, they said in their personal statement of 8 january, to find a progressive new role within the royal family, in which, while stepping back, they could have continued to serve. that hasn't worked out. buckingham palace has taken a hard line. their royal role has been all but removed and harry is clearly disappointed. at a private dinner in london
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for sentebale, his hiv charity in southern africa, he said he wanted his audience to hear the truth. he recalled the aftermath of his and meghan‘s wedding. once meghan and i were married, we were excited, we were hopeful and we were here to serve. for those reasons, it brings me great sadness that it has come to this. he said the decision for him and his wife to step back is not one he'd made lightly. what i want to make clear is we are not walking away and we certainly aren't walking away from you. our hope was to continue serving the queen, the commonwealth and my military associations, but without public funding. unfortunately, that wasn't possible. and he said he would continue to serve his country. i will always have the utmost respect for my grandmother, my commander—in—chief, and i'm incredibly grateful to her and the rest of my family for the support they have shown meghan and i over the last few months. i will continue to be the same man who holds his country dear and dedicates his life to supporting the causes, charities and military communities that
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are so important to me. all of which establishes beyond doubt that this process of stepping away from royal life and royal duty has already fallen short of harry's hopes. he has taken responsibility for choosing this new path and he says he has accepted the conditions which have been imposed by the queen and her advisers. nicholas witchell, bbc news. the bodies of ii ukrainians who died when a ukrainian international airlines flight was shot down over iran earlier this month, have been returned home. ukraine's president, volodymyr zelensky, joined friends and relatives of the victims at a repatriation ceremony in the capital, kyiv. rich preston has this report. a ukrainian military plane brought the victims of flight p5752 home.
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nine of the ii ukrainians who lost their lives with the plane's crew. their coffins drapped in the blue and yellow of ukraine's flag. their colleagues turned out to pay their respects. president volodymyr zelensky and prime minister oleksiy honcharuk were amongst them. relatives and friends gathered in hte airport's main terminal to remember those lost. all 176 people on board the flight were killed. many of them were from canada. canadian investigators have visited iran but say they do not know of any plans as to when and where information on the flight‘s so—called black box will be downloaded. iran said it has no plans to send the flight recorder abroad for separate analysis. canadian investigators are due to travel to ukraine for talks this week. and canada has called on iran not to delay any investigation. our role this morning, to my iranian counterpart,
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to stress again the wish of canada, the wish of the co—ordination group but i would think the wish of the international community that the black box be sent to where it should be sent, whether it is ukraine — and i know france has offered its expertise — to make sure we have proper technical expertise when the black box would be opened and that be done in a very transparent manner. the repatriation of the ukrainian victims follows iran's admission it mistakenly shot down the passenger jet amid increased tension with the us. ukraine has called on iran to compensate families and punish those responsible. rich preston, bbc news. despite signing a trade deal last week, tensions between washington and beijing could be about to heat up again.
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that's because an extradition hearing for huawei executive meng wa nzhou begins in vancouver today. meng was arrested in december 2018 at the request of the united states on charges of bank fraud. oliver cornock, editor—in—chief, oxford business group joins me now. it's against the backdrop of this discussion of us china trade war. it's also about tech and the role that huawei, this huge provider of the future 56 technology has in every economy. i know there's a story about this, the germans are coming out with some reservations of huawei's influence but the specific story is about this executive and the extradition and whether this company was in fact a subsidiary, operating in iran which then contravened us sanctions. of course,
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this comes down to this idea of double carnality in canada as to whether she can be extradited and that's basically whether the canadian court can find out and determine whether she would technically get a prison sentence in canada. if she does, she could be extradited. i'm sure businesses around the world will be watching this, particularly the us and china but beyond that as well. after the relief, i suppose, but beyond that as well. after the relief, isuppose, at but beyond that as well. after the relief, i suppose, at the defusing of the trade war, when we saw that phase i deal signed last week, this could just stoke up those tensions once again. the world's two biggest economies. if it does, that has a ripple effect beyond them. that is spot on. i looked through twitter shows that is something everyone is discussing, the implications of this not least because huawei has a dominant role in so many of the world's economies. this isn't a story that is going to go away so if
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you're looking to stoke up those tensions, front facing impeachment, this could be just part of a tool using two further towards some gas rather than oil. 0k, oliver, thank you for the moment. the paper is a little later. let's brief you on some of the other stories making the news. seven staff have been sacked following a mass prison break out in paraguay. 75 prisoners escaped by digging a tunnel out although the justice minister has insisted some guards must have helped the escape. the escapees are mainly members of a notorius brazilian drug gang — brazil is sending police reinforcements to it's border to try and recapture them —— it's border to try and recapture them. authorities in china are scrambling to stop the spread of a new virus similar to pneumonia as millions of people prepare to travel for the lunar new year. in the last few hours medics in the central chinese city of wuhan have confirmed a third person has
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died after contracting the coronavirus there. 136 new cases were confirmed over the weekend. hundreds of canadian troops are being sent to newfoundland to help people after a record—breaking snowstorm. 200 troops were expected to be on the ground by the end of sunday , with another hundred in place on monday. a blizzard on friday dumped more than 75 centimetres of snow on newfoundland's capital, stjohn‘s. protestors in lebanon have been on the streets near the central parliament building in beirut. it's after a day of clashes with police that left nearly 400 people injured. the caretaker prime minister saad hariri has called on those involved in forming a government to ‘stop wasting time' so that an economic solution can be found. our correspondent carine torbey has more. next to parliament in beirut,
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barricades have not protected riot police from the stones and fireworks thrown at them by protesters. the police used water cannon, tear gas and even rubber bullets. many protesters were injured and dozens taken to hospital. but this did not seem to deter them. three months of mostly peaceful protests over the economic situation and against corruption seem to have reached a tipping point. translation: we're back on the streets today. i was here yesterday, i came back today, and i'll be on the streets every day. this is all for the future of our children, for us and for our children. the country is, as you can see, frozen, the situation is not normal. the state is not doing anything. they are a bunch of thieves. anger has risen amid prolonged political squabbles, delaying the formation of a government following the resignation of the former prime minister saad hariri under the pressure of the street, late october. in the meantime, the country seems to be sliding into economic collapse amid a de facto devaluation of the local currency and warnings
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of his sovereign default. economic insecurity, banking restrictions and threatened livelihoods are causing desperation and the growing rage. carine torbey, bbc, beirut. stay with us on bbc news — still to come: making water out of thin air — why these so called hydro panels could be revolutionary. donald trump is now the 45th president of the united states. he was sworn in before several hundred thousand people on the steps of capitol hill in washington. it's going to be only america first. america first.
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demonstrators waiting for mike gatting and his rebel cricket team were attacked with tear gas and set up on by police dogs. anti—apartheid campaigners say they will carry on the protests throughout the tour. they called him ‘the butcher of lyon'. klaus altmann is being held on a fraud charge in bolivia. the west germans want to extradite him for crimes committed in wartime france. there, he was the gestapo chief klaus barbie. millions came to bathe as close as possible to this spot. a tide of humanity that is believed by officials to have broken all records. donald trump is now the 45th president of the united states. you're watching the briefing. our headlines: prince harry says his decision to step back from royal duties and move his family to canada hasn't been taken lightly.
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hundreds of lebanese protesters have clashed with security forces in the centre of beirut, after three months of anti—establishment demonstrations. lets get more on our top story now. prince harry has been speaking out for the first time since news emerged of the sussexes‘ decision to step back from royal life. he expressed great sadness that he is leaving his royal duties and that the uk would always be his home despite his wish to have a ‘more peaceful‘ life as a family. we can cross live to nova scotia in canada to talk to sandi rankaduwa who has written extensively about harry and meghan for the online international website buzzfeed. it is good to have you with us. what do you make of harry‘s statement he gave yesterday? i think harry's statement sort of reiterated a lot of what we have already red through the written statements, but it was ona the written statements, but it was on a more personal and heartfelt level, and he seemed to reiterate that there is no bad blood amongst
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the windsors and this decision was something he felt was necessary, another thing that came up through his speech was the use of i statements, saying "i have made this decision for my wife and i to leave", and that shows him taking responsibility, i think there is a wanting to make and as the sort of person who manipulated him or tricked him into leaving, and that isa tricked him into leaving, and that is a wesley not the case. —— wanting to make meghan. reaction in the uk media has been mixed, how has this been seen in canada? also mixed i would say. i think canadians are generally pretty welcoming and excited about the idea of having them with us. i think obviously the idea of security and who is going to pay for their security is a concern, but for the most part i think people
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are but for the most part i think people a re pretty but for the most part i think people are pretty open—minded to the idea and happy to have them with us and be safer and build a better life here. a number of articles you have written touch on the issue of race and whether that has played any part in all of this. what do you think the wider lessons or takeaway points on that issue from this situation might be? sure, ithink on that issue from this situation might be? sure, i think watching... i have been pretty open about how i think a lot of the treatment that meghan has received has been, in part, because of racism, but what has been interesting as watching the coverage after these announcements and watching so many black it and commentators beyond these panels, on these interview shows and speaking their personal experiences with
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racism and how they see meghan‘s experiences of racism and continually they are denied and being gaslit, and i think that is up thing shows there is a lot of work to be done in terms of discussions about what racism is and the different forms it services as, —— surfaces as, and i wonder whether the british monarchy and britain are losing more than harry and meghan maybe, because they did embody this symbol of progress and potential and modernity that i think, i think was really valuable. thank you very much indeed. a bbc investigation has seen documents that show how africa‘s richest woman made herfortune through exploiting her own country and corruption. isabel dos santos is the daughter of the former angolan president, eduardo dos santos. the documents show she got access to lucrative deals involving land, diamonds, oil and telecoms while herfather was in power. isabel dos santos has denied any wrongdoing. richard bilton reports.
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isabel dos santos is africa‘s richest woman. she lives in london with a glamorous life and famous friends. a leak of more than 700 documents from her business empire was obtained by the platform to protect whistleblowers in africa and shared with the international consortium of investigativejournalists. much of isabel dos santos‘ wealth comes from some very dubious deals. her father is eduardo dos santos, who ruled angola for 38 years. and he followed a pattern — with an issue, decree or order, his daughter and her family would get deals in land, telecoms, even buying and selling angola‘s diamonds. the documents show that
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as the years went by, the deals kept coming and her fortune grows. i think she got the opportunity to become rich, took the opportunity that her father, by decree, would transfer state assets. take oil. angola has vast reserves. the state oil company, sun and gold, gave isabel dos santos a very good deal on a very valuable asset. she was able to buy a lucrative stake in a portuguese energy company by paying only 15% upfront. the rest turned into a loan from sun and gold. that deal made her three quarters of a billion euros. that is absolutely the definition of corruption. she was put in a favoured position because she was the daughter of the president. it got worse. the president later made his daughter head of sun and gold. she says it was a sensible move. i worked for them as a consultant.
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then after i finished my consultancy work, they invited me and said what i consider a position to become sun and gold‘s chairperson. isabel dos santos‘ lawyers denied a bbc‘s allegations and shows she has been involved in the wrongdoing. they say it is a politically motivated witch—hunt by the angolan government, —— she has been involved in no wrongdoing. and the deal with the energy company earned sun and gold money. but her father is no longer president, and angola wants answers. these documents tell the story of where isabel dos santos‘ fortune really comes from. if you‘re in the uk you can watch that programme, panorama: the corrupt billionaire, on bbc one tonight at 8:30.
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much of the build up to the first tennis major of the year, the australian open, was focused on concerns about air quality and playing conditions. it‘s because of those bushfires that have ravaged the country. so have the weather changes helped or given organisers different problems to worry about? john watson is there for us. just talk us through the conditions and how it is looking. pretty blustery today, quite rainy, so that is really the change that organisers we re is really the change that organisers were expecting obviously, so much made last week when those qualifying matches for the main draw were being staged at the quality a massive issue because of the australian bushfires. certainly conditions are much better this week and that was what organisers were backing on, they came in for heavy criticism last week by those lower ranked players who were made to play in pretty terrible conditions as they look to reach the main draw, one player was forced off court because he had such bad breathing problems.
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a british player was left angry by the fact they were made to play and a lot of criticism left with some of the senior players on the tour because a lot of people were saying that if it was the likes of novak djokovic, roger federer or serena williams, would they be made to play in those conditions? we will never know, but they felt confident they would be changing conditions and that has certainly been the case for the tournament today. much better as far as the quality is concerned about is the rain and wind certainly which is causing a few problems today and we have seen is a match is suspended already on the outside court. play just about suspended already on the outside court. playjust about getting back under way with that rain subsiding somewhat, more showers are forecast for tomorrow. and in terms of the tournament itself, who should we be keeping an eye on, regulars, usual names, but also any ones that may not be on our radar as well?
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the women‘s draw is wide open. we have seen so the women‘s draw is wide open. we have seen so many the women‘s draw is wide open. we have seen so many different grand champions, and a lot of that will focus on naomi osaka, the defending champion and the women‘s singles, she had that brilliant success of the us open in 2018 when she beat serena williams and follow that up with drew here last year, and then struggled to be one of the big names, the success bought with pressure. serena williams, we will talk about her over the next fortnight, can she get her hands on that elusive 24th grandslam singles title, and in the men‘s draw as always, look no further than novak djokovic, roger federer and rafael nadal. a us technology company is showcasing a way to turn sunlight into drinking water. they‘ve developed a technique that can absorb moisture in the air and convert it into liquid. the theory behind it isn‘t new — but the potential scale could be revolutionary. tim allman reports. the dry, arid lands of southern nevada. there is water here but you have to look pretty hard to find it. these might help.
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they are called hydropanels, a new technology based on the oldest of discoveries, condensation. we take sunlight and air and produce pure water. it is then mineralised, stored and then delivered at basically any volume that is needed by the home, the school, that hotel, or a whole community. here is how they work: the panels absorb moisture and heat it up causing the vapour to condense into water. the inventors claim each one can produce more than 130 litres a month. although the principal is fairly simple, the potential benefits could be huge. that whole spectrum of humanity, ranging from the people who have a lot to the people who have a lot less, the water solution is now the exact the same. we really have created a global water source that is effectively a well that we can establish anywhere on the planet and solve people‘s water challenges immediately. the hope is these panels will be mobile and relatively cheap, helping communities
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anywhere in the world. a whole lot of sunlight potentially becoming a whole lot of water. tim allman, bbc news. stay with me on bbc news, i‘ll be back with the business briefing in just a few moments. i was asking you about your take on blue monday, the third monday in january is the gloomiest day of the year. i was asking for your tips on how you deal with it when it is cold and dark. emily says "january is a great month after the november gloom, new year with the sun rising earlier, setting later, spring bulbs poking through, things can only get better." donald says "lots of video binge tv shows, plenty ofjunk food." and a similar one from adrian
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who tweeted to say "i go for running, comfort foods and retail therapy, not in that order." let us know your thoughts — use the hashtag #bbcthe briefing. it isa it is a cold and frosty start to the new week across much of england, wales and southern scotland, still some issues with fog, particularly across wales, north—west england and the midlands, visibility has been quite poor through the part of the night. pressure readings across parts of wales have exceeded 1050 millibars, the highest it has been since 1957, this area of high pressure will bring a lot of dry weather across the uk in the week ahead and some outbreaks of rain into northern scotland later on
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monday. without the data many cold with a widespread frost for much of england and wales, not quite as cold as we had further north, 8— nine celsius across the far north of scotland. for scotland and northern ireland it is another cloudy, breezy day some of the cloud pushing in to northern england, some of the overnight mist and fog will be slow to clear. once it does much of england and wales will see spells of sunshine, not as much as we saw through sunday. light winds for many away from the north and west of scotla nd away from the north and west of scotland where we could get us —— gusts touching 50 miles an hour. 10— 11 celsius the higher monday more like 6— nine elsewhere and close to freezing weather fog is logically. through monday and tuesday more cloud and outbreaks of rain pushing away southwards across scotland, tending to fizzle out as they move their way southwards. clear skies away from the mist and fog across central and southern england, so another cold and frosty start today on tuesday here. high pressure is still in charge, with this deal with on tuesday but it is very much a weakening feature and by this stage, really, just a band of the cloud.
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still outbreaks of rain for the western isles through tuesday morning, that rain will tend to fizzle out but generally for the most on tuesday it will be a cloudier day and still some issues with mist and fog. a few bright spells for eastern counties of england and scotland and a colder feeling day across england and wales, temperatures a 7— eight here. and the high pressure is still with us and the high pressure is still with us into wednesday, it really is the dominant feature, so a lengthy spell of dry weather for much of the uk. not necessarily sunny. on wednesday it looks to be a fairly cloudy day across the board, the best is in the eastern counties and some issues with mist and fog. for the week ahead, for most it is mainly dry, frosty night particularly at first, 00:28:44,290 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 further problems with mist and fog.
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