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this is the briefing, i'm sally bundock. our top story: a crucial moment for south africa. president jacob zuma is still clinging to power, but for how much longer? protesters gather en masse in the greek capital, asking the government not to back down in a dispute over the naming of its northern neighbour. and a tense final, but the underdogs have it. the philadelphia eagles beat new england patriots to claim the 52nd super bowl in minnesota. a break from tradition. jerome powell takes over from janet yellen as chair of the fed. it is the first time in nearly a0 years the head of the us central bank has served just one term in office. global markets hope it is business as usual withjerome powell at the helm. we will be getting an expert view. a warm welcome to the programme,
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briefing you on all you need to know in global news, business and sport. and you can be part of the conversation. tell us what you think. just use the hashtag #bbcthebriefing. the stalemate continues in south africa, where president jacob zuma is still desperately clinging to power this morning, despite intense pressure from within his party to step down. talks on sunday failed to persuade the former anc leader to quit. senior party members will meet again later to decide their next move. it has now been almost two months
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since mr zuma was replaced as head of the ruling party. andrew harding reports from johannesburg. he is swamped by scandal. south africa's president, jacob zuma, has already been found guilty of breaking his oath of office when he upgraded his private home, lavishly, at the taxpayers‘ expense. more recently, his friendship with the controversial business family the guptas has fuelled allegations of massive corruption. "state capture", they call it here. during the zuma presidency, south africa has floundered, the economy struggling and unemployment soaring, amid a sense that senior officials could get away with anything. but in december, zuma and his allies lost control of the governing anc,
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the new man, cyril ramaphosa, promising to end impunity. everyone agrees that our state was captured by people who purported to be close to the president, who have been doing really bad things, and getting into all — many state institutions. and suddenly there is real change in the air here, prosecutors seizing this state farm in connection with alleged fraud by the gupta family and government officials, and the courts pursuing corruption charges against president zuma himself. i think these are really historic moments in south african politics. in all likelihood, we're going to see arrests, and big people being caught up in this, because a wheel is turning, momentum is developing, and i don't think there is any turning back. for now, zuma is clinging to hisjob.
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in places like zimbabwe and kenya, we have seen this sort of situation turn ugly and dangerous. but south africa is still a robust democracy. and so, whether he is pushed or hejumps, president zuma will soon be out of power, and most likely in court on corruption charges. it is a moment of drama and optimism for a country poised to exit the troubled zuma era. andrew harding, bbc news, johannesburg. hundreds of thousands of greeks have taken part in a demonstration objecting to the neighbouring state calling itself macedonia. it has been a long—running row, which prime minister alexis tsipras says should be resolved within months. richard forrest explains. they came in their tens of thousands from the greek mainland
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and its many islands. the streets of central athens turned into a sea of blue and white greek flags. protestors said the crowd size was even bigger than the rallies against austerity of the past two years. there were people of all generations and from all walks of life, from mayors to monks, as well as heroes of the greek resistance. the row dates back to 1991, since the former yugoslav republic gained independence. greece objects to using the name macedonia, and also says there are contentious articles in its neighbour's constitution that could imply territorial claims over the northern region. last week, greek ministers held talks with the united nations envoy to try and help resolve the issue. all sides are pushing to settle the dispute this year. the greek government has accused
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the far—right and the neo—nazi golden dawn party of exploiting the issue. prime minister alexis tsipras said the majority of people wanted foreign policy to be conducted rationally, and not with fanaticism. ministers say the rallies won't stop them trying to solve the problem, and boosting stability in the often—tense balkan region. richard forrest, bbc news. let's brief you on some of the other stories making the news: the only surviving suspect accused of involvement in the 2015 paris terrorattacks, salah abdeslam, goes on trial in belgium later today. the charges he faces are not related to the french attacks, but to a gun—battle he is alleged to have had with police while on the run in belgium. the european union's chief negotiator for brexit, michel barnier, is in london for talks with his british counterpart, david davis. on tuesday and thursday, negotiating teams will hold the first technical talks
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in brussels on what a transition may look like. a week of discussions will culminate in the first formal discussions about the future relationship after the uk has left the eu. the german chancellor, angela merkel, will make a final push to draft a coalition deal with the country's centre—left social democrats today. both sides had hoped to wrap up talks on sunday, but couldn't agree on key policy areas such as healthcare. it has been four months since the election, which plunged the country into political turmoil. a south korean appeals court is due to decide the fate of the samsung group's, vice chairman, jay y lee. he was convicted and jailed for corruption last year, in a case that also brought down president park geun—hye. the scandal shone a light on the cosy ties between family—run business empires and political powers. so there has been a shock result in the super bowl, american football's biggest event. in a nail—biting match in minnesota, the underdogs,
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the philadelphia eagles, beat the favourites, the new england patriots, to take the title for the very first time. the end result, a 41—33 victory for philadelphia, going against most of the pre—match predictions. let's talk to meg oliver from cbs news. she is at the stadium in minnesota. what a game. tell us all about it. sally, it was a spectacular game. take a look behind me, because people are still milling about here on the field, soaking this end, as you mentioned. this is the first time the philadelphia eagles have ever won the super bowl. confetti is all around and people and friends are still taking pictures and trying to enjoy every last second of this. the philadelphia eagles‘ quarterback sat on the bench for most of the season, and then came out in the
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end. he was considered the underdog at in the end the eagles proved too much for the patriots and their legendary quarterback, tom brady. and tell us how this game unfolded. it is such a huge event in the us and around the world, with the likes ofjustin and around the world, with the likes of justin timberla ke ofjustin timberlake entertaining people at half—time. ofjustin timberlake entertaining people at half-time. well, that is the thing. this isn‘tjust a football game. this is also a star—studded event at half—time. the game started off with pink singing the national anthem and thenjustin timberlake brought the national anthem and thenjustin timberla ke brought the the national anthem and thenjustin timberlake brought the house down during half—time. one of the moment that was very special, he went into the stands and started dancing with fa ns the stands and started dancing with fans and a young boy had the presence of mind to pull out his ceuphone presence of mind to pull out his cellphone camera and took a selvie with the singer. there has been some backlash on social media, because at one point he did a duet with prince,
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who is from minneapolis. i have to tell you, here everyone seemed to enjoy it the half—time show and it was quite the extravaganza. enjoy it the half—time show and it was quite the extravaganzalj understand it is absolutely freezing. it really is freezing. it was —18 celsius earlier this morning. i was so excited to come into the stadium and actually take offa into the stadium and actually take off a few layers, but it is still rather chilly. and they are just embracing the cold here. they have made the best out of it, and they are calling it the bold north, and i think minneapolis did a good job with it. and there was a victory for the philadelphia eagles, quite something. today, jerome powell will be sworn in as the new chair of the us central bank. most american presidents have chosen to reappoint the existing head of the federal reserve, nominated by their predecessor, but donald trump has broken a a0 year tradition by replacing the former chair, janet yellen.
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jeremy cook is the chief economist at world first. nice to see you. we have been preparing for this change for some time. it is a moment, isn‘t it, to think about janet yellen and what a greatjob she did really. think about janet yellen and what a great job she did really. yes, and looking back she took over a fairly damaged economy from bernanke. we have seen three or four interest—rate rises, and we are starting to see the market reaction to that, but obviously the us economy continuing to run high. the jobs numbers we saw on friday were a good news. the markets welcomed the fa ct good news. the markets welcomed the fact thatjerome powell would replace janet yellen, because we figured she would be replaced, and he is seen has a similar pair of hands to hers, no big changes. yet markets have gone through a rough patch in the last 48 hours. he is a
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centrist, as monetary policy goes. he is not actually an economist. that is a little controversial, but there were more controversial economic geeks who donald trump had mooted forjerome powell got the nod. the market reaction seems to be asa nod. the market reaction seems to be as a result of markets starting to get their head around the fact that the us economy is growing a little bit faster than expected. the jobs market may be performing a little bit better and therefore the interest rates in the us, by the federal reserve, might be raised a little bit quicker. so you think a rate rise in march, like everybody else? yes, we are looking for about four this year, about one per quarter. they tend to like things kind of gradual, on a regular basis. so one in march, and another three by december. so we will see if you are right. jeremy will be back in about 20 minutes, and we have the news briefing to talk you through some really good stories today. russianjets have intensified air
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strikes on rebel—held areas in syria‘s idlib province. the syrian civil defence, known as the white helmets, said five towns and cities were hit, and that several deaths and dozens of injuries were reported. it comes a day after rebels shot down a russian warplane over idlib, and killed its pilot on the ground. sarah corker reports. frantic scenes in idlib province. this footage posted online appears to show the aftermath of another air strike by russian forces. the white helmets, an opposition rescue group, search for people trapped in the burning buildings. eyewitnesses described how the main hospital in the city was hit. amid the chaos, rescu e rs the city was hit. amid the chaos, rescuers filmed patients, including some babies, being moved from the damaged wards. opposition groups say russian planes have stepped up
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airstrikes on the area, a day after this russian fighter jet was shot down by rebels, and the pilot killed. this is it led city on sunday night. rescue teams said some buildings were raised to the ground. translation: the warplane launched an incursion that included heavy shock missiles, damaging a seven story and the four story building. we extracted a total of six bodies. a child was injured in the seven story building. the syrian government, backed by russian air power, launched a major offensive in december against rebel groups in the province. russia‘s defence ministry denies aiming at civilians, and said it targets only hardline islamist militants in syria, but rescuers say civilians are paying a heavy price. thousands have fled their homes. stay with us on the briefing. also on the programme: men
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in south korea apparently buy more beauty products than their counterparts anywhere else. we will ask why that might be, and hear from someone trying to change perceptions about men and make—up. will this is the moment that millions in iran had been waiting for. after his long years in exile, the first hesitant steps of ayatollah khomeini on iranian soil. south africa‘s white government has offered its black opponents concessions unparalleled in the history of apartheid. the ban on the african national congress is lifted immediately, and the anc leader, nelson mandela, after 27 years injail, is to be set free unconditionally. the aircraft was returning from belgrade, where manchester united had entered the semi—final of the european cup. two americans have become the first humans to walk in space without any lifeline to their spaceship.
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one of them called it "a piece of cake". thousands of people have given the yachstwoman ellen macarthur a spectacular homecoming in the cornish port of falmouth after she smashed the world record for sailing solo around the world non—stop. you‘re watching the briefing. our headlines: south africa‘s president jacob zuma is refusing to step down despite intense pressure from his party. anc officials are meeting to decide their next move. protestors in greece call on the government not to allow its northern neighbour to call itself macedonia. it‘s no stranger to harsh winters, but the russian capital, moscow, has been battling with a record amount of snow. it‘s blocked roads, grounded flights and brought down trees and power cables, endangering life.
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the snowfall is forecast to ease in the next few days, but temperatures could drop even further. this is what it takes to keep moscow moving. an army of snowploughs at the city‘s airports, trying to keep i’u nways the city‘s airports, trying to keep runways clear. nearly 150 flights have been delayed and dozens cancelled. the russian capital had seen over cancelled. the russian capital had seen over half its average monthly snowfall in 24 hours snowfall in the space of 24 hours, up to 17 inches of snow blanketing hours snow blanketing the city‘s landmarks. for those who ventured out, it was a challenge to get moving. lorries, coaches and cars are getting stuck on the snowy roads. translation: there's been a lot of snowfall over the last two weeks. we‘ve put in a lot of extra effort
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and are working faster. i think it will be like this until march. one person died after a falling tree hit a power line, and five others were injured. in fact, 2,000 trees have been brought down and people have been warned to steer clear of frozen branches. this is moscow‘s heaviest snowfall in one day since records began. it is expected to ease off overnight, but temperatures are forecast to drop to —10. here‘s our briefing on some of the key events happening later. first up, salah abdeslam, the only surviving suspect in the 2015 paris attacks, will go on trial in belgium over the brussels shootout that led to his capture. later on, the new michelin guide to french restaurants is released and will show which restaurants have gained or lost their coveted stars. and finally , cardinal carlos aguiar retes will be installed as the catholic archbishop of mexico city. just a few events taking place today
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around the world. it‘s apparently a fact that south korean men spend more on skincare products — including make—up — than their counterparts anywhere else in the world. and just as for women, it‘s all about boosting confidence and self—esteem. we‘ve been to meet a youtube vlogger in seoul, who‘s trying to change perceptions of men who wear make—up. now it‘s time to get all the latest from the bbc sports centre. hello there — i‘m gavin ramjaun and this is your sport briefing for monday. coming up, we‘ll hearfrom chelsea manager antonio conte, as the battle for a top four place in the premier league hots up. and stand by for dose of 007 in a rather unusual sporting setting. now — last season everything went swimmingly for antonio conte. he won the premier league title, and reached the fa cup final in his first season in england.
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things haven‘t gone quite so well in this campaign though. chelsea are in a real scrap to secure a top four place in the league — and they were rocked by a shock 3—0 home defeat to bournemouth last week. on monday, they travel to london rivals watford. conte has had to deny rumours that he could leave stamford bridge, despite stating that he wants to at least see out the remaining 18 months of his contract. after a defeat against bournemouth there was speculation about my being sacked. i am there was speculation about my being sacked. iam not there was speculation about my being sacked. i am not interested in that. i will continue to work and be focused on my team to try and do the best. well — there was a remarkable finish to the match between liverpool and tottenham at anfield. spurs scored a penalty
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with virtually the last kick of the match to earn a point. harry kane saved the day, notching his 100th premier league goal. earlier mohammed salah had given liverpool the lead before a fantastic victor wanyama strike pulled it back to 1—all. kane then missed a penalty which would have put spurs ahead. but salah then put liverpool in front in stoppage time! before spurs were then awarded a controversial penalty which kane converted. i don‘t understand both of them. the first one is clear offside, you can say he made a save, that‘s true. i don‘t know how, he was clearly offside, we saw from our position he was offside but we didn‘t see it was that clear. then the second penalty i know already what the ref and assistant will say, there‘s a touch, there‘s a little touch, but we all know lamela goes down, he wants the situation, he wants the touch, he wants to go down. it hardly seems credible, that petra kvitova is back winning wta titles — just over 13 months after suffering terrible injuries
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to her left hand, trying to defend herself against an intruder in her home. kvitova entered the st petersburg open in russia as a wildcard — but needed just 65 minutes to see off kristina mladenovic in the final. she certainly seems to have put a disappointing first round exit at the australian open behind her, and is now up to 21 in the world rankings. and — it was mission accomplished for england‘s rugby players, in their first six nations match against italy. they won 46 — 15 and afterwards, they were joined in the dressing room by none other than daniel craig! several of the player posted pictures of themselves with the james bond actor. the defending champions certainly weren‘t shaken or stirred by their opponents in rome — but it might be different next week, when they take on wales who beat scotland on saturday. you can get all the latest sports news at our website — that‘s but from me — gavin ramjaun and the rest of the team — that‘s your world sport
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briefing for monday. business briefing is next so stay with us, we will see you soon. will come the weekend was a wool mixed across the uk but that list we ended with some sunshine. this pitiful picture from sunday. as far as the week ahead is concerned the weather will change a little bit and there is cold weather heading our way. that will stay cold through the week and there will be some snow around as well. in fact there could be snow in your area already. if you live in the south—east, possibly lincolnshire, there have been snow showers moving in. i think, particular, kent, sussex, essex
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possibly maybe even greater london as well into the morning. this could coincide with the rush—hour before the rush—hour as well. not great news for travellers to i think across many western and central areas that starts bright and cold with snow showers again at eight o‘clock in the morning and kept in parts of east anglia. a couple of flurries affecting the eastern counties close to the north sea. elsewhere it looks dry with partly cloudy skies and frosty in towns and cities. it will be around freezing or below, a little milder there. what can we expect during the course of monday? change from what you had in the morning, the best of the weather again across the west in the north. a beautiful day across cumbria, and glasgow, edinburgh, but partly cloudy skies across much of the midlands, the eastern areas, the south as well and occasional showers, some of them wintry. let‘s see what happens on monday night
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into tuesday. that where the front moves into cold air. snows of the north in the north—west of england, into wales and the south—west. why the time that front reaches the midlands and the south—east it will have stopped snowing. that weather front will fall apart and these areas in the north and west that could catch early snow on tuesday. ten centimetres zero impossible over the pennines. enough to cause some problems in the towns and cities. were between with assistance on wednesday so there will be a lot of frightened to make fine bright weather. it will feel cold. by thursday it looks as if things will cloud over and there will be some rain. it will stay cold through most of the week, there will be widespread frost but this guy is clear and some snow. —— widespread frost where the sky is clear. this is business briefing, i‘m sally bundock. a break from tradition.
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jerome powell takes over from janet yellen as chair of the fed. it is the first time in nearly 40 years the head of the us central bank has served just one term in office. lift—off for ryanair. the world‘s busiest international airline is expecting to announce a jump in sales following the collapse of some of its european rivals. and on the markets, asia follows wall street‘s lead with heavy losses. shares across the region on course for the biggest drop for 14 months.
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