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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. donald trump is banned permanently from twitter, because of concerns his tweets could incite more violence. democrats reveal the draft of a new impeachment resolution against president trump — the president elect accuses him of inciting an insurrection and endangering the security of the us. he's been an embarrassment to the country, embarrassed us around the world. not worthy, not worthy to hold that office. "act like you have the virus." that's the advice in a new campaign in the uk urging people to abide by lockdown rules. and snow in spain leaves hundreds of drivers trapped in their cars as roads are blocked and madrid airport remains closed.
hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world. president trump has been permanently banned from twitter after the social media giant warned his tweets risked ‘further incitements of violence'. the company says it made the decision after a review of tweets from his personal account. he was previously suspended from twitter for 12 hours on wednesday after hundreds of people stormed the capitol building in washington. our north america correspondent, david willis, reports. the most powerful man in the world no longer has access to one of his most valued assets — twitter. donald trump's preferred platform for picking fights, settling scores and promoting conspiracy theories has blocked him for good, citing what the company called:
"the risk of further incitement of violence". president trump has been blamed for fomenting the protest that led to the death of five people at the us capital on wednesday and twitter believes his continued use of its platform could stoke further violence in the run—up tojoe biden‘s inauguration in 11 days‘ time. the president's son donjunior on his twitter account said: "free speech no longer exists in america". and called the ban "orwellian". in a tweet swiftly deleted from his official white house account, mr trump said he was now looking into the possibility of creating his own social media platform. facebook, having already banned donald trump for the remainder of his term in office, the president is looking increasingly isolated. facing multiple resignations and with members of his own party deserting him, some are concerned about what he might do next. in the final tweet before his account was closed,
he said one thing he won't be doing is attending his successor‘s swearing in, breaking with a tradition stretching back more than 150 years. joe biden said he was fine with that and called mr trump a national embarrassment. he has been an embarrassment to the country, embarrassed us around the world, not worthy to hold that office. there are those who believe the president should also be denied access to the nuclear button. the house speaker nancy pelosi is actively seeking his removal. democrats plan to introduce an impeachment resolution on monday. sadly, the person running the executive branch is a deranged, unhinged, dangerous president of the united states. more than a dozen people have now been charged in connection with wednesday's protest, among them this man, richard barnet, who was pictured with his feet up on nancy pelosi's desk. but, after a week of unprecedented
turbulence, it is difficult to know what will affect donald trump's fortunes more — impeachment, if it happens, or the lack of access to the social media soap box that's been so effective in building and rallying his mass band of supporters. david willis, bbc news, los angeles. let's speak now to dr brian klaas, an associate professor of global politics at ucl, and a columinist at the washington post. how much actual power do you think president trump still has. we have seen nancy pelosi already move to try and limit any military power he might have, obviously people are worried about any action he might ta ke worried about any action he might take in the next few days? well he is extraordinarily powerful. he has the formal authority over the most powerful country in the world and the president has been deemed unfit to manage a social media account, but is still in charge of the
world's most powerful nuclear arsenal. that is why there are calls for him to resign or be removed from office. that could be in from a second impeachment. on how much military authority he still has, i have been reading it is perhaps you know unwise to say it is a nuclear button, because that is not how it works and there are many steps before any military action could be taken by any president. is it therefore extending the fear too far at the moment to say he could take action or do you think there is a real threat? no, there action or do you think there is a realthreat? no, there are no other threats, the us government is set up because of the cold war, if the president orders an attack, there is no one to stop him. the system was designed that way, because the worry
was the soviet union would launch a surprise attack. so the president is still in control of the armed forces. what he says is legally required to be enacted. whether somebody would try to stop him, that isa somebody would try to stop him, that is a different question. they would face presumably legal consequences for doing so. but the system is designed to ensure the president can order attacks with no delay. so that is why people are so alarmed. because if he wakes up and says nuke this country, the system is designed not to stop him. that is why i and 2,000 political scientists have called for the president to be removed. there is a clear danger. what he has done in the last months is dangerous. so you know i think...
would it not be the case that senior political figures in would it not be the case that senior politicalfigures in his party, senior military commanders, lawyers would be able to stop that sort of action and therefore you know, again, is it dangerous to hype up the threat too much? no, i mean there is no other way to put this. if they stopped him, they would be acting illegally. so yes, we could have people acting illegally to stop the president from giving a lawful order to launch a military attack. i would like to think that people would like to think that people would stand up and stop an attack if president trump ordered it. i would like to think they would risk legal consequences, but i don't want the gamble with that. the system is set up gamble with that. the system is set upfor gamble with that. the system is set up for the commander in chief to have no check on ordering military action. so that is the current reality of the situation. it is not a...if reality of the situation. it is not a... if there are impeachment
proceedings, it all takes times. he can't immediately be remove from office. the 25th amendment can happen immediately. all that needs to happen is the vice—president and a majority of president trump's own cabinet have to certify, declare that trump is no longer fit to carry out his duties. that would be an immediate removalfrom out his duties. that would be an immediate removal from office. out his duties. that would be an immediate removalfrom office. that was to ensure if a president was inxa pas taited. it was designed for scenarios where people are worried about the mental well being of the president. and so this could happen very quickly. the impeachment, one thing that is important, if it doesn't happen before january 20th, it is important to say if you do this, you incite violence in a way that leads to a takeover of the capital, there are consequences. it
also about future presidents and future generations. thank you. the north korean leader, kimjong un has described the united states as his country's "biggest enemy" and said he doesn't expect washington to change its policy toward pyongyang — whoever is president. addressing a meeting of the ruling party, mr kim pledged to expand north korea's nuclear weapons arsenal. here in the uk, people are being told to act like they have coronavirus as part of a public information campaign aimed at tackling the recent surge in infections. borisjohnson said people must stick to the lockdown rules, stay at home and not become complacent. yesterday, more than 1,300 deaths were recorded in the uk — the highest since the pandemic began. dan johnson reports. covid—i9, especially the new variant, is spreading quickly across the country. this puts many people at risk of serious disease. a new campaign with a clear message. once more, we must all stay home.
the stark warnings come in response to the intense pressure on hospitals, which are getting close to capacity, especially in london and the south—east. london's mayor declared a major incident yesterday, saying the virus was out of control. many doctors are frustrated. most hospitals have reached, have expanded their intensive care capacity to somewhere in the region of three times their normal capacity. obviously, we don't have three times the number of staff, so our staff are being spread more thinly in an effort to deliver that important care, that vital care to save lives for those patients that most need it. yesterday's record figures showed 1,325 people died within 28 days of a positive covid test. the most in a single day during the entire pandemic. the total number of deaths now stands atjust short of 80,000. there are more record figures — another 68,000 cases were recorded yesterday and 31,621; patients are being treated in hospitals across the uk.
ally is one. her whole family tested positive on christmas day. i was fine, healthy, young family, just getting on with my life and this has completely floored me. i was told two days ago that if they didn't put me on a ventilator, i would die. i've seen two people die in beds either side of me whilst i have been in this hospital. one in three people with covid don't show symptoms, so the message is, act like you have the virus and don't go out, don't mix with people. there are signs that policing of the rules will get tougher, with government sources saying the time for engaging, explaining and encouraging is now over, giving way to more strict enforcement. the next few weeks look bad. vaccines give clear hope for the future, but for now we must all stay home, protect the nhs, save lives. dan johnson, bbc news.
derbyshire police are reviewing their lockdown fines policy following criticism. two women said they were surrounded by police after driving five miles from their home for a walk, and fined £200 each. government guidance says you can travel for exercise in england as long as it is in your "local area". the force said all of its fixed penalties issued during the new national lockdown will now be reviewed. people in the uk are being warned to stay vigilant about scams in which criminals offer fake covid vaccines for a fee. in one case, a pensioner was injected with an unknown substance by a man pretending to be a health worker. she paid him £160. people have also been sent text messages taking them to a fake nhs website with a booking link. jayne mccubbin reports. moments before this image was captured, this man injected a 92—year—old with a fake covid vaccine. he claimed to be from the nhs. and then administered a jab
in the arm, what has been described as a dart like instrument, charged £160, took the money from the lady, and then disappeared. and just to add insult to that injury, then reattended several days later to try to solicit an extra £100. so this has been a horrendous experience for the victim. it is not known what was injected into the pensioner, but a hospital check found her unharmed. this is an absolutely disgusting crime. it is unacceptable, assault, fraud, and it will not be tolerated. we will do everything we can to try to track down and catch this person before they carry out this offence on anyone else. it is thought over £22 million has been lost to covid related scams. these images show a makeshift laboratory set up in a kitchen in west sussex. fake covid cures had been
made and sold to people in america and france. but frank ludlow was caught in his local post office as he tried to send more. he was convicted injuly. how significant a problem is this? how many fraudsters are there, trying to cash in on the crisis? i mean, it is extensive stop since the first lockdown in march we have had about half a million people come to us with advice online, it has doubled since october, the number of people coming directly to us. it is notjust a small group. one in three people, in our research, have been targeted by some form of covid related scams since the pandemic began. today police advised that nobody from official vaccination programmes will ever turn up unannounced. they will never ask for bank details. and nobody will ever be charged for the vaccine. but with a vaccination programme rolling out across the country, today there is a warning. beware the criminals
trying to exploit those who desperately want protection from the deadly virus. jane mccubbin, bbc news. a fire at a government hospital in the indian state of maharashtra has killed ten babies. the infants were aged between a few days and three months. they were being cared for at a neonatal unit in bhandara district general hospital when the fire broke out in the early hours of the morning. the cause of the fire is unknown. the indian prime minister, narendra modi, described the incident as a "heart wrenching tragedy". sorry, we haven't got that report there. we will try and bring that you to you in the next hour. the headlines on bbc news: donald trump is banned permanently from twitter because of concerns his tweets could incite more violence. democrats reveal the draft of a new impeachment resolution
against president trump — accusing him of inciting an insurrection and endangering the security of the us. act like you have the virus. that's the advice in a new campaign in the uk urging people to abide by lockdown rules. last week gibraltar imposed a second lockdown to slow soaring rate of the virus. today, it is set to receive its first supply of coronavirus vaccines, with the firstjabs due to be administered tomorrow. i'm joined by gibraltar‘s chief minister and leader of the gslp liberals. thank you forjoining us. can ijust ask you, tell us how the vaccine roll out is going to go, it is starting this weekend? as soon as the vaccine arrives in gibraltar, it is being provided by the department of health in the united kingdom and being flown in by the raf, it will being flown in by the raf, it will be transported to the storage
facility at the hospital, and from the first thing tomorrow we will be vaccinating front liners and starting with those in institutional ca re over starting with those in institutional care over the age of 80. 5am tomorrow morning with our front liners, 8am with our senior citizens. i imagine the population is quite elderly is it? we have a large proportion of the population thatis large proportion of the population that is elderly and some of the them live in the community, not in institutional care of course. that roll out starts at 8. 30 in the morning on monday. we have got all of the people who can fill the first days vaccination schedule already booked in and everyone's very keen. which vaccine is it and how long do you think it will take to protect most of the population? we are receiving from the united kingdom the pfizer vaccine. we have all seen the pfizer vaccine. we have all seen the roll out of different vaccines and also the astrazeneca vaccine that we have seen will have a
game—changing effect, because it is easier to move around. so give you an indication of the problems, it is not possible to move the vaccine in a private plane. that is whoo i the raf have — why the raf have stepped in. this is under the new brexit rules, it that affecting the movement of vaccines? no because we would be getting our supply from the uk and getting the pfizer vaccine to jib ratary is easier —— gibraltar is easier by air. it wouldn't come from belgium, but from the uk. there will be no brexit effect on this. tell us more about the brexit effect in a wider sense, have you seen any
change as yet? well, as you know on new year's eve, almost as we got to the wire, the uk, spain and gibraltar were able to agree a framework to ensure there was an eu/uk agreement on gibraltar to allow fluid movement of people and goods. that means we have been able to continue more or less as we were until we see the product of the treaty or find we cannot find agreement. i'm optimistic we will be able to finalise a treaty on gibraltar between the uk and the eu and if anything ourfrontier with the eu will be more fluid than it was before. there is a lot of movement, about 15 thousand spanish workers going to gibraltar each day,
the population voted to remain, has it been heated, it has been very divisive in the uk, what is the sense of brexit and how people have focus on it. we have 15,000 cross border workers, not all spanish. all the nationality of the eu are remitted in that 15 —— represented in that 15,000. a large chunk are british citizens. there was a massive vote in support of remaining in gibraltar, 96% of people voted to remain. not because we were keen on the european institutions, but we understood the treaties gave us that mobility at the frontier that is essential to our way of life and our geography and you have got to understand, gibraltar‘s geography at the bottom of the european continues
innocent. we are —— continent. that is why people understood that and voted to remain for that reason. and oui’ voted to remain for that reason. and our obligation as a government with the support of the parliament has been to try and find a way to turn that vote to remain into a positive new reality, which guarantees those parts of the european union membership that we were keen to keep ina way membership that we were keen to keep in a way that is acceptable of course as it has to be to the eu and to our neighbouring member state spain, who is facilitating this potential agreement with the eu. thank you. in spain, the heaviest snowfall for decades has already left hundreds of drivers stuck and forced the closure of madrid airport. warnings of heavy rain and snow have also been issued for parts of italy, turkey and greece, as mark lobel reports. coronavirus victims remembered
in spain's capital madrid, as a different storm sets in. parks were closed early. translation: for those who don't work it's great. for those who work, it is a little more complicated. i came to madrid and i was surprised as it's not snowing in berlin. it must have to do with climate change. the snow in spain stopping people getting to their plane. real madrid's footballers amongst many stuck on the tarmac for hours. operations here suspended at times. storm filomena struck these houses on the portuguese island of madeira. translation: i'm 66 and i have never seen so much rain and water like i saw yesterday. i have never seen anything like this. rescuers were on hand after this ferry ran aground in the ca nary islands. we were afraid for the baby.
as a blanket of snow covered eastern spain, lorries reached the end of the road. we have remained in the town where we are stuck. things look bad. after high tides here in malaga in spain's south and a month's worth of rain in just two daysin gibraltar, heavy weather alerts have been issued for italy, turkey, greece and the balkans. in between the fun, spaniards are being urged to avoid nonessential travel. many now bracing themselves for a white weekend like no other they have ever seen in their own backyard. a second round of peace negotiations between taliban and afghan government officials is due to resume later in qatar. the two sides finally agreed upon the preliminary issues they had been discussing last month. secunder kermani is our correspondent in islamabad and has the latest.
last month they agreed on the rules governing the talks, now they will governing the talks, now they will go the agenda and that will bring the different priorities the different sides want. the afghan government want a peace deal. the taliban says that will have to wait until a power sharing agreement has been made. so far progress has been quite slow in these talk and it took them thee months to agree on the preliminary issues and we now getting to the competing visions for the future of afghanistan, the more modern system and the ideas of the taliban. a study of covid—19 patients in wuhan in china, where the virus first emerged, has found that more than three quarters have at least one continuing symptom, six months after
they first fell ill. over sixty percent continued to experience fatigue and muscle weakness. thousands of devotees thronged a church in the philippine capital, manila, for a glimpse of a centuries—old statue ofjesus christ believed to have miraculous healing powers, after an annual catholic parade was cancelled due to covid—19. official pleas to stay at home were ignored as they gathered for the first of several masses. the world's oldest—living olympic champion is celebrating her 100th birthday today. agnes keleti, a hungarian gymnast, survived the second world war and the holocaust. she went on to win ten medals — including five golds — in the helsinki and melbourne games in the 1950s. her career peaked in melbourne in 1956, just as the hungarian revolution was crushed by soviet tanks.
there is a lesson in resilience for you! now it's time for a look at the weather with helen willetts. hello, some of the freezing fog we have seen this morning could linger all day. it was very cold where we saw the sunshine first thing. that resulted in the coldest night for near lay decade in —— nearly a decade in northern ireland and northern england. some freezing fog in some areas and wintry showers close to the south—east and cloudier skies across northern ireland this afternoon, as well as northern and western scotland, where we have rain falling on to frozen surfaces. so ice will be a risk. where we see the sunshine, although temperatures won't rise, it is where we had the snow, so staying brighter and temperatures recovering in scotland. because we have the atlantic influence, staying cold, where the fog lingers. that atlantic influence
with the cloud and rain will drift southwards and tend to weaken. cold after that. the ground is frozen to icy conditions. cold and frosty in the south with freezing fog under this high pressure. that will keep the fine settled weather in the south. like today, more breeze in the north, blowing in further rain and fog still with us in the south. as you can see, showery in nature the rain, but still snow over the hills. perhaps the cloud starting to break elsewhere in england and wales and northern ireland into the second half of the day. by then we are getting heavier rain in the north and west. the temperatures tomorrow are elevated. it is less cold than it has been. with a brisk breeze that will continue into next week. although we have higher temperatures, i don't think it will feel particularly warm. we are
bringing in atlantic air and further weather fronts, but also this milder air. as that comes in, we will see two things happen. the rain on the fronts, but after that, two things happen. the rain on the fronts, but afterthat, orwith two things happen. the rain on the fronts, but after that, or with that the snow thaw and there could be some localised flooding. that is one we are keeping an eye on. the warnings are on the web—site. but as we are looking into next week, we are look at things being not as cold as they have been, but still some snow on the hills.
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