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this is bbc news. i'm ben bland, with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. the outgoing us president orders covid travel bans to be lifted, only for the president—elect to say his new administration will maintain the restrictions. the fbi vets all 25,000 national guard troops on duty in washington for wednesday's inauguration, looking for possible right—wing extremists. the world health organisation warns we're on the brink of a "catastrophic moral failure" as poorer countries are forced to wait for covid—19 vaccines. and our smart devices may soon be able to detect if someone has coronavirus days before they are diagnosed. and michelin restaurant critics have come under fire, after a star was awarded for the first time to a vegan
restaurant in france. the incoming biden administration in the united states says it will maintain covid travel restrictions banning visitors from most of europe and brazil. mr biden�*s spokeswoman, jen psaki, made the announcement on twitter, shortly after the trump administration ordered the measures to be lifted from next week. she said now was not the time to be easing travel measures, as new variants of the virus emerged. let's speak now to our north america correspondent david willis. if somebody were thinking, planning a business trip to the united states from europe or
brazil, should they shouldn't they? how things stand? the? they? how things stand? they shouldn't. _ they? how things stand? they shouldn't, not _ they? how things stand? they shouldn't, not at _ they? how things stand? they shouldn't, not at the - they? how things stand? they shouldn't, not at the moment| shouldn't, not at the moment and perhaps quite for quite some time. all of this begs the question, why would an outgoing president seek to change policy on the coronavirus pandemic just two days before he acquits the post? normally, of course, an order like this would not be issued without some sort of negotiation with the incoming president. of course, nothing about the last four years has been particularly orthodox. donald trump has been under intense pressure, we know, from the airline industry here, the hospitality industry, which has been decimated, as far as revenue is concerned, because of these travel bands. he himself, mrtrump, of these travel bands. he himself, mr trump, that of these travel bands. he himself, mrtrump, that is, is a hotelier, and he goes back to being a hotelier in just under 48 hours, of course, but the incoming button administration, as you mentioned, had nothing to do with this. mr biden�*s
spokeswoman should that statement, saying that with the pandemic worsening and more contagious variance emerging, this isn't the time to be lifting restrictions on international travel. lifting restrictions on internationaltravel. i lifting restrictions on international travel. i might add that donald trump today issued various other executive orders which seem likely to be rescinded or overturned by the incoming biden administration, including one calling for the setting up of a national garden of american heroes, that is a move to replace confederate statues that were torn down following the black lives matter protest, that also sounds very little chance of getting off the ground. david, the inauguration _ getting off the ground. david, the inauguration is _ getting off the ground. david, the inauguration is coming - getting off the ground. david, the inauguration is coming up| the inauguration is coming up very shortly this week. lots of anxiety, lots of tension around possible disruption and travel around about, notjust in washington but around the us. how have things been so far? well, washington is enjoying,
if that is the word, its most extensive security operation since the civil war, a rehearsal for the since the civil war, a rehearsalfor the inauguration was briefly abandoned today amid security concerns which turned out to be a false alarm. the army and the f vi is setting about conducting background check on the 25,000 orso background check on the 25,000 or so national guard officers who have been drafted into the nation's capital to secure the place. it is a gargantuan task, but it has been set in motion by the fact that there are concerns there could be some sort of insidejob concerns there could be some sort of inside job when it comes to launching an attack on joe biden or the vice president, kamala harris. we are told that donald trump is perhaps intending to issue a farewell address by video tomorrow. joe biden is expected tomorrow. joe biden is expected to call for unity in his inaugural address on wednesday, but achieving that could be a
herculean task in this current climate. ., , ., climate. david, many thanks indeed. two days ahead of the inauguration ofjoe biden as the 46th us president, the tightest security measures in recent memory are in place in washington. officials are determined to prevent any repeat of the events of january 6th, when the capitol was stormed by a pro—trump mob in a failed bid to prevent mr biden�*s victory from being certified. already huge sectors of the capitol have been shut down. this entire area, highlighted in red, is closed to traffic. and non—scalable fencing has been put around the us capitol and national mall. in the blocks beyond, highlighted in green, only vehicles belonging to local residents and businesses are permitted. all 25,000 members of the national guard, who'll be deployed for the event, are being vetted by the fbi over fears of the risk of "insider attacks."
retired rear admiral david simpson is a former chief of the federal communications commission's public safety and homeland security bureau. he's in washington. this vetting of the national guard, 25,000 of them, is it simply a precautionary measure or do you think there is a real possible threat?— possible threat? well, law enforcement _ possible threat? well, law enforcement are _ possible threat? well, law| enforcement are struggling possible threat? well, law . enforcement are struggling to adapt to the reality of radicalised domestic terrorists. it is a real difficulty separating strong ideological feelings around legitimate political and social issues from the responsibility to support a democracy and democratic institutions. in the short term, i am confident that our command and control of the forces that are given the security roles around the capitals in the next day or two will be up to the test. but the challenge in the longer term
will really be greater, i can, as we look for those corrosive elements of the force that have, so many personnel that have, so many personnel that have been a part of the information bubbles that have reinforced a false narrative that they won't come out cleanly or easily. i that they won't come out cleanly or easily.- that they won't come out cleanly or easily. i 'ust want to no cleanly or easily. i 'ust want to go back h cleanly or easily. i 'ust want to go back to _ cleanly or easily. i 'ust want to go back to the h cleanly or easily. i just want to go back to the vetting - to go back to the vetting issue. 25,000 people is a lot of people to that in a short space of time. is that practically possible? well, it's not really. _ practically possible? well, it's not really. the - it's not really. the active—duty commanders i with their troops every day and will have a good sense already of the make—up of their group and the make—up of their group and the of the force. when we recall our reservists, they are coming out of their day—to—day jobs and getting drilled one weekend a month, and commanders have a less direct and intimate
knowledge of the background of the different troops. the second factor, we typically look for these issues in investigations, and it is not something that the average commanders themselves would feel comfortable in doing, you know, going into the social media of their soldiers, background investigators are trying to balance privacy and security. trying to balance privacy and securi . , ., ~' , security. 0k, there is one key issue on _ security. 0k, there is one key issue on that _ security. 0k, there is one key issue on that i _ security. 0k, there is one key issue on that i want _ security. 0k, there is one key issue on that i want your- issue on that i want your thoughts on. if you have those national guard troops on the 20th of january, and they are standing shoulder to shoulder to stop any trouble or aggravation, if a person knows that the guardsman standing next to them denies the election result, is an adamant supporter of president trump, and conversely, he or she knows the person on the other side is pro biden, what does that do to unity? it pro biden, what does that do to uni ? u, pro biden, what does that do to uni? , ., , unity? it can break down unity. but i have _
unity? it can break down unity. but i have every _ unity? it can break down unity. but i have every confidence - but i have every confidence that an issue will come first, that an issue will come first, that at the end of the day, our officers, our non—commissioned officers, our non—commissioned officers, are the most professional in the world and they will put mission first and their men will follow the chain of command.— their men will follow the chain of command. 0k. retired rear admiral david _ of command. 0k. retired rear admiral david simpson - of command. 0k. retired rear admiral david simpson there, | admiral david simpson there, thank you very much. the head of the world health organization has said we're on the verge of a catastrophic moral failure over the way covid vaccines are being shared out. tedros adhanom ghebreyesus said the current approach would prolong the pandemic, lead to hoarding and delay the delivery of vaccines to poorer countries. the who director—general explained that more than 39 million doses of coronavirus vaccines have now been administered in higher—income countries. however, only 25 doses have been given in one lowest—income country. not 25 million — just 25. globally, there have now been more than 95 million confirmed covid—i9 cases. the us, india and brazil
account for nearly half of coronavirus cases globally. professor lawrence gostin is director of the who's center on public health and human rights. he believes the way vaccines are distributed globally is not fair — basically, healthy people in richer nations are getting injections before vulnerable people in poorer countries. why not just vaccinates the most vulnerable in our own country, like the uk or the us, and then wait for the young and healthy, give those doses away to lower income countries so that they can do the same thing, concentrate on their most disadvantaged, their most vulnerable, and then eventually they will be enough vaccines for everybody in the world. i don't expect countries to just say, sure, let's give everything away. but i do
expect them to have their conscience nag at them, and it just doesn't seem to be happening. let's get some of the day's other news more than 70 protesters have been detained in russia as they demanded the release of the opposition leader, alexei navalny, who was arrested on his return to moscow on sunday. mr navalny, who'd been recovering in germany from a nerve agent attack, had called for demonstrations. the mexican president, andres manuel lopez 0brador, has made an appeal to the incoming biden administration in the us, asking washington to make major changes to its immigration policy. he was speaking as thousands of migrants clashed for a second day with police in guatemala. they're planning to walk to the us via mexico. rescuers in china say they've spoken to a group of gold miners who've been trapped underground for more than a week. a phone line's been lowered into a shaft at the site in shandong province. 12 people, stuck hundreds of metres below the surface after an explosion, are known to be alive — but 10 others are missing.
a new study in the us has found smart watches or wearable digital devices may be able to detect if someone has coronavirus days before they are diagnosed. in some cases, products like apple watch or fitbit devices can predict a covid—i9 infection even before a user becomes symptomatic or the virus is detectable by standard tests. that's according to latest research by mount sinai health systems and stanford university. we can now speak to stanford university's professor michael snyder, who led the study. so, how do these devices pick up so, how do these devices pick up on the signs of covid? what is it they are looking for? they are actually measuring you 20 47 for all kinds of things. your resting heart rate, your skin temperature. it depends on the device. what is powerful about them is that they are measuring you 20 47, so they are always following you. so
you can actually follow people's�* normal baseline parameters, if you will their heart rate and things like that, and when they get ill they will be a sudden jump in those parameters. in our case we can pick that up, your resting heart rate will be elevated when people get ill. it sounds fascinating that it can actually do this, but is it not much more expensive way of detecting covid rather than the various tests out of there that may be cost a couple of dollars?— may be cost a couple of dollars? ., , ., , ,.,, dollars? no, 'ust the opposite. one dollars? no, just the opposite. one smartwatch _ dollars? no, just the opposite. one smartwatch costs - dollars? no, just the opposite. one smartwatch costs about i 0ne smartwatch costs about $100, and in the future they will be even cheaper. the reality is that they will measure you all the time. they can measure you for several years. whereas a test, you might get that for a few dollars but for most people it is more like $100. and you can only use those every now and then and they also only returned the results anywhere from one to three days after you've taken the test. so they don't measure you in real time, like a smartwatch can do.
you've said something a couple of times in your last dance around the one before, about how they are monitoring you 20 47. some people would find that quite uncomfortable, as a notion, as an idea, but they are vitalfunctions are notion, as an idea, but they are vital functions are being monitored by a digital device around the clock, especially at around the clock, especially at a time when we all have concerns about what is being done with our data and who has access to it. done with our data and who has access to it— access to it. well, yes, that can be a _ access to it. well, yes, that can be a concern. _ access to it. well, yes, that can be a concern. on - access to it. well, yes, that can be a concern. on the i access to it. well, yes, that i can be a concern. on the other can be a concern. 0n the other hand, your credit card has information about you that is really quite personal and we have all gotten used to that. so i would argue that somebody knowing your resting heart rate is probably a lot more benign than somebody knowing all your bank and other information and all the things you've purchased over the last ten years. i think it is all relative. i would argue that in this case the benefits outweigh the disadvantages, being able to track yourself. imagine going around in a car with no dashboard. that is what we are doing right now, we are all existing and we only have our
own terminal senses, if you will. butjust like a car it is very useful by presenting information about your engine health, if you will, your fuel, everything else. the same as your smartwatch, everything else. the same as yoursmartwatch, it everything else. the same as your smartwatch, it can tell your smartwatch, it can tell you what your health status is at all time, and that is very valuable. it at all time, and that is very valuable-— valuable. it is a great analogy. _ valuable. it is a great analogy. i _ valuable. it is a great analogy, i like i valuable. it is a great analogy, i like that, i valuable. it is a great - analogy, i like that, somebody checks my walking distance on my phone. really good of you to talk to us. thank you. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: why michelin restaurant critics have received a roasting after awarding their prestigious stars during the pandemic. 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.
demonstrators waiting for mike gatting and his rebel cricket team were attacked with tear gas and set upon by police dogs. anti—apartheid campaigners say they will carry on the protests throughout the tour. they called him i the butcher of lyon. klaus altman is being held. on a fraud charge in bolivia. the west germans want i 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's believed by officials to have broken all records. this is bbc news, the latest headlines. the outgoing us president
orders covid travel bans to be lifted — only for the president—elect to say his new administration will maintain the restrictions. the fbi vets all 25 thousand national guard troops on duty in washington — for wednesday's inauguration — looking for possible right wing extremists. 32 million americans claim irish heritage, and one of the most famous of those is the president—elect joe biden. his roots lie in the county mayo town of ballina with a population of just 10,000. 0ur reporter charlotte gallagher has been speaking to his relatives there. the people of this nation have spoken. they've delivered us a clear the tree, a convincing three. ,, , , ., clear the tree, a convincing three. ,, , ., clear the tree, a convincing three. ,, �* three. supporters of joe biden celebrating — three. supporters of joe biden celebrating in _ three. supporters of joe biden celebrating in the _ three. supporters ofjoe biden celebrating in the us. - three. supporters of joe biden celebrating in the us. and i celebrating in the us. and thousands of miles away and across the atlantic, the irish town of ballina also marks the moment. in fact, the twists and
turns of the election campaign were followed closely here is joe biden is the descendant of edward blewitt, a ballina man who emigrated to the us after the great famine. joe biden may have been born in america but here he is seen as ballina's famous son. here he is seen as ballina's famous son-— here he is seen as ballina's famous son. there's been an enormous — famous son. there's been an enormous surround - famous son. there's been an enormous surround of i famous son. there's been an i enormous surround of excitement around ballina because obviously it feels like we are connected with someone so powerful now at this stage, the town itself, i suppose because he was here in 2016 while he was the vice president, and got to meet so many locals from the town on the day that he i suppose that's what makes that connection greater now. being related to president—elect biden is just incredible, related to president—elect biden isjust incredible, it's amazing to know somebody so personally and have a relationship with somebody that is that high up, it is pretty special and obviously we will do all we can to support him
from this end here in ireland. joe biden's irish family was there when he was surprised with the presidential medal of freedom in the white house and she spent time with him before the election. i she spent time with him before the election.— the election. i was very fortunate _ the election. i was very fortunate to _ the election. i was very fortunate to go - the election. i was very fortunate to go on i the election. i was very fortunate to go on his l the election. i was very - fortunate to go on his campaign trail in february. i went to nevada, spent a couple of weeks there, it was just amazing to experience that up close and personal, to spend time on the american campaign trail of the president, of the now president of the united states. jae president, of the now president of the united states.— of the united states. joe biden isn't the only — of the united states. joe biden isn't the only president - of the united states. joe biden isn't the only president with i isn't the only president with roots in ballina. the first woman to serve as irish president, mary robinson, is from the town. he's also not the first commander—in—chief irish heritage. barack 0bama, ronald reagan and john f. kennedy, to name but a few. and how is joe kennedy, to name but a few. and how isjoe biden feeling about becoming one of the most powerful men in the world? i got to speak to him and his team over the last couple of
days and couple of weeks so yeah, obviously they have a massive job to do and so much work on but they are all pretty happy and confident and looking forward to a big job ahead. jae forward to a big 'ob ahead. joe biden forward to a big job ahead. joe biden speaks proudly of his irish heritage. as the bbc�*s nick bryant found out. mr b ant, nick bryant found out. mr bryant. a _ nick bryant found out. m bryant, a quick word for the bbc? �* �* bryant, a quick word for the bbc? “'~�* bryant, a quick word for the bbc? �* �* �* , bryant, a quick word for the bbc? �*~'~�* , . bbc? bbc? i'm irish. with britain having _ bbc? bbc? i'm irish. with britain having left - bbc? bbc? i'm irish. with britain having left the i britain having left the european union and hoping for a trade deal with the us, officials in the uk will be hoping they can cultivate their own special relationship. charlotte gallagher, bbc news. let's catch up with all the latest sport now. hello, i'm gavin ramjaun and this is your tuesday sport briefing. football action on the way but we start with tennis and world number one novak djokovic, who's been criticised by players and government figures in australia, over his suggestions tennis players should be given special treatment, ahead of the australian open next month.
72 players have been told not to leave their hotel rooms after positive coronavirus tests were returned by passengers on their charter flights. the head of the state of victoria, where the tournament will take place, said the rules were clearly laid out beforehand and said the notion that people weren't briefed has no integrity whatsoever. ac milan have gone three points clear at the top of italy's serie a after winning 2—nil at cagliari on monday night. and it was their star striker zlatan ibrahimovic they had to thank — his two goals putting them three points clear of city rivals inter at the top of the table. the 39 year old needs just two more goals, to reach 500 in total at club level. pierre emerick aubameyang was back on the scoresheet for arsenal — in their monday night victory over newcastle united in the english premier league. aubameyang got two, either side of a bukayo saka finish — all the goals coming in the second half. the win continues their resurgence in form — unbeaten in their last five in the league.
really happy, really positive performance, collectively and individually. we looked a solid and convincing from the first whistle. took us than expected to get the first goal because in the first half i think we had some big chances as well but i really like the chemistry, the coalition and the rhythm the team played tonight with. chelsea have a tough test playing leicester city, what third. chelsea beat fulham on the weekend. frank lampard's side have slipped to seventh in the table. there has been pressure on them and our strikers. pressure on them and our strikers-— pressure on them and our strikers. ~ . ., ., ., strikers. we all want him to do well, we have _ strikers. we all want him to do well, we have a _ strikers. we all want him to do well, we have a really - well, we have a really competitive nature in the group, i have options in those area they all want each other to do well so timo can get there, he has my support and it means he wants to do better. you can get all the latest sports news on the website.
the first lady of the united states, melania trump, has delivered a farewell address, before her husband leaves office on wednesday. in a video on twitter, she told people across the us that she would remember them. my fellow americans, it has been the greatest honour of my life to serve as first lady of the united states. i have been inspired by incredible americans across our country, who lift up our communities through their kindness and courage, goodness and grace. the past four years have been unforgettable. michelin stars have been awarded to restaurants this year despite many being closed for most of the pandemic — including the first star for a vegan restaurant. the organisers insisted the awards were credible and that it would have been unfair not to reward those that struggled on — creatively. mark lobel reports.
preparing his signature starter of cauliflower in cream and vanilla dressing for a tiny number of private diners has been of comfort for sylvain. translation: people are messing up takeaways _ and delivery guys are not getting paid well. these dark kitchens are dirty but booming. meanwhile, restaurants with high standards remain closed. it's a detriment to our culture and morale. sylva i n sylvain joined the cream of the crop after culinary visits to peru, japan, thailand and lebanon. he hopes initial and recognition will help restaurants bloom again for some food critics, that is hard to digester. translation: i find it very curious. with restaurants closed more than six months and feverish because of curfews and sanitary rules, how mission and was able to investigate and handout stars.
but organisers of this year's socially distance awards ceremony, held in the eiffel tower, insist the show had to go on. tower, insist the show had to no on. ~ ,, ~ tower, insist the show had to noon. �* , go on. translation: of course this has been _ go on. translation: of course this has been a _ go on. translation: of course this has been a complicated i this has been a complicated year. our inspectors have had to adapt, but international colleagues helped. in the end our inspectors were able to have as many meals this year as in previous years. it’s have as many meals this year as in previous years.— in previous years. it's the organisers _ in previous years. it's the organisers hope - in previous years. it's the organisers hope that i in previous years. it's the l organisers hope that when in previous years. it's the - organisers hope that when empty restaurants like fleur de prive reopen, their stars once again connect them to their customers and maintain that mouthwatering desire for a delicious night out. when is a $20 bill worth $57,000? all it takes is a banana sticker, apparently. this is the del monte note from the us treasury�*s 1996 design series. it's unique because the sticker
found its way onto the bill between stages of the printing process. hello there. storm christoph has been named by the met office and it will bring a double whammy of severe weather and disruption in the next few days. first up is the rain and flooding. this is rain accumulating in the next three days, and the bright colours show where we are expecting the heaviest of the rain. it will be very wet in the welsh hills, but the main concern is the amount of rain expected in the southern pennines and northern peak district. we have an amber rain warning here that has been extended into the midlands, and parts of eastern england as well. river levels already very high, and the ground is very wet as well. we've got rain developing at the moment across much of england and wales. keeping it mild as the wind picks up. further north, though, it's much colder. frost and some icy patches in northern scotland. but the rain is still around during tuesday, and it
will rain all day, pretty much, across northern england and northern ireland. further south across england and wales, after the overnight rain it should be drier for a while but we will see more rain coming in, especially across wales and the south west. some of that rain pushing into southern scotland bringing the threat of sleet and snow in the southern uplands. it is certainly colder across scotland with a few showers and some sunshine in the north. much milderfor much of england and wales. ii or 12 degrees with some wind and, of course, some rain. that rain continues, actually, on tuesday evening, tuesday night and into wednesday as well. particularly across england and wales. it should dry off a bit across northern ireland. more wet weather coming into some southern and south eastern parts of scotland threatening some more snow over the high ground as well. again, it's quite cold across scotland and northern ireland, much milderfor england and wales with more rain on the way. that rain coming from storm christoph, that's the centre of the storm there. it is actually going to strengthen during wednesday night. the winds are really going to pick up as it moves northwards into the colder air there will be more snow falling overnight and into thursday morning. especially in scotland, could be 40 cm of snow
and perhaps as much as that over the high ground, some snow over other hills of scotland and the northern pennines. drier further south, but it will be colder, and it will feel colder in the wind as well. so two main areas of concern, really, the wet weather in the next few days bringing flooding. especially across parts of northern england, the midlands and eastern england. and then as if that was not enough we've got this increasing risk of snow, particularly in scotland with some blizzards and drifting of the snow in the hills.
this is bbc news with the latest business headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. the global pandemic hits the car and tech industry, as a shortage of semiconductors causes a slump in production. the music industry faces a grilling from mps in the uk, to find out if artists are being shortchanged by the likes of spotify and apple. and biden vs big tech: we take a look at challenges facing the new president from silicon valley.