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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. paying tribute: joe biden and kamala harris lead a ceremony to honour the 400,000 americans who've died during the pandemic. to heal, we must remember. it's hard, sometimes, to remember. president trump releases a farewell video on his last day in office before issuing his presidential pardons, including one for a key former aide. and this is the scene, live, in washington wherejoe biden will be sworn
in as the 46th president of the united states, security will be tighter than ever. the former british prime minister theresa may accuses her successor boris johnson of abandoning the uk's position of global moral leadership hello and welcome. the us president—electjoe biden has been speaking of the need for his nation to heal, on the eve of his inauguration. he was leading a ceremony in washington with kamala harris to pay tribute to the 400,000 americans who've died during the pandemic. mr biden spoke briefly before taking a moment of silence. to heal, we must remember, and it's hard
sometimes to remember. but that is how we heal. it's important to do that as a nation. that is why we are here today. between sundown and dusk, let us shine the lights in the darkness along the sacred pool of reflection and remember all the lost. though we may be _ remember all the lost. though we may be physically - remember all the lost. though i we may be physically separated, we, we may be physically separated, we. the — we may be physically separated, we, the american people, are united — we, the american people, are united in_ we, the american people, are united in spirit. and my abiding _ united in spirit. and my abiding hope, my abiding prayer. _ abiding hope, my abiding prayer, is that we emerge from this ordeat— prayer, is that we emerge from this ordeal with a new wisdom. to cherish _ this ordeal with a new wisdom. to cherish simple moments. to
imagine — to cherish simple moments. to imagine new possibilities. and to open— imagine new possibilities. and to open our hearts, just a little _ to open our hearts, just a little bit _ to open our hearts, just a little bit more, to one another. little bit more, to one another-— little bit more, to one another. . , another. the pandemic will be art of another. the pandemic will be part of president _ another. the pandemic will be part of president trump's - part of president trump's legacy and part of president biden's inheritance. we can now spek to robin swanson who's a democratic strategist. as we look ahead to the incoming administration, that is going to be a key focus, certainly, at the outset for them, isn't it? it certainly, at the outset for them, isn't it? it absolutely has to be- _ them, isn't it? it absolutely has to be. we've _ them, isn't it? it absolutely has to be. we've had - them, isn't it? it absolutely has to be. we've had more| has to be. we've had more americans die in the past couple of weeks then we have at the outset of the pandemic, and so it has to be a concern that he addresses right away. i think there is going to be a lot that happens in the first 24 lot that happens in the first 2a hours by executive order, and he is going to try to undo and he is going to try to undo a lot of the damage that donald trump has done over the past four years. trump has done over the past four veere— four years. and there is a lot
to be done. _ four years. and there is a lot to be done, quite _ four years. and there is a lot to be done, quite an - four years. and there is a lot l to be done, quite an ambitious agenda that president—elect biden has outlined, but of course there is the impeachment be dealing with in the senate as well. do you think there is as well. do you think there is a danger that that could overshadow and distract is trying to do?— overshadow and distract is trying to do? overshadow and distract is t in: to do? ., ~ , trying to do? no, i think he is auoin to trying to do? no, i think he is going to have _ trying to do? no, i think he is going to have to _ trying to do? no, i think he is going to have to take - trying to do? no, i think he is going to have to take on - trying to do? no, i think he is| going to have to take on both. americans want to see justice and they want to see the people that created the insurrection in the united dates capital held accountable and they also want to see the agenda moving forward. i think there is going to be a really healthy appetite for what is next, and so whether that is rejoining the paris climate accord or reducing gas emissions, or creating jobs, reducing gas emissions, or creatingjobs, or reducing gas emissions, or creating jobs, or dealing with the pandemic and really creating a rollout that works for all of the american people so that we can get the shots in people's arms, butjoe biden has said that he wants 100 million shots given in the
first 100 days and as you said, thatis first 100 days and as you said, that is a really aggressive agenda but i think sitting big goals is really important for him. ., , . ., , him. one of the big challenges forjoe him. one of the big challenges forjoe biden — him. one of the big challenges forjoe biden will— him. one of the big challenges forjoe biden will be _ him. one of the big challenges forjoe biden will be building i forjoe biden will be building consent this to get measures through congress. how do you think he can do that when he has got to satisfy those further left of his party but also he's got to get some republicans on board if he wants to get things through the senate. . �* , wants to get things through the senate. ., �* , ., , ., senate. that's right, he has a democratic — senate. that's right, he has a democratic majority - senate. that's right, he has a i democratic majority in both the house and the senate but it is a slim majority so he will have to rely on those relationships that he has built over four decades as a united states senator and in congress, so i think he has really deep and abiding relationships with folks and he is going to have to rely on those and frankly kamala harris is going to come in handy as well. she has relationships across the country but especially with the california members so she can help get folks in line as well.
in the coming hours we will see an inauguration like no other in so many different ways, but what do you think will be the abiding thing that stands out as this one being different from any other? it as this one being different from any other?— from any other? it is definitely _ from any other? it is definitely going - from any other? it is definitely going to i from any other? it is| definitely going to be different. we are not going to be worried about crowd size on the capitol mall although i do think to trump's dismay at mightjust be a ratings bonanza because from what they can see, whether it is lady gaga that is going to be singing the national anthem orjust earth national anthem or just earth wind national anthem orjust earth wind and fire, i think garth brooks is singing, it feels like it is almost going to be a super bowl lineup for the inauguration, so i think there is going to be a lot of people watching and a lot of people looking for hope, and you will remember that whenjoe biden remember that when joe biden was remember that whenjoe biden was vice president he ran with barack 0bama on a platform of hope and change, and i think he needs to channel that again. i think americans are looking for normalcy and, you know, just a renewed hope in standing as
americans together. qm. renewed hope in standing as americans together. ok, robin swanson. _ americans together. ok, robin swanson, democratic _ americans together. ok, robinl swanson, democratic strategist, thank you very much. joe biden has vowed to speed up the us vaccination programme once he's president. in a divided country, getting the virus under control is likely to be his biggest challenge as president. this report from our north america correspondent nick bryant contains some flashing images. we normally associate new york with the self—confidence of america. but the coronavirus crisis has shown us the frailties of the world's most powerful land. siren wails. in the final weeks of the trump presidency, there have been days where more than 4000 americans have died — a higher death toll than on september the 11th. it's bizarre, it's scary, it's frightening. angelina proia lost herfather. they're not in the same reality. her mourning made more painful
by family members who refuse to believe the coronavirus took his life. she's angry at donald trump for spreading misinformation and downplaying the pandemic. furious, angry, confused... ..disconnected, abandoned. those are all ways to describe how i feel. there are 350,000 plus people who've died and it doesn't seem like any of those people matter. i mean, it's insane. we've seen queues for covid testing, we've seen queues for covid aid but there's hope at the end of this line of medical staff and teachers. a school gym that only weeks ago served as a polling station has now become a vaccine hub. and done. much to the relief of new yorkers such as michelle kleinbaum — a teacher on the educational front lines. yourupperarm. i've been working in person pretty much since the beginning and it just feels like a weight's been lifted off my shoulders, that i can go back now with a different
peace of mind. joe biden has set the goal of 100 million doses in the first 100 days of his presidency and despite concerns about vaccine supply, here we witnessed a can—do spirit that's so emphatically american. there's been so much despondency in the city for the past ten months but this is really the turning point. i believe it will be the turning point. we're going to get new york city back up and running in no time. a little bit more spread out, give yourself six feet, give yourself six feet. this isn'tjust a health crisis, it's been an economic catastrophe and in a city that never sleeps, we're seeing food banks now having to open 24 hours a day. joe biden is promising an almost $2 trillion rescue package. the challenge is enormous, the crisis is huge — but america is strong and i believe and i'm hopeful that the president could
turn things around. there'll be talk of a new day in america but will be the biden presidency really be a panacea? the politics of this country are so sickly, the divisions are so deep. the coronavirus has revealed so many american ailments. nick bryant, bbc news, new york. let's get some of the day's other news. germany is extending coronavirus restrictions until the middle of february. chancellor angela merkel said she wanted to avoid an explosion in infections caused by mutations. under the regulations, schools, shops, hospitality and leisure outlets will remain closed. businesses must let employees work from home where possible. the italian prime minister, giuseppe conte, has narrowly won a vote of confidence in the upper house of parliament, aided by the support of some opposition senators. the margin of victory was tighter than mr conte's allies had hoped. he won a similar vote in the lower house of parliament
on monday and can continue to govern with a minority. a new study by the world health organisation is calling for urgent action to limit air pollution and save more than seven million lives a year globally. the who recommends a ban on domestic wood and coal burning. the outgoing secretary of state, mike pompeo, has accused china of committing genocide and crimes against humanity in its far western region of xinjiang. in what's likely to be one of his last acts, mr pompeo said an investigation had concluded that beijing had been systematically trying to destroy the uighurs and other minorities there since march 2017. nury turkel is a uyghur—american lawyer and a commissioner to the us commission on international religious freedom. he explained what the decision means for us—chine ties. this is a huge development, and also this shouldn't surprise those who have been
following the development here in washington, dc, because it shows the seriousness of the us government. we have been looking into the evidence, we have been looking into the open source information put out by the chinese government. we also have a credible witness and survivor testimonies. the evidence is overwhelming that the chinese government is committing genocide, crimes against humanity in daylight. we have been, as a government entity, been asking the us government through the facts and legal tools to evaluate this, at least as early as may of 2020, but it requires some time, required some investigation, deliberation to come to this conclusion today. when somebody commits a crime, they should know that the crimes always
have a label, is the case for the atrocities being committed against the uighur people in china by the communist party. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: the puzzle of how butterflies fly has been solved and the answer could propel human travel. 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 - 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 world news, the latest headlines. joe biden and kamala harris lead a ceremony to honour the 400,000 americans who've died during the pandemic. president trump releases a farewell video on his last day in office before issuing his presidential pardons, including one for a key former aide.
the former british prime minister, theresa may, has accused her successor, borisjohnson, ofabandoning the uk's position of global moral leadership. in her sharpest rebuke of her successor yet, mrs may said mrjohnson had failed to honour british values by threatening to break international law during brexit trade negotiations and by backing out of the foreign aid target. with me is our news reporter, mark lobel. this is in the first criticism but it's a significant one. theresa may has a suppressed her disappointment at the timing is significant. she is writing in the mail on the morning of the inauguration of the 46 president switches a stinging rebuke from a fellow conservative and a blunt messages this, the world doesn't owe britain a prominent base on the global space, it's
actions that mash and —— matter. borisjohnson has done by abandoning his moral leadership. she points to cutting overseas aid. the kind of crimes that she accuses borisjohnson of. no more absolutism in global politics, no more strongmen facing. she wants to see compromise between world leaders. it's a special relationship and with the two standing shoulder to shoulder, borisjohnson says he wants to work hand—in—hand with joe work hand—in—hand withjoe biden which in the current circumstances might be more appropriate to stay elbow to elbow. climate change, defence,
he might have a more predictable partner. whether nato was protect give security protecting. they will be hosting the g7 summit in cornwall injune and also the un climate change conference in november in glasgow.— november in glasgow. boris johnson november in glasgow. boris johnson has _ november in glasgow. boris johnson has enjoyed a - johnson has enjoyed a close relationship with president trump. he started off as mayor of london saying that he was stupefyingly english and when it was president trump, he said there were many good policies. they really bonded, president trump and borisjohnson over brexit and this is where you might find life more difficult withjoe biden because he
hasn't agreed,. it seems boris johnson mayjust be tempted and to look at bending the withdrawal agreement. the advice would be for boris johnson from therese of may would be to stick to his agreements and maintain the moral high ground. let's catch up with all the latest sport now. hello, i'm gavin ramjaun — and this is your wednesday sport briefing. )leicester city went top of the english premier league on tuesday — after beating chelsea 2—0. it's a result that puts more pressure on chelsea boss frank lampard whose side underperformed again. leicester took the lead early on through wilfried ndidi and james maddison put them two up before half time.
that's how it finished — leicesterjumping above manchester united and now lead the way. chelsea drop to 8th. we are not in good form, that is clear tonight. but we could do better. we know that. i'm not going to go set up any other way. not going to go set up any other way-— not going to go set up any other way. not going to go set up any otherwa . ., ., , .,, ., other way. how do you snap out of not digging — other way. how do you snap out of not digging in _ other way. how do you snap out of not digging in good _ other way. how do you snap out of not digging in good form? - of not digging in good form? running _ of not digging in good form? running. it's important the players bounce back. this is what the younger players will really feel. this is the cutthroat nature of what is. bayer leverkusen are up to 2nd in the bundesliga after beating dortmund 2—1. they're now four points behind leaders bayern munich. moussa diaby scored leverkusen's opener early on. and then after dortmund drew level, this finish from florian wirtz gave leverkusen all three points. two more players have tested positive for coronavirus, ahead of next
month's australian open, but former champion victoria azarenka urged players to co—operate and show understanding towards the rules. it's meant scenes like this are all too familiar — players training inside their hotel rooms. positive cases on three flights forced 72 players into total isolation for 14 days. it's led to some players expressing their frustration at being confined to their rooms, while other rivals aren't. if manchester united fail to beat fulham on wednesday — manchester city could end the day top of the table, if they beat aston villa in their english premier league encounter at the etihad. pep guardiola's side are looking for their sixth successive league win in a row. their opponents could be short of match practice though — villa's first team haven't played in nearly three weeks, after a coronavirus outbreak at the club. however, guardiola says he's still taking the match seriously. i don't know the situation, only i wish they are healthy, they recover well, the players and the backroom staff, that
got covid, they come back. this is the most important thing, and expect the best. real madrid will be looking to progress in the copa del rey — against lower league spanish side alcoyano — they're in action for the first leg of their last 32 tie on wednesday. zinedine zidane is resting several big names — no ramos, varane or modric for this one. they're currently 2nd in la liga, behind city rivals atletico and under pressure for silverware this season having lost in the semi—finals of the spanish super cup. and take a look at this 12 year old nigerian boy who's set a world record for balljuggling. it's a bit niche but still impressive. chinonso eche set the mark for most keepy—ups in one minute while balancing a second ball on his head. he managed 111 in 60 seconds, earning him a place in the 2021 guinness world records.
you can get all the latest sports news at our website — that's bbc.com/sport.but from me, gavin ramjaun and the rest of the sport team, that's your wednesday sport briefing. 12 miners trapped underground after a chinese explosion able to be still alive.— to be still alive. they sent back a note _ to be still alive. they sent back a note saying - to be still alive. they sent back a note saying don't l to be still alive. they sent. back a note saying don't stop trying to reach us when rescue was lowered down food rations. rescuers feeding out a human lifeline to provide the liquid food for the survivors. medicines are also being sent 540 metres underground, as fears of rising water levels grow. signs of life emerged on sunday after rescuers knocked out in hope, and suddenly, a pull on the rope from below. to the sheer delight of all. then, a handwritten note from the miners emerged saying 11 of the 22 trapped are together, with a 12th miner close by, reporting injuries and high blood pressure, but with ten others unaccounted for. translation: we will continue
to check for signs of life - and contact people trapped underground. we are also speeding up the cleaning of the main shaft, and drilling other rescue holes. poorly enforced safety regulations mean mining accidents in china are not uncommon, but a day's delay in reporting this one after the initial explosion by the exit of the goldmine under construction has already cost two officials theirjobs, as questions remain over the cause of the blast. using newly laid phone lines, the surviving miners say they are very weak, and asked not to be forgotten. in a lighter moment, they express their thanks for all nutritious food, porridge, and medicine sent down the thin tunnel, but hope for pork sausages soon. the humble butterfly fluttering through the garden is one of the delights of spring but it seems it's stronger than meets the eye. scientists say they've discovered why the insects fly so well despite their tiny stature , and the answer could help us in the future. laura foster reports.
it was this moment that has left scientists all aflutter. i speed cameras confirming what had been suspected for half a century, that butterflies don't just flap their win —— wings but clap them together. there are taxable wings bending to form a cup pocket about. when they collapse, this trust is even stronger and more efficient. it's only now thanks to modern technology and a swedish wind tunnel that we can see it. �* , . swedish wind tunnel that we can see it. v .. . swedish wind tunnel that we can see it. �*, ., . ., ., see it. it's a challenge to work with _ see it. it's a challenge to work with any _ see it. it's a challenge to work with any living - see it. it's a challenge to | work with any living flying animal but with butterflies it's maybe even more because they are smaller, they are fast in their behaviour, difficult to predict their behaviour and also when flying them in a wind tunnel, it's difficult to get them to behave as you want to, when you want to and also to fly where you want them to fly. 0r fly where you want them to fly. or a long time, scientists wondered how these creatures could actually avoid editors because of their awkward shape.
if you look at their wings, you can see they are very large and broad compared to the size of their body and aren't considered to be very aerodynamic. but this to make of clapping and cupping now appears to have given them an evolutionary advantage. thinking is this technique developed by the humble butterfly could be applied to modern tech allergy to make drones and underwater vehicles faster, travel further and last for longer. laura foster, bbc news. just a reminder that later today in washington, it will be the inauguration, handover of powerfrom president biden. the time now in washington, just after half past midnight. we are in the final 12 hours of the trump presidency. a changeover at 12 noon exactly local time. changeover at 12 noon exactly localtime. 0f changeover at 12 noon exactly local time. of course, very different inauguration one we have ever seen or be extensive
coverage. you can reach me on twitter i'm @benmbland. hello there. storm christoph will bring disruptive weather over the next 48 hours. the rain's been falling through the day on tuesday, already mounting up to over an inch in places, and there's a lot more rain yet to come. and as it bumps into the cold air in the north, potential for snow as well. let's focus on the rain because in some parts of england and wales, we could have around 150—200 mm of rain falling over the hills onto ground that's already saturated. river levels are already high. so, this amber warning from the met office highlights those areas particularly saturated at the moment with the high river levels plus the snowmelt to take account of as that also runs
into the river systems but it's no means exclusively these areas. as i mentioned, it's wet right the way up into northern ireland and southern scotland with the added potential of several centimetres of snow falling on some parts of the southern uplands, possibly even the central lowlands through the night, and ice, too. furthersouth, it's milder, it's windier, and that south—westerly wind, that moist south—westerly wind, keeps pumping that rain up onto the hills and mountains of england and wales through the day but there'll be some heavier rain elsewhere as well. so, a fairly grey, wet, windy sort of day and with some risk of snow as well as further rain across some northern areas. so, quite a contrast in our temperature and that really comes into play later in the day on wednesday because as that colder air starts to dig southwards as that low pressure, storm christoph, starts to move out into the north sea and the cold air digs in, it will turn the rain progressively to snow. even at lower levels, potentially 5—10 cm through wednesday night and into thursday. certainly more over the hills. notjust scotland but, exclusively, we could see some across the hills of northern england, too. and the winds by that stage — as the low pressure, storm christoph, moves out into the north sea — get towards gale or even severe gale force winds. so blowing that snow around, blizzard conditions but at least they're
blowing that rain away by that stage. however, by that stage, we will have seen significant amounts of rainfall, as i say, and the flood risk really is going to escalate in the next 12—24 hours. then the cold air digs in and things slowly start to quieten down but between now and then, we've got that heightened flood risk across england and wales with persistent rain and several hundred millimetres in places, and then that snow risk — heavy snow with drifting and blizzards in the north. the weather warnings and the flood warnings all on the website.
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