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a very warm welcome to bbc news. my name's mike embley. our top stories. making history on capitol hill. for the second time, democrats deliver to the senate an impeachment charges against donald trump triggering the process for putting him on trial. cu rfew curfew clashes in the netherlands. protesters battle police as they push back against the latest covid restrictions. bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase safety bubble. we hear from the front man of the band flaming lips about the ban�*s attempt to
bring music back to the masses. the us house of representatives has delivered its article of impeachment to the senate, charging former president donald] trump with "incitement of insurrection" of the capitol riot on january 6th. it's the official start of the senate trial process. led by the house speaker, nancy pelosi, nine representatives proceeded to the senate chamber to serve as prosecutors, or "impeachment managers." the lead impeachment manager, democratjamie raskin, read out the charge in the senate. article one. incitement of insurrection. the constitution provides that the house of representatives shall have the sole power of impeachment and the president shall be removed from office on impeachment for an conviction of treason,
bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanours. further, section three of the 14th amendment to the constitution prohibits any person who has "engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the united states" from holding any office under the united states. in his conduct while president of the united states and in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of the president of the united states, and to the best of his ability preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the united states, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, donald john trump engaged in high crimes and misdemeanours by inciting violence against the government of the united states, in that onjanuary 6, 2021, pursuant to the 12th amendment of the constitution
of the united states, vice president of the united states, the house of representatives and the senate met the united states capitol for a joint session of congress to count the votes of the electoral college. president trump repeatedly issued false statements asserting that the presidential election results were the product of widespread fraud and should not be accepted by the american people or certified by state or federal officials. shortly before thejoint session commenced, president trump addressed a crowd at the elipse in washington, dc, there, he reiterated false claims that "we won this election and we won it by a landslide". he also wilfully made statements that in context, encouraged and foreseeably resulted in lawless action at the capitol, such as" if you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore". thus incited by president trump, members of the crowd he had addressed,
in an attempt to, among other objectives, interfere with the joint session's solemn constitutional duty to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election, unlawfully breached and vandalised the capitol, injured and killed law enforcement personnel, menaced members of congress, the vice president and congressional personnel, and engaged in other violent, deadly, destructive and seditious acts. a lot of protests there, and ceremony, but as i but also, as barbara plett—usher pointed out, a moment in history. yes, it is an historic moment. ifeel like i have said that many times over the past couple of weeks, but it is. it is the second ever impeachment of a president and it has taken place within a year, or 13 months, thatjourney between the house and the senate has been taken
quite recently, which is very historic. it is ceremonial, as you mentioned, and the trial itself is not going to start for another two weeks. he there's a question about whether there can be a conviction, because there needs to be a two—thirds senate majority, and that would require 17 republican senators to vote with democrats, and they have a lot of political considerations to take in mind when they decide whether to do that. but it is significant in that it will show what sort of republican support there is for mr trump in the establishment, in the elected members in the capitol, after the kinds of things that we have seen. if he is convicted then he could be barred from ever serving, holding high office again, which would be significant. but even if not, as i said, he is the second president, he's the only president ever to have been impeached twice,
and that is something that would be a stigma that he would carry with him and something that i think democrats feel, even in and of itself, would be a message that the kind of riot they saw at the capitol building, but not only that, mr trump's efforts to try to spread the lie that there had been massive election fraud, that there needs to be a significant action taken and that he would bear some sort of historic mark for that. ice oak to people on either side of the aisle. —— i spoke. i asked edward first whether donald trump should be held accountable for his role in the january six right. —— riot. i think right now, the republican party
and its members don't have the stomach right now for trying to... trying to impeach president trump again, for a second time, and right now, this is a time for the country to, as the democrats continue yet, we're still down this road of trying to divide, and trying to dictate whether or not president trump will have an opportunity to run again. i say let the people make that choice. let the people decide, if he decides to run, whether or not they will vote for him again. it should not be dictated by a group of democrats that says yes, we're going to tell you who you will have the option to vote for. in a time when we need to be unified, this doesn't really serve that purpose. forgive me, what could be more divisive than the president trying to overturn a free and fair election when the people made their choice, threatening the head of the election process in your state, georgia, telling him he had to find more votes, and then inciting a mob to march on the capital,
a mob that then marched through the capital looking to hang the vice president? so, so here is what i will say about that, especially concerning our state here in georgia. i know that in lynette county, we saw many irregularities throughout the election, throughout the vote counting, and those irregularities were addressed, and actually we put forth a challenge in the county for those issues. those challenges were denied, not on its merit badge is based on the elections board saying no, we don't want to take up the challenge. consequently, the secretary
of state made a decision to say 0k, nothing else to see here, we're not going to take a look at theirs, we're not going to listen to the voice of the people, especially the elected officials, sorry i see some things here that aren't right, let's at least take a look at it to determine if it makes sense, so i think in that regard,... forgive me, i want to put some of your points to error, but let's not refight the election. there have been more than 60 legal challenges, they were lost, most of them, many of them in front ofjudges, appointed by mr trump, thejustice department rejected any widespread significant fraud, also did president trump's head of cyber security and many republican election officials, so ijust want to put to error and some of the things you have been saying. edward does have a point, doesn't he? this is such a divisive thing to do, it cannot be the way thejoe biden would want to start his term? but a push for unity does not excuse bad or criminal behaviour, and it is very important to set a precedent
in the united states that what donald trump did can never happen again. and i want to also point out that the secretary of state of georgia and the top elections official in georgia both dead look at all of those challenges, and through them all out on the basis of merit. they did look at that, and that's important to remember. and also i would point out that there are irregularities throughout the country in every single election. there are not always that many, and every single two years, election officials in every state audited their processes to improve them. that does not mean that we need to go through what we went through the first week injanuary, what donald trump did was basically criminal, and he needs to be held to account for that,
and that's what you are seeing the united states congress go through right now. forgive me, he won't be held to account will he? we don't think... it looks very unlikely that enough republicans will vote to convict him. ijust wonder whether the mr biden and much of the democratic party may be quite happy that that happens, that poisoned chalice is taken away, you can then blame the republicans for its? i don't think that that is the case at all. i do think people want to keep donald trump from running from office again, and i think there are of republicans who want to get rid of this death threat that donald trump has on republican party. he is threatening to start a third party, and that shows that he still has a stranglehold on so many republicans, but that is not a good excuse, and that is why it is important to go through this process. it might be hard to get 17 republicans, but we have not been through the trial yet, so we don't know, and i would also point out that a higher republican senator rob portmanjust today announced his retirement. he was going to be facing a difficult re—election in 2020 because he was most certainly going to get a primary challenge from the right flank of the party.
there are a number of retiring senators in the swing states who do believe in good government, who could at the end of the day vote to convict, and so we will not know if we will reach 17 votes until we go through this trial. thank you both, i would like to talk to you some more, president biden, at the start of his first full week in office, has set out goals to speed up coronavirus vaccinations, saying the us should be well on the way to herd immunity by the summer. the us is also set to impose a ban on people arriving from the uk, ireland and the 26 european countries in the schengen free travel area — and from brazil and south africa, too. president biden said there were enough vaccines to exceed his target for vaccinations during his first 100 days in office. so i'm quite confident that we will be in a position, within the next three weeks or so, to be vaccinating people at the range of a million a day or in excess of that.
that is my — i promise that we will get at least 100 million vaccinations. that's not people, because sometimes you need more than one shot of the vaccination, but 100 million shots in people's arms of the vaccine. a second night of unrest in the netherlands. curfew was introduced on the weekend to try to curb the spread of coronavirus. a rampage in rotterdam. 0ne warning shot was fired. riot police used water cannon and a teargas after an emergency order issued by the mayorfailed to move emergency order issued by the mayor failed to move the hundreds who gathered. tensions ignited on the streets of the hague, too. where police on bicycles try to move small clusters of men before bringing in reinforcements. there were
clashes across the country for a third night since the 9pm curfew came into force. in the southern city of bell lane, they filed through the street sending a warning to stay at home. dozens dissented, storming and looting a supermarket. the dutch prime minister dismissed the idea that those instigating the riots were fighting for freedom from the lockdown. the only thing we have two beat, he said, is the virus. but there are simmering frustrations simmering through dutch society that are being whipped up by widespread misinformation and political manipulation, including radical populist elements. with less than two months before a general election, voters are vulnerable
and the streets volatile. stay with us on bbc news, still to : the flaming lips front man discusses how to return visit to the masses. the shuttle challenger exploded soon after lift off. there were seven astronauts on board, one of them a woman school teacher. all of them are believed to have been killed. by the evening, tahrir square, the heart of official cairo, was in the hands of the demonstrators. they were using the word �*revolution'. the earthquake singled out buildings and brought them down in seconds. tonight, the search for any survivors has an increasing desperation about it as the hours passed. the new government is finally in control of the republic of. uganda.
survivors of the auschwitz concentration camp have been commemorating the 40th anniversary of their liberation. and relived their horrifying experiences. welcome back. very glad to have your with us on bbc news. 0ne main story dominating the headlines. because democrats have delivered an impeachment charge against donald trump. dominion accusers rudy giuliani and of
misleading millions of people to believe that their votes were stolen by their machines. hours before the storming of the capitol on 6january, donald trump's personal lawyer lobbed highly contentious unproven allegations to seething pro—trump supporters. over the next ten days, we get to see the machines that are crooked, the ballots that are fraudulent, and if we are wrong, we will be made fools of. but if we're right a lot of them will go to jail. cheering. so let's have trial by combat! remarks that followed weeks of unchecked claims about these dominion voting machines. all part of a venezuelan plot, giuliani said, to hand republican votes to the democrats. his comments sparked protests across america. dominion's107—page complaint cites dozens of statements made
on twitter, tv, and on giuliani's own podcast claiming the election was stolen, despite top us legal, fbi, and cyber security investigations concluding the opposite. allegations, dominion says, that damage their business and lead to death threats against employees. eventually, they say, causing the storming of the capitol. already, rudy giuliani's reputation has been in danger of dripping away after the chairman of the new york state senate's judiciary committee requested that the state court system strip the former mayor of his law license. dominion hopes a public trial will restore faith in the us election system, but some republicans think it may not even get that far. i think rudy giuliani has got himself a little over his skis in this particular case. he was notjust out there
saying that the machines needed to be looked at or investigated, he was making some pretty wild claims that he, unfortunately, had no basis in fact or evidence to back up his accusations. i think what will ultimately happen is there will be some kind of, some type of agreement that will be worked out, a settlement of sorts. rudy giuliani accuses dominion of attempting to censor the exercise of free speech. but dominion say they have had to spend half a million on security and over $1 million fighting disinformation because of allegations against them. they now seem intent on replacing the court mark lobel, bbc news. president biden has overturned president biden has overturned president donald trump's ban on transgender people joining the us military. he announced the and in 2017 citing what he
called disruption and medical costs. the 0bama administration found transgender people had very little impact on military healthcare spending. it is just over a year since china imposed the world's first look down on the world's first look down on the city of wuhan. by then, coronavirus had been spreading there for several weeks and the chinese government insisted everything was under control. a new bbc documentary has revealed the gap between what was happening on the ground, what chinese officials and scientists knew, and what the world was told. new year's eve, 2019. by now, it has been 30 days since a chinese man in his 70s was hit by a mysterious pneumonia—like disease. but the world still blissfully unaware of the virus that's about to change all of our lives.
preparing to ring in the new year, an american virologist takes a call from this man, george gao, director of china's centre of disease control . he had identified the virus, it was a new coronavirus, and that it was not highly transmissible. well, this didn't really resonate with me because i had heard about many, many people who had been infected. the world health organization in geneva should have been officially informed about the new disease, but it first learned about it from social media. at internal meetings, who officials made their frustration plain. the associated press shared with pbs frontline and the bbc some leaked recordings from the second week of january. back in wuhan, hospitals were filling up and health workers were becoming ever more alarmed. they are not allowed to talk to the international media
without authorisation, but one has spoken anonymously to the bbc. their words are re—voiced by an actor. one patient in hospital in late january was 76—year—old zhang lifa. his son had driven across china so that he could have an operation in his hometown after he had broken his leg in a fall. as he was recovering from surgery, he got a fever.
the chinese government has told us that it has always acted with transparency and in a timely fashion, but it wasn't until seven weeks after the first known patient got sick that it announced that there was indeed human to human transmission, and by then, covid—19 had a deadly momentum that would carry it into every corner of the globe. it has now killed more than 2 million people. caroline hawley, bbc news.
the pandemic has done a a lot of damage to the enjoyment of live music on much else but the band the flaming lips have come up band the flaming lips have come up with an ingenious way to play live and stay safe and brought a whole new meaning to the phrase stay in your bubble. i've been doing it as part of our sort of theatrical freak out stuff at our concerts since i started doing it in 2004. i haven't done it every night, but i have done it virtually every night since i've started to do it. we are the only group in the world that probably would embrace this and say we can do a concert like this. but it didn't begin like that. i don't want people to think that we jumped right to this. i knew, quite a few years ago, because i would get in the space bubble and we would do a parade here in oklahoma city, that's what i'm talking to you from, oklahoma city, and i would walk down the street in this space bubble for over 45 minutes
and the only reason i would it out and into another one was because there was a lot of condensation in there and you couldn't see me in there. we've done experiments here leading up to, you know, a couple of months back when we did our very first video shoot of this, where we have three people in there and they could stay in there, really, for probably three orfour hours. the fans of the flaming lips kind of like this — not challenge — but kind of the adventure of the whole thing. it's not just another concert. you're part of this thing and it's never been done before. and, you know, they are quite up for it being different and being crazy and they do really take care of each other. and that is the part, don't want people to forget that. and wayne's terrific hair. people were given signs to hold up people were given signs to hold up in the bubble saying things like my need the bubble and i'm getting too hot in here. there is much more news any time for
you on the bbc website and on our twitter feeds. thanks for watching. hello. a cold, frosty start to tuesday morning means the risk for some ice on untreated surfaces. bear that in mind if you are making an essentialjourney. through the day, we'll see rain pushing from the west. and as that wet weather runs into some cold air, snow is likely to develop, especially over high ground in the north of the uk. this frontal system pushing in from the west will bring the wet and wintry weather, cold air ahead of our weather front. behind this frontal system, though, is much milder air starting to make inroads. ice to start off, then, just about anywhere, but especially through the midlands, into wales and northern ireland, where rain will be falling on cold surfaces, and a little bit of sleet and snow to start off across parts of central scotland. through the day, our main band of wet weather will continue
to push its way eastwards. briefly, we could see a little bit of snow mixing in over high ground in north wales, in the peak district, but more especially across the pennines, where we could see 5cm of snow accumulating on the highest ground, through the southern uplands of scotland and into the grampians, where some places could well see 10cm of snow before the day is done. more likely mixing with some rain and sleet at low levels, butjust 3 degrees in glasgow. holding onto some brightness in northeast scotland, just 3 there in aberdeen. conversely, 10 degrees in plymouth, into the milder air pumping in behind our frontal system. and the front will tend to die out a little bit through tuesday night into wednesday morning. still some patchy rain, sleet and snow across scotland. quite a chilly night in prospect here, although not as cold as the last few, and very, very mild indeed down towards the southwest. wednesday is looking like a drier day for many. it'll be quite cloudy, misty and murky, and we'll see some showers of rain moving through northern ireland, england and wales at times. the further north and east you are across scotland, it should be dry with some spells of sunshine. three or four degrees here, 10—11 across parts of wales
and southwest england. and as we go through wednesday night, we'll do it all again, another frontal system pushing in from the southwest. again, that'll run into the relatively cold air, giving the potential for some snow, especially over higher ground in northern england and southern scotland. ahead of that frontal system, still some pretty cold air in place, so temperatures maybe 3—4 degrees across parts of northern scotland. down towards the south, though, highs of 12—13.
the latest headlines for you from the bbc news. democrats in the us house of representatives have delivered to the senate an article of impeachment against donald trump, starting the process of putting him on trial. it accuses him of inciting insurrection when his supporters stormed congress earlier this month. the trial will begin in earnest on february nine. president biden says he hopes to raise his target for vaccinations during his first 100 days in office to 150 million. he claims the us could be on the way towards herd immunity from the coronavirus by the summer. for a second night running, police in the netherlands have clashed with protesters defying a 9pm curfew introduced to battle the virus. dutch police described the violence as the worst unrest in four decades. the prime minister, mark rutte, described the protesters�* actions as criminal.
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