welcome to bbc news. i'm nuala mcgovern. our top stories: with russian troops massed near ukraine's borders, the us and russia hold frank talks about moscow's intentions. washington warns of "massive consequences". if any russian military forces move across ukraine's border, but a renewed invasion. it will be met with swift, severe and united response from the united states. aid agencies say an air strike by the saudi—led coalition on a prison in yemen has killed dozens of people anti—abortion activists gather in washington for the annual march for life. their hopes are now pinned on the supreme court. and the pop music world mourns the death of meat loaf, the rock legend whose bat out of hell album is one of the best—selling
of all time. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. the us and russia have held what they called "frank" talks in an effort to reduce the risk of a conflict in ukraine. us secretary of state antony blinken and russian foreign minister sergei lavrov spoke for 90 minutes at a meeting in switzerland. afterwards, both said further talks are possible. us president biden has travelled to the presidential retreat at camp david, where he will be joined by secretary blinken and his national security team to discuss tensions with russia over ukraine. the us wants russia to pull its forces back from the ukrainian border, which western countries fear are preparing to invade. the us has promised to provide a written response to russia's security demands, which include a ban on ukrainejoining nato. our diplomatic correspondent james landale has more.
more russian forces on the move. surface—to—air missiles in the country's far east due to join what moscow says are military exercises near ukraine — part of the growing build—up of troops and equipment revealed by images of strategic locations close to the border — what western powers fear may be preparation for war. but for now, the diplomacy continues, too. america's and russia's top diplomats met in geneva and at first couldn't even agree how to greet one another, with one question on everyone�*s lips. reporter: is an invasion likely, as president bideni suggested? mr lavrov seemed to suggest it was up to the united states and later dismissed talk of invasion as "hysterical rhetoric designed to provoke ukraine". what does russia want most — an unstable, dependent ukraine or a new sphere of influence in eastern europe?
translation: we are not trying to get a sphere of influence, - but what nato is doing shows it considers ukraine to be a part of its sphere of influence. to the west, ukraine is an independent, sovereign nation. that means it has a right to self—determination, free from russian control. and if it wants to join nato or any other international alliance, well, that is for it to decide. russia's view is different. it sees the former soviet country as historically within its sphere of influence and also strategically important. crimea was annexed, in part, to protect russia's access to the black sea. and as for nato membership, that would be seen as a threat to russia's core security. that's why president putin wants nato to rule out ukraine ever becoming a member and withdraw its forces from eastern europe.
america's secretary of state rejected these as non—starters and once again sought to deter any military action. we've been clear. if any russian military forces move across ukraine's border, that's a renewed invasion. it will be met with swift, severe and a united response from the united states and our partners and allies. there was no breakthrough at the talks here today, no deal to reduce the threat of war, but there was agreement for diplomacy to continue. the us will put forward ideas for more security co—operation next week. both sides will meet again after that. these are turbulent times. but for now, russia appears willing to continue talking, and western diplomats hope that might mean not fighting. james landale, bbc news, geneva. the united states has called for a de—escalation of the conflict in yemen
after at least 70 people were killed in an air strike by the saudi—led coalition that supports the government. the american secretary of state antony blinken said the fighting with iranian—backed houthi rebels only exacerbated a dire humanitarian crisis. here's our international correspondent orla guerin — and a warning, some viewers may find her report upsetting. another dawn in yemen. more destruction revealed in the cold light of day. prisoners were held here by houthi rebels, including african migrants just trying to transit through yemen. some were among the dead. in sa'dah province, the houthi heartland, they dug for survivors with their bare hands. but this was a massive air strike — the death toll is still climbing. the saudi—led coalition, which is backed by britain, says it will investigate fully. after a night of devastating strikes, the un secretary general criticised both the houthis, who carried out an attack on monday, and the coalition.
any bombardment that targets civilians, or that is not careful enough to protect civilians, is of course also unacceptable. what we need is to stop this vicious circle in which things keep escalating, one after the other. but on the ground, war has the momentum. this was the port city of hudaydah. the houthis say the coalition hit a telecommunications centre, knocking out the internet across yemen. incredibly, this man was brought out alive. at the hospital, a desperate attempt to revive a child. wails. and a heart—rending loss. aid agencies say three children were killed playing football as the air strikes rained down.
the houthis sparked the latest escalation with this deadly cross—border attack on the united arab emirates — a partner in the coalition. in the yemeni capital sanaa today, they staged a show of strength. here's the reality that confronts the coalition. after seven years of air strikes, it has failed to dislodge the houthis from these streets. but now, once again, it is bringing nights of terror and death to yemeni civilians. orla guerin, bbc news. let's get some of the day's other news. british counter—terrorism officers have been given more time to question two men arrested in birmingham and manchester in connection with last week's siege at a synagogue in texas. a british man, malik faisal akram, took several hostages during the 10—hour stand—off, which ended when he was shot dead by police.
a court in new york has sentenced a former associate of donald trump's ex—lawyer rudy giuliani to a year in prison for violating campaign finance law. igor fruman is also alleged to have helped mr giuliani to search for damaging information onjoe biden before he was elected president. anti—abortion activists gathered in washington earlier for the annual march for life. this year, they are optimistic that the supreme court will overturn the roe v wade decision that legalised abortion nationwide in the 1970s. the court's conservative justices signalled in december their openness to overturn the ruling during arguments over a case in mississippi. kristan hawkins, president of students for life of america, attended the march earlier and shejoins me now from washington. you are very welcome, thank you forjoining us. you know, our international viewers may be
hearing about roe v wade being overturned but it of course has been legal for some many years in the united states, a very contentious and controversial point. do you think it will be overturned in the coming year, or years?— overturned in the coming year, or ears? , ~ , or years? yes. we believe there is a very good — or years? yes. we believe there is a very good likelihood - or years? yes. we believe there is a very good likelihood that. is a very good likelihood that we will see roe versus wade reversed within this year, in fact. the supreme court will be issuing a decision thisjune and the dogs vjackson women's health case, based on a law passed in mississippi that bans abortion when children can feel excruciating pain during abortions at 15 weeks. the state of mississippi argued before the supreme court that road versus wade was unreasonable, out of touch with science, and the mainstream of america and that should be completely reversed. ﬁnd america and that should be completely reversed.- completely reversed. and i should say _ completely reversed. and i should say a _ completely reversed. and i should say a lot _ completely reversed. and i should say a lot of - completely reversed. and i should say a lot of people | should say a lot of people would take issue with your statements there and would not agree with your characterisation of a foetus at 15 weeks. however, i know
that's your opinion and where you are coming from but i wanted to state that for the record. ~ . . wanted to state that for the record. ~ ., ., , record. medical “ournals with and pro-life — record. medicaljournals with and pro-life scientists - and pro—life scientists confirming the fact as early as 12.5 weeks children feel pain. and there would be others that disagree with that but i want to get to some of the issues that are here because i know we can go down a rabbit hole and sometimes when it comes down to abortion. —— when sometimes. there is strong support for abortion in particular issues and some of the polls i was looking out from june, 87% support abortion when i won's life is in danger, 84% support exceptions in the case of rape or incest. 74% support abortion if the child would be born, you know, with life—threatening illness. do you support abortion in any of those cases? well i think you have to look at our laws here in america. roe versus wade and doe versus bolton, the two cases handed down in 1973 by seven men said that abortion should be allowed
and can be allowed in states up until the moment of birth in america for whatever reason, and sometimes by taxpayer funds. both decisions are grossly out of touch with americans. in fact, grossly out of touch with americans. infact, even grossly out of touch with americans. in fact, even the most liberal voting bloc in america, the largest voting bloc in america, young people, people my age, gender z and jen y, three quarters of this large very liberal voting bloc would say that they want to see at least restrictions and abortion because roe versus wade... crosstalk. sorry to interrupt but i would like to know from you, where do you stand when it comes to cases like that? do you see abortion is acceptable in certain cases? ﬁgs you see abortion is acceptable in certain cases?— in certain cases? as students for life and — in certain cases? as students for life and certainly - in certain cases? as students for life and certainly in - in certain cases? as students for life and certainly in my i for life and certainly in my work, no, ido for life and certainly in my work, no, i do not see there is exceptions. i have two children who were born with cystic fibrosis, children who are diagnosed in utero with cf, 90% of them do not survive, the heartbeats i ended simply because they have a genetic
code and that's wrong, because a human being may be potentially suffering in their life, it is betterfor us potentially suffering in their life, it is better for us to eliminate the sufferer than the potentially suffering that someone may endure. i think that's grossly wrong and it's actually this ordering of the hierarchy of our rights and our... ,, ,, ~ hierarchy of our rights and j our. . ._ liberty hierarchy of our rights and - our. . ._ liberty over our... crosstalk. liberty over their life- _ our... crosstalk. liberty over their life. that _ our... crosstalk. liberty over their life. that is _ our... crosstalk. liberty over their life. that is with _ their life. that is with particular— their life. that is with particular health - their life. that is with i particular health aspects their life. that is with - particular health aspects over pregnancy but in the cases of race —— rape or incest, for example? race -- rape or incest, for example?— example? that's probably talkinu example? that's probably talking about _ example? that's probably talking about here. - example? that's probably talking about here. will . example? that's probably| talking about here. will be example? that's probably i talking about here. will be a margin for today in america was we are saying that roe versus wade should be reversed, the decision of abortion should be sent to the state, where voters, where eight out of ten young people agree that they want to actually have a vote and a voice for life. and then in the states, the individual american states will be able to decide for them what abortion policies they would like to see enacted. ~ , ., policies they would like to see enacted. ~ ,, ., ., ~ ., enacted. when you look at the demographics _ enacted. when you look at the demographics of _ enacted. when you look at the demographics of america - enacted. when you look at the i demographics of america though, taking a look at the figures
more closely, evidently there is more support for abortion rights within a younger generation. it does decrease as the demographic gets older. i wanted to make that clear to our viewers as well and i understand your group may be a younger group that you are seeing that has the same view as yourself. but if, are you happy with the state just briefly, and stating its own rules for what it feels comfortable with what it feels like with abortion, whether thatis like with abortion, whether that is something of, you know, first trimester or later in a pregnancy, should be up to the state to decide what they want? i think that's the first step and that's what we've been saying since 1973, when the supreme court took a right, took away the rights for the solstice oak apostates to self determine their laws. we believe in the pro—life movement that states, this decision should be returned back to the states but ultimately, will you and i work there to make abortion unthinkable and unavailable? absolutely not. we will work state—by—state to make our
cases to citizens across the country in every state, every locality, why abortion is an act of violence, why it is an act of violence, why it is an act of violence, why it is an act of choosing self over the other. and why it should be made illegal as well as unavailable.— made illegal as well as unavailable. ., ~ , unavailable. kristan hawkins, thank you _ unavailable. kristan hawkins, thank you very _ unavailable. kristan hawkins, thank you very much - unavailable. kristan hawkins, thank you very much for - unavailable. kristan hawkins, i thank you very much for coming on. you are, of course, echoing the opinions of many people within the united states, there are so many of course on the other side and that is why america is so interested, i think it is 49-49 america is so interested, i think it is 49—19 when it comes to some of these issues, but thank you for speaking to us on bbc news. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: we'll be taking a look at the horror show facing netflix as the surge of interest during the pandemic fades. 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 altmann is being held on a fraud charge in bolivia. the west germans want 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 us and russian foreign ministers have held talks in geneva to try to ease tension over the build—up of russian troops on the border with ukraine. aid agencies say an air strike by the saudi—led coalition on a prison in yemen has killed dozens of people and wounded many more. levels of coronavirus are falling in england, scotland and wales, according to official figures. but the government is still facing the challenge of how to persuade more than four million people in the uk to take up the offer of a vaccine. bbc analysis shows that younger people continue to be the most vaccine—hesita nt. here's our health editor, hugh pym. a vaccination campaign with a difference. and you could end up with long covid, which is no fun. team halo videos have had more than 250 million views. please don't play this russian roulette with your life. they're focused on debunking vaccine misinformation. let's talk about long covid.
dr bnar talabani is one expert working on the project from her home in cardiff. she aims to reassure people that the vaccine is safe. evelyn, whose identity we're protecting, is in her 30s and lives in southern scotland. she has a family history of rheumatoid arthritis and although she wants the jab, she is worried. we always talk about medicines and i try to work out what hopefully won't trigger off an autoimmune response in myself. and that's what makes me nervous about the covid—19 jab. there's no evidence to say that you will get rheumatoid arthritis or any autoimmune disease if you have the vaccine. i think a lot of the times, people don't have access to accurate information, and knowing how to tell the difference between what's nonsense and what's misinformation and what's accurate is very difficult. elite sports players have been under the spotlight over their vaccination status. at worcester warriors rugby
club, they're well ahead of an 85% target set for leading english clubs. guidance was offered to those players who had early doubts. i think with anything, there's always reluctance, until you give them the facts. and that's what we do with anything, whether it's rugby—related or medical—related, and i think that's all we did. players are always curious. among the over—60s, more than 90% have had their first two doses. but as you go down the age groups, that falls away quite noticeably, and that's why younger people are seen as a key target group for the continued vaccination programme. it was really confusing. some wanting to start a family have questions. these new mums at the bundle baby class said it wasn't a straightforward decision, but they did get vaccinated while they were pregnant. lots of friends were saying that i shouldn't
have the vaccine because i was pregnant, and that it might harm the baby. a lot of the research and the data that was out there, even when you're speaking to a gp, it didn't seem like there was a lot of robust information. when i turned 13 weeks, so got into the second trimester, i immediately went to get the vaccine — and i'd been waiting to get the vaccine, actually. i was actually having arguments with my husband about it because, you know, he was keen for me not to, and to wait, because he was worried about kind of the impact on the baby. he wasn't sure and, you know, i was upset with him because i'd been doing a lot of research. some countries are making vaccination compulsory. for now, the approach in the uk is dialogue, but there's clearly more work to be done to convince those who still don't want the jab. hugh pym, bbc news. there are growing concerns over the disappearance of afghan women who demonstrated against curbs on their right to study or work. reports suggest that at least two women who joined a protest
were abducted from their homes in the night. the taliban denies carrying out any abductions. quentin sommerville reports from kabul. women chant. in body and spirit, afghan women are under attack from the taliban. here, fighting for the right to work, to education, they are pepper—sprayed by taliban fighters at this protest last week. "women have value", they shout. "it takes raw courage to stand up to armed men who want to take away almost everything you've achieved in life". "please help! the taliban have come to my house. my sisters are at home", pleads tamana, one of the protesters, days later. we don't want you here now", she screams. tamana has been missing for two days now. we went to her home to try and find her. neighbours say women were taken away from here by armed men. you can see a footprint, a bootprint on the door.
three women were taken away, and they still haven't returned. friends and family say they haven't heard from them either. other women protesters were targeted that night. another is missing. still, the taliban denies it took them. if they had detained them, we would say "we have detained them," and that is their allegation and they will go to court to defend themselves. this is something illegal. but when they are not detained and they are making such fake scenes and shooting films in order to seek asylum abroad. but tamana's friends tell a different story. translation: i told her as soon as possible, leave your home. i take this more seriously. you are in danger. when i got home, a friend, also a protester, i don't want to mention her name, she was crying that tamana had been arrested by the taliban and that she had released
a video on social media. since the fall of the last government, afghan women say increasingly, they are prisoners in their own home. they can't come out and do shopping, they can't visit friends and family, and those that do raise their voice in protest are facing increasing intimidation from the taliban. over the last 20 years, afghan women have cast off cultural and family prejudice to live freely. it's decades of progress the taliban now want to rip away. quentin sommerville, bbc news, kabul. tributes have been pouring in for the us rock star meat loaf, who has died at the age of 7a. in a career spanning six decades, he was known for his operatic voice and theatrical stage presence. he became a household name in 1977 with "bat out of hell," which remains one of the best—selling albums of all time. our arts correspondent david sillito takes a look back at his music and life.
# like a bat out of hell, # i'll be gone when the morning comes...# meat loaf, bat out of hell — a sweat—drenched rock—and—roll epic that turned the man born marvin lee aday into one of the biggest—selling rock stars in the world. there have been many tributes. among them, cher, who sang with him on dead ringer, for love... bonnie tyler, and from i'd do anything for love, lorraine crosby. # i would do anything for love. # i'd never lie to you, and that's a fact. we just gelled. we gelled perfectly. and obviously, that's why the song went the way it did. so, every time i think of meat loaf, i think about being in the studio with him. # no no, no way... you just knew. you knew it was going to be great, you know. i'm sorry, i'm getting...
you knew, you just knew instinctively that the album was going to be huge. # i would do anything for love, # but i won't do that. born in dallas, his mother was a teacher and singer, his father a policeman, and his childhood was tough. he was an alcoholic, and he'd always beat me up as a kid. threw me through a plate—glass window, threw me through a door. his escape was acting and musicals. he got a part in hair, and then the rocky horror picture show. bat out of hell was a project he'd been working on for years with the writerjim steinman. the rock establishment was scornful, but the fans — especially in britain — loved it. # praying for the end of time. # it's all that i can do... this famous performance on the old grey whistle test was where it all took off. but its huge success and the pressures it
brought almost killed him. that was then followed by lawsuits and bankruptcy. he claimed years went by without him making a dime out of it, but nothing would ever top bat out of hell, a glorious, over—the—top, emotional battering ram, a rock—and—roll masterpiece. # hell...# meat loaf, who's died at the age of 7a. just before we go i want to bring you some pictures of people who have been returning to their homes in the spanish canary islands. for the first time since they were forced to flee from a volcanic eruption. as you can see it has all transformed, everything covered in that deep layer of ash, burying cars, bicycles and houses. a lot of work for those people returning to the homes,
we wish them luck. thank you forjoining us on bbc news. hello. it looks like the weather is taking part in dryjanuary — no significant rain on the way this weekend, nor indeed until at least the start of next week. there isn't going to be a huge amount of this either — blue sky and sunshine this weekend. cloud increased in the west on friday, looks like it is going to win out across most places. temperatures edge a little bit higher. you'll notice that most in northern ireland and scotland, especially in northern scotland. so what's going on? high pressure close by, that is why we are having a lot of dry weather. around it, bringing in a lot of cloud from the atlantic. it does limit the extent and severity of frost as saturday starts. a touch of it in north—east scotland, patchy in wales and england, where we had any clear spells overnight. and a chance for some early
mist and fog patches. you can see the extent of the cloud across the uk for saturday. just a few brighter breaks here and there. they are most likely across eastern parts of scotland and england, whereas towards north—west scotland, we are going to see some outbreaks of rain. and it is breezier here, compared with elsewhere, but it is also milder — 11 degrees in stornoway. 10 in belfast and glasgow. temperatures elsewhere a little higher than they were on friday. overnight and into sunday, quite a bit of cloud around, a few breaks in that cloud here and there, where they occur, the chance of seeing a touch of frost. parts of wales and england in particular. there will be some mist and fog patches developing towards southern areas, where the winds are light, and they could well be slow to clear in a few as sunday begins. the high very much here on sunday. there is a weather front edging closer towards north—west scotland as the day goes on. it doesn't look as if we will see much in the rain until sunday night. ahead of it, still some patchy
rain in north—west scotland. the winds going to pick up here. gales developing in the western isles. a breezier day in northern ireland. light winds elsewhere. again, a lot of cloud around, just a few sunny spells. if anything on sunday, temperatures just come down a little bit. the high—pressure still with us into the start of next week. by mid week, we are going to see a developing weather system heading our way. here it is, and mainly through wednesday night, we will see an area of rain moving its way southwards, weakening as it does so. and behind that, high pressure building back in again but for a time later in the week, there will be some that's your weather.