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this is bbc news. the headlines at ten. in syria the evacuation of civilians from eastern aleppo is hit by another set back, as buses due to help people leave two villages north of the city are set alight. it comes as the un security council agrees a draft resolution ensuring un officials can monitor the evacuation of the city. members will vote tomorrow. gun attacks in jordan gun attacks injordan kill at least ten people including a canadian tourist. ahead of another strike by southern rail conductors tomorrow, the rmt leader, mick cash,dismisses claims his union is using the dispute to take on the government. bbc sports personality of the year 2016 is andy murray. the tennis world number one and caps off a fantastic year. winning the award for a record third time.
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i appreciate everyone's support. congrats to all of the athletes that are there. it's been an amazing yearfor british sport and i'm very proud to be part of it. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the evacuation of civilians in syria from the former rebel enclaves in eastern aleppo has stalled. buses travelled into the area to collect people — but it's reported that no—one left. a limited evacuation did take place last week, but stopped on friday because of disagreements between the sides. part of the problem is the suspension of a reciprocal evacuation of two besieged villages — foua and kefraya — which are mainly government—supporting. rebel forces are said to have attacked and destroyed buses sent to rescue people from there —
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and this evening a human rights group said the mission had been postponed for an unknown time. here's our correspondent quentin somerville, and i should warn you, there is distressing material in his report. if only the ceasefire in aleppo hadn't collapsed, then this might never have needed to happen. they are doing the best they can here, but this hospital is barely functioning. these are not surgeons. there are none left in eastern aleppo, so nurses perform the operation. it is a caesarean. translation: the child has a birth defect. we immediately brought the mother here to the operating room for a caesarean, which we are doing now. the mother is in a bad way and her baby boy even worse. but everyone here is at their wit‘s end.
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eastern aleppo is out of options. translation: as soon as the patient arrived, i told the red cross that a patient needed emergency surgery but there was no answer because the evacuation is still suspended. in aleppo‘s final days, all niceties have gone. the baby didn't make it. some of the sick made it out of here on thursday but not nearly enough. after 2a hours, the ceasefire collapsed. there are now 100 badly injured people trapped here. he has been stuck here for three days, says this man. he has a head injury. we have tried to leave but they stopped us. they've now run out of room inside, so outside the hospital, the dead and injured are piling up. translation: i've been coming and going forfour days now. in the morning they promised to take
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us with ambulances and we've been waiting since then, but what else can i do? and here's one of the hold—ups. rival factions attacked buses that were meant to free trapped sick and injured in shi'ite villages. only when they are freed will the regime allow convoys to again leave eastern aleppo. and only after aleppo‘s misery would you consider this salvation. this is a camp in idlib. evacuees are brought here. when they arrive, they have nothing. the buses that bring them are so crowded there is no room for luggage, but here, there's relief. translation: rockets, russianjets and warplanes all bombing us, barrel bombs dropped over us. we kept fleeing from one place to another. there was hunger, poverty and sleeping in the streets. finally, the red cross got us out. this woman made it here with her twin girls.
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the camp may be crowded but here the sisters can breathe again. translation: it is better than it was in aleppo, there's no bombing. we have new friends walking and playing together. there was a food shortage back there. but we are eating more here. we hated life but here we are eating biscuits and everything. and that is what is at stake here. every minute and every hour of the ceasefire that is lost, is another moment of life denied to the children of aleppo. earlier i spoke to tauqir sharif — a british aid worker involved in the evacuation of civilians who's currently in idlib province — and i asked him if it was clear who is in control of the situation. there has been a major, major upset on the ground. because there's many different groups that are controlling these
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areas, there's not want hope that controls these areas, it's made up of different militias and rebel factions. the general public have basically, in a sense, started a revolution. they are very unhappy that the rebel groups have not been able to unite and they are upset that aleppo was lost. and for this reason many of these anarchist groups and many just normal people who are protesting and revolting have started to break down checkpoints. just the other day a crossing was cut. there has been a whole heap of security issues on the ground. you work with an aid group, what sort of care are the sick and the injured getting once they've left aleppo and some of these other towns that are besieged? it's a very, very good question.
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at the moment the situation is very dire. we just coming to winter, it's getting really cold, temperatures are below minus. we've only had one wave of people evacuated from aleppo city. the charity organisations here on the ground are difficult to deal with the influx. the first day when people were evacuated before the ceasefire broke down, we found hundreds of people on the streets with nowhere to go. at the moment we are opening up mosques, schools, and temporary housing facilities until we can find a more stable refugee camp, or move them to turkey, or support them however we can. the situation is very difficult, people coming out with no money and whatever they can carry in their hands, basically. let's speak to dr arash aramesh, a
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middle east foreign policy analyst. he joins on webcam from houston. lovely to see you. a confusing situation but the latest news we are getting from the reuters news agency is via a un official that evacuations are now back on. encouraging, but as i said, slightly confusing. encouraging, and ijust got this telex on the wires that there are reports that in eastern aleppo evacuations are being resumed. but there is no guarantee that they won't be stopped again. what happened in the past 48 hours was, after islamist rebels in the italy province, let's remember that the idlib province is more assad friendly, even though the rebels
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have had certain successes in the past year and a half, two years, there are a couple of shia the villages that were under siege. one of the tit—for—tat or reciprocal conditions for allowing civilians and rebels to leave eastern aleppo was also to provide safe passage for shi'ite villages in these villages in idlib. when rebels in idlib started firing at the buses and setting these buses ablaze, we're getting reports it was pressured from the iranians saying, unless you stop attacking these shi'ite villages trying to be evacuated, the iranians and syrian forces will not guarantee safe passage to either civilians or militants in eastern aleppo. so it's a terrible tit—for—tat retaliatory sort of move. the price of which is being paid by the women and children of both those villages in idlib and also eastern aleppo. the other main
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advance today in the situation is the news that there is a compromised un security resolution that's been put in place. we are expecting a vote tomorrow. it sounds as if everybody is more or less on board. russia had been saying they were going to veto it. but as you've just been saying, tit—for—tat, does that mean iran will also be on board with this? because the finger is pointing at them a fair bit when it comes to halting these ceasefires and evacuations. iran certainly has a hardline position. iran is not there to save the secularists regime, they are there to save assad because assad has been a very critical ally for the iranians and iran counts on syria to be able to support, training and further enhance its agenda with hezbollah in lebanon. and they have the largest shia power
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in the region, and believes they have this duty and obligation. having said all this iran obviously does have a geopolitical interest and a national security interest as it views it to support the shia. so that was a red line for the iranians. if they are going to let eastern aleppo civilians, mostly sunnis, to be evacuated, and if they are going to allow safe passage for the militants, they wanted to see their shi'ite brethren to also receive the same safe passage. having said that, as far as the un security council resolution is concerned, anything that is going to have any language in tens of having blue helmet un peacekeeping forces on the ground is most likely going to be vetoed by the russians. and all you need is one country. all you need is just the
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all you need is one country. all you need isjust the russians all you need is one country. all you need is just the russians to veto any un security council resolution. if you want a resolution you probably want to get it now, it's going to be less likely that the trump administration is going to be on board with any sort of involvement coming to syria. but the french and british are adamant to get some sort of compromise resolution and to alleviate some of this horrendous pain and human suffering that we've seen on par with thread on each, —— on par with strother nature. and on par with some of the horrendous battles of the second world war. i want to jump in quickly and discuss the point, talk of a ceasefire but he has made the point, putin, that he does not want the un included and he does not want the us included. many are saying that could all change once mr trump is in the white house, why does that matter? well, when mr trump has promised a much more russia friendly posture
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and us foreign policy, i don't know what that means. if anything russia is both tactically and strategically aus is both tactically and strategically a us adversarial. russian interests in the region and in the world are not what you would call parallel with us interests. russia views a lot of these issues as a o—sum game and is willing to go above and beyond, even partaking in what people would call it genocide and a war crime to achieve its goals. i really do not know what the trump administration has up its sleeve. on the one hand you've got key national security figures who are not exactly very pro—russia such as general james madison coming in as the secretary of defence, but then you've got other figures who have shown a much softer stance on russia and especially putin. so we've got to wait and see what happens. but what putin wants is no us forces, no british or french boots on the ground, he wants him to clean house
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and the syrian forces and allies to win and clean house and that is going to be bad news for the civilian population. great to speak to you, thank you. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages. at 10:30 and 11:30pm this evening in the papers — our guestsjoining me tonight are martin lipton, deputy head of sport at the sun and martin bentham, home affairs editor at the london evening standard. the international trade secretary liam fox has refused to rule out britain remaining a member of the european customs' union after brexit, which could limit the ability to cut free trade deals. he told the bbc‘s andrew marr that he was "instinctively a free trader" and he would have his say in the cabinet. here's our political correspondent ben wright. there's some flash photography in his report. at the moment, british businesses know the score.
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we are full members of the eu single market with its free movement of goods, services and people. we are also members of the eu's customs union, the biggest in the world. the huge question is, what will brexit bring? this morning, the trade secretary suggested we could remain partial members of the customs union. we want to look at all the different things. it's not binary. i hear people talking about hard brexit and soft brexit as if it is a boiled egg we are talking about. it is a little more complex. turkey is in part of the customs union but not other parts. we need to look at the cost. the customs union includes all 28 eu nations but also turkey, monaco, san marino and andorra. and all can trade freely with each other. but they must impose the same tariffs on goods from nations outside the customs union. they are also barred from doing bilateral trade deals
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with other countries. that is why the trade secretary would like a half way house. so he's got something to do, and the government has many choices to make. the uk could stay in the single market, but that would mean continued free movement of people and the oversight of eu law. we might only remain in the customs union. or the biggest change, the uk leaves the lot and trades with eu on world trade organisation terms. the former chancellor, now free to speak without a government script urged ministers to be careful. yes, it is true that the grass may be greener outside of those arrangements, and we may be able to conduct new free trade deals with australia and the united states and so on, but that should not come at a price of giving up the existing free trade arrangements we have with germany and france. you cannot say we are a beacon of free trade in the world and then the main thing we can achieve is a huge act of protectionism, the biggest in british history. popping up again to offer his brexit
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services, nigel farage, friend of president—elect donald trump, the former ukip leader told the bbc he wanted to be a bridge between the new trade department and the new us administration. number 10 said there was no job vacancy. six months on after the vote to leave the european union, everyone in government agrees that brexit will happen but if ministers know how, they are not telling us. at the moment, all options seem to be on the table. remember, this is not a question of the uk asking for a deal, in the spring britain will begin discussions with 27 other countries who are determined to get a brexit that works for them. the headlines on bbc news: in syria the evacuation of civilians from eastern aleppo is hit by another setback, as buses due to help people leave two villages north of the city are set alight. gun attacks in jordan kill at least 10 people
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including a canadian tourist. ahead of another strike by southern rail conductors tomorrow, the rmt leader, dismisses claims his union is using the dispute to take on the government. sport now, a full round up from the bbc sport centre. andy murray is bbc sports personality of the year for the third time. the world number one tennis player beat 15 other contenders on a highly competitive shortlist. he wasn't at the ceremony in birmingham to collect the award — instead being presented with the trophy by lennox lewis out in miami. it's been the best year of murray's career. he won wimbledon and the olympic title as well gaining the much coveted number one ranking. fellow olympic gold medallists alistair brownlee the triathlete was second and 58 year old showjumper nick skelton was 3rd. leicester city got team of the year.
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manchester city put their recent problems behind them, moving up to second place in the premier league table after beating arsenal 2—1 at the etihad. city had to come from behind. it was raheem stirling who scored their winner 20 minutes from time, but earlier theo walcott had opened the scoring for arsenal after just five minutes. leroy sane got city's equaliser. city are now seven points behind league leaders chelsea. they were lucky in the first half. it was a premier league game. it was a good game for everybody. of course, it was quite similar to chelsea. with chelsea, we didn't win, and today we did. we dominated. we created chances. we have problems with important players not being there for a long time. so i am so happy. we conceded two offside goals. that is very difficult to accept
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in a game like that. i believe there is a lot going on the moment that is not serious. it is unbelievable, but every time the decisions go against you, and unilaterally. spurs are now only a point behind arsenal, in fifth place. they beat burnley 2—1 at white hart lane. like manchester city, spurs also had to come from behind. danny rose scored the winner 20 minutes from time. earlier ashley barnes had given burnley the lead before dele alli had equalised for spurs. the final score spurs 2 burnley 1. i think always the premier league is hard to win games. today we knew that burnley is a team that fight a lot, run a lot, every ball, they are ready to challenge. and fight.
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i think the team played in a very good way. i think that we fully deserved in the end the victory and i am pleased with that because it was a difficult win. and in the other premier league match, southampton won the south coast derby. they were 3—1winners at bournemouth. onto rugby union, and there's been an upset in the european champions cup. scarlets survived a tense finale to hang on and beat toulon by 22 points to 21. leigh halfpenny missed two late penalties for the french team. defending champions saracens continued their 100% record in this competition, but they were made to work for a 26—10 victory against sale that keeps them top of pool three. saracens relied on the boot of owen farrell to forge a lead in a cagey opening to the game, he gave them a narrow advantage with this huge second half kick. sale defended well and almost
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snatched a try that would've put them ahead through denny solumona on his debut in rugby union following his switch of codes from the super league, but the balljust bounced over his head. and saracens punished that slip up with two late tries, the first here from owen farrell. nathan earle added some gloss to the scoreline late on and sale did pull one back through bryn evans, but they left it too late and remain bottom of the pool. there was one other match involving a british side — clermont auvergne beat ulster 38—19. england's hope of a consolation victory in the 5th and final test against india are looking very slim. india batted all the way through the third day in chennai closing on 391—4. that's 86 behind england's first innings score, with rahulfalling just one run short of a double century. marco fu won eight frames in a row to beatjohn higgins in the final of snooker‘s scottish open. fu had been 4—1 down,
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but then the recovery began, and he ended up a 9—4 winner. it's the third ranking title of his career. earlier, higgins had hit three straight centuries to take the lead, but he had no answer to fu's brilliant fightback. that's all sport for now. thank you. ten people, including a canadian woman, have been killed in a shoot—out between police and gunmen injordan at a castle popular with tourists. several officers were killed in the attack in the mountainous city of karak. there are reports some people had been taken hostage. richard lister has more. armoured personnel carriers racing through the streets of karak. they are responding to a series of shootings in and around the town by several gunmen. the security forces desperately try to establish who is firing and from where. there is panic, confusion and more gunshots.
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this amateur footage shows police and special forces closing in on the gunmen who have now taken refuge in the crusader castle and are still firing on those around them. the medieval citadel draws tourists from around the world, and there were initial unconfirmed reports that some had been taken hostage. others were able to get out as the battle raged around them. this is where most of the casualties were found. all were jordanian except for one canadian woman who was killed. tonight, the city appears calm although it is unclear what happened to the gunmen. there will be relief the attack was contained but it will be another blow tojordan‘s reputation as a sea of calm in a region of crisis. the general secretary of the rmt transport union mick cash has dismissed claims that it's organising strikes as part of a conspiracy to bring down the government. he distanced himself from reported remarks
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by the rmt‘s president, sean hoyle, suggesting trade unions were coordinating industrial action to oust the conservatives. here's our business correspondent, joe lynam. some media reports suggest that trade unions are trying to bring down the government. the rmt national president was pretty clear on the subject. they are talking about the left trying to bring down the government. there was the national shop stewards network, the rmt, other left—wing organisations are coordinating to bring the government down. guess what? we bloody are. his rmt colleague mick cash dismissed the idea. when not about looking at conspiracies to bring down the government. our southern conductor members are on strike this week because they have concerns about safety and the travelling public. the public might feel caught in the middle as they face a winter of discontent.
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one former conservative transport minister thinks there is a link between industrial disputes. minister thinks there is a link between industrial disputeslj minister thinks there is a link between industrial disputes. i don't think it is a coincidence these disputes are happening now, i think there has to be co—ordinated and it looks like they are determined to bring misery on people. a lot of people will be travelling at this time of year. here on downing street there will be more than aware of how annoying is the strikes up to the public. even though this government has introduced rules to make it tougherfor trade has introduced rules to make it tougher for trade unions to go out on strike, some ministers want to go further. but that could be politically tricky. it may feel as though there is a spike in
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industrial disputes but compared with the 1970s this year barely scratches the surface in terms of total number of days lost to strikes. that will be cold comfort to southern rail customers, though, who will enjoy a fourth day of description in a week. a suicide bomber has killed at least forty soldiers in aden in south yemen. many others were wounded. the islamic state group says it carried out the attack, which targeted a crowd of soldiers as they were queueing up to receive their salaries near a military base. it's the latest in a string of such attacks on army recruits. a week ago, islamic state militants killed fifty troops in aden, which is under the control of the internationally—recognised government of yemen. and for the weather now. hello. looks like the christmas weather will be more windy than white and that means next weekend will be very different from this weekend. some problematic fog but relatively
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quiet. a fine view from the rspb reserve in east yorkshire. other parts of england and wales with fog going back into it tonight. some dense patches around in parts of england and south wales, the midlands. north—west scotland has outbreaks of rain arriving later. could be some pockets of frost but we are mainly concerned about fog in the morning, especially through parts of england and wales. patchy but denton places. had an impact on travel over the past few days, but may be problematic on monday morning. check the situation near you with your local station before heading out the door. this is a snapshot at 8am, misty and murky start. even if you are not in fog, temperatures at this stage close to where they have been all weekend. plenty of dry weather, maybe drizzly in places. for scotland and northern ireland a weather front is edging in from the atlantic. week but reducing outbreaks of rain especially to the
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western highlands. that is going to spread south—eastwards through the rest of scotland and northern ireland through the day. not a huge amount of rain left but down for a time. behind it some of us may brighten up for the end of the day. england and wales, emphasis on cloud rather than sunshine, some patchy rain through parts of the east and south—east. if you start with fog visibility slowly improving but temperatures still in single figures. as we go into monday night clear skies mean a night for scotla nd clear skies mean a night for scotland and northern ireland, so more could have frost. plenty of cloud in england and wales. rain around. brighter skies developing elsewhere in england. then quite a change on the way to the far north—west, parts of scotland and northern ireland turning windier, getting heavier rain moving in pushing south—eastwards during the day on wednesday and that is the first of a number of weather systems coming our way later this week. we are starting the week with
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high—pressure, mainly dry, quiet. from midweek onwards turning wetter and windier at times and it looks like that sort of weather will take us like that sort of weather will take us right through to christmas. hello. this is bbc news.

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