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this is bbc news, i'm clive myrie. the headlines at 11:00pm: police say anis amri, the chief suspect in the berlin market truck attack, left fingerprints on the vehicle. the christmas market, scene of so much carnage on monday, has reopened. chancellor angela merkel commended the public for their response to the attack. translation: i must say, over the last few days, i have been very proud of the calmness and composure shown by people, and also, of course, the officers that have been at work here. america's president—elect, donald trump, is calling for the us to greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear arsenal. two men have been found guilty of manslaughter after a tipper truck crashed in bath last year, killing four people, including a young girl. dozens of inmates take control of a part of a jail on the isle of sheppey, in kent. prison authorities say the disturbance is contained to one landing on a wing. also coming up: the syrian government has declared victory
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in aleppo, after the last rebel fighters and civilians leave the eastern half of the city. and we speak to a seven—year—old girl whose plight has moved people around the world with her descriptions on social media of life under siege in aleppo. and we will look at tomorrow's front pages. the daily express warns that the uk faces christmas storms, with 90 mph gales and torrential rain. good evening and welcome to bbc news. german police say there is clear evidence linking their main suspect a tunisian man, anis amri, to the attack on a christmas market in berlin. his fingerprints have been found in the lorry that was driven into shoppers on monday, killing 12 people. speaking at the family home in tunisia, amri's brother called
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on him to give himself up. chancellor merkel said today she was proud of the calm way in which germans had responded to the attack, as our europe correspondent damian grammaticas reports. it is new footage that hasjust emerged. the scene immediately after monday's attack, filmed from a dashboard—mounted camera. a few seconds earlier, this is what happened. we have slowed the footage. from the left comes the lorry at speed, heading straight for the christmas market. and this is anis amri, the man police say was driving it, filming himself humming nonchala ntly in berlin. the video posted to his facebook page in september. now, the 24—year—old tunisian is europe's most—wanted man. police first found his id documents in the cab of the lorry, now tests have shown his fingerprints on the door and the bodywork, the conclusion,
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he was at the wheel. angela merkel this afternoon thanked germans for their measured reaction to the attack. translation: our thoughts are constantly with the victims‘ relatives, and with the injured. we owe it to them to give this our very best. i can say we've done a lot in recent years to meet the challenge of terrorism. the police raids in germany earlier today targeted anis amri's known contacts, turning up nothing. his family, back in tunisia, last saw him five years ago. they say he wasn't religious, drank alcohol, and dreamed of owning a car, starting a business. translation: if my brother is listening to me, i want to tell him to surrender, for the sake of our family. we'll be relieved. if he did what he's suspected of having done, he'll be sanctioned, and it will be a dishonour for us. but i'm sure that my brother is innocent. anis amri left his family, travelling illegally
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to italy in 2011. he spent four years in jail for violence and theft, but without a passport he couldn't be deported to tunisia. so, last year, he moved to kleve in germany. denied asylum, once again he wasn't deported. security services feared he was trying to get automatic weapons for an attack. but, with no new evidence, surveillance of him was halted in september. so there are serious questions. should the authorities have taken the threat posed by anis amri more seriously? but, for most germans, as the markets reopen here with new security barriers, criticisms of the police are less important than how they respond. so getting breitscheidplatz up and running today was symbolic for berlin. we have to respond to the terrorism, that we don't care, we're going to open, we are not scared. because it's exactly what they want. the crowds were thinner than usual, but wanted to show they wouldn't be cowed.
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"i've come to show we must not hide", says rosemary. "i'm very sad. i was here on monday. luckily i left before it happened." "i feel anger and sadness, more anger", says annika, "i didn't know any of the victims, but it makes me really angry." not so much fear as defiance, then, berliners determined to show they won't give up the things they value and enjoy. donald trump, who will be sworn in as us president in a month's time, has called for america's nuclear weapons capability to be greatly strengthened and expanded. he made the call in another of his messages on social media. mr trump said expansion would be needed until the world came to its senses regarding nuclear weapons. his advisers said he was warning about the dangers of terrorist organisations and unstable regimes getting hold of nuclear weapons. our defence correspondent jonathan beale has more details. america and russia still hold more than 90% of the world's nuclear stockpiles.
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both able to deliver destruction on a massive scale, by ground, sea or air. for a quarter of a century, they have been reducing their nuclear arsenal. but the question now — is the arms race about to resume? tonight, president—elect, donald trump, tweeted. .. it caught many by surprise, including the obama administration. i can't speak for what the president—elect‘s nuclear views or his policy going forward. that's for him and his team to speak to. what i can speak to is the approach that this administration has taken to try to get us on a path to a world without nuclear weapons. president putin, too, has been
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ramping up the nuclear rhetoric. today, addressing his military commanders, he talked of the need to strengthen russia's strategic nuclear forces. translation: we can say with certainty that we are stronger now than any potential aggressor. anyone. both the united states and russia have made large cuts to their nuclear arsenals since the height of the cold war. but they still have many weapons. the us have stock piles of 7,000 warheads, of which 1,900 are deployed already to use. russia has just over 7,000, with just under 1,800 deployable. while the uk has 250 warheads, of which 120 are available to use, and could be fired from its vanguard submarines. both america and russia are already modernising their nuclear weapons systems, at significant cost. what is not clear now is whether donald trump now wants to go much further.
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tensions have been rising with russia. these us troops on exercise in the baltics a response to its intervention in ukraine. russia's military campaign in syria has deepened the rift. but donald trump has signalled he wants to improve relations with moscow. so his comments might be more directed at north korea, whose unpredictable leader boasts of now being a nuclear power, or even iran. donald trump threatened to rip up a deal over its nuclear programme, still suspicious of iran's intentions. what donald trump did with that tweet, was, we start the nuclear arms race. it's notjust strengthen our nuclear arsenal, it's expand our nuclear arsenal.
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we have arms controls that limit, set caps on the weapons we deploy. he pays no heed to that, seems to want to bust through the cap. with nuclear weapons, words matter. once again, a donald trump tweet has surprised and raised plenty of questions. jonathan beale, bbc news. the owner of a haulage company, and a mechanic, have both been convicted of manslaughter after a truck with faulty brakes crashed in bath last year, killing three men and a four—year—old girl. matthew gordon and peter wood will be sentenced next month. the vehicle's driver, phillip potter, was cleared of all charges. our correspondentjon kay has been following the trial at bristol crown court. police said it was carnage. a 32—tonne truck with defective brakes had careered down a steep hill towards the centre of bath. four—year—old mitzi steady didn't stand a chance. businessmen robert parker and philip alan were also hit, killed with their driver, stephen vaughn, who was just married. it's just been a horrendous time. sian vaughn told me that being widowed so soon
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after her wedding day had left her heartbroken. we were only married for six months. and especially having to spend your first wedding anniversary alone was just so far removed from the one that we had planned. it's just been absolutely horrendous. today, the boss of grittenham haulage, matthew gordon, and mechanic peter wood, were both found guilty of manslaughter. the trial heard the company was a shambles, failing to carry out proper safety checks. the jury was told that as the tipper truck came down the hill that afternoon, its brakes were badly worn, rusty, and in a poor state of repair. philip potter, who was at the wheel of the truck, was found not guilty of causing death by dangerous or careless driving. they are constantly in my thoughts. he left court sending his thoughts to the bereaved families. he told the jury he hadn't realised the truck was in such a poor state until the brakes failed,
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and he said his boss had told him to ignore a warning light on the dashboard. this one is for mitzi, because when it's blooming it comes out pink. before the trial, he told bbc news he had planted trees on the family farm, in memory of the victims. it's like you press replay in your head every night, you go to close your eyes and you just see it. and you think — there was nothing else i could have done that day to have prevented it. just thinking of those four people, all the time, just thinking how horrible it must be for the families, and just how hard it would be to lose someone that you love so much. philip potter told the trial that as he sat here that afternoon, trying to take in what had just happened, his boss, matthew gordon, came over to him, grabbed him, and said, "don't tell the police about the brake warning light." this was all very much preventible. they denied us of a family.
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sian vaughn says she has been horrified to hear in court about the state of the truck, especially as her chauffeur husband took safety so seriously. the words he would have used to describe them would have been "cowboys", because there is no way that steve would have ever put anybody‘s life in danger, let alone his own. the families hope matthew gordon's conviction will send a clear message to the owners of all haulage companies. he and peter wood were remanded in custody, to be sentenced in the new year. the syrian army says it is in control of all of aleppo, the biggest military victory for president assad in almost six years of war. the last convoy of civilians and rebel fighters was escorted out this evening. one of those brought out in the past few days was seven—year—old bana alabed, whose messages on social media covered everything from the death of friends to her family's attempts to lead a normal life.
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our correspondent orla guerin has been to meet bana and her mother. hello, i am bana. i am seven years old, i am from aleppo. from the rubble of aleppo to the red carpet in ankara, bana alabed and herfamily are now being hosted by the turkish government, which opposes the syrian regime. when we met, this child of war told me how her own home was flattened by a bomb. translation: we were playing happily and planning to go out, and suddenly it landed. so we got scared and ran to the basement. when our house was bombed, we got out of the rubble safely. but we were about to die, because the house was collapsing. her updates from inside aleppo echoed around the world, with help from her mother,
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who manages her twitter account. but some have questioned whose views were being shared. when your mum was tweeting, was she tweeting your words or tweeting her words? me and mum. together? yes. her mother, fatima, insists the twitter account was bana's idea, but admits it is a way to combat the regime. i think there now was a big fight out there. and i think our twitter was a weapon. your twitter was a weapon? yes. but the tweets attracted threats, and made it harderfor the family to join the mass evacuation of eastern aleppo. fatima got bana on to one of the buses disguised as a boy.
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today, the last opposition fighters retreated from their former stronghold, and by the evening the syrian army was in control of the entire city, for the first time in more than 11.5 yea rs. just days after escaping all this, bana dreams of returning. translation: i was happy to leave, but sad at the same time. i wish i could go back to aleppo, go back home. i want to live in my house, because i love it, even if it had been bombed. i love my house. in english: we shall overcome some day. before saying goodbye, bana sang us a song about childhood and stolen freedoms. # i am a child with something to say...# one voice, raised for countless others, who often go unheard. orla guerin, bbc news, ankara. the headlines on bbc news:
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fingerprints of the tunisian national anis amri, have been found on the door of the lorry used in monday's christmas market attack in berlin. two men have been found guilty of manslaughter, after last year's tipper truck crash in bath, which killed four people including a young girl. dozens of inmates take control of a wing at a jail on the isle of sheppey in kent. prison authorities say the disturbance is contained to one landing on a wing. let's have a quick look at some of the front pages of tomorrow morning's newspapers: the metro leads with news that the british public has helped raise over £75,000 for the family of the polish lorry driver who was murdered in the berlin terror attack. the times says the queen is supposedly disappointed with theresa may, after she declined to share plans for brexit during her first stay at balmoral. the financial times says china has
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warned donald trump that co—operation is the only way forward after the us president—elect appointed a china hawk to run a new white house trade policy office. the daily telegraph highlights claims that some of britain's leading universities are becoming no—go zones forjewish students, due to anti—semitism. the daily mirror leads with the story of shoppers diving for cover as e—cigarette batteries blow up, inches from a pram. the guardian says violent and abusive men are being allowed to confront and cross—examine theirformer partners in secretive court hearings. the daily express warns that the uk faces violent christmas storms with 90mph gales and torrential rain. the paper is coming up in about 30 minutes time. the funeral of the russian ambassador to turkey, who was shot dead three days ago in ankara, has been held in moscow. andrei karlov was murdered by a policeman while giving a speech
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in the turkish capital. president putin was among the mourners at a special ceremony before the burial, held with full military honours. more than 60 prisoners have taken control of a wing at hmp swaleside, on the isle of sheppey in kent. the prison officers‘ association says fires have been lit but say the situation is isolated to one landing. it comes less then a week after a riot at hmp birmingham, which took 12 hours to bring under control. our correspondent, peter whittlesea, is near the jail on the isle of sheppey. it is unclear exactly what the latest situation is but according to prison service it is isolated to a landing in one wing but inmates are refusing to go back into their cells. images of these rights are emerging and one person purporting to be an inmate phoned the bbc and said that prison is in loch down. staff rate itself and confiscated
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drop at the. the prison is about three quarters of a mile down this road. i could clearly here inmates shouting and screaming from inside the prison and outside there were fire crews and ambulance crews on standby and staff, extra staff, were being driven in. we have seen right thatis being driven in. we have seen right that is going towards the prison in the last half—hour.. the planned strikes by british airways cabin crew on christmas day and boxing day have been suspended. members of the unite union were due to walk out as part of their dispute over pay. unite‘s leader, len mccluskey, said the talks have led to a revised offer, which is now going to be put to a ballot. we have been engaged in fully intensive negotiations with british airways over the past three or four days and there is a new offer on the table and that offer be taken back
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to our members and as a result we are suspending the strike action for christmas day and boxing day and, obviously, we will see what our members think of the offer. the queen and the duke of edinburgh have arrived at sandringham for christmas, a day later than planned, because they're both suffering from heavy colds. a helicopter arrived at buckingham palace to take them to norfolk around lunchtime today. the palace confirmed their departure, but wouldn't make any further comment on their health. the prince of wales has warned of the dangers of religious persecution and intolerance, and he likened the current threat to religions and religious groups around the world to the situation in the 1930s. prince charles said religious freedom was particularly at risk in the middle east, as our royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. religious persecution is as old as faith itself. a coptic church blown up in cairo. christians in iraq and syria kidnapped or driven
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from their countries. attacks on yazidis and dues and others. attacks on yazidis and jews and others. tolerance and freedom of worship are important to the prince of wales. he recently attended the consecration of a new syriac orthodox church in west london. he is troubled by the growing evidence of intolerance. normally at christmas we think of the birth... in a broadcast for bbc radio's thought for the day, charles likened the persecution of religious minorities and refugees to what happened to thejews in nazi germany. we are now seeing the rise of many populist groups across the world who are increasingly aggressive towards those who adhere to a minority faith. all of this has deeply disturbing echoes of the dark days of the 1930s. i was born in 19118, just after the end of world war two, in which my parents‘ generation had fought and died in a battle
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against intolerance, monstrous extremism and an inhuman attempt to exterminate the jewish population of europe. that, nearly 70 years later, we should still be seeing such evil persecution is, to me, beyond all belief. he ended his broadcast with a plea for tolerance. whichever religious path we follow, the destination is the same. to value and respect the other person, accepting their right to live out their peaceful response to the love of god. the prince's intervention has been applauded. i think it was bold, strong, timely and necessary. here is a man who will one day be defender of the faith in britain, who has always said he wants to be defender of faith itself. and he is protesting the rise of religiously motivated violence throughout the world. it was strong and courageous and deeply humanitarian.
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in due course, when he is king and supreme governor of the church of england, charles knows that his freedom to speak out will be constrained. but for now, and on subjects such as this, he feels he has a duty to try to make his voice heard. nicholas witchell, bbc news, at clarence house. china has warned that relations with the united states could suffer complications once donald trump is installed as us president. during the recent election campaign mr trump made a series of controversial remarks about the impact of chinese imports on american industry and jobs. he's now chosen an economist who's been highly critical of china to lead a new trade council. our economics editor kamal ahmed explores the prospects for america's relations with china. i graduated with my bachelor's, and i haven't been able to find anything. jobs disappeared. and the way the economy's going right now, it's tough to find a job.
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it was a major theme of the presidential campaign, an america that had lost its way. globalisation and the rise of china were blamed for economic stagnation and millions ofjobs lost. today, president—elect trump showed his hand, appointing the man who made this film, death by china, as his new trade adviser. he is the economist peter navarro, and he's clear where he feels he is the economist peter navarro, and he's clear where he feels the fault lies. everyjob that american corporations offshore to china or some other country becomes less of a reason to stand up here and fight forfair trade practices. president—elect trump is following through on his campaign pledges. we can't continue to allow china to rape our country, and that's what they're doing. america and china are the world's two largest economies. if a trade war broke out, it could affect global growth. the trade between them is huge, valued at $660 billion.
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us exports to china are valued at $162 billion. the country is america's third largest export market. but imports from china into america are far higher, standing at $198 billion. and this, according to president—elect trump, is the problem, a trade deficit with china totalling $336 billion. mr trump says closing that gap would create a lot ofjobs in america. an america that has certainly lost plenty of traditional manufacturing jobs, like here in pennsylvania, once the heart of the us steel industry. but although people may blame outside forces, economists argue that the job market has changed and that cheap goods from china have been good for hard—pressed us consumers. with china, maybe just we challenge them on one of their policies and then they retaliate in some way.
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they may announce a retaliation, they may not. but it looks like quite a bit of friction with china in the months ahead. china's response, as ever, cautious. but caution with an edge. china does not appreciate being called an economic bully. translation: china and the united states, as two large countries, have broad common interests. cooperation is the only correct choice. mr navarro's film is certainly provocative, and in power, of course, the tone can change. but with president—elect trump's pledges ringing in voters' ears, and this most hawkish of china opponents now inside the white house, fears of a trade war between two global economic giants can only increase. kamal ahmed, bbc news. roll up, roll
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rollup, rollup, a roll up, roll up, a second edition of the papers is coming up but first a look at the weather. the winter chill in the. sunshine. wind and rain looming in the atlantique. this curl of cloud is the second named storm of the sea, bra bra. —— barbara. rain beginning to arrive towards morning as well. at the moment, the showers in the north becoming fewer. quite chilly for a while but you can see how the wind is picking up already and the cloud is increasing and the rain arriving in the north—west. it will quickly turn wet and windy across scotla nd quickly turn wet and windy across scotland and northern ireland. could be some local heavy
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be some local flooding, heavy rain through western parts of england and wales. for east anglia and south—east england it may stay dry until later. showers coming into the until later. shewers gaming—interthe" . 7 after until later; shewers taming—interthe" . l after. rain, until later; shewers eeminu—intethee . e aft in i rain, until later; shewers eeminu—intethe;; ; e aft in the 'ain, until later; shewers eeminu—intethe;; ; e aft in the evening, g iamnindupa . north—west l;;’;i,jffil': ' ‘ north—west of 7443545771: 7 ‘north—west of sggtlgng the 55,171: 7 far north—west of scotland. the could have 90 mph stop not that unusualfor could have 90 mph stop not that unusual for this could have 90 mph stop not that unusualfor this time could have 90 mph stop not that unusual for this time of year but it has led to an amber wind warning from the met office. a lot of people travelling on friday. storm barbara pushing away on friday night blustery winds even into christmas eve across northern part of the uk where the showers could still be wintry over the hills. largely dry and increasing cloud and rain coming into the north—west, driven by another area of low pressure stop this one will christmas day not as
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deep but it will still bring windy conditions. mild air drawn in. some high temperatures for a while on christmas day — could be close to record temperatures but it will be accompanied by winds which could bring some obstructions. colder air could mean belatedly a white christmas perhaps in scotland. hello, this is bbc news. we will be taking a look at tomorrow morning's papers in a moment. first the headlines at 11:30pm: fingerprints of the suspect anis amri have been found on the door of the lorry used in the berlin christmas market attack. chancellor angela merkel says she is hopeful an arrest will be made soon, and is pleased with the way her country has responded to the attack. translation: i must say, over the last few days,
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i have been very proud of the calmness and composure shown by people, and also, of course, the officers that have been at work here. president—elect donald trump says the united states must strengthen its nuclear arsenal, signalling a possible u—turn on almost 30 years of policy of reducing nuclear weapons. two men have been found guilty of manslaughter after a tipper truck crashed last year in bath, killing four people, including a young girl. the syrian government has declared victory in the city of aleppo after the last fighters and remaining civilians left the eastern half of what was the rebel—held stronghold.


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