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later on bbc london: manned checkpoints and barricades — a new "ring of steel" is planned for the square mile. and will it be a christmas to celebrate for retailers, with predictions that takings have taken a hit? translation: at the end of this week we can be relieved that one acute threat has come to an end, but the general threat posed by terrorism will continue. we will do our utmost to make sure our state is a strong state. so germany is now trying to root out radical islamic networks. we visited this place today, a short distance from where anis amri's new video was recorded. this is one of the places that anis amri was known to frequent in the months when he was in berlin. it's a residential complex, but the reason he would come here over in this corner, what used to be a mosque. it was closed down though and became a meeting point for radical islamists. one of the neighbours told us small groups of young islamic men continued to use the building. they'd meet late at night,
apparently discussing attacks. translation: of course it was dangerous. when the men sit here and fantasise about carrying out attacks, yes, i was worried. my children and my family live here. with the immediate danger apparently over, berliners gathered for a memorial this evening by the brandenburg gate. no matter what, we are all one. all people come together here and think of the victims. the berlin people, we are something else they have to beat. but germany as a country now confronting the reality it faces new and hidden threats. our europe correspondent damian grammaticas is in berlin for us tonight. as far as the hunt for possible accomplices of anis amri, that goes on for them it was by pure chance that italian police found at all.
on for them it was by pure chance that italian police found at allm was. this was a stop by a routine police patrol. it was an officer who had only been in the italian police force for nine months who shot him dead. not a europe—wide anti—terrorist group that caught him. there were calls from people like the far right leader in france for more border security within europe. the view of the german gutmann is different. trying to control and monitor the movements of all people around europe is very, very complicated. they would say that what this shows is that anti—terrorist cooperation did work and they were able to identify very quickly who had been shot in milan. there are questions. the mother of anis amri has given an interview this evening in tunisia saying, why was their son not deported question italy want to send him back, germany
wa nted italy want to send him back, germany wanted to send him back. why would tunisia not accept him back? they we re u na nswe red tunisia not accept him back? they were unanswered questions. did he have a network of supporters who helped him plan what he did here and may have helped him escape? angela merkel has said there will be a thorough investigation which will look into all areas where there may have been failings and she also warned germany is going to toughen its procedures for deporting those who do not have the right to stay in this country. for now, germany's and says, as across europe, the threat of terror attacks remains high here. two men have been found guilty of using aid convoys to send thousands of pounds in cash to extremists in syria. the old bailey heard how high profile muslim community—led convoys became unwitting participants in a plan to fund terrorism. one of the targeted aid missions included alan henning, the eccles taxi driver later kidnapped and murdered by militants from so—called islamic state.
dominic casciani reports. humanitarian aid for people stuck in one of the most dangerous places on earth. britons have donated millions to help civilians caught in the crossfire of syria's conflict. three years ago, these convoys were at the heart of those efforts. now two men have been found guilty of infiltrating them, syed hoque, a former probation officer, and mashoud miah used the aid missions as cover to send cash to fighters. hoque was sent these pictures by his nephew, who was fighting with a group affiliated to al-qaeda. hoque advised him to behead his enemies but not mutilate them, and sent £4,500 over two unwitting convoys. aid convoys were infiltrated and the goodwill of charities abused by taking money and goods from the uk out to syria to help terrorists. today's verdict is the first formal finding that the syria aid convoys were exploited for terrorism. there were also tears in the public gallery for two
men who were acquitted, tears that highlight how complicated and emotive the issues raised by the syria conflict have been for muslim communities. it is all worthwhile when you see what is needed actually get to where it needs to go. alan henning, taken hostage by so—called islamic state in december 2013 and murdered nine months later. he went to syria in one of the convoys abused by the guilty men. pervez rafiq, cleared today of funding terrorism, was on that same convoy. he publicly appealed for mr hanning's life. we beg you to tread the path ofjustice and show him the compassion that allah has placed in the hearts of the believers. under pressure from the government and the police, the aid convoys came to an end after mr henning's kidnap. dominic casciani, bbc news. in an unprecedented move and a strong rebuke tonight, the united states has abstained on a un resolution which criticises israel. traditionally, the us has always
used its veto to stop such resolutions against its close ally. it condemns israeli settlement building on occupied palestinian territory and passed with 14 votes in favour. 0ur correspondent barbara plett usher is in washington for us tonight. this has caused a diplomatic storm. what more can you tell us? well, i think the resolution shows a strong international consensus that israeli settlement building in occupied palestinian territories is illegal and is a threat to a viable peace deal. the 0bama administration felt there was this threat so it decided not to veto, it abstained, and therefore the resolution passed. this is something that was a diplomatic earthquake at the un. the americans always support the israelis and protect israel against criticism. it was a very strong rebuke and the israelis are very angry. president 0bama has only taken a step right at the end of his
administration and it will have far less of an impact than it might have done if it were done earlier. i know he is only putting down a marker, especially as he will be handing over to donald trump, who has shown he will strongly support the israeli government and its policies. he has already tweeted, things will be different after the 20th of january, which is of course when he takes office. extensive rail engineering is starting across britain tonight with 200 different projects being carried out over the christmas break. the biggest re—signalling scheme in the network's history will close the line between cardiff central and the valleys. and several stations — including paddington in london — will be either partially or completely shut for several days. 0ur transport correspondent richard westcott reports. it's going to be the biggest rail upgrade ever taken on, and it all starts late tonight, hitting services across south wales, london and manchester. the lack of trains will make the roads busier. this was the m6 today. and it's a popular time to fly away for the holidays. here's stansted.
so why do they always pick christmas to close the railways? we have a huge programme of works that we have to deliver as part of our railway upgrade programme. and some of that workjust can't be done on a live railway. we have to shut the railway. so christmas is the best time to do it, because it's one of the quietest times of year. 2a,000 engineers will work on 200 sites across britain. one of the biggerjobs they're doing this christmas is to open up and test these new lines between the concrete blocks there. critically, they unblock a bottleneck between the trains going from heathrow into paddington station in london. it'll hit services across the country. paddington station will actually close for six days after the last train leaves tonight. services at other big stations, including london bridge, charing cross and liverpool street, will be severely affected. there will be no trains late on christmas eve between cardiff central,
bridgend, newport and the valleys, because they're resignalling the whole area. it's affecting me in that i have to take an extra day off work, because of the replacement bus service not being good enough for what i need. but also, i understand the work needs to be done. at this time of the year families want to get together, if they haven't seen each other for a while. and then they're all disrupted, aren't they? totally inconvenient, because you have a lot of commuters over the christmas period, shopping as well between christmas and new year. as ever, leave plenty of time before you head off, and double—check your train is even running. richard westcott, bbc news. vladimir putin has written to donald trump, calling for stronger relations and co—operation between their countries. and speaking to the world's media in moscow, the russian president said he did not want a new arms race with the west after donald trump's suggested he would expand america's nuclear arsenal. mr putin also rejected accusations that russia had intervened in the us presidential election.
from moscow, steve rosenberg reports. he is always confident, but is he a little confused? as vladimir putin met the world's media today, there were mixed signals from across the atlantic. donald trump sabre rattling one moment and talking friendship the next. the kremlin leader said he hoped he and america's new president would work together to improve relations. it's not so simple. russia says it's modernising its nuclear missile potential, while today, donald trump reportedly said, let it be an arms race. we will out match them at every pass. so, would the kremlin respond? well, putting a question to the president isn't easy when there are a thousand of you and just one of him. but he took my question.
are you not concerned though that there is a danger of a new arms race, if america is talking about boosting its nuclear arsenal? translation: the basis for a new arms race was there already, after the us pulled out of the antiballistic missile treaty and started to create a missile shield. so, either we had to build our own shield or, as we're doing, develop weapons to penetrate theirs. but this wasn't our choice. vladimir putin made it clear today that if there is to be a new arms race, that won't be russia's fault. he delivered a defiant message that russia is stronger than any aggressor. and that goes for cyberspace, too. in recent months, russia has been accused of launching cyber attacks against america, even of using hacking to defeat hillary clinton. mr president, your country has been accused of state—sponsored hacking with the aim of influencing the result of the us
presidential election. president 0bama revealed that he told you personally to cut it out. so, what did you tell him in response? the president refused to say, dismissing all the talk of hacking as sour grapes from the democratic party. translation: the losing side always tries to pass the buck. they would do better to look for the problems among themselves. but tough talk doesn't solve domestic problems. the russian economy is still struggling. notjust because of sanctions. low oil prices have hit hard an economy reliant on exporting energy. to many here, stagnation breeds pessimism. we see growing problems with our living standards. they see that, you know, the health system is crumbling and collapsing. they see inflation. they see a lack of perspective
and they see the forecast of the government that russia will be surviving for the next 20 years in the state of stagnation. that is one reason the kremlin is counting on donald trump, hoping he will ease sanctions against moscow. russia wants to be seen as a global player. but if president putin doesn't mend the cracks in the economy, he may be building a superpower on thin ice. steve rosenberg, bbc news, moscow. in syria, where russian forces helped seized the city of aleppo, the last buses have left aleppo, taking away rebel fighters, their families and residents of the east of the city. the red cross say 35,000 people have left their homes in the last few weeks. after four long years of bombardment, syrian government troops are now in complete control of aleppo. our middle east editorjeremy bowen considers the significance of the victory and how it may affect the outcome of the war. in western aleppo, a christmas party became a victory celebration.
it was watched over by banners of syria's three wise men, presidents putin and assad and the leader of lebanon's hezbollah movement. the regime's support is often underestimated in the west. and there was relief that the killing in the city might finally be over. the last buses out of eastern aleppo delivered thousands of fighters and civilians into an uncertain future. the fall of eastern aleppo is the rebels' greatest defeat. and it shows how the war is now being decided by the foreign powers that have intervened. so what is next in syria? president assad and his allies have won themselves some options. their victory in aleppo does not end the war. thousands of rebel fighters have been bussed out to idlib, the neighbouring province. the regime and its allies will want to win it back.
the question is when. they might decide to make eastern ghouta their military priority. it's part of the suburbs of damascus. it's vulnerable because rebel groups that control it have weakened themselves by in—fighting. foreign powers are shaping the battlefields. turkey has troops fighting in syria and backed some of the rebel groups in aleppo. but it watched while russia and its allies destroyed them. that's because turkey needs russia to stand aside while it hits the kurds, now its main target. and while east aleppo fell, the west was also a bystander. that is because the syria policy of the americans, british and their friends, never coherent, has now failed completely. aleppo though looks to be a turning point. tonight, britain's foreign secretary said again that president assad must go. but the downfall of the president
looks like a hollow dream. diplomacy hasn't done it. early in the war there was a chance to make it happen by joining the fight. but that chance has gone while president assad remains russia and iran's man. it will not be easy for his coalition to move from aleppo to victory in syria. but now they have the momentum. jeremy bowen, bbc news. a brief look at some of the day's other other news stories. two hijackers who held over 100 passengers hostage on a flight which they diverted from libya to malta have been arrested after a stand—off on the runway lasting several hours. the crew and passengers were gradually released before the men were taken away for questioning. the united nations refugee agency says over 5,000 migrants and refugees have died in the mediterranean this year — the highest annual death toll so far. about 100 migrants are reported to have died yesterday, when two boats sank off the italian coast.
strong winds and driving rain have affected much of the north and west of britain, as storm barbara blew in today. worst affected was scotland, where many ferry services were cancelled and a number of houses in more remote areas lost power. a survey of rough sleepers suggests they are 17 times more likely to be a victim of crime than the general public. the charity crisis says homeless people are regularly attacked and abused. there are thought to be about 4,000 people sleeping rough in the uk at any one time. our social affairs correspondent, michael buchanan, reports. for some people, rough sleepers have no value. one stamps the head. the other kicks the legs. i used to come in here and sleep on the trains, essentially. it was safe and it was warm. corky was homeless for five years. he took to sleeping on commuter trains after an unprovoked attack. i was in leicester square.
got into a discussion with a young man around the fact i was homeless. he became quite aggravated, i would guess, by the fact that i was homeless, and i was saying that people are homeless for different reasons. and from there he ended up punching me in the face, basically. his experience is not unique. today's report lays bare the abuse rough sleepers can suffer. they're subjected to beatings, assaulted, even urinated on. it's notjust the incident itself, but it's the impact it has on that individual. we found that most homeless people who are rough sleeping, they feel ashamed already. and surely if you are then urinated on, you are going to feel even more ashamed and even more marginalised. so your eyesight, who's looking after that? sergeant david deal is part of a police outreach team that works with rough sleepers. it's no life, is it? while he encourages them to report crimes, he understands why today's report says many don't trust the police. there are other aspects of their life, maybe drug use,
maybe begging, maybe other forms of anti—social behaviour. when they come into contact with police regarding those types of behaviour, that's when they might not trust the police because they mainly get arrested. for these homeless people, this centre will provide shelter and sustenance over christmas. susan walker is currently bedding down in a stairwell. sleep is uneasy due to her constant fear of attack. being raped, yeah. because you can get some of these people now who do see a woman and they'll think, "i'll go for her." and if that happened, well, as a woman, we wouldn't have no chance. rough sleepers are permanently vulnerable. they have no shelter. any stranger could attack at any moment. unfortunately, some do. michael buchanan, bbc news.
the former england manager, sam allardyce, has agreed a deal to become the new manager of crystal palace. allardyce has been out of the game since having to leave the england job in september afterjust one match, following remarks he made to undercover reporters. here's our sports correspondent, richard conway. three months on from losing his dream job as england manager, sam allardyce is smiling once more. i like the look of the squad and that's probably the reason that i'm here. he was forced out of wembley afterjust one match in charge. following a newspaper sting in which he discussed getting around fa transfer regulations. a period on the sidelines looked inevitable. was that your last job in football? who knows. but alan pardew has manoeuvred himself out of the crystal palace hot seat, after winning just 26 points in his 36 games in charge this year. and allardyce, well, he is seen as an expert in keeping
teams in the top division, in a career that spans periods in charge of bolton, blackburn, west ham and sunderland. with crystal palace flirting with relegation, the club's new american owners have been forced to take action. an attempt this season to play a more expansive style of football looks likely to be an abandoned. the focus now will be doing whatever it takes to stay in the premier league. i think any team who gets big sam will tell you he's never got a team relegated, so it's a great record and i'm sure palace will have that in the back of their mind. for sam allardyce there's unfinished business to attend to, after his briefest of stints with england. crystal palace will settle for survival for now, that's it. big sam ‘s back. crystal palace bank
on allard ice to get them out of trouble. aberdeen stayed third in the table but there are still a long way to go behind celtic and rangers. and after a difficult week for saints, they beat sale, to move up to sixth in the rugby union premiership. good evening. some allard ice is the new manager at crystal palace. and sounded two and a half year deal at the premier league club. in a statement, they say they are fortu nate statement, they say they are fortunate that someone of his
calibre and experience was available. they sacked alan pardew yesterday with a club just one point above the relegation zone. a la dice lost hisjob above the relegation zone. a la dice lost his job with england after one game in charge after conduct deemed inappropriate. as a club manager, he has never been relegated. his task is to beat the drop once again and to rebuild his reputation. there is some flash photography coming up. he will be used to these photocalls. not even six months ago, he was doing the publicity shots as england manager. that and it with the sack after 67 days. he's come from the push to the palace and the lower reaches of the premier league. you generally get a newjob on the fa ct you generally get a newjob on the fact there are a few difficulties at the club. ito sort those difficulties out with my experience and trying to get a few more results on the board, particularly over christmas and new year to make everybody feel more comfortable. he arrives at crystal palace less than three months after his england
departure, following a newspaper sting. even by 2016 standards, he has had a chaotic year. as have palace. in may, they won 1—0 up in the fa cup final. they lost the match and their overall record since the start of january is the worst of all 92 league clubs. alan pardew, a hero as a player, has left them with relegation a growing menace. the drop is the price no one can pay. so, palace have turned to a survival expert. he has spent much of his career on a unforgiving terrain. he has always played the pragmatic, the man for has always played the pragmatic, the manfora has always played the pragmatic, the man for a crisis. he is an experienced manager. he's been successful. he knows the game. he knows how to set his team is up. you did a greatjob at sunderland. the way he saved sunderland last season will be the template for palace. their new boss can tell them there
is always a way back. aberdeen have moved to within three points of second—place rangers in the scottish premiership, thanks to a 3—1win at motherwell. both sides we re a 3—1win at motherwell. both sides were awarded penalties. but motherwell missed theirs. niall mcginn put the game beyond doubt in the final minutes. fourth placed hearts were defeated after throwing away a 2—0 lead, st johnstone, winners away at kilmarnock, 1—0. partick thistle are off the bottom of the table after a 3-1 off the bottom of the table after a 3—1win at ross county. the off the bottom of the table after a 3—1 win at ross county. the world would be ruling body are not happy with how northampton saints tilt with how northampton saints tilt with the apparent concussion of george north in a match at the beginning of the month and they also wa nt beginning of the month and they also wantan beginning of the month and they also want an explanation as to how we are a few premiership rugby investigated the
incident and failed to sanction the clu b incident and failed to sanction the club for not following head injury protocols and removing him from the game. george north is still sidelined and missed the victory tonight against sale sharks. it ended a losing streak for saint to go ended a losing streak for saint to 9° up ended a losing streak for saint to go up to sixth in the premiership, sale sharks did manage a try of their own, scored by their new rugby league signing, but they have now lost seven in a row. a couple of matches in the pro 12. ulster at up to fourth after defeating conduct 23-7. to fourth after defeating conduct 23—7. stuart mccusker got the first of both their tries. and the other match tonight, between the bottom two teams, treviso defeated fellow italians, zebre. patrick of autograph has left hospital, the victim of a knife attack on home, and vowed to return to tennis, after and vowed to return to tennis, after a four hour operation on her hand.