tv World News Today BBC News December 24, 2016 9:00pm-9:31pm GMT
this is bbc world news today, broadcasting in the uk and around the world. i'm karin giannone the headlines tunisia says it's uncovered a terrorist cell linked to the berlin christmas market attacker. a nephew of anis amri was among one of the three men arrested benjamin netanyhu orders a review of israel's relationship with with the united nations after a vote condemning settlement building security forces in tunisia say they've arrested three members
of a terrorist cell linked to anis amri, the tunisian who killed 12 people by driving a lorry into a christmas market in berlin this week. the interior ministry said one of those detained was amri's nephew. 24—year—old anis amri was shot dead by police in milan in the early hours of friday morning. bethany bell reports. this is anis amri, the man suspected of being behind the attack on a berlin christmas market. and now, authorities across europe and the middle east are trying to piece together his extremist connections. now a clearer picture of his network is emerging. officials in tunis say he was connected to a militant cell, which included his sister's son. amri is thought to have sent his nephew money
to help him come to germany. the nephew's now in custody in tunisia. two others have also been arrested. the spanish authorities are investigating whether amri may have had links to an extremist in spain. in tunis today, hundreds of people took to the streets to demonstrate against extremism. they gathered outside the bardo museum, which was attacked by militants last year. in recent years around five and a half thousand tunisians have joined jihadist groups, making the country one of the largest exporters of militants in the region. translation: the terrorists damage the image of tunisia in the world, and have harmed the expats who are living abroad. translation: our message is from the heart, it is a panic wave, and you need to understand, tunisians are afraid, but we will not stay silent. we're standing by our country. this was how anis amri met his end.
shot dead in an exchange of fire with the police in the italian city of milan. one police officer was injured. he's now recovering in hospital. and the hunt for more clues about the attacker goes on. what began as a horrific attack here in germany has become an investigation spanning europe and beyond. german investigators want to know if he had supporters here, people who may have helped him planned the attack and his escape. as the city turns down to christmas, the authorities are still at work. bethany belle in berlin, thank you. bethany bell, bbc news, berlin. so following the arrests in tunisia, are the suspects now likely to be extradited to germany? the bbc‘s rana javad is in the capital tunis. it is highly unlikely they will be extradited. i did speak to an official at the foreign ministry
earlier asking if there was any request from the german authorities in that regard and he said so far, no request. but in any case, this matter will be handled internally here with aran investigations and he also said there is no hesitation on the tunisian parts to cooperate fully with the german authorities, but given the information that has so but given the information that has so far been made available to us from the interior ministry, it does not seem to suggest that this attack was something necessarily planned from here, but rather that anis amri tried to recruit his own nephew in recent months and succeeded in doing so recent months and succeeded in doing so if all of the stamens we've gotten so far are accurate, as well as to whether people links to him here as well. israel's re—evaluating
all of its contacts with the united nations, including its funding un institutions and the presence of un representatives in israel. prime minister benjamin netanyahu made the announcement a day after the un security council passed a resolution demanding a halt to israeli settlement—building on occupied palestinian land. translation: we are entering a new era and as president—elect trump said yesterday, this is going to be much quicker than people think. the passing of the resolution has been celebrated by palestinians, as our middle east correspondent, yolande knell explains. here in bethlehem, there is the
festive mood, for many palestinians feel they have bigger reason to celebrate after this un security council resolution which said israeli settlements are a fragrance violation of international law. it has been welcomed by over different political factions in palestine has been welcomed by over different politicalfactions in palestine and they are hoping it will strengthen their legal case when they pursue action against israel in the international courts. for it's parts, is really officials have come out and said this is disgraceful and shameful a resolution and the israeli prime minister has said he will not abide by its terms. there are more than 600,000 israelis living in settlements in the occupied west bank and east jerusalem, that is on land that israel captured in the 1967 middle east war. and the us really feels that at the security council it was betrayed by his closest ally, the
us, which usually uses its veto power to block any resolution critical of israel. now it is looking to president—elect donald trump for support and he has already come out on twitter saying things will be different afterjanuary 20, which is of course when he takes office. the nigerian president muhammadu buhari says the army has captured a key base of the islamist militant group boko haram. the president said the group now had nowhere to hide after being forced out of what he called its last enclave. boko haram still stages suicide bombings in the northeast and in neighbouring niger and cameroon. despite the progress, the nigerian government still has some way to go before victory over boko haram is achieved. we have to recognise this comes in a long line of quite strong state m e nts comes in a long line of quite strong
statements from the president about boko haram. a year ago or so he told the bbc that the war against the militant group was technically one and the government had one at that warand and the government had one at that war and yet, and the government had one at that warand yet, in and the government had one at that war and yet, in that past year, we have seen suicide bomb attacks and other attacks by boko haram. what is clear is the militant group have lost a n clear is the militant group have lost an awful lot of territory and do not control big towns. it seems according to the president's statement that they may have lost their territory in the north—east of their territory in the north—east of the country. but the group's tactics have changed and they've become an organisation that uses more suicide attacks and sneak attacks rather than old and territory. so it would be premature to say that boko haram was finished, they still operate in chad and regional countries, too. it was also striking that the president referred to new efforts to get the release of the schoolgirls who were taken over release of the schoolgirls who were ta ken over two years release of the schoolgirls who were taken over two years ago and around 200 of them are still believed to be
in captivity of boko haram. he did not say we have taken them back from this camp, it had been assumed they'd been captured. so the implication would be they do not know exactly where the girls are and i would also imply that boko haram is still in places in nigeria or in neighbouring countries where the nigerian government cannot get to them. so the war is definitely not over, but the government at least, the nigerian government, is saying this is a major step forward in that war. reports from congo said talks of the deal senate president leaving power at the end of next year i'll close to agreement. the president has refused to step down even though his term of office has expired. under the proposed agreement, a new prime minister will be chosen from the opposition and elections would be held next year. temperatures in the north pole could be up to 20 degrees higher than average today in what scientists say is a
record—breaking heatwave. they say an air temperature of just record—breaking heatwave. they say an air temperature ofjust below freezing instead of the usual level of around —30 is preventing ice from forming. researchers say the unseasonably warm weather patterns have a direct link to man—made climate change. actress carrie fisher is in intensive care in a los angeles hospital after suffering a heart attack on a flight from london to los angeles. she is best known for her role as princess leia in the star wars films. miss fisher who is 60 was flying back after finishing a tour to promote her autobiography. rick parfitt has died in spain at the age of 68. he was being treated in hospitalfor a severe infection. he was still recovering from a heart attack he suffered earlier this summer. rock music.
i've got to where i wanted to go, to become a pop star or a rock star. to status quo fans he was easy to spot, the bobbing blond head. he was responsible for some of rock music's greatest riffs. from 1972 there was a status quo album in the top ten no other heavy rock band came close. it all began at butlins. rick parfitt met francis rossi when they were teenagers. their first single was a bit of 60s psychedelia. but their passion was something a bit more raw. a hit—making rock formula. all our records sound alike, of course they do, because it is status quo.
they are going to sound like us, who are we supposed to sound like? who do you get to open this thing? as soon as i had the idea, i couldn't think of anyone better. music: "rockin‘ all over the world" by status quo. when it came to sex, drugs and rock ‘n‘ roll, rick parfitt did it all. this riff arose from the consequence of a huge dose of amphetamines. ijust had this riff i wanted to do. good night, rick, see you in the morning! guitar riffs. i came back in the morning and he was there. i said, you're up early! he said, i haven't been to bed yet. too much speed the previous day.
he married three times. he has a particular type of woman, blondes! even when he was recovering from heart surgery he was still smoking and drinking. i was smoking in the hospital. and drinking. it was the rock and roll lifestyle. when it came to turning rock into hit songs, he was one of the best. pope francis ‘s lead in the catholic church by celebrating mass at saint peter ‘s basilica in the vatican. there he is. david, the first major
event of the christmas season for the pope? yes, and there is heavy security in the vatican. there are policemen and soldiers stationed every few hundred yards, so the crowds attending tonight's midnight mass inside saint peter's basilica have had to pass through metal detectors. there's a general sense of insecurity i think here in italy after the attacks in berlin and the shooting of the main suspect up in milan. the pope at isjust making his money, his first public appearance during the christmas holiday. and he is talking about the necessity for christians to humble themselves before christ and he is
saying that in the world today, if you look around, there are many children are suffering in ways that defied dignity. it talks about children suffering in ships with other migrants cross in the mediterranean. children who are hungry and have been trying to shelter from the bonds hungry and have been trying to shelterfrom the bonds in hungry and have been trying to shelter from the bonds in aleppo. hungry and have been trying to shelterfrom the bonds in aleppo. —— the bonds. i think it is a muted christmas message, nonetheless though, it is... david, i am afraid we are losing sound there. apologies for this. thank you from david and
you can see what is going on in saint peter's basilica. pope francis celebrating christmas eve mass. stay with us. still to come. we meet the french oyster farmers using a high—tech solution to stop thieves from stealing their catch. the queen's granddaughter zara tindall and her husband mike have lost their baby. the couple announced they were expecting their second child last month. in a statement the spokeswoman said: "very sadly, zara and mike tindall have lost their baby. at this difficult time, we ask that everyone respects their privacy." buckingham palace last thing it is a private matter. zara was always an ambiguous situation. although she is the queen's granddaughter, neither she nor her husband are members of the working royal family. she nor her husband are members of the working royalfamily. they she nor her husband are members of the working royal family. they both carved out distinguished careers in
their respective sporting fields. they married in 2011 and have one daughter who will be three next month. this pregnancy announced a month. this pregnancy announced a month ago, and it was thought this baby would have been born in the spring, so it is thought that she would have been around four months pregnant. no medical risk to her, but as you say, very sad for both of them. you're watching bbc world news today. the latest headlines. tunisia says it has uncovered a terror selling to the berlin christmas market attacker, anis amri. orders a review of israel's contacts with the united nations, after a resolution demanded a halt to israeli settlement—building on occupied palestinian land. fatima is a child of war. all three
yea rs fatima is a child of war. all three years old, she is to understand why her countrymen have turned their guns on each other the knots too young to bear the scars. she was seven young to bear the scars. she was seve n years young to bear the scars. she was seven years old when a tank shell tore through her home in north—western syria. the final followed cripple the right hand, legs and vocal cords. 60% of her body was burnt. herfather went legs and vocal cords. 60% of her body was burnt. her father went from hospital to hospital, pleading for doctors to save her life. bred translation: one hospital suggested giving her a lethal injection. they said burns were too severe and that she be disabled for life. now, when i look, i thank god she is alive and she makes us feel happyjust by cinco. —— just by seeing her.
she makes us feel happyjust by cinco. -- just by seeing her. german surgeon cinco. -- just by seeing her. german surgeon heard the story and decided it could have a happy ending. she was instrumental in bringing fatima and herfriend was instrumental in bringing fatima and her friend —— was instrumental in bringing fatima and herfriend —— family to was instrumental in bringing fatima and her friend —— family to germany. she is damage treated. it is a huge challenge to operate on a child that is very underweight. she has the weight of a one—year—old. but we cannot wait much longer, because we wa nt to cannot wait much longer, because we want to walk as soon as possible. the doctors they have decades of experience, but even for them, this is not an everyday operation. the surgeons are conducting several procedures today. they want is to heal some of the scars of fatima's face and test to see if they can help her hair grow again. but the main aim is to help her walk again and they are correcting her feet and using steel pins to keep them in place. if all goes well, they hope she can walk after three months. three hours later, the operation is
finished. doctors say it will be sometime before they can determine whether it was success or not. it is not only if the mechanics are corrected, but also the psychology of being able to stand on her feet and climate and use herfeet and start walking. so we don't know yet. for now, fatima's wombs have been reopened. her mother hopes that tea rs reopened. her mother hopes that tears are worth it. translation: we will walk together, god willing. and i hope she will be in the best position. she has suffered so much as a child. fatima will remain in hospitalfor many weeks. she will receive physiotherapy and psychological support and doctor soaps operate on her again support and doctor soaps operate on heragain in support and doctor soaps operate on her again in january. there support and doctor soaps operate on her again injanuary. there will be more pain ahead, but the worst is 110w more pain ahead, but the worst is now over. you may have heard of
sheep rustling cattle rustling, but how about oyster rustling? in france every year, as the festive season gets underway, oyster farms on the coast are increasingly the target of thieves trying to cash in on the lucrative christmas market. but help is at hand thanks to a new secret electronic oyster that act as a tracking device if it is moved. every year at christmas time, the french shell out millions of euros on seafood. and every year here, the farm shop does a thriving trade. but there is a downside to the booming oyster beds as demand goes up, so do prices and so does the temptation for oyster poaching. oyster rustling at christmas time in france is no laughing matter. every year, tonnes of oysters are being stolen by unscrupulous operators and oyster growers have to spend a fortune of their own on security and night time
patrols and cameras. at the nearby town there is a high—tech hub where they may have another answer. scientists say have devised a kind of spy in the sea. this succulent thing has valves of the electronic kind. it sits with the real oysters and if they are unexpectedly taken off in the back of a truck, it sends out an off in the back of a truck, it sends outan alarm. off in the back of a truck, it sends out an alarm. they have a motion detector. the battery and a gps process a re detector. the battery and a gps process are in there. if there is a movement on the process is wakened and it sets the gps position to your mobile phone. it can stay in water forup to mobile phone. it can stay in water for up to two years. being indistinguishable from the rest of the by, the beacon will not be seen by the poacher. here they fear night—time raids and at low tide,
with a team of thieves and a truck, it would not take more than an hour to lift the terms of oysters that idea, especially if they know what they are doing. oddly enough, the culprits are thought to be mainly other oyster growers. translation: the problem is that orders for christmas are made by wholesalers are very early in the year, but later, when some growers realise they are not going to be able to fulfil their orders, the easy solution for them is to steal oysters from their neighbours. there isa oysters from their neighbours. there is a small amount of petty theft, it is a small amount of petty theft, it is true, but that is a side issue. petty thieves cannot make off with five tonnes. there is one downside, of course, somewhere in here, there isa of course, somewhere in here, there is a secret sleeper. who is going to crunch into that for the christmas lunch? president obama has delivered his final christmas message from the
white house. sitting alongside his wife michelle, he said it had been an honour to serve 3s wife michelle, he said it had been an honour to serve as america's president. merry christmas everybody! one of the best parts of the holiday season is spending time with the special people in your life and for me that means getting some help from my best friend for our annual christmas weekly address. given how our first christmas weekly address went, i realised that barack needed all the help he could get. this is our first christmas in the white house and... what?! stop! you know what? you got to stop it! laughter. all right, you got to get it together. you are going to have to pull it together, potus. celebrating the holidays in the white house over these past eight years has been a true privilege. we've been able to welcome over half a million guests, our outstanding pastry chefs have baked 200,000 holiday cookies. that's a lot of cookies. and barack has treated the american people to countless dad jokes. they're great jokes.
not so funny. although a few got a frosty reception. the last one. ha—ha! we wish you and your family a happy and healthy 2017. thanks and god bless. pope francis is celebrating christmas eve mass in saint peter's basilica. it is very busy and we have heard that this is the first major event of the christmas season for pope francis. of course there is his nude blessing on christmas day. let us it is going to be mild and windy,
especially across scotland. this is the next storm, our very all and it. what it is doing is drawing all of that mild airfrom what it is doing is drawing all of that mild air from the southern climes. it is pushing all of that warm air in our direction, temperatures will be around 11 degrees across the south by christmas morning. not a hint of frost across the country at this stage. those winds will increase across the north west and outbreaks of rain. for many of us, a cloudy and gloomy day. a bit of sunshine.
i wouldn't be surprised if there is some sunshine through it and you can see rain pushing through scotland and northern ireland. these temperatures, 13, 1a, even a slim chance we could get up to 15 celsius. the rest of the south and south—west at around 13 with a bit of rain. that's how it will continue through christmas day into the evening hours. it is actually going to cool off in the north. it will turn colder across the north of scotland. this is the storm at this stage being wrapped in... the storm brings custom gales of up to 80 miles an hour across the northern ireland is on the northern scotland. very. boxing day. another blustery day. rain lenore. —— rain in the north. temperatures in double figures from the south all the
weight of the north. even in shetland and orkney. temperatures on 10-11d. shetland and orkney. temperatures on 10—11d. beyond that, after all the windy weather, it will calm down. high pressure is building and it looks as though falkirk could be a problem through tuesday and wednesday, particularly in the morning. there will be sunshine rumba morning. there will be sunshine ru m ba frost morning. there will be sunshine rumba frost and fog could prove to be a. goodbye. —— proved to be a hazard. hello, the latest headlines: the tunisian authorities say they have uncovered what they call a terrorist cell linked to the man who carried out the berlin attack, the seller is said to have consisted of three individuals, one of whom was the nephew of anis amri. israel has called for a re—evaluation of all its co nta ct called for a re—evaluation of all its contact with the un, the comment by benjamin netanyahu, after the security council condemned the israeli policy of building settle m e nts israeli policy of building settlements on occupied palestinian land. the nigerian president says