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welcome to bbc news. i'm lebo diseko. our top stories: israel's prime minister orders a review of his country's relationship with the united nations, after a vote condemning settlement building. donald trump says he will dissolve his controversial charitable foundation to avoid any conflicts of interest. tunisia claims it's uncovered a terrorist cell linked to the berlin christmas market attacker. three men have been arrested. and hard—rocking status quo guitarist rick parfitt has died at the age of 68. hello.
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israel's prime minister benjamin netanyahu says his country will re—assess its ties with the united nations. this comes after the security council adopted a resolution demanding an end to israeli settlement building on occupied palestinian land. it passed after israel's traditional ally, the us, abstained, which was a break with long—standing practice. mr netanyahu also praised donald trump, who's suggested he will reverse america's position on the issue at the un after his inauguration. translation: the decision that was taken at the un yesterday was part of the swansong with the old world, via stick against israel. we are entering a new era and as the president—elect donald trump yesterday said this will happen sooner yesterday said this will happen sooner than people think. the passing of the resolution has been celebrated by palestinians, as our middle east correspondent, yolande knell explains.
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here in bethlehem there is a festive mood outside the nativity church, but many palestinians feel they have an extra reason to celebrate after this un security council resolution, which said that israeli settlements area which said that israeli settlements are a flagrant violation of international law. it has been welcomed by all the different palestinian political factions and they're hoping that it will strengthen their legal case when they pursue action against israel in they pursue action against israel in the international courts. for its part, israeli officials have come out and said that this is disgraceful, shameful resolution and the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu the israeli prime minister benjamin neta nyahu says he the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu says he will not abide by its terms. there are more than 600,000 israelis who live in settle m e nts 600,000 israelis who live in settlements in the occupied west bank and eastjerusalem, that is on
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land that israel captured in the 1967 middle east war. and the us really feels that at the un security council it was betrayed by its closest ally, the us, which usually uses its veto power to block any resolution that is critical of it. now it is looking to president—elect donald trump for a lot more support. he has already come out on twitter saying that things will be different afterjanuary 20, which is of course when he takes office. donald trump's says he will be disololving his charitable foundation. the president—elect says it's to try and avoid any conflicts of interest with his presidency. the trump foundation has been under investigation by new york's attorney general since september over suspected "impropriety". us media says the foundation is under scrutiny over a donation it made to a group backing a republican politician in 2013. mr trump released a statement saying: let's get more on this. we have a
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journalist for the chicago sun times, based in washington. the attorney general says that donald trump can't close his foundation while the investigation is ongoing. explain how this is going to work. well, this has been a big controversy triggered by stories in the washington post that at the bottom line here donald trump does not give any of his own money to the foundation. he hasn't given any of his own money between 2009 and 2014,
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sell at the heart of this is a foundation that goes to other people to ask for money. then there is another side of controversy, and this is what the attorney general in new york is looking at, is whether 01’ new york is looking at, is whether or not there's self dealing. you're not supposed to use a non—profit foundation in the united states to make political contributions or to help your business. that's at the. so how is it going to work? —— at the heart of it. the attorney general says they can't close it down while still investigating. both can be right. donald trump can say he won't raise any more money, he can say that he is filing their paperwork to close it down, but that doesn't wipe the slate clean. the attorney general in new york can still investigate. how damaging it is for donald trump, or does not matter in terms of his presidency? one of the things we've learned in this very historic campaign that is
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leading to the presidency of donald trump is that nothing seems to hurt him. controversies that would take out other political figures in the united states didn't have any impact on them and they ended up getting elected and will be sworn injanuary 20, soi elected and will be sworn injanuary 20, so i think this foundation controversy is one of many dealings with his conflict of interest issues that have not been resolved, and by that have not been resolved, and by that i mean his complex web of businesses that he is yet to tell anyone how he is going to divorce himself from the family business before he becomes president. great to have your analysis. thank you very much. thank you. thousands of people have started evacuating their homes in the philippines, as a powerful typhoon heads towards the island nation. typhoon nock—ten, known locally as typhoon nina, is forecast to bring heavy rain and strong winds of up to 138 mph when it hits on christmas day.
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both have been called out to help with the damage expected from the storm. more than 6,000 people died and 200,000 homes were destroyed when typhoon haiyan hit the country in 2013. for more, here's bbc weather‘s louise lear. it is late in the season for a significant storm to strike through the heart of the philippines, but that's exactly what typhoon nock—10 is likely to do. you can just about make out the eye of the storm on the satellite picture as it continues to move ina satellite picture as it continues to move in a westerly direction, and expected to make lungful during christmas day. this is going to be a significant storm. —— landfall. the potential for category three or four. there will be a lot of heavy rain associated with it. strong to damaging gusting winds and a significant storm surge ofjust 2.5 metres, that's eight foot. it will rip through the heart of the philippines close towards manila. the wider why the circles show the
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track once it makes landfall. we will of course keep you updated. but it's a significant storm and it will cause some issues. 200— 300 millimetres per day, which will result in flooding and some landslide. gusts of up to 160 mph, certainly want to keep a close eye on. how unusual is this? sadly it is the third storm to arrive during christmas day. the last one was in 1981 and before that 1947. these we re 1981 and before that 1947. these were both category two and as i say nock—ten looks likely to be more powerful. security forces in tunisia say they've arrested three members of a terrorist cell linked to anis amri, the tunisian who killed twelve people by driving a lorry into a christmas market in berlin. the interior ministry said one of those detained was amri's nephew. 24—year—old amri was shot dead by police in milan in the early hours of friday morning. bethany bell reports. this is anis amri, the man
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who is suspected of being behind the attack on a berlin christmas market, in the name of so—called islamic state. and now authorities across europe and the middle east are trying to piece together his extremist connections. the 24—year—old tunisian made this video shortly before driving a lorry along a crowded street, killing 12 people. 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 him money to help him come to germany. the nephew now in custody in tunisia. two others have also been arrested. spanish authorities are investigating whether anis amri may have had links to an extremist in spain. hundreds of people in tunis today took to the streets to demonstrate against extremism.
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they gathered outside the museum that was attacked last year. in recent years around 5,500 tunisians have joined jihadist groups, making the country one of the largest exporters of militants in the region. translation: the terrorists damaged the image of tunisia in the world and harmed expats 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 are 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 is now recovering in hospital. what began as a horrific attack here in germany has become an
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investigation that spans europe and beyond. the german officials want to know if amri had supporters, people who may have helped him plan the attack and his escape. as the city shuts down for christmas, the authorities are still working. a man and a woman have appeared in court in london charged with making preparations for a terrorism attack. the pair, who are in their 30s, appeared at westminster magistrates court. our home affairs correspondent dominic casciani has more. arriving at westminster magistrates court after a fortnight in custody, two charged on christmas eve with preparing a terrorist attack in the uk. they are 35—year—old munir hassan mohammed from derby and rowaida el hassan, whose 32 and from northwest london. they're accused of one count of preparation of an act
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of terrorism in a case that relates to the alleged acquisition of chemicals for explosives. mr mohammed faces five more charges, including membership of daesh, or the so—called islamic state. ms el hassan is also accused of possessing information useful to terrorists. the two appeared in the dock flanked by five police officers. they spoke only to confirm their names, dates of birth and home addresses. neither indicated a plea and there was no application for bail. the charges come after a significant operation led by the north—east counterterrorism unit. officers conducted extensive searches at properties including homes in derby. four other men arrested at the same time were released this week without charge. mr mohammed and ms el hassan have been remanded in custody and nex appear in court at the old baily in january. rick parfitt, guitarist with the band status quo, has died in spain at the age of 68.
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he was being treated in hospital for a severe infection. the musician was still recovering from a heart attack he'd had earlier this summer. david sillito looks back at his life and career. i have gotten to where i wanted to go, you know, to become a pop star or a rock star. to quo fans, he was easy to spot. he was the man with blond hair and was responsible for some of the greatest riffs in rock ‘n‘ roll. 1972's piledriver was the beginning of a run of 40 hit albums. 57 top 40 singles. no other rock band comes close and it all began here. rick parfitt met francis rossi when he was a teenager. their first single was a bit of 1960s psychedelia.
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but their passion for something a bit more raw — a hit making rock ‘n‘ roll formula. all our records do sound the same because it is status quo. i am not trying to get out of a corner here. of course it is going to sound like us. who is it meant to sound like? as soon as i had the idea i couldn't think of anyone better to open this. # here we are, here we are, here we go. # here we go, rocking all over the world.# and when it came to sex drugs and rock'n‘ roll, rick parfitt did it all. this riff arose after a huge dose of amphetamines. i saaid, "i just got this riff i want to do.
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we told him good night and left. we came back at 11:30 the following morning and rick was still there. i said, "you're early", he said he hadn't been home yet. nearly 12 hours he had been sitting there, after too much speed the previous day. he married three times. of course he has a particular type of woman. blondes. and his health, even after recovering from surgery, he was smoking and drinking. i was smoking in the hospital. and drinking. it was the rock ‘n‘ roll lifestyle. but when it came to turning rock into hit songs, he was one of the best. the guitarist rick parfitt, who has died aged 68. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: who needs a sleigh? why this father christmas has
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decided water—skiing may be the best way to deliver presents. we saw this enormous tidal wave approaching the beach, and people started to run, and suddenly it was complete chaos. united states troops have been trying to overthrow the dictatorship of general manuel noriega. the pentagon said the operation had been 90% successful, but it's failed in its principal objective, to capture general noriega and take him to the united states to face drugs charges. the hammer and sickle was hastily taken away. the russian flag was hoisted over what is now no longer the soviet union, but the commonwealth of independent states. day broke slowly over lockerbie, over the cockpit of the pan—am's maid of the seas, nose—down in the soft earth. you could see what happens when a plane eight storeys high, a football pitch wide, falls from 30,000 feet. christmas has returned to albania after a communist ban lasting more than 20 years.
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thousands went to midnight mass in the town of shkoder where there were anti—communist riots ten days ago. this is bbc news. i'm lebo diseko. the latest headlines: benjamin netanyahu has ordered a review of israel's contacts with the united nations after a resolution demanded a halt to israeli settlement—building on occupied palestinian land. donald trump says he will dissolve his controversial charitable foundation to avoid any conflicts of interest. throughout the year, we've brought you many accounts of syrians who were caught up in the horrors of war. but for one young girl severely injured by the conflict, there's hope of a better year ahead. fatima al—ba kour‘s just undergone life—changing surgery in germany. the bbc‘s rickin majithia has been following her story.
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we warned that you may find some pictures in this report distressing. fatima albakour is a child of war. at three years old, she is too young to understand why her country would turn their guns on each other, but not too young to bear their skulls. she was seven—month—old when a fire crippled her legs and vocal chords. 60% of her body was burned. her father went from hospital to hospital, pleading with doctors to save her life. translation: one of the hospitals suggested giving her a lethal injection. they said her burns were too severe and she would be disabled her whole life. now when i look at her, i thank god she is alive. she makes us feel happy just by seeing her. a renowned german surgeon heard her story and decided that it could have a happy ending. the professor was instrumental in bringing herand her family to germany.
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she is now being treated at a university hospital. it is a huge challenge to operate on a child that is very underweight. she has the weight of a one—year—old child. but we can't wait much longer, because she will be wanting to have it as soon as possible. doctors here have decades of experience, but even for them, this is not an everyday operation. the surgeons are conducting several procedures today. they want to heal some of the scars on her face and test to see if they can help her hair grow back. the main aim is to help her walk again. they are correcting a position of her foot and using steel pins to keep it in place. if it goes well, they hope she will be able to start walking after three months. three hours later, the operation is finished. doctors say it will be sometime before they can determine its success. it is not only the mechanics that are corrected now, but it is also the psychology
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of being able to stand on her feet, to climb and to use the feet and to start walking. so we don't know yet. for now, fatima's wounds have been reopened. her mother hopes the tears are worth it. we will walk together, god willing, and i hope she will be in the best condition. she has suffered so much as a child. fatima will remain in hospital for many weeks. she will receive physiotherapy and psychological support. doctors owed to operate again in the new year —— hope. there will be more pain ahead but the worst is now behind her. let's bring you up—to—date with a
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couple of other stories now. a train has crashed into two vehicles that were driving over tracks at a crossing in eastern china. four people inside the vehicles were injured but are in a stable condition. this dramatic surveillance footage shows the traffic light at the crossing had turned red before the collision took place, but vehicles kept driving because the barrier‘s arm was still lifted. 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. ms fisher, who is 60, was flying back after finishing a tour to promote her new autobiography. pope francis has celebrated a late—night christmas mass at the vatican. the head of the catholic church spoke out against the continuing suffering of children, mentioning those who faced hunger, danger on migration routes, and bombing in syrian cities like aleppo. there was heavy security, and people taking part in the service inside st peter's basilica had to pass through metal detectors.
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president obama has delivered his last christmas message from the white house. sitting alongside his 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 obese people in your life. and for me, that is getting some help from my best friend for our annual weekly address. given how our first weekly address went, i realised barak needed all the help he could get. this is our first address and we... laughter stop! you have got to stop it! get it together, you're going to have to pull it together. celebrating the holidays in the white house over the past eight years has been a true privilege. we have been able to welcome over half a million guests.
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our outstanding pastry chefs have baked over 2000 holiday cookies and barack has treated the american people to countless bad jokes. they're great jokes. not so funny. a few got a frosty reception. merry christmas, everybody. and we wish you and your family a happy and healthy 2017. thanks, and god bless. iam not i am not sure there is anything you can do to stop dads from making bad jokes. in case you hadn't noticed, for millions around the world it is, or is about to be, christmas. people celebrate in many different ways and of course a lot of them — at least the younger ones — will be interested in the progress of a certain jolly man with a beard and sleigh. tim allman has more. irrespective of whether you have been naughty or indeed is nice, father christmas was on his way. and like every year, the north american
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aerospace defence command, or norad, gave people the chance to track his progress. before setting off on his herculean task, santa, well, let's be honest, a guy dressed up as sa nta, be honest, a guy dressed up as santa, took time out for some waterskiing in the us state of virginia. notjust him, his elves and reindeers gave it a go. some not as successfully as others. in belarus, hundreds of people dressed up belarus, hundreds of people dressed up as father frost and his granddaughter the snow maiden, taking part in an annual parade. translation: it is always a joy and a celebration. it is important to be festive in your heart, and then it spreads to both children and adults. although india orthodox church, christmas does not come until next month, they were still celebrating in this part of siberia. underwater, for some reason. a special party taking place in lake by cal. ——
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baikal. despite the pitches reaching -20, baikal. despite the pitches reaching —20, they still managed with a tree and wine. in colombo they have put up and wine. in colombo they have put up what they claim is the world's tallest ever artificial christmas tree, 70 metres tall and painted in a million pine cones. the organisers say they wanted to promote religious harmony. for many, christmas is about food. at in japan harmony. for many, christmas is about food. at injapan this harmony. for many, christmas is about food. at in japan this festive meal is a little unusual. on offer, local —— locust canapes and a cake made with strawberry and earthworms. i think made with strawberry and earthworms. ithinki made with strawberry and earthworms. i think i might stick with turkey. i think we need to get tim one of those locust cakes as our present to him. if you want to get in touch with us here at bbc world news, you can do so on social media. and i'm @lebo?diseko on twitter. you can also find us on facebook. thank you for watching bbc world news. good morning, and merry christmas to you.
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now, if a sledge was on your wish list, you might be disappointed with this forecast. an incredibly mild christmas day, breezy with some rain in the story. the reason being all tied into this deep area of low pressure which is connor on its way. going to dominate across the northern uk on boxing day. a wind direct from the southwest. ahead of it, weatherfronts straddling the country, producing a lot of cloud. dragging mild air across the country. from the word go, temperatures likely to be in double figures across central and southern areas. there is only one place for temperatures to go, they continue to climb. cloud with outbreaks of drizzle, persistent rain moving through scotland and northern ireland. by the afternoon, a scattering of showers. still could be potentially quite mild, 14— 15 degrees is not out of the question in sheltered parts of eastern
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scotland. a band of persistent rain sinking south and east, ahead of it, across northern wales we could see midteens. a fair amount of cloud around. the cloud thick enough for perhaps the odd spot of drizzle. will it be a record—breaking christmas day? perhaps not. we need to see 15.6 degrees to equal the record, and that has happened on two occasions. it will be a pretty mild story for all. as we move through christmas day evening, more persistent rain will push steadily south and east. that is yet to clear away, and that is when we will see the strongest winds on the back of this area of low pressure. storm connor could produce some disruptive gusts particularly across the far north. an amber weather warning. going to be a windy day on boxing day. if you are going to be out and about to try to walk off some of the indulgence, again, quite cloudy, with outbreaks of showery,
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drizzly rain to the south and squally, heavier showers to the far north and west. as we move away from boxing day, we will start to see a change. from tuesday, high pressure builds. quieting the story down nicely. that could bring a new set of problems, fog could be an issue. once it lifts, it will be noticeably cooler across the country with a little more sun in the afternoon. the latest headlines from bbc news. i'm lebo diseko. benjamin netanyahu says he's instructed the israeli foreign ministry to complete a re—evaluation of all of israel's contacts with the united nations. he was speaking a day after the security council passed a resolution demanding a halt to israeli settlement—building on occupied palestinian land. donald trump says he intends to dissolve his controversial charitable organisation to avoid the appearance of any conflict of interest during his presidency.
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he said he would pursue his interest in philanthropy in other ways. security forces in tunisia say they've arrested three members of a terrorist cell linked to anis amri, the tunisian who authorities believe killed twelve people by driving a lorry into a christmas market in the german capital, berlin. the interior ministry said one of those detained was amri's nephew. theresa may has urged britain to "unite and move forward" in her first christmas message as prime minister. mrs may said the vote to leave the eu would offer britain
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