this is bbc news. the headlines at 103m. the queen will miss the traditional christmas day service at sandringham, as she recovers from a heavy cold. the duke of edinburgh and other members of the royal family are on their way to church on the norfolk estate. in her pre—recorded christmas message later today, the queen will pay tribute to "ordinary people doing extraordinary things", like volunteers and carers. president putin orders an inquiry after a russian military plane bound for syria crashes into the black sea with more than 90 people on board. # oh, come, let us adore him. also this hour. the archbishop of canterbury speaks of the "anxiety and uncertainty" felt by many in the world in his christmas sermon. the most reverend justin welby says the power of god can chase away "the fear of terror". it has been such an intense year in british politics, it is not to make you want to escape to a log cabin in
the middle of nowhere. i am adam fleming andi the middle of nowhere. i am adam fleming and i will review it all in half an hour. good morning and welcome to bbc news. the queen will not be attending church this morning for the traditional christmas day service in sandringham. a buckingham palace spokesman says she still suffering from a heavy cold. the queen and the duke of edinburgh delayed the start of their annual trip earlier this week. the rest of the royal family are due to attend church this morning. this photograph was released in the last few minutes by the press association, the family weeping on the way to church. the prince of wales at duchess of cornwall, the duke of edinburgh. the earl of
wessex, the countess of wessex and their daughter lady louise windsor. still quite a bit representation from the family at st mary magdelene church. let's speak now to our reporter emilia papadopoulos who is at sandringham for us this morning. the queen does like the traditional sandringham but she is feeling under the weather and will not be attending today. that is right, it is very unusual. we understand she has never missed a christmas day service since 1980 when the royal family had christmas day service since 1980 when the royalfamily had been holding their christmas here at sandringham. buckingham palace confirming she would not be attending. there were questions about whether she would be fit enough to attend. she and the duke of edinburgh had delayed their trip up of edinburgh had delayed their trip up here both suffering with heavy colds. disappointment from the crowd but they understand, at the age of 90, she needs to focus on her recovery. we understand she will be
participating in the rest of the events to date inside the house. there is nothing to suggest the duke of edinburgh will not be attending the service in under an hour on the estate. we do not know about his health but we assume he will be leading the rest of the royal family up leading the rest of the royal family up to the church in just under an hour. the queen is recovering indoors which is probably the most sensible thing. she does have a busy schedule after christmas so probably on advice from her doctors, if she is suffering from this cold, it is quite serious and takes some getting over. especially being outside. the weather is quite mild but it is still chilly if you are standing here. on the advice of doctors, it is properly bet she stays inside. we have been told she will participate in the other events, the christmas
meal, opening of presents, playing games, watching the speech which she likes to do privately away from the rest of the family. that is good news. she is under the weather and at the age of 90 she needs to focus on her recovery and get ready for the year and the busy things ahead for her. we will come back to you when the family arrives. and we will speak to our royal correspondent. that is a little later. president putin of russia has ordered an inquiry after a military plane heading for syria crashed into the black sea shortly after take off from sochi. the plane disappeared from radar 20 minutes after taking off from the resort of sochi. the defence ministry says there are no survivors. 92 people were on board the the tupolev—154 including russian servicemen and members of an army band due to give a concert in syria. rescue ships and helicopters are at the crash site six
kilometres offshore — they have recovered one body and debris from the sea. a russian military plane has crashed into the black sea. the plane disappeared from radar 20 minutes after taking off from the resort of sochi. 0ur moscow correspondent, steve rosenberg told us about the reaction there. russia is certainly shocked, this tupolev—15ajet belonged to the russian defence ministry. we know it took off from sochi airport in southern russia earlier today, bound for syria, and the russian army base there. a few minutes after take—off, it disappeared from radar screens and later the russian defence ministry confirmed the plane had crashed into the black sea. a search and salvage operation was launched. the short while ago, defence officials said they had located debris fragments from the crashed
plane and had recovered at least one body. there is no talk of survivors. this is pretty much a salvage operation. as to who was on board, we believe there were 92 passengers and crew, including members of the russian army's world—famous song and dance ensemble the alexandrov military band due to give a new year's concert to russian servicemen in syria. steve rosenberg in moscow. britain's senior anglican and catholic archbishops are addressing uncertainty in their christmas sermons. later this morning, archbishop 0f canterburyjustin welby will talk about fear and division in the world as 2016 draws to a close. last night, the archbishop of westminster spoke of similar issues. here's our religious affairs correspondent martin bashir. a traditional start to christmas
and a solemn midnight mass at westminster cathedral. cardinal vincent nichols began his sermon by quoting the poet wb yeats, referring to a turbulent year, with many fearing that things may fall apart, that the centre cannot hold. the last six months in particular has seen a widespread anxiety and uncertainty at many levels, at life in this country and in those major partnerships and neighbours that we have. so, with europe, with america, with the middle east, financially, economically. it's an unsettling time. # oh, come, let us adore him. the archbishop of canterbury, justin welby, who, like last year, will deliver his christmas message later this morning, will also address the division and uncertainty
that's marked global politics. cardinal nichols said the answer to our insecurity was neither materialism nor the pursuit of selfish interest, but rather a renewed focus on the life of christ. cardinal nichols concluded his midnight sermon by emphasising the fact of christ's birth, which he said was marked in time, recorded in the gospels and celebrated today. let us return to the sad news that a russian military plane has crashed into the black sea. with me is 0lga ivshina, bbc russian service correspondent. the tuple seems to have a chequered
history. yes, it is probably oui’ our —— the aircraft which involves one of our previous presidents. they are considered to be relatively reliable which is why it is chosen to be the number one polish aircraft for the president. they started to be produced in the 1970s, they were modernised in the 1980s. now those a i rcrafts modernised in the 1980s. now those aircrafts are considered to be quite old. they were meant to be step—by—step removed from the russian military but obviously they are still flying. they are the workhorse of the military. the red army band famous around the world was off to syria to play for soldiers based there. yes, they were meant to congratulate them on the new year, to perform.
according to latest reports there we re according to latest reports there were 65 members on the aeroplane, mainly sinners. it is quite usual for them to perform —— mainly sinners. this is to boost the morale of the army and congratulate the soldiers for the holidays. —— singers. reading the news wires, saying there was communication with the tower as normal, six kilometres away from sochl then, nothing. it disappeared from the radar, it is too early to say what caused the crash. but the wreckage has spread over quite a distance, 15 kilometres which is quite a lot. it is too early to talk about what happened exactly but experts knows such a huge territory means it exploded in
the air, it started to dismantle in the air, it started to dismantle in the air. travelling with musicians, journalists going to cover it. i think there were nine journalists, three russian tv crews. were they well known in russia? relatively, not stars, but staff reporters. three channels, one of them belonging to the ministry of defence. quite a number of people. there is confusion over how many were there, maybe 93. some of them belong to the ministry of defence, we do not know their names, they may be top secret. the president has spoken and put president grzegorz krychowiak premier medvedev in charge of the investigation at the highest level.
—— medvedev. mr putin was to show he is in control of the situation. interesting to see how quickly they said it is not a terrorist attack. they want to bring the message the situation is under control and they will look into the cause. it is the last thing they wanted to happen close to new year. a recovery operation, no survivors. the defence ministry confirmed there are no survivors and they have started to identify some of the bodies. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news this afternoon. the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu has cut some of his country's funding to united nations agencies. he's responding to friday night's un security council resolution demanding an end to settlement activities in the occupied palestinian territory. thousands of people are being urged to leave their homes
in the philippines as a super—typhoon roars towards the country's east coast. typhoon nock—ten is expected to hit today, bringing winds of nearly 160 miles an hour. dozens of ports have been closed, as officials warn of potentially deadly two—metre waves. tributes have been paid to status quo's rick parfitt who's died in hospital in spain at the age of 68. the guitarist had suffered a series of health problems, and picked up a serious infection. the queen guitarist brian may said he had "truly joyfully rocked our world". while midge ure said the news was "dreadfully sad". the american president—elect donald trump says he intends to close his charitable foundation, to avoid any conflict of interest with his presidency. the trump foundation is currently being investigated by new york's attorney general to establish whether it supported a republican political campaign in florida in 2013.
the us journalist lynn sweet is a political commentator with the chicago sun—times. at the bottom line here is that donald trump does not give any of his own money to the foundation. he has not given any of his own money between 2009 and 2014, so at the heart of this is a foundation that goes to other people to ask for money. then there is another set of controversies, and this is what the attorney general in new york is looking at, is whether or not there is 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 heart of it. the headlines on bbc news.
the queen will miss the traditional christmas day service at sandringham, as she is recovering from a heavy cold. the duke of edinburgh and other members of the royal family are on their way to church on the norfolk estate. in her pre—recorded christmas message later today, the queen will pay tribute to "ordinary people doing extraordinary things", like volunteers and carers. president putin orders an inquiry after a russian military plane bound for syria crashes into the black sea with more than 90 people on board. more than 100 skiers have been rescued after being trapped in cable cars above the mountains in italy. one of the ski lifts failed in high winds, leaving people swinging 30 metres in the air as they headed back to the valley after a day on the slopes. caroline davies reports. lowered back to firm ground after hours stuck hanging above it. these skiers in italy were rescued and winched to safety after strong winds stopped their cable cars. the breakdown happened in northern italy at the alpine resort of cervinia close to the swiss border. it is one of europe's highest skiing
resorts and skiers were stuck at an altitude of over 2,500 metres while rescuers tried to reach them. heavy wind meant rescuers could not use helicopters to help those trapped. there was much wind, this rescuer said. we stopped at the pillar and remained there for two hours. now there are the first rescue operations. it took over eight hours to bring down more than 130 stranded skiers. fortunately, the weather was mild and none suffered from cold exposure. we have been lucky, this skier says, the gondola was heavy but there were moments with gusts of 150 kilometres per hour during which the gondolas were almost horizontal. a scary moment. the resort said on social media that no—one was in danger during the rescue.
those safely out were pleased to be back before christmas. caroline davies, bbc news. christmas is a time for family, but if you don't have one it can be difficult. the poet lemn sissay knows exactly how that feels. he was fostered as a baby but when he turned 12 his foster family gave him up. he spent the next five years in and out of children's homes. that's why each year he organises special christmas dinners for young people who've left care. breakfast‘s jayne mccubbin went to meet him as he prepared for one of those dinners in hackney. not everyone has someone at christmas. this isn't my... you're better with words. i'm better with words. lemn sissay understands this. author, poet, broadcaster, orphan. there was nobody there. you were on your own? yeah, i was on my own. if i visited a friend's house, i often felt i was the boy with no family who was going to visit families, you know?
# jingle bells, jingle all the way. here in hackney he is getting ready for one of his care leavers' christmas dinners, a project that has grown from one city to five cities in four years. all of the gifts here have been donated by strangers and the parties will all be run by volunteers. do we really not know the words tojingle bells? the only reason we do the christmas dinner is so that those young care leavers go away with a memory that they can look onto next year. that's all christmas is, it's the making of a memory for you to look onto next year. so we all come around the christmas dinner table and we all remember, "we did this last year and it was incredible". for a lot of care leavers, the memory was a bad one from the year before. we are creating memories. this is his passion, and for the team that
passion is infectious. this is amanda, who is sorting everybody out. am i right? we have 20 volunteers, 60 young people, four hairstylists, artists, musicians, social workers coming down to do a really amazing christmas day for young people. it's gonna be amazing. this is sabrina, who is the hair woman and stylist and she is pretty incredible! as a care leaver myself, i know how important it is to give self—esteem and to feel like people care. this incredible man is ryan. ryan is going to be the chef for the evening. when i was 14, i went into temporary foster care for a weekend and it sort of turned into nearly five years.
christmas is about family and not everyone is lucky enough to have it. the best part of the day was sitting down and having a meal with all the people. messages from previous dinners show just how much they mean to ca re leavers. everyone looks happy. i won't ever forget this day! everything was spot on. amazed by it, amazed by everything. i hope they have one next year as well! and that is totally the plan. all: merry christmas! one year on since their arrival in the uk, the bbc caught up with a syrian family who were one of the first to be brought over as part of the government's vulnerable persons resettlement programme. the ayo family lives in coventry, and the two children have visible scars from a suicide bomb. frankie mccamley reports on how they're settling in to their new lives. a year on and with a new addition
to the family, this couple and their two young children were among the first to come to the country under a government scheme to resettle vulnerable refugees. translation: it is a big change for us. it made us forget our concerns especially for the little girls. they are much happier now. the uk has been good for us. the only issue is the language but we are trying to learn. but it is very different from our country. the family have spent the year settling into their new home in coventry. translation: the community is nice, the people are quite nice. we miss home for sure but what can we do? the children go to school, they are happy. we are happy. they were forced to leave syria
after a bomb exploded while out with others celebrating a kurdish spring festival. their nine—year—old and six—year—old were left seriously injured. they were taken to iraq for urgent treatment before being brought to this country. the government pledged to resettle an extra 20000 refugees last year. the girls are at a school in the local area. it is really fun and they teach us really well. teachers are good. it is really good. is the weather different? yes. sometimes it rains. and it is cold. both still need to undergo surgery but, for this family, their focus is on their new lives and what the future may bring. now, if you're already missing
the excitement this year's strictly come dancing had to offer, i've got some good news for you. later today, there'll be a strictly christmas special, where dancers past and present will tango, jive and cha—cha it out, to get another chance of winning that coveted glitter—ball trophy. i went behind the scenes to take a look at what gives the christmas episode, that fabulous magic and sparkle. it may not look like much from the outside. but, behind closed doors, it's a different story. welcome to elstree studios, the home of strictly come dancing. this is where the magic happens. it's been another year of sparkles, sambas and salsas and last weekend,
0re 0dube wowed the judges and audience becoming champion with joanne clifton. it was an emotional end to the series as the grandfather of strictly len goodman bid an emotionalfarewell after leading the judging panel since the programme started 12 years ago. but he's back for one last time with six former contestants taking to the stage for a christmas feast that will not disappoint. so, what does it take to put a festive bonanza of a show like this together? behind the scenes at strictly, all these fantastic costumes. so much work goes into these. this department is where it all happens. jane, hello! the christmas show is christmas themes. we've got love actually, home alone, frozen. is there more glitter or more snow? a bit of both. always more glitter. we endeavour to make everything
sparkly and christmassy. taking part in this year's series threw me out of my comfort zone completely. it was totally different to anything i'd ever done before, but i loved every minute of it. and coming back to the studios, well, it was like i had never been away. bumping into familiar faces, catching up with old friends. and how are this year's competitors finding it? like giving birth. you remember the good bits, not how scary it is to get out on the dance floor. my family are coming to me for christmas and we always watch strictly. my mum hasn't been on social media, and has been away and doesn't know i'm doing the christmas special. and has been away and doesn't know
what should we expect from you? and has been away and doesn't know i'm doing the charleston. and has been away and doesn't know music from elf. and has been away and doesn't know it's very quick but it's very fun. and has been away and doesn't know i'm working on my swivel. and has been away and doesn't know he's got it! and has been away and doesn't know my charleston isn't. .. and has been away and doesn't know you've got heels. and has been away and doesn't know tell us about the outfit. and has been away and doesn't know your theme is frozen, you're elsa. and has been away and doesn't know elsa. and has been away and doesn't know the handsome prince. and has been away and doesn't know he's so popular. and has been away and doesn't know he's magnetic. and has been away and doesn't know the pink bowtie, it does it all. and has been away and doesn't know it's a privilege for me. and has been away and doesn't know it's mine. and has been away and doesn't know i'm the luckiest. and has been away and doesn't know too much love here! and has been away and doesn't know i still have my backstage privileges and managed to sneak into bros star matt goss's room before the show. i'm singing white christmas.
i've been here a few times now and i'm always amazed at the sets. they throw everything at it. the amount of detail. in the meantime, merry christmas from everyone on the dance floor. merry christmas, breakfast! have a wonderful, brilliant christmas day. we hope you have joyful family cuddles, best presents, full of christmas cheer. you can catch the strictly christmas special later today on bbc one, at 6.45pm. 0ur our main story, the queen will not attend the church service in sandra dunham, she is feeling under the weather and has ta ken dunham, she is feeling under the weather and has taken advice not to attend, although the duke of
edinburgh is there. also not in surgery is the duke and duchess of cambridge. they are spending christmas with the middleton family. the royal couple along with prince george and princess charlotte are making their way to church for a christmas service in the berkshire village. everyone has that decision to make, where do they spend christmas? going into the church in englefield in berkshire. a real treat for those who have turned up and did not expect to see vince william. there is pippa middleton as well who will be getting married next year. and her brother as well. james, her brother, going into the church. not
many onlookers. a congregation inside the church who may be surprised to see the duke and duchess of cambridge today. let us catch up on the weather. good morning. very mild so far this christmas day with temperatures in double figures. a band of wet weather which will sink, but behind that it will turn colder. western areas will see outbreaks of rain or drizzle. to the east of higher ground, you will see sunshine. up to 15 celsius but behind this wet weather, turning colder in scotland and northern ireland. a windy christmas day, stronger winds tomorrow. a few wintry showers overnight. boxing day will be colder,
particularly across scotland with snow showers to low levels. there is an amberwarning snow showers to low levels. there is an amber warning from the met office in the far north of scotland, 80 miles an hour possible from storm conor. plenty of showers. elsewhere, a lot of dry weather and sunshine. hello. this is bbc news with christian fraser. the headlines at 10:30: the queen will miss the christmas day service at sandringham, as she has a heavy cold. the duke of edinburgh and other members of the royal family are on their way to church on the norfolk estate. the queen will say she draws strength from "ordinary people doing extraordinary things" — such as carers and volunteers — a search and rescue mission is under way in the black sea after a russian military plane bound for syria crashes with more than