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this is bbc news. i'm julian worricker. the headlines at apm: the queen pays tribute to what she calls "unsung heroes", such as carers and volunteers, in her christmas message. i often draw strength from meeting ordinary people doing extraordinary things. volunteers, carers, community organisers and good neighbours. but she's forced to miss the christmas day church service at sandringham because of a heavy cold. in russia, president putin declares a day of mourning tomorrow after a military plane crashes on its way to syria, killing all 92 people on board. a powerful earthquake strikes off the coast of southern chile, triggering a tsunami warning. also in the next hour, in his christmas day sermon the archbishop of canterbury says the last year has left the world "awash with division and fear". pope francis calls for a new effort for peace between israel and the palestinians, at his christmas mass from the vatican. and in half an hour,
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and in halfan hour, i and in half an hour, i will be looking back at a momentous year in one which has seen tim peake return to earth after his six—month stay in space. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. and a happy christmas as well. the queen has delivered her annual christmas speech, in a message where she says she often draws strength from meeting ordinary people, doing extraordinary things. the speech has been televised throughout britain and much of the commonwealth this afternoon. after paying tribute to the uk's
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olympians and paralympians, she spoke of her admiration for "unsung heroes" i often draw strength from meeting ordinary people doing extraordinary things, volunteers, carers, community organisers and good neighbours, unsung heroes whose quiet dedication makes them special. they are an inspiration to those who know them, and their lives frequently embody a truth expressed by mother teresa, from this year, st teresa of calcutta. she once said, "not all of us can do great things. "but we can do small things with great love." this has been the experience of two remarkable organisations, the duke of edinburgh's award and the prince's trust, which are 60 and a0 years old this year. these started as small initiatives but have grown beyond any expectations, and continue to transform young people's lives. to mark my 90th birthday, volunteers and supporters of the 600
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charities of which i have been patron came to a lunch in the mall. many of these organisations are modest in size but inspire me with the work they do. from giving friendship and support to our veterans, the elderly or the bereaved, to championing music and dance, providing animal welfare, or protecting our fields and forests, their selfless devotion and generosity of spirit is an example to us all. when people face a challenge they sometimes talk about taking a deep breath to find courage or strength. in fact, the word "inspire" literally means "to breathe in". but even with the inspiration of others, it's understandable that we sometimes think the world's problems are so big that we can do little to help.
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on ourown, we cannot end wars or wipe out injustice, but the cumulative impact of thousands of small acts of goodness can be bigger than we imagine. at christmas, our attention is drawn to the birth of a baby some 2,000 years ago. it was the humblest of beginnings, and his parents, joseph and mary, did not think they were important. jesus christ lived obscurely for most of his life and never travelled far. he was maligned and rejected by many, though he had done no wrong. and yet, billions of people now follow his teaching and find in him the guiding light for their lives. i am one of them because christ's example
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helps me see the value of doing small things with great love, whoever does them and whatever they themselves believe. the message of christmas reminds us that inspiration is a gift to be given as well as received, and that love begins small but always grows. i wish you all a very happy christmas. the queen did not attend church on christmas day, with buckingham palace saying that she was still suffering from a heavy cold will stop buckingham palace said she would still take part in the family's christmas celebrations. prince philip, prince charles, prince philip, prince charles, prince harry and other royals did attend church at sandringham, while the duke and duchess of cambridge went to church in berkshire, where they are spending christmas with the middleton family. our royal correspondent
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nicholas witchell said it was a straightforward speech compared to recent years. as we heard, she draws inspiration and strength from eating ordinary people doing extraordinary things, going around the country, the unsung heroes, as she says. interesting that she should highlight the duke of edinburgh ‘s award and the princes trust, going back a0 and 60 years. and her 90th birthday, talking about the charities, 600, of which she has been patron and the inspiring work that they do. —— she started by highlighting the performances of our athletes and the inspiring impact that they have had. and as we heard, that she draws inspiration and strength from the ordinary people doing extraordinary things, going round the country.
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the observation that charity work is more effective when it is done collectively, rather than individually. the sentence that we cannot narrow wipe—out walls, but the cumulative impact of thousands of act of goodness can be more than we imagine. so inspiration from charities, athlete and her own family. she has a cold at the moment, this was recorded a few weeks ago? a couple of weeks ago, early in december. yes, before the cold gripped. and on that, no appearance at sandringham, the first time for many years she has not appeared on christmas day. no sense of undue concern. we can detect that from the demeanour of the family, including the duke of edinburgh, who also had a cold, looking as if there was nothing much wrong with him. but they all seemed quite relaxed, and certainly buckingham palace officials are indicating there is no cause for alarm. it was a protective move, given that she is the age that she is. it was far better that she should remain indoors and not go out to church. it will have disappointed many
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people who made the journey to sandringham. not only did they not see the queen, they did not see prince william, the duchess of cambridge or george or charlotte. they are spending this year, coincidentally, with the duchess‘s family in berkshire. and you can watch the queen's speech in full here at speech in full here at 5.15pm on the bbc news channel. a russian military plane with more than 90 people on board has crashed into the black sea. the plane was carrying 64 members of the renowned red army choir and was heading from sochi to latakia in syria. russian president vladimir putin has declared a day of mourning tomorrow. from moscow, steve rosenberg sent this report. this is one of the final images
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of the tupolev—isii jet. it was taken by a journalist before he boarded the plane. the flight would end in tragedy. the aircraft crashed into the black sea. the russians scrambled helicopters and ships but the search became a recovery operation. there were no survivors. the plane had taken off from a military airfield near moscow. it flew south, stopping in sochi to refuel. the final destination was syria, and russia's airbase near latakia, but minutes after leaving sochi, it crashed. at the russian defence ministry, a spokesman said that more than 90 people were on board the plane. he said the recovery operation was continuing. on board were more than 60 members of the russian army's famous song and dance ensemble, once known as the red army choir. they had been due to give a concert at the russian airbase in syria. most civilian airlines have stopped
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using the tupolev—isii, once the workhorse of the russian aviation industry. in 2010, a tupolev—isii carrying the polish president crashed in russia, while trying to land. the following year, a similar plane caught fire in siberia before take—off. throughout the day, muscovitess brought flowers to the headquarters of the russian army choir. this disaster has left russia stunned and silent. —— muscovites. the kremlin has missed a full investigation and declared tomorrow a day of national mourning. studio: within the last hour president putin has spoken about the crash. translation: i would like to offer my most sincere condolences to the
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families of our citizens who crashed on the black sea airline crash today. the government will be forming a committee to investigate the incident. it will be chaired by the incident. it will be chaired by the minister of transport. we will thoroughly investigate to get to the root of the tragedy and we will offer all possible support to the families. back row white olga ivshina of the bbc russian service told me more about the reaction in russia: many people are shocked and many muscovites are coming to play scandals where the red army choir was based, everybody was preparing for the holidays, the new year. they we re for the holidays, the new year. they were heading to russian military bases to congratulate soldiers on the new year. this is quite a shock. the plane disappeared and it is very worrying.
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as yet, nobody knows why? no, there is no understanding of what has happened. what we do know is that the wreckage of the plane is spread over quite is in the distance and while experts say that this may be a sign of the fact that the plane has started dismantling in the air, we had a conversation between the aircraft in the cabin and boys work on, there were no signs of any disruption. a plane widely used in russia and indeed in the soviet union many years back. not only in the soviet union. this plane was carrying the polish president back in 2010. this aircraft was chosen by the polish forces
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to be their aircraft number one, as they say. they started to produce it in the 1970s but there were a number of cases when this plane managed to land with all the engine switched off and there was a famous case where it landed in ages certain air base in siberia so it was quite reliable even though some crashes happened. investigations are underway and they will be looking for sponsors? the investigation is going on quite quickly. they have found numerous bits of the wreckage and found ten bodies. the weather is worsening so it would be... that is why they try to find as much as possible at the moment. read boxes might bring light on what has happened in the future. the queen pays tribute to what she
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calls unsung heroes such as carers and volunteers. she is forced to miss church this morning because of a heavy cold. president putin declares a day of mourning tomorrow in russia, after a military plane crashes on its way to syria, killing all 92 people on board. there's no longer any threat of a tsunami in southern chilly — after a powerful 7—point—6 magnitude quake hit off the coast. emergency services say there've been no fatalities. —— 7.6 magnitude earthquake. one additional line on that russian plane crash, there has been a press conference going on in moscow with reference to events just off the coast of sochi. the russian transport minister has been quoted as saying all possible causes for
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that black sea plane crash are being considered. that includes a terror attack. terror is not being rolled out as a possible cause of that crash. the russian transport minister saying all possible causes are being considered at the moment. —— terror is not being rolled out. —— terror is not being rolled out. —— terror is not being rolled out. —— terror is not being ruled out. an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 has struck off the coast of southern chilly. -- chile. the quake hit 140 miles southwest of puerto montt. hundreds of people have been evacuated from towns along the coast as a precaution. there are no reports yet of damage or casualties. the pacific tsunami warning center said hazardous waves could strike the coast within the next hour. let's speak to paul caruso, a
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geophysicist with the us geological survey. hejoins us geophysicist with the us geological survey. he joins us from geophysicist with the us geological survey. hejoins us from his geophysicist with the us geological survey. he joins us from his office just outside denver in colorado. survey. he joins us from his office just outside denver in coloradom has been revised from magnitude 7.7, down to magnitude 7.6, the earthquake occurred approximately one hour, 55 minutes ago, off the coast of southern chile. and what news of any damage at this point? we don't have any damage reports here. we generally don't get those, we have a lot of reports. especially in the los blancos region. how heavily populated is this part of chile?m is relatively underpopulated, it is a room at area. —— is relatively underpopulated, it is a room atarea. —— los is relatively underpopulated, it is a room at area. —— los lagos. originally there was a tsunami warning issued? the chilean government issued one, but the specific tsunami warning has not
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issued a pacific wide tsunami alert. with earthquakes and chile, they can generate toon armys that previously killed people in hawaii. —— they can generate tsunamis that previously killed people in hawaii. it would be a matter of precaution? they would not issue a tsunami warning unless they knew that there would be a tsunami. they have a really good feel of any waves that were generated by this earthquake, it is two hours since the earthquake. previously, in 1960, the largest quake we have ever recorded, magnitude 9.5, insulate, that generated a tsunami that killed at least 50 people in hawaii. the deaths in hawaii occurred about 1k hours after the earthquake. what about the depth of this particular earthquake, that can sometimes have
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a bearing, on how much damage is caused? absolutely, this was a relatively shallow quake, dirty five kilometres underground. shallow earthquakes are far more damaging than people think. —— than deep earthquakes. two hours on from what happened, what are you anticipating by way of further information in the coming hours? damage reports will be coming hours? damage reports will be coming in from the region full of around the epicentre of the quake. pretty remote area. we do have a lot of reports of people feeling the earthquake in southern chile. as it stands, the news does not sound too bad at least in terms of casualties? that is because of the rumoured location of the epicentre of the earthquake. church leaders have used their christmas sermons to reflect
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on the emotional impact of global events in 2016. the archbishop of canterburyjustin welby told his congregation that the end of the year leaves people in a less predictable world. martin bashir reports. voiceover: entering canterbury cathedral in time—honoured fashion, archbishop justin welby focused his christmas day sermon on the uncertainty and division that has marked both domestic and international politics over the last year. he described 2016 as a year of unpredictability and uncertainty, the end of 2016 finds us all in a different world, one less predictable and certain which feels more wash with fear and division. he went on to suggest that our anxiety is a clear sign that placing our trust in material prosperity has failed. the uncertainty of our world, of our feelings, tells us that our values are in the wrong place.
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in rome, where additional security was in place following the berlin attack, pope france is focused on the plight of children, pleading on all parties to end the conflict in syria. translation: it is time for weapons to be still for ever and the international community to actively seek a negotiated solution so that civil coexistence can be restored in the country. pope france is concluded by appealing for christians to stand out as people of compassion and self—sacrifice. studio: more on that papal address now. our rome correspondent david willey listened to the pope's message and gave us this update.
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not entirely unexpected that he should devote his message to the city of rome and to the world to the problem of world peace. he lamented the fact that there is so much conflict going on, wherever you look in the world — the middle east, africa, his native latin america. and even he referred to the conflict still going on between north and south korea, the fact that there has been no end to the state of war, which has existed for decades between those two countries. he says without peace, there is no future for the world. people have to resolve their conflicts. and then he went on to talk in a much more personal way about all of those who have suffered, not only those who have suffered from violence, he mentioned, he mentioned the berlin terrorist attack, but also the children who have been suffering in syria. the children who have been suffering in other ways as well, brought over from africa across the mediterranean on these overcrowded boats, many of them losing their lives.
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and the children who are hungry because they are malnourished. a 19—year—old man has died after being stabbed at a working men's club northumberland. the victim was taken to hospital but died from his injuries. a 35—year—old man and a 36—year—old woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder. tens of thousands of residents of the southern german city of augsburg have been forced to leave their homes on christmas day so that a huge second world war bomb can be
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defused. it is the biggest evacuation in germany for an unexploded bomb since the end of the war. the british bomb is thought to bea war. the british bomb is thought to be a legacy of an allied air—raid in 1944, which destroyed the old town. the authorities are confident that most people can stay with friends or family, but a most people can stay with friends or family, buta number of most people can stay with friends or family, but a number of schools and sport halls will be open too. a man and woman have been arrested after a pedestrian was knocked down and killed while crossing a road in dartford on christmas eve. the victim, a man aged in his 20s and from tyne and wear, died at the scene. the vehicle was driven away from the scene of the crash at crossing boulevard in dartford shortly after 6pm, but later located in bexleyheath. the israeli leader benjamin netanyahu has ordered his foreign ministry to summon and reprimand ambassadors from countries on the united nations security council. a short time ago i spoke to our middle east analyst, alanjohnston, who told me that prime minister, benjamin netanyahu's action shows just how frustrated he is about the un security council's resolution. looks as if a number of ambassadors
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in israel did not have the christmas day they were planning! a great string of them called into the foreign ministry, some on the orders of any minute in your who, the british, french, the germans, the and others, will have been left in no doubt at all as to israel's deep frustration with what happened on friday night. benjamin netanyahu ——. the passing of the un resolution which strongly condemned the whole israelis hurt and building project in your occupied territories. —— benjamin netanyahu describing it as a flagrant violation of international law. suddenly israel found itself without a friend in the world after the us turned its back on the israelis, allowed the resolution to go, did not veto it, and the israelis not accepting it for one moment. lily not going to act upon it and also talking about other measures with regard to united nations as concerns discontent. the
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israelis have suffered a stinging diplomatic setback, a defeat, now they are on the offensive, this mass reprimanding of the ambassadors on christmas day is only one part of it, prime minister benjamin netanyahu it, prime minister benjamin neta nyahu also has it, prime minister benjamin netanyahu also has a hole in the choosing of the un in his sights, ordering a review of all israel's relations with the world body, and he says there will be eight cutting off offunding, he says there will be eight cutting off of funding, certainly to some branches. —— a cutting off of funding. and one of the countries behind the moving of the motion, senegal, has also been a focus of israel's raff, money for aid project has been cut off. the real focus of benjamin netanyahu's anger has been barack obama himself, the relationship between the two men and the bomb administration and the israelis government really could not be worse. benjamin netanyahu again
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suggesting that barack obama was personally manoeuvring behind—the—scenes to kill this blow diplomatically to israel. and therefore waits for donald trump? the israelis see change coming of a very profound kind, president—elect donald trump, broke with the usual protocol surrounding the behaviour of the president—elect and personally tried to move in and derail, do what he could to derail this resolution at the un, almost successful in that, made clear his unhappiness in all that. israelis can see him moving into the white housein can see him moving into the white house in the weeks ahead, and they have no doubt at all that they will have no doubt at all that they will have a much easier diplomatic relationship with washington at least in the years ahead than they have had with the obama administration. a powerful typhoon, nock—ten, known locally as typhoon nina,
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has made landfall in the philippines as thousands of people are being forced to evacuate their homes. the typhoon has hit the remote eastern province of katan—dwa—nays with winds speeds of up to 240 kph. there's no immediate official reports of damage or casualties. the military and extra emergency staff are struggling to evacuate people and prepare for any damage. people who were unwilling to evacuate their homes have been ordered to leave. many more who have been heading home for the christmas holiday are stranded as flights are cancelled. now time for the weather close to home, i was hoping to throw you in the direction of thomas, butjust as i was about to do that, i am reliably informed that he's not there any longer, not his full, i should stress, but our link has disappeared, however, when he reappears, we can give you a little bit of weather information the day. what i can tell you is that early stats can tell you that this year has not broken any records for the mildest christmas day, 15.1 celsius,
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the highest temperature we have had, the highest temperature we have had, the highest temperature we have had, the highest previously was 15 point six. —— 15.6. thomas is back with us. six. —— 15.6. thomas is back with us. just checking the statistics, 15.6 was indeed the record, we got up 15.6 was indeed the record, we got up to 15.1, still, warm enough, far too warm for christmas day! it is changing, we have cold air coming m, changing, we have cold air coming in, this here is a cold front, and behind cold fronts in meteorology we get cold air, across northern parts, temperatures not far of freezing this coming night, wintry showers coming in, still, the dregs of the mild air across the south. storm connor, which is responsible for all of this mild air, drawn in from the south, still with us to an extent on boxing day. —— storm conor. it is going to send some fierce winds into the far north of scotland, orkney,
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and shetland, wintry showers as well, warning in force for the severe gales, the southern two thirds of the country should be stunning. nice boxing day on the way. fog could be a problem in the coming days. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines. the queen pays tribute to what she calls "unsung heroes" — such as carers and volunteers — in her christmas message. i often draw strength from meeting ordinary people doing extraordinary things. volunteers, carers, community organisers and good neighbours. the queen missed the christmas day church service at sandringham, as she has a heavy cold. the duke of edinburgh and other royals were at holy communion on the norfolk estate. meanwhile, in berkshire, the duke and duchess of cambridge are spending christmas with kate's
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family, the middletons. in russia, president putin has declared a national day of mourning tomorrow — after a military plane crashes on its way to syria, killing all 92 people on board. the transport minister said it is exploitable possibilities including a terror attack. an earthquake of magnitude 7.7 has struck off the coast of southern chile. the county's national emergency office has ordered the evacuation of some coastal areas. in his christmas sermon, the archbishop of canterbury says the power of god can chase away "the fear of terror". now on bbc news, rebecca morelle looks back on the year in science — from british astronaut tim peake's adventures in space,

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