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this is bbc news. i'm simon mccoy. the headlines at 2pm. president putin announces a ceasefire between the syrian government and the rebels — he said both sides had signed documents, to start fresh peace talks. translation: the first document between the syrian government and armed opposition on cessation of fire on the territory of the syrian arab republic. the second document isa arab republic. the second document is a set of measures on control over the ceasefire regime. the hollywood actress debbie reynolds has died, just a day after the death of her daughter, carrie fisher. she's believed to have suffered a stroke. a warning from gps‘ leaders that patients could be forced to wait more than a month to see their doctor this winter. devon and cornwall police investigate the discovery of the bodies of two men at a flat in st austell. detectives are treating the deaths as "unexplained". also: the birds migrating earlier — as global temperatures rise. a study finds some species are missing out on vital resources — like food and nesting places — as a result.
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and first pictures of a rare giraffe born at chester zoo — discovered by staff when they arrived on boxing day morning. if hit him with a right—hand! and in half an hour — we celebrate the lives of those who left us this year — including muhammed ali — in review 2016: we remember part one. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. let's get more now on our top story this lunchtime — the announcement that a ceasefire will come into force in syria at midnight. the russian president vladimir putin said that the syrian government and the armed opposition are ready to start fresh peace talks. the deal was brokered by russia and
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turkey, who are on opposing sides in the conflict in syria. mr putin said they had signed a number of documents outlining the details of the deal. translation: three documents have been signed. the first document between the syrian government and armed opposition on a cessation of fire on the territory of the syrian arab republic. the second document isa arab republic. the second document is a set of measures on control over the ceasefire regime. the third document is a statement on readiness for the start of peace talks on the syrian settlement. turkish foreign minister said turkey and russia will serve as guarantors of the ceasefire, let's hear that statement. translation: we are thinking of enforcing this ceasefire before the new year. the leaders have expressed their will. we are working on it. we are always in touch with the russian foreign minister sergey lavrov. we've brought the russians together with
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the opposition. we will be the guarantor of an agreement that will be signed by russia and the opposition forces. the truth was brokered by russia and turkey, who will act as guarantors. steve rosenberg earlier gave more details. russian television showed pictures of president putin meeting his defence minister and foreign minister. at this meeting, it was announced three agreements had been signed in the syrian conflict. the first was a ceasefire between the syrian government and syrian rebels. the second agreement dealt with the nuts and bolts of the ceasefire, how to monitor it and so forth. the third agreement was an agreement to start peace talks in the capital of kazakhstan. president putin said this was the moment russia has been waiting for and had been working ha rd to waiting for and had been working hard to achieve. he said the agreements were fragile and a lot of attention had to be given to them to
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make sure they actually happened and we re make sure they actually happened and were successful. he praised the defence ministry of russia and the foreign ministry and said it was their efforts in working with moscow's partners in the region that brought this about. we believe the ceasefire will go into effect from midnight, it wasn't clear whether it was midnight moscow time or damascus time. certainly this is being presented in moscow as something of a diplomatic coup. turkey's foreign minister hinted earlier. it appears turkey and russia will act as guarantors, what does it mean in practice? it's been clear certainly over the last few months russia has been working very closely with turkey and with iran. in trying to push the peace process in syria. certainly the fall of aleppo was key here. it seems as if the us administration, the administration of president obama, has been left behind completely by this. it was
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interesting that this televised meeting the russian foreign minister sergey lavrov said it was important other countries in the region get involved in these peace talks, like saudi arabia, qatar, iraq and jordan. there was no mention at all of the current us administration. let's go to our correspondent, following developments from neighbouring lebanon. while it looks hopeful, the next few days are going to be very tough. -- tense. we need to see how much leverage has on the russian government, and iran, which has power on the ground, and hezbollah included. the syrian government has announced the deal doesn't include fighting both islamic state and the formerly known as al—nusra front, an al-qaeda affiliate. in the past we seem al-qaeda affiliate. in the past we seem the syrian government mainly targeted other rebel forces,
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including the free syrian army, supported by the west. they described all those holding up weapons against the government as terrorists. the question here is how much russia is able to guarantee syrian government is targeting in any operation would not break this deal russia has made. in terms of that word, guarantor, what is our assessment of what that actually means on the ground. in the past, in several other truces or ceasefire plans, even if evacuation, aid delivery, we've seen russia is heavily present on the ground. they had to be leading any operation because the syrian government, in many cases, did not abide by words given by russia to the international community. we've overheard lots of reports from locals that russian military officers were on the ground implementing these deals. we're expecting russia will be able to
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monitor so closely, especially now they have a big military base in syria, to monitor what the government is doing and how they are abiding by the deal. the question is whether turkey, who said it is going to guarantee the rebels abiding by the deal, how they are going to monitor the situation, and if they will be sending any troops inside. we don't have the details yet of these three documents that have been assigned, so far everything seems to be optimistic, the announcement came from president putin himself, giving a lot of leverage and wait for the deal. he's put himself under pressure, one suspects, because he wa nts to pressure, one suspects, because he wants to get this done before the inauguration of a new american president. absolutely right, this is the case. russia has close relations with the trump. it's not the case as it was with obama. but also for president putin he wants to make sure he is the one setting the
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ground, he is the one striking a deal and finding ground, he is the one striking a dealand finding a ground, he is the one striking a deal and finding a solution for the syria conflict. not only because he wa nts to syria conflict. not only because he wants to appear on the international level that he is the saviour of syria, but because it has been a year, more than a year ago for their military presence in syria, and he doesn't want to drag himself into another year of fighting, another year of war another year of fighting, another yearof war in another year of fighting, another year of war in syria. thank you very much. the hollywood actress debbie reynolds, who starred opposite gene kelly in the 1952 musical singin' in the rain, has died — a day after the death of her daughter, carrie fisher. the actress, who was 84, had been rushed to hospital with a suspected stroke. her son, todd fisher, said the stress of his sister's death had been too much for her and in her last words, she had said she wanted to be ‘with carrie'. david sillito reports. # i'm singin' in the rain, just singin' in the rain. singin' in the rain, debbie reynolds was just 19. she'd not really danced before this
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but this performance made her a star. it was supposed to be an innocent, virginal little girl and certainly i was that. i think it was a tough deal for poor gene to be stuck with me, who had never danced. it would have been far better for him to have a great dancer, but i worked so hard that i think in the end when i look at that performance of that little girl, i think i did a good job. # all i do is dream of you the whole night through. 64 years later, her death comes just a day after losing her daughter, carrie fisher. she'd been planning herfuneral when she was taken ill. her son todd said the stress was simply too much. among the tributes, bette midler, who said it was hard to comprehend. damejoan collins said she was truly heartbroken. that mother and daughter relationship, meryl streep
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and shirley maclaine gave us a taste of the ups and downs in postcards from the edge. but it was far from the full story. indeed debbie reynolds wanted to play the role but was told she wasn't right for the part. you want me to do well, just not better than you. what she was right for was old school hollywood song and dance. the show always went on, even when she was abandoned by her husband, eddie fisher, for elizabeth taylor. my personal life is always sort of like this. that little choo—choo train that says, "i think i can, i think i can, i think i can." i seem to marry very poorly. i have no taste in men. luckily for me god was good and i have two wonderful children. in recent years she played the role of grace's mother in will and grace, liberace's mother in behind the candelabra, and then this final moment, a mother grieving for her daughter.
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but if you want to remember what made debbie reynolds special, remember her like this. debbie reynolds, who has died at the age of 8a. a couple of lines coming in from age of 8a. a couple of lines coming infrom a age of 8a. a couple of lines coming in from a press conference held by the german federal prosecutor following the attack on the christmas market earlier this month. hearing a ao—year—old tunisian detained in connection with the attack on the christmas market has been released. couple of other lines in. the government officials have said the lorry‘s automatic braking system may have prevented the loss of more lives in that the automatic braking system stopped the truck after 70—80 metres. 12 people were
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dead, 50 more injured. they say the weapon used by the gunman, anis amri, against italian police, when he was shot dead, it was the same calibre as the weapon used in the attack in berlin, in which the lorry‘s original driver, lu kasz urban, was shot dead in the cab and his body discovered when police eventually went into it. we'll bring more on that as we get it, those are the headlines coming up so far. the chairwoman of the royal college of gps has warned that patients could be forced to wait for more than a month to see their family doctor this winter. helen stokes—lampard claims surgeries are already "skating on thin ice" because of a shortage of gps and years of serious underinvestment. here's our health correspondent robert pigott. mrs richardson? come on in. i'm doctor helen. have a seat. what can i do for you today? winter is bringing increased demands on an nhs already under year—round pressure and gps warn
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that their service is stretched desperately thin. they say any spare capacity has disappeared, leaving lengthening waiting times that could pose a serious risk to patients. firstly there just aren't enough gps out there. we don't have enough clinicians in the workforce but also we haven't got enough nurses and other health care professionals too, so the problem this winter is as bad as it has ever been, and that's a real worry. pressure on gps has intensified. over 1.3 million patients visit a surgery every day and the number of consultations has rocketed to 60 million more per year compared to even five years ago. but in a recent survey, 85% of patients said they had a good experience at their doctor's surgery. gps have told the department of health that the nhs has been phenomenally successful, both in nipping disease in the bud and keeping alive huge numbers of people with chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes. but they warn this preventative care
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could now be undermined with potentially serious and even tragic consequences for future years. the people who will suffer are those with long—term conditions because we have to prioritise those who are sick today. if however we are ignoring those with longer term conditions, then we are storing up problems for the future, increasing their risks in the long—term. nhs england said the royal college of gps are right to remind everyone of what they describe as the most phenomenal success story of the nhs. every day tens of thousands of people do not die who would have died 20 to 30 years ago. that's why gp services are on track to receive an extra £21; billion in real terms investment by 2020 to build on this track record of success and expand access to convenient appointments throughout the week. the royal college of gps
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acknowledged that more money had been promised, but said it hadn't yet reached the front line. it said similar commitments for extra funding had not yet been made in wales or northern ireland, although some investment has been promised in scotland. robert pigott, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news: russian president, vladimir putin, has announced a ceasefire between the syrian government government and the rebels — to come into force at midnight tonight. the hollywood actress debbie reynolds has died, just a day after the death of her daughter, carrie fisher. she's believed to have suffered a stroke. the royal college of gps is warning that patients could be forced to wait more than a month to see their doctor this winter. child offenders could be given life—long anonymity under new plans being considered by the government. a review into the youth justice system found that a ban on naming criminals under the age of 18 would help to reduce re—offending rates. but some critics of the idea say
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the most serious offenders should be named in the public interest. penelope gibbs is the vice chair of the campaign group standing committee for youth justice. she explained why they were supporting the proposals. the problem is that there are very few children in this country who are convicted in court who are then named publicly and their photos available on the internet forever more. it's also children who commit anti—social behaviour can also be very easily name to. and our concern is about future victims, really, and about society. these are children and because they are children or teenagers we need to give them the maximum possible chance of rehabilitation. and there is good evidence that the kind of vilification that is associated with a child who has committed a very serious crime being identified destroys those chances of
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rehabilitation. obviously, they may still be rehabilitated, but the chances are much less and if you identify that child. —— much lessened. the nhs in england is to put barcodes on medicines and medical equipment. it's hoped that the scheme will reduce the likelihood of patients being given the wrong treatment — and make it easier to trace people if they are. sangita myska has the story. an angiogram designed to reveal the condition of patients' blood vessels is carried out in salisbury. as part of the piloting of the scanlisafety scheme, bar codes on medication and equipment record the materials used to treat patients, the time and place of the procedure and the name of the medical staff taking part. we can trace that patient very quickly. we scan all the equipment so there should be no drug errors. some drugs look very similar. it's to the correct patient, so we scan the patient making sure the right drug or the right blood product etc goes to the right patient and if they're going to roll it out to orthopaedics and other types of equipment, we can trace
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those back in the future again to those patients. bar coding will reduce the average of an hour a day nurses spend collecting medicines and alert staff to those reaching their use—by dates. everything from screws used in knee operations to breast implants will be bar coded so their quality can be monitored. about once a week tragically someone dies in the nhs because they're given the wrong medicine. we also have a number of operations where the wrong implant is put into someone's body and it has to be changed at a later date. if we use modern bar code technology then we can deal with a lot of these problems. one of the biggest advantages of scanlisafety could be in tracing patients when faulty products have been recalled. nearly 50,000 british women had breast implants made by the french company pip when they were revealed to be at risk of rupturing. the patchy record—keeping had made it difficult to trace the patients at the time. sangita myska, bbc news.
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earlier i spoke to a campaigner for women who had faulty pip breast implants, she told me the check should have been introduced years ago. the issues of surveillance and traceability are inextricably linked to the regulation of medical devices and these were dealt with in 2003 in the european union, so why are we still sitting here in 2016? and the facilities and the resources, like the breast registry and other registries, and the traceability issue which has become apparent todayis issue which has become apparent today is still on the agenda. it's very disconcerting. it's being introduced but being piloted in six nhs trusts in england. salisbury, north tees, plymouth... what is your reaction? in particular with breast
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implants it affects large numbers of women through the uk and the majority of surgeries take place within the private sector in cosmetic surgery clinics. it doesn't appear to be affecting those private clinics. the other consent would be whether or not the system is volu nta ry. whether or not the system is voluntary. so far with the registry thatis voluntary. so far with the registry that is the case. we're not quite sure when the registry or this bar—coding system would be efficient and effective within the health system for patients. in the context of the pip scandal, what would bar—coding have made? of the pip scandal, what would bar-coding have made? the problem for all the women in the uk with pip breast implants, in fact any implant, was an opportunity to find out whether or not they were directly affected. the news was released just before christmas 2011, everybody had gone on holiday. some clinics had closed down, some didn't
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wa nt to clinics had closed down, some didn't want to have the responsibilities of dealing with large numbers of pip patients, so it became very difficult for women to know whether or not they were affected. the battle continues because many of you are still suffering. the battle continues because it transpires there is now a cancer clearly linked to breast implants and a particular type. a textured surface implant. at the moment, the countries that are monitoring breast implants, such as france and australia, are publishing high levels, high numbers increasing numbers of women affected by this form of cancer directly linked to breast implants bar-coding system, to be blunt, would help people to find out why, if there were problems, who put them there. trace it back to the manufacturer if that's what's required. i'm not sure
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how it plans to work. it strikes me asa how it plans to work. it strikes me as a very simple, straightforward procedure of connecting bar—coding and items implanted and keeping it on medical record. it seems to me fairly basic technology. hopefully it will work, but it doesn't provide any kind of reassurance or regulatory compliance for a system that should be operating here and now today for patients still undergoing surgery. two deaths in saint austell are being treated as unexplained. alan parkinson reports. the bodies of the men were found in a rented flat in this building yesterday afternoon. police haven't revealed how they died but say their deaths are unexplained. officers from plymouth have been drafted in along with a
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forensic team and a number of fire offices. this block of flats has been sealed off why officers search around the building and inside. all police will say at the moment is one of the men is a 31—year—old local man from saint austell, the other man from saint austell, the other man understood to be in his 20s, and has yet to be formally identified. man understood to be in his 20s, and has yet to be formally identifiedlj just has yet to be formally identified.” just feel for the families, obviously i don't know exactly what's happened, it's appalling that something like this can happen. the flat is owned by a housing association and is yards from a school and a nursery. devon and cornwall police say investigations are ata cornwall police say investigations are at a very early stage. alan parkinson, bbc news. migrating birds are arriving at their breeding grounds earlier as global temperatures rise, a study has found. the research, conducted by scientists at the university of edinburgh, says some species are missing out on vital resources like food and nesting places as a result. anisa kadri reports. up, up and away. at least 4,000 different species of birds on regular migrants,
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with some flying thousands of miles from one continent to another, many moving between north and south from where they breed to where they spend the winter. scientists already believe changes in temperature are having an effect on how some plants and animals behave, and now a new study from the university of edinburgh has found that some birds are reaching their summer breeding grounds earlier, on average one day soon for every one degree increase in temperature. they say reaching their breeding grounds at the wrong time, even by a few days, might mean birds miss out on food and nesting places. and it's those with further to go that may miss out most, which may then affect when their young is born and their chances of survival. researchers hope their findings will help scientists improve predictions of how different species respond to current and future environmental change. earlier today the ornithological consultant david darrell—lambert
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told us more about why the disruption in the migration time of birds could cause problems. we have problems at both ends, really, we have problems with habitat loss in africa. reduced food source availability. when they land in the uk, they are arriving at the wrong time. maybe the foliage has grown at the right time, it'll reduce nesting facilities. not enough food availability. if you are a tired mike windt you need to restock your energy levels as soon as possible. sometimes the plans aren't adapting, the insects aren't adapting the same rate the birds are changing. species like the great tip and blue tip are young, their production time is designed for the maximum time for caterpillars. if you're out by a few days, you're producing a brood of eight young, you don't have enough caterpillars, you don't have enough caterpillars, you have a high mortality rate, it affects the whole population.
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keepers at chester zoo are celebrating the arrival of a very rare baby giraffe. this six—foot—tall youngster, who is yet to be named, arrived on boxing day. the rothschild giraffe is said to be one of the most endangered species of the animal, with fewer than 1600 left in the wild. time for the weather. chris fawkes is going to stick his neck out. i might become if you're lucky, simon! decent sunshine across. the cloud weather across scotland, particularly north of the central belt. southern scotland seeing sunshine. through the night tonight, initially across england and wales, cold. frost returning, could get icy patches on untreated roads and services, during the second part of the night things turning cloudy across wales and western counties. too much in the way of cloud for northern ireland and scotland to see
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frost developing. here is the forecast through friday. it's going to bea forecast through friday. it's going to be a cloudy day but there will be sunny spells breaking through the cloud. initially during the morning across south—west england, east midlands, eastern areas of scotland. into the afternoon breaks in the cloud coming confined to the east of the pennines. miles north—west, temperatures up to 11 degrees. there will be rain in the far north of scotland. that's your weather. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: vladimir putin has announced a ceasefire between the syrian regime and the armed opposition. the russian president said that both sides had signed documents to start fresh peace talks. translation: the first document, between the syrian government and armed opposition, on cessation of fire on the territory of the syrian arab republic. the second document is a set of measures on control over the ceasefire regime. singin' in the rain star debbie reynolds has died aged 84
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after suffering a stroke — just a day after the death of her daughter, carrie fisher. the head of the royal college of gps has warned that patients could be waiting more than a month to see a doctor this winter. nhs england says it's boosting funding for the sector. two men have been found dead at a flat in st austell. devon and cornwall police are treating the deaths as "unexplained". chester zoo is celebrating the birth of a very rare baby giraffe. the new arrival, which already stands at six feet tall, has yet to be named. muhammed ali, sir terry wogan and prince — just a few of those who left us this year, and whose lives are celebrated in review 2016: we remember part one. music: "when doves cry" by prince.
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music: "little red corvette" by prince. music: "1999" by prince. # so tonight i'm going to party like it's 1999 # music: "kiss" by prince.
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