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this is bbc news. the headlines at 5. the russian president announces a ceasefire deal between the syrian government and opposition groups to come into force at midnight. translation: the documents have been signed. there is an agreement on the start of peace talks. stars pay tribute to hollywood actress, debbie reynolds, who's died, aged 84, just a day after the death of her daughter, carrie fisher. the royal college of gps warns 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 — such as food and nesting places —
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as a result. and the first pictures of a rare giraffe born at chester zoo — discovered by staff when they arrived on boxing day morning. and in half an hour, we'll look back at the rio olympics and the refugee athletes who competed as a team for the first time. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the russian president, vladimir putin, says the syrian army and opposition have agreed to a nationwide ceasefire which will come into effect at midnight. there'll also be fresh peace talks. the deal was brokered by russia and turkey, who are on opposing sides in the conflict in syria. mr putin said they had signed a number of documents outlining
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the details of the deal. daniel boettcher reports. russia and turkey have been pushing for a nationwide ceasefire, particularly since the collapse of the key rebel stronghold in aleppo. ina the key rebel stronghold in aleppo. in a statement the syrian army said the comprehensive ceasefire agreement was a result of recent military successes. the syrian government and rebel groups agreed the ceasefire from midnight local time. russia and turkey which have backed opposing sides will act as guarantors. speaking at a meeting with the russian defence and foreign ministers, president putin announced a number of agreements have been signed and said they were fragile and needed special attention. translation: three documents have been signed, the first document
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between the syrian government and armed opposition on cessation of fire on the territory of the syrian arab republic. the second document is measures on control over the ceasefire regime and the third document is a statement on readiness for the start of peace talks on the syrian settlement. the syrian army says some groups including so—called islamic state will not be covered by the ceasefire. turkey says foreign fighter groups including hezbollah will need to leave syria. 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. we have brought the russians together with the opposition. we will be the guarantor ofan opposition. we will be the guarantor of an agreement that will be signed by russia and opposition forces.
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this is the third nationwide ceasefire agreed in syria this year. the previous two negotiated by washington and moscow collapse. those backing this plan want to start peace talks in kazakhstan within a month of the ceasefire starting. our correspondent lina sinjab is in neighbouring lebanon — the deal includes all the opposition groups but excludes the group called by almost every site as a terrorist group, the so—called islamic state. both russia, turkey, the government and opposition say this is a group that should be excluded but the syrian government is adding to the list, adding the al-qaeda's affiliate and they said everyone
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affiliated to these groups should not be included in this deal and thatis not be included in this deal and that is a worrying sign because in the past the syrian government has been targeting all rebel held territories, claiming they are fighting terrorists. that is what the syrian government says. they paint brush the civil defence forces known as the white helmets, resident said. the question is how much russia will be able to control the government ‘s military operations in fighting islamic state and not fighting islamic state and not fighting other groups supported by the west and included in this deal. i suppose we have been here before with negotiated ceasefires which have not held. the difference this time is russia appears to be in the driving seat. yes, indeed. we have both the un and us missing in this
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deal. they don't have any stake in this deal, it is the power is on the ground, like russia, turkey and iran. for the deal to come out and be announced by president putin, he is putting his weight behind it and wa nts to is putting his weight behind it and wants to strike a deal to find a solution for the conflict in syria, for which he will take credit, especially before a new administration in the us is in office. he would put reality on the ground for the next american at illustration and he will take the credit for any solution for the war in syria. earlier i spoke to olga ivshina from bbc russian service, and i asked her if we had any detail about the documents russian president putin talked about. there are three basic points, but, number one, assad's regime and some of the rebel commanders signed a ceasefire deal which should start at midnight. point two is devoted to this transition period
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that russia and turkey would serve as guarantors and try to ensure the ceasefire holds. point number three, if the ceasefire holds for a while, there will be peace talks about the political future of syria. in kazakhstan? yes. we hear russia and turkey will be guarantors of the deal, do we know what that means? for quite a while and it seems they are trying to use the moment to establish themselves as important players in that region and basically to make a deal, not including the united states. russia and turkey have sufficient influence on the parties in that conflict so russia has troops on the ground, it is participating in air strikes and most important russia has huge influence on the syrian president
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bashar al—assad. turkey is supporting some rebel groups and has huge influence on them. they may try to put pressure on the allies in order to make this deal work. you mention to keep out the united states. it is striking the united states is nowhere in this agreement. yes i think russia and turkey tried to use this moment to their favour, because obama's administration is leaving so there is a transition period. on the other hand russia and turkey have strong and good cards in their hands during those negotiations. it seemed they decided just to make a deal, despite some disagreements they had, and also both erdogan and putin are ambitious leaders and will want to resend the message they can make things work, even without the involvement of the us and of course this is a worrying sign for the international community.
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when it comes to president putin and his position at home and on the world stage, what does this do for him? it is important for him to send this message internationally and internally because the russian economy is struggling because of sanctions and putin has always exercised the notion of russia being the only force for good in the region. despite heavy criticism which we saw, despite the statements by western leaders that russia is conducting some operations in syria and violating international laws, putin can say, i have delivered the deal, so that will be his strong line on that. tributes are being paid to the hollywood actress debbie reynolds, who died just a day after her daughter carrie fisher. reynolds, who starred opposite gene kelly in the 1952 musical singin‘ in the rain,
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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 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.
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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 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.
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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. but if you want to remember what made debbie reynolds special, remember her like this. this debbie reynolds, who's died at the age of 8a. german prosecutors have released a tunisian man they'd originally linked to this month's deadly attack on a berlin christmas market. the ao—year—old was detained in berlin on wednesday. federal prosecutors had suspected
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attacker anis amri could have sent the man a voice message and a picture shortly before the attack. our correspondent damien mcguinness has been following the story from berlin. he said it was a setback for the investigation. the worry is that a potential accomplice, or someone who at least supported anis amri, has not been found because police suspected that this particular man, who had been living in berlin, had in fact been part of a plot, or at least supported anis amri in this attack because as you say, just minutes before the attack, amri had sent a voice message and a picture saying to this other person, "pray for me, brother, i'm in the car, all is fine", indicating there was somebody else involved in planning the attack. the authorities originally thought this ao—year—old tunisian man was indeed that suspect.
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it turns out that was not the case. he has now been released. so now the search is on for any potential suspects. it's really not clear whether he was on his own, or whether he had a whole network of people helping him. there are still lots of questions to be clarified about what happened just before christmas. and in fact also the actions of the authorities who are coming under increasing criticism, of whether they acted quickly enough to find anis amri in the days after the attack and whether in fact he should have been allowed to carry out this attack at all, given that he was already known to the authorities and already deemed to be suspicious at the time. and prosecutors, when they were raising the information about the tunisian man, also spoke about the automatic braking system on the lorry and how that had potentially save lives. that had potentially saved lives. yes, that's right, they said that the braking system, after about 17 metres, managed to stop the lorry, meaning fewer people were killed
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than might have been the case. this is an interesting detail because there was speculation that the original driver of the hijacked lorry, a polish man, had intervened and there's been a lot of talk about whether he managed to help prevent other fatalities. in fact it looks like it was the braking system rather than that but there are questions about when this driver died because he was found dead in the truck of the lorryjust after the attack. it seems he was alive until shortly before the attack but authorities have said this afternoon that they're going to have to wait for an autopsy to find out how he died and when. the headlines on bbc news: president putin announces a ceasefire between the syrian government and the rebels — he said both sides had signed documents to start fresh peace talks. the hollywood actress debbie reynolds has died, just a day after the death of her daughter, carrie fisher.
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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. now for a full sports round—up from the bbc sports centre. rafa nadal‘s made his latest comeback from injury and has started with a win at an exhibition tournament in abu dhabi. he beat world number ten tomas berdych in straight sets. a wrist injury had troubled the 14 time grand slam winner throughout this year, but there was no rustiness here — this was the first point back on court. it set the spaniard on course to take the first set 6—0, and he completed the job in the second. nadal moves into the semi—finals. earlier on, david goffin beatjo—wilfried tsonga in straight sets too, 7—6 6—4 this time.
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the belgian will now face andy murray tomorrow. murray has his sights set on success in the the first grand slam of the season, the australian open, which begins in mid january. and while murray has lost there in the final five times, he goes in as world number one this time. i played really well there in the past and it hasn't happened for me, so i need to do something a little bit different this year. but i love the conditions there, i enjoy the tournament a lot. i'll be going in hopefully playing well with a lot of confidence, because of the way i finished 2016. sir bradley wiggins may have retired yesterday, but mps on the culture, media and sport select committee say that british cycling hasn't shown proof that a package delivered to him before the 2011 tour de france contained a legal decongestant. wiggins and team sky have denied any wrong doing. and while one of wiggins' former team—mates says his achievements in cycling won't be repeated — he agrees that the questions over his use of performance enhancing drugs — for medical
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reasons — have cast a shadow. it is a real shame that all this tue has come right at the end of his career and there is a cloud and it is understandable. in terms of the rules of the sport he has broken none. the world governing body have said there is nothing to answer for. but there is still obviously a question of — has it been ethical? and i think that is a separate issue, but it is certainly not the ideal way that bradley wiggins would have wanted to retire. has that been potentially a little bit of a push into him making this decision now? potentially. will we see him back in six months racing? who knows? cash as swansea city continue their search for a new manager, west ham boss slaven bilic says bob bradley wasn't given a fair chance. the american was in charge forjust 11 games and 85 days, before he was sacked after swa nsea's boxing day defeat to west ham.
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bilic has felt the pressure of speculation over his own job, so has sympathy for bradley. it isa it is a short amount of time. basically, it depends totally on luck. what people are expecting from you to make something in a couple of months' time. and that is not preseason, that is straight, you have a game in two days and you have a game in five days, you know? he did not have any chance, to be fair. but i think he was lucky to win a few games, and all that. daryl gurney is through to the pdc world darts championship quarterfinals after a tense 11—3 win over mark webster at the ally pally. the northern irishman, who had never been beyond the last 32, led 3—1 at one stage and missed five darts for the match — only for webster to level at 3—all. gurney prevailed in the deciding set
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and could meet world number one michael van gerwen in the next round. that's all the sport for now. keep up—to—date with those stories on the website, leading with the ricky hatton story. steve will be backin ricky hatton story. steve will be back in the next hour. patients could be. wait more than a month to see the family doctor, said britain's leading gp. she is profoundly concerned about how general practice will cope and that underinvestment had left surgery skating on thin ice but nhs england said new money will mean more access to convenient appointments throughout the week. we went to a gp surgery in rugby. this is the
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central surgery in rugby and between christmas and new year it can be busy. the chair of the royal oak of gps council says that gp services are stretched more and more friendly and patients may need to get used to waiting up to one month for an appointment. despite the best effo rts appointment. despite the best efforts of practice managers, eddie wait for anxious patients can be frustrating. it is annoying you have to ring at 8:30am. sometimes you get through, sometimes you don't. to ring at 8:30am. sometimes you get through, sometimes you don'tm to ring at 8:30am. sometimes you get through, sometimes you don't. it is a bit annoying. you don't want to be sat on the phone 20 minutes before you get to speak to anybody. that is the way it is going, it is getting worse and worse. i do not think it can be as instant as everyone thinks it needs to be. this time of year, people get ill over christmas and if you have to wait a day or two, as long as it is not urgent, i do not see an issue with it. i think there
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have been fewer gps wanting to go into the profession at the front—end and at the other end gps are emigrating, some are retiring early, others have decided to take another career. it is something to do with stress and dave perception the job is not enjoyable and perhaps a feeling that gps are not empowered to be in control like we used to be. doctor stokes lampa rd says to be in control like we used to be. doctor stokes lampard says that chronic disease management, seeing patients quickly to catch things early is a great success story of the nhs. and if gps prioritise people with urgent conditions, that success story may suffer. a review of the youth justice system has concluded that child criminals should have lifelong anonymity. it
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is understood legislation might be introduced to ban the identification of offenders committing crimes under 18. the review said that naming child offenders undermines attempts to rehabilitate them. the nhs in england is to put bar codes 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, barcodes 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
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patient and if they're going to roll it out to orthopaedics and other types of equipment, we can trace those back in the future 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 barcoded 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
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it difficult to trace the patients at the time. sangita myska, 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 such as 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, of birds are regular migrants, 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
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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 are 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. more now on the death of the hollywood actress debbie reynolds, just a day after her daughter carrie fisher. the 84—year—old star of singin‘ in the rain was at her son's home planning her daughter's funeral when she is believed to have suffered a stroke. six years ago, when debbie reynolds was a guest on the bbc‘s hardtalk programme, she opened up about her three divorces, going bankrupt and bringing up two children and three step—children on her own. do i have to work? yes, everybody has to work and it is always bills, i raised five children.
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they went to university and they always had a mother that worked, so they had a lot of cars, colleges, you know, so i think that all parents work, don't they? especially if they have a divorce. your third husband left you bankrupt, didn't he? my second husband left me bankrupt. and the third one. my third husband just left before the money, he didn't leave me bankrupt. that must have been very difficult because as a hollywood star you had amassed a huge amount of money until the marriage. husbands spend a lot of money. i could shop all day on what they spend. do you regret that you trusted your husband so much financially and in the end it didn't work out for one reason or another and in the case of your second husband, he gambled a lot, the third husband it was a hotel complex investment that didn't work out. as a woman i have to answer you honestly that when you fall in love you don't really ask —
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is the man in love with me? you really think that he is. otherwise you wouldn't get married. you just really do believe. i am rather victorian and i think if the man says, i love you, debbie, and i want to be with you the rest of your life, you must believe him or you wouldn't marry him. i am not a complete fool until after the fact, but then i was. yes, i have been married three times, twice, the second one went bankrupt, the third one went bankrupt if but he didn't get everything. he took all the money and ran, but he didn't get everything. a and i have a great resilience. they don't tackle me on the way out, theyjust leave me fallen, like a good punch. cash when you first discovered at the age of 16, what was it like to be on the verge of a hollywood career?
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who knew that? i was 16 and i was in school, i entered a local beauty contest just for fun because they gave away a free blouse and scarf. that is why you did it? a silk scarf. i never had a silk scarf or a beautiful blouse. i had this local contest in california and i won the contest and there was a talent scout there. they took me to warner brothers and they did a screen test and they asked me did i want to be in movies and i said, i don't... they must be a bit surprised by that because every young girl in those days wanted to be an actress especially in california. i truly had no thought about it. i knew i loved to go to movies, but why would you think you're going to be in the movies? it is one thing to go to the movies and see movie stars, but why would you think you were going to be in the movies if no one in yourfamily... if you weren't exposed at all. i had no dream of that. all of a sudden i guess i thought it was so crazy that
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i would fit into show business. you have to be a little crazy to be in show business, i have decided that. 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. let's have a look at the weather 110w. for many of us, a pleasant stay with some winter sunshine but maybe not for all. you can see on the satellite sequence in a moment. the best sunshine in central and eastern parts of england. more cloud to the west, drifting its way in. this cloud in the north is the care and more wind associated with it but it is south—westerly, keeping things mild. some patchy rain by the end of the night. cloud from the west, some
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fog over the next few hours. it looks like by the end of the night there will be some foggy patches in there will be some foggy patches in the south—east, and that's where temperatures will be at their lowest, hovering a degree either side of freezing, so a cold and grey start with poor visibility. a lot of cloud around tomorrow, some breaks to the east of the high ground. the wet and windy weather in the north of scotland. wind from the south—west, 11 degrees isn't too bad in glasgow. single digits in england and wales and it will be quite chilly again. russia has announced a ceasefire between the syrian government and rebel groups, which will begin at midnight tonight. several of the most important ones are reported to have signed up. translation: the first document, between the syrian government
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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 following a stroke, just a day after the death of her daughter, the film star and author, 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. the government says it's investing an extra £2.11 billion in family doctor services by 2020. two men have been found dead at a flat in st austell. devon and cornwall police are treating the deaths as unexplained. now on bbc news, as part of our look back at big stories of 2016, catharina moh followed refugee athletes from around the world hoping to compete in the ioc‘s newly created team of refugee olympic athletes under the olympic flag.
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all eyes are on rio as the world's most elite athletes hope to make their countries proud. and for the first time, the international olympic committee have announced that there will be a new team created for refugee athletes. we will welcome these refugee athletes to the olympic games, with the olympic flag and with the olympic anthem. we are all touched and moved by the magnitude of the current worldwide refugee crisis. 43 refugees have been identified as hopeful. only ten will be selected.
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i will be following the journeys of some of those athletes in germany, kenya and here in brazil. this is notjust about winning medals, but a chance to reclaim their identity and save their families. we are going to rio to show the world that through sport, peace can be achieved. last year, germany received almost half a million asylum applications. but officials said at least a million people have arrived, seeking refuge across the country, including here in berlin. many of them from syria, forced to leave because of the civil war.
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yusra mardini and her sister ended up in a refugee camp on the western outskirts of berlin last september. she inspired me from the first time. she told me about her dream of a gold medal
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at the olympics and i said, well, well, well! look at your best times, you did not practice for two years. she said, i can do it and the year will give me time to practice. we started really slow in the first weeks. now we're on a normal level. she has each week around about 30 hours of training and intensive weeks, more. what is the goal for rio? for rio, it's a goal to be there, to take part and to swim her personal best. that is a realistic goal. whilst yusra's father is not her official coach, he still comes to the pool every day. tell me how difficult
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it was to train through the war. after much persuasion from his daughters, he eventually agreed to the girls leaving syria. yusra was just 17 years old at the time. in kenya, tegla loroupe is putting her runners
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through their paces. most of them are refugees. she held time trials in the country's two largest refugee camps and selected the fastest to develop them into elite athletes. it's early morning. rebecca and the other athletes are preparing the training camp for an important visit by the ioc. she is one of 30 people living here. most of them have left theirfamilies in the refugee camps, and have since had little contact with them. my goal is to make sure i succeed in life so i move my family
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to somewhere they can feel safe, somewhere my siblings can go to good school and also this running thing. i will work harder for it, maybe it can take me somewhere bigger. to have a refugee status is not easy. you're a nobody. as an athlete i realise there is so it helps that the new president of the ioc, dr thomas bach, who is a friend of mine, he loves humanity, he loves this idea to set up this camp. she told me this is when she went to the refugee camps, hoping that out of the hundreds of thousands of people, she could find a handful with enough raw talent to turn them into top runners.
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the ioc finally arrive with athletics kenya to assess their progress, and to start short listing athletes for the refugee team. they've been in there for about two hours now in a closed meeting. we don't know the outcome of what will happen, but everyone is just waiting in the sun, waiting to see what happens. i have some videos from the camp. whilst the meeting goes on, rebecca tells me about her past. i was born in a refugee camp in ethiopia. later we were repatriated home and war broke out where my dad was killed. where is your mum? my mum is in south sudan. i don't know exactly where she is. war happened when she went
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away and i was with my grandmother and siblings. we ran away together so we don't know where she is. was that hard, leaving her? it was really hard and as for some years back we thought she was actually dead. rebecca was one of 4 million people forced to flee because of the sudanese conflict. she has been living here in the largest refugee camp in the world. the majority of the refugees there are from somalia and with south sudanese, we are the minority and most of us are christian, so we are really facing challenges due to those religious differences, and also the al—shabab. it's really horrible for us.
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sometimes, a lot of bombing and sometimes they will come and threaten our people in the community, especially when you have a shop. many ladies from refugee camps, they end up giving up on life. every time we wake up we think we have to thank god, at least we have seen a new day. it's the day after the ioc visit and rebecca and the others are training hard. they've been told that as it stands, no one's running times are good enough to qualify for the refugee team and they have a week
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to resubmit new ones. rebecca must shave four seconds off her personal best if she's to qualify. qualification, we are struggling for them to qualify, but the last group to be selected will be the best to go to rio. these people are refugees, and if they were in their countries training, they could run better. we are not going to rio to run for medals, we're going to rio to show that through sports, peace can be achieved. with the help of a scholarship given by the international olympics committee, yusra mardini is able to swim and go to an elite sports school based at the olympic park. her english and german have improved, and she is ever more determined to make it onto the refugee team. it's sunday.
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a rare day off from training. after my mum had three german lessons with her, and she said she is the same age, you want to meet with her. we went to a 60s diner. we ate a burger and since then we were friends. you can move his eyes. what did you think of each other when you first met? she is crazy like me. i thought she is crazy and i would have a lot of fun. for the short time she is learning german... she's quite good. sometimes it is hard to pronounce some words. strasse. that is a famous shopping street. schloss strasse.
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yusra is settled in germany but she misses syria. she tells me about the day she left. yusra told me the engine had stopped and the overcrowded boat was sinking. so she and her sister had to get out and swim, whilst others bailed water from the boat. after three hours in the water, yusra and the others made it safely to lesbos. from greece they made their way, like the thousands before and after them, through europe.
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it took them 25 days to get to germany. in brazil, yolande mabika and popole misenga are within reach of the olympics. they are refugees living and training in rio dejaneiro. yolande and popole both came from one of the areas worst affected during the congolese civil war.
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when they came to rio in 2013 for the world judo championships, they escaped from the team and made a bid for asylum. a local charity stepped in to help them continue their training here in brazil. they train in a favela west of rio. the facilities are basic. but their coaches are among the best. one of the biggest challenges for the senseir was having to change one of the biggest challenges for the sensei was having to change
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their approach tojudo. that was the last day yolande saw her family. she doesn't even know if they are still alive. popole is now married with a one—year—old son. he is the stepdad to his wife's three children. now they both have just one mission. make it onto the refugee team and, perhaps, theirfamilies back home will know they survived. with just weeks to go, training has intensified. she does on average 240 lengths
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per day, including one hour in the gym on top of homework and school. there is little time for much else. it's quite great coming here to watch yusra train because now, when i see her like everyone else, on the tv, i think i will feel proud watching what she has achieved and how far she has come. for the past seven months, the ioc has been following the progress of 43 refugee athletes
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around the world. like yusra, they have all somehow overcome huge personal adversity and found hope along the way. now, ten will go to rio to represent the 59 million people who have been forced to flee their homes. yusra mardini. popole misenga. yolande mabika. they have qualified for the olympic games. rebecca did not make the team. she remained four seconds short of the qualifying time. but five runners from the kenya
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group have been selected. and their coach has been chosen to lead the team of refugee olympic athletes to rio. pretty decent day for large parts of the uk, some crisp winter sunshine but in shropshire you had to go to the hills to find the sunshine because in the valley we've had some fog and in some places it lingered into the afternoon. for many people there was a good deal of sunshine, especially in central and eastern and southern parts of england. cloud to the west drifting in overnight and thicker cloud in the north and west of scotland. they'd much —— more breeze and we will see some wet and windy weather here. some fog is forming in the midlands. the extent is difficult to determine but they will be some patches by the end of the night, especially in the
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south—east, where we will see the lowest temperatures, close to freezing. mild to the north and west. cloud from the west means it will be a great start across the west of the uk two grey start. in the south—east we will see the lower temperatures and some poor visibility. further north and it is mostly dry and cloudy and for some people, eight, 9 degrees and possibly double figures in northern ireland and scotland. a lot of cloud and breeze to the north—west, bringing some rain. that's the weather front that will be with you for some time in the north and west of scotland. it won't move far. the rain totals slowly moving up. frost turning into low cloud, more low cloud compared to earlier today. south—westerly breeze, quite a mild day in scotland and northern ireland, double figures but quite grey and cold in east anglia and the
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south—east. new year's eve, the weather front is still in scotland, drifting further south but a south—westerly breeze will keep it mild and a few places getting to double figures. towards midnight on new year's eve, the weather front clearing away from scotland and northern ireland. sitting in northern england and wales. seven, 8 degrees around midnight but to the north we have much lower temperatures, a sign of things to come as we go into the new year. new year's day, cold arctic air coming south across the uk, some places dropping by five, 6 degrees into new year's day and it will be cold enough for some wintry weather in northern scotland in particular. this is bbc news. the headlines at 6. the russian president announces a ceasefire deal between the syrian government and opposition groups to come into force at midnight. translation: the documents
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have been signed. between the syrian government and the armed opposition in syria. there isa the armed opposition in syria. there is a document on measures to help control areas covered by this ceasefire and an agreement on the start of peace talks. stars pay tribute to hollywood actress, debbie reynolds, who's died, aged 84, just a day after the death of her daughter, carrie fisher. family doctors warn that patients might have to wait a month before seeing their gp over the busy winter period . 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.
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