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this is bbc news. the headlines at ten: president obama expels 35 russian diplomats as punishment for alleged interference into last month's presidential elections. a ceasefire brokered by russia and turkey between the syrian government and main opposition comes into force at midnight. family doctors warn that patients in england could wait more than a month for an appointment because the system is overstretched. also in the next hour: tributes to hollywood star debbie reynolds, who has died at the age of 8a. good morning, good morning! best known for her role in musical singin‘ in the rain, her death comes just a day after that of her daughter, carrie fisher. the mannequin challenge taken "to new heights". astronauts attempt the internet trend at zero gravity. and in half an hour, we'll have the first look at tomorrow's front pages. the express claims over £16 billion in foreign funds has been invested in britain since the vote to leave the eu.
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good evening and welcome to bbc news. the us has expelled 35 russian diplomats as punishment for alleged interference into last month's presidential elections, giving them and their families 72 hours to leave the country. it will also close two compounds used for russian intelligence—gathering based in new york and maryland. president barack obama had vowed to take action against russia amid us accusations that it directed hacks against the democratic party and hillary clinton's election campaign. russia has denied any involvement. tonight, a kremlin spokesman said the sanctions were "ungrounded and not legal". let's get more from our
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north america editor, jon sopel. give us more detail about what is happening and why? what happens on these occasions is that you have a series of gradations of response that you can make if you are the us president and you are cross with a foreign government, from the symbolic slap on the wrist to something much firmer. this is much firmer. 35 diplomats will be gone. two compounds which are meant to be used as holiday retreats for russian diplomats in the us are going to be closed. action will be taken against the russian intelligence services. there are going to be actions. it looks like a full throated response. the us is also stressing that there are going to be some responses that they will not talk about, presumably some kind of cyber revenge attack that the americans will launch. so all in all, at the end of barack
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obama's presidency, a furious response, underlining the seriousness with which the us intelligence services and the administration itself has taken the cyber espionage that has been carried out which the americans say undoubtably points to the russians, the russian government and probably approved by vladimir putin himself. some dismissive comments already from russian politicians, but how is president—elect donald trump going to handle the fallout? that is the question. we have heard the russians say, we are going to retaliate. you would expect them to say that. you never hear intelligence services putting up their hand and saying, it's a fair putting up their hand and saying, it'safaircop, putting up their hand and saying, it's a fair cop, we did it. of course they will deny it. the real lesson is how donald trump response. a couple of weeks ago there was a story that emerged that both the fbi and the cia and virtually every intelligence agency in the us had agreed that it was the russians who hacked the democratic party's
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computer systems and that of hillary clinton's chief of staff to try to influence the outcome of the election. the response from the trump team was to say, these are the same people who told us saddam hussein had weapons of mass destruction. they could not have been more dismissive about what the intelligence services, the people charged with keeping america safe, have uncovered. donald trump is now faced with a choice. does he believe his intelligence services, or does he believe vladimir putin? that is an uncomfortable position to be in. jon sopel, thank you. earlier, i spoke to dr arash aramesh, a us foreign policy expert, and i asked whether the russians would retaliate. they are also going to retaliate.
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the us ambassador to russia for a few years who is now back at stanford university, he has many tales of russian government harassing us diplomats and their families. russian officials would go on tv and talk about american diplomats and their private matters. so this is nothing new. they are going to retaliate. it depends how much they can retaliate, but it is clear that russia and president putin and his crowd are hopeful that putin—friendly than the obama administration was. and there were confident that a hillary clinton administration would have been much more hostile to russia and vladimir putin. so while president obama has implemented these sanctions, the russians are hopeful that the incoming president donald trump would have a more positive outlook towards russia. that is why president obama implemented these sanctions
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and took action today. it would be horrid, politically, for a republican president or for any american president to try to undo justified actions against the russians, just to be nice to the russians. so it will be hard for trump to do this. but how can donald trump ignore all of those us intelligence agencies who are all saying the same thing? because donald trump can do things and get away with it. he has done so in the past. he will probably continue to do so. but his luck will come to an end at some point. he is not going to have this free ride for ever. but so far, he has been able to defy conventional wisdom and defy gravity, but i don't think that will last. even his own base is going to be dissatisfied and alienated if he bends over backwards for the russians. dr arash aramesh, us
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foreign policy expert. and we'll find out how this story and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10.45 and ii.30pm this evening in tomorrow's front pages at 10.30 and ii.30pm this evening in the papers — our guests joining me tonight are claire cohen, women's editor at the daily telegraph and kevin schofield, editor of politicshome. russia has announced a nationwide ceasefire in the syrian conflict. the deal has been brokered by russia and turkey, who've been on opposing sides in the conflict. the syrian government and main opposition groups have agreed to a ceasefire from midnight local time tonight. but some groups including so—called islamic state are not part of the agreement. the announcement was made in moscow, from where our correspondent steve rosenberg reports. for nearly six years, syria has been torn apart by civil war. a country reduced to ruins. a conflict that has left more than 400,000 people dead. there have been peace initiatives
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before, which brought no peace. but today, russia announced a breakthrough. in the kremlin, russia's defence minister handed vladimir putin a list of syrian opposition groups which had signed up to a ceasefire with president assad. 60,000 rebels, he said, would stop fighting. this is how president putin summarised the deal. translation: three documents have been signed. the first document between the syrian government and the armed opposition is about a ceasefire on the territory of the syrian arab republic. the second document is a set of measures for monitoring the ceasefire. and the third document is a statement about readiness to start peace talks on ending the syrian conflict. the syrian government was persuaded by russia to sign today's agreement. it's with an assortment of seven syrian rebel groups. turkey's role was crucial
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in convincing them. not part of the deal are so—called islamic state, or the main kurdish rebel group who are fighting them, the ypg. and there's confusion tonight over whether the agreement covers a key rebel group, widely seen as linked to al-qaeda. sidelined is washington. with john kerry's diplomacy, the us had been co—sponsor, with russia, of previous peace efforts for syria. but today, the kremlin has snubbed the obama administration. moscow said it hoped america would join the new round of peace talks when donald trump takes over. but will the ceasefire hold? today, the free syrian army, a loose alliance of rebel factions, was cautious. translation: during the talks, the russian government guaranteed to us that they will keep the syrian regime forces and their allies under control.
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during these talks, we have not met anyone from the syrian regime. meanwhile, the violence in syria continues. this amateur video purports to show the aftermath of an air strike today in the suburbs of damascus. schoolchildren running, screaming, through the smoke and the chaos. when it begins, can the ceasefire end this war? you can understand why many syrians have low expectations. that ceasefire has now come into place, at midnight, localtime that ceasefire has now come into place, at midnight, local time in syria. if it holds, the intention is that peace talks will be held in kaza khsta n that peace talks will be held in kazakhstan in a month. iraq's army says it has launched the second phase of its operations to recapture the northern city of mosul from the so—called
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islamic state. this follows a lull of several weeks in the fighting. the elite counter terrorism forces say they are carrying out attacks on several fronts, as they try to clear the militants from the east side of the tigris river. hundreds of civilians have fled mosul in the past few days. the head of the royal college of general practitioners has warned that patients in england could be forced to wait four weeks or longer to see theirfamily doctor in the months ahead. helen stokes—lampard says surgeries are already overstretched because of a shortage of gps and years of under—investment. but the government says it's investing an extra £2.11 billion in family doctor services by2020, as our health correspondent robert pigott reports. hello, mrs richardson? come on in, i'm dr helen. come on through, come and have a seat. dr helen stokes—lampard has been struggling to make routine appointments within three to four weeks at her surgery in lichfield. winter is increasing the demand on a health service already under year—round pressure. gps warn that their service
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is stretched desperately thin and lengthening waiting times 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 healthcare professionals, too. so the problem this winter is as bad as it's ever been. and that's a real worry. gps currently see more than 1.3 million patients every day and there are now 60 million more consultations every year than there were just five years ago. the doctor is available wednesday 11th. like other gps, the doctors at central surgery in rugby have found themselves caring increasingly forfrail, elderly people and patients with complex, long—term illnesses. it's helped add 16% to gps' workload in the last seven years. experts estimate that family doctors now provide 360 million appointments every year in england, dwarfing the capacity of hospitals. there's a very small change
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in what gps are capable of doing. it could be capable of completely overwhelming the a&e departments and outpatient departments by increasing referrals. they are an absolutely key part of the health system and unless we look after them, the whole system could be in very deep trouble. gps have told the department of health that the nhs has been phenomenally successful both in nipping disease in the bud and in keeping alive huge numbers of people with chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. but they warn that this preventative care could now be undermined with potentially serious and even tragic consequences for future years. nhs england said gp services are on track to receive an extra £2.11 billion in real—terms investment by 2020. to build on this track record of success and expand access to convenient appointments
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throughout the week. the royal college of gps welcomed the extra funding promised for england and scotland, but said similar commitments have not yet been made in wales or northern ireland. robert pigott, bbc news. police in cornwall say they're treating as "unexplained" the deaths of two men whose bodies were found at a block of flats in st austell. one of the men, who was 31, has been identified and his family has been informed. the second is believed to have been in his twenties. eleanor parkinson reports. the bodies of the two men were found in a rented flat in this building yesterday afternoon. the police have not revealed how they died, but say their deaths are unexplained. officers from plymouth have been drafted in, along with a forensic team and a number of fire officers. this block of flats has been sealed off all day while officers search around the building and inside the property. the police said the two men who died are a 31—year—old local man and a 22—year—old man, originally from plymouth. they say another man,
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arrested at the scene on suspicion of burglary, is not thought to have anything to do with the deaths. i just feel for all the families. obviously, i don't know exactly what's happened, but it is appalling that something like this can happen. the results of postmortem examinations are expected tomorrow, but the fire brigade have already ruled out the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning. the headlines on bbc news: president obama orders sanctions against russian officials in response to allegations that the kremlin interfered in the us election, saying "all americans should be alarmed by russia's actions". a ceasefire has begun in syria. the truce between the government and main opposition brokered by russia and turkey has been welcomed by the un and the united states. britain's leading gp says she is "profoundly concerned" about how doctors will cope with demand over the busy winter period. the hollywood actress
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debbie reynolds, who starred with gene kelly in the musical singin‘ in the rain, has died. she was 8a. her death was announced a day after the death of her daughter, the actress carrie fisher. her son said the news had been too much for her to bear, as our correspondent 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. i was supposed to be an innocent, virginal little girl and certainly, i was that. but 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,
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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. you could make an album, i could produce it. 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,
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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. and here she is, carrie fisher, six years old, watching her mother on stage. the photographer said she didn't move. 54 years later, debbie reynolds' final words: "i want to be with carrie." but if you want to remember what made her special, remember her like this. the actress debbie reynolds, who has died at the age of 84. the authorities in berlin say they've released a tunisian man
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who was detained yesterday on suspicion of being involved in last week's attack on a christmas market. the 40—year—old was freed without charge. investigators have also revealed that the lorry involved in the attack was slowed down by its automatic braking system, probably saving many lives. 12 people died in the attack. russian officials investigating the crash of a plane in the black sea on christmas day say there was no explosion on board. the tu—154 came down shortly after taking off from sochi, killing 92 people. the country's transport minister said it had been established that the plane's equipment wasn't working correctly. a review of the youth justice system has proposed that offenders who commit crimes before they're 18 years old should be given life—long anonymity. it's understood ministers are now considering introducing legislation applying to england and wales. the review says naming child
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offenders such asjon venables and robert thompson, who murdered two—year—old james bulger in liverpool in 1993, undermines attempts to rehabilitate them. our home affairs correspondent, tom symonds, who's at the ministry ofjustice, stresses that very few offenders are likely to be affected by a change to the way the current system operates. anyone who's prosecuted under the age of 18 generally goes to the youth court, where there is a right to anonymity until they are 18, but not further. this is likely to affect most of those that go for serious cases to the crown court. we are talking about child murderers. this recommendation would give a right to anonymity for life and it would mean that, for example, the killers ofjames bulger, the child killer mary bell in 1968, and another who killed his teacher in 2014, that none of those would be named. in deciding whether to go with this, the government looks at the needs of open justice,
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our right to know who commits crimes, and weigh that against the needs and views of families of those killed, victims of crime who may feel that they have no right to anonymity and sometimes get unneeded and unwarranted publicity as a result of being victims. the nhs in england is to put bar codes on medicines and medical equipment. it is hoped the scheme will reduce the likelihood of patients being given the wrong treatment, and make it easier to trace people if they are. an angiogram designed to reveal the condition of patients' blood vessels is carried out in salisbury. as part of the piloting of the scan4safety 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.
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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 those back in the future again to those patients. barcoding 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 scan4safety could be in tracing patients when faulty products have been recalled. nearly 50,000 british women had breast implants made by the french
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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. the criminologist who uncovered evidence which led to fresh inquests into the hillsborough disaster has said he's turning down an 0be because he can't accept an honour tied in name to the british empire. professor phil scraton said he accepted that his decision might disappoint some of the families whose relatives died at liverpool's fa cup semi—final in 1989. in three weeks' time, donald trump will be sworn in as 45th president of the united states in a ceremony on capitol hill before moving into the white house. but in the seven weeks since his election, mr trump has opted to stay at his home in trump tower in new york, a city that voted overwhelmingly for his opponent, hillary clinton. as our correspondent nick bryant explains, trump tower has become a magnet for those who can't — or won't — accept the trump ascendancy.
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christmas in new york city. it's hardly a season of goodwill towards all men. people coming out here in the streets to oppose this woman—hating, racist, disgusting fascist regime. in places, the carols have been drowned out by anti—trump chants. the buildings that bear his name have become focal points of protest. many new yorkers hate having donald trump in their midst. new yorkers loathe trump and always have. and that tells you a lot. this is his hometown. new yorkers hate donald trump. and have for decades. we know him better than anybody in the country. it is despicable that a new yorker could be so egregiously against women, people of colour, people of different religions.
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when he comes from the most beautiful melting pot of new york. it is a dagger in my heart, to be honest, as a new yorker. it makes me want to cry, right now. i'm sorry. protests large and small have become almost a permanent feature of life in new york city since the election of donald trump. and feelings are particularly intense in manhattan, his home, where nine out of ten voters supported hillary clinton. some new yorkers have registered their disapproval by campaigning to have his name removed from their apartment buildings. and here at this playground in brooklyn, when pro—trump graffiti appeared alongside swastikas, it was quickly transformed into a shrine of love. a rally shortly afterwards displayed the deep community unease here that reports of hate or bias crimes in new york have increased by 115% since election day.
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i reject donald trump's vision of america. new york city, i'm asking you to do the same. the billionaire is synonymous with this city. his name remains emblazoned on buildings, even ice rinks. but this christmas, the big apple has something of a gotham—city feel, with the president—elect cast by many of his fellow new yorkers as the super—villain of the piece. nick bryant, bbc news, new york. now, a mannequin challenge that is out of this world. the internet video trend which sees people frozen in action while a camera moves around them has now spread as far as the international space station. european space agency astronaut thomas pesquet has shared a video of the rest of the crew taking part in the challenge. he moves the camera through the space station, filming the crew members in their various frozen poses. the astronaut declared on twitter that his film takes the challenge "to new heights". boom boom! if we tried it here, you
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think your picture had frozen. let's look at the weather now. we will start with a look at the satellite sequence start with a look at the satellite sequence from earlier today. it shows the thickest cloud across the north and west of scotland. a bit of rain here, but good spells of sunshine for northern ireland and much of england and wales, but we did start on a very cold note. but it led to some very picturesque scenery, it led to some very picturesque scenery, like this in 0xfordshire. but where we saw the sunshine, by evening, the temperatures plummeted away. there is some extra cloud drifting in from the west, but i suspect the south—east of england will have the worst visibility by dawn. it will also be quite cold here. the south—west will be nowhere near as cold, but there is more
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cloud and some rain. a lot of cloud for wales and the south—west through the morning, but very little rain. some of the child will be low, with a few patches of fog in wales. still some fog lingering in pass the south—east. it is a cold start of the day and it will be a slow start for some, with poor visibility in places. in northern england, there isa places. in northern england, there is a lot of cloud, but very little rain. double figures across much of scotla nd rain. double figures across much of scotland through the morning, but there was a fair bit of cloud in the north and west, and that is bringing rain and a bit of a breeze. that weather front will be with you for quite some time, only slowly slipping southwards, and the rainfall totals will be totting up. any fog in the south—eastern corner lifts into low cloud and it will stay pretty grey here. there will be a lot more cloud in the sky than we saw on thursday. 0n a lot more cloud in the sky than we saw on thursday. on two new year's eve, and we still have that weather front across scotland, slipping
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slowly southwards into northern ireland. still quite mild. the south—westerly breeze will raise temperatures across england and wales. it is largely dry and years eve. as we head towards midnight, that weather front should clear away from scotland. in the south and east, it is largely dry and not particularly cold around midnight, but we will see temperatures dipping away across more northern parts. for new year's day itself, rain and cold air following new year's day itself, rain and cold airfollowing behind. it will be cold enough for slow —— snow showers in the north. hello, this is bbc news. we will be
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having a look at the papers in a moment but first, the headlines at half past ten. president obama authorises sanctions against russia over alleged interference in the he's also expelling 35 russian diplomats from the states in the m the states in response to claims of a campaign of harassment of american officials in moscow. the kremlin denied any involvement in the hacking. 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. the head of the royal college of gps has warned that patients could be
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waiting more than a month to see a doctor this winter. the government says it's investing an extra 2.4 billion pounds 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'. ‘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. i know i told you that we would be on at quarter to 11 but we keep you on at quarter to 11 but we keep you on your toes! hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be bringing us tomorrow.
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with me are claire cohen, women's editor at the daily telegraph and kevin schofield, editor of politicshome. tomorrow's front pages, starting with. .. the i leads with the ceasefire in syria, which has just come into effect. the ceasefire in syria — brokered by russia and with the us sidelined says the paper — is also the guardian's main story. the brexit vote has helped attract more than 16 billion pounds of foreign investment to britain, according to figures in the express. the late hollywood star debbie reynolds and her daughter carrie fisher are pictured on the front of the telegraph, alongside her last words — "i want to be with carrie". the daily mirror claims the nhs paid more than a million pounds to pest controllers last year, to deal with vermin in hospitals. the obama administration's decision to expel 35 russian diplomats and step up sanctions is the main headline on the times. so let's begin... these sanctions which we have had announced this evening, here they are in the times newspaper, a bomber hits back at a new cold war, spy
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scandal, 35 russians are expelled —— barack obama hits back. expecting action after it was disclosed weeks ago that multiple intelligence agencies said that russia was behind lea ks and hacks agencies said that russia was behind leaks and hacks in e—mails against hillary clinton? yes, president 0bama warned in october that there would be some sort of action. i think that this is slightly swifter than people expected but he only has 21 days left. it was now or never. 35 diplomats have been expelled, and russia has hit back, saying there will be tit—for—tat retaliation. i don't know if you have seen the first example of that being the moscow embassy tweeting a picture of a duckling with the word "lame" across it, so it is childish retaliation already... yes, and we have had more information from the state department that it is notjust
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be hacking and leaking of e—mails that are concerning for washington but they say that american diplomats overseas had been attacked and intimidated. they have been harassed and spied upon, they say. it is unbecoming behaviour, you aren't supposed to treat diplomats in your country in such a way. they have been harassed and this is a tit—for—tat move by president obama. it strikes me that in his final days in the white house, he is trying to pile a massive problem on the desk of donald trump in his first day on the oval office. president obama... there is a quite where he says that all americans should be alarmed by actions from russia, it points at donald trump because he has a close relationship with vladimir putin. he has praised him in the past, as his
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new secretary of state is very close, russia has given them an award. does he had not his friend all go back on what barack obama has done, giving a green light to the harassment of american diplomats —— does he go back on his friend? it's more than that, it is notjust going against president obama but cia evidence. he will fall out with someone in the start of his time at the white house. either disregarding what the cia and others are saying about accused hackers or he will fall out with vladimir putin who he is tried to build edges with. others have come out and said, this is what we need to do. barack obama has not done it to spite donald trump, it needed to be done? yes but the timing is significant. he's been in power for eight years. problems have
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come to a head in the last two or three years in particular. it feels like we are on the verge of a new cold war. but certainly, i think there is something landing squarely on the in tray for donald trump. when he is inaugurated. it will be interested to see how he handles it. you could say that it was a deliberate jab, if you were a cynic... but we are not cynical, thatis cynic... but we are not cynical, that is likely! we will come back to the times newspaper in a minute, but in thei the times newspaper in a minute, but in the i newspaper, h roos in syria, ——h in the i newspaper, h roos in syria, —— h roos in syria. a shattered building and this headline. —— a truce. some of the rebels have signed up to this ceasefire but not all, by any means. no, it seems to have happened very quickly, the fall of aleppo, followed by a truce,
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vladimir putin saying that he would stand by the truce and make sure that it stand by the truce and make sure thatitis stand by the truce and make sure that it is enforced. as you say, there are so many groups which is why it is a complicated conflict. many have signed up to the ceasefire, and i think it remains to be seen whether this is a long... something long—term or not but all ceasefire is and truces are to be welcomed but it depends on the terms of it and what it means for the region. russia are incredibly powerful and it is a concern for the west. i am reading on reuters that the syrian observatory for human rights have said that warring sides in syria appear to have ceased firing. so, it started about 40 minutes ago, midnight local time. firing. so, it started about 40 minutes ago, midnight localtime. of course, early days, but the fact that those involved seem to have
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fallen silent... but where does the usa feature in this? the deal has been brokered with turkey and russia, previously they were on different sides. russia are -- they are noticeable in their absence, america. where is president obama in this? as you say, it is early days to be celebrating, where so many other ceasefires have collapsed. yes, it will hold for about one month... five years, 470,000 deaths, 11 million refugees will feel the effects of this conflict for many years to come, even if the ceasefire holds. let's have a look at the daily telegraph and an incredible picture of their main photo story, debbie reynolds pictured a few years ago with her daughter carrie fisher. debbie reynolds was rushed into hospital after she heard of the
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death of her daughter, carrie fisher, who had a heart attack days ago when she was on a flight back to the us. "i want to be with carrie " are said to be herfinal words. heartbreaking for the family, to have two members die within 24 hours of one another. yes, and at this time of year, it seems even worse, when it happens over the christmas period. at the end of a year which has seen a remarkable amount of celebrities dying, this seems to be a strangely fitting end to such a horrible 12 months. for carrie fisher to die so suddenly at a relatively young age, that was shocking enough. for her mother to die the following day, it would appearasa die the following day, it would appear as a result of shock at what happened to her daughter. it's beyond words and your heart goes out
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to the family. it is a fantastic picture and a very young carrie fisher in this picture. they were clearly hollywood royalty, won't they? it's a very regal picture. their final words, it's heartbreaking. what struck me about so many of the tributes paid to debbie reynolds today, whether i have read them or heard them, is the word "generous" was used many times but how she approached the people she worked with, she had a generous spirit, not in monetary terms but in a spirit —— in her spirit. spirit, not in monetary terms but in a spirit -- in her spirit. i've had the same about carrie fisher, people saying they had interviewed a lot of hollywood stars and so many of the female stars said that carrie fisher helped them in hollywood when they we re helped them in hollywood when they were young and coming up. that jumped out at me as well. this is an incredibly striking and poignant picture on the front of the daily telegraph. especially when we know what a roller—coaster their mother—
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daughter relationship was and how honest they were about it themselves, that was so refreshing. debbie reynolds's heartache when carrie fisher's father left her, it was across the tabloids but she was open about those relationships and how difficult it was to be a working mother, and how carrie fisher was open about her mental health problems. they were very open about their troubles and we have a lot to be grateful for. staying with the daily telegraph, poppy be grateful for. staying with the daily telegraph, poppy may be grateful for. staying with the daily telegraph, poppy may rebukes us for attack on israel. this seems that theresa may is not happy with the words thatjohn kerry used about the words thatjohn kerry used about the meta nyahu the words thatjohn kerry used about the netanyahu government being right—wing —— may rebuke. she is putting herself alongside donald trump? yes, it is powerful language from theresa may, she says she does not believe it is appropriate for
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him to attack the make—up of the democratically elected government. it seems she sidelined herself with donald trump but she has to have a relationship with donald trump in 21 days' time. when he was elected there was a lot of talk about how far down the list she was when he made his calls to world leaders and there has not been a lot of progress in that publicised, maybe she needs to align herself with him. it was only days ago, december the 23rd, america decided to abstain in the vote in the resolution that meant the security council could approve the security council could approve the resolution. condemning the building of settlements in the occupied palestinian territories. but, britain signed a resolution recently as well, saying what? yes, they went further than america, they only abstained. we voted for it. it seems downing street is sending out mixed signals here. they find
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themselves in a difficult position, they have managed to annoy all sides. it looks like theresa may was trying to build bridges with the israeli cupboard by siding with them ina spat israeli cupboard by siding with them in a spat with america. at the same time, they are trying to, as you say, build bridges with donald trump coming in. they must be careful. he will be in in three weeks' time so they cannot be seen to be siding against the us. it is a difficult one. you are riding two courses at once and you end up falling off, always. —— two horses. it is tricky, always. —— two horses. it is tricky, a model. in the times newspaper, young drivers face 120 hours of lessons. that is a lot! at the moment people have far less than that? i do not have a drivers license i should say... you don't strive? i don't but i asked my boyfriend before i came on air, and he said it was 24 hours. this story
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says 120 hours over 12 months, some past with 20 others experience or less, it says. he scraped through, this is in practice in a lot of countries. in australia, you have to do 100 hours. there was a story three orfour do 100 hours. there was a story three or four weeks do 100 hours. there was a story three orfour weeks ago do 100 hours. there was a story three or four weeks ago out of australia that one in ten people we re australia that one in ten people were forging their mandatory logbooks, it is open to abuse... people clock up hours with their mum and dad, it's not a formal lesson and dad, it's not a formal lesson andi and dad, it's not a formal lesson and i remember they can be fraught! laughter my parents cannot drive, i had to get lessons. it strikes me, looking at this from the wrong end of the lens, the thinking behind it is that there are too many inexperienced
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drivers on the roads but can you not make it a more difficult test? surely... if they pass the test, they can drive session mark pilots have to clock up a number of hours to maintaina have to clock up a number of hours to maintain a pilot 's licence —— if they pass the test, they can drive? it's not just they pass the test, they can drive? it's notjust the they pass the test, they can drive? it's not just the test they pass the test, they can drive? it's notjust the test but being on the road for a number of hours. you will experience widely different ranges of weather or heavy traffic, like traffic, all of those kinds of things. i don't know how they break it down but it should be a maintenance thing, you have to do it every four years... and it is very expensive. —— every few years. i passed a pew years ago and even then it was £11 an hour. now it will be more than that. more like 120. 40-50
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is the average, that would be about £3000. you would be passing in a hurry! we are out of time but fear not, we will be back at 11:30pm. all of the front pages are online and you can read a detailed review of the papers there. it is their seven days a week. we are there as well. each edition of the papers will be online. we will be back at half past 11 but now it is time for sportsday. hello and welcome to sportsday. late drama in the championship as villa snatch a draw and deny leeds third place in the table. ryan giggs is out of the running to become the next swansea manager — with chris coleman appearing to rule himself out too. and it's an impressive return for rafa nadal —
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an emphatic win in his first match after injury. there was a meeting of two of the championship's most prestigious clubs at villa park this evening. aston villa and leeds share plenty of top flight experience, and both covet a return. as paddy gearey reports it took late drama to deny leeds a place in the top three: by by headcount or by history, the two clu bs a re by headcount or by history, the two clubs are among england's biggest. aston villa banished from the premier league this year but leeds would tell them that it can be a long path back. full of frustrating
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misses, aston villa had a lot of those in the first half. they had it down to an art form here, with this moment snatched 53 minutes in... but the header was hardly an unstoppable. fast forward three more minutes for a near replay. the ball came to yann sommer again but he found a firmer barrier in his path this time. it would have ensured protection against panic. this handball was not spotted by the referee but the assistant. a penalty for aston villa with five minutes left. jonathan will be missed, he is about to fly off to the africa cup of nations. for both of the exiles, the new year does hold hope. patrick gearey, bbc news. leeds are up to fourth for the time being, with villa ninth. in the night's other game, first half goals from chris o'grady and jackson irvine gave burton a 2—1 win at bottom side rotherham. burton move five points clear of the relegation places in 19th.
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swansea have ruled ryan giggs out of the running to succeed bob bradley. giggs had been the early frontrunner. wales manager chris coleman has indicted he'll remain with the national team. it all means that paul clement and gary rowett are now the favourites to replace bradley — who departed after the boxing day defeat to west ham afterjust 11 games and 85 days in—charge. the hammers boss slaven bilic doesn't believe that represented a fair opportunity for the american. having been under pressure himself bilic certainly has sympathy for bradley. it is such a short amount of time. basically, you depend totally on mark. —— on luck. he would be expected to do something in a couple
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of months, and that is not preseason. that's one game in two days, another in five days... he did not have a chance to be fair. i thought he was lucky to win a few games, in all of that. liverpool managerjurgen klopp has dismissed claims he wants to sign arsenal's alex oxlade—chamberlain next month. the midfielder has scored six times in all competitions this season, but klopp made his position very clear following reports linking the player with a move to anfield. usually, i don't say anything about tra nsfer usually, i don't say anything about transfer rumours but i can make an exception, no problem. nonsense! if we think that we had to do something, if there is a player which can help us, not only in january but in february, march, april, may, and the season after... then we would do something. but if not, then not. argentine striker carlos tevez appears to have become one
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of the highest paid sportsmen in the world after moving to the chinese super league. the former west ham, manchester united and manchester city striker has joined shanghai shenhua, who are coached by ex—brighton boss gus poyet. they've agreed a 71.6 million pound deal with argentine club boca juniors — including a salary for tevez of over 600,000 pounds a week. tevez joins a growing list of high—profile players to head to china, including graziano pelle, ezequiel lavezzi, jackson martinez and oscar. rafael nadal has made a winning start to his latest comeback from injury. it was an emphatic victory too — against tomas berdych at an exhibition tournament in abu dhabi. a wrist injury had troubled nadal throughout 2016, but there were no signs of rustiness — 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
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in the second. nadal will play milos raonic in the semi—finals. earlier, david goffin beatjo—wilfried tsonga in straight sets too. the belgian will now face andy murray tomorrow lunchtime. murray has his sights set on success in the the first grand slam of the season, the australian open, which begins in mid—january. 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 has not happened for me. i need to do something a bit different this year. but, a lot of the conditions... i enjoyed the tournament a lot. i will be going in and hopefully playing well with a lot of confidence because of how i finished 2016. former world champion ricky hatton has called for more support for retired boxers. hatton said if there were some kind of union in place, others may be able to avoid the depression he's suffered in retirement.
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hatton fell into heavy drinking and drug—taking, and tried to take his own life on several occasions. he said that after quitting, many boxers end up feeling isolated. england all—rounder david willey was in fine form for perth scorchers, as they beat melbourne renegades by four wickets in their latest big bash match. willey took two for 15, as melbourne made 148 from their 20 overs. and perth looked to be cruising towards their target, with former england batsman ian bell making a rapid 22. but there was a batting collapse, it went down to the last ball with perth needing three to win — and ashton agar smashed it for six. australia captain steve smith appears to have taken a liking to playing in melbourne. he scored a century for the third test match in a row at the mcg, as his side ended day four of the second test against pakistan with a 22 run lead. the aussies are 465 for six
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in theirfirst innings — with smith 100 not out. however, it's unlikely they'll be able to make anything of it, after four days of bad weather. south africa are closing in on victory in their first test against sri lanka at port elizabeth. the tourists are chasing an unlikely 488 to win, and ended day four on 240 for five. south africa's kagiso rabada and spinner keshav maharaj each took two wickets. phil taylor is through to the pdc world darts championship quarterfinals after holding on to beat kim huybrechts at alexandra palace. the 16—time world champion looked to be easing to a 4—nil whitewash but missed several chances to win before finally claiming the match 4—2. he'll play long—time rival raymond van barneveld in the last eight. earlier, peter wright set up a tie with james wade, while dave chisnall will take on defending champion gary anderson. they have one of the strongest
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rivalries in football — but today fans of both sunderland and newcastle put that aside to raise money for a five—year—old boy with cancer. as mark denten reports, supporters came together in sunderland this afternoon for a charity wear—tyne derby. whistle there have been 153 sunderland and newcastle derby games in the last 118 years. but never one quite like this... because, despite the fully committed tackles on the pitch, these fans and archrivals are actually playing for the same team. raising money for bradley lowery, five years old, is sunderland fan with terminal cancer. we thought this was the best way of getting two teams who dislike each other in footballing terms and getting them together so they can have a game. cancer overrides rivalry, we have a
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history of disliking one another but it is fantastic. today proves that family and football can work. bradley's family were given his terminal diagnosisjust bradley's family were given his terminal diagnosis just before christmas. he has twice been a mascot at the stadium of light but his name has been charted by newcastle fans as well. it shows that cancer has more colours, it brings us together to fight a good cause. “— brings us together to fight a good cause. —— for a good cause. brings us together to fight a good cause. -- for a good cause. we will go straight back to the pub in sunderland, i don't think wearing this is the best option! but we are looking to make this an annual thing and keep doing it. i don't want to spend too much time in this part of the world more than i have two, but we can do this for the kids. all of the passion you would expect from a north—east derby. channelled into one very north—east derby. channelled into one very good north—east derby. channelled into one very good cause. north—east derby. channelled into one very good cause. mark denton, bbc news, sunderland. that is all from sportsday.
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the deepening let's begin with a satellite sequence from earlier today. —— good evening. a breeze and some rain here. good spells of sunshine here in northern england and wales. cold, —3 or —5 in places but it led to picturesque scenery, like year in 0xfordshire from one of our weather watchers. when the sun went down, temperatures fell away and mistand went down, temperatures fell away and mist and fog returned. questions about the extent of fog overnight. cloud from the west. i expect in these areas there is worst is ability by dawn. it's cold, hovering ability by dawn. it's cold, hovering a degree or so either side of freezing. here, nowhere nearas cold. seven or 8 degrees but more cloud and some rain. a lot of cloud in wales and the south—west through the morning but little rain to
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speak. some of it is loaded with patches of fog this side of wales. bob lingers across east anglia and the south—east. a cold start of the day —— fog lingers. some visibility is poor in places. in northern england, a lot of cloud and little rain. cloudy in northern ireland, but it's in double figures across scotla nd but it's in double figures across scotland through the morning but there is a fair bit of cloud in the north and west, bringing rain. a breeze as well. this weather front will be with you for some time, slipping southwards, rainfall goes up. any fog in the south—east lifts into low cloud and it was a pretty great here. more cloud in the sky than we saw on thursday. some breaks in it, mainly to the east of high ground. 11 degrees in glasgow, 5 degrees in norwich. on new year's eve, this weather front across scotla nd eve, this weather front across scotland slipping southwards into northern ireland. a south—westerly breeze raises temperatures a couple
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of degrees across england. largely dry on years eve but at midnight, this weather front will clear. south and east of that, it's largely dry and east of that, it's largely dry and not particularly cold around midnight. but temperatures fall away in northern areas. on new year's day itself, the rain head south, cold air follows. and itself, the rain head south, cold airfollows. and on new year's day at is cold enough. ——
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