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this is bbc news. the headlines: australia welcomes in the new year in style with a spectacular display of fireworks over the sydney harbour bridge. and 2017 has arrived in tokyo. this is the scene live in tokyo. security is stepped up in major cities around the world and in the ukfor cities around the world and in the uk for new year celebrations after the deadly lorry attacks in germany and france. hundreds of ordinary people are honoured in the queen's new year's honours list along with many of britain's olympic and paralympic stars, including mo farah, jessica ennis hill and andy murray. i feel ennis hill and andy murray. ifeel more ennis hill and andy murray. i feel more still like andy murray. feels obviously more normal to me but it's obviously, you know, a big
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honour and happy with that, nice way to finish or start the new year. at least 28 people are killed in two bomb explosions at a busy market in baghdad. the so—called islamic state group say two of its militants were responsible. 40% of councils in england have no procedures in place to prosecute people who misuse disabled parking permits. coming up in half an hour click‘s first ever studio audience live programme. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. celebrations have begun around the world to welcome in 2017. this is the scene live in tokyo injapan as
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thousands of revellers bring in the new year. you saw balloons being released a few seconds ago. this is the biggest holiday in japan. many few seconds ago. this is the biggest holiday injapan. many people will go holiday injapan. many people will 9° pray holiday injapan. many people will go pray for good luck and good fortune in 2017. that's tokyo. . spectacular fireworks have . illuminated sydney and auckland to celebrate the arrival of 2017, as celebrations continue around the globe. this was the scene in sydney harbourjust hours ago. officials there say it's the city's biggest ever fireworks display. 1.5 million people are estimated to have been celebrating by the opera house on the harbour front. the display paid tribute to some of the music legends who died in 2016, as purple fireworks — in honour of the late
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pop artist prince — rained down from the harbour bridge. earlier, auckland in new zealand was the first major city to welcome the new year. fireworks erupted from the 300 metre tall sky tower in the city centre. security has been stepped up in major cities as the world marks the beginning of 2017. concrete barriers are blocking off central squares in paris, madrid and new york to prevent truck attacks like the recent ones in berlin and nice. in cities including london thousands of extra police are being deployed ahead of new year celebrations. richard lister reports. the metropolitan police says there's no specific intelligence about an attack in london but it has been looking at the tragic events in berlin and nice
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and has adjusted plans for new year's eve accordingly. some 3,000 officers will be on the streets of the capital as part of a package of measures to maintain security. we spent a long time carefully planning this operation with our partners, they include the mayor's office, westminster city council and many others to make sure people can come to central london on new year's and have a fantastic time. and when they come to give us extra time, there will be a search regime in place. something like 3,000 police officers on duty in central london alone, there will be stewards, as well. the police federation says there will also be more armed officers on patrol in london this year than in previous years and more areas where vehicles will be banned. greater manchester police and other forces say they've also stepped up crowd protection measures in the wake of the berlin attack. germany's chancellor angela merkel says islamist terrorism is the biggest threat facing her country. in a new year message, she refers to the truck attack
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on a christmas market in berlin in which twelve people died. translation: the biggest test, without a doubt, is islamist terrorism, which has had germany in its sights for many years. in 2016, it attacked us, and a few days ago at the christmas market here in berlin. and yes, it is especially bitter and repugnant if terror attacks are carried out by people who are allegedly looking for protection in our country. we are free, caring, open. bearing in mind the pictures of a heavily bombed aleppo we want to reiterate how important and correct it was that our country in the last year helped those who genuinely required our protection to find a foothold here and to integrate. damien mcguinness has more details
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from berlin. she talks about the three terror attacks germany suffered over 2016, all three of which were connected to people pretending to be refugees or asylum seekers. now she said it was particularly shocking and repulsive was the word she used, that these attacks were committed by people who had come to germany looking for help. i thought what was particularly interesting about her speech is that she actually stands by her policy on refugees, she said when you look at the pictures of bombings in aleppo, that shows it's particularly important to show compassion and she said that the only way to fight terror is with compassion and she was adamant she's going to stick by what she sees as european values of openness and freedom and tolerance. it's quite interesting in that regard, it didn't show any sort of step back from her policy on migration and she was also very strong
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in really standing up to what many people see as populism, she called on european unity and said germany should lead the way in keeping europe together and this was a real nod to this anti—migrant, new anti—migrant party, afd which has arisen the last few years and merkel is facing re—election in september. what that indicated was that she's really standing her ground and not catering to populism but rather has decided she's going to stand up against it. barack obama has given his new year message. he took the opportunity to talk about his legacy as us president. we have made extraordinary progress as a country these past eight years and here's the thing, none of it was inevitable. it was the result of tough choices we made and the result of your hard work and resilience. to keep america moving forward is a task that falls to all of us. sustaining and building on all we have achieved from helping more young people afford higher education, to ending discrimination based on pre—existing conditions,
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to tightening rules on wall street, to protecting this planet for our kids, that's going to take all of us working together. because that's always been our story. the story of ordinary people coming together in the hard, slow, sometimes frustrating, but always vital work of self—government. it has been the privilege of my life to serve as your president and as i prepare to take on the even more important role of citizen, know that i will be there with you every step of the way to ensure that this country forever strives to live up to the incredible promise of our founding, that all of us are created equal, and all of us deserve every chance to live out our dreams. from the obama family to yours, have a happy and blessed 2017. the queen has used the new year's honours list to recognise the success of more than 100 of britain's olympians and paralympians.
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there are knighthoods for andy murray and mo farrah, while jessica ennis—hill is made a dame. andy swiss has the details. at the end of a glittering yearfor british sport, for five of its greatest stars — the greatest honours. first, a knighthood for the man who spent 2016 scaling dizzying new heights. commentator: wimbledon champion again — a supreme performance! after winning a second wimbledon, a second olympics and the world number one spot, it's now sir andy murray. a fitting finish to a remarkable season. i feel more still like andy murray. it feels obviously more normal to me. but it's obviously a big honour. i'm happy with that, it's a nice way to finish, or start, the new year. there's also a new title for mo fa rah‘s collection. commentator: gold for great britain again! the double—double.
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he described his knighthood as a dream come true. having come to britain as an eight—year—old from somalia, he added, he could never have imagined it. another athletic star, meanwhile, becomes a dame. london 2012 heptathlon champion jessica ennis—hill, who retired this year. there was also a damehood for rower katherine grainger. after five medals at five consecutive olympics, the perfect ending to her career. and there's a knighthood for one of britain's top paralympians. dressage rider lee pearson won his 11th gold medal in rio. among the other honours, two sporting couples. cbes for cyclists jason and laura kenny, while hockey gold medallists kate and helen richardson—walsh become an obe and mbe respectively. and after their impressive run at euro 2016, wales football manager chris coleman becomes an obe, and his northern ireland counterpart, michael o'neill, an mbe. just a few of more than 100 sporting figures honoured for a memorable 12 months.
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there were also some notable names honoured from the worlds of arts and entertainment. among them there's a knighthhood for the knotty ash funnyman ken dodd — as our entertainment correspondent, lizo mzimba, reports. i'm full of plumshushness. he's been one of britain's favourite entertainers for more than half a century. now ken dodd has received a knighthood. i said to the fellow, excuse me, can you help me out? yes, which way did you come in. you don't get bigger than this. i've played a lot of big theatres. but this is it, this is "the" day. i'm very, very proud. the bucket residence, the lady of the house speaking. actress patricia routledge, she's been made a dame. kinks frontman ray davis said he felt humility and joy to become sir ray.
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a knighthood too for award—winning actor mark rylance. bond actress naomi harris becomes an obe. figures from fashion and design have also been recognised. american vogue editor anna wintour said she was touched to be made a dame. victoria beckham becomes an obe for services to the fashion industry. the hillsborough independent panel was chaired by the former bishop of liverpool, jamesjones. he's now been knighted. obviously, great pride, but mixed with sadness because of that enduring sadness of the families, who have continued to feel the loss of their loved ones at hillsborough. he's one of hundreds being recognised for their contribution across the uk. lizo mzimba, bbc news. at least 25 people have been killed
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and more than 50 injured after two bomb attacks at a busy market in central baghdad. a roadside bomb exploded near a shop, then a suicide bomber detonated his device among the crowd that had gathered. so—called islamic state says it was behind the attacks. jonny dymond reports. a packed market — shoppers and traders hemmed in. two bombs. one in a car parts shop, then another when a crowd had formed around the first. both suicide bombers. they took more than two dozen with them. fathers, and sisters, and mothers, and brothers. translation: when we heard the explosion, we found many people killed and wounded who we rescued and sent to the hospital. why does this happen in iraq? why to the iraqi people? to the north, the fight to take
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mosul, iraq's second city, from so—called is, continues. it is a long slog. and for many residents the only way is out. three more months, iraq's government says, the action might take. maybe next year will be better. but many iraqis are giving up, as they flee their battered city with nothing but bags and suitcases. the un security council will meet later to consider a russian resolution endorsing the ceasefire agreement in syria. the draft text calls for access for humanitarian aid convoys and expresses support for a political process to end the conflict. rebel groups have accused the syrian government of repeated violations of the ceasefire. air passengers in the south east of england are being warned of continuing disruption
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with flights because of earlierfog. heathrow, gatwick and london city airports have all warned passengers to check with their airlines before travelling. our correspondent angus crawford reports from heathrow airport. this really has been a question of the morning after the fog the night before. yesterday we know that something like 200 flights were cancelled across the uk, that affected about 30,000 people. it also meant that air crew and aircraft were in the wrong places when it came to departures and arrivals today, so even though the fog has lifted, earlier this morning you couldn't even see the control tower, although it's lifted there is still disruption. here at heathrow, we think about 50 flights have been cancelled in and out of the airport. london city airport had considerable delays this morning, real problems there. at gatwick there are a0—60—minute delays on some departures. so the advice is simple — if you are attempting to travel today, do consult your airline before you set off from home. the headlines: australia welcomes
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in the new year in style with a spectacular display of fireworks over the security is stepped up in major cities around the world and here in the uk for new year crowds and celebrations after the deadly lorry attacks in germany and france. more than 100 stars of the olympics and paralympics are recognised in the new year's honours list. in the sport, celtic won 2—1 in the old firm match at ibrox to move 19 points clear of rangers in the scottish premiership. and nadal has round off an
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injury—hit 2016 by winning an exhibition tournament. andy murray came third. i will have an update in the next hour. police in brazil have accused the greek ambassador‘s wife of colluding with her lover in the murder of her husband, kyriakos amiridis. a police investigator said francoise amiridis had admitted having an affair with a policeman who she blamed for the killing. the greek ambassador's wife, francoise amiridis, arriving at a police station in rio de janeiro. her husband, kyriakos amiridis, had been missing since monday. his body was found in the boot of a burnt—out car on the outskirts of rio on thursday. his wife told police he left in his rented car and did not tell her where he was going. it's been claimed that mrs amiridis was having an affair with a policeman. he has now confessed to killing her husband. it is understood he told detectives she told him to do it. investigators say the two had been
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planning this for days. mrs amiridis admitted to the affair, but denies ordering the murder. a cousin of the policeman has been accused of taking part in the crime and moving the body. investigations have been carried out at a house in the north of rio where mr amiridis and his family were thought to have been staying. he had apparently travelled from brasilia to spend christmas with his wife and her parents. it's thought this is where he was fatally wounded. the president of brazil has written to the greek prime minister expressing his profound sadness and condolences to the family of ambassador amiridis and the greek people. a new strike by workers on southern railway is causing disruption to rail services. members of the rmt union started a three—day walkout this morning in the long—running
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dispute about the role of conductors. an ongoing ban on overtime by drivers in the aslef union is adding to the disruption. a female cyclist from nottingham has set a new world record for female riders by covering over 32,000 miles in 12 months. kajsa tylen has broken a world record that's stood since 1938 when billie fleming cycled 29,604 miles. here's her story. just me, riding my bicycle in the midnight sun. it's awesome!
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i don't think it's sunk in yet, i don't know if it ever will, it's such a ridiculously big number to have ridden, i am not sure it will sink in at all. kajsa joins me now from nottingham. first of all, huge congratulations andi first of all, huge congratulations and i will begin with the question why? everybody always begins with that question. yeah, originally it was for the challenge. i read the guinness world record book when i was a kid with my brother and we a lwa ys was a kid with my brother and we always really enjoyed seeing all the records and stuff and then i read about billie fleming who you just talked about and, yeah, the record kind of resonated with me. i thought it's something i can do. presumably you were into serious cycling before this? well, i started cycling four
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yea rs this? well, i started cycling four years ago, so not really, but i kind of went from zero to a lot in a short period of time. so, if you can sum upfor us short period of time. so, if you can sum up for us where your cycling took you over the last 12 months. yeah, i have been to a lot of england, the flat parts of england mainly, i have kept away from the big hills, because they slow you down. i have also been into mainland europe. i went through france, belgium, holland, germany, denmark, sweden and finland and back again and then i have been mainly in england since then. you took a year off work i understand to do all of this. your bosses were sympathetic? yes, thankfully i will have a job to go back to in a week's time. and at any point in all of this did you think what am i doing, any point in all of this did you think whatam i doing, i any point in all of this did you think what am i doing, ifeel like giving up? yes, i did think what am
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i doing on a fairly frequent basis. i never thought i would give up, to be honest, i always knew i would get back on the bike the next day because i just knew back on the bike the next day because ijust knew that i had to finish it. so, yeah, sometimes i would kind of sit down at the side of the road and think what am i doing now? yeah, tomorrow's always another day, so you just get back on the bike the next day. did you have lots of support while you were doing this? yeah, i mean, my mum was my biggest supporter. she was kind of doing all the cooking and looking after me in that sense and looking after me in that sense and looking after my dog, as well. but, yeah, the general public and all my friends have just been amazing. i have had complete strangers riding with me on a regular basis so i have made a bunch of new friends. and i understand that your record is going to be verified by the guinness world records organisation next year. how will it feel to see your name and hopefully your photograph in the book that you and your brother used
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to look at when you were little? book that you and your brother used to look at when you were little ?|j hope — it's going to be awesome, i hope — it's going to be awesome, i hope i get in the book, that's the main thing, to get in the book would be incredible. yeah, i can't wait to see that. fantastic. huge congratulations and very well done to you. thank you very much. kajsa tylenjoining us to you. thank you very much. kajsa tylen joining us from nottingham. if you are looking for inspiration for new year's resolutions, she's a good place to start. 40% of councils in england have no procedures in place to prosecute people who misuse disabled parking permits. new analysis of official figures found that in 61 local authorities blue badges could be used fraudulently without fear of being fined. the finding been described as staggering by a disability charity. leanne brown reports. you're taking the badge off me? offices in oxfordshire checked hundreds of blue badges during a three—day operation over the festive season. many were confiscated because they were not being used by the owner. it is something that we need to enforce. we need to make sure that people
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are using their badges correctly so that people can get to the shops who need to get to the shops and are disabled. fines of up to £1,000 could be given to those who abuse the system but the department of transport says 61 out of 152 local authorities don't have a policy when it comes to prosecution. where legal action was taken, almost all involved were using someone else's blue badge. disability charity scope has called the figures staggering and says more needs to be done to tackle the fraud. a spokesman representing local authorities say they do take it seriously and are working hard to combat blue badge misuse. the first minister of scotland has used her new year's message to insist she is determined to respect scotland's vote to remain within the european union. nicola sturgeon said it was her top priority to ensure scotland retained as many of the benefits of eu
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membership as possible, including the freedom to work, travel and study in other member states. we are also working to safeguard the opportunities that so many people in scotland now take for granted. we are determined that scotland's vote to remain in the european union will be respected and that people in scotland can retain as many of the benefits of eu membership as possible, including the freedom to work, travel and study in other european countries. new year is inevitably a time when we look to the future. i am determined to ensure that we give our children and our young people scotland's future, the support and care they need to live happy, healthy, fulfilling lives. and i am confident that in 2017 we will make further progress towards that goal. let's get more now on the queen's new year's honours. the veteran comedian ken dodd
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received a knighthood for his services to entertainment and charity. he said he felt highly tickled by the honour. charity. he said he felt highly tickled by the honourlj charity. he said he felt highly tickled by the honour. i would like to thank all the people who wished it for me, they're the ones who made it, iam it for me, they're the ones who made it, i am very proud, thank you very much. do you think a lot of people would say it's long overdue? overdue, oh, no, my library books are. no, it came as a complete surprise and it's a wonderful feeling. how did you receive the news? the news, i have to share this award with all the people, all the show business people, particularly variety people because they give so much of their time and their talent to good causes. i shall be delighted to good causes. i shall be delighted to help them. and how does it feel to help them. and how does it feel to receive the award, notjust for the entertainment work but the
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charity work you do, as well. show business people are very generous, generous with their time and their talents and they help all sorts of wonderful charities and good causes andi wonderful charities and good causes and i shall do the same. you already have an obe i think in the early 19805 have an obe i think in the early 1980s and you are highly regarded in the world of entertainment, does this make the extra bit of difference? 0h, this make the extra bit of difference? oh, yes, this is probably the most important, the best day of my life. this is very, very — it's a wonderful feeling. as i say, i feel full of plumshushness. how would you rank this day in your career? the best day ever, you can't get better than this. i have played lots of big theatres, i have worked abroad, but this is is it. this is th e—day. iam abroad, but this is is it. this is th e—day. i am very, abroad, but this is is it. this is th e—day. iam very, very abroad, but this is is it. this is th e—day. i am very, very proud. abroad, but this is is it. this is th e—day. iam very, very proud. i know all my family will be very proud and all the people who
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supported me over the years, thank you, thank you, thank you very much. sir ken dodd. time now for the weather. as we get closer to new year's eve, here is stav. thank you very much. the forecast looks interesting to new year's eve evening and for midnight. this weather front is sinking south. it's brought a wet day for much of scotla nd brought a wet day for much of scotland and a wet evening for northern ireland. it will continue to sink southwards. by the time we reach midnight for the bells in scotla nd reach midnight for the bells in scotland it looks like it should have cleared most of the south and for northern ireland. wintry showers packing into the north and a risk of ice and a cold wind digging in. different story across the south. for england and wales it looks like it's going to stay cloudy. that cloud could thicken in places. it will be quite mild too. but really cold in the north. where it's going
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to be wet a bit of a disappointing midnight there. new year's day, that weather front is across much of england and wales, a wet first day of 2017. but the northern half of the uk will be cold, bright, sunny with wintry showers across northern areas. temperatures in single figures, as well. gentleman hello. gentleman this is bbc news. the headlines: "happy new year!" injapan, revellers celebrate the new year by releasing balloons in the capital tokyo. as the world marks the start of the new year, security has been stepped up in major cities. in london, thousands of extra police are being deployed ahead
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