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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. i'm gavin grey. our top stories: caught on camera — cctv footage of the moment the gunman launched his attack on party—goers in an istanbul nightclub. a huge manhunt continues. questions for indonesia, after 23 people are killed when fire breaks out on a crowded ferry. others are still missing. queen elizabeth has missed a second church service as she continues to recover from a "heavy cold". and will the world's scientists come up with desperately—needed antibiotics to fight super bugs in 2017? we'll look at the big global health issues of the year ahead. police in turkey are hunting for a gunman who opened fire
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at a nightclub packed with new year revellers — killing at least 39 people. another 69 were wounded, four of them critically, in what istanbul's governor described as a "terrorist attack". officials say some 15 foreign nationals were killed in the shooting at one of the city's most popular nightspots. the attack marks a bloody end to a year that saw ankara and istanbul targeted by several attacks carried out by the so—called islamic state group, and separately, kurdish rebels. mark lowen reports from istanbul. the mood was of celebration. one of istanbul's top nightclubs, reina, counting down to 2017. five, four, three, two... they expected a night ofjoy, a fresh start — not this. less than two hours into the new year, a gunman opened fire outside, bullets ricocheting
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as he shot a policeman and a civilian. another camera showed people cowering as the attacker struck before he stormed inside. inside, his killing spree continued — turks and foreigners murdered, others jumping into the freezing bosphorus to escape. dozens more were injured, some critically. the gunman is still at large. witnesses spoke of the horror. translation: i had my back turned. my husband suddenly told me to get on the floor. a man ran inside. two or three people started firing. then there was this fog. i fainted at that moment, until special forces took us out of there. they shot randomly. there were bodies lying on the floor. today, the scene was heavily guarded. too late for the victims of last night's security breach. there's still no word of who was behind it. well, this is as close as we can get to what was one of turkey's most renowned nightclubs,
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which has become a scene of mass murder. turkey is now worryingly accustomed to these attacks, and as perhaps the most turbulent year in its modern history ends, another begins, yet again marked by terror. at the mortuary, they counted up the bodies. those waiting feared the worst. some already knew it. muhammad from iraq told us one of his friends was killed and two others injured. "we'd come here on holiday," he said. "now we are taking my friend's body home." visiting the wounded, the prime minister sounded defiant, but after more than 20 attacks in the past year, killing almost 400, many will see his words as empty. translation: terror cannot intimidate us. we will intimidate terror. we will continue to fight against it. our biggest insurance is to see our people standing in solidarity and supporting our resolve. turkey now faces huge security threats. kurdish militants have bombed soldiers and police in a worsening
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insurgency, recently targeting a football stadium in istanbul. and as turkish forces became more embroiled in syria, so—called islamic state have hit back, attacking istanbul airport, for example. since turkey launched a ground offensive against is and kurdish militias in syria, it is more vulnerable than ever. and so a scene that's becoming almost routine here. today they bid farewell to ayhan arik — a brother, husband, father. after driving tourists to the nightclub, he was gunned down outside. they grieved for him, and for a country they once called safe, as they're left to wonder — what has happened to turkey? mark lowen, bbc news, istanbul. the scandal surrounding south korean
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president park geun—hye has intensified with the arrest by danish police of the daughter of a close friend and confidant. chung yoo—ra, a medal winning dressage rider, is being questioned whether she got preferential treatment to a university because of choi soon—sil‘s friendship with the president. president park was accused of colluding with her friend to extort favours from big business. parliament voted to begin impeachment proceedings against her last month. 23 people have died and 17 are still missing after a fire broke out on a tourist ferry in indonesia. passengers jumped into the sea to save themselves as flames engulfed the boat that was heading for a holiday island north of the capital, jakarta. officials believe a short circuit in a generator caused the ferry to catch fire. around 200 people were rescued. catharina moh reports. what's left of the zahro express ferry. officials say it burst into flames shortly after setting sail from muara angke port injakarta.
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more than 230 people were on board, heading to tidung island to celebrate the new year holiday. witnesses say a lot of passengers jumped into the sea. survivors were treated at a hospital injakarta, where relatives of the dead also gathered. translation: thick smoke suddenly emerged, blanketing the cabin. everybody panicked and ran up to the deck to throw floats into the water. in a split second, the fire became bigger. it was coming from where the fuel is stored. rescuers and investigators are continuing to search the boat, with people still unaccounted for. the ship was carrying more than double the number of passengers listed on its manifest, according to a disaster agency spokesman. ferries are often overcrowded and poorly maintained in indonesia, and sea accidents are frequent. nevertheless, for a country made up of thousands of islands, it remains a key form of transport. catharina moh, bbc news. in other news:
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syrian activists say government forces have again bombarded a rebel—held area north—west of the capital, damascus. government aircraft are reported to have attacked wadi barada. opposition groups warned on saturday that they'd abandon the ceasefire brokered by russia and turkey three days ago unless the attacks were halted. 35 russian diplomats expelled from the united states by president obama have left the country. the plane, carrying all the affected personnel and their families, took off from virginia. mr obama ordered the expulsion in response to alleged hacking during the recent presidential election. more than 50 security officers have been injured trying to prevent a thousand migrants storming a barrier in the spanish territory of thayoota in north africa. around 100 people made it to the top of the borderfence. police were attacked with rocks. the enclave, which is part of europe, is frequently targeted by sub—saharan africans trying to get into the eu.
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bahrain‘s interior ministry has ordered an investigation into how ten prisoners convicted of terrorist offences were able to escape during an armed attack on a jail. a policeman was killed when at least four gunmen launched the assault onjaw prison. inmates at the jail south of the capital, manama, include those convicted in connection with a wave of anti—government protests in 2011. here in the uk, the queen's daughter princess anne has said her mother is feeling better after the monarch missed the traditional new year's day church service because of what is described as a "lingering heavy cold". queen elizabeth, who is 90, was also absent from the christmas day service. our royal correspondent, peter hunt, reports. for a second time during the holiday season, the royals headed to church. for a second time, the queen was a notable absentee. her 95—year—old husband, who's also been ill, did attend, and was described by one observer as "chipper." protected from rain and walking
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alongside her husband, anne, a princess in purple, told someone in the crowd her mother was feeling better. during these security—conscious times, the windsors over christmas are an attraction for the dedicated, who, despite the weather, gather outside the sandringham church. once again, the 90—year—old monarch wasn't on display. a little bit disappointed because the queen wasn't there, but that is understandable at 90 years of age. she's in the best place, yes, and i wish her all the best for 2017. obviously, if she's not well, then you don't want to see her come out in this weather, do you, you know? at christmas, our attention is drawn to the birth of a baby some 2000 years ago. the queen, who recorded her christmas day message early in december, will not have taken the decision to miss church lightly — the supreme governor of the church of england has a deep personalfaith. but in her tenth decade, and on the advice of her doctor, the monarch is exercising caution in the face of a heavy cold she's had for nearly two weeks.
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the queen has been laid low and left feeling pretty miserable at the end of yet another significant year in her long reign. as well as celebrating her landmark birthday, she's started to acknowledge her advancing age and reduce her workload. just last month, the queen severed her links to 25 organisations she'd been patron of for decades. palace officials insist the queen is up and about and she hasn't been to hospital or had tests. as head of state, she continues to deal with the government documents she receives. the queen is clearly doing all she can to get rid of a lingering cold, rather than make it worse. peter hunt, bbc news, buckingham palace. last year's new year's eve in the german city of cologne was marred by mass sexual assaults and attacks on women. immigrants and north african men in particular were blamed for the attacks, but police were also criticised for failing to provide security. we returned to cologne one year on from the attacks. you saw in that video a group of men
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being held back by police. responding to criticism of the tactic on social media — cologne's head of police defended racial profiling. translation: we identified a large number of young men from north african countries. just in the city, there were more than 1,000. we examined these people on a large scale, because we recognise the corresponding aggressive behaviour with them. this was about the fact that we have taken measures against dangers very early on. we identified a total of more than 650 people, and carried out a variety of risk responses. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: brace yourself for a chilling annual ritual. it involves taking a plunge into freezing waters on new year's day. the most ambitious financial and political change ever attempted has got under way with the introduction of the euro. tomorrow, in holland,
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we're gonna use money we picked up in belgium today, then we'll be in france, and again it'll be the same money. it has just got to be the way to go. george harrison, the former beatle, is recovering in hospital after being stabbed in his oxfordshire home. a 33—year—old man from liverpool is being interviewed by police on suspicion of attempted murder. i think it was good. just good? no, fantastic. that's better. this is bbc news. the latest headlines:
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a huge manhunt continues in turkey for a gunman who opened fire on revellers celebrating the new year at an istanbul nightclub, killing at least 39 people. and a fire on board an indonesian ferry has left 23 people dead, with many others still missing. thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of hong kong, demanding full democracy. they accuse the government of cracking down on pro—democracy legislators and say beijing has interfered in hong kong's affairs by interpreting its local laws. helier cheung has more. it may be new year's day, but hong kong's protestors aren't celebrating. instead, they're marching through hong kong streets calling for democratic reform. activists hold pro—democracy marches every year in hong kong, but this time there is a new source of tension. these protesters are furious that the government is trying to disqualify four democratically elected legislators.
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the government says the legislators gave invalid oaths and so should be disqualified, but critics accuse the government of a political crackdown. translation: i voted for nathan law. the government has the nerve to try to disqualify him after he has already been sworn in. i feel furious about this. i feel i can't just sit at home anymore. if you are sitting at home, you might as well come out and protest. translation: the government shouldn't do that. why are they stirring up so much trouble? they are just trying to do theirjobs. why is the government trying to destroy voices that it doesn't agree with? this stops the legislators from doing theirjobs. hong kong's unpopular leader, cy leung, will step down next year. but protesters argue that without democratic reform, there is no guarantee the next leader will be any better. public opinion in
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hong kong is split. some argue pro—democracy groups have not achieved anything, and are distracting the government from more important issues. we do notjust want to disqualify cy leung, but also we are asking for a fundamental reform of the system. but these activists say they are determined to fight on, so hong kong is likely to see more protests over the coming year. helier cheung, bbc news, hong kong. all this week bbc news is focusing on what the big global stories might be in 2017. today we're focusing on health. tulip mazumdar reports. hello, i'm the bbc‘s global health correspondent, tulip mazumder, and these are the top global health stories to look out for in 2017. it's the biggest health crisis
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facing the world today. some of the drugs we have taken for granted to help us get over common infections are no longer working, partly because we have over—used them. it means an estimated 700,000 people are dying from infections that are now hard or impossible to treat. the world urgently needs new antibiotics to fight these so—called superbugs. the issue will continue to be high on the international agenda, with the powerful g20 countries due to discuss how best to deal with the crisis in germany injuly. dealing with depression, or the black dog, as it is sometimes called. the world health organization will make getting people to talk about their depression and anxiety a top priority in 2017. in some countries, there isn't even a word for those conditions, that is despite them affecting around one in ten people. expect lots of campaigning in countries such as chile, ethiopia and sri lanka, as their governments work to improve access to mental health services, and also in high—income countries, where only half of those suffering with depression are actually
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getting any treatment. zika is no longer considered a global health emergency. that is what we were told by the world health organization at the end of last year. but the announcement came with a stark warning that zika is here to stay, and it remains a major threat to pregnant women. there are still many unknowns when it comes to zika, but there are high hopes that 2017 will be the year we get some urgently needed answers, and tools to fight the virus. scientists are working hard to come up with a vaccine to protect women of child—bearing age. findings are also due to be published into how great the risk of zika actually is to newborn babies, which will help doctors advise mums—to—be. there was a very public and embarrassing end to 2016 for mariah carey, who had a massive technical meltdown during her performance at the new year's eve party in new york.
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as her hit song emotion started, the singer told the audience she couldn't hear things properly and looked as if she was struggling with her earpiece. she also appeared to be lip—syncing at points throughout the performance which was being watched by thousands in times square, and millions on tv. the singer later told fans and critics that life does not always go as planned. the owner of a burger restaurant has just won the title of best female chef in asia. may chow has taken hong kong by storm with her chinese—style buns and deep fried dessert sandwiches. she gave the bbc a flavour of what her work is like. for the bao, i would definitely say it's a chinese burger. if you define me, my
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food is exactly me. am i really chinese, or why do i sound so american, and what is this? and i would explain that the bao is exactly me. like, really authentic chinese, but really authentic — you know, grew up in america, understand, you know, all the cultures within that hemisphere, and then putting them together in an honest way. i asked my parents if i could go to cooking school and they were, like, no. because in chinese culture that's almost disrespectful to your family, for them to educate you for so long, and you deciding to be, you know, an artist, musician or... you know, that type of creative path, to them, is insecure. there is definitely that
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thing where you think, why are they still giving — it's so archaic to give away best female chefs award. why isn't there just a best chef award? and in a sense it's true. but, if you just see it from a positive light, it's like, given any platform that allows you to speak to millions of people, that raises the awareness, for women, or even local chefs, to understand that we've come really far in the culinary field in asia. and i think sometimes, when you talk about food and democracy, and people think in the us it's a given. in asia, it's not. we're still fighting for it. more than 8,000 performers from around the world have taken part in london's new year's day parade. this year's theme was blockbuster movies and, despite the rain, londoners and tourists lined the route.
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ayesha buksh was there. it isa it is a positively cheery start to 2017, watched by millions around the globe. the annual new years day parade in central london gets big every year and in light of recent terrorist attacks in europe 3000 extra police were drafted in. both the mayor and scotland yard have said they will be extra security this new year's day parade. organisers say they want people to feel safe. the theme of the parade was hollywood movies and many of the londoners who took part acted out famous films. we've got 17 london boroughs represented here today, 8500 performers, about 4000 of which have come in from the states. they have come in from the states. they have a wonderful, magical marching band culture there that have really embraced this event fully. we are marching band from delaware, in the us. what's it like to be in london
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for this? it is so beautiful. i love it here. it's amazing. i'm moving here! for some the event had extra meaning. these children were from a hospice in south london. it was really beautiful because when i asked how it felt to be participated ina said asked how it felt to be participated in a said it felt like they were pa rt in a said it felt like they were part of a larger community. that they were being represented, they we re they were being represented, they were being seen at honouring the work of sand christophers. this could be one of the last big things they do in their life. even leaving their life and commuting to the hospice can be exciting, never mind going to central london for a parade. there was a heavy rain later in the afternoon and the parade endedin in the afternoon and the parade ended in westminster. let's stay with the new year celebrations, and this one's known as the new year's day dip, an annual tradition in some parts of europe — diving, swimming or running into seas or rivers, which, as you can imagine, can be refreshing at this time of year. here's a look at some of the brave! rather than than me. if we go, let's
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have a look at hollywood. —— before we go. pranksters have tampered with the iconic sign, as california enters its first year with marijuana legal for adult recreational use. the letters now spell out hollyweed. los angeles police say they're investigating what they describe as vandalism. it's not the first time the sign has been altered in this way. according to variety, it was changed to hollyweed on new year's day in 1976. this is bbc news. hello. well, many of us had a bit of a wet new year's day, but that wet weather was courtesy of a cold front. the cold front has cleared through, introducing much chillier air, but much clearer, sunnier conditions as well for many of us today. a bright, crisp, but distinctly chilly start to your monday. some ice around after yesterday's rain, so watch out for that. could be quite slippery, particularly across the north and the east, where we've got some wintry showers, in actualfact. so it is not dry everywhere,
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but for the majority there will be blue skies as you step out first thing in the morning. this is 9:00am. a lovely start to the day, if you wear a few layers, that is, across most of wales and northern ireland. some of those wintry showers still peppering some northern areas of the province. the snow settling on the highest ground of northern ireland, and down to quite low levels, actually, across the north of scotland. so yes, it could be an icy start here, but for the central belt southwards, it should be largely clear and sunny. some showers, wintry showers, will be pecking away at the north—east coast of england, a few making it inland. but for most of us, actually, it will be a dry start to the day, with a lot of sunshine. a bit of patchy cloud, perhaps, filtering down across east anglia, but it should stay largely dry here. further west, though, temperatures close to freezing, so as i mentioned, watch out for one or two slippery surfaces. but it should be dry, and stay dry, for the majority of us as we go through the day. the wintry showers continuing across the north of scotland, though i think that the snow will tend to turn back to rain, at lower levels, at least, and most other places
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will stay fine. still some showers down that east coast of england, and maybe one or two filtering through the irish sea, eventually into some north—western coasts of england. a cold —feeling day, despite all that sunshine. temperatures much, much lower than they have been for the last couple of days in many places, so three to five degrees will be typical. we soon go into frost across the southern half of the uk, and there could well be some slippery surfaces, so watch out for those. if anything, though, temperatures will recover further north, with increasing cloud, and a somewhat milder wind pushing in from the north—west, carrying some showers, principally to the west of scotland. so a different sort of day here as we go through tuesday, a lot more cloud around. some showery rain for a time, on a stiff old breeze, especially across the north of scotland. some of this cloud will filter its way down across england and wales. but, bar the odd shower, actually, still plenty of dry weather, with some sunshine across these more southern and eastern areas. after that chilly start, temperatures slow to recover, but a degree or so higher than they will be today. but on wednesday we see some cold air coming back in again, particularly into the more
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northern and eastern areas. here the best of the sunshine. further south and west, we will hold onto a bit more cloud. the latest headlines from bbc news. i'm gavin grey. turkish police are hunting for the gunman who opened fire on revellers celebrating the new year at a nightclub in istanbul. the majority of the dead were foreigners. funerals have been held for some of the 39 people killed. a fire that broke out on a tourist ferry in indonesia has left 23 people dead and 17 missing. passengers jumped into the sea as flames engulfed the boat which was heading for a holiday island north of the capital, jakarta. officials believe a short circuit in a generator caused the ferry to catch fire. queen elizabeth has missed the traditional new year's day church service at sandringham because of a lingering heavy cold. she also missed the service on christmas day, and hasn't been seen in public for at least 12 days. but her daughter, the princess royal, has said the 90—year—old monarch is feeling better. those are the headlines on bbc news.
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now it's time for hardtalk. welcome to hardtalk with me, zeinab badawi.
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