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order this is bbc news, i'm reeta chakrabarti, the headlines at 12: average rail fare increases of 2.3% across britain are condemned by passenger groups as a kick in the teeth for travellers. it's already expensive, so if it goes up, i don't know. i think it's a disgrace, particularly as the railways aren't that efficient. well, around the rail network there's a lot happening, billions of pounds being spent, and nobody wants to see a fare increase, but costs rise. ands funerals are held for victims of the gun attack ands the so—called islamic state claims it was behind it. in which a 12—year—old girl was killed and her 11—year—old cousin left fighting for her life. tackling food waste with an app that's selling like hot cakes. restaurants, cafes and bakeries use the app to sell off meals at the end of the day. hungry bargain—hunters can buy them
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for a couple of pounds. and hull's year as the uk city of culture started with a bang last night as thousands of people watched a fireworks display from the banks of the humber estuary. and as the international olympic committee creates a new team of refugees, we've been following some of the hopefuls. that's in half an hour on bbc news. good afternoon, and welcome to bbc news. rail fares across england, wales and scotland will rise today, with passengers facing an average increase of more than 2%. public transport campaigners say the fare rises are another kick in the teeth for long—suffering rail passengers. but the transport secretary,
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chris grayling, said the government was delivering the biggest rail—modernisation programme for more than a century. here's our transport correspondent richard westcott. punctuality across britain is well below target, strikes have brought one of the busiest operators to a standstill, but none of it stops rail fares going up again today. i think it's a disgrace. particularly as the railways aren't that efficient, you know, there's always delays. in terms of the increase, well, that's fair. you've got to pay for things, and if it includes paying for wages and people earning more money. across britain, the average ticket will be 2.3% more expensive. season tickets, which are amongst the fares regulated by the government, go up a little less — at i.9%. it follows years of stinging rises — even allowing for inflation, fares have risen 25% since the mid—1990s. season tickets in the south—east of england are now regularly over £4000 or £5000. successive governments
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have put the prices up because they want passengers to pay a bigger proportion of the rail bill so that other taxpayers pay less. ministers say they're reinvesting billions of pounds to improve the service with new stations, better signals and electrified lines. around the rail network there's a lot happening, billions of pounds being spent. nobody wants to see a fare increase, but costs rise, pay rises, and right now fares are rising less fast than wages, so that's a step in the right direction. but campaigners are calling for a freeze or even a price cut, claiming that ordinary people are being priced off the trains. richard westcott, bbc news. reports from turkey say the gunman who killed 39 people celebrating the new year at a nightclub in istanbul fired more than a hundred shots. the authorities are continuing their hunt for the man who escaped after opening fire on party—goers. officials have now identified all but one of the victims, and they say nearly two thirds of them were foreign nationals.
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the so—called islamic state group claims it was behind the attack. seref isler reports. captured on camera, the moment bullets hit the nightclub in istanbul as attackers approach. security guards scramble as bullets ricochet around them. some try to run away — in vain. the victims had all gone to reina to celebrate the new year. now some will never go home. this funeral was for ayhan arik, a tour guide who had just been dropping off some tourists at the nightclub. turkey, once a beacon of stability in an otherwise volatile middle east, is facing its worst period of violence in decades. the attacks in 2015 and 2016 have hit military and civilian targets alike. turkey now says most of the dead at the reina nightclub were foreign nationals.
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the attacker remains at large. the prime minister says they will leave no stone unturned to find him. 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 has vowed to fight terrorism — again. in 2016, almost 400 people lost their lives in terror attacks. this brutal start to 2017 is an ominous sign for the year to come. seref isler, bbc news. our correspondent rengin arslan is in istanbul. at least 35 people have been killed in a car bombing in a busy square in baghdad. more than 60 others have been injured in the blast in the sadr city district. many were labourers waiting forjobs at a crossroads. it comes as three bombs killed 29 people across the city on saturday. five men have been arrested
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after a 12—year old girl was killed in an apparent hit—and—run in oldham in greater manchester. it happened on new year's eve. another girl is in a critical condition in hospital. richard lister reports. police say the five men, aged from 18 to 59, are still in custody and are being questioned about the crash which killed 12—year—old helina kotlarova and critically injured her cousin, zaneta krokova, who's11. when we ran there, she was on the floor. she had blood all over herface, and i was touching her, i was trying to see if she's going to breathe or something, but she couldn't breathe or nothing. and i've seen herface, this face was all, you know, bleeding and... there was do. helina's sister said the two girls were crossing ashton road and holding hands when they were hit a black vw golf which sped away. police want to speak to anyone who saw that car or a dark—coloured peugeot 807 seen in the area.
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they have also appealed for the driver of a white van which was on the same stretch of road to come forward. greater manchester police said specially trained officers were supporting the girls' families. richard lister, bbc news. let's cross to oldham and speak to our reporter, peter harris. bring us up to date with the investigation so far. pique thing to update on from the package there is the condition of zaneta, the 11—year—old who was badly injured by the car here. her condition, there has been no further update from the hospital this morning, where she had been described as in a critical condition previously. we have also heard from the school that was attended by the girls, and we have been speaking to a man called richard michael greaves, the teacher of helina, the 12—year—old girl who
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was sadly killed here on new year's eve, and he paid this tribute to helina. very popular, very popular, had a lot of friends, well— known, very outgoing. likeable, likeable pupil. as for zaneta, in a very bad way in hospital, a question of hoping that she pulls through. definitely, the academy, our thoughts and prayers will be with herfamily thoughts and prayers will be with her family throughout this sad time, and we pray that she pulls through and we pray that she pulls through and makesa and we pray that she pulls through and makes a full recovery. it has hit everyone hard at oasis, staff are deeply saddened by it, and it has really affected the demo over this new year period. obviously a difficult situation for the school with the children due to return
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later this week, coming to terms with the last there of helina. as for greater manchester police's investigation, the situation stands that they have five men in custody, they are aged between 18 and 59 yea rs of they are aged between 18 and 59 years of age, and they are being held on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. they continue to be questioned, and it is very much delay live investigation, they are looking at people who can provide information, in particular, to reiterate, anybody was way vw golf here and new year's eve evening, and also a peugeot 807. they are also keen to speak to the driver of a white van that was in the area at the time. peter, thank you, peter harris there. back to our top story, the rise in railfares. laura trott is at king's cross station in central london, what have people said to you as they faced the news of higher fares this evening? very much not the news that
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passengers wanted to begin their new year travel plans with. the average rise in railfares has gone up by 2.3%, on average, as of this morning. passengers across the country have faced disruption and cancellations last year, so passengers can now expect to pay more for theirjourneys, passengers can now expect to pay more fortheirjourneys, but passengers can now expect to pay more for theirjourneys, but it does depend on who the train operator is. the highest rise is virgin train is east coast, where fares are up by 4.9%. east coast, where fares are up by 4.996. -- east coast, where fares are up by [i.9%. —— virgin trains east coast. the operator says that 10,000 tickets are made available at discounted rates, but many passengers cannot book in advance. season tickets are on the up as well. public transport campaigners for questioning how these rises can be justified. the rail for questioning how these rises can bejustified. the rail delivery group, which represents train operators, says that for every 97p
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of £1 in ticket prices, that goes towards running the trains and improving services. this comes during ongoing industrial action by southern, day three of a three—day strike by the rmt and aslef unions. so for many passengers, they are questioning exactly how their money is being spent, so much so that protests have been organised at some train stations tomorrow, certainly here at king's cross tomorrow morning. back to you, reeta. thank you, laura. one ofjeremy corbyn's closest allies has suggested the labour leader could step down if the party's fortunes don't improve before the next general election, due in 2020. len mccluskey, the head of britain's biggest union, unite, has described labour's standing in the opinion polls as awful. i'm joined now by political correspondent chris mason, has there been reaction to these comments? there has within the last hour, and it is very striking. the context is vital — there is a tussle within the
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country's biggest union, unite, over who will lead it. len mccluskey is standing again, up against gerard coyne, the leader of unite in the west midlands, and he has given a speech this morning reacting to these remarks from len mccluskey. so both men are seeking votes, the votes of their members. equally, because unite and labour are so close, they have been huge donors to the party, this is a proxy battle over the direction of the labour party. so what did len mccluskey say? this was in the daily mirror, he said that if the opinion polls in a couple of years' time still, in his words, awful, the truth is everybody would examine that situation, including jeremy corbyn, and he adds that he is not an egomaniac desperate to cling to power. now, mr coyne has said that len mccluskey‘s problem is that he is too interested in party politics, rather than representing unite
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members. so what has he said this morning? he has said he is astonished by what he has heard from len mccluskey, effectively issuing an ultimatum overjeremy corbyn's leadership of the labour party, and the problem, as he sees it, is not that he has backed the wrong person to be leader of the labour party, but he sees his job as being labour's puppet master. he says millions of people are facing job insecurity, and it should not be the focus of len mccluskey to worry aboutjeremy focus of len mccluskey to worry about jeremy corbyn's job insecurity. so that is the background and reaction from within the union, but what about the wider question for the labour party? this cannot be helpful. it cannot be helpful at all for mr corbyn in the short—term. yes, there have been rumblings among some labour mps who have posed the question, will he ta ke have posed the question, will he take the party into the election if it happens in 2020, if the opinion polls are still as dire as they currently a re polls are still as dire as they currently are for labour? butjeremy corbyn has made the committee has won the election twice, to be party
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leader, and he will stick around for as long as he wants to do the job. the reaction from team corbyn, they are not leaping at the chance to come and sit nac to like this and have a conversation with you! they are aware of what has been said, and at least for now they are saying nothing. —— sit in a seat like this. more now on the aftermath of the shooting in istanbul. our correspondent rengin arslan is in istanbul. where is the investigation going now? so—called islamic state says it claims responsibility, what is the response from the authorities? we haven't had any official confirmation about this yet, but as you said, so—called islamic state has said that they carried out the attack. one of their soldiers, as they put it, has carried out this
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brutal attack. now we also heard from the police headquarters, the turkish state and media is reporting that eight suspects who were thought that eight suspects who were thought that they had links with the attacker have been just detained, and now this is the latest on the ongoing operation, the manhunt. but still the attacker hasn't been caught yet, he is still at large, and turkish officials as saying that there is another operation going on about this, and we don't know what kind of links they are looking at. and i have to say, the officials are quite tight—lipped when it comes to that kind of operation. also, saying that kind of operation. also, saying that kind of information into the press ca n that kind of information into the press can help the attacker who was trying to escape at the moment. so this is what we know so far. and the mood in the country must be very
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sombre indeed, the people have been subject to terrorist attacks last year, and to open the new year in this way must be very sobering. year, and to open the new year in this way must be very soberingm is, it is quite shocking actually, this country is getting tired of that kind of attack, that kind of thing, and on twitter i was following reaction, what people are saying about this, and a few of them we re saying about this, and a few of them were saying that the whole country looks like a funeral home. it is quite true, actually, in the last year we have mourned for people that we have lost in these terrible attacks, which was carried out by either kurdish militants or the so—called islamic state. they were targeting the police forces, they we re targeting the police forces, they were targeting military points, targeting civilians. but some people who had nothing to do with any of those things, nothing to do with
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politics, nothing to do with syria, they died at the airports, they died at the gatherings, they died at the nightclub when they were trying to celebrate the new year. and u nfortu nately, celebrate the new year. and unfortunately, when i remember that exact moment when i heard about that shooting, we didn't know that much detail, and i really wanted to think, because it is a nightclub, that it think, because it is a nightclub, thatitis think, because it is a nightclub, that it is a kind of mafia linked attack or something like that. but we we re attack or something like that. but we were quite unfortunate, this attack claimed innocence people's light, including several tourists, who came to turkey despite several warnings, which was made by their families and loved ones. when i look at the profiles of those people, for insta nce at the profiles of those people, for instance one person writing to her friends saying, yes, it is quite u nfortu nate to friends saying, yes, it is quite unfortunate to visit turkey after the russian ambassador's assassination. she was concerned,
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but she says, you know, this is the kind of thing they have experienced, that those people have died in turkey while they were expecting to have a great night with their loved ones in this beautiful city, looking over bosporus at the great view of istanbul. this is quite unfortunate and quite shocking. rengin, thanks very much indeed. the headlines on bbc news: rail fares across britain increase by an average of 2.3%. passenger groups condemn it as a kick in the teeth for travellers. funerals are held for victims of the gun attack on an istanbul nightclub. the so—called islamic state group claims it was behind it. five men are arrested after a hit—and—run in oldham in which a 12—year—old girl was killed and her 11—year—old cousin left fighting for her life. sport now, and a full round—up from the bbc sport centre.
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thanks, reeta, hello. breaking rugby union news in the past few minutes, richard cockerill has left his position as director of by has left his position as director of rugby at leicester tigers. chris jonesjoins me now via skype, more info on this, he had been on the coaching staff since 2004, but results had not been going their way, not too much of a shock. no, in that sense, as you say, the results have not been great, so the sacking as...| have not been great, so the sacking as... i would have not been great, so the sacking as... iwould not have not been great, so the sacking as... i would not say it has been coming, but there has been an uneasiness around leicester tigers for the last few years, they last won the title three and a half years ago. last season they did reach two semifinals, in the premiership and the champions cup, they lost both. leicester tigers are the manchester united of rugby in england, they are
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expected to win trophies, the crowd expects the very best from leicester tigers. the fact that they have not been at there with the likes of saracens does perhaps make this inevitable in one sense, but on the other hand this is a man, richard cockerill, who is part of the fabric at welford road. he has been involved with leicester as a player and a coach since 1982, after retirement and playing a bit in france, he returned as an academy coach, then the forwards coach, head coach, then the forwards coach, head coach, director of rugby. he won coach, director of rugby. he won coach of the year awards, and for a man like him, so indelibly etched into the very soul of leicester tigers, for him to be sacked by the clu b tigers, for him to be sacked by the club is a very significant moment. but go back to the original point, leicester have not been the force they were ten years ago or so in the last couple of seasons, and perhaps there has been a tension over the
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past year or so, and on that sense, almost inevitable that he has gone, but still a sad day for him and the club. so the end of an era, where do they go from here, i guess they look for a replacement, but how do they get back to the top? very good question, and you are right to call at the end of an era, this is one of the biggest rugby managerial sackings that has taken place over the past 5—10 years or so. where they go next is interesting, because they go next is interesting, because they have a man in aaron major, who is the head coach, he will now be the interim director of rugby, i suppose, and whether they decide he is the man to head up the coaching operation at leicester, they may go down that route and look to bring in another coach or two working under aaron him. whether they need someone overseeing issues, there are a number of names in the frame, you
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can never look past stuart lancaster, doing a brilliantjob with leinster, but perhaps wants to come back doing this rugby. jake white, the former south africa coach, he is a free agent come the summer. so it is up in the air at the moment, i wonder whether the clu b the moment, i wonder whether the club will see whether they have the man to drive them forward over the next few months until the end of the season, and then take stock in the summer. chris jones, thank you very much forjoining us. the premier league gets under way in the next quarter of an hour with champions leicester travelling to middlesborough. leicester haven't won an away match in their past nine attempts and will still be without theirjoint—top goal scorers jamie vardy, who's still suspended, and islam slimani, who's ill. riyad mahrez starts up front in what will be his last game for the club before he leaves for the africa cup of nations. lots of other premier league action today, with five matches following that game in middlesbrough. fresh from five wins on the bounce, manchester united make the trip to play west ham. awinfor
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a win for middlesbrough would seep —— see them but before that, jurgen klopp's liverpool side could trim the gap on leaders chelsea to three points if they can beat sunderland at the stadium of light. thatis that is all the sport for now, more in the next hour. a phone app tackling food waste set up by some students in leeds is spreading across the country. restaurants, cafes and bakeries can sell off meals at the end of the day and hungry bargain—hunters can buy them for a couple of pounds. it's an idea that's selling like hot cakes, asjudith moritz reports. lunchtime in leeds, and the restaurant rush is on. customers queuing up for pizza, salads and wraps. the chefs expect a brisk trade, but they never know exactly how many
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dishes they'll sell, and there's almost always food left over. sometimes you may walk in, and everybody will have spicy chicken, and you are left with a lot of lemon chicken left, you can't guess. you can guess the number, but you cannot guess what they're going to have. cooked food which hasn't sold is destined for waste. but now there's a way to buy it before it's binned. this is how it works. the lunch rush here is finished, but there's still plenty of fresh food available. i can see minced pork and spicy chicken. having paid a couple of pounds on the app, you can come in and choose whatever is available. this is perfectly good food that would have gone in the bin, and that's changing their perception. maybe they'll go, we have saved 12,000 meals so far from restaurants, but then how many countless more people have gone home and said that food in their fridge is perfectly good? why notjust give that food away, say, to the homeless? for us, we'd love to be able to do that. if we had an infinite number of volunteers working 24/7,
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monday to sunday, that would be great. hiya, i've ordered some food on the app. there's no such thing as a free lunch, but this way it's cheaper if you are flexible about when and what you eat. ijust ordered some food on the app, it's reduced price, and you get to choose from a variety of different things. what have you chosen? a bit of pasta and spicy chicken and vegetables. it looks pretty nice. seven million tonnes of food and drink are thrown away each year in the uk. now catching on in several cities, this app aims to cut down on waste one meal at a time. judith moritz, bbc news, leeds. the first 14 areas in england to be selected for so—called garden villages have been announced in a bid to create tens of thousands of new homes. the new villages must include green spaces and good transport links. the government says that the plans will help provide vital homes. but rural campaigners have warned there is still strong opposition to some of the projects.
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stephanie inglis was given just a 1% chance of survival when she was in a motorbike accident last year. now the judo star says she's hoping to win one more medal. the crash in vietnam left her in a coma, but people all over the world raised hundreds of thousands of pounds to get her back home. lorna gordon went to meet her. one, so keep the chest out for your spine, two. back in the gym and working her way back to good health. nice long strides, just focusing on the bannister. last summer, stephanie inglis was in a coma with a serious brain injury. go for eight, ok? her training to become an elite athlete, she says, made a real difference to the speed of her recovery. the doctors told me if it wasn't for the fact i was so physically strong and fit before, my recovery probably would not have been so good. it is because of my background that's helped boost my recovery on so quickly. stephanie had been in vietnam teaching english when she was injured
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travelling on a motorbike taxi. she remembers teaching her class, but little else of that day and nothing from the weeks after. now it's about looking ahead. i don't want to let myself get down. i have not cried since finding out about the accident. i think that's a waste of my time. if i spent time feeling down or sorry for myself, it could be easy for me to do that, but it will not help with my progression and could set me back, so i tend not to dwell on it. silver medal, stephanie inglis! years of training led stephanie to a place on the podium at the last commonwealth games. that drive and determination is still evident. what did ancient civilisations believe about the sun? there was a god that passed through the heavens each day. her sister stacey helping her with exercises that are part of her rehabilitation. she's doing her speech and language and sometimes gets work to do, so she gets me to give her a wee hand. it is good to be part of that and help her. is she a hard taskmaster?
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she can be at times. that's good. i do need help. it's good to get her to do it. with this support from her friends and family, stephanie has one ambition firmly in mind. my long—term goal is to get back into the sport and to compete in the next commonwealth games judo is in, which is in the 2022 games. i do think if i get selected for team scotland, i am capable of winning another medal. her family, though, grandfather, mother and father, just grateful their daughter is alive. and thankful for the donations from strangers of more than £300,000 towards stephanie's life—saving treatment abroad. i can't thank them enough. she is here, she's a miracle. it is thanks to everybody who donated to her and brought home. for us, it's a delight to go into another year with stephanie with us. as a whole family,
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it is absolutely a delight. with the new year comes another big operation. stephanie is hopeful she will soon be fit enough to move back to herflat and start a job. in surviving this accident, the 28—year—old defied the odds and is aiming high for the future. lorna gordon, bbc news, inverness. we are going to go straight over to old now and speak to peter harris on the story of the two girls who were hit ina the story of the two girls who were hit in a hit and run on new year's eve, bring us up to date. yes, i'm afraid it is extremely sad news, and thatis afraid it is extremely sad news, and that is zaneta krokova has lost her fight for life. zaneta was an 11—year—old girl who had been crossing this road on new year's eve along with her cousin, helina kotla rova. along with her cousin, helina kotlarova. helina, as we had reported previously, died at the scene on new year's eve. her cousin, zaneta, did survive for a couple of
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days or so, but greater manchester police, in the last few minutes, have confirmed that she has now died as well. so this is now a double tragedy, greater manchester police continuing to investigate this, there are five men in custody aged between 18 and 59. they are being questioned on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, but to reiterate, 11—year—old zaneta kro kova, reiterate, 11—year—old zaneta krokova, i am afraid, has lost her fight for life. peter, thank you. peter harris there. let's go over to darren bett for the weather. good afternoon. it is bright and sunny but cold across most of england and wales, a view showers just bumping into norfolk, more cloud of central scotland and at times northern ireland, nothing especially heavy although it


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