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this is bbc news. i'm annita mcveigh. the headlines at two: a second girl has died following a hit and run in oldham on new year's eve. police have arrested four men. funerals are held for victims of the gun attack on an istanbul nightclub — the so—called islamic state says it was behind the attack. police in turkey release photos of a man wanted in connection with the istanbul nightclub attack and say they've detained eight people. railfares are going up by an average of 2.3% — the government says it's to pay for modernisation. rail groups say it's a "kick in the teeth" for passengers. also, the first wave of so—called garden villages in england are given the go—ahead. ministers say the aim is to create tens of thousands of new homes, from cornwall to carlisle. and in half an hour i'll be looking
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back at a dollar versus year in film, from hollywood superhero stuff home—grown hits. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. a second girl injured in a fatal hit—and—run collision in oldham on new year's eve has died. ii—year—old zaneta krokova died in hospital this morning as a result of her injuries. her 12—year—old cousin helina kotlarova died at the scene on saturday night. police are appealing for information and have released one of the five men they had arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. our correspondent peter harris is in oldham for us now. peter, that news emerging of the
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second tragic death in the last short while. that's right. as you can see behind me, the flowers and tributes continue to build here beside the road where the girls was struck by the car on new year's eve. that confirmation that this is now a double tragedy came earlier this afternoon with the death of zaneta kro kova. afternoon with the death of zaneta krokova. she was 11, she'd been crossing this rogue hand in hand with her 12—year—old cousin when they were struck by a car. this is very much an ongoing investigation. as such, details are emerging and some details have been changed. initially the police thought the girls had been struck by a vw golf. they now believe that's not the case. the car they are looking for information on is a peugeot 807.
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that car was later found abandoned and it has been recovered by police. this afternoon officers have released images of that car to try tojog released images of that car to try to jog people's released images of that car to try tojog people's memories and get information about its movements around the time of this crash on new year's eve. you mentioned arrests. one of the men initially arrested has now been de—arrested and that means there are now four men now in custody. they range in age is between 18 and 59 years old and they are being held on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. many people who have placed tributes here today are quite young. the girls were only 11 and 12. they've been coming here to place flowers. their teacher has also been. an extremely difficult situation for the whole community. thank you. peter harris in oldham. the so—called islamic state terror group says one of its militants was behind the new year's eve nightclub attack in istanbul
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in which 39 people are known to have died. the authorities are continuing their hunt for the suspect, 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. funerals for some of those killed are being held today. from istanbul, our correspondent selin gerit reports. this is the gunman that has sent shock waves across the country. he is still at large, but now his motives could be clearer. the so—called islamic state claimed responsibility for the attack. the so—called islamic state terror group says one of its militants in a statement, they said the shooting was carried out by a soldier in revenge for the turkish‘s governments strikes on islamic state in syria. eight people have been detained, but the gunman is not thought to be among them. in the area, some more funerals were held today. 29 of the victims are foreign nationals.
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most were from middle eastern countries. a 29—year—old actor from lebanon was among those shot. we heard something... likea gun. shooting. after three or four seconds, we heard something like that. we slip on the floor. and he come. the man. and when we are slipping, he is on us. security is still tight in istanbul. life is farfrom normal yet. this place used to be one of the most popular nightclubs in istanbul. now it is forever to be haunted. the gunman came by the doors and shot two people before
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rushing in. he fired up to 180 bullets, turning the venue into the scene of a massacre. now people are concerned about what might follow next. the hope is this might be the last time this nation grieves for innocent lives lost. and islamic state has also claimed responsibility for a suicide car—bomb attack in iraq in which 35 people were killed. the suicide bomber struck at an outdoor fruit and veg market in the sadr city part of baghdad — a shi'ite neighbourhood. it's the second major attack in baghdad in three days. campaigners are calling the latest hike in railway fares "a kick in the teeth" for passengers. tickets in england, wales and scotland go up by an average of 2.3% from today. but the government's defended the hike, as our business correspondent, joe lynam, reports.
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if you have to pay out thousands for a season ticket, your new year has not started well. with the exception of northern ireland, the average ticket will be 2.3% more expensive. season tickets go up by 1.9%. still considerably more than inflation. even allowing for inflation, fares have risen by a quarter over the last 22 years. it is a disgrace, particularly as the railways aren't efficient. in terms of increase, that is fair. it has to be paid. if that includes paying for our wages and people earn more. the rises will sting commuters, who have had to put up with strikes and punctuality problems and insufficient seating and the impact of the weather. there is a lot happening. billions are being spent.
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nobody wants to see a fare increase, but costs rise and pay rises. right now fares are rising less fast than wages so it's a step in the right direction. there is a huge amount coming in from the passenger, about £9 billion that year. that should buy improvements without price rises. there should be more efficiencies. the investment is great, but do the prices have to go up every year? the wider public may welcome the increases, because taxpayers are shouldering less of the cost of running the railways than they were. it means that commuters are shouldering more. and campaigners are calling for a total freeze in rail fares. which they say has become disconnected from the service that they get. our correspondent laura trant is at king's cross station
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in central london. afternoon. what's the reaction of passengers today? are any of them saying they feel they are getting measurable improvements for the extra money they are being asked to pay? basically it's not the news rail passengers have wanted to get at the start of the new year because the average rise in annual ray fares has gone up by 2.3% and that's off the back of the year where many passengers across the country were facing disruption and cancellations. it does mean they'll have to pay more for theirjourneys it does mean they'll have to pay more for their journeys but it does mean they'll have to pay more for theirjourneys but it depends on their train operator. the one with the highest rise is virgin trains used coast. tickets are going up trains used coast. tickets are going up by trains used coast. tickets are going up by [1.9%. the train operator is saying there are 10,000 tickets made available every week and if you pay
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in advance you get a discount. some passengers have told me that's no good to them because they don't have the flexibility to pre—book. in terms of season tickets, they are also going up on average 1.9%. public transport campaigners are questioning how these price rises can be justified. the questioning how these price rises can bejustified. the rail delivery group who represent train operators make the point that 97p in every pound passenger spends on a train ticket goes towards running and improving services. all of this comes on the day when there is continued industrial action on southern. day three of a three—day strike where members of the rmt and aslef unions are striking. many passengers wonder what they are getting for their money. so much so that protests are being organised at various stations across the country, including here at king's cross tomorrow morning. thank you. one ofjeremy corbyn's closest allies has suggested the labour leader could step down if the party's fortunes
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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." with me is our political correspondent, chris mason. we all know how hard jeremy corbyn has fought to stay as labour leader. do you think he had any idea that len mccluskey was going to say this? i've tried to find out directly from tea m i've tried to find out directly from team corbyn the answer to the question, but they are not going to comment on what has happened. it's ha rd to comment on what has happened. it's hard to find anything in len mccluskey‘s remarks that in the short term are remotely useful to jeremy corbyn. one or two labour mps have floated the idea that if we get to 2019 and labour are still in a pickle, jeremy corbyn
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might not like the idea of fighting a general election campaign, but they tend to be voices who have been critical ofjeremy corbyn since the year dot. len mccluskey is a hugely powerful and influential figure within the labour movement. he's also been hugely loyal to jeremy corbyn from when he was first running to the leadership, to securing his first victory, to surviving the first year when mp said he wasn't up to the job, to the challenge of last summer and his eventual second successive election campaign. when he said in the daily mirror that if the opinion polls are still awful in 2019, everybody would examine that situation, including jeremy corbyn. it doesn't sound helpful to mr corbyn. he says mr corbyn is not an egomaniac desperate to cling to power and added it's my job to promote unite's policies, not labour's. there's been an intervention from one of the rivals telemachus key for the leadership of unite in the last short while.
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that's the crucial context. len mccluskey is looking for votes. he is currently the leader of unite, but he's facing a challenge so there's an election under way. his principal rival, gerard coyne, a big noise in the west midlands, a central point in his argument is saying that len mccluskey is obsessed by westminster politics and forever banging on about what's going on in westminster rather than representing the views of unite members. he says he is astonished that the public ultimatum forjeremy corbyn that mr mccluskey has effectively promoted and delivered in the newspaper this morning. he says it appears that mr mccloskey is obsessed with being labour's puppet master. let's listen to what he's been saying. part of the difficulty about the position that the general secretary has adopted in relation to the labour party is that we have spent far too much time focusing on that. i'm running for the general secretary of unite the union, not the general secretary of the labour party. and actually this year is the most significant year for discussions about how we exit the european union,
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and actually it's the insecurity that our members face, not the insecurity of jeremy corbyn'sjob, that is the most important thing to me. pretty barbed attack at len mccluskey from gerard coyne. i've approached mr mccluskey‘s team today to offer him the chance to elaborate on what he said or respond to gerard coyne and he is not throwing himself in front of the cameras. overall, in the context of the current polling for labour, how important in the short and medium—term is union support like this forjeremy corbyn? it is important because you look at the import —— opinion polls, and there has been scepticism about opinion polls recently, but the gap at the moment in the repeated number of polls between labour and the conservatives is fast. they could be half wrong and labour would still be
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nuked at a general election and that's making people like len mccluskey and others nervous, including people who have been loyal tojeremy corbyn. that's why including people who have been loyal to jeremy corbyn. that's why this matters. for much of the last year criticism ofjeremy corbyn has come from people different politically from people different politically from him. now with criticism from someone like len mccluskey, who has been close, it shows how important unite is in relation tojeremy corbyn's future. 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 dishes they'll sell, and there's almost always food left over. sometimes you may walk in, and everybody will have spicy chicken,
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and you are left with a lot of lemon chicken left. you can't guess. you can guess the number, 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 21w, monday to sunday, that would be great. hiya, i have ordered some food on the app. there's no such thing as a free
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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's 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. the headlines on bbc news: a second girl has died following a hit and run in oldham on new year's eve. police have arrested four men. police in turkey say they've arrested eight suspects in connection with the new year's attack on a nightclub in istanbul. rail fares across britain increase by an average of 2.3% —
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passenger groups condemn it as a kick in the teeth for travellers. the first 1a 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. our correspondent daniela relph has been to longcross in surrey — one of the proposed locations. well, over the next couple of years, the idea is that this area here in longcross in surrey, close to the m25, will be transformed into one of these 1a garden villages. now, a garden village would have anything between 1500 and 10,000 new affordable homes. it would also have access to funds to develop green spaces and improve transport links. the locations announced by the government today, across england, scattered
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across england, from cumbria to derbyshire, stratford—upon—avon, suburban areas around london and down in devon and cornwall. and the idea is that they would create distinct communities. so these garden villages wouldn't just be extensions of what already exists, they would be distinct communities in themselves. and they would have access to around £6 million of government money over the next two years. now, the labour party and some of those who have looked at the housing problem are wary of getting too excited about this project. they say, yes, if delivered, it will provide much—needed new housing. but it quite simply isn't enough. a couple who went missing after walking in the cairngorms have been found by mountain rescuers. a man aged 60 and a 57—year—old woman were reported missing last night after failing to return from a day in the mountains. rescuers say they spent the night on the hills in freezing conditions. their condition is not yet known. thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of hong kong, demanding full democracy.
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they accuse the government of cracking down on pro—democracy legislators. helier cheung reports. it may be new year's day, but hong kong's protesters aren't celebrating. instead, they're marching through hong kong's streets, calling for democratic reform. activists hold pro—democracy marches every year in hong kong. but this time, there's a new source of tension. these protesters are furious that the government is trying to disqualify four democratically elected legislators. they also say that beijing's recent interpretation of the basic law has undermined hong kong'sjudicial independence. 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. but the government has the nerve to try and disqualify him after he's already been sworn in. i feel furious about this.
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i feel like i can't just sit at home any more. if you're sitting at home, you might as well come out and protest. 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. we do notjust want to disqualify cy leung. but also, we are asking for a fundamental revamp of the system. public opinion in hong kong is split. some argue that pro—democracy groups haven't achieved anything and are distracting the government from more important issues. but these activists say they are determined to fight on, so hong kong is likely to see more protests over the coming year. 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
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of the humber estuary. £32 million has been spent on the year—long programme, which is hoped to bring in more than one million visitors. our arts correspondent, colin paterson, was there. hull, celebrating its year as city of culture with fireworks bigger than those in london on new year's eve, to a soundtrack of the city's most famous musical exports. this is made in hull, an audiovisual spectacular across the city centre, showing hull's most famous buildings in their best light. it was the first event in a year—long £32 million cultural program. what a fantastic thing for hull. it was brilliant. makes london look like noddy, honestly. come on, come to hull!
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and it has been a special night for one hull landlady. every weekend, linda plays singalong classics to a pub packed with about 80 people. one of the 2017 organisers spotted her... # touching me, touching you... # ..and here she djed to a crowd of 25,000. # sweet caroline... # it takes a while to warm up but a couple more and they'll be bouncing! i've had amazing fun. just watching the crowd, they're amazing. it is fabulous, fantastic. the party has well and truly started. the trick for hull is going to be to keep it going all year. hull's aim is for one million extra people to visit in 2017. a city at the end of the road wants to become a destination of choice. the uk is a major player in one of the fastest
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growing industries — video games. with pioneering firms in everything from virtual reality to mobile games, there are big hopes that 2017 will see further expansion and jobs in the sector. rory cellan—jones has been spending time with one of our biggest independent games firms. he was finding out what went into creating a character in a game and ended up playing a part himself. look straight ahead, straight at this postcard, what we are going to do is get you to do a range of emotions. grrr! in the studio in oxford, i'm preparing for a role in a world war two blockbuster. not a movie, but a video game. oh, my leg. so this is the first stage in making me a character in the game and now i'm going to have to pull a lot of funny faces. so wrinkled, screwed up face. it's going to take many weeks but eventually i will be a character, a goodie i hope, in sniper elite 4. in 2017, this will be a major
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release from rebellion — one of britain's biggest independent games firms. when we first visit back in september they have a lot on their plate, including crucially a game for the sony vr launch. a big investment with a lot hanging on it. when they embarked on this project back 18 months ago, there was a great deal more scepticism about how successful vr was likely to be. so it was a punt — or i should say a smart gamble. these guys and girls here play games professionally from morning until night. it is a quarter of a century since jason kingsley and his brother started rebellion. when my brother and i started rebellion, we were always being talked about as if we were wiz—kids. but we are not any more. we are not kids. so we are grown adults with a quite a big corporation behind us and we make entertainment that sells across the world. i mean, china, consumers in china buy our games, consumers in brazil,
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all these emerging markets are exciting for us. roughly 200 people work here from across europe. but one thing strikes me. i can't help noticing a lot of men, very few women. is it getting any easier for women to get into the games industry? yes, i would say so. me growing up, i would not have even dreamt about getting into games, but for the last ten years it seems like the doors have been more open. especially for women. two months later, we returned to rebellion to find out what they have done with my face. i suppose it is a good likeness. what happens next? we will take this high resolution model and we will put it into the game and we will see what you look like in that. 0k. so i'm a goodie, am i? yes, you are currently the hero of the sniper elite series. i have been transformed into an all action soldier. in in the world of video games, anything is possible! in just over a fortnight,
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the eyes of the world will be on washington, as donald trump is sworn in as us president. so what will life be like living in america under a trump presidency? our correspondent nick bryant has travelled to atlantic city, where the president—elect has made a number of investments, to gauge what people think the year ahead holds for american politics. donald trump promised to make atlantic city great again and in the 1980s opened a string of casinos to make it an east coast rival to las vegas. the trump taj mahal, he boasted, would become the eighth wonder of the world. but it is decay, rather than decadence, that greets you now. we are at the centre of the trump taj mahal... local guide levi fox runs a trump tour, telling the story of how the billionaire's companies went into bankruptcy here four times. he didn't ever achieve his promises, and it makes me wonder whether he can achieve that
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for america, although at this point we all hope that you can. his old casino empire was opened with vintage champagne and vintage trump showmanship — he took michaeljackson on a guided tour. but the city never did come to rival las vegas, and he got out of town seven years ago. since then, he's taken action to have his name removed from his old casinos, fearing perhaps they'd be seen as monuments of failure. i think he was one of the causes of atlantic city being the way it is today. freddie isaac watched his rise and fall. well, in the beginning, he was doing good, and then later on, well, put it like this, if you have four casinos in atlantic city and now you have none, what does that tell you? when he says he can make america great again? i don't think so. things have gotten so bad here that the state of newjersey took over the city to save it from bankruptcy. even the pawn shops aren't doing much business because people
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here have little left to pawn. inside, we met a building contractor, tony mcmahon. trump's years in atlantic city, he says, offer proof that all that listens and gold. trump used to run this city, i used to watch him not pay his bills and screw everybody over, pay pennies on the dollar and take them to court, and i understand that businessman aspect of it. but you're screwing the little man. two years ago, we interviewed donald trump about atlantic city, and he blamed its decline on local politicians and the fact that he left town. i decided years ago to get out, and it was a good decision, but it's also a decision, very interestingly, it coincides with when atlantic city started going down. but i still have a warm spot in my heart for atlantic city, because i did great there for a long time. but does atlantic city still have a warm spot for him?
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the verdict was delivered on election day, where here they voted for hillary clinton. let's ta ke let's take a look at the weather with darren. good afternoon. more frost on the way this evening and overnight. it has been a cold, crisp winter is date for many parts of the uk, particularly across england and wales. this was the scene earlier on in staffordshire. and a short time ago, skipton in north yorkshire, very pleasant if you are out and about, but with the clear skies, temperatures will fall away sharply this evening. temperatures rise further north as the cloud comes down, bringing a few showers. with it, some ice. especially across central and southern england, a widespread frost, could be

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