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i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. the headlines: turkish officials say this is the suspect wanted for the deadly istanbul nightclub attack. so—called islamic state says he is one of its followers. the stories of some of the victims begin to emerge. 39 people died in the reina nightclub on new year's eve. i'm kasia madera in london. islamic state carries out a string of bombings in baghdad, targeting shia muslims, killing 35 people. and former chief executive of hong kong donald tsang goes on trial on corruption charges. good morning.
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it is 9:00am in singapore, 1:00am in london and 3:00am in the morning in istanbul, where authorities say they are close to identifying the man who killed 39 people in an attack on a new year party at a nightclub. security officials have released this footage, which they say shows the suspect filming himself on a mobile phone in the centre of istanbul. he is shown walking around what is thought to be taksim square. turkish police have launched raids in istanbul, and arrested 12 people, looking for this suspect. meanwhile, funerals of some of the victims have been held, as our turkey correspondent mark lowen reports. it is slowly sinking in. grief binding together a nation pulled apart by terror.
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they mourned 23—year—old yunus gormek, killed in the attack on the reina nightclub. a student working there for new year's eve, who was simply in the wrong place. at his funeral, his colleague. she took refuge from the gunman in the bathroom. i was in the toilet. the electricity went out. and i was like, yes, ok, that's all. and i said my last goodbyes to one of my friends. telling, 0k, goodbye, that's all, i love you. that was the end? yes, that was the end. and i thought because the gun shootings stopped. and then i was thinking myself, he is going to — i think he's going to explode himself, and we're going to die in the toilets, in the bathroom. including yunus, 39 people were killed, and their stories are emerging. fatih cakmak, who survived last month's bombing at a football stadium in istanbul, but died in this attack.
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rita sami, from lebanon, who told her friend she was worried about coming to istanbul, but had already booked and paid. and mustafa seymen, recently engaged. his fiancee wrote, "i lost my other half, my partner, my love." the attack took just seven minutes. after shooting his way into the nightclub, the gunman sprayed 180 bullets. most of the dead and injured were tourists. francois from lebanon was shot, but had an incredibly lucky escape. the first bullet came from here. it passed from here, and the explosion, something explosion, and it passed by here. and it come here, but the passport, lebanese passport, saved me, saved my heart. perched on the bosporus, reina had a prime location, an attack giving him prime exposure. from here, you can see how high—profile, how luxurious
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the target was. reina was a symbol of the high—life side of istanbul, where alcohol flowed and parties ran late. it is an element of the city that many turks and foreigners cherish, but they now fear is under threat. it is now an urgent race to catch the man who destroyed so many lives. it can't escape from terror. you saw some of the victims of the attack there in mark lowen‘s piece. let's tell you more about some of the 39 people who lost their lives. one was working for a private security company at the club where the attack happened. she was 27 years old, and has a three—year—old daughter. abis rivzi was a 49—year—old bollywood producer, one of the 25 foreigners killed in the attack. he was on holiday in turkey with friends from india. bollywood stars have paid tribute to him on social media. burak yildiz was among the first victims of the gunman. the 21—year—old police officer had been deployed to the club to guard
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the entrance on new year's eve. and leanne nasser was one of the youngest people who lost their lives. the 18—year—old, from israel, travelled to istanbul for a weekend break with some of her friends. let's take a look at some of the day's other news: the so—called islamic state group has claimed responsibility for a series car bombs in iraq which targeted the capital, baghdad. the most deadly hit a busy square in the eastern shia district of sadr city. at least 35 people were killed and 61 others were injured. the attacks came as the french president, francois hollande, visited the country. during his trip, mr hollande said the battle to recapture mosul, islamic state's main stronghold in iraq, should be over by the summer, if not earlier, and that france was giving iraq all the support it needed to recapture the city. translation: as part
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of the coalition, france assists, advises, supports, and takes action. takes action with its planes, and also takes action with its artillery, which allows iraqi forces to penetrate mosul. but we do that with one precaution, one requirement, and that's the protection of the civilian population. and you yourself are personally very attached to that idea. that's the ideal that we have made, because we want to liberate mosul, eradicate terrorism, and respect human rights. also making news today: several syrian rebel groups say they have suspended discussions for planned russian— and turkish—brokered peace talks in kazakhstan later this month. they say it is because of syrian government ceasefire violations. a british—based monitoring group says government warplanes have been carrying out more aid raids on a district near damascus. at least 280 people were killed
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in road accidents in thailand over the four days of the country's new year holiday week, according to police. that is a10% increase on last year. on monday, a minivan and a pickup truck collided in the east of the country, killing 25 people. beijing's recent smog problems appear to be farfrom easing. the air quality index reading from the us embassy described the smog as very unhealthy. it has been getting worst each day, as people light coal fires at night. people are being advised to avoid all outdoor exertion. us president—elect donald trump has targeted pyongyang in his latest tweet, writing "north korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the us." this comes after north korean leader kim jong—un said on sunday that the nuclear—capable country was close to test—launching an intercontinental
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ballistic missile. trump's verdict on it: "it won't happen," though he doesn't explain how. hong kong's former leader donald tsang is about to stand trialfor corruption. he is the highest—ranking official from the territory to face such charges. mr tsang faces two counts of misconduct in public office and one count of bribery, both relating to a luxury flat he was renting in southern china. the bbc‘s helier cheung is at the court in hong kong. i asked her how significant the charges facing mr tsang are. this is a very significant case because, as you say, donald tsang is the highest—level official in the territory to ever be charged with corruption. hong kong generally has a reputation for clean government so this case has raised a lot of questions about the relationship
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between tycoons and government officials. now, mr tsang faces three charges, two charges of misconduct in public office and one charge of accepting a bribe. and they all relate to the luxury flat he was renting in shenzhen, in southern china. prosecutors allege he rented a flat at below market rate from a tycoon who was a major shareholder in a media company. and prosecutors say that at the time he was negotiating on the rent and lease agreements, his government was also considering license applications from the media company, which they eventually approved, and mr tsang did not declare this potential conflict of interest. they also say that he nominated an architect who designed the interior of his flat for an award, again, without declaring it. mr tsang denies the charges, and says he is confident that the court will exonerate him. you say he is confident. just how is mr tsang viewed by the public there? is he popular? it's a very interesting question. when mr tsang first took office as leader in 2005, he was very popular.
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he had a career as a civil servant, and people who viewed him as competent. he served under british administration as the first chinese financial secretary of hong kong, and he was even awarded a knighthood for services to hong kong. but by the time he stepped down when his term ended, in 2012, he was facing serious corruption allegations, and he had admitted to accepting gifts from tycoons. that has damaged his reputation badly because a lot of people who take pride in their city's reputation as a place that does not have much corruption. tell us a bit about the sentence that these corruption charges carry. well, these are serious charges. for example, misconduct in public office has a maximum jail sentence of seven years, and there is also a potentialjail sentence of several years if he is found guilty of bribery, which means hong kong's former leader, who used to be very popular, could potentially see jail time if he is found guilty. around 60 inmates have been killed
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in a prison riot in brazil. the fighting broke out between rival drug gangs at the jail in manaus, in the north of the country. by the time authorities regained control, dozens were dead. a warning — this report from our south america correspondent wyre davies contains some flashing images. local television pictures showed women and family members crying, screaming, outside the jail, as the riot broke out apparently during visiting hours on new year's day. the violence at the largestjail, in the northern city of manaus, involved rival gangs attacking each other with guns and other weapons smuggled into the prison. there were horrific reports of many rival gang members being tortured, and even being decapitated, after being taken hostage. as night fell and armed police tried to regain control of the jail, reports emerged of the violence
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being committed inside. translation: my son is an inmate there. the police won't care about him. i want to know how my son is. my son's in there. this is a bullet. a local security official said the death toll could be as high as 60. translation: there were deaths, unfortunately. we have some outside the prison, who were thrown from the prison by the inmates themselves. there have been escapes. we don't know yet how many. we're already looking for the escapees in the forest and highways. this is possibly the worst prison massacre in brazil since 1992, when 111 inmates were killed, most of them by armed police as they retook anotherjail. many of the overcrowded prisons are, in fact, run by powerful drug gangs, with the authorities unable to counteract the power in influence of gangland bosses, who run their empires from within. so prison riots and gang—related massacres are increasingly common. 2a hours after the manaus riot began, some sort of order had been
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restored. but this was more proof that brazil's broken prison system is in desperate need of reform. you are watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: it must strike fear into the hearts of posties and paper boys: a street in the new zealand city of dunedin is officially the world's steepest residential road. also on the programme: new year, new you? we'll assess your chances of sticking to that new year resolution. the japanese people are mourning, following the death of emperor hirohito. thousands converged on the imperial palace to pay their respect when it was announced he was dead. good grief. after half a century of delighting fans around the world, charlie brown and the rest of the gang are calling it quits.
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the singer paul simon starts his tour of south africa tomorrow, in spite of protests and violence from some black activist groups. they say international artists should continue to boycott south africa until majority rule is established. teams were trying to scoop up lumps of oil as france recognises it faces an ecological crisis. three weeks ago, the authorities confidently assured these areas that oil from the broken tanker erika would head out to sea. it didn't. the world's tallest skyscraper opens today. the burj dubai has easily overtaken its nearest rivals. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm sharanjit leyl, in singapore. i'm kasia madera, in london. our top stories: turkish police say this is the suspect they're hunting over the deadly istanbul nightclub attack. so—called islamic state says he's one of its followers. is has also carried out a string of bombings in baghdad targeting shia muslims, killing 35 people. and the daughter of the woman
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at the centre of a presidential scandal in south korea has been arrested in denmark. chung yoo—ra, an accomplished horsewoman, is charged with staying in denmark illegally. that story is popular on bbc.com across asia. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the singapore straits times has the aftermath of the istanbul nightclub attack as its main story, with a picture from one of monday's funerals. it also highlights a local story, with news that instance of fatty liver disease could affect around half of adults in singapore, far higher than the average for asia of around 30%. the japan times features politics on its front page and the now unlikely general election. the paper says that a snap poll
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before the end of january has been ruled out as observers say it would be anything but a success and could possibly cost the ruling coalition its strong majority. and we've gone for a picture story from the front of the new york times. it's the story of a fijian man who has turned from hunter to conservationist. he now tags the endangered turtles to help keep track of their movements. that is it for the papers. now, what stories are sparking discussions online? well, sharanjit, the colourful and lively rose parade has caught people's attention online. they marched through pasadena california just a few hours ago. marching bands, horseback riders and a0 ornately decorated floats made their way along the 8—kilometre route. spectators were joined by more than 1000 security officers, after security was beefed up for the 128th running of the parade. this flowery float of
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a polynesian catamaran was made to celebrate organ donation, with 2a transplant recipients riding the float. will it be going to the gym, drinking less, or being a better person? after the excesses of the festive season, the thoughts of many turn to making new year's resolutions to stop bad habits and take up healthier ones. so is it time for a new year, new you, or is it all a waste of time? we've been asking some people in the uk what their plans are. my girlfriend does sometimes suggest new year resolutions
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but i rarely stick to them. eat better and drink less. i have never heard somebody who had a new year 's resolution and kept to it. a year is too long to keep those promises. i made one, helping people more with anything i can. despite our best intentions, how easy is it to ditch those bad habits? well, according to life coach annie lin, about 75% of people stick to their resolutions in the first week. after six months, that drops to about 46% of people, with the overall success rate being a mere 8%. i spoke to annie, who told me more about why people feel so compelled to make resolutions at the start of a year. it has become such a ritual of new year's eve. when i wish you happy new year, i also wish something for myself.
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it almost feels like a magic wand for the new year, it erases the failures from previous years. for instance, i hit the yoga mat yesterday. i was trying to get fit from overeating and overdrinking during the festivities, but tell us about the success rate, because it does feel fairly dire — 8%. it is hard, but people who succeed at their resolutions understand that declaring it alone is never enough. a few things are helpful, for example, practice the feeling of accomplishment. visualise and really feel and picture accomplishing your goals. ultimately, the reason we want to do anything is because we want to feel better. create an action plan with deadlines. schedule it into a calendar. so it can surely get done. then, very importantly, put in place an accountability system. you can hire a tutor, a trainer, a coach. you canjoin a group program. you can work with a buddy.
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if you want to crank up the pressure, and can enlist your family and friends, tell them your resolutions, to have some extra support. all really very good advice, but what we also know is that resolutions are starting to change over recent years. in previous years we would have seen people perhaps saying they would watch less television. what have we seen that has changed? great point. i have seen an increase in resolutions on limited time spent on social media. when i work with clients, i ask them to set aside their device so they can finally focus not on others and the image they project but yourself and how you really feel, and who you want to be. there are different techniques you can use. you can use modern apps, such freedom, brea kfree, or if you are going for a more profound change
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i would suggest you meditate. i suggest meditation or some form of silence regularly. even just a few minutes. fascinating how technology is changing all of this. what sort of people are the 8% who stick to this? do they have certain types of characteristics? personalities? people who really believe in their visions. because we create a world we believe in. the more you think about the person, the vision you have of yourself, the more likely you are to succeed. some good advice. you heard what my resolution was. i am trying to get fitter and have signed up for a year of yoga. i'm sure many of our viewers are dying to hear what is yours? i am so impressed with yours. i will be honest. i have not made any. i always break them. i thought
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i would give myself a break this year and i would give myself a break this yearand am not i would give myself a break this year and am not making any resolutions. i would love to know what the new year's resolution of baldwin street in the needing any new zealand's south island is —— dunedin. it is officially the world's steepest residential road. at its steepest, the slope has a gradient of 35% — that's 19 degrees. so what's it like to live on a road which must strike fear into the hearts of postmen and paper boys? we went along to find out. you come to this road and it is like something we have never seen before. this trip is really...awesome, yeah. # lean on me...# quite daunting, really, isn't it? # when you're not strong...#. love doing it. it is cool, though.
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round of applause! i am dave cull, the mayor of dunedin, and i do not get to walk up baldwin street that often. from the bottom you think it is a bit steep. when you get halfway up, you realise why it is the steepest street in the world. it has got a real novelty, and the jaffa race put on the world map, and it is quite a sight when you see all those giantjaffas bouncing down the road. my name is dr kerry blackman. i'm a local historian. that photograph shows baldwin street in about 1900. individual 10 acre sections were not wide enough to allow a zigzag ina road. i'm sharon hyndman. i have been a resident for 26 years. the street has definitely increased in popularity as far as tourism goes.
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we had about 20 tourists standing in our lounge one day because it rained and they had nowhere else to go. i'm brendon thompson and i'm the community constable for north dunedin. the street does tend to attract thrill seekers. there was an unfortunate incident some years ago where there was a fatality. two people got themselves into a wheelie bin and one of them died when they collided with a trailer. treat it with respect. if you attack it, you can get really, really hurt at the top. i have not always made it up, especially on the wet days, but it is always a good challenge. we have climbed the steepest street in the world — baldwin street, dunedin. we knocked the b‘stard off! not sure i would want to live on that street. you have been watching newsday. stay with us.
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we will be taking a look at how the consumer electronics show in las vegas has changed over the 50 years since it started. and before we go, let's take a look at our top story this hour. turkish authorities say they are close to identifying the man they believe killed 39 people in an attack on a new year party at a nightclub. security officials have released this footage, which they say shows the suspect filming himself on a mobile phone in the centre of istanbul. he's shown walking around what's thought to be taksim square. turkish police have launched raids in istanbul and arrested 12 people looking for this suspect. so—called islamic state said it was behind the attack. turkey's deputy prime minister said authorities had fingerprints and a basic description, and vowed to "speedily" identify the suspect. lots more as always on our website. thank you for watching. hello there.
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stargazers have had something of a cold treat over recent hours. the clear skies across england and wales have allowed a frost to form, but we have had some beautiful weather watcher pictures sent to us of the moon and also visible planets. venus was particularly visible earlier in the night. now, it's a cold start to the day. england and wales having a widespread frost to start off with. the lowest temperature down to about —7 celsius so a freezing start. and there is the risk of some icy stretches first thing across parts of england and wales on untreated roads and pavements to watch out for as well. further north, well, it's not particularly cold here because we have got a lot of cloud across scotland. a brisk wind and some rain to start the day as well, particularly the highlands, pushing into some of the grampian regions too. probably the rain staying off and away from the central belt. a lot of cloud for northern ireland. quite cloudy too for north—west england, the north of wales and north—west midlands. but lots of sunshine to start the day across much of eastern england, the south midlands,
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southern england and south wales. in fact, for many, there will be barely a cloud in the sky. there could be the odd isolated fog patch, but it won't be widespread, and it will clear pretty quickly through tuesday. through the rest of the day, essentially it's a fairly dry day. the cloudiest weather, if you like, across the north—west of the uk could bring isolated showers across the hills of northern england. we do have some wet weather on and off through the day across the north—west of scotland. but it's here where we will see here some of the day's highest temperatures — up to 9 degrees. windy through the northern isles, particularly for shetland. gusts could reach 60—70 miles an hourfor a time. through the night, it will stay blustery, plenty of showers working in across the northern isles, and it will turn cold enough for a nip of frost this coming night, across the far north—west of scotland, particularly in rural parts. looking at the weather charts as they change through tuesday and wednesday, we still have high pressure with us, but it is kind of reorientating, allowing a blast of colder air to work down from the north sea. with that colder air, the blues you can see on the chart,
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will have plenty of showers forming but the good news is most of those showers should be steered away from the coastline by these brisk north north—westerly winds. elsewhere we have a weak front moving southwards across northern ireland, england and wales, on wednesday, bringing with it a lot of cloud, one or two light spots of rain but nothing particularly significant. as that front clears through, the sunshine comes back out. down go the temperatures with highs of around 4—7 celsius across the northern half of the uk. it will be a cold night wednesday night on into thursday, plenty of sunshine. a change in the weather, though, for friday. tt turns wet and windy but also milder. highs in glasgow reaching ten by friday. that's your weather. i'm kasia madera with bbc world news. our top story: so—called islamic state says one of its followers carried out the new year nightclub attack in turkey. turkish police say this is the suspect they want for the attack which killed 39 people at a night club on new year's eve. authorities also carried out raids in istanbul, making 12 arrests. islamic state has carried out a series of bombings in baghdad,
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targeting shia muslims. at least 35 people were killed and 61 were injured. and this story is popular on bbc.com: hong kong's former leader donald tsang is about to stand trial for corruption. he denies claims that he failed to register a conflict of interest when awarding a digital licence application. he is the highest—ranking official to face such charges. that's all from me now. and the top story here in the uk: the police watchdog the ipcc is to investigate the fatal shooting of a man on the m62 motorway.
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