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hello and welcome to bbc news. the british foreign secretary, borisjohnson will meet the president of iran on sunday. he's expected to bring up the imprisonment of the british iranian woman, nazanin zaghari ratcliffe. mrjohnson has already had discussions with the iranian foreign minister. our diplomatic correspondent james robbins reports. it could look routine. borisjohnson and his iranian counterpart, mohammad javad zarif, shake hands on the way into talks. but there's nothing routine about this encounter. the foreign secretary looking uncharacteristically tense, and with good reason. he wants to improve relations
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but also criticise some of iran's actions while arguing for iranian prison releases, including of nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe — a case many accuse him of damaging by loose talk last month. watching anxiously with me in london, nazanin‘s husband, richard ratcliffe. he has campaigned day in, day out for her freedom since nazanin‘s arrest in april last year. i'm sure it'll make a difference, i'm sure him being there, i'm sure him raising her case, raising her case in the context of lots of other stuff can only help improve relations and improved relations can only lead to a better case for us. i think that's right, but i'm not expecting that on monday morning he comes back with her on the plane. borisjohnson is saying nothing at all publicly while in iran. instead, the foreign office issued a statement after two hours of what they call a constructive meeting. they discussed the full range of bilateral issues and they both spoke frankly about the obstacles in the relationship,
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including the foreign secretary's concerns about the consular cases of british—iranian dual nationals. both emphasised their commitment to continuing to work together to improve the bilateral relationship. one good sign — iran's foreign minister confirmed borisjohnson should be able to meet president rouhani tomorrow. yeah, he's reciprocating your hospitality. something that is not automatic on a visit like this. the talks went on for two hours. positives and negatives in relations were fully aired. we shouldn't expect immediate consequences but iran is in no doubt about british efforts to get nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe home. singing christmas carols this evening in london, richard ratcliffe and supporters have been gently keeping up the pressure to have the family reunited. he says he was not able to sleep last night and may not find rest tonight either, before the talking in tehran resumes in the morning. james robbins, bbc news.
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let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. arab foreign ministers meeting in cairo have urged the united states to abandon its decision to recognise jerusalem as israel's capital, saying the move will increase violence throughout the region. in a statement, the arab league called president donald trump's announcement a dangerous violation of international law which had no little impact. —— legal impact. meanwhile, president trump has visited a new civil rights museum in the us state of mississippi — in the face of a boycott by critics who accuse him of deepening racial divisions. two democratic party congressmen who pulled out of the ceremony injackson described his presence on the opening day as an insult. opposition parties in honduras have formally demanded the annulment of last month's presidential election.
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a poll which triggered street violence amid allegations of widespread vote rigging. the electoral authorities are accused of tampering with the results. a top un official has told the north korean government that it must keep channels open to avoid the risk of war. the statement follows a visit to pyongyang byjeffrey feltman, the highest—level trip by a un official to the isolated nation in six years. north korea said it has agreed to communicate regularly, but blamed the united states for the current tense situation on the korean peninsula. and there's much more on all our top stories — plus business and sport, on our website. just go to bbc.com/news — you'll also find plenty of background and analysis. the prime minister of iraq has declared that the war
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against the islamic state group is over. haider al—abadi said the iraqi flag was now flying across the whole country — and there'll be a public holiday in iraq on sunday. at the height of its strength, the militant group controlled a third of iraqi territory, and proclaimed a caliphate. nimesh thaker reports. recapturing mosul, iraq's second city, was the bloodiest conflict. tens of thousands of people were killed and the city reduced to ruins. and after more than three yea rs of ruins. and after more than three years of fighting against the so—called islamic state, iraq has declared the war over. speaking from backdown, the prime minister said government troops were now in com plete government troops were now in complete control of the iraqi— syrian border. this announcement comes days after russia declared it
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had accomplished its mission against is in syria. translation: all the countries as well as humanitarian and international organisations that stood with iraq and its people throughout this battle, i salute them and i salute every iraqi fighter that took up arms on the land. i salute the souls of the martyrs and those injured and their families who preserved in iraq and its people. iraq survived united and victoria. -- victorious. over two yea rs victoria. -- victorious. over two years ago and at its peak, is seized large swathes of iraq and syria and try to impose rule over 10 million people but now it has been suffering a series of defeats, losing mosul in july and its capital in syria, raqqa, last month. but the allied victory has come at a huge human cost. i can't find my family, this man shouted, where are they? where have they gone? thousands of
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civilians have fled as fighting intensified. the united states has hailed the end of what it called the vile occupation of iraq while the british defence secretary congratulated the iraqi security forces but warned the fight was not yet over as isis could still plan and inspire further attacks from across the syrian border. more now on those talks in iran. our diplomatic correspondent james robbins has been speaking to nazanin zaghari ratcliffe's husband, richard. it is obvious, richard, that nazanin is not coming home with the foreign secretary. but do you think there is any evidence that this meeting, the series of meetings in tehran, could make a difference? i am sure it will make a difference. i'm sure him being there, raising her case, raising her case in the context of lots of other stuff, can only help improve relations and improved relations can only lead to a better case for us. i think that is right.
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i am not expecting that monday morning he comes back with her on the plane. i am looking very closely at who he gets to meet, looking very closely as to what happens tomorrow. then i'm looking forward to hearing on monday or tuesday, when he is back, a debrief as to what went on. i don't expect to hear everything, i know some things stay secret. but we are in a place where we are looking at the tea leaves to see what it means. fingers crossed it can be solved by christmas, which means in the week or so afterwards, nazanin might come home. were you disappointed that you yourself could not go with him? obviously as time went on i began to realise it was less and less likely. yeah, i had always wanted to go. the reason the foreign office gave to me was that they felt it would not have been helpful to over—politicise the case by having me standing next to him. there is a logic to that.
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it could distort other issues in other cases. i still would have wanted to go there, and i still want to go there as soon as possible. but faced with the choice between going with him and her still being in prison, and him going and her coming back sooner, i will take the latter. do you think borisjohnson and the foreign office could have been a bit more forceful with the iranians? i have long criticised the foreign office for not being as robust in public as i would like them to be. that is a battle we have had behind closed doors as well. me saying that they should be tougher, and them saying, look, that is not how things work. and, yeah, i think if he is able, through his charm and his presence, to bring her home, great. i've always been clear that myjob in this campaigning has always been to say this is unacceptable and outrageous and that she should be with her family. she should be with her family
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for christmas, and please, can that be arranged? teenage migrants in italy are attempting dangerous night—time crossings across the alps in a desperate attempt to reach france. almost 2000 people have made the crossings injuly, almost 2000 people have made the crossings in july, according almost 2000 people have made the crossings injuly, according to a local charity. many people have come from migrant camps in italy described as overcrowded and under resourced. our paris correspondent lucy williamson has been there. after dark, alain and sylvie become a nightly mountain rescue team, walking the alpine passes that act as migrant gateways from italy into france. tonight, they found these six young men, half frozen after walking through the alps. this ghostly picnic their first taste of france. the clothes that carried them from west africa, eritrea, afghanistan, dangerously thin for the alpine snow. it is a good sign if you can still move your hands.
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i am finding it a little bit difficult, a little bit difficult. because snow and mountains and night, everything is dark and then we discovered we had snow. also up on the mountain tonight, the border police. in seconds, the migrants melt away into the trees. a police search turns up only one of them. mamadou took the same path across the alps last year. by the time he was rescued, his feet had frozen. both had to be amputated. translation: i used to be athletic. i played football, i had threejobs. now my life is over, as if i were dead. it's all overfor me. france has been tightening controls on its border with italy but mountain guides here on the french side say the number of migrants making their way across alpine passes has jumped sharply in the last few months. and that many of them
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are unaccompanied minors. at the makeshift migrant centre in nevache, staff say minors make up more than half the admissions. many, like 15—year—old sheik from ivory coast, left migrant camps in italy, determined as a native french speaker to make a life in france. translation: my older brother died on the way to europe but thank god i've arrived in france. i want to have a better future and go to school. my mother is dead and i have no support. nobody left back home. as temperatures drop, there are fewer migrants arriving here each night. but those who do are in a worse condition. some unable to stand. each one a reminder in this tranquil ski resort of the mountain europe needs to climb. lucy williamson, bbc news, nevache. parts of north wales, northwest england and the midlands are bracing themselves for heavy snow.
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the met office has issued an amber weather warning, urging people to be prepared for possible disruption. some eastern areas could also be affected. olivia richwald reports. layers of thick snow a scene of beauty in shropshire, but the first heavy snowfall of the winter is bringing disruption to parts of the united kingdom. motorists are being told to avoid driving unless absolutely necessary in parts of the north because of the icy conditions, as temperatures plummet down to minus six tonight in parts of scotland and wales. in oldham, greater manchester, this depot has been working 2a hours a day since thursday. the drivers here grit more than 300 kilometres of road. from busy urban centres to remote routes through moorland. with heavy snow showers forecast overnight in this area, they say they're prepared. we've just had the forecast in so the temperatures —— the drivers here grit more than 300 kilometres of road. from busy urban centres to remote routes through moorland. with heavy snow showers forecast overnight in this area, they say they're prepared.
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we've just had the forecast in so the temperatures are going to drop quite significantly. sub—zero. so what we're doing this afternoon now is we will pre—grit all our primary gritting routes and then overnight then we'll carry on treating and treating throughout the night, getting as much salt on the ground as possible. it's trans—pennine routes like this that can quickly become hazardous if they're not well maintained. oldham council alone expects to use 600 tons of grit this weekend alone — and there's still no guarantee these roads will stay open. although power was out at some properties in the midlands and scotland, in belfast it was sledges out, instead. i like to do snowballs and make a snowman and make models and go down with sleds. it's very slippery and i've been falling down! more scenes like this are forecast tomorrow as heavy snow is expected across central areas. but both the north and south may miss out. olivia richwald, bbc news, oldham.
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you are watching bbc news. these are our latest headlines. written's foreign secretary dorisjohnson said he has had frank talks with his iranian counterpart in tehran over the case other british rainy and woman being held in prisons there. as palestinians continue to protest, arab foreign ministers urge the us to abandon its decision to recognise jerusalem as israel's capital. let's stay with that story. it's been reported that the palestinian president, mahmoud abbas, says he won't go ahead with a planned meeting with the us vice—president, mike pence. it follows donald trump's decision to recognise jerusalem as israel's capital. palestinians protesting against the change in policy have been involved in further clashes with israel's security forces. tom bateman reports from jerusalem. a display of grief and anger.
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funerals were held in gaza for two people killed in israeli air strikes last night. the islamist group hamas said that the men belonged to their armed wing. weapon stores and a base run by the militant group were targeted, said israel. a new round of hostilities between old enemies. israel said three rockets were fired from gaza last night. one landed in this southern israeli town. there was minor damage but no casualties. further disruption took place in jerusalem as palestinians continued to vent their anger at president trump. police broke up protests before they gained momentum. and for a third day in the occupied west bank, protesters threw stones and burned tyres. israeli troops responded with tear gas in bethlehem
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and palestinians answered back. the clashes since mr trump's statement onjerusalem has so far not matched the scale of previous escalations in violence this year. but people here remain wary and diplomatic relations between the palestinian leadership and the white house are under severe strain. president trump appealed for calm and moderation. his critics point to what has happened here in the three days since his announcement and say he has stoked precisely the opposite. many israelis continue to praise his move, but it comes at the cost of increased tensions. tom bateman, bbcjerusalem. as we heard earlier, opposition parties in honduras have formally requested the cancellation of last month's presidential election, alleging widespread fraud. they've accused the electoral authorities of tampering with the results in favour of the incumbent,
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juan orlando—hernandez, who's been declared the winner by a narrow margin. leonardo rocha reports. the main opposition contender, salvador nasralla, is calling for either a new vote or a full recount. he initially led counting by five points but was eventually overtaken by president hernandez after a series of glitches affected the electoral court's computer system. a partial recount is under way but the opposition has made it clear that will not be enough. translation: what we are questioning is a total recount — meaning the annulment of the election's vote counting. we need all the evidence in the hands of the electoral tribunal. honduras, an impoverished central american nation with one of the world's highest murder rates, is polarised and facing political uncertainty. it has now waited two weeks to find out who will be its next president. tens of thousands of people have
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filled the streets of paris for the funeral of the singer johnny hallyday who died on wednesday at the age of 7a. he had a career lasting nearly six decades and touched the lives of generations of french people. our correspondent, hugh schofield sent this report. for nearly 60 years, johnny hallyday sang his songs to the french and today, in paris, they came to bid him goodbye. tens of thousands of fans, many of them from the older generation, people who grew up to his sounds in the happy, optimistic days of the ‘60s. for france, johnny was le rock'n'roll. he was the first here to open their ears to the thrilling new music coming from the united states.
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america was his obsession. america and motorbikes. hence the escort of hundreds of bikers for his funeral cortege down the champs—elysees. translation: let him rest in peace and wreak havoc up there. let him sing, let him get it going and let him open his heart up there, surrounded by family and friends. stars of music and screen, political leaders past and present — all there for the funeral service inside the madeleine church. for the french, johnny was their rock hero. the man who, for half a century, was always there with new songs, more performances. with his death, people really do feel that part of the nation's life has gone. hugh schofield, bbc news, paris. a so—called bat plague has hit a rural town in australia, with the large colony of flying foxes out—numbering residents 25 toi. the town of charters towers in oueenland is considering drastic measures to remove the creatures, which are protected by national environment laws.
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georgina smyth has this report. it's not a horror movie. it's the sky above a small town in australia. just over 8,000 people live here in charters towers and they are overrun by fruit bats. it is actually the stuff of nightmares. it is 200,000 bats in and around our cbd, which is horrific for our community. it's likely the fruit bats were attracted to the town's flowering eucalyptus trees. but the towns says it is fed up of toxic bat droppings which threaten public health and damage property. we cull kangaroos, we cull crocodiles, we cull other things. the reason we cull them is to keep them at a manageable level so they do not become a menace to society. but the grey—headed flying foxes are threatened, and receive environmental protection across the country. there are large fines for anybody caught harming them.
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bat experts say the visitors pose no great threat to the public and are likely to move on in a few weeks. realistically speaking it's no great risk to health. hendra virus is something people mention a lot, but in reality that's a problem when dealing with horses, not bats. archaeologists in egypt have unveiled a new tomb containing a mummy and burial artefacts thought to date back more than 3,000 years. the identity of the mummified body isn't known but officials believe there are two possibilities. rahuljoglekar has the story. once a senior egyptian official, now an exciting new find by the country's ministry of antiques. this mummy was found in one of two tombs discovered in the ‘90s. left untouched until now, the tombs are possibly 3,000 years old. the ministry said one of the two tombs has a courtyard lined with mud brick and stone walls.
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translation: in this area, the egyptian archaeological mission uncovered three tombs in the past six months. we were able to excavate all of these. we found artefacts and burialfurniture. several objects and some skeletal remains were also found. on the wall, art which depicts a ritual offering of flowers, possibly to the man who now lives in the tomb, first seen centuries after it was first painted. egypt's tourism industry relies on relics found in sites like these and authorities hope that new discoveries will help attract more tourists. how would you feel if your house, and whole neighbourhood, were put on the market without your knowledge? that's just what's happened to residents of one small village in germany.
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now the controversial sale has gone ahead, at a knock—down price. andy beatt reports. in a quiet corner of former east germany, two hours' drive from berlin, lies the historic hamlet of alwine. the factory and workers' houses once served a nearby coal mine, and then, as a wartime training camp for members of the hitler youth. now it is rundown and partly abandoned, but still home to 15 people. most are elderly, long—term residents paying low rents. they had no idea their small community was on the market until a for sale sign appeared a few weeks ago. translation: whoever buys all these houses or whoever‘s going to buy them, he will buy us, too. that's how i see it. none of the locals could afford to bid at auction but despite their concerns,
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the nine houses went under the hammer for little more than the asking price. translation: alwine will be a bargain for the buyer at 140,000 euros. gone! congratulations. many potential buyers stayed away, scared off by the condition of the buildings and what would be a sizeable renovation bill. what the sole anonymous bidder will do with this small, slightly shabby slice of german history is uncertain. translation: the villagers don't know if they can stay in their homes or not. you can make a christmas wish and hope for the best, but there's still great scepticism. amid fears of evictions and demolition, the auctioneers are at least optimistic. they say the new owner wants to do something good and has alwine's residents at heart. hello there.
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more disruptive weather on the cards through the second half of the weekend, thanks to ice and snow. here are some pictures from saturday's snow. this is mellor in lancashire. the second picture is thornton in bradford. some very scenic pictures coming in but the snow may well cause significant disruption through the day on sunday. by first thing in the morning, temperatures as low as —12 degrees across parts of scotland and the rain in the south increasingly turns to snow as it bumps into the cold air. it is through the central slice of the country that we see disruptive snow. to the north, ice could be an issue on sunday. the met office has issued an amber weather warning for the snow. particularly affecting parts of mid and north wales, through the midlands and into parts of northern england where we could well see 5—10 centimetres and perhaps double that over higher ground. we could see snow out of this area as well but the central
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slice is where it will be disruptive. on the southern edge for southern counties of england and south wales, we could see some sleet and snow but it is more likely to turn to rain particularly later on in the day. the winds will be gusting at 60 mph or more through the english channel and the bristol channel, enough to cause some disruption. snow will be the hazard further north with icy conditions across northern england, scotland and northern ireland but here, a return to wintry sunshine although temperatures will struggle to get above freezing in the north but it will turn milder in the south. heading through sunday night, as the sleet and snow gradually eases away, ice becomes a problem again with widespread frost into early hours on monday. during sunday, we turn our attention to this low pressure affecting portugal, spain and france and it could be very disruptive with strong winds and heavy rain. on the northern flank of that system, we could see heavy rain and a severe gales towards southern and south—eastern parts of england,
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something we are keeping a close eye on. elsewhere across the country, a quieter day by the time we get to monday. still a few showers, perhaps a bit of a a wintry element, especially over the hills and it won't be quite as cold as it has been through the weekend. on tuesday, a quieter day across all of the country. some places struggling to get above freezing, particularly with lying snow but on tuesday into wednesday, this band of rain works its way slowly eastwards, across the country, followed by some heavy downpours and thunderstorms possible in the west. temperatures milder than the weekend. this is bbc news — the headlines. the uk's foreign secretary boris johnson has held talks in tehran where he's pressed for the release of the british iranian woman nazanin zaghari ratcliffe.
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she's accused of working against the regime — and will be back in oncourt today. the uk said the discussions had been "frank" and "constructive. " there's been a third day of protests by palestinians in the west bank and gaza after donald trump's decision to recognisejerusalem as israel's capital. arab foreign ministers have urged the us to abandon its decision. palestinian leaders have cancelled a meeting with the vice president mike pence. iraq says its war against so—called islamic state is over. government troops say they now have complete control of the iraqi—syrian border. the group seized large parts of syria and iraq in 2014, declaring it a caliphate, but has suffered a series of defeats in the last two years.
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