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today at five — britain and russia acknowledge relations between the two countries are at their worst for many years. boris johnson, meeting his counterpart in moscow, says both sides want them to improve. there is no point sitting on the sidelines and complaining about each other. we have to engage, we have to talk to each other. after catalan separatist parties win a majority in the snap elections — spain's prime minister says he will talk to whoever takes over the the regional government. the woman stabbed to death in a supermarket in skipton is named locally asjodie willsher — a 44—year—old man is being questioned on suspicion of murder. 30 years of burgundy passports are coming to an end — the government confirms british passports will revert to blue when we leave the eu. it's the big christmas getaway with more than a million extra travellers taking to the air,
roads and rail. and coming up: what were the highlights of the year in cinema? mark kermode looks back at 2017's big releases — including the sequel to blade runner. that's the year in film, in half an hour. it's five o'clock. our main story: the foreign secretary borisjohnson has acknowledged there are ‘serious difficulties‘ in the relationship between russia and the uk — he's on the first visit to moscow by a british foreign secretary for more than five years. in a tense press conference, the russian foreign minister sergei lavrov rejected suggestions that russia had behaved aggressively towards the uk, but agreed that
relations are at a "very low level". our moscow correspondent sarah rainsford reports. paying his respects at the war memorial. it was a reminder when they joined forces against memorial. it was a reminder when theyjoined forces against a similar threat. but boris came here to talk tough with the country he now describes as hostile. the first handshake looked warm enough but borisjohnson handshake looked warm enough but boris johnson brought a handshake looked warm enough but borisjohnson brought a warning that russia should stop what he called its destabilising actions. sergei lavrov set the tone, saying relations with britain were at a low level and chided the foreign secretary for such public criticism. he said that relations were at a low
level and chided the foreign secretary for such public criticism. things aren't easy, borisjohnson agreed, then he baffled them with talk about crisps. exports of kettle crisps to russia. but they agreed on one thing, five years without a visit from a foreign minister it was time to talk face—to—face again. relationships broke down over the conflict in ukraine, still unresolved, still deadly after almost four years. theresa may recently accused russia of fomenting the crisis. borisjohnson called the annexation of crimea from ukraine illegal. then there is syria and russia's controversial military support for president assad. this month vladimir putin said it was mission accomplished. but he said the need to build for peace —— the need to build peace there now was a
common interest between russia and britain. it was that common interest borisjohnson britain. it was that common interest boris johnson underlined in britain. it was that common interest borisjohnson underlined in talks that lasted well over the hour. there is no point in simply sitting on the sidelines and complaining about each other. we have disengage. we have is to talk to each other. —— we have two disengage. there were some light moments. sergei lavrov said that he trusted insomuch that he used his russian name. but there we re he used his russian name. but there were frosty touches, too. translation: i cannot recall any action by russia that was aggressive in relation to the uk, but we have heard accusations, even insults, that we support a criminal regime in syria. but we are aggressive. that we are occupiers. that we annex territories. these are all claims russia denied, even now. relations with moscow have been barred,
verging on hostile. borisjohnson came here to address the reasons for that directly. there were no breakthroughs, none were expected, but the first steps towards thawing the chill have now been taken. a 44—year—old man is being questioned on suspicion of murder after a woman was stabbed to death while at work in a supermarket in skipton, north yorkshire. the victim — who has been named locally asjodie willsher — was attacked in the aldi store in front of shoppers yesterday afternoon. friends and customers have been paying tribute to the 30—year—old mother, who has worked at the shot for two years. —— shop for two years. olivia richwald reports from the scene. they're still continuing to question a 44—year—old man who was arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder. we haven't had any updates since then. it was around 3:30pm yesterday when a man burst into this supermarket and attacked and killed a supermarket worker.
she's been named locally asjodie willsher. she was 30, from the skipton area in north yorkshire, and she was a mother. customers and staff in the store pinned down the attacker and held him down until police arrived. all morning people have been coming here to the scene and laying flowers, tributes and soft toys, and paying tribute tojodie. they've described her as a lovely, bubbly, friendly, popular and kind woman. no one had a bad word to say about her. they said no one could ever have a bad word to say about her. she was the mother of a young girl, and was married and from this area. very popular, lots of friends have been here, heartbroken at the scene. it's so tragic for this to happen at any time, but people have been saying how even worse it is that it's come a few days before christmas. here at the scene, the supermarket remains closed. there is a large cordon in place covering the car park. there are police guarding the scene, and not a lot of activity to be seen in the supermarket itself.
the windows are brightly lit, but when you look through them what you can see is trolleys laden with food that had been abandoned in the aisles and food waiting to be scanned at the checkouts. that's the latest from our correspondent in skipton. theresa may has denied she knew about claims that the former first secretary of state damian green made inappropriate advances towards the conservative activist kate maltby — when she promoted him to serve as her deputy. yesterday ms maltby told the bbc that she had raised concerns about him with a downing street official last year. speaking this morning on a visit to cyprus, the prime minister said she only knew about the allegations when they were published in a newspaper last month. i first learnt of these allegations when kate maltby wrote about them in the times. i recognise that kate maltby was obviously extremely distressed by what had happened. damian green has recognised that;
he said that in the letter he wrote to me; and he has apologised. and i think that's absolutely the right thing to do. for nearly 30 years, britons have been carrying these, burgundy, passports. but it's been confirmed this will change when britain leaves — the home office has announced that the covers will revert to blue from 2019. the new design won't carry the eu insignia — and for some brexit campaigners the colour blue has become a symbol of independence. our home affairs correspondent tom symonds reports. the great british passport, shortly not to be available in european burgundy, because, it turns out, brexit means blue. and the "e" word nowhere to be seen. some never liked, well, the pink one, as this bbc newsnight report in 1995 made perfectly clear.
and for some people, pocket—sized burgundy simply isn't british. the passport is something so many people still have fond memories of, the british passport, that blue companion on your travels with the family for many years. i'm pleased to let people know we are going back to that classic blue and gold design. well, not quite. the last british passport was much bigger, hard backed, and a very dark blue. the european one which replaced it way back now in 1988 was floppy, smaller and easier to put in a pocket. the new one, and this isjust a mock—up, is of roughly the same design, but it will keep all of the security features that are currently built into passports to make them hard to copy, and it will add some. my first ever passport. wow, that's interesting.
it seems going blue is largely about showing we are going it alone. reaction? blue, isn't it, back to england. i think it's a crying shame. we had a fantastic ability to travel around the rest of the world, and were looked upon favourably with our immigration policy, and now it's a bit embarrassing, to be honest. i think the decision was a huge aspect of the country moving forward, and i think in order to move forward there needs to be changes, and if that is distinguished by a single colour, then why not? what's the difference? it's a different colour. i preferred it when we were in europe, everything. just everything, yeah. i don't think it was needed, but we wanted to give a message that we are different, and to that extent it serves a purpose. he says things are looking up. it's the first bit of good news brexiteers have had for a long time. the last few months have been very frustrating. the new passports will be issued from late 2019, when old ones are renewed, or people simply apply for one. the new colour may split the country as much as brexit itself.
perhaps this, the winner of an unofficial passport design competition might have been an even better choice. tom symonds, bbc news, at the passport 0ffice. the headlines on bbc news: the spanish prime minister says he's willing to talk to whoever takes control of the catalan regional government, as long as they stay within the law. the elections saw separatist parties win a slim majority in the new assembly. the result is a setback for the government in madrid — which called the election after an independence referendum held earlier this year was ruled unlawful. gavin lee reports from barcelona. joining us now is the bbc‘s tim willcox who is in barcelona... any which way the madrid government tries to spin this it hasn't been a good day for them. when they originally called the elections having a direct rule the intention was to wrong—foot the separatist and bring about mass support for a
pro—unity administration here in catalu nya. pro—unity administration here in catalunya. in the end that did not materialise. although the party was the greatest number of seats is a pro—unity party, but in terms of arithmetic they cannot put together arithmetic they cannot put together a working coalition. 0nly arithmetic they cannot put together a working coalition. only the separatists can do that. let's catch up separatists can do that. let's catch up with the latest developments, including what the spanish prime minister has had to say in the last few hours. our correspondent reports. smiling and on the face of it triumphant, the pro—spain leader of the citizens party has taken the most seats in the catalan parliament, but not enough for a majority. is this your victory? it's a victory. your moment? we have won elections in catalonia. and you can form a coalition? it's difficult, but we will try. this may be a fleeting moment in the limelight for her, because the power balance now belongs to the party in second place, the self exiled ex—president carles puigdemont, who is watching and waiting in belgium having fled following his attempt to break the region away. collectively the three separatist
parties that declared independence and triggered these elections are the only party is likely to be able to form a coalition for a majority. but the ex—president is setting conditions first. translation: i am ready to meet in brussels with rajoy. i'm ready to do so, because there have to be new policies in spain and europe for political solutions, not repression. while the politicians work out their next moves, catalans will continue to feel the impact. thousands of companies have temporarily left the region, blaming a stability. the constant adversity and global headlines has led to a 10% drop in tourism as well. from the outside it seems like a lot
of revolutionary dramas, but we are losing business a little bit in the last months because of spain and catalonia, and they find a way to work it. everybody has something to lose. spain's prime minister mariano rajoy held an extraordinary cabinet meeting this morning, his government gambled by calling these elections and temporarily placing the region and its direct rule. translation: the opportunity to open up translation: the opportunity to open upa new translation: the opportunity to open up a new phase, i hope that now, in catalonia, we will have a new phase based in dialogue and cooperation and plurality, not unilaterally. the
spanish government gambled by calling these collections and temporarily placing it under direct rule. but that gamble has failed. catalonia is still under emergency measures and that will now be down to weeks of coalition talks to see how the independence crisis plays out. gavin lee, bbc news, barcelona. he would like dialogue, a new phase of discussions and negotiations with the separatist bloc which will be forming the largest group in the cata la n forming the largest group in the catalan parliament. let's speak to a professor of economics at the university here, and a pro—separatist supporter. will ca rles pro—separatist supporter. will carles puigdemont and the separatists be pragmatic, grown—up, and wise enough to reach out and meet the spanish authorities half way to bring about some sort of change, because the status quo cannot continue, can it? we don't
e will he put with mariano rajoy. will he put independence to one side to bring about some sort of movement here to allow the country to move forward? this is doing huge damage to the spanish economy, according to madrid authorities. they have to negotiate with the other party. they are very tight, no? there is also a coup. first they have to agree in what type of proposal they are going to make, no? 0ne type of proposal they are going to make, no? one has 32, catalan‘s party has 34... make, no? one has 32, catalan‘s party has 34. .. what more make, no? one has 32, catalan‘s party has 34... what more can madrid offer the separatist grouping short offer the separatist grouping short of this? it is up to them to make a proposal. what are the separatists
want? independence. the others have to offer something. i have independent in their programme. they have organised a referendum. they ran the elections. they won again. if the others have something to offer it is up to them to make a proposal. it is up to them. thank you very much indeed. after three months of turmoil, masterman stations, hundreds of thousands of people out on the streets, either pro—or against separatism from spain. —— mass demonstrations. we are spain. —— mass demonstrations. we a re really spain. —— mass demonstrations. we are really back where we started. thanks very much. the headlines on bbc news: 0na on a visit to moscow the foreign secretary acknowledges there are serious difficulties in the relationship between russia and the uk. after catalan‘s separatist parties win a majority in the snap election spain's prime minister says he will talk to whoever takes over the regional government. and tribute
are being paid to a woman who was stabbed to death while at work in an aldi supermarket in skipton. a 44—year—old man is being questioned on suspicion of the murder ofjodie willsher. rangers will keep their manager until the end of the season. he had been in charge since october. -- queens park rangers will keep. it is the first of the festive premier league fixtures tonight. and rohit sharma equals the record for the fastest twe nty20 international century, reaching three figures in just 35 balls against sri lanka. a full round—up for you in sportsday at 6:30pm, but that is your sport for now. thanks very much. it's a growing problem in countries like the philippines — children put to work in front of webcams, forced to perform sex shows for paedophiles watching on the other side of the world. in 2013 a dutch ngo tried to find
out how big the problem was, by using a fake online profile of a ten—year—old filipina girl — they called her sweetie. more than a thousand men offered her money. now the team behind sweetie is launching a new project — this time targeting individual predators themselves; and the software is being offered to police forces across the world. from holland, angus crawford reports. 0nline, undercover, searching chat rooms, looking for predators. sweetie is back. always it's about sex. and always it's about adults who want to talk about sex. look, he's british, like many others, and remember they are talking to what they think is an 11—year—old girl. remember this? i'm not real. the computer—generated. ..
back then, sweetie needed human operators to type her chats online. the new version is different. the popping up... fully automated, she can now handle hundreds of conversations at the same time. so you could be getting the information on thousands of men? there is no end. sweetie's avatar has been retired and replaced by two new ones, sometimes being shown to predators via webcam. but we can't show you or they'd be no use any more. they invite them into their house, which is the cybersex den... so, why is this new campaign? here's why. in the philippines more and more children are being forced to sell sex to foreigners via webcam. five people were arrested and there were more than 600 foreign customers in the network. he has turned on his camera... sweetie first showed us the scale of the problem. now the team is going on the offensive against men like this.
he's naked and he thinks he knows you're just 12. exactly. and he wants you... to be naked... to turn on your camera... be naked, as well. i think he will... take off his trousers. their details could be passed to the police. and they'll get a nasty shock. an automatic message sent straight to their inbox. that will have a major impact on their behaviour. we know who you are, we know where you are, we know what you want, stop this. sweetie's job was to raise awareness, not catch criminals. this man, australian scott hanson, was one of the few to be prosecuted. but in many countries this kind of evidence doesn't count. some police forces support the project, others don't. but the sweetie team go on, scouring chat rooms,
turning the same technology used to exploit children back against the predators who seek them out. angus crawford, bbc news. we can return to evidence back here and the build—up to christmas. passengers have been hit by delays as more than 1 passengers have been hit by delays as more than1 million people are believed to be making their christmas getaway. flights in and out of bristol airport have been suspended after a plane carrying 25 people came off the runway. there have also been delays on the roads and railways. the rac are urging people to avoid long trips on what they're calling, "fra ntic friday". we can find out more. ian palmer is at euston station for us — and ian, some rail services cut — and some stations to shut over christmas. there are going to be lots of closures over the christmas season. explain how things are right now and
what's happening. right now, thankfully because of a cancelled strike, things seem to be moving relatively smoothly. most of the problems will come from tomorrow until the new year. mainly because network wales says it has —— network rail says it has projects across the country. the biggest of that is one phase three of an upgrade which is taking place at london bridge. that means from tomorrow until the 1st of january there will be no services out of london charing cross, london bridge, or cannon street. that will affect mainline services right up and down the country. and a thought about other methods of travel, as well, if you are driving, catching a plane, what more do we know at this stage? if you are in a car right now, chances are you are not going anywhere particularly quickly. the
rac says the worst time will be between 4pm and 8pm this evening. the worst affected areas, they say, will probably be the m6 between merseyside and staffordshire. the m1, the m4, and anywhere, whichever direction you are going in, on the m25 will be particularly congested. advice is if you happen to be in a car right now, the advice is to keep calm, be patient, and it will all be worth it in the end because it is christmas after all. let's hope so. thank you. how can we keep the memories, and lessons, of the holocaust forfuture generations? one idea is to capture survivors' stories on film. 0ne holocaust survivor eva schloss, the step sister of anne frank, has been taking part in an interactive project that will allow people
to ask her questions about her life — and preserve her testimony long into the future. reeta chakra barti has been to meet her. meet eva, she is 88 and survived the horrors of auschwitz. she spent days recounting her past so that people now and in the future can question her virtual self about what happened. vinales eva, would you like to ask me some questions about my life? —— like to ask me some questions about _ my like to ask me some questions about my life? —— my name is eva. survivors are worried about what will happen when we are gone, who will happen when we are gone, who will continue telling our story? because we think it is very important. now at the museum of jewish heritage in new york people can directly interview either about what it was like in auschwitz, how she survived, and how it has affected her since. one of the
questions, what was your most terrible moment in the camp. 0ne questions, what was your most terrible moment in the camp. one day my mother was selected to be gassed. we were separated. i thought i had lost her. but by miracle she was saved and about three months later we we re saved and about three months later we were reunited. over five days eva a nswered we were reunited. over five days eva answered more than 1000 questions about her story. whilst she was doing so a film—maker recorded the process. what's different about this experience is it puts you in an active role. instead of passively watching a movie or reading a book you are forced to think about your own question, what you want to ask. this is more or less the only pictures i have with my mother, my father, and me. because my father usually took all of the pictures. eva lost her father and usually took all of the pictures. eva lost herfather and her usually took all of the pictures. eva lost her father and her brother in the holocaust, and remarkably she says she has no hatred or bitterness
in her heart, but she wants people to listen and learn. this is what we have to teach our young people. to get involved with what goes on. and if we see things going wrong, to speak up. technology is helping to prepare for the time when the survivors of this monstrous crime are no longer alive. it made eva can continue telling her story for many decades to come. let's catch up with the weather prospects. it is looking particularly wintry in the run—up to christmas. it is murky and cloudy. that is how it looks tonight. quite a lot of low cloud building in from the west. hill fog around over hills and coasts. temperatures mile to light, frost free wherever you are. it will not
warm up in a hurry on saturday. saturday is familiar to what we've had today. more cloudy. breeze to break up the crowd. sunny spells in the afternoon, ten to 12 degrees. the rain will continue through christmas eve. we have this weather front moving south through central scotla nd front moving south through central scotland and northern ireland. england and wales predominantly dry. there could be the odd shower. cloudy, breezy, and mild, with temperature is around 11, 12 degrees. there will be rain on christmas day, particularly for parts of southern scotland and northern england. perhaps later in the day the far north—west of wales. but it will be mild and breezy elsewhere. cold air moving into the far north means the odd flurry of snow in the hills of northern scotland. hello, this is bbc news, the headlines at 5.30pm. on a visit to moscow, the foreign secretary acknowledges there are ‘serious difficulties‘ in the relationship between russia and the uk. borisjohnson