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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is gavin grey. our top stories: the un security council unanimously backs tough new sanctions against north korea, severely restricting its ability to import oil. today for the tenth time this council stands united against a north korean regime that rejects the pursuit of peace. a man's been charged in the united states with planning a terrorist attack in san francisco over christmas. two former fifa bosses are found guilty by a court in new york of accepting millions of dollars in bribes. also in the programme: thousands gather at the imperial palace injapan to wish emperor akihito a happy birthday. the united nations security council has passed biting new sanctions
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on north korea that will cut oil supplies vital for pyongyang's missile and nuclear programmes. with china's backing, the council in new york voted unanimously to adopt the us—drafted resolution. the sanctions also force north koreans working overseas to return home, cutting off another revenue stream for kim jong—un‘s regime. the bbc‘s nada tawfik is at the un. this is the tenth security council resolution imposing sanctions on north korea. none before it has convinced kim jong—un to abandon his nuclear programme, but diplomats hope this resolution will bite hard enough to change the regime's calculus — or at the very least, restrict its ability to carry out additional nuclear
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america's un ambassador nikki haley warned there would be repercussions if pyongyang continued on its course. today's resolution achieves an 89% total reduction of the kim regime's ability to import gasoline, diesel and other refined products, and should the north korean regime conduct another nuclear or ballistic missile test, this resolution commits the security council to take even further action. the chinese ambassador, wu haitao, repeated beijing's calls for dialogue. translation: china urges dprk to take seriously the demands
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of the international community, abide by and implement the council resolutions, and refrain from conducting any further nuclear and missile tests. the resolution also requires countries to expel north koreans working abroad within 2a months in an effort to cut off an important source of revenue. 15 north korean officials in the ministry which manages logistics for the army will now be added to the un blacklist. and, to counter sanctions evasion, the resolution requires countries to seize ships caught smuggling banned items. nada tawfik, bbc news, new york. a former us marine has been arrested for allegedly plotting to launch a terror attack on christmas day in a busy tourist area of san francisco. everitt aaron jameson was arrested by federal agents charged with planning an attack on one of the city's most popular tourist attractions, pier 39.
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peter bowes told us more. this came to light after someone reported that he had been involved in some suspicious activity on facebook. he had been liking posts sympathetic to the so—called islamic state, he had also expressed some support to the attack in october in new york city, when a lorry was driven onto a bike path, and also the san bernardino shooting of a couple of years ago. so he was under surveillance by the fbi. he met with an agent who he believed to be a senior leaderfrom is and it was then that he revealed this plot, to essentially attack on christmas day, one of the most popular tourist destinations in california, pier39 in san francisco. it's a very busy area with restaurants and shops. he had apparently said that it
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would be a perfect time to carry out this attack. his home was raided on wednesday, they took away some was apparently to be a suicide mission, and also a note in which he referred to president trump's acknowledgement ofjerusalem as the capital of israel. what more do we know of the 25—year—old suspect? he is a former marine, he was discharged for medical reasons, he hadn't disclosed that he was suffering from asthma. we know that he had been trained to use a wide range of weaponry and he is now facing these very serious charges. he has actually appeared in court. through his lawyer he has denied the allegations, if he is eventually tried and if he is convicted he would face a large fine and more than 20 years in prison.
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let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. the number of people known to have been killed by a tropical storm in the southern philippines has risen to 30, according to local officials. flooding caused by tropical storm tembin has affected large areas of the island of mindanao. dozens of homes in one village were buried when heavy rain triggered a mudslide. the price of bitcoin has plummeted by 30% in just one day, marking the worst week for the cryptocurrency since 2013. it follows days of high—profile security problems at two exchanges, as well as stark warnings from global regulators about the risks posed by cryptocurrencies. donald trump has signed a $1.5 trillion tax bill into law, before heading to his florida resort for christmas. the legislation cuts the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% and includes funds for missile defence. it's the biggest overhaul to the us tax system in decades. two former fifa officials have been
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convicted by a jury for accepting millions of dollars in bribes, and are now facing long prison sentences. the trial in new york city was part of a us investigation into corruption at the football governing body. richard conway reports from new york. arriving for a trial which has seen alleged death threats, jury intimidation, a suicide, and claims of rampant corruption. this case, involving three senior football officials, has been likened to one involving the mafia. but the men aren't mobsters. instead, they were some of the most powerful figures in the sport. juan angel napout of paraguay was a vice president of fifa, football's world governing body, and was accused of taking bribes worth $10.5 million from television companies. he has been found guilty of three of the five charges against him. jose maria marin, the one—time head of brazilian football, was accused of taking nearly
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$6.5 million in bribes. he was found guilty of six of the seven charges against him. while manuel berga, the former head of the peruvian fa, is accused of taking bribes worth $4 million. the jury is still out on that charge. the roots of this case trace back to may 2015 when the american authorities first swooped, starting with a hotel call in zurich which nobody was expecting. in all, 42 football chiefs and executives have been indicted. these defendants, it is alleged, sought to institutionalise their corruption to ensure that it lived on, not for the good of the game, but for their own personal aggrandisement and gain. but securing convictions has not been easy. manuel berga was accused in court of making a cut—throat gesture towards the prosecution's star witness, while an argentine official named as taking cash took his own life. the investigation into bribery and corruption at the very top of world football began
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here in new york city over two and a half years ago. many of the officials caught up are cooperating with the authorities in the hope of receiving a reduced sentence. but the fallout for fifa, well, it doesn't stop with this trial, given the many references in court to a future world cup. key witnesses in the case described how payments allegedly stemming from qatar, which will host the 2022 world cup, were made to senior world officials. but they did not say what the money was for. tournament organisers insist there is no evidence of wrongdoing. the past few years have been enormously damaging for fifa, but one of its vice presidents told me that reforms are slowly changing the culture. fifa's behaviour has improved dramatically. i think that will continue. but it is going to take some time. people around the world accept that, and where that message gets through, there are still other improvements that need to happen. this is a big ship, an aircraft carrier,
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to try and turn. i think we started that process very well but you've got to get everybody on board to behave properly now as well. the days of mixing with the game's biggest stars are now at an end forjose maria marin and juan angel napout. the united nations has flown more than a hundred vulnerable african refugees directly from libya to italy for the first time. an italian militaryjet touched down at an airport south of rome on friday afternoon, carrying 110 women and children. those evacuated came from detention centres whose conditions have been condemned by humanitarian groups as inhumane. it is the first time the unhcr in libya has evacuated refugees directly to europe. they plan to evacuate 5,000 people per year. the unhcr's representative in libya, roberto mignone, says there are thousands of extremely vulnerable refugees stranded in libya that urgently need resettling. these refugees have been in
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detention until this morning. mainly women, children, who were born in detention, only a few days old. they are part of the protection work unhcr does in libya. we have visited the detention centre overnight under time is this year and we have had 1200 refugees released. we are trying to send them to third countries where they can live in safety, because libya is still very dangerous. japan's emperor has been greeting crowds who gathered at the imperial palace to wish him a happy 84th birthday. apparently december the 23rd is a national holiday, but that might change into a normal working day after his abdication in april, when his son becomes the new
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emperor. his birthday will then become the new national holiday. earlier we spoke tojeff kingston and said the amp era is very popular. yes, the media today is full of stories about the emperor and his family. there is clearly a warm veneration of emperor akihito and i think people are already sort of missing him. they realise how important he has been to japan over the past 25 years. he first talked about retiring a couple of years ago, but obviously it was decided best for a slower transition? right. lifetime employment has a special meaning here. yeah, by the time he retires it will be almost three yea rs retires it will be almost three years since he indicated that his failing health would give very difficult for him to continue to carry out his duties. so it's taken the government to revise the law and
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to make preparations, but come may 2019 there will be a new emperor and a new range name. i 2019 there will be a new emperor and a new range name. i think they will find a way to honour the current emperor and make his birthday into a national holiday. what are the differences between he and his son, which you say? i think the differences are far more with his own father, who was rather aloof. i think akihito has made it his business to address the unfinished business to address the unfinished business of the war, so he has been the chief amit seri of reconciliation with countries that suffered under the japanese military but andy has also made it a point domestically to be the first responder, showing great compassion for the vulnerable and the dislocated. naruhito basically is similarto dislocated. naruhito basically is similar to his father and i think he
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is well prepared to carry on the torch. even those who aren't big fa ns torch. even those who aren't big fans of the monarchy injapan will see this as a fairly smooth transition, you think?|j see this as a fairly smooth transition, you think? i think so. i would think the current prime minister are they will celebrate quietly —— prime minister abe. he and akihito have had differences over wartime history and about constitutional revision, so the emperor offcourse by the constitution forces him to refrain from doing anything political. he is just a symbol of the state. but many of his gestures and comments have resonated politically and generally speaking he has been on the opposite side of the argument is to the prime minister. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: the retired electrician from northern italy who attracts thousands of people every year with his dazzling display of christmas lights. we saw this enormous tidal wave approaching the beach
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and people started to run, and suddenly, it was complete chaos. united states troops have been trying to overthrow the dictatorship of general manuel noriega. the pentagon said the operation was 90% successful but failed in its principal objective, to capture general noriega and take him to the us to face drugs charges. the hammer and sickle was hastily taken away. the russian flag was hoisted over what is no longer the soviet union but the commonwealth of independent states. day broke slowly over lockerbie, over the cockpit of pan am's maid of the seas, nosedown in the soft earth. you could see what happens when a plane eight storeys high, a football pitch wide, falls from 30,000 feet. christmas has returned to albania after a communist ban lasting more than 20 years. thousands went to midnight mass in the town of shkroda, where there were anti—communist riots ten days ago. this is bbc news.
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the latest headlines: the un security council has unanimously backed tough new sanctions against north korea, restricting its ability to import oil. a former us marine has been arrested by the fbi for allegedly planning a terror attack in san francisco over christmas. 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 organisation tried to find out how big the problem was by using the fake online profile of a 10—year—old filipina girl. they called her ‘sweetie'. more than 1,000 men offered her money to perform for them. now the team behind sweetie are launching a new project — this time, targeting individual predators themselves, and the software's being offered
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to police forces across the world. angus crawford reports from the netherlands. 0nline, undercover, searching chat rooms, looking for predators. sweetie is back. always, it's about sex. and always 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 model... back then, sweetie needed human operators to type her chats online. the new version is different. they're 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
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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 anymore. they invite him 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 —— 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. —— he's naked and he thinks — he knows — you'rejust12. exactly. and he wants you... to be naked... to turn on your camera... be naked, as well. i think he will... their details could be passed to the police. and they'll get a nasty shock.
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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. a meeting intended to bring british relations with russia out of the deep freeze has ended with public accusations of lying. in the first visit by a british foreign secretary to moscow for five years, borisjohnson confronted his russian counterpart sergei lavrov
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about moscow's alleged involvement in cyber attacks on the west. mr lavrov retorted that the accusations were fabricated. 0ur diplomatic correspondent james robbins reports. handshakes can be deceptive. true, this foreign secretary has broken a 5—year british boycott of visits to moscow. but when russia's sergei lavrov says he wants a return to business as usual, boris johnson says that's impossible. as you rightly say, sergei, things are not easy between us at the moment. the talks aired grievances on both sides and examined space for limited cooperation by supporting the iran nuclear deal together and opposing the nuclear threat from north korea. but deep disagreements remain. at theirjoint news conference, that was stark. for all the efforts at banter, there was a seriousness when sergei lavrov tried to brush off british allegations of russia meddling in foreign elections. translation: my neighbour borisjohnson recently stated he had
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no evidence that russia meddled in the referendum on the withdrawal of britain from the european union. not successfully. not successfully, i think, is the word. not successfully is the word that i think you need to introduce. you see, he's scared if he doesn't disagree with me, his reputation will be ruined in the media at home. sergei, it's your reputation i'm worried about. so how did relations with russia go from bad to worse? russia's use of radioactive poison to murder alexander litvinenko in the middle of london started the slide. three years ago, russia's annexation of crimea and interference in ukraine provoked tough eu sanctions, strongly backed by britain. then last month, theresa may accused russia of cyber espionage and meddling in elections. britain says it has cyber weaponry to retaliate if attacks get worse. it is a sad truth that our relations, having gone
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through a good patch in the 1990s and the early 2000s, are now going through a very difficult patch. there is no question of that at all. but one of the reasons for coming here is that there is no point in simply sitting on the sidelines and complaining about each other. we have to engage. but when boris johnson was asked if he trusted russia's foreign minister, to avoid a direct answer he tried to make light of it. you know, it's a measure of my trust that as soon as i got into this excellent foreign ministry, i immediately handed my coat, my hat, my gloves, and indeed everything that was in my pockets, secret or otherwise, to sergei lavrov. translation: i can say there was nothing in the pockets of boris's coat. so, striding across red square, the foreign secretary was no mere tourist.
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he was nodding to russia's historic greatness while pressing for a radical change of direction. coming here to red square, borisjohnson insists that he loves russia. he points to his name, the fact that he has some russian ancestry. what he doesn't love is the present russian government. so, paying his tribute at the tomb of russia's unknown soldier had a particular symbolism. britain and russia fought together against hitler as allies. restoring that closeness now seems a long way off. a man living near the italian city of treviso has become a local hero for his efforts to create a dazzling christmas lights display in his front yard. known locally as ‘mr christmas', his displays attract thousands of people every year and this year, his display is bigger and brighter than ever. before the christmas carols, and
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magpies haven't quite got you in the festive spirit yet, this may do the trick. 70,000 flights of all shapes, colours and sizes twinkling and glowing in unison, santa is there and his reindeer, even these polar bears popped down from the north pole to take part. it is all the work of one man, retired electrician 0scar, who has been putting on a show in his front garden for more than 30 years. it is all a bit of love requiring dedication. translation: i started in mid—0ctober, cleaning the garden, pruning the plants, and peeling all the leads and on the eighth of november i started to put the lights on. ifinished on december two. november i started to put the lights on. i finished on december two. the display costs of 70 more than $2000 each year. cheaper he says that if he spent his time on devices such as smoking or drinking. visitors come
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from far and wide to see the display free of charge. there are sweets for the children and mulled wine to the adults to sip while they take in the sights. translation: it is beautiful, you think you are in the world of santa claus. translation: it is amazing, i must say i have seen it is amazing, i must say i have seen nothing like it. he says he doesn't need money or help but those that live around him lend a hand. translation: i have good neighbours who let me do this without protesting. plus i fixed the lights on their houses. a fair trade-off to ensure christmas is both murray and bright. catherine armstrong, bbc news. how illuminating was that? let him or of course coming up, the headlight shortly and don't forget, more details on top on our website. this is bbc news. hi, there.
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it has been cloudy for the past few days, very mild as well. more of the same to come over the next few days in the run—up to the big day itself. staying mild, turning a bit windier, and a bit of rain across the north—west the uk. particularly for western scotland. for the time being we've got a lot of cloud and high pressure to the south of the uk. these westerly winds bringing cloud off the atlantic. the weather front approaching scotland, bringing outbreaks of rain and wet weather to start the day across the northern isles. for many of us it's a dry, a cloudy and mild start. misty and murky around western coasts and hills, but probably not as murky as it has been over the past few days on account of the stronger winds. the winds pick up on saturday in the northern half of the uk and they will encourage a few breaks in the cloud every now and then. not many breaks for most of england and wales. it stays pretty dull and cloudy for most of the day. still murky over high ground of the moors in the south—west, across the hills of wales and pennines too.
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temperature wise, 10—12 celsius, similar to the last few days. the rain working in through the afternoon in northern ireland. turning wet in scotland. in eastern areas, prospects of a few bright and sunny spells on account of the strong winds blowing holes in the cloud sheet. through saturday night, there will still be some pulses of rain coming and going across scotland. if anything it turns heavier in western areas and it will be persistent. another mild night. temperatures 9—10 celsius widely. for christmas eve and christmas day, this weather front becomes very slow—moving, often targeting western scotland, with pulses of heavy rain. those rainfall totals mounting up. we could see some localised surface flooding across western scotland in the run—up to the big day. so the potential for localised transport disruption here. christmas eve will be a breezier day. 0ften cloudy, still with spots of rain and drizzle in western areas. the stronger winds again encouraging a couple of cloud breaks every now and then.
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temperatures, as you were —10—12 celsius. christmas day, we continue the theme of mild and cloudy weather. a bit windier. the band of rain moves in across northern ireland and scotland and into the far north—west of england and wales. if you go into the high mountains, above 500 metres elevation, you might see a bit of snow, but for the vast majority it is going to be a mild christmas day. but after christmas, keep in touch with the weather forecast because it turns colder and the chance of seeing heavy snow perhaps affecting parts of the pennines, which could cause disruption after christmas. this is bbc news. the headlines: president trump has welcomed the unanimous vote by the un security council to impose tough new sanctions against north korea. he said the move showed the world's desire for peace, not war. under the new sanctions oil imports to north korea will be severely limited. a man's been arrested in the us for allegedly plotting an attack in san francisco over christmas. everitt aaron jameson, a former marine, is said to have revealed his plans to an undercover agent whom he believed to be from the islamic state group.
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two former south american football officials have been convicted by a us court of taking millions of dollars in bribes. paraguay‘sjuan angel napout and jose maria marin of brazil are likely to be jailed for at least ten years for taking bribes to grant broadcasting contracts. let's take a brief look now at some of the front pages
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