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this is bbc news. good afternoon. a man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a woman working at an aldi supermarket in north yorkshire. neville hord, who's 44, was remanded in custody by magistrates in york. jodie willsher was stabbed to death in skipton on thursday. our correspondent sarah walton sent this report. arriving at york magistrates court, 44—year—old neville hord appeared in the dock charged with murder. he's accused of attacking 30—year—old jodie willsher at the aldi store in skipton where she was working on thursday afternoon. she suffered serious injuries and died in the store. there were no relatives in court for the hearing this morning and mr hord, dressed in a blue t—shirt and grey shorts, spoke only to confirm his name, age and address. he didn't enter a plea and was remanded in custody. at the store where mrs willsher worked, colleagues have described her as much—loved and popular. and in a statement her husband malcolm said she was a doting mother and loving wife.
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mr hord will next appear at leeds crown court on 28th december. more than 100 people are thought to have died after a tropical storm struck the southern philippines. the country's second largest island, mindanao, bore the brunt of the storm, which caused flash floods and landslides. dozens of people are still missing after one village was completely buried. us president, donald trump, has praised the un security council for imposing tough new sanctions against north korea, in response to its recent missile tests. the security council voted unanimously to limit north korea's imports of petrol and oil by as much as 90%. mr trump said the vote proved the world "wants peace, not death". london zoo has been closed until further notice after a fire in the early hours of the morning. a number of staff were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and shock as it was brought under control by 70 firefighters. the zoo is one of london's busiest
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attractions and was expecting tens of thousands of visitors over the christmas holiday. jane—frances kelly sent this report. fla mes flames could be seen from surrounding areas before dawn. a fire had broken out at the adventure cafe before spreading to a shop and affected a painting section, too. zookeepers lead animals to safety and some of the staff suffered smoke inhalation and shock. ten fire engines and 70 firefighters arrived shortly after 6am. the fire was brought under control about three hours later. a man walking his dog on primrose hill mac said he alerted staff when he saw the flames.” on primrose hill mac said he alerted staff when he saw the flames. i went over to security as told them there flames, there is smoke coming from inside. do you know anything about
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it? the zoo had to be closed today, disappointing hundreds of visitors. we travelled down from nottingham. it isa we travelled down from nottingham. it is a bit disappointing but as long as the animals are ok. in the last hour, the zoo said that misha the aardvark has died in the fire and four meerkats are missing. london zoo thanked the fire brigade for acting so quickly, preventing the fire from spreading and endangering its staff and many animals. the transport secretary says the government is discussing a new tax for heavy vehicles. there is no plans for a similar system for private cars. california's deadly wildfire has now become the largest in the state's recorded history. the blaze which has been burning for more than two weeks has scorched an area greater than new york city, brussels and paris combined. more than 8,000 firefighters have been tackling the flames — among them thousands of prisoners,
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as our correspondent james cook explains. it's pretty challenging. sometimes we are right next to the fire. compared to being in prison, being here is completely different. here, you feel free, you are out in the world. the biggest change for me is mentally because i have never pushed myself as hard ever in life. california has 4,000 inmate firefighters, men and women. fire breaks is risky — two have died this year, but there are rewards in reduced sentences and a sense of purpose. after being in this programme, ifeel like i have been rehabilitated and i can go out there and achieve anything i want to because i've done this. it's so hard. we were allowed inside this prison camp in malibu.
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there are no walls or fences here. violent or volatile prisoners are not allowed to join the programme. with a job like this, there is only time to think about their work. latoya is serving for causing the death of her seven—year—old son in a drunken car crash. the attraction was, because of my crime, i could come out here and do something positive. it is challenging mentally to get over something. i'm never going to get over that, but i try to ease my mind and this has helped. with california facing more frequent and more destructive fires, some critics call this slave labour, but the project is voluntary, it may reduce reoffending and it provides some measure of redemption. everyone is like, "we love you, firefighters!" and we wave back and we wave to the kids.
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it's amazing. the work may be exhausting, it may be dangerous, but in the words of one prisoner, "it's better than twiddling yourthumbs injail." dramatic pictures have been taken over phoenix in arizona. the bright lights have the appearance of a ufo. it turned out not to be something from outer space. it was a test launch of the spacex falcon nine rocket. it is voted blasted off from california some 800 kilometres away -- it is california some 800 kilometres away —— it is thought. the chimes of big ben have rung out for the first time since november. the bell will go on sounding until one o' clock in the afternoon on new year's day. extensive work on the tower began in august and is expected to take four years.
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with all the sport, here's mike bushell at the bbc sport centre. good afternoon. three of their players including wayne rooney, have the flu, and so it's a weakened everton team, who are trying to continue their recent revival at home to chelsea. the visitors are hoping to move level on points with manchester united in second, and they've enjoyed the lion's share of possession — only a goalline clearance by everton defender philjagielka, keeping them out. rangers can go second in the scottish premiership with a win at kilmarnock but it's still goalless there. the home side with the best of the chances so far. the british sprinter nigel le—vyne, has failed a drugs test. he's alleged to have tested positive for the banned asthma drug, clen—buterol, and is reported to be waiting for the result of his b sample. le—vyne won gold at the european championships three years ago, as part of the 400—metre relay team. he broke his pelvis in a motorbike
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crash injanuary and although he's returned to training, he hasn't competed since. england wicketkeeper jonny bairstow has defended captainjoe root after comments made by the former australia skipper ricky ponting. he said root looked like a "little boy" and had been a "bit soft" during the ashes defeat. everyone is going to have an opinion. i think he's doing a really good job as captain. the ability he has shown will only grow and you will learn by doing it. england all—rounder ben stokes is returning home to the uk for what he called "family reasons", after a month—long spell with the new zealand side canterbury. he joined them just after england had lost the first ashes test, sparking speculation he could be set for a recall, but he's still suspended following his arrest in september. now, christmas morning, can mean an early start in many households. but what about rising at 5am to start work in the dark,
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in freezing weather, for a wage which might not reach, £8 an hour? that's what thousands of people will be doing on monday — and britain's horse racing industry depends on them. respect for the stable groom, has become a major issue in british racing in 2017, asjoe wilson reports. that's all the sport for now. 6am. keeping delayed in the yard and reveals the unsung human heroes of christmas sport. for thousands of grooms like jacob and delay, christmas day will always be another working day —— jacob and lily. christmas day will always be another working day -- jacob and lily. we start between 5:30am and 6am. they don't know it's christmas time, they still expect their food. we write them out and put christmas hats on them. they might enjoy it! we love them. they might enjoy it! we love the animals and myself and lily have
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a goal of one—day riding. the animals and myself and lily have a goal of one-day riding. my dream is to bea a goal of one-day riding. my dream is to be a professionaljockey. boxing day is very important for british horse racing because there are eight meetings around the country on december 26. in total in britain there are 14,000 race in training and all of them need that day to and attention from a professional. it's what ken dooley did. he died in october looking after a horse at kempton race course. the fundraising page in his honour reflects their shock at his death and respects his life. racing relies on the grooms. the boss of this yard knows it. it is hard work in cold weather, they're coming in in the dark and going home in the dark. idid in the dark and going home in the dark. i did it myself for years so i know what it's like. it's where i started as a lad so it is hard work for not a lot of money. it's a way of life, that's all you can describe it as. they do it for a love of the
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job. this is reward. on icy hillsides, grooms riding out, exercising the horses and imagining winners that might come their way on this and future boxing day is. —— boxing days. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more for you in the next hour. hello. you're watching the bbc news channel. london zoo has been closed until further notice after a fire in the early hours of the morning. a number of staff were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and shock as it was brought under control by 70 firefighters. the zoo is one of london's busiest attractions and was expecting tens of thousands of visitors over the christmas holiday. the director—general of the zoo has spoken about the incident. just after six o'clock this morning, the
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fire brigade was notified of a fire at london zoo. 0ur keepers live on site and they went to the incident really quickly, as did our security and the fire brigade was there within minutes. this was a fire that had broken out in the area of animal enclosures that includes where our aardvark misha lives and our meerkats and we are devastated that misha and the —— misha the aardvark has been killed and we are trying to find out what has happened to the meerkats but at the moment, decide whether sir took place is closed down. we did a very quick, rapid assessment on the other animals to ensure that their welfare was not compromised in any way, focusing on their safety and security and i'm pleased that no other animals have
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been affected. we have our vets on—site doing assessments immediately and the staff who were there, the keepers were the first responders are clearly very upset and they have been treated for both shock and smoke inhalation. they are doing as well as i could hope in the circumstances. you said the aardvark died. the meerkats, we don't know about at the moment. at the moment, we are uncertain what happened to the four meerkats but i am not optimistic at this stage u nfortu nately. optimistic at this stage unfortunately. when we have access to the site, we will be able to confirm exactly what has happened. you said some of the staff had suffered from smoke inhalation. i lay in hospital? -- are they in hospital? none of our staff and in hospital, i'm pleased to say. the london fire brigade staff are also in reasonably good shape. so none of
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your staff are seriously hurt? that's correct, none of the staff are hurt but we are all really upset by this incident because this is one of our most loved animals in the zoo, misha, and the meerkats are also very affectionate. this is a really devastating incident for us. in the philippines it's now being reported that at least 100 people have been killed by tropical storm tembin. two days of heavy rain have led to flash flooding and mudslides. the rescue effort is being hampered by roads which are blocked or have simply been washed away. a state of emergency has been declared in several areas on the worst—hit island of mindanao. howard johnson reports from the philippines capital, manila. high winds and heavy rain have been battling mindinao as a tropical
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storm makes its way across the country. local reports say a farming village on the north of the island has been buried by a mudslide. the war—torn city was also hit after five months of fighting between the islamic state is —— inspired group and forces. evacuees had been moved to sports centres. the philippine national disaster council had worked creatively to move residents to shelter. we are trying to rescue people and take care of the evacuation. we have provided water and hot food and we will be distributing non—food items like bla nkets distributing non—food items like blankets and hygiene kits for those
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people to alleviate the suffering of many of the people there. the philippines is had by around 20 typhoons a year, bringing death and destruction to some of the poorest communities in the country. the tropical storm is now headed towards the popular tourist island when it is expected to intensify with winds up is expected to intensify with winds up to i20 is expected to intensify with winds up to 120 kilometres per hour. the government is starting a 12 week consultation on which key a—roads in england will benefit from new funding. the roads will be eligible for money under the new roads fund, as our business correspondent jonty bloom reports. many a—roads around the country are run and maintained by local councils, even when they're important parts of the nation's infrastructure. but the government is aiming to change that by providing money for improvements from a new central fund. that will be paid for with money raised from vehicle excise duty, improve thousands of miles of a—roads, and provide up to £100 million for each major new scheme such as road junctions, more dual carriageways and improved safety.
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this is typically all about bypasses for small towns where they have got an a—road going through the middle, lots of heavy lorries and it gets congested, lots of pollution, everyone says there needs to be a bypass — this is about making sure those bypasses can be delivered. it is important for regional connections, it's important for new housing but it's also important to make life better for the people who live on those roads. the plan is that by providing central government money, regions of england will be able to cut congestion, remove bottlenecks and boost economic growth. but critics say that the money would be better spent maintaining the current road network and improving public transport. a former us marine has been arrested in san francisco for allegedly plotting a christmas terrorist attack in the city.
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court documents say 26—year—old everitt jameson was planning to target a busy tourist area with an attack inspired by the so—called islamic state group. he denies the charges. peter bowes reports. one of san francisco's most popular tourist attractions, pier 39, packed with shops and restaurants. the fbi says everittjameson planned to attack the area on christmas day. using explosives, he wanted to funnel the crowds into a location where he could inflict casualties. the alleged plot came to light after someone reported jameson for suspicious activity on facebook. he liked posts sympathetic with the so—called islamic state group, and he voiced support for the halloween attack in new york city when a lorry was driven on to a crowded bike path, killing eight people, and the mass shooting in san bernardino in 2015. jameson's home was raided on wednesday. investigators found several weapons and ammunition, and a will. agents believe the attack was to be a suicide mission. and there was a note that referred to donald trump's recent announcement that the us would recognise jerusalem as the capital of israel. it's really unbelievable,
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it's just hard to fathom right now. i really don't know what to say, what, you know, how to feel, really. it'sjust shocking, you know? that's my son. in a statement, the us attorney generaljeff sessions said: the fbi says the public in san francisco were never in imminent danger. this time, the fbi got his man but the concern is how many could there be out there that are not on the fbi's or local law enforcement's radar? and that's what keeps us up at night. the former marine has appeared in court. through his lawyer, he denied the allegations. if convicted, he faces a fine and a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. the homeless charity crisis is warning of the growing problem
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of the ‘hidden homeless‘ — that's someone who sleeps in a train, car, bus or tent — rather than in a doorway on the street. it is estimated up to 9,000 people fall into that category — that's on top of more than 4,000 people known to be sleeping rough. the charity is urging the government to act, or face thousands more falling into the situation. my my name is alex, i'm 36 and six months ago i was turned homeless. after the break—up of a relationship and friends or family nearby, alex felt rough sleeping was his only option. i bought myself a tent and sleeping bag that day and three weeks later, i got out of that situation. alex was a hidden rough sleeper according to the charity crisis, hiding his homelessness in a tentin crisis, hiding his homelessness in a tent ina crisis, hiding his homelessness in a tent in a wooded area rather than sleeping on the streets.|j tent in a wooded area rather than sleeping on the streets. i put it in my mind, this is not long—term, it's
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just an overdue camping trip. it made me get through it. in a new report, crisis suggests more than 9000 hidden rough sleepers across the uk will spend christmas sleeping in cars, trains and buses as well as tents like alex. everyone walks past homeless people. it's almost part of day—to—day life. people beg with cups or both dogs are bits of cardboard with writing on it and you kind of acknowledge it and think, that's never going to happen to me. the charity says hiding their homelessness makes them invisible to outreach workers and could lead to further problems like depression and isolation. the thing about being homeless is it is the mass of stigma andi homeless is it is the mass of stigma and i didn't want to explain to friends and family that i'm in that area of need and i'm almost too proud to ask for help. crisis is calling on the government to do more to help people who find themselves in this situation so that they can
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get the help they need, like alex eventually did. five, six months ago, i was sleeping in a tent. 2018 is going to be my year. responding to the situation in england, the government says, we are committed to having rough sleeping by 2022. we are providing 1 billion through to 2020 to prevent homelessness and rough sleeping. senior nato officers have warned that russia submarine activity has reached a level not seen since the end of the cold war 30 years ago. the commander of the alliance's submarine forces said the russians seemed to be focussing on undersea cables that link europe to the united states, on which trillions of dollars worth of trade is carried daily. joining me is edward lucas, author of the new cold war. if the new called what is upon us, as you believe it is, —— the new called war, what part does submarine
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play a part in it? i think it is worth remembering that the russian submarines have been at this ever since the end of the old cold war and any country which has a submarine —based nuclear deterrent needs to keep an eye on the other side's submarines and make sure they stay seated. the russians had gotten a lot better both of those things, pa rt a lot better both of those things, part of the military build—up we have seen. it has got to the stage along with cyberattacks and other things russia do that nato is alarmed about it and the political leadership of nato is happy to talk about it publicly. they used to pretend it was all right until a couple of years ago. we have moved on from the idea of planes buzzing around just to show they have the capacity. it is a more sustained presence. the planes still do that
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and we have countries which worry about aerospace intrusions. russia is much smaller than the west. this is much smaller than the west. this is not the soviet union. russia would not stand a chance against a real military confrontation, god forbid, an all—out war, but what it is good at doing is using bluff and intimidation to make its political point so i think what they're doing with this submarine cable stuff is saying to the west, don't forget, your economy depends on these trillions of dollars in these cables and it will be easy for us to cut it, it would be damaging for you, so watch it, and what we need to do and we haven't yet is work out what our political responses to this russian threat. in a sense, it is testing the waters, but there is no serious possibility of action of any kind at this stage. we have talked about russian interference with elections
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and referendums. it is more subtle than chopping a cable in half. russia does attack other countries and we have seen that in ukraine and georgia. they have the capability to use their military. with they use it in an all—out confrontation against the west? i think not. could they use military threat to make us back down? possibly, that is what vladimir putin relies on, fundamentally we do not want a confrontation and he's prepared to risk one which gives them a negotiating edge. the scale of the ca bles negotiating edge. the scale of the cables under the atlantic that connect europe, what skill are we talking about —— what scale, and how difficult is it to defend it? the internet is the central nervous system of the world economy in a way that wasn't the cold war because we didn't the internet. the cables are thousands of kilometres long and the
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oceanis thousands of kilometres long and the ocean is a big place. the way you defend it is by keeping an eye on the other side's submarines and what is going on is the increasing worry in the nato that the russians are getting really good with their modern, quite submarines that run on batteries for days at a time and are super quiet and they pop out in all sorts of places where we don't expect them and we have let our anti—submarine warfare capabilities degrade and some the viewers might remember the nimrod aircraft with big bulbous noses that used to fly out over the north sea and pick up electronic traces of russian activity. we got rid of those few yea rs activity. we got rid of those few years ago because they said we don't need them any more. now you do not need them any more. now you do not need them any more. now you do not need them and we are scrambling to recreate the we once had. fascinating to have you with us. thank you. let's get the weather with nick miller. people will be dreaming of a white
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christmas but that is not going to happen for most of us. if you want fairly decent travel weather and still have a christmas journeying to make, good news because it is very quiet with the exception of the rain which will push across scotland and hang around western part of scotland into christmas eve. tonight, it is moving south and north across scotla nd moving south and north across scotland and at times into northern ireland and northern england. it is staying mild overnight, sunspots in single figures, eastern areas of england for example and into christmas eve, the rain in scotland sta rts christmas eve, the rain in scotland starts to move southwards. it moves into cumbria. there will be brighter brea ks to into cumbria. there will be brighter breaks to the south of the rain band and to the north of it, too in northern scotland and temperatures are almost across—the—board into christmas eve. christmas day, a does your band of wet weather pushing into more of northern england, wales
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and western england, southeast of that, very mild, north, is cold. it is cold this is bbc news. the headlines... a man has appeared at york magistrates‘ court, charged with the murder ofjodie willsher at an aldi supermarket in skipton. he‘s been remanded in custody and will appear at leeds crown court on the 28th of december. the london fire brigade says a blaze at london zoo which broke out early this morning has been brought under control. a number of zoo staff have been treated for smoke inhalation and shock. fresh sanctions against pyongyang, the united nations security council votes unanimously to limit north korea‘s imports of petrol and oil by as much as 90%. now on bbc news, anne—marie tasker and kofi smiles look back at the highlights of hull 2017 and find out what impact this year
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long festival of arts and culture has had on the city. hello and welcome to hull, britain‘s city of culture as we review 12 months of cracking events. that‘s right, it‘s been an absolutely phenomenal year. we have so much to look back on. across four seasons, hull took art out of galleries and theatres and into the streets. 365 days of events changed the way the city has been seen by the rest of the world.
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