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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at three. a devastating tropical storm has torn through the southern philippines, triggering flash floods and landslides. more than 130 people are known to have died and dozens are missing. an aardvark has been killed and four meerkats are missing after a large fire broke out at london zoo early this morning. staff were treated for smoke inhalation and shock. we are all really, really upset by this incident, because this is one of our most loved animals in the zoo, misha — and the meerkats are also... great affection for all of us who work here. a man has appeared at york magistrates‘ court, charged with the murder ofjodie willsher at an aldi supermarket in skipton. california's deadly wildfire has now become the largest in the state's recorded history, scorching an area greater
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than new york city, brussels and paris combined. forgetting to put the oven on for the christmas turkey could be an early indication of dementia — an nhs warning to pay attention to the mental health of relatives over the festive period. and in half an hour, here on bbc news — a merry "click—mas" as the team comes together to indulge in 2017's most desirable gear and gizmos. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. 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
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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 battering mindinao as the tropical storm makes its way across the country. local reports say a farming village on the north of the island has been entirely buried by a mudslide. flood waters also hit the war—torn city still recovering after five months of fighting between the islamic state inspired group and forces. officials say evacuees have been moved to covered sports centres. the philippine national disaster council had worked pre—emptively to move residents in landslide and flood—prone areas to shelter.
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the priority is to try 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 blankets and hygiene kits for those who are in centres, to alleviate the suffering of many of the folks there. the philippines is hit by around 20 typhoons every year, bringing death and destruction to some of the poorest communities in the country. tropical storm vinta is now headed towards the popular tourist island when it is expected to intensify with winds up to 120 km/h. howard johnson, bbc news, manila in the philippines. 0n the line tong pacascum. could you
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update us on the latest situation. 0ur update us on the latest situation. our main problem right now, i was going to ask you how difficult it is for rescuers to move and help those worst hit. we are having a hard time, especially when it is like it is now, late at night, warnings were issued. do you
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know the reasons behind that? there's still remains some residents who refused to leave their houses. especially if they live in areas where people have neighbours. so that's why, i think, we've got this number of casualties. and in disasters like this it is often the sanitary situation that is of greatest concern, please talk us through that. we are still awaiting,
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it's quite difficult operating in these areas which were badly hit, portions of the road also collapsed. people need water, food. and very quickly we can see the rivers are roaring, many of the bodies are now being recovered after they were swept away, people were swept away in these raging rivers. you can expect that death toll to rise, can we. we are hoping it will not rise any more but we will find out, probably tomorrow, it depends on the effo rts probably tomorrow, it depends on the efforts of our rescuers. 0k. tong pacasum, thank you very much. tong
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pacasum, thank you very much. tong pacasum is part of the disaster risk group from one province of mindanao, the worst hit island so far. thank you. an aardvark has died and four meerkats are missing after a fire broke at london zoo early this 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, which will be closed until further notice, is one of london's busiest attractions and was expecting tens of thousands of visitors over the christmas holiday. jane—frances kelly reports. flames could be seen from surrounding areas shortly before dawn. a fire had broken out in the animal adventure cafe before spreading to a shop. it also affected an animal petting section. zookeepers who lived on site led animals to safety, some suffering smoke
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inhalation and shock. ten fire engines and more than 70 firefighters arrived. it took over three hours to contain the flames. a man walking his dog on primrose hill said he alerted staff when he saw the flames. i went over to the security and basically had a word with them and told them there is, well, there is flames, there is smoke coming from inside, do you know anything about it? the zoo had to be closed today, disappointing hundreds of visitors. we have travelled down from nottingham today. that must be disappointing? yeah, it is a bit, but as long as the animals are ok. brazil has said that misha the aardvark has died in the fire and four meerkats are missing. we are absolutely devastated that misha the aardvark has been killed and we are still trying to find out what has happened to the meerkats. but at the moment the site where this fire took place is closed down. london zoo thanked the fire brigade
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for reacting so quickly, preventing the fire spreading and endangering its staff and many animals. jane—frances kelly, bbc news. and we can speak to jane—frances kelly, who is there now. just described the scene, jane?m isa just described the scene, jane?m is a very sad scene, because we have had families come all day to visit the zoo, and then they have been told they have realised that the zoo is closed, they have learned about the fire, and the very sad death of misha the aardvark who was nine yea rs misha the aardvark who was nine years old, and at the moment four meerkats are also missing. we don't know yet what has happened, access to the site is limited. people have
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been extremely concerned about the fate of the animals, likely the majority are safe and are being monitored to make sure that they haven't suffered any ill effects. but that is great affection for london zoo, for its animals, and zookeepers who live on site, they risk their lives leading animals to safety, some have suffered smoke inhalation and minor injuries, one person was taken to hospital. jane, it is early days, an investigation will have started, any indication to the cause of the fire? not at the moment. it's far too early but london zoo said they would be working with the fire brigade to find out what the actual cause was, it apparently started in a cafe and spread to shop and also spread to an animal petting area which is where the smaller animals were, and sadly
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it would appear that there had been fatalities. thank you very much. 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. 0ur 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.
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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. mr hord will next appear at leeds crown court on 28th december. sarah walton, bbc news, york. the 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". a former us marine has been charged with planning to carry out a terrorist attack at a busy tourist area in san francisco over christmas. everittjameson revealed his plans to an undercover agent, thinking he was a leading member of the islamic state group.
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he denies the allegations. staying in america. 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, as our correspondent james cook explains. it's pretty challenging. sometimes we're right there, right next to the fire. compared to being in prison and being here, it's completely different. here you feel free. you're out in the world. the biggest change for me is mental, because i've never pushed myself as hard, ever in life. california has 4,000 inmate firefighters, men and women. cutting firebreaks is risky work,
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two have died this year. but there are rewards too in reduced sentences and a sense of purpose. after being in this programme, ifeel like i've been rehabilitated and ifeel like i can go out there and achieve anything i want to because i've done this. this is so hard. we were allowed inside this prison camp in malibu. 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 the work. latoya najar is serving four years for causing the death of her seven—year—old son in a drunken car crash. the attraction for me was because of my crime, i could come out here and do something positive. it's challenging mentally to get over something. i'm never going to get over it, but to try to ease my mind and this has helped.
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with california facing more frequent and more destructive fires, some critics call this slave labour. but the project is voluntary, it may reduce re—offending and it provides some measure of redemption. everyone is like, "we love you firefighters." we all wave back and we wave to the kids. it's amazing, yes. the work may be exhausting, it may be dangerous, but in the words of one prisoner, "it's better than twiddling yourthumbs injail." james cook, bbc news, in southern california. the transport secretary, chris grayling, says the government is consulting on a new system of road charging for heavy goods vehicles. speaking on radio 4's today programme, he said it was about creating a "level playing field" so that both british and international hauliers
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will pay towards the upkeep of the road network. it's about a critical level playing field for lorries, our hauliers will complain that continental traffic comes in with a tank full of lower duty diesel, spends several days working in the country, goes away again and pays nothing towards the use of the roads. we already have a system in place that provides limited contributions, we are now consulting the industries. if we were to move away from different types of tax on hauliers and move to a pay—per—use system so that everybody, british, international, contributes to roads, do you think that is a good idea. the government is also 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,
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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. 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. jonty bloom, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news: a devastating tropical storm has torn through the southern philippines, triggering flash floods and landslides.
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more than 130 people are known to have died. 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. a man has appeared at york magistrates‘ court charged with the murder ofjodie willsher at an aldi supermarket in skipton. in sport nine premier league matches, chelsea missed the chance to draw level with manchester united after a goalless d raw to draw level with manchester united after a goalless draw with everton at goodison park. manchester city look to extend their lead at the top at home to bournemouth, goalless so far, the only goals scored were at the london stadium, 1—1 twin west ham and newcastle united. in the rugby union aviva premiership exeter the champions have taken an early lead against bathampton saints and
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one british sprinter nigel lavigne has failed a drugs test, allegedly testing positive for the band asthma drug clenbuterol. i will be back in the next hour for an update. see you then. 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. earlier my colleague discussed the threat posed by russia with edward lucas, author of the new cold war. 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
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they stay seated. the russians had gotten 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 and we have countries which worry about aerospace intrusions. russia 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
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and intimidation to make its political points. 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 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 in georgia. they have the capability to use their military. will they use it in an all—out confrontation against
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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 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 has become the central nervous system of the world economy in a way that it wasn‘t during the cold war because we didn‘t have the internet then. the cables are 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
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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 years ago because they said we don‘t need them any more. now you do not need them and we are scrambling to recreate the capabilities we once had. homeless charity crisis is warning of the growing problem of the hidden homeless, somebody who sleeps in a tent or on a bus rather than in the doorway on the street. it estimates 9000 people fall into that category on top of 4000 people known to be sleeping rough. the charity is urging the government to prevent
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thousands more people from falling into the same situation. my name is alex, i‘m 36 years old and six months ago, i was tent homeless. after the breakup of a relationship and with no friends or family nearby, alex felt rough sleeping was his only option. rather thanjust umming and aahing, just bought myself a tent and a sleeping bag that same day and three weeks later, i have got out of that situation. alex was a hidden rough sleeper, according to the homeless charity crisis, hiding his homelessness in a tent in a wooded area rather thanjust bedding down on the streets. it is just putting in my mind that this is not long—term, it is not long—term, and it‘sjust an long overdue camping trip, which i kind ofjust explained to myself, made me get through it, really. in a new report, crisis suggests more than 9,000 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.
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you see it all the time. it‘s just — it‘s almost like just a part of day—to—day life they experience, people begging with cups and stuff, or with dogs, or bits of cardboard with writing on it, and you kind of acknowledge it and think "do you know what? that‘s never going to happen to me, never". the charity says hiding their homelessness often makes them invisible to outreach workers and could lead to further problems like depression and isolation. the feelings about being homeless, there is a massive stigma, and i kind of really didn‘t want to explain to friends and family that i‘m in that sort of 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 get the help they need, like alex eventually did. five, six months ago that i was sleeping in my tent. 2018 is going to be a new year, and it is going to be my year. responding to the situation in england, the government says "we are committed to halving rough sleeping by 2022. we are providing over £1 billion
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through to 2020 to prevent homelessness and rough sleeping". forgetting to turn on the oven to cook the christmas turkey could be a sign of early dementia in a loved one. it‘s one of several pointers outlined by nhs england‘s top expert in dementia, who‘s calling on families to look for signs of the condition in relatives as we all come together at christmas. professor alistair burns has listed a number of indicators that relatives can look out for. he says christmas is a good time to spot any changes in a loved one. i think christmas is a good time because we know many of the symptoms of dementia are gradual, and if you‘re living with someone every day, you might not notice the small changes, but if you haven‘t seen someone for several months, that change can be apparent. christmas is a time that we talk and see family so it is a good chance to talk about concerns and worries and i guess the other thing is that we tend to do the same things at christmas —
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getting the presents, doing the dinner, watching the queen‘s speech — so to compare what things were like a year or two years ago can bring things to the forefront. earlier i spoke to kathyrn smith—— director of operations at the alzheimer‘s society about the signs of dementia to loom out for. when you have not seen a loved one for a while and then you see them you can notice things more often. so it is quite common, a lot of us might walk into a room and forget why we have gone there or forget where our keir starmer, that is perfectly natural. —— forget where oui’ perfectly natural. —— forget where our keys. but if someone walks into a room and doesn‘t recognise the room 01’ a room and doesn‘t recognise the room or keeps repeating themselves because they have forgotten what they just because they have forgotten what theyjust said, i think the example about forgetting to switch on the turkey can happen to the best of us but if that isn‘t somebody who is usually well organised, there are other signs to look out for as well and all those things put together that perhaps give you cause the
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concern. how you distinguish between a form of dementia that is developing, and say, ageing? think everybody has moments where they might forget things, and people do tend to forget things a little more as they get older but dementia is a disease of the brain that does affect memory, emotions, and behaviour, rather than a moment of forgetfulness. so if someone is feeling more anxious and seeming more concerned about their usual routine, somebody is not necessarily recognising room, never mind why they went in there, or not recognising members of the family, particularly younger members of the family because often short—term memory can go first in dementia, if, like you say, they might be the worlds best cook and then forget but the turkey on, that might cause concern. if they don‘t usually cook i wouldn‘t be concerned about that. you will be looking for things that
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are very you will be looking for things that are very concerned you will be looking for things that are very concerned about that person, more consistent and more often. it‘s not about the tip of your tongue moment, it‘s not about, i know your name, itjust won‘t come to me. it is about when they really don‘t know who you might be. princess michael of kent has apologised after wearing a brooch which has been deemed racist. the queen‘s first cousin was photographed arriving for a christmas banquet at buckingham palace, with a piece ofjewellery depicting a figure with dark skin — reportedly a blackamoor brooch. prince harry‘s fiancee, meghan markle, who is of mixed race, was also attending the lunch. a spokesman said the princess was very sorry and distressed that it had caused offence. the chimes of big ben have rung out for the first time since november. big ben chimes the bell will go on sounding until one o‘clock in the afternoon on new year‘s day.
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the extensive building work, which began in august, will then continue and is expected to last four years. time for the weather coming here is nick mallett. a mild night ahead, but some wet weather pushing from scotland and then back, patchy rain for northern ireland, the north of england, chisel elsewhere across england and wales, weather cloud is thick enough, hill fog as well, temperatures in the coldest spots may be mid single figures. into christmas eve, rain to begin the day across the northern half of scotland, then spreading southwards, heavy rain into western scotland, turning wetter across more of


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