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this is bbc news. the headlines. nearly 200 people are known to have died after a tropical storm triggers flash floods and landslides in the southern philippines. a man has appeared in court at york magistrates charged with the murder ofjodie willsher at a supermarket in skipton. london zoo is to reopen tomorrow after a major fire in skipton. london zoo is to reopen tomorrow after a majorfire in in skipton. london zoo is to reopen tomorrow after a major fire in which an aardvark and four meerkats are thought to have died. theresa may pays tribute to british troops at home and abroad in a christmas message. in california, the deadly wildfire that has destroyed hundreds of homes is now the largest in state history. the thomas blaze has sovereigned —— has scorched an area greater than new york city, brussels and paris combined. i will be looking back at the year in politics. good evening and welcome to bbc
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news. nearly 200 people 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. one village has been completely buried. andy moore reports. clinging to the neck of his rescuer, a young boy is carried across the floodwaters. there was little sign of official help here, just villagers doing their best to rescue each other with fragile ropes. in a country used to devastating storms, this took many by surprise. the authorities said too many people had ignored warnings to leave coastal areas and river banks. many of the casualties were on the
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main southern island, mindanao. this man said houses were getting flooded but people couldn't escape, so they got caught in the strong currents and swept away. many places were hit by landslides. flimsy houses were buried beneath tonnes of debris. the red cross is helping coordinate the relief effort. we have already provided water and food, and we have been distributing non—food items, blankets, mosquito nets and hygiene kits for those who are in the evacuation centres to alleviate the suffering of many of the folks there. the philippines is battered by about 20 typhoons every year. this particular storm is not over yet. it's now heading towards the popular tourist island of palawan. as it passes over warm, tropical waters, its winds are set to grow again in strength. andy moore, bbc news.
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we will find out how this story is covered in tomorrow's front pages this evening. 0ur this evening. our guests are the evening standard columnist rosamund urwin and women's editor of the telegraph clare cohen. 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 is 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 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. in a statement, mrs willsher's husband malcolm said his wife always had an amazing smile on herface and was a doting mother and loving wife. at the store where mrs willsher worked, colleagues have described her as much loved and popular. staff returned to the store tonight, but the store remains closed. people have been arriving to leave flowers and messages for mrs willsher, a popular member of staff. 0ne regular shopper delivered a card for the workers who lost a loved colleague. people who shop here shop regularly, and they know the staff. the staff are so good. the manager is always so helpful. it just hurts people. mr hord will next appear at leeds crown court on the 28th of december. sarah walton, bbc news, york. london zoo has been closed today
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after a fire in the early hours of the morning. a number of staff were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and shock. 70 firefighters were deployed to tackle the blaze, as adina campbell reports. rising flames and large plumes of smoke were captured on social media just before dawn. the fire started in the animal adventure cafe and then spread to a nearby shop. at its height, more than 70 firefighters dealt with the fire and brought it under control just after 9am. one person was taken to hospital and eight others were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and minor injuries. this is quite a complex site, and we've had to put certain cordons in place for people's safety, because the building has been so seriously damaged. vets at the zoo confirmed that a nine—year—old aardvark called
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misha died in the fire. four missing meerkats are also thought to have been killed. 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 held in great affection by all of us who work here and by those who love london zoo. for those who turned up today, it wasn't the christmas visit they had hoped for. we travelled down from nottingham today. that must be disappointing. it is a bit, but as long as the animals are ok. we are very disappointed, we came from a long way, from brazil, to see it. and it's closed. and sad. poor animals. some of the staff who live on site here were called to the scene immediately and started moving the animals to safety. today, the zoo has been closed. it would normally have been a very busy day, being so close to christmas.
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tonight, staff have confirmed that the zoo will be open tomorrow. three quarters of the cafe and shop has been affected by the fire, as well as half the roof. the cause is still unclear. adina campbell, bbc news. the prime minister has paid tribute to the work of the armed forces in a special christmas message. she thanked them for their work in fighting so—called islamic state, and responding to acts of terrorism here in the uk. i want to send a message of thanks to every member of our armed forces and your families, wherever you are in the world this christmas. earlier this year i joined the centenary commemoration for the battle of passchendaele. gathered in flanders, we remembered the hundreds of thousands of young men who gave their lives on that battlefield in the cause of freedom. through a century of great change since, the high standards and devotion to duty of our armed forces have remained constant.
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today, as we face new threats, your work continues to make the world a safer place. i saw that firsthand this month in iraq, when i met british soldiers training and supporting the iraqi security forces as they fight against daesh. thanks to their efforts and the skill of the royal air force, daesh no longer hold significant territory in iraq or syria, and a better future is in prospect for that region. in the caribbean, the royal navy supported by the other services brought disaster relief to those suffering in the wake of hurricane irma. twice this year, after acts of terrorism here at home, we deployed troops on the streets of the uk to help keep us safe. whenever you are called upon, regulars oi’ reserves, you always give of your best, and inspire us all with your service. the enormous debt we owe to our armed forces and veterans
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is enshrined in the military covenant, and the covenant also recognises that your achievements are made possible by the love and support of your families. partners and children are often called on to make huge sacrifices of their own, from a change of school orjob to coping with extended periods of separation. that separation is especially difficult at christmas time, and we should all be immensely grateful for that sacrifice. at the passchendaele memorial service at the menin gate thisjuly, those gathered sang the ypres hymn 0 valiant hearts. this christmas, as people across the uk celebrate this special time of year with their families and friends, we will do so secure in the knowledge that the valiant hearts of our servicemen and women, many far away from their own loved ones at this special time of year, are working to keep us safe.
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thank you all for your service, and i wish you a very happy christmas. gogglebox star leon bernicoff has died aged 83 after a short illness. the retired teacher and his wife june were one of the first couples to join the show‘s cast when the programme launched in 2013. mr bernicoff died in hospital on saturday. channel four paid tribute to his unique personality and sharp wit. the bbc understands the government is considering introducing tighter regulations on wood—burning stoves. ministers are expected to launch a consultation in the new year on how to tackle increasing problems with air pollution caused by the popularity of wood burners in homes. earlier i spoke to dennis milligan
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from the stove industry alliance who explained how more modern woodburning stoves are already having an effect on pollution levels. the interesting thing is as the sales of stoves have increased in our major cities, the pollution from woodburning has gone down and the reason for that is woodburning stoves are efficient in terms of how they burn the wood and produce fewer emissions than open fire or a stove produced ten years ago. a better design, is it? better design, better technology. so, particularly it come from the incomplete combustion of wood and the stoves that are made today burn the wood much better and produce fewer emissions. compared with say an open fire, particularly? yes. what we found or what was found in the research is that in london, for example, 70% of the wood that is burned there is burned on open fires. that's the worst way to burn
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wood because the emissions are greater. what more are you doing as an industry to try to combat this problem? well, eco-design is the european—wide legislation designed to reduce emissions and it's due to come into force in 2022 for woodburning stoves but the sia decided to introduce those stoves now ahead of the legislation so we can maximise the reduction in emissions and we are now looking at the next cut we can make in terms of emissions from stoves. but 2022 will — the emissions from stoves. but 2022 will - the uk emissions from stoves. but 2022 will — the uk won't be in the eu, aren't you off the hook? well, no, i understand they‘ re bringing you off the hook? well, no, i understand they're bringing the legislation in through the repeal bill. basically they signed up to it and they're bill. basically they signed up to it and they‘ re putting bill. basically they signed up to it and they're putting it into effect. we have moved ahead in that we are introducing the stoves now, we call them eco—design ready because that means the stoves are ready to meet the new lower limits for emissions.
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the benefit is that — fewer emissions than open fire and 80% fewer emissions on a stove manufactured ten years ago so they're a significant drop in the emission levels. the transport secretary, chris grayling, says the government is consulting on a new system of road charging for heavy goods lorries. drivers would be charged per mile; there are said to be no plans for a similar system for private ca rs for a similar system for private cars. the governments argues it might make things fairer. they get complaints from hauliers saying foreign hauliers can come over, will have a full tank of fuel, they'll work for a couple of days, go home, they're not contributing enough to the p not contributing enough to the upkeep of the roads because lorries doa upkeep of the roads because lorries do a lot of damming to roads. so they're suggesting this could be a fairer way of doing it, get rid of other taxes and potentially charge
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per mile because the hauliers are worried it's an excuse to charge them more. it'sjust a consultation at the moment. so, could be a way off. i think the bigger question is, is this the tip of the iceberg? everyone is thinking if it goes well for lorries, maybe they'll bring in toll roads for ordinary people, cars and vans. i can't see that happening. government denying they're looking at that today. i am not surprised, people will be watching this remember ten years ago tony blair tried to do that, tried to bring in toll roads, talked about it, two million people nearly signed a petition against it. there were newspaper campaigns, there was outrage. it's a brave government that talked about toll roads for ordinary drivers. 0ur transport correspondent. the government is also starting a i2—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.
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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. 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 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. you are watching bbc news. the
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headlines. nearly 200 people are known to have died after a tropical storm tea rs known to have died after a tropical storm tears through the southern philippines. a man has appeared at york magistrates‘ court charged with the murder of 30—year—old jodie willsher at a supermarket in skipton. london zoo is to reopen tomorrow after a majorfire in which london zoo is to reopen tomorrow after a major fire in which an aardvark and four meerkats are thought to have died. sport now. good evening. manchester city are 14 points clear in the premier league after beating bournemouth 3—0. sergio aguero scored twice, raheem sterling and dinilo with his first
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city goal were also on the score sheet. city have won 17 matches in a i’ow. sheet. city have won 17 matches in a row. but the manager still thinks there is room for improvement. second goal was important, especially the last 25 minutes and they play, two strikers we found more space, but we have to learn. we have to improve to attack this kind of defence. we have to try it and i think that‘s going to happen. of defence. we have to try it and i think that's going to happen. harry kane scored a hat trick as tottenham beat burnley 3—0 at turf moor. the three goals means kane equals alan shearer‘s record of 36 league goals ina shearer‘s record of 36 league goals in a calendar year. it means spurs lea pfrog in a calendar year. it means spurs leapfrog burnley and arsenal into fifth place. turf moor has been something of a fortress. they‘ve lost twice at home keeping them in the hunt for a champions league place. both of those defeats have been to one goal. with tottenham also in the place for a place in the top four it looked
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like a tough encounter. alli may have felt hard done by when he was booked. but the referee‘s next big decision went his way. the slightest of touches was enough to see harry kane put tottenham ahead with his 13th kane put tottenham ahead with his i3th premier league goal this season. confidence in football is a precious commodity. it seemeded the early goal recognised —— wrecked burnley, but boosted kane. it was to be his day. an hour past before the next clear—cut chance but he was ready to pounce when it came. how about this for resilience? kane clattered in the build—up but soon back on his feet. the ball in the back on his feet. the ball in the back of the net and his to take home. no arguments over those two and no arguments as to which of these two sides is the more likely to be challenging for a place in the top four come the end of this season. leicester are hosting manchester united. the hosts are 1—0 up. thanks
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toa united. the hosts are 1—0 up. thanks to a goalfrom united. the hosts are 1—0 up. thanks to a goal from jamie vardy. a good ten minutes or so before half—time. leicester leading manchester united 1-0. leicester leading manchester united i—0. newcastle united are out of the bottom three after beating fellow strugglers west ham 3—2 at the london stadium. the hammers andre ayew had a penalty saved. they‘re now one point above the relegation zone. christian atsu scored the winning goalfor zone. christian atsu scored the winning goal for newcastle. in the other results: in scotland, celtic are eight points clear in the premiership after beating aberdeen 3—0. rangers could have jumped up to second but let a 1-0 have jumped up to second but let a 1—0 lead slip at kilmarnock. kris boyd scored twice in three minutes
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to give killie the 2—1 win. elsewhere: there were four matches in rugby union‘s premiership today. champions and league leaders exeter beat northampton 35—14 at franklin‘s gardens in the saints first premiership match since the sacking of director of rugbyjim mallinder. exeter‘s will chudley opened the scoring with the best try of the match. sam simmonds, thomas waldrom and jack yeandle also scored to seal and jack yeandle also scored to seal a bonus point. there were also wins for newcastle, sale and wasps. in the pro—iii edinburgh beat glasgow 18-17 with this in the pro—iii edinburgh beat glasgow 18—17 with this last—minute try at murrayfield despite having 14 men for the majority of the match. else
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why, connacht are beating ulster 17-3. that's why, connacht are beating ulster 17—3. that‘s all the sport. we will be back on all those latest rugby scores in about an hour‘s time. thank you very much. when it comes to streets full of expensive house, you might have heard of millionaire‘s row. but now there are 73 million—pound streets across england and wales. the figures come from lloyds bank, which has today published its annual list of expensive streets. joining us is our reporter sebastian crispin. where are these expensive streets ? crispin. where are these expensive streets? one of the stories out of this report of the most expensive streets in england and wales is now every region in england and wales has at least one street where the average price is £1 million. the other interesting thing we are seeing is clusters of these very expensive streets developing. so, there is one in cheshire, one in dorset in the south banks area of
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poole. also this golden triangle in yorkshire between harp gate, weather biand north leeds. so definitely one of the stories today is this growth of the stories today is this growth of expensive streets outside of london. very much clustered around those places. that's right. real quite tight clusters developing. yes, one in london, but there is also clusters developing elsewhere too. where is the most expensive street? well, havingjust spoken about this story away from london, you would be unsurprised to hear the most expensive street in london is in mayfair. it‘s close to buckingham palace, knightsbridge, hyde park corner. here the average price is £16. 9 million. and also the 6th most expensive streets on the list are all in kensington and chelsea and westminster. so really in very affluent areas of london. london is still leading the pack, is it? well, yes, for now it really is. we are seeing the very expensive streets
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clustered in quite a tight area. but we are also seeing interesting shifts going on. so, overall, the average price this year was £16. 9 million in the most expensive street, that‘s similar to the price last year. we are not seeing much growth at the top end of the market. interestingly, eton square, which was number one last year, that‘s dropped to number three this year. we are seen average prices there fall by about 3. 5 million. these houses are still incredibly expensive, but they have dropped quite significantly. that does point to potentially interesting trends. the office for national statistics recently published statistics suggesting that london, prices in london were growing much slower than other regions all across the uk, so, slower growth. but interestingly, in the last couple of days the royal institution for chartered surveyors published a report suggesting prices are going to fall in london next year, not just are going to fall in london next year, notjust in those expensive central areas, but right across the capital to suburbs as well. so,
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while london leads the pack now, the outlook is more bleak. you could pick upa outlook is more bleak. you could pick up a bargain if you have got 16 million? well, there are definitely places you could be looking for as the ons places you could be looking for as the 0ns pointed out recently, you can buy a house in kensington and chelsea for the same price as 15 or 16 in burnley. indeed. supply and demand and all of that. thank you very much. the us president donald trump has praised the un security council for imposing new sanctions on north korea. in response to recent missile tests. the security council voted unanimously to limit north korea‘s imports of petrol and oil by as much as 90%. mrtrump 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. everitt jameson is area in san francisco over christmas. everittjameson is said to have revealed his plans to an undercover agent thinking he was a leading member of the islamic state group. he denies the allegations.
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california‘s wild fire has now become the largest in the state‘s recorded history. the blaze has been burning for more than two creeks and has covered more than 600 square miles, an area greater than new york city, brussels and paris combined. —— more than two weeks. among those tackling the flames are thousands of prisoners, some of whom have been given a new sense of purpose by the work as james cook reports. it‘s prettyeehallengifiy 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.
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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, 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. with california facing more frequent and more destructive fires, some critics call this slave labour.
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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. a look at the weather now. good evening. the cloud is thickening, it‘s bringing persistent rain now in across the west of scotland, that process will continue through the night. but again under the cloudy skies it will be for most of usa the cloudy skies it will be for most of us a very mild night indeed. it may just turn chilly of us a very mild night indeed. it mayjust turn chilly in the far north of scotland later. the other
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issue we have is hill fog, low level fog as well, potentially in central areas as we saw through the day today. 0therwise christmas eve dawn ona today. 0therwise christmas eve dawn on a grey note for many. with a slight increase in breeze, we will see more holes in the cloud for north—east england, perhaps north—east england, perhaps north—east wales, parts of the midlands, but it looks as if we will see fewer across scotland and northern ireland where that rain ta kes northern ireland where that rain takes hold. it sinks southwards for a time. you can see something brighter to the north but again another mild day for the most part, another mild day for the most part, another cloudy day for most of us. then to christmas day itself, that rain band is heading a little bit further southwards, so heavier rain for parts of wales and the north—west. chillier by that stage in the far north of scotland but mild again for most. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines: nearly 200 people are known to have died after a tropical storm triggers flash floods and landslides
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in the southern philippines. a man has appeared in court at york magistrates charged with the murder ofjodie willsher at a supermarket in skipton. he has been remanded in custody to appear at court next thursday. london zoo is to reopen tomorrow after a majorfire in which an aardvark and four meerkats are thought to have died. some members of staff were treated for smoke inhalation and shock. theresa may pays tribute to british troops at home and abroad in a christmas message. now on bbc news, it‘s been a turbulent year in politics, from theresa may‘s snap election that backfired, to continuing tussles with the eu over brexit. ellie price reviews the year in british politics. the headlines this morning —
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theresa may‘s decision to call a general election appears to have backfired. it was with reluctance that i decided the country needs... the prime minister spells out her strategic goals. conversatives are the largest party. history has been made. article 50 has been triggered. brexit negotiations in a shambles! hear, hear! sighs. "i was born under a wandering star" plays. 2017 was shaped by what happened when a pretty influential person went for a nice, long walk in the countryside and had a little think about things. that was, of course, theresa may, who went on a hike with her husband

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