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this is bbc news. i'm christian fraser. the headlines at ten. 200 people are thought to have been killed and 150 are missing after a tropical storm in the southern philippines. it caused flooding and mudslides. rescue teams have yet to reach some of the affected areas. 70,000 people have been displaced from their homes. north korean state tv describes as an "act of war" new economic sanctions imposed by the united nations. new guidelines on anti—social behaviour orders, amid concerns that some councils are adopting a "busybody" approach to the homeless and dog owners. also — britain's political leaders use their annual christmas messages to praise those who help others. theresa may thanks the armed forces and emergency services. labour'sjeremy corbyn urges people to think of the lonely and those in conflict zones. and this is the scene in bethlehem — where pilgrims are arriving ahead of a midnight mass this evening to see in christmas. sir bruce forsyth, liz dawn
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and sir roger moore — just a few of those who left us this year, and whose lives are celebrated in review 2017: we remember. that's in half an hour. good morning and welcome to bbc news. the un secretary—general antonio guterres says he is saddened by the loss of life in the southern philippines, after 200 died in flash floods and landslides. tens of thousands of people have been displaced by the conditions, which were triggered by tropical storm tembin. president rodrigo duterte will visit some of the communities affected later on sunday. the island of mindanao is the worst—hit area
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so far and the storm is now battering the island of palawan. sarah corker has the latest. in the raging floodwaters, rescue efforts are frantic and dangerous. 9.25! 15.592 mm 2 all their homes zaa ',"—j~ aaa; — , ,, ,,,,, . ,,. tens of thousands of people have
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been forced from their homes. blocked roads and power cuts are hampering the rescue effort. the authorities say too many people ignored warnings to leave. the call for people to evacuate in good time, before the storm, actually did not have an effect. the storm passed over some of the absolute poorest areas in the whole philippines, and people live in hard to reach areas. these areas are not really suitable for housing, like close to rivers or streams or in steep terrain and that is why we see so many people have been killed by boulders on landslides. the philippines regularly suffers from deadly storms or typhoons but mindanao in the southis or typhoons but mindanao in the south is rarely hit. this disaster comes just a week after another tropical storm hit the central philippines. the resources of this disaster—prone nation are under strain. the un says it is ready to step in and help. sarah corker, bbc news.
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that storm isn't the only disaster that the philippines has to contend with at the moment. at least 37 people have been killed in a fire that swept through the top floor of a shopping mall in the southern city of davao. it started on saturday morning, trapping people inside the four—storey building. president duterte visited the building and met the families of the missing. it's reported that the british—iranian woman held in prison for spying in tehran is to face new charges. following a visit by the foreign secretary borisjohnson to iran earlier this month, there were hopes improvements would be made in her case. earlier this week, her family said that her case had been marked as "eligible for early release". nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe is currently serving a five—year sentence for spying, which she denies. with me now is richard ratcliffe. it is frustrating, this, because
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just the other day there was some positive news from your lawyer in tehran. what are you hearing now? that's right, we were going around telling the world that it felt like it was almost over and then the following day, one of the people in the judiciary stood up and said there could be more charges so we have been watching very closely events in iran and yesterday, nothing happened and today, so i spoke to nazanin this morning, no sign of the second court case and her lawyer went into the prison yesterday and told her not to worry, it is still marked the same on the computer, it is just politics, ignore what is happening in the iranian media and it could still be overin iranian media and it could still be over in the next ten days or two weeks. there will be a judicial press c0 nfe re nce weeks. there will be a judicial press conference later today so we arejust press conference later today so we are just watching everything press conference later today so we arejust watching everything now. we arejust watching everything now. we are trying not to be too up and down, try to keep level—headed. are trying not to be too up and down, try to keep level-headed. that is difficult at this time of year of course. but the last time we spoke, you said there are competing high—powered elements in iran and each of them has a different take on
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the case, seemingly. that's right, just as we have become, we are a political issue in the uk and iran now and different people have different aspirations for making friends with the uk or preventing that. nazanin has become a political football, and the fact she was on holiday is now relevant to the back she is being still used in these ways. it is not clear if the comments from friday are just political sounding or if there will be some substance behind it. so far, there has not been. 0bviously, she won't be home for christmas eve, but christmas day or boxing day but it could also be we are in for the longer haul again so i'm not gearing up longer haul again so i'm not gearing up to escalate, i'm still hoping, fingers crossed. just to be clear, the news we got from the lawyer, it said on the computer, she is still marked for early release. it is still on file. yes. this has come from an element within the dude ——
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within the judicially. yes, a from an element within the dude —— within thejudicially. yes, a not insignificant element but he is convinced the process is still moving forward and some powerful factions are saying it is not and we had a second court case that was mooted before but the foreign secretary went to iran and then it fell away. 0nly last week, the court case disappeared and it was cancelled formally by the court and now it has been revived again. it is ha rd to now it has been revived again. it is hard to know what is going on. it is ha rd hard to know what is going on. it is hard not to get up and down but as i say, i spoke to nazanin this morning, she was not in the best of moods. i had promised heri morning, she was not in the best of moods. i had promised her i was sure it would happen by christmas and as we got closer, it felt it might be happening on thursday. but nothing from boris johnson? no. where will you be on christmas day? with my mum. keeping in touch. we wish you would yourfamily mum. keeping in touch. we wish you would your family the best. thank you forjoining us. more now on the news that rescuers searching for victims of a tropical storm in the southern philippines which has killed at least 200 people. the bbc‘s howard johnson joins us live from the philippine capital manila.
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howard, the rescue effort has been complicated of course by blocked roads and the communications being down. yes, we have seen in the last 48 hours, high winds and heavy rain battering mindanao, this island in the south of the country which means there have been floodwaters in updating towns and villages, mudslides that have buried at least a whole village but what we have seen was that they were taking creative measures to try to move people away from the flood prone areas. this is not an island which is normally hit by these typhoons. around 20 hit the philippines every year but they don't often hit mindanao so lots of people were not expecting this kind of storm to come through which is why so many people we re through which is why so many people were caught up in it. talk to us about the geography of mindanao, how many people live there and what kind
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of areas are we talking about? most interestingly about mindanao is this is the island in the south which for many years has had a conflicted history with the philippines, given that it feels like it has disconnected from the rest of the country. there are lots of armed groups, most recently, one group which was so—called inspired by islamic state fighters, taking over a city. this is an island where that has been ongoing struggle, where they feel like the government has overlooked them and not given enough money to build up the island. we are seeing here that now that they want the government to come and step in and give aid to make sure they can get through these rough times. the storm is not done, tembin is racing towards southern vietnam. storm tembin is now over the south china
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sea, leaving the philippines last night, passing over another island, palawan, a popular tourist island andi palawan, a popular tourist island and i spoke to an editor in the south of the country who said there was not much damage overnight but now tembin has strengthened and is a typhoon and is heading towards vietnam, as you say, and it will hit the south of the country, that is expected to happen in the next three days. thank you forjoining us. howard johnson in the philippines. the m40 in 0xfordshire has reopened. five vehicles were involved in a crashjust before midnight last night which shut the motorway in both directions for about three hours. six people were injured and an investigation is under way. new guidance on how local authorities combat anti—social behaviour has been issued by the government, following concerns that some councils are misusing the measures. critics say so—called public spaces protection 0rders have been used inapproriately to target groups such as rough sleepers and dog—owners. andy moore reports. some charities working with the homeless say the new powers
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can be used indiscriminately against rough sleepers. others say so—called public spaces protection 0rders, which can cover large areas, are being used to target groups like buskers or dog walkers. but councils argue they are working with their communities to crack down on serious problems. the manifesto group campaigns against what they call the over—regulation of ordinary life. it says hundreds of these orders have been issued, making a wide range of activities a criminal offence. the group claims, for example, that as part of a crackdown on begging, blackpool wanted to ban loitering around cash machines and shop entrances. doncaster wanted to ban groups of three or more people causing nuisance oi’ annoyance to those in the town centre. brighton wanted to stop anyone sleeping in a car, caravan or tent in the town. fines of up to £100 can be issued for any breaches of these orders. the local government association says it will work constructively with the government to introduce the new guidelines. public spaces protection 0rders
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are used for the really serious end of anti—social behaviour and councils don't choose to do this on their own. residents will come to us, businesses will come to us, and say there might be some aggressive begging, daytime drinking or even street racing. that is the sort of things that these orders are used for. the revised guidelines say councils must focus on specific problems rather than blanket bans of behaviour that are not in themselves anti—social. and they must make sure they consult the public before the regulations are introduced. andy moore, bbc news. north korea has described the latest un sanctions imposed on the country as an "act of war". on friday, the united nations voted for measures that include limiting the country's petrol imports by up to 90%. the sanctions were in response to pyongyang's ballistic missile tests. joining me now from seoul, the capital of south
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korea, is sophie long. america obviously has been pushing for this for some time. what kind of effect will it have on north korea? analysts a re effect will it have on north korea? analysts are split as to how deeply north korea will feel these sanctions, the toughest yet, as you point out, capped nearly 90% of petrol imports to the country and there are also sanctions regarding exports of certain materials and north korean workers abroad have to be repatriated within 24 months. some analysts say that particularly the oil part, the caps on oil, could cripple the country's haulage industry and will have an impact on people or state—run enterprises that are reliant on generators. but others say the full impact of these sanctions could take years to be felt and that is significant because when you look at the advances in weapons and missile programmes, that
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is being measured in months rather than years. this reaction from north korea today, we had the first from them, saying they completely reject them, saying they completely reject the resolution. they called it an act of war, that gives a grave infringement on their sovereignty. that was not entirely unexpected but when you consider the whole point of the sanctions is to get them to freeze their weapons and missile programme and get them to the negotiating table, that certainly does not seem to have been the effect so far. in a statement released today, carried by the north korean state news agency, it also said, "we will continue to consolidate our defensive nuclear deterrence, aimed at fundamentally eradicating the us nuclear threats, blackmail and hostile moves by establishing a practical balance of forces". at this stage, it is only the first reaction but it does not seem the first reaction but it does not seem to have had the impact that many people, particularly the us, would have liked. sophie long in seoul, thank you very much. the headlines on bbc news: 200 people are thought to have been
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killed and 150 are missing after a tropical storm in the southern philippines. north korean state tv describes as an act of war new economic sanctions imposed by the us —— by the united nations. pyongyang has vowed to strengthen its nuclear deterrent. new guidelines on anti—social behaviour orders are being introduced. there are concerns that some councils are adopting a busybody approach to the homeless and dog owners. time for the sport now. let's join richard. manchester city are 13 points clear at the top of the premier league after their 17th win in a row. city beat bournemouth 4—0 which took them over the 100—goal mark for 2017, making them the first english side to do that since 1982. two goals from sergio aguero and one each from sterling and danilo saw the blues win conformtably at the etihad stadium. city's nearest rivals
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manchester united could only draw 2—2 against ten—man leicester at the king power stadium. jamie vardy gave the home side the early lead butjuan mata struck back, scoring twice to give united a 2—1 advantage. leicester never gave up though, with harry maguire scoring this 94th—minute equaliser to snatch a draw, a serious dent to united's title challenge. extraordinary, if the game finished five or 6—1 for us which is what should happen since the moment we scored the second goal. since the moment we scored the second goal, we had an accumulation of chances, easy chances and we didn't score and after that, we had moments of easy possession to control the game, which we also lost, with childish
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decisions and missing the ball quite easily and given to a team that was that, giving them the chance to put some balls in the box, some throw ins and long balls, and then the goal arrived to punish the team that should win easily but to punish the tea m should win easily but to punish the team that accumulated mistakes. tottenham's harry kane equalled alan shearer‘s record for the most premier league goals scored in a calendar year, with a hat—trick in a 3—0 win at burnley. the england striker‘s third made it 36 in 2017. kane is also the joint top scorer in the premier league with 15 so far in the current campaign. he was asked if he can beat all of shearer‘s records. he was asked if he can beat all of shearer's records. we will see! still a long way to go yet. but no, it is good to get a hat—trick, to draw level with one game left. we will see what happens on tuesday and then, long—term, just 2018 hopefully even better than this year. a
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challenger southampton's charlie austin in a 1—1 draw against huddersfield has seen him being charged this morning with violent conduct by fa. the challenge on huddersfield goalkeeperjonas lossl of tin with a suspected broken nose. the incident was not seen by the match officials but was caught on video. austin could face a three match ban. england and australia will both have key players missing for the fourth ashes test on boxing day in melbourne. england bowler craig 0verton has a broken rib with australian fast bowler mitchell sta rc australian fast bowler mitchell starc out with a heel injury, not that the australian ‘s will be too concerned. they have an unassailable 3-0 concerned. they have an unassailable 3—0 lead which australian batsman david warner says has rather quietened down the tourists. it's test cricket, you know, it's hard—fought out there. sometimes you pick times when you want to go at people, and sometimes you go in your shell like a turtle. you know, we've probably shut them up a little bit at the moment. hopefully this gets them up and going, and firing some barbs, because i love that. i love whenever we're in a contest, and i feel like they were quite flat
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in wa, that's for sure. the way we can learn from australia is in those situations, they have taken it and made sure they don't let their foot of your throat, so to speak. we need to make sure we do that, take those chances and hopefully show some pride. i know we are 3—0 down but we want to make sure we can claw our way back into the series, 3—2. we know we will have to play better cricket but that is the plan if we can and put in some strong is the plan if we can and put in some strong performances. that is all the sport. more on all of those stories on the bbc sport website. i will have another update in an hour. thanks, richard. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. more children from vulnerable backgrounds in england will get the chance to attend some of the country's top boarding schools. as part of a government scheme, local authorities work with children's charities to put forward pupils for bursaries
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and scholarships. ministers believe going to boarding school can provide children in care with greater stability. london zoo will reopen today, after a fire left a number of animals dead and several members of staff needing medical attention. a nine—year—old aardvark died in the blaze and four meerkats are also believed to have been killed. an investigation is under way into the cause of the fire, which broke out in the zoo's children's area, before spreading to a shop. plans to scrap the army's crest and the slogan "be the best" have been halted by the defence secretary, gavin williamson. according to the mail on sunday, a leaked internal army document suggested the slogan was regarded as dated and elitist. the mod says mr williamson believes the army to be "the best of the best" and has put the proposals on hold. britain's political leaders have used their annual christmas messages to pay tribute to those who help others. they also urge people to support those in need over the festive season.
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0ur political correspondent eleanor garnier has more. wishing everyone a happy christmas, the prime minister thanked those who help others during the festive period, like volunteers at faith projects and international aid workers. theresa may highlighted the courage and dedication of the emergency services who went to the grenfell tower tragedy and terrorist attacks in manchester and london. and she thanked the country's armed forces. this christmas, as people across the uk celebrate this special time of year with family and friends, we will do so secure in the knowledge that the valiant hearts of our service men and women, many far away from their own loved ones at this special time of year, are working to keep us safe. in his second christmas message as labour leader, jeremy corbyn called britain a compassionate nation, urging people to think of those who may be lonely at this time of year.
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many older citizens, to whom we owe so much, will be spending what should be a time ofjoy alone. we think of others such as carers who look after loved ones and people with disabilities or dementia. and abroad, we think of those living in nations such as yemen, syria and libya, in fear of bombs and bullets, of injury and death. snp first minister nicola sturgeon paid tribute to those working over the holidays and visited a community cafe in glasgow to thank volunteers. this cafe and the volunteers here are among thousands of organisations and individuals throughout scotland who do so much for our local communities not just at christmas but all throughout the year. the lib dem leader vince cable used his message to highlight the issue of homelessness. community has always been at the heart of liberalism. this is a time of year to make that commitment real.
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that is why i am asking you to take out some time this christmas and help with a local charity near you. the party leaders' festive messages were shared on social media to wish voters a merry christmas but also remind people to spare a thought for those in need. eleanor garnier, bbc news. rail passengers are being warned they could face disruption as network rail carries out its biggest ever christmas engineering programme. 260 projects across england, scotland and wales will lead to numerous station closures over the festive period. many of britain's mainline routes will also be shut or running reduced services over the coming days. earlier i caught up with simon calder, travel editor for the independent at a very quiet paddington station. he gave me the latest on today's travel disruption. there are no trains in and out of
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paddington station until thursday. the only people i have seen so far have been a trickle of mostly foreign tourists turning up hoping to get the express service across to heathrow airport. but this is one of those 260 projects, £160 million worth of investment going in and network rail say they have to do it over christmas and new year because the number of is basically half the normal 5 million or so that you see ona normal 5 million or so that you see on a daily basis. no trains coming in and out of the west of england, or south wales, today. similar on the other side of the capital, liverpool street station mainline shenfield and suffolk and norfolk is closed. south of london, the main terminal stations at cannon street, charing cross and london bridge are closed as well. many of these are carrying on right through until the new year, for example, southampton central, going north from there on
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the mainline, that has been closed, west coast main line between preston and lancaster is also going to be closed for much of the time. of course, even if you are hoping to travel on one of the 95% of the network which remains open, trains start running down from late afternoon, early evening, the last train going north from glasgow to inverness just after 6pm and south from leeds to london, just after 7pm. and if you're travelling today, check with your train operator. now to bethlehem, where pilgrims are arriving in the city ahead of a midnight mass this evening to see in christmas. this year's celebrations, however, are taking place amid rising tensions in the region, following the us decision to recognisejerusalem as israel's capital earlier this month. 0ur correspondent tom bateman is there for us in bethlehem. it looks very christmassy behind you but how many people are expected? there will be thousands there.
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people have been arriving by their hundreds already and in manger square, things have been warming up, behind me, the palestinian scout troops are playing the bagpipes, a legacy of scottish troops that were here during the british mandate period between the wars but this procession that they are currently following through into bethlehem follows the traditional route that it is believed mary and joseph took to this spot, where it is believed jesus was born which is now the site of the church of the nativity. we expect in the next hour or so, the head of the catholic church in jerusalem, the archbishop pierbattista pizzaballa jerusalem, the archbishop pierbattista pizza balla to jerusalem, the archbishop pierbattista pizzaballa to turn up and give his traditional christmas message and then the festivities continue up until midnight mass tonight. a lot of this tradition happens this way every but this year there is a dramatic shift in the international dynamics around diplomacy when it comes to the and palestinian conflict. mahmoud abbas
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said the other day he can no longer work with the americans on the peace deal. that is right, he has been saying ever since donald trump made his decision aboutjerusalem that of course the absolutely disagreed with, he felt it disqualified the us in its traditional role of mediator in the process and then on friday, he said he will not access any peace plan proposed by the us in the new year. we have been expecting the details of the plan in the new year so details of the plan in the new year so it remains to be seen how that will affect the american delegation's announcement. but all of this as israel has praised and welcomed president from's decision, saying it is a recognition of reality when it comes tojerusalem. tom bateman in bethlehem, thank you very much indeed. i will be back with the headlines shortly but first, the weather with louise lear. hello, it is a rather grey but mild
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scenario in the run—up to christmas, a good deal of dry weather, albeit cloudy with the odd spot of drizzle for england and wales. rain into northern ireland moving out of the scottish borders into north—west england but double—digit across—the—board, so england but double—digit across—the—boa rd, so mild england but double—digit across—the—board, so mild afternoon for all. as we move out of christmas eve, we will start to see the rain tapping up with more wet weather into scotland and northern ireland and eventually western fringes of wales. christmas day means a good deal of dry, cloudy, drizzly in central and eastern areas, windy and wet eventually in the west and behind it, somewhat colder conditions as showers turn increasingly to sleet and snow on higher ground in the north. rain rattling through at quite a pace overnight on christmas day into boxing day and then that marks a change, boxing day will be predominantly dry with some heavy rain pushing into the south—west but colderfor all, rain pushing into the south—west but colder for all, noticeably so rain pushing into the south—west but colderfor all, noticeably so in rain pushing into the south—west but colder for all, noticeably so in the far north which means showers will turn wintry. this is bbc news, the latest
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headlines. at least 200 people are thought to have been killed — and 150 are missing — after a tropical storm in the southern philippines. rescue teams have yet to reach some of the affected areas, and 70,000 people have been displaced from their homes. north korean state tv has described as an "act of war" the introduction of new un sanctions. they include limiting petrol imports by up to 90%. pyongyang has vowed to strengthen its nuclear deterrent. britain's political leaders are using their annual christmas messages to praise those who help others. theresa may thanked the armed forces and emergency services. labour'sjeremy corbyn urged people to think of the lonely and those in conflict zones. now on bbc news, sir bruce forsyth, sir roger moore, glenn campbell and john noakes — just a few of those who left us this year, and whose lives are celebrated in review 2017: we remember. # deep down in louisiana
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close to new 0rlea ns # way back up in the woods among the evergreens # there stood a log cabin made of earth and wood # where lived a country boy named johnny b goode... # 0h, maybelline. .. half of the young people go to school so that's why i wrote about school, i wrote about cars and most of all the people, if they're not now, they'll soon be in love. # it's a jumping little record i want myjockey to play # roll over, beethoven, i got to hear it again today #. and you, monsieur, are the famous simon templar. but what about brother vincent, supposing he notices something he thinks clinton should know about.
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