tonight at 10pm: a suicide bombing in the afghan capital, kabul, has claimed the lives of at least a0 people. the islamic state group says it carried out the attack in the west of the city. we report from the scene. this is the building where the explosion happened that you can see that the building has been almost completely destroyed. more than 80 people were injured. there were women and children among the casualties. weather experts say they're expecting further disruption in many parts of the uk, because of ice and heavy snow tonight. how the nhs in england raised more than £174 million in hospital parking charges last year. and an unbeaten 244 from alistair cook puts england in control of the fourth ashes test in melbourne. good evening.
a suicide bombing in the afghan capital, kabul, has claimed the lives of at least a0 people and injured more than 80 others, with women and children among the casualties. the islamic state group says it carried out the attack, which targeted a cultural organisation and news agency in the western part of the capital. in recent months so—called islamic state has attacked many shia muslim targets in this area of kabul where the majority of the city's shia population lives. our correspondent in kabul, zia shahreya, has sent this report. the force of the explosion is clear to see. among the rubble, relatives desperately search for their loved ones. but there was little left behind. the bomb went off inside this
building, a cultural centre and also home to an afghan news agency. students had been marking the 38th anniversary of the soviet invasion of afghanistan. the suicide bomber apparently has entered through that way inside this hall where the seminar was happening and the hall was full of people, students, female and male, from different universities in kabul. translation: i saw many dead in the area. i was looking for my cousin but i could not find his body and i'm not sure what happened to him. the number of dead people has increased. after the explosion, ambulances took the injured to the hospitals nearby. this man, one of dozens badly hurt in the explosion. some of the wounded were taken in for surgery. translation: a total of 35 dead were registered
here and 20 others wounded. there are men, women and children among the injured. for some waiting outside for news, it was all too much. back in the area, to the west of the capital, where the bomb went off, armed guards patrolled. the initial blast was followed by two other explosions but no one was hurt in those. so who was behind the attack? so—called islamic state has claimed responsibility, saying it targeted the centre with a suicide bomber and other bombs. it has behind a number of other attacks on shia targets across the country in recent months. the president's spokesman called the attack an unpardonable crime against humanity and pledged to destroy terrorist groups. zia shahreya, bbc, kabul. weather experts say they're expecting further disruption in many parts of the uk because of ice and heavy snow tonight. the aa said conditions for many
drivers today were appalling, while passengers who were stuck at stansted last night have complained about the airport's response to the weather, as anisa kadri reports. hanging around for a flight longer than you expected. it's not much fun, especially when the queues are just getting longer and you find out your flight is now notjust delayed, it's cancelled. more than 12 hours after sarah's flight to stockholm was meant to take off from stansted, sarah was still here and will now fly tomorrow. i only found out literally i think it was three hours after my flight was supposed to leave that it was cancelled, and there was no boards to tell us that it was delayed or anything so it was literally like going backwards and forwards between the one personnel who was there kind of thing. ijust ended up lining up for like ten hours to try to get a new flight! did you get any sleep at all? no.
i think i've been awake 25 hours now. you only need to head to social media to get an idea of the frustration some people here felt last night. one person tweeted it was a shambles, another posted a picture of people sleeping on seats. stansted airport says it has cleared the backlog of stranded passengers and things are returning to normal. but they say there still could be delays because of the weather. and the weather has been causing problems elsewhere, too. in the cairngorms, three climbers had to be rescued after getting lost in blizzard conditions. the rescue took five hours. the wintry weather is not going away as we are being told to make sure our vehicles are safe for the road. check your tyres, make sure you've got some good tread and they are well inflated, that should keep you safe on the road, because they keep you gripped to the road, after all. and pack accordingly, so have your own winter break down kit with plenty of spare warm and dry clothing, a flask, some snacks, a shovel and certainly a fully charged mobile phone. today in inverness people
were enjoying the snow but there is more on the way for scotland and the met office is warning that tonight could be the coldest night of the year. anisa kadri, bbc news. nhs hospitals in england made a record £i7a.5 million from car parking charges in the past financial year. the figures, obtained through a freedom of information request, showed more than half of hospital trusts also charged for at least some of their disabled bays. our correspondent phil mackie has the story. a hospital visit can be upsetting, even traumatic, and that's before you pay for your parking ticket. nhs hospitals in england made over £174 million in fees last year. that's a rise of 6% on the year before. and nearly £1 million came from fines which was an increase of 32%. the hospital trust which make the most money was the heart of england which runs three
hospitals in sutton coldfield, solihull, and here in birmingham. last year its income from car parking was £4.8 million. a bit shocking actually because i come quite a lot with my son and the amount we have to pay, it's really bad. i don't mind paying a small fee but i've had occasions where i've spent £20 in one day. it's the hassle of visiting hospital on a regular basis, it's just another hassle. no one from the heart of england trust was available today but they have given a statement saying they know that parking costs can be a financial burden to patients and visitors. they say that fees have come down in the past year and the money they make is reinvested in, among other things, utility bills and the maintenance of car parks. fees have already been largely abolished in scotland and wales and campaigners think it is time they were lifted elsewhere, too. you might have to make 50 trips to hospital if you are receiving cancer treatment. sometimes you need to be there all day which means you might have to pay £25 or £30 just to cover
the cost of your chemotherapy on that particular day. so it has a really big effect on people. today's figures will only raise pressure to cap or end charges in the future. phil mackie, bbc news, birmingham. a woman who was found dead in an outbuilding in finsbury park in north london has been named by police. officers say 22—year—old iuliana tudos died as a result of a stab wound and a head injury. it's thought she was killed on christmas eve. a murder investigation has been started. every year, thousands of planning permissions are granted for new homes but the properties are not actually built. there are currently 684,000 valid permissions that haven't yet been put into effect. the chancellor, philip hammond, has set up an urgent review to understand the reasons. so in the midst of an acute housing shortage, why is the process of building much—needed new homes proving to be so cumbersome? my colleague sophie long has been to clacton in essex to try to find out.
clacton—on—sea. like many towns across the country, they need to build hundreds of houses here, to provide homes for those that don't have them, in a way that is sympathetic to those that do. well, this is a site that got planning permission over two years ago for 300 homes, but as you can see, nothing's been built yet. one problem is that developers are not building on land where permission has been granted. the loophole they found here is that they can land bank. they can get permission on land with no intention of developing it any time soon, get the permission, put it in the bank, go on to the next site, get permission for that one. the developers say they find that accusation staggering, that they would be building here now but this is a textbook example of local planning issues stopping house—builders from building the homes that the country needs. they say: building is happening,
but not on the scale needed to solve the housing crisis. developers say they are not the ones dragging theirfeet. overall, the system is just too cumbersome. there are too many things that get put through the planning system that don't need to go through the planning system. that means that once you've got an initial consent, you still need to do a lot of work before you can get on site and start development. nearly everyone agrees there's a housing crisis and more homes need to be built. the question is how and where. unblocking the problems in the planning process has now become a national priority. a couple of miles along the coast is jaywick sands. developers don't want to build here. it is the most deprived place in england. transport links are poor and unemployment is high. but the need for new housing is clear. there's a lot of houses what's empty what could be done up
for people who ain't got housing and everything. the council says it is now taking the lead and community activists are hopeful that change is ahead. we've been talking about this for four or five years and nothing has happened. my view is that everybody should have a decent place to live in. the social housing has got to happen. council housing is there, part of it, everybody wants that social housing. and starter housing, stuff like that. the problem is that local authorities and developers have different priorities. but the need to find common ground and get more homes built quickly now has a new sense of urgency. sophie long, bbc news, clacton—on—sea. the former footballer george weah has won the liberian presidential election. mr weah played for a string of football clubs, including ac milan and chelsea. he entered politics after his retirement in 2002 and will succeed ellenjohnson sirleaf, africa's first elected
woman president. apple apologised to customers tonight after admitting slowing down older iphone models to protect their batteries. apple said it would never intentionally shorten the life of any product and said it would be offering replacement batteries at a discounted price. the cricket news, and england go into the fourth day of the fourth ashes test in a few hours' time in the driving seat, thanks to an unbeaten 244 by alistair cook. england finished the third day on 491—9, a lead of 164 over australia. cook's double century was the highest score by a visiting batsman at the melbourne cricket ground. and he's now sixth in the all—time list of leading test scorers, as our correspondent patrick geary reports. for england, finally, belatedly, serenity at the mcg but those who have followed them
here are always wary of a wave just around the corner. followed perhaps by unwelcome ducks. so imagine the ripples caused byjoe root‘s misplaced hook. 61, out, missed out. dawid malan‘s error was maybe even stranger, given lbw, he chose not to review. the hotspot showed he had hit it, a lifeline ignored. jonny bairstow came and went, then moeen ali, under pressure for his place, tried to be carefree and ended up careless. in contrast to the muddled minds, the continuing clarity of alastair cook. beyond 150, then fortunately just beyond steve smith, the second time he dropped him. cook took over the management of the innings, driving england into a lead, pushing on to a remarkable double century. he found a loyal lieutenant in stuart broad. at first brave, then bold, he made a 50 that infuriated the aussies. by the close, england's total was nearly 500. cook had scored more runs than any visiting test batsman here and he had been at the crease in the melbourne heat for ten and a half hours.
all surrounded by doubts about his future. did you ever doubt yourself going into this match? yeah, 100%. i've doubted myself for 12 years. i'll probably continue to doubt myself. obviously the longer it goes, the harder it becomes. i suppose that is why i can be quite proud. i was proud last night, going to the well again and delivering a performance like that was pleasing. it isjust a shame it is three and a half, four weeks too late. afterwards we heard england's players applaud cook back into the dressing room, a tribute to his resilience, fitness and concentration. on day four, it's going to be over to england's bowlers to turn cook's tireless effort into a first victory of this ashes series. patrick geary, bbc news, melbourne. the immense power of social media was once again in evidence this christmas time, when a welder from south—west london left his christmas wage packet in a local pub, the alexandra in wimbledon. more than a million people responded to an online appeal and identified mariusz
so that the pay packet could be returned yesterday, six days after he lost it. chi chi izundu takes up the story. this is the story of a welder, a pub and a lost wage packet. last thursday, after a few hundred people had been here at the alexandra pub celebrating their christmas parties, at the end of the night a small brown envelope stuffed with cash was spotted on the floor. the only reason i realised it was actually a wage packet is because i used to get paid in similar wage packets back when i first moved over to this country. all they had was the name mariusz and £600. landlord mick and his wife posted a picture of the envelope on social media. that was reposted by authorjk rowling and then hundreds of thousands around the world joined in the search. we did not find him straightaway and then a couple of celebrities retweeted it and it went bonkers. my phone was like a fridge, it went bzz bzz bzz! we were getting messages from all over the world. so much interest trying to find this guy, people
contacting us saying, have you found him? keep us posted. what's happening? from canada and america and australia, everywhere. and then what happened? lo and behold, yesterday, mariusz walked in the door and said hi, i'm mariusz and i believe you've got my money! it was like the biggest anti—climax in history, he just wandered in and said, i think you've got my money! mariusz explained that he whipped out his phone to take pictures of his christmas party with his colleagues and that is probably when his wage slip slipped out of his pocket and under this chair. he didn't notice until about a day later. mariusz hadn't seen the social media posts. it was his son who alerted him to them. and he may have kept the loss quiet from his wife to have, as he called it, a stress—free christmas! he came in yesterday and got his money. and in a show of gratitude, he gave nobby a generous tip to see in the new year. chi chi izundu, bbc news. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel.
that's all from me. stay with us on bbc one for the news where you are. good night. hello. this is bbc news. a british medical team is flying to bangladesh to help rohingya refugees who've fled myanmar. hundreds of thousands of rohingya muslims are living in refugee camps, following widespread persecution at home. more than 40 doctors, nurses and firefighters from the uk will spend six weeks in bangladesh tackling an outbreak of diptheria in the camps. claire fallon reports. leaving manchester, british medics heading for bangladesh. now, another threat — diphtheria. the makeshift home to thousands of rohingya muslims, this is the refugee camp. those living here left myanmar and a situation described by the un
as a textbook example of ethnic cleansing. 6,000 people have been killed, a figure denied by the government in myanmar. among the 40 plus staff, sent by britain, becky, a children's nurse at watford general. i know from my experience as a paediatric nurse and as a mother families will be feeling desperate. i know there are loads of children involved, 75% of the people affected by diptheria are under the age of 15. we need to act fast. when the team arrives, medics will be working in tough conditions. diphtheria has been spreading rapidly, up to 160 new cases reported every day. it will be tough, 40 of us going out in its first tranche, more people coming later. we will be working with other organisations, not just 40 of us. this is the uk response, one of the fastest because of
the critical nature of the emergency and the speed at which the disease can spread, because of the need to do something very quickly. the situation facing the rohingya people has been described as the fastest growing refugee crisis. with equipment and expertise, the british medics hope they will make a difference, and save lives. claire fallon, bbc news. figures out today show the number of alleged sexual assaults committed by taxi or private hire drivers has risen by 20% in three years. according to the guardian at least 337 assaults were reported between april 2016 and march 2017 in england and wales. that's up from 282 in 2014—15. the figures were obtained from 23 of 43 police forces, a number of incidents were recorded where the victim was a child under 16. well, we know that there
are definitive issues where people may work for one local authority, they lose their licence, we have heard anecdotal evidence of people moving from birmingham over to wolverhampton, as an example. it is not right in any situation. we've talked about the public transport figures. i think they were 650, up to 1,468. it shows that it is notjust unique to private hire and taxis. i do want to add one other small point, i don't want to get away from these figures, but i also want to bring up the fact that on a regular daily basis private hire taxi drivers are assaulted verbally and physically throughout the united kingdom. it is very rare those figures are reported or taken by the police as well. a 44—year—old man accused of stabbing to death a woman in a supermarket has appeared at leeds crown court. neville hord is accused of attacking 30—year—old jodie willsher at the aldi supermarket where she worked, in skipton in north yorkshire, last week.
0ur correspondent cathy killick was at leeds crown court. neville hord appeared in the dock, wearing a grey sweatshirt and remained impassive. he spoke twice to confirm his name. it is his second appearance, in connection with the death ofjodie willsher, attacked while working at aldi in skipton, december 21. no attacked while working at aldi in skipton, december21. no application for bail. neville hord was remanded in custody, until the case reco nve nes in custody, until the case reconvenes on january 26. the uk is on course for its greenest year ever in electricity generation, according to figures from national grid. 13 clean energy records have been broken in 2017 thanks to the rise of renewable energy. injune, for the first time, wind,
nuclear and solar power generated more of the uk's energy than gas and coal combined. since 2012, britain has halved carbon emissions in the electricity sector and now provides the fourth cleanest power system in europe. gareth redmond—king, from the world wide fund for nature, said the news was a step in the right direction. it would have been unthinkable just ten yea rs it would have been unthinkable just ten years ago not to be generating electricity without coal. and not having to spend a fortune to do it. these are contributing to growth. every second the world drinks 35,000 cups of coffee, making it a multi—billion pound industry. now, new figures show more of that money is finding its way back to coffee farmers. a un agency says farmers are benefiting from the increasing demand for ethically sourced
and sustainable coffee — a trend typical of millennials. jonathan josephs reports. there has never been more choice. we are all drinking more coffee, and we are prepared to pay more for it, but in return we want to know more about where it is from and how it got to our cup. this coffee shop in a trendy part of east london is typical. they roast their own beans, carefully selected for the benefits they bring farmers. for example, we have a ugandan coffee. we have managed to find a farmer producing some really good coffee, and we talk to our customers about the impact that makes in that area, because there was a lot of warfare in uganda. telling the story of how those beans made their way from the farm to the cup is an essential part of the growing branding and marketing effort involved in making coffee about the wider experience as well as the drinking. it means more profits
throughout the supply chain, as new figures from the un's world intellectual property organisation show. for a pound of coffee beans that end up in the instants sold in supermarkets, the roaster gets just over £3, but the export price is just £1.09. the farmer gets most of that, but if the same beans end up in a large western coffee chain the roaster can get £6.37, but the farmer and their community also do better, getting £2.16. but when the new wave of socially aware customer pays a premium for higher standards, the roaster can get over £13. the export price also rises to £3.85. that third wave is a clear incentive forfarmers to invest, in turning their beans into a coffee with superior standards when it comes to sustainability and fair trade. a farmer can be roughly three and a half times better off by taking advantage of the third wave, and selling into the third wave context. now, that obviously is a huge difference, and it many benefits for the farmer, obviously a higher standard of income. also looking to cash in are two
companies that sell the world more coffee than anyone else. nestle and jab have spent billions buying smaller rivals like california's bluebottle coffee. the trend started in the west coast of the us and has definitely been expanding into other parts of the world and some of the larger roasting companies like jab and nestle, they want to start enjoying some of that profitability so we have seen this with larger companies buying some of the small independent coffee shops. an increasing amount of the coffee we are drinking is of the expensive type that millennials like to post on social media. that is stimulating profits throughout the industry. and we can take a look at the
weather forecast. snow and and we can take a look at the weatherforecast. snow and ice has caused some problems and we have got more to come. the met office has issued a warning, it is because things have already become very cold, widespread and harsh frost. fog patches. from the west — this band of rain. that is going to start to become small, across northern wales, ireland, the midlands and north west england. some travel disruption, some pretty murky weather, northern ireland, rain, sleet, snow. ice for southern scotland, and even low levels, some snowfall. the southern pennines, and that our warning, it could 15cm. be
even some rain towards the south east, falling on those cold surfaces. icy stretches. through the day, the snow moves northwards, into scotland. tending to fizzle. elsewhere, things are going to be brightening up. milder, south west. 10 degrees for plymouth. two for glasgow. as we go to saturday morning, anotherfrontal glasgow. as we go to saturday morning, another frontal system comes from the atlantic. bringing rain. it could deliver some snow across scotland, mostly high ground. to the south, bright skies. rain flirting with the far south. could even get gales in spots. four in exposed north—east scotland, 13 for south wales. the last day of the
year, more weight spells but still that mild feel in the south. if you are celebrating at midnight, largely dry. chance of showers. temperatures do not look particularly low, but a strong breeze. that could make things feel a little bit chilly. this is bbc news, the latest headlines! headlines: so—called islamic states say they were responsible. britain