this is bbc news. i'm ben bland. our top stories: anti—government protests spread to several cities in iran, with thousands chanting slogans against the country's supreme leader. new york's fire chief says a toddler playing with a stove started a fire in the bronx which killed 12 people including five children. funerals in egypt for nine people killed in attacks on coptic christians. and it's knight fever — bee gees singer barry gibb is given a knighthood in queen elizabeth's new year honours, as is the beatles drummer ringo starr. hello and welcome to bbc world news. washington has condemned
the arrest of peaceful protesters during a second day of anti—government demonstrations in iran. the us state department said it urged all countries to support the iranian people and their demands for basic rights, as well as for an end to corruption. thousands of people are said to have participated in protests on friday, including the capital tehran. people came out onto the streets in rasht, and kermanshah in the west, with smaller protests in mashhad, shiraz and elsewhere. wyre davies reports. these are extremely rare sights. iranian cities hit by large anti—government protests. this is the western city of kermanshah. despite the repressive action of the police, the protests have quickly grown and spread. iranians have suffered tremendous economic hardship in the last decade
with a huge fall in living standards. but what started as a protest against rising prices has grown into wide anger against strict clerical rule and iran's supreme leader, ayatollah ali khamenei. there is seething discontent, with iranians spending money on wars abroad, on spreading shiaism broad, supporting hezbollah abroad. and that has changed the character of the demonstration into a political one, undermining the whole clerical regime now. iran's relatively moderate president, hassan rouhani, has promised the benefits of economic growth after an international deal to limit its nuclear activities. but those promises have failed to materialise. it is too early to say if the regime
is under serious threat. these are the biggest protests for a decade. the government will use greater force if it feels it is losing control. a toddler playing with a stove has sparked a fire in an apartment block in new york. 12 people were killed five of them children. four others remain critically injured in hospital. it happened in the bronx, in a 5—storey building on prospect avenue near the bronx zoo. the new york fire chief has described it as an "unprecedented loss" and the city's worst tragedy since the terror attacks of 9/11. the bbc‘s yogita limaye reports from new york. smoke rose through the air of a bronx neighbourhood on thursday
evening. the fire started in a kitchen on the first floor of this apartment building, eyewitnesses say it quickly spread to the top floor. asi it quickly spread to the top floor. as i look at the flames and i realise everyone is panicking. so i go down and see what is wrong, by the time i got downstairs the fai had escalated from one apartment to do, two almost three. within three minutes firefighters arrived. more than 150 of them. the injured were rushed to hospital and those who had been rescued were given blankets to shield them from a severely cold evening. but not everyone could be saved. the husband put them outside, burned all over. burns, burns, burns. and then they start bringing demel one by one. it is hard to take. it was really, really hard to take. it was really, really hard to take. officials say an unattended three—year—old boy playing with a
cooker sparked the fire. the mother was not aware of it, was alerted by the young men screaming. she exited her apartment with her two—year—old and three rolled and left the door open —— three—year—old. so this fire quickly spread up the stairs. fire travels. this there were acted like a chimney. people had very little time to react. they could not get back down the stairs, those who tried, a few of them perished. back down the stairs, those who tried, a few of them perishedm back down the stairs, those who tried, a few of them perished. it is sad, because the nag in the year —— new year we had to do with this tragedy that has happened now. it is not going to be a happy new year. during the most festive time of year this neighbourhood and this city has found itself in the midst of tragedy and grief. yogita limaye, bbc news, new york. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. a court in germany has ruled that a 96—year—old former ss officer known as the bookkeeper of auschwitz
must serve his prison sentence. two years ago oskar groening was convicted of helping to murder 300,000 people. the constitutional court rejected the argument by groening's lawyers that imprisonment at his advanced age would violate his right to life. more than 200 peruvian writers, including the nobel prize winning author mario vargas llosa, have signed a letter condemning president pedro pablo kuczynski's decision to pardon the former leader alberto fujimori. they called it illegal and irresponsible and said it was a disgrace for peru. president kuczynski pardoned him last sunday on health grounds. the organisers of berlin's new year's eve celebrations are to set up a "safe zone" for women for the first time. hundreds of thousands of revellers are expected to flock to the city's brandenburg gate on sunday. the new security measures come two years after hundreds of women were assaulted and robbed by gangs of men during new year's eve festivities in cologne. some of the attackers had migrant backgrounds. with just over a week to go before egypt's coptic community marks
christmas on the orthodox calendar, there's been an attack against christian targets. nine people died in two attacks south of cairo, according to the interior ministry. seven people, including a policeman, died when a gunman tried to storm a church but was intercepted and arrested by police. he had earlier killed two people. so—called islamic state says it was behind the attack. bbc‘s hanan razek reports. just two days ahead of the new year and another attack on the christian community in egypt. a frayed air mass was being held inside a church in southern cairo. but then it was fear and shock as gunfire was heard outside. the ones who were sitting he got hit and they went into that shop and he died two and his daughter got shot in harar. the man from the restaurant there, his daughter was going to a lesson, she was leaving the church and got hit
in the hand. there was an elderly lady coming out of church to see what happened and she fell and died. her blood was here. the attacker first targeted the police force securing church where hundreds of worshippers were. the gunman, a wa nted worshippers were. the gunman, a wanted jihadists implicated in attacks on police, was winded and arrested at the scene. he had been armed with an assault rifle, 150 rounds of ammunition, and a bomb he intended to set off at the church. 0n intended to set off at the church. on his way to the cerci also killed two other people when he opened fire ona two other people when he opened fire on a store owned by a christian family —— to the church. in the last few days the egyptian authorities have intensified the security presence in the street as a precautionary measure for possible attacks on christians or churches in the general during the new year and the general during the new year and the christmas period. morning the dead, they came here for the funeral to say goodbye to the loved ones.
this is the latest in a series of attacks targeting christians in egyptin attacks targeting christians in egypt in the last few years. but its timing is very crucial, as it comes just over a week after the coptic christmas is celebrated on the seventh of january. an 83—year—old man has died in hospitalfrom injuries sustained in an alleged vehicle attack in melbourne eight days ago. antonios crocaris was one of 19 people taken to hospital after being rammed by a vehicle on flinders street in the city's centre four days before christmas. the alleged driver, saeed noori, has been charged with 18 counts of attempted murder and one count of reckless conduct endangering life. five indian officials have been suspended after a huge fire killed at least 1a people in mumbai. most of the victims were young women at a birthday party. 0ne politician has described the building that has upmarket cafes and bars as a ‘death trap'. the fire at the kamala mills compound in mumbai, is reported to have started in a restaurant and spread quickly.
twenty—one people are being treated in hospital. the bbc‘s sanjoy majumder reports. the fire broke out on a rooftop restaurant in a popular commercial district in the heart of mumbai. within minutes, it spread — first to a bar next door, and then through the entire building. most of the victims were women attending a party at the bar. the bbc‘s gujarati service editor, ankurjain, was at the restaurant when the fire broke out. there was a stampede, and everybody was trying to just rush out. in less than three minutes after the fire started, the whole of the area was engulfed in fire, and before anyone, including us, could reach the staircase, the first place to catch complete fire completely was the fire exit. the blaze was eventually put out early in the morning —
the structure completely gutted. the families and friends of the victims are distraught and raising questions about safety measures. the building was located in a congested neighbourhood that once housed the city's colonial—era textile mills and is now filled with bars, restaurants and offices, some still located in the old factories, others in high—rise glass and steel towers. but many of them lack proper safety standards and emergency exits. an investigation has now been ordered to determine the cause. action has been taken against the restaurant owners, and five city officials have been suspended for negligence. sanjoy majumder, bbc news, delhi. the beatles' drummer, ringo starr, and the bee gees' singer barry gibb, are among those to be knighted in queen elizabeth's new year's honours. strictly come dancing judge darcey bussell is made a dame for her services to dance.
0ur entertainment correspondent lizo mzimba has more details. # twist and shout... more than 50 years after beatlemania, the fab four‘s drummer has been honoured with a knighthood. # what would you do if i sang out of tune... recognising ringo starr's half century long contribution to music. # no, #no,| # no, i get by with a little help from a friend ‘s... # tragedy! former bee gee barry gibb said he was humbled and very proud to be made sir barry. # with no—one to love you... strictlyjudge, # with no—one to love you... strictly judge, darcey # with no—one to love you... strictlyjudge, darcey bussell, who has occasionally performed in the programme as well, was made a dame.
jilly cooper has sold more than 12 million books since the 1970s, the writers author becomes a cbe for services to literature and charity. absolutely knocked out. thrilled. i could not believe it. suddenly to get a letter, i thought it was a gas bill or something, it is the most heavenly thing. you have got a cbe. it is wonderful. # i've got to run away... singer and campaigner mark allman is made an 0be for services to artand allman is made an 0be for services to art and culture. musician and producer whiley, known as the godfather of grind is made an mbe. brilliant capped by the captain. godfather of grind is made an mbe. brilliant capped by the captainm the world of sport, sam warburton, who has captain wales and the british lions is made and 0te. —— captain. most of those being honoured is ordinary people doing extra ordinary work, like ezekiel a cts extra ordinary work, like ezekiel acts as a metaphor young people. of
course young people are everything to me. i am passionate about them and their life and their well—being and their life and their well—being and welfare. me to be recognised for my passion is one of the greatest honours ever. —— for me to be recognised stock i am in complete gratitude and complete asian. appreciation. the vast majority are people who will answer the public eye but have given great service. in 2018 they say they are looking to particularly recognise individuals who are involved in the response to and the aftermath of the london and manchester terror attacks and the fire at grenfell tower. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: cleaning up the tons of rubbish and pollution on the paradise beaches of bali. the most ambitious financial and political change ever attempted has got under way with the introduction of the euro. tomorrow in holland, we will use money we picked up
in belgium today, and then we will be in france and again it will be the same money. it has just got to be the way to go. george harrison, the former beatle, is recovering in hospital after being stabbed at his oxfordshire home. a 33—year—old man from liverpool is being interviewed by police on suspicion of attempted murder. i think it was good. you... just good? no, fantastic! that's better. hello.
this is bbc news. the latest headlines: widespread anti—government protests have taken place in iran, after demonstrators defied warnings by the authorities. protesters say leaders are wasting precious resources on war efforts. new york's fire chief says a toddler playing with a stove started a fire in the bronx which killed 12 people, including five children. the white house has congratulated liberia on its presidential election. and in a statement it describes the country's first democratic transition in more than 70 years as a "major milestone". liberia's elections board has officially certified former international football star george weah as the winner. 0ur correspondent umaru fofana has been to mr weah‘s party headquarters. this street party to parties have continued in the last 2a hours since the announcement of the results of. this is the headquarters of george
weah‘s political party and as you can seek people have surrounded this place unendingly. they have spent the night here dancing, celebrating in what they call the beginning of a new errorfor this in what they call the beginning of a new error for this country. things have been going very well, with the vast majority of the opposition ‘s support is having admitted defeat. celebrations have gone on, with george weah undergoing meetings with the current president. a court ruling in south africa could lead to presidentjacob zuma facing impeachment proceedings over the use of public funds to upgrade his home. the country's constitutional court has said that parliament failed in its duty to hold the president to account and must now look again at whether he should be removed from office. lebo diseko explains the court proceedings. thejudge was very, the judge was very, very careful in his ruling, giving the ruling, to
really balance the issue of whether the court was overstepping its boundary in terms of telling parliament what to do and addressing the matter at hand. he acknowledged that parliament had done something, he talked about the votes of no confidence, a motion that was discussed and also question and a nswer discussed and also question and answer sessions that were held in parliament but he said that they work adequate, basically parliament had not done enough to hold the president to account. so what he said that the parliament of the national assembly has to do is look at the rules around the process of impeachment and what actually is impeachable, so what it would take to impeach the president. he said that this should be done without delay. what exactly without delay means is anybody‘s guess. i think that the opposition which brought this case would hope that he would compel the parliamentary speaker to
start impeachment proceedings, that hasn't quite happened. 0ther start impeachment proceedings, that hasn't quite happened. other people are saying this is the kind of step before the step before these processes ca n before the step before these processes can be carried out. the indonesian island of bali, with its palm trees and white sandy beaches, is one of the world's top holiday destinations. these days, a stretch of the island's coast has become littered with tons and tons of rubbish. but the indonesian authorities are fighting back, deploying an army of cleaners onto the golden shoreline, which includes the famous kuta beach. russell trott reports. with its palm fringed beaches and a reputation as a paradise on earth, holiday destination, bali attracts thousands of tourists all year round, but those seeking sun, sandy beaches and a surf on one of its most popular golden shorelines, kuta beach are now having to watch where they put their best each. a mountain
of plastic and food packaging is strewn between sunbathers, while being surfers dodge the waste carried on the way it is. it's got so bad that a garbage emergency has now been declared, 700 cleaners have been brought in to remove around 100 tons of debris every day to a nearby landfill. when i want to swim it is not really nice, so i see lots of garbage here everyday every time. they want to clean it but it is still here, always coming from the ocean all the time. it is really horrible. like this high of garbage. around one and a quarter million tons finds its way onto these beaches and waterways, only china dumps more rubbish into the sea. bali's rubbish problem is at its worst during the annual monsoon season, it is notjust horrible to look at, the ways of plastic increase the risk of flooding and
injure or kill marine animals which ingest it. translation: this week, we have removed almost 500 tons from nearby landfill. all this rubbish ruins the image of kuta to tourism, it looks bad to the international community. as a member of the un's clea n community. as a member of the un's clean seas campaign, indonesia try to get to grips with the problem, pledging to reduce marine plastic waste by 70% by 2025. that means not only a massive cleanup campaign, but also boosting recycling services and raising public awareness. with tourism already hit by last month ‘s volcanic eruption, everyone on bali knows there is a lot at stake. for the past couple of months, millions of us in the uk and around the world have settled down in front of our tvs to be taken on extraordinaryjourneys around the world's oceans. i'm talking of course about blue planet 2, the latest landmark series from the bbc‘s natural history unit. the department is celebrating 60 years of bringing wildlife from some
of the most remote locations on earth, right into our homes, as john maguire reports. i spent several days wandering around the station, looking for animal. and on one day i was lucky. it is 1957 and a youthful david attenborough is in the rainforest of what is now part why new guinea, in search of new species. —— papa new guinea. this is a marsupial like the kangaroo and the wallaby. these were pioneers going to places where very few people have gone and filming equipment to record it and going on proper adventures. holland jackson is one of the national history unit is one of the national history unit is one of the national history unit is one of the most experienced producers, he says these seminal days were revolutionary. he used to
ask the bbc for a large chunk of money and he will go off for months and film these amazing stories and adventures and would come back three months later and have it in the bag and no one would have heard from him except for the occasional letter. and no one would have heard from him except for the occasional letterlj could see that they were parrots, but i wasn't sure what kind. the unit was officially formed in bristol in 1957, although radio had been covering wildlife or more than ten yea rs been covering wildlife or more than ten years by then and for the first time, what had always been the preserve of amateur cameramen were showcased on the fledging medium of television. here were the pelicans. here we are filming them. lets watch the diet. -- dieter. this is peter scott exploring the karrabin. this time in slow motion. —— karrabin. this goes back decades and there are rows and rows of this, some shop more recently. over the decades upon as changed hugely, but the man who
ru ns as changed hugely, but the man who runs the unit today said its ethos remains the same. everything that we do now was the same as it was then. trying to get close to something. we are seeing what technology is available, how can we innovate that technology? 0ut we get our audience is even closer to the natural world? to liberate those stories that science is pointing us towards. at this time, the mother develops a pouch beneath her chin which will hold about seven eggs. as technology advanced the mhe was able to bring vivid colours of the natural world into our living rooms. technology is a wonderful enabler but without the ambition and without understanding how the wildlife and the behaviour is going on and how we can go about filming that, that is what the power is, people's imagination and people thinking i want to share this with the rest of the world and discovering little things. blue planet discovery behaviours that science hadn't seen the force of it but what will future projects find? the next 60 years will all be about
the big stories about our relationship with the natural world, species lost, and the footprint of humankind and also the heroes that are bringing it back because we have to bring it back. a sobering tale perhaps, but won the natural history unit is determined to keep on telling. a family in the us state of illinois have turned the freezing weather to their advantage. the miller family have transformed their back yard into a home—made ice rink, much to the delight of young hockey fans in the neighbourhood. the family from edwardsville say they had to wait several days for temperatures to drop low enough. but they could be playing for days to come. forecasters say the arctic air engulfing parts of the us will continue. don't forget you can get in touch with me and some of the team on twitter i'm @benmbland. hi there.
it was scotland and northern england that today saw fairly heavy snowfall. great conditions for getting out on the sledges in west yorkshire. further north in scotland, we had some heavy falls of snow out and about. snow near the roadside, a bit ofa about. snow near the roadside, a bit of a slush on the roads and with temperatures fallen away, you are expecting icy stretches as we start of the morning on saturday, particle if the northern half of the uk. across england and wales they had this band of rain through temperatures 10— 13 degrees. through the rest of saturday, many of us starting on a cloudy and grey note, a few bright sunny spells getting across wales and the midlands. another band of rain into that cold and scotland brings no to the mountains articular across 200
metres elevation to the north and central of the belt. quite a contrast in temperature. by chile in the north, while further south. we have had the snow and cold weather but times are changing. you might have heard storm dylan is expected to form in this part of the atlantic. at the moment it doesn't exist. area of low pressure doesn't exist. area of low pressure doesn't exist but this area of cloud will be passing underneath a very powerful 190 mphjet passing underneath a very powerful 190 mph jet stream passing underneath a very powerful 190 mphjet stream and passing underneath a very powerful 190 mph jet stream and this creates the storm. a bit of uncertainty as to how strong it will be or how far north or south it will be. it will likely bring severe gales to the northern half of the uk, scotland, northern ireland and england. heavy outbreaks of rain blowing in the wind but by the time get to the afternoon at dylan would have drawn into the north sea leaving behind a whole rash of blustery showers, still with some snow in our ground in scotland and a range of temperatures still. what about the
use celebrations? not as cold as it has been. four degrees to scotland and northern ireland, northern england as well. some showers knocking around and that is true further south is well in england and wales with temperatures around seven celsius, a blustery south—westerly wind. 0r new year's day, outbreaks of rain quite close to southern england, further north in scotland, wet and windy weather is still at risk of snow across scotland. between these areas of whether some sunshine to be found on tuesday. —— new year's day. this is bbc news. i'm ben bland. our top stories: there have been widespread protests in iraq and. the demonstrators have defied stern warnings from the authorities to stop —— iran. new york's fire chief says a toddler playing with a stove started a fire in the bronx which killed 12 people including five children.
investigators say the kitchen door was left open allowing the fire to enter the hallway. a huge fire at a restau ra nt enter the hallway. a huge fire at a restaurant and shopping complex in mumbai has killed at least 1a people. most of the dead were young women celebrating at a birthday party. the fire is thought to have started in a restaurant. attacks by gunmen in each of killed at least nine people. the coptic christian church was targeted. in the past year more than 100 christians and have been killed in egypt. so—called islamic state says it was behind the latest attack. it