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is the iranian president warns that violence and vandalism won't be tolerated after four days of demonstrations. hassan rohani will appears on television to say that people have the right to protest but thatis people have the right to protest but that is that the country problem —— the country's problems stem from international sanctions. the international horse show is cancelled after a fire breaks out at the venue's car park. six people are killed after sightseeing plane crashed in sydney in australia. manchester city avoided defeat but there are a team game winning run in there are a team game winning run in the premier league finally comes to an end. and new year celebrations are underway around the globe as we prepare to welcome in 2018. hello and good evening. the iranian
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president has declared that people have the right to protest and criticises government but not resort to violence and vandalism. his comments are the first by a senior figure in iran since widespread protests began on thursday. police in tehran used water cannon on the crowds. there were reports from at least a
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dozen cities up and down the country. president rohani has made a comment on the unrest, days after they started, the first iranians leader to do so. he said iranianss had a right to protest but not to violence and destruction. the wave of demonstrations throughout the country of demonstrations throughout the cou ntry started of demonstrations throughout the country started on thursday, here in the north east, with what was supposed to be a small protest sponsored by the hardliners to criticise the economic policies of the government of president rohani, something that quickly got out of control. earlier in the day, the
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goverment moved to limit access in iran to the internet and to popular social media apps like telegram. despite these efforts, more and more videos are being posted on social media, and there has been more violence. here, in a western city, where a number of people are reported to have been injured. president rohani's latest words are unlikely to calm these demonstrators, who are calling for the overthrow of the government. firefighters have been tackling a majorfire tonight firefighters have been tackling a major fire tonight at the liverpool echo arena. the blaze broke out in the multistorey car park earlier this evening. our correspondent is at the arena. what is the latest, steve 7 at the arena. what is the latest, steve? around 150 cars are thought to be involved in this major blaze outside the liverpool echo arena,
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close to the city centre. a major operation now being launched by merseyside fire and rescue service, with 12 fire engines and two aerial platforms. this fire broke out earlier this evening and a number of people have been evacuated from nearby apartments. the international horse show has been taking place here in the last few days. the number of animals were led into the arena centre to keep them safe as their owners moved horse boxes to stop them going up in flames. we're told that the fire started after a collision between two cars in the car park. the mayor believes there has been —— there have been no injuries to people or animals. meanwhile, people face a long journey home to an unlimited public transport orfinding journey home to an unlimited public transport or finding the prospect of somewhere to stay in the city centre. ace plane has crashed into a river
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near sydney, killing all six people on board. reports suggest that format of the people who have died are british, though this hasn't been confirmed. the elk run, on a sightseeing trip in the run—up to the new year celebrations, came down close to the suburb of cowan. —— the aircraft is, on a sightseeing trip... eyewitnesses said it made a tight right—hand turn and then nosedived into the river. a full—scale search was soon underway but there were no survivors. police divers have found six bodies. the wreckage of the plane remains in more than a0 feet of water. the authorities say a full investigation will take place. i cannot confirm the identity or ages of the people
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on the plane. it is early in the investigation, and we are working with the plane company, getting investigators he to confirm the identities and investigate why the plane crashed into the water. the plane crashed into the water. the plane was returning from a waterfront restaurant to rose bay on syd ney waterfront restaurant to rose bay on sydney harbour, a journey that would normally take around 20 minutes. the aircraft is owned by sydney seaplanes, which provides flights around some of the city's most popular tourist attractions, including the opera house, the harbour bridge and to the north, the hawkesbury river. the company said ina hawkesbury river. the company said in a statement that its pilots are some of the most experienced in the world, and that all its flights had been suspended until further notice. air crash investigators will arrive at the sight of the accident early on new year's day to try to
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establish how and why a routine sightseeing flight could end in catastrophe. phil mercer, bbc news, sydney. new year celebrations have begun around the world as we welcome in 2018. new zealand was the first to see fireworks, before sydney harbour was lit up in a blaze of colour. five, four, three, two, one. once again, sydney set the standard for new year fireworks. again, sydney set the standard for new yearfireworks. 1.5 again, sydney set the standard for new year fireworks. 1.5 million people lined the harbour front for a dazzling, deafening celebration. the rainbow theme was a tribute to australia's legalisation of same—sex marriage. two hours earlier,
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auckland in new zealand was the first major city to celebrate 2018, it's sky tower lit up like a giant roman candle. that's the unmistakable sound of north korea joining the celebrations with what else but a display of rocket power. perhaps the most unusual display didn't involve fireworks at all. in dubai, they lit up the world's tallest building with lasers. the bush khalifa became a shimmering canvas, visible up to 60 miles away. while midnight swept around the world, new york was gearing up for its celebrations, one of several cities with unprecedented security this year. parts of china have had a day of festivities, even though they will mark the new year in february. but hong kong may have outdazzled
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sydney. fireworks exploded across victoria harbour to the tune most of us victoria harbour to the tune most of us will be singing later. here, large crowds are gathered for the celebrations in edinburgh and london. let's go tojonathan blake, who is on the banks of the thames. the crowds are starting to build here in central london as the 100,000 people or so who have tickets to see tonight's display are close ta ke tickets to see tonight's display are close take their place along the embankment here and the bridges over the river thames. this is a huge event for london. security is tight, as you would expect, armed and undercover officers are on control and the metropolitan police say there was no specific threat to the festivities this evening but they asked people to be vigilant and report anything they see as suspicious. the fireworks promised
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to be as spectacular as ever, 12,000 of them creating 50,000 individual explosions, all set to a specially chosen soundtrack of female artists, celebrating 2018 as the centenary year since women were given the right to vote. it all kicks off in the run—up to midnight. now, to andrew black in edinburgh. sigh you can see that the party has kicked off in the centre of edinburgh. this is princes street, the main shopping street, and some 60,000 people will be here to enjoy the festivities, which will end as usual with a spectacular fireworks display, launched from the ramparts of edinburgh castle. people have been enjoying live music. on security, as jonathan mentioned, it is much the same up here as in london — no
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specific threats to events tonight but police are on duty and they are remaining vigilant for anything which might happen. 0ne remaining vigilant for anything which might happen. one good piece of news tonight is the weather, because this is scotland and went on and it's not normally that great, but it looks quite good. the weather is decent, and everyone is having a great time, and i think we are in store for a great night ahead. great time, and i think we are in store for a great night aheadlj think they already are! in football, arsene wenger reached a milestone by taking charge of arsenal... manchester city were held toa arsenal... manchester city were held to a goalless draw by crystal palace but still head into the new year with a 1a— point lead at the top of the table. adam wilde watched the action. the message from fans was clear enough, still, it is hard to imagine just clear enough, still, it is hard to imaginejust how things clear enough, still, it is hard to imagine just how things could get any better for manchester city.
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never has a team been so far ahead at the end of a year. to their potential there seems no end. against crystal palace, this was a new year lacking celebration. gabrieljesus, injured, leading in tea rs. gabrieljesus, injured, leading in tears. his replacement sergio aguero went closest in the first half, but this was not the brilliance from city that all have come to fear. victory would have equalled the european record, the target, then, straightforward, hitting it, less so. straightforward, hitting it, less so. palace are a side with aims of their own. they had chances with which they should have done better. everyone seemed to know it. and that, ultimately for them, everyone seemed to know it. and that, ultimately forthem, is everyone seemed to know it. and that, ultimately for them, is how this will be remembered. in the 90th minute, awarded a penalty, but unable to see the year with a bang. not quite the perfect end 2017 for either side. both, new not quite the perfect end 2017 for eitherside. both, new year's not quite the perfect end 2017 for either side. both, new year's eve, as is so often the case, a bit of an
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anti—climax. elsewhere, a big day on the calendar of a different sort. at west brom, arsene wenger took charge of arsenalfor the west brom, arsene wenger took charge of arsenal for the number make west brom, arsene wenger took charge of arsenalfor the number make —— for the 811th game. it wasn't until the second half that they found a way through. even then, it took a little bit of good fortune. alexis sanchez‘s free kick was deflected in. with moments left, that was still far from the end of it. two minutes remaining, west brom were offered a hand back into it, this deemed a penalty. 1—1, late controversy, the premier league year giving drama to the end. you can keep up—to—date with all those stories throughout the evening on the bbc news channel, but from me, it is good night and are very happy new year. to buy. —— and a
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very happy new year. goodbye. it takes a special kind of athlete to succeed at the winter olympics. traditionally, british success has been sporadic at best. but in recent years, team gb has finallyjoined the party. lizzie yarnold is the olympic champion! there were four gb medals during sochi 201a. that could be upgraded to a record haul of five. british athletes are winning more major medals now than at any point in history. there is every chance that pyeongchang 2018 in south korea could be great britain's best ever games. one of britain's best medal prospects is elise christie, competing in three events.
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since the last games, she has become a world champion. she is looking to put her 0lympic demons firmly behind her after a devastating sochi 201a. 0h, they've gone down, they've all gone down! i can't believe it! christie's been penalised again. it's been tough. i can't even describe how hard it was. i suffered a lot after it, in my normal life too. i had a crash at the game. i received a lot of death threats and online abuse from the south koreans. it changed me as a person.

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