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welcome to bbc news, i'm duncan golestani. a syrian rebel group that was linked to al-qaeda says it shot down a russian fighter plane in northern syria this afternoon, killing the pilot. the militants said the attack was in retaliation for a russian bombing campaign. sarah corker reports. the burning wreckage of what looks like a russian fighterjet, red stars clearly visible on the wing. this footage posted online appears to show the plane being hit and bursting into flames in a rebel—held area of north—west syria. jihadist group hayat tahrir al—sham, formally linked to al-qaeda, said it had shot the plane down with a surface—to—air missile. moscow said the pilot ejected and survived the crash but was killed by rebels on the ground. the sukhoi 25 fighter was shot down near the city of saraqeb, close to a major highway
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in idlib province. it was back in december when the syrian government, backed by russian air power, launched a major offensive against rebel groups in idlib, the last province under rebel control. but civilians are paying a heavy price. thousands have fled. on friday, rescuers said they pulled the bodies of at least seven civilians from cars hit by airstrikes south of aleppo. this incident is a rare loss for the russian air force. opposition groups have in the past shot down syrian planes but rarely those of the russian army and there are reports that moscow has responded by firing cruise missiles from navy vessels in the mediterranean. sarah corker, bbc news. italy's prime minister has called for politicians to act responsibly after a mass shooting in the city of macerata. six migrants from africa were injured when an italian man
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fired at them from his car. james reynolds reports from rome. one man, a 28—year—old man, young italian armed with a pistol, turned the italian city of macerata into a terrifying place. reports say that the gunman and fired at anyone who appeared to be a migrant from africa. there was no time for his targets to hide. i was passing by this morning to go and buy cigarettes when they shot me on my leg this morning, you know? so the person who was inside the car was shooting, you know? i tried to see his face, yeah. during the attack, the authorities posted warnings instructing the city's residents to stay inside. the gunman was arrested when he got out of his car.
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he's identified as 28—year—old luca traini. the italian media reports that he had been a candidate forthe anti—immigrant northern league party in local elections held in 2017. this attack comes at a time of high anxiety in the city of macerata. earlier in the week, the dismembered body of a young italian woman was found. a nigerian migrant was arrested in connection with her death. now migrants have been injured in this drive—by shooting. the country now heads into next month's general election with all this on its mind. james reynolds, bbc news, rome. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. world leaders and international donors have vowed to ramp up palestinian officials say a teenager has been shot dead in clashes with the israeli army in the occupied west bank. israeli forces say they entered the village of burqin to find a man suspected of murdering an israeli rabbi last month.
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the israeli military says it's checking the report. the kremlin has condemned the pentagon's announcement that it's to modernise america's nuclear arsenal, including developing new cruise missiles that can be launched from ships and submarines. the us says the move is largely in response to russian actions in recent years. world leaders and international donors have vowed to ramp up education funding for developing countries. meeting in senegal, they pledged more than $2 billion to help bring more children into school. developing countries themselves also promised to increase public spending on education. thousands of corsicans have held a rally to push for more autonomy from france. the local authorities said about 6,000 demonstrators turned up, organisers put the figure as high as 25,000. corsica's governing coalition of nationalists has been buoyed by a resounding win in recent elections. and you can keep up to date with all with all the latest news on our website. just go to bbc.com/news.
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the actress uma thurman has claimed that she was sexually assaulted by the film producer harvey weinstein in london in the 1990s. two other women have contacted british police to say they were also attacked by him. mr weinstein denies all the allegations of non—consensual sex. ben ando has more. these latest allegations here in london were actually made at the end of last year, but they have onlyjust come to light. in one of them, on october 31, a woman came to scotland yard to allege to detectives that she was attacked by harvey weinstein in the republic of ireland back in 1991. now, that file has been sent to an garda siochana, the police in the irish republic. and then about two weeks later, another woman — and that is the ninth woman to make allegations in the uk —
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came forward and said that harvey weinstein allegedly attacked her in london in 2011 and in an unspecified country in 2010. she says she managed to wriggle away. a spokesman for harvey weinstein has said that any incident that took place was a result of him misreading her signals. and has also said that harvey weinstein unequivocally denies any accusations of nonconsensual sex. three men in their early twenties have been charged with murdering a prisoner at a west london jail. 25—year—old khader saleh died on wednesday at wormwood scrubs after being found with stab wounds. fellow inmates ahmed kyre, kalif dibbassey and enton marku will appear at the old bailey next week. a local council has taken the highly unusual step of imposing emergency spending controls as a result of severe financial challenges. the conservative—run northamptonshire county council says it's faced large cuts and a big increase in social care costs. here's our political correspondent matt cole. like so many others across britain,
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people in northamptonshire have watched their council manage multimillion—pound budget cuts since 2010, and now they've run out of cash, meaning a host of services from subsidised buses to libraries are threatened. i'll be absolutely devastated if it closes. we've been here forjust over a year and i was delighted that this is kind of ten minutes down the road from us. we just feel, i suppose, let down, and why wasn't anything in place to prevent this situation happening? there will now be no new spending, save on services to safeguard the vulnerable, until the next financial year. we've been in what you might call a perfect storm of huge increases in demand for our services. at the same time, significant reductions in funding coming from central government. but is this a one—off? english councils say by the end of the decade, they will have seen £16 billion cut from their core central government funding.
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they say by 2020, there will be a £5.8 billion annual shortfall. what's more, they say they need an additional £1.3 billion now for social care. ministers will point to much—needed efficiency savings made in the same period, but labour says it's time for change. after nearly eight years of conservative government, councils have lost 50% of their funding from central government. and yesterday, we found that tory—run northamptonshire council is effectively bankrupt. in northamptonshire, government inspectors are now investigating the council's financial management but the conservatives have responded tojeremy corbyn‘s proposals, saying they'd deliver less money to people's pockets and hit communities with higher council taxes and worse public services. the government has plans for a new funding system for local authorities to come in at the start of the next decade.
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and alongside that are proposals for councils to be allowed to keep more of the business rates raised locally. but with this year's finance settlement for authorities due to be announced in the coming week, the local government association is calling on the ministry here to provide new funding for all councils now. matt cole, bbc news, westminster. the government has announced a package of financial support for small companies affected by the collapse of the construction company carillion. the state—backed british business bank will provide up to £100 million in loans. customers worried about repaying mortgages will also be offered help. thousands of suppliers were left unpaid when the firm went into liquidation last month. the snp's deputy leader angus robertson has announced that he's stepping down with immediate effect to pursue new career opportunities. it comes eight months after he lost his westminster seat. scotland's first minister nicola sturgeon said the party owed mr robertson an enormous debt
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of gratitude for his role in its success over the last decade. lady gaga has cancelled the last ten dates of her european tour due to what she described as severe pain. the star has a condition called fibromyalgia, which can cause pain all over the body. just a warning, there's flash photography in richard forrest's report. last sunday, lady gaga was at the music industry's biggest night of the year, the grammys in los angeles, but since the middle ofjanuary, she's been in europe on the latest leg of herjoanne world tour. her last performance was in birmingham on thursday and she was due to be on stage at london's 02 on sunday night but then came the bombshell that the remaining european dates were being cancelled. in a statement, the tour organisers live nation said:
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lady gaga's devoted fans, or little monsters, were devastated. i did the first tour that got cancelled and i have no idea and booking flights and trains for hamburg and cologne and berlin and london and manchester. i saved money, all the years for is. i don't blame her but at the same way, it hurts so much. we are back home without seeing her again. it will be five years. ask her to come down and do a solo! thejoanne tour had started in early august in canada, the first of a0 shows in north america and then in september, she cancelled shows in brazil and decided to postpone the european leg as she said she was in severe pain. those shows were re—scheduled
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to early this year but now, more gigs are off. it clearly won't have been taken lightly and with any major tour like this, artists will have to obviously have tour insurance for cancellations. and health is one of those big issues, particularly when you are going on a tour that might stretch for 18 months. lady gaga, whose real name is stefani joanne angelina germanotta, rose to fame in 2008 with hook—laden songs and provocative fashion choices. she's still one of the biggest performers around. her shows in north america alone grossed nearly $86 million last year. forbes magazine estimated her net worth was $275 million in 2016. a documentary last year revealed she suffers from fibromyalgia, which causes chronic pain accompanied by fatigue and cognitive difficulties. now her army of fans will be hoping the star they call mother monster will soon be back on the world stage. richard forrest, bbc news. the headlines:
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syrian rebels say they shot down a russian fighter jet in north—western idlib province. moscow says the pilot ejected but was killed in a ground fight. italy's prime minister has urged the country to reject hatred and violence after african immigrants were injured in a drive—by shooting. president trump says a declassified memo vindicates him and his campaign team in the investigation into russian involvement in the us election. the republican—drafted memo alleges pro—democrat bias within the fbi. david willis reports from washington. chanting: usa, usa, usa! his supporters believe he struck a blow for justice. but by releasing a secret memo alleging bias on the part of officials who are currently investigating him, others believe the president is undermining a vital branch of government. "this memo totally vindicates trump in probe", he tweeted today, "but the russian witch—hunt
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goes on and on. there was no collusion and there was no obstruction." the memo, written by republicans, describes a politically biased justice department and fbi which was determined to ensure donald trump lost the presidential election. they got a warrant on someone in the trump campaign using opposition research paid for by the democratic party and the hillary clinton campaign. the man the president appointed to lead the fbi was fiercely opposed to the memo's release, having questioned its accuracy. in an e—mail to his beleaguered staff, christopher wray wrote: democrats accused the president of recklessness in releasing the memo.
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it's appalling. it's a misrepresentation. it isn't even the release of intelligence material. it's a release of a distortion of it. what is its purpose? its purpose is, of course, to thwart the investigation, the mueller investigation. special counsel robert mueller is thought to be nearing the end of his investigation into allegations of collusion between the trump campaign and russia. and there have been reports here that he may soon be looking to interview the president himself. the white house, for its part, has consistently denied suggestions that the president may be about to sack robert mueller, but democrats have warned that such a move could prompt a constitutional crisis. david willis, bbc news, at the white house. the
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north korea has defended plans for a large—scale military parade scheduled for the day before the winter olympics in south korea. pyongyang's annual military parade — to mark the founding of its armed forces — has taken place in aprilfor a0 years. this year it has been changed to the 8th of february when athletes will gather in pyeongchang for the opening ceremony. north korea says no—one has the right to take issue with its plans. paul french is the author of the book north korea: state of paranoia. we asked him why the change of heart? there's going to be a lot ofjournalists just over the border in south korea for all sorts of reasons. a publicity coup, a rather provocative one, they often have these in april, they don't normally have them in february largely because it's too cold in february and they're going for it this year. there was no plan for this a couple of weeks ago, now there is, it's part of the great chess game of korean relations. i think it's part of the pr machine, and i think the south understands that, which is the most
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important thing, they understand these tit—for—tat type pr moves. it's to be hoped the white house also understands that, that this is part of a game that's been going on for a very long time now, since the end of the korean war. onjanuary14, on january 1a, 1963 onjanuary14, 1963 france and the toad that ‘s entry into the eec, which had been formed as a trading body by six european countries just a few years earlier and britain had beenin a few years earlier and britain had been in talks to join for more than a year. juliet campbell was a british diplomat and has been telling her story. the french watch every three days. not common market. not common
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market. the british people, who would only slowly come round to the idea that they perhaps were going into the eec, were really very shocked. communication between countries half a world apart, nowadays no more than a matter of hours. the shrinking world makes nonsense of frontiers, intel's new thinking. 1961, the british government applied to join the european communities and edward heath was appointed. european communities and edward heath was appointedlj european communities and edward heath was appointed. i have just come from making a false statement to the member of the european economic community and in that statement, i explained that the united kingdom government wished to ta ke united kingdom government wished to take its full part in working for european unity. the goat -- the negotiations then moved to brussels
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and this was the point at which i got added to the british negotiating delegation. the idealism that one found in brussels back then amongst the six was contagious, actually. i think all of us who were there were convinced that for britain, it was very important that no those —— and those negotiations should succeed. even back at the start, people realised that the gaulle, who had become president of france, had grave doubts about british entry. britain's trading patterns were very, very different. the six on the whole were trading amongst themselves were as britain's pattern was much more outward looking and in particular, we traded a lot with the commonwealth countries and of course, they had become extremely
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dependent on this. i suppose the one that one thinks of our bubble is new zealand sheep meat because the new zealand sheep meat because the new zealand market was always totally dependent on britain back then. when we came back to brussels injanuary after the christmas break, there was quite a lot of worry about where the gaulle's position had now reached, whether he was going to veto the british membership and attention focused on a press conference that he was due to give in the middle of january. he was saying, we must ask ourselves, is britain really ready? i think we knew in our heart of hearts that he really was saying
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that he wasn't going to let us in. france's stated reason for denying britain membership is over differences in the agricultural policy. that final negotiation in the long room with the british delegation at the far end, french delegation at the far end, french delegation chatting amongst themselves and sort of giggling and not getting up and joining the others, it was very symbolic. you saw the french on one side and the fa ct saw the french on one side and the fact that the five who supported british entry were very much on the other. archaeologists in egypt have unveiled the newly discovered tomb of an ancient priestess that dates back more than 4000 years. the vast mausoleum, found near cairo, is adorned with colourful and well—preserved wall paintings. duncan kennedy reports. discovered near the pyramid of giza south of cairo, the tomb was found under 300 cubic metres of earth. archaeologists were astonished to see how well preserved the paintings on the wall of the l—shaped room were. they depict a high priestess, hetpet, in a variety of settings. she's seen in hunting and fishing
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scenes and receiving offerings from children. hetpet was known to be a priestess to the goddess of fertility, hathor, who assisted women in childbirth. finding hetpet‘s tomb is being seen as an important and rare addition to our understanding of the structure of egyptian royal life 4,000 years ago. we believe that she lived during the fifth dynasty which means 21100 bc. the tomb has preserved its colours. she was a high official and she had a strong link with the royal palace. the tomb contains scenes of music and dancing performances. going into the afterlife was a moment of celebration as well as sadness. the tomb contains scenes of music and dancing performances. going into the afterlife was a moment of celebration as well as sadness.
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archaeologists say they have only discovered about 40% of what lies beneath the surface of this site around giza. but this lavish burial chamber with its vivid artwork dedicated to the life of one woman is another revelation of this ancient civilisation. duncan kennedy, bbc news. darkest hour, the film about winston churchill and his war time efforts, has been nominated for no fewer than six awards in next month's oscars. the painstaking process of turning the actor gary oldman into the former british prime minister has earned the film's make—up artist, david malinowski, one of those nominations. brennan nicholls has been to meet him. you cannot reason with a tiger when your head is in its mouth! gary oldman's performance in darkest hour has already earned him many accolades and critical acclaim. turning him, though, into britain's wartime prime minister has been hailed as a masterpiece of make—up.
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gary would come into the bus. we'd shave his head, apply the make—up, it takes just over three hours to apply the make—up and wig, plus getting him into his fat suit and costume, it was close to four hours for the entire thing. he's then go to set for ten or 12 hours a day filming and we'd need to be there the whole time to maintain his make—up throughout that. he would then we have his make—up removed which takes one—hour and then once he goes lucy and i stay for another hour or two. gary oldman convinced kazuhiro tsuji to come out of retirement to design the churchill make—up. having just been working with david on another movie, it was oldman that asked him to be on set applying it alongside colleague lucy sibbick. and it's the three of them that have been nominated for the oscar. i'm extremely proud. it's the bestjob i've done so far to date and i'm just so pleased it's getting the recognition that it deserves, because the amount of effort that myself, kazu and lucy have put into it you know, there's such
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a big team involved. we're here now getting the credit and our names are on the award, but the amount of people in the workshops who have been involved is amazing. we are to receive our award. the 39—year—old make—up artist has a cv full of blockbusters to his name, but this is his first ever oscar nomination. look at all this texture around here. the texture on gary's nose and the colouration and broken vein work and stuff like that. that's whyjust spending that bit more time prepping, that's why our days were so long. ijust wanted to make sure i painted all of those pieces perfectly so that they match everyday. david flies out to los angeles for the oscar nomination lunch this weekend and then it's back for the baftas, before heading back to la for the oscars themselves on march 11th for what could be his finest hour. and you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter, i'm @duncan golestani.
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weather next. you might be hoping for some sunshine on sunday after that grey, rainy saturday. if so, it's not looking bad at all, some sunshine on the way. certainly a brighter day compared to what we've just had and this is what we had, a weather front very slowly moving across the uk, grinding to a halt pretty much by the time we got to saturday night and then through the night this weather front just sitting across the uk, raining itself out so it could rain no more and the skies in one or two areas starting to clear as well, so just little pockets of rain but clear skies too. temperatures will be around two to three degrees in city centres very early on sunday morning. let's have a look at the forecast around 9am in scotland, it will be pretty chilly, only three degrees for glasgow, edinburgh, a couple of degrees there in aberdeen. a little bit less cold we think in belfast,
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maybe five with some sunshine and look at that, not looking bad at all for manchester, kendall, manchester, wales, the south—west, in fact, if you're lucky we could be waking up to blue skies in southampton but notice in east anglia and the south—east, a bit more cloud there and that will be the trend for the rest of the day. that wind you will notice is strengthening across the south—east here, coming all the way from scandinavia. it's a cold wind. it will drag in cloud off the north sea and also some showers, so it could be raining on and off at least from time to time in norwich and london. this is what it will feel like with that wind, around zero degrees. how about the rest of europe? i mentioned that wind coming from scandinavia, it's not stopping across the uk, it goes all the way down to the bay of biscay and it turns around and moves all the way to morocco so they're feeling some cold there as well, not looking great across that part of europe.
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back to the wind, look what happens when it drags in those showers during the course of sunday night into monday, snow showers get into kent, sussex, essex, norfolk, suffolk, possibly the london area which means first thing monday morning there could be a little bit of snow lying around across the south—east all the way to lincolnshire in time for rush—hour. this is what it looks like tuesday, a weather front moving across the north and west and on this day we could have some snow in north—western parts of the country to wales and maybe the midlands, still cold, two, three degrees at best. the summary for the week ahead, it's going to stay cold, cold enough for some snow, widespread frost. as i said, cold enough for some snow. this is bbc news, the headlines: a syrian rebel group says it shot down a russian fighterjet near the city of idlib. tahrir al—sham said the plane had been hit by a shoulder—launched anti—aircraft missile. moscow says the pilot ejected but was killed by rebels on the ground. italy's prime minister has urged the country to reject hatred and violence after six african
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immigrants were injured in a drive by shooting. the suspected attacker, a former candidate for the far—right northern league party, has been arrested. the local mayor has described the attacks as racist. the hollywood actress uma thurman has claimed that she was sexually assaulted by the film producer harvey weinstein in london in the 1990s. two other women have contacted british police to say they were also attacked by him. mr weinstein denies all the allegations of non—consensual sex.
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