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hello everyone. the headlines in singapore. police in berlin released that only suspect from monday's attack on a christmas market. they admit the driver of the truck may still be at large. german chancellor angela merkel attends a memorial service for the 12 people that died and nearly 50 injured. i'm at babita sharma in london. explosions tear through fireworks market at mexico city with at least nine people killed and dozens more injured. living under a cloud. the millions in north—east china stranded by pollution. the world health organization has a recommended annual target of ten and here, according to our little egg, right 110w according to our little egg, right now it's over 400. light from our studios in singapore and london. —— live. this is bbc
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world news. its newsday. it's 7am in singapore, midnight in london and 1am in berlin where the police could have a manhunt on their hands. suspect arrested on tuesday following the attack in the christmas market has been released and officials admit the perpetrators may still be at large. so—called islamic state has claimed responsibility saying that one of its soldiers carried out the attack. here is our berlin reporter. first light this morning and the sheer violence of this attack dawns. the lorry crashed through the christmas crowds here, shattering everything, everyone in its path. this footage was taken in the immediate aftermath of the attack.
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bodies lie scattered under the twinkling lights. moments earlier, these people were eating, drinking, shopping, at one of berlin's most popular christmas markets. it's just amazing how a peaceful festive happy atmosphere just changed instantly and you have this scene of utter devastation. sara and rees may never forget what they saw. obviously there was people lying on the floor. we weren't sure if it was red wine or if it was blood but we did see — i remember there were people trying to pick up the stalls, we decided to try to lift the stall up with them and we realised, you know, other people unfortunately underneath were already passed. the lorry itself is key to the investigation. it appears to have been hijacked, it belongs to a polish firm. today, the owner identified the man who should have been at the wheel.
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he was found shot dead in the passenger seat. even the police admit they still don't know who was driving. last night, they arrested a pakistani man who came to germany to seek asylum earlier this year. this evening, they released him without charge. the so—called islamic state group have claimed the attack. but tonight investigators say the individuals who did these are still at large. translation: we don't know with any certainty whether we are dealing with one perpetrator or with several. we don't know with any certainty whether he or they had any support. and now, just like nice, paris, brussels, berlin mourns. and the german chancellor must reassure her citizens. angela merkel is under pressure. just the suggestion that an asylum seeker may have been responsible has reignited a national debate over
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whether her refugee policy has put the country at risk. translation: it would be particularly hard to bear if it turned out that the person who did this was someone who sought protection and asylum in germany. it would be particularly offensive to the many germans engaged daily in the task of helping refugees. tonight, a stillness in the heart of berlin. what, after all, is there to say? another terror attack in another european capital and 2a hours later it seems no—one here knows who did this or where they are now. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. this was the moment a series of explosions began at a fireworks market on the outskirts of mexico city. reports now say at least nine
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people have been killed. at least sixty others have been injured. this happened about a0 kilometres north of the capital, where pyrotechnics are a major industry. emergency services are now on at the scene. also making news this hour — japan has sent a new satellite into space, aboard the epsilon—2 rocket. the satellite will study how electrons move in outer space and monitor space storms and solar winds. it's also part of a new generation of rockets which are cheaper to launch than convential spacecraft two—time wimbledon champion petra kvitova has undergone surgery on her playing hand after a random knife attack inside her own home in the czech republic. kvitova was trying to defend herself but is likely to be out of action for at least three months. police are searching for her attacker. translation: police are searching
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for the suspicious man. now we have the description. it is a man about 35 years old, 180 centimetres, slim physique and white skin. he has brown eyes. he was wearing a light hat, brown jacket and was carrying a bag on his arm during the attack. the death toll from people drinking poisoned bath lotion in siberia has risen again. authorities say at least 52 people have now died with 29 still ill — some seriously. the poisoning in irkutsk, is one of the worst such cases in recent years in a country where up to 12 million people use cheap surrogate spirits. heavy rain has lashed fiji, with thousands of people forced to evacuate their homes. the mass flooding has cut off some roads and caused landslides across the country.
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meteorologists say the tropical depression is weakening and conditions are expected to improve. fresh from winning the world club championship in japan, real madrid have had another victory — of sorts. a ban which stopped them signing new players for two transfer windows has been halved by the court of arbitration for sport. it means real will be able to sign players again from next summer. a similar appeal by madrid rivals atletico has yet to be decided let's just show you these pictures from kansas city in the us state of missouri — where the driver of a stolen pick—up truck is doing his very best to evade the police — and taking a rather unconventional route in the process. the dramatic chase was captured from a helicopter camera as the man reportedly reached speeds of up to 160 kilometres per hour — but as you can see he was eventually cornered and arrested. thankfully no injuries were reported. at least 2a cities across the north—east of china have
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declared extreme air pollution alerts. millions of people are confined indoors to avoid the toxic smog. flights have been cancelled and highways closed because of low visibility. many are angry asking why the government has not done more to tackle the problem and are fearful for their loved ones. transocean tra nsocean mac he transocean mac he is coffee, always a feeling flame in his throat. he is copping hard particularly at night. translation: we hope the government can make a bigger effort in controlling pollution so equality can be better and our children can grow up healthily. peggy liu is the chairperson of thejoint us—china collaboration on clean energy. shejoins me now from beijing. beijing declared an all—out war
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against pollution in 2014 butjust listening to those concerned citizens in the north—east including beijing, they are very concerned. east china losing the war? —— is china. no matter how bad it is, we can't say that china is losing the war. that there just tell you, it is tremendously bad in beijing and surrounding area. over 400 million people have been affected. my own personal friends when they go to beijing are experiencing in tamil bleeding for no reason —— internal bleeding. and they have gone back to shanghai. we have spoken to you almost every year for the past three yea rs almost every year for the past three years and you are very supportive of the chinese government and their measures to basically improve the pollution problem. what more needs to be done? they need to shut down
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coal—fired power plants. they made an announcement to shut down over 20 coal—fired power plants. the equivalent of all of united kingdom and spain's coal capacity combined. they need to have more monitoring and transparency into pollution data. in 2015, at the beginning of the year, they announced a strict environmental law which not only has transparency but gives organisations days to change. what about the problems they are facing now? this can't just be problems they are facing now? this can'tjust be a 15— 20 year problem. issues have to be a dressed today. or even yesterday. well, i would look at what happened with london backin look at what happened with london back in last century. look at the la smog and think about how it takes them at least 20— 40 years to address pollution. china is trying to co m press
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address pollution. china is trying to compress it handling of the pollution within ten years. this is very, very difficult at the scale they are dealing with. it is something that every single government official is dealing with. not only themselves but that children. i think this is very visceral. everybody is in it together. what is the us collaboration doing to help the beijing government? one of the biggest programmes we are working on is whatever is good for you is good for the planet. we are expecting technical difficulties. thank you for joining technical difficulties. thank you forjoining us. turkish police have detained six people following the killing of the russian ambassador in ankara yesterday. it's believed those being questioned are related to the off—duty police officer who opened fire. as the body of ambassador andrey karlov was flown back home, both the kremlin and turkish officials said the assassination would not derail their negotiations
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about the war in syria. from ankara mark lowen reports. a farewell to russia's ambassador, but in a way nobody could envisage. andrei karlov‘s body was flown back to moscow, the victim of an assassination. his government called him an "eternal symbol of russian— turkish friendship." his widow was barely able to watch. he was opening an exhibition in ankara last night, behind him, smartly dressed, his killer, a turkish policeman having cleared security with his police id. the gunman paces calmly, gearing up to strike, occasionally fumbling in his pocket. suddenly, he shoots. at the russian embassy today, tight security and tributes to an ambassador who'd served here for three years as russia and turkey fell out over syria. they back opposite sides in the war, but have recently reconciled. those who knew him called mr karlov a brilliant diplomat. this is a big tragedy for all of us.
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for all russian people. do you understand why there is anger against russia here? ah... i think i understand, but it is difficult to talk right now. the turkey—russia relationship has always been tricky, but this murder might actually bring them closer against the common enemy of terror. in syria they're helping each other achieve their goals — russian and regime control of aleppo, turkish influence in the north and, lacking many other allies at the moment, turkey and russia need each other. andrei karlov was one of russia's most seasoned diplomats, called softly spoken and professional. the russian embassy street here will be renamed in his honour. both countries have painted this as an attempt to derail ties. president erdogan said he and vladimir putin agreed it was a provocation. turkey's foreign minister has even suggested the gunman had links
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to the plotters behind the recent attempted coup. turkey's pliant press found its own conspiracies. some called it a cia operation, others a job by the west. the russian president said an investigation was under way into a treacherous murder and he urged solidarity. could the killer have been brainwashed in the police? these on line videos seem to show policemen made to chant nationalist, islamist slogans. one theory is that perhaps hatred was stirred up here. was he a lone wolf, a jihadist sympathiser? either way, a 22—year—old policeman became an assassin and russia wants answers. mark lowen, bbc news, ankara. you're watching newsday on the bbc.
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still to come on the programme: in one of his last moves in office, president obama permanently bans new oil and gas drilling in us atlantic and arctic waters. we'll bring you all the details. also coming up on the programme. come on, pandas, where are you? waiting for why old pandas. —— wild. we here from a cameraman who waits for the best shots. we saw this enormous tidal wave approaching the beach, and people started to run, and suddenly it was complete chaos. united states troops have been trying to overthrow the dictatorship of general manuel noreiga. the pentagon said the operation had been 90% successful, but it's failed in its principal objective, to capture general noreiga and take him
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to the united states to face drugs charges. the hammer and sickle was hastily taken away. the russian flag was hoisted over what is now no longer the soviet union, but the commonwealth of independent states. day broke slowly over lockerbie, over the cockpit of the pan—am's maid of the seas, nose—down in the soft earth. you could see what happens when a plane eight storeys high, a football pitch wide, falls from 30,000 feet. christmas has returned to albania after a communist ban lasting more than 20 years. thousands went to midnight mass in the town where there were anti—communist riots ten days ago. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm in singapore. i'm in london. our top stories: as berlin mourns its dead, german police release the only suspect in monday's attack on a christmas market. the driver of the lorry may still be at large. at least nine people have been killed and dozens injured
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after explosions tore through a fireworks market outside mexico city. experts leading the hunt for malaysia airlines flight mh370 have said the plane is unlikely to be found in the current search area. they're recommending looking further north. the plane disappeared while flying to beijing with 239 people on board in 2014. that story is popular on bbc.com. let's take a look at the pages from around the world. the china daily focuses on a bidding warfor a contract to build a high—speed railway between singapore and malaysia. the consortium from china railway company will challenge japanese, german and canadian competitors all vying for the contract. moving on now.
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the south china morning post has a story on the united states being overtaken in outbound mergers and acquisition volumes for the first time. the paper says data puts china ahead of the us in 2016. china has announced more than $219 billion in m&a deals compared to $217.6 billion for the united states. and the philippine daily inquirer leads with the deadly terror attacks in berlin and ankara. quoting the final words of gunman who fatally shot russian ambassador andrei karolv at an art gallery in the turkish capital on monday. us president barack obama has permanently banned new oil and gas drilling in us atlantic and arctic waters, in one of his last major environmental protection actions before leaving office next month. mr obama invoked a provision of a 1953 law which will be difficult for president—elect donald trump to reverse. for more on this, let's go the bbc‘s
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peter bowes in los angeles. tell us more about what barack obama has done and why he has done it now. it isa has done and why he has done it now. it is a widely used revision in the law that he is invoking to take this action, a provision that gives the president the power to withdraw federal waters from new oil and gas drilling. this is a joint action with canada, asjustin trudeau has made a long—term commitment to protect the arctic from drilling. and president obama has said it is the unique ecosystem of the arctic which is behind this decision. he says the risk of a damage from a spill in the high cost of working in this remote and frigid region and concerns about climate change are the reason. he said it would take
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decades to fully develop the infrastructure necessary to, on a large scale, drill in these areas. he says this comes at a time when we need to continue to move decisively away from fossil fuels. now this is being seen in part as president obama attempting to secure this legacy in terms of environmental policy. but we are also seeing it as scuppering the future president donald trump's attempts to secure more oil and gas drilling. he made no secret of the fact during the campaign he favours fossil fuels. officials at the white house say they are quite confident a future president donald trump would not be able to undo this provision announced today by the current president, president obama. and that if you did want to go down that road, it would potentially involve yea rs of road, it would potentially involve years of legal action, and possibly
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the passage of the new bill by congress. ok, peter, thank you. thank you for that update. reporting live from la. british—chinese cameraman, jacky poon, is among very few professionals documenting endangered animals hidden deep in china's mountains and valleys. the majority of chinese were only introduced to wildlife films this year after the first nature blockbuster, "born in china," had an impressive debut in cinemas and a wildlife documentary called the "mystery monkeys of shangri—la" won an emmy nomination. jacky told us about what it's like to be part of the budding wildlife movie industry in china. there are only a few thousand snub nosed monkey. they are gentle with odd looking noses and prominent forlocks. we have been told that a
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monkey will come this way. to become a wildlife cameraman, the most important thing is consistency. now we are over the top of a mountain. you have to be patient and very consistent and you have to keep trying. when you get the shot you wa nt trying. when you get the shot you want you still have to keep trying to make it even better. there are moments of happiness and moments of like sort of depression, almost. one of the best moments is just that shot when we were able to get a shot of the young monkey climbing up the tree and a handgun is done and helps them up. that is truly amazing. it truly blew my mind. —— a hand comes down. come on, pandas, where are you? there was a lot of waiting time
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to get shots of those pandas and to see pandas. it was difficult. but when you get the shot, it is very rewarding, for sure. this is an important film. no one really has experienced a wildlife documentary movie in china. born in china was in the box office. everything that came from the film was astounding. i thought that this would be a great opportunity for people outside china to know what it is like to be inside china. but then it would be more amazing for people in china to discover what they have in their own country. because people in china have no idea. they don't even know some of these species exist and where they can find them. they only see brick walls and cities. everyone
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in the back of there had knew that this was something that could be done and could be interesting. —— their head. that is the start of something brilliant. we just their head. that is the start of something brilliant. wejust want their head. that is the start of something brilliant. we just want to bring you an update on the developing story. it comes from mexico where a massive explosion has gutted mexico's biggest fireworks market, killing at least nine people. and we understand that at least 70 people have been injured according to the latest reports from police. we understand the explosion occurred in one of the biggest fireworks markets in a suburb called tultapec, on the outskirts of mexico city. you can see footage here recorder from city. you can see footage here recorderfrom a car city. you can see footage here recorder from a car window. city. you can see footage here recorderfrom a car window. plumes of smoke billowing into the sky. the
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reports are saying that a number of fire crews and emergency services attended the scene for three hours attempting to bring the blaze under control. the head of the civil protection service has said the damage was beyond vast and that the entire market is gone. that report coming to us that at least nine people have lost their lives in a huge explosion at a fireworks market in mexico. we will have more on that to come. and you have been watching newsday on the bbc. i am rico hizon in singapore. stay with us. we will look at china's currency which has plunged 7% this year. we will look at what they are doing to stop money flowing out of the economy. i am babita sharma in london. stay with us, we will have the headlines next. see you soon. you have probably heard already, but
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as we go towards the christmas weekend, it looks as if things will turn exceptionally stormy, especially in the northern half of the british isles. i will show you why injust a the british isles. i will show you why in just a second. by the weekend, we will show you a pressure chart with more isobars on it than this. a breezy day on wednesday that many of us have seen for a while. two whether fronts to deal with. a lull in proceedings. this northerly feature will drift away and produce rain. it will weaken as it comes into the north england and england and wales and into the south—west. by and wales and into the south—west. by the afternoon, maybe the cloud will thicken again in southern parts of england and wales to produce a really miserable end to the day. it is the shortest day, of course, and will get darker awfully quickly in the afternoon given the amount of cloud we will see. temperatures are at least 10— 11 degrees. brighter skies behind. as it comes to
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scotla nd skies behind. as it comes to scotland and northern ireland, cold airdominating scotland and northern ireland, cold air dominating the scene. the added strength of the window. wintry showers will fall to low levels. showers will keep going in northern ireland and scotland. this area will move off to the near continent allowing a bright and crisp start to the day across the greater part of england and wales. in england and wales, another blustery one. for scotla nd wales, another blustery one. for scotland and northern ireland, wintry showers falling to a low level. it will feel very fresh indeed. eventually showers will go up indeed. eventually showers will go up through northern and western parts of both england and wales as well. generally speaking, further south, a decent day in prospect. and thenit south, a decent day in prospect. and then it is on into friday where we bring in the second named storm of the season, storm barbara. noticed the season, storm barbara. noticed the isobars in northern and western parts especially of scotland. that is why the storm has been named and why we have the amber warning from
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the met office. the strength of the wind. how strong? look at this. posted the centre of the storm could see around 90 miles an hour. to the south, england and wales, the wind could reach 70 miles an hour. that is disruptive and possibly damaging at the same time. as we move towards christmas day itself, the exact track of this storm is in doubt at the moment. that is why we are just giving an indication. it could produce some severe gales and therefore some disruption. you're watching bbc world news. i'm at babita sharma. our top stories stop german authorities say they will not rest until they have caught those behind monday's attack on a pearling christmas market. they have released the sole suspect, a pakistani asylum seeker, saying they had insufficient evidence to link into the crime. talk people died in the attack. at least nine people have been killed in a series of
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explosions at a fireworks market zero of mexico city. —— north. it was busy ahead of new year celebrations. this story is trending. at least 24 cities across the north—east of china had declared extreme air pollution alerts. millions of people are confined in doors to avoid the toxic smog. flights have been cancelled and highways have been closed. you up—to—date as a stay with us your bbc world news. it is time for tuesday in parliament.
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