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the queen this is bbc news. the queen the headlines... the queen misses the christmas day church service at sandringham, with a heavy cold, but will still celebrate with her family. meanwhile, the duke and duchess of cambridge are spending christmas with kate's family, the middletons, in berkshire. president putin declares a day of mourning tomorrow in russia after a military plane crashes killing all 92 people on board. a powerful earthquake strikes off the coast of chile, triggering is the coast of chile, triggering is the nominee warning. —— a tsunami warning. also in the next hour, in his christmas day sermon the archbishop of canterbury says the last year has left the world "awash with division and fear". while at the vatican, pope francis uses his christmas message to call for peace between israel and the palestinians. stay with us here on bbc news, in half an hour we'll be taking a look back at the very best of this year's technology stories
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in our festive edition of click. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. for the first time in almost 30 years the queen has missed the christmas day church service at sandringham. buckingham palace say she's still recovering from a heavy cold. later today, in a pre—recorded christmas broadcast, she will speak of drawing strength from meeting ordinary people doing extraordinary things. our royal correspondent, nicholas witchell, reports. morning service at sandringham — part of the royal family's christmas day routine. but with one significant absentee this year — the queen. while other members of her family, including the duke of edinburgh, gathered at the church, the queen remained at sandringham house, continuing to recover from what buckingham palace described as a heavy cold.
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in a short statement, the palace said she would take part in the family's celebrations. her absence from the church service, the first time in many years she hasn't attended, is understood to be a precautionary measure. there is no sense of undue concern. also absent from sandringham are the duchess and duke of cambridge and their children, george and charlotte. they attended church in the berkshire village of bucklebury, where they are spending christmas day with the duchess‘s family, the middletons. in her christmas day broadcast, recorded at buckingham palace several weeks ago, the queen talks about inspiration. she reflects on the achievements of olympic and paralympic athletes from britain and the commonwealth, many of whom she met at a palace reception in october. and in this year, when the queen has marked her 90th birthday, she will refer to the inspirational work of the many charities with which she has been associated during her reign. she will also talk about the work of the many unsung heroes she meets around the country — carers, community leaders
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and good neighbours. ordinary people, as she puts it, doing extraordinary things. back in sandringham, the family left church to return to sandringham house for christmas lunch and then settle down to watch the queen's broadcast. nicholas witchell, bbc news. an earthquake has struck off the coast of chile, triggering a tsunami warning. the fire services locally are telling people to evacuate as a precaution. there are no reports yet of damage or casualties. the two narmine warning centre said hazardous waves were possible on coasts as far from the epicentre.
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that warning centre has just issued a fresh update saying that waves reaching above the tide level possible along the stretch of coast most affected. a magnitude of 7.7. tsunami waves meeting one to three metres above tide level possible along that stretch of the chilean coast. a russian military plane with more than 90 people on board has crashed into the black sea. the plane was carrying 64 members of the renowned red army choir and was heading from sochi to latakia in syria. russian president vladimir putin has declared a day of mourning tomorrow. from moscow, steve rosenberg sent this report. this is one of the final images of the tupolev—isii jet. it was taken by a journalist before he boarded the plane. the flight would end in tragedy. the aircraft crashed into the black sea. the russians scrambled helicopters and ships but the search became a recovery operation.
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there were no survivors. the plane had taken off from a military airfield near moscow. it flew south, stopping in sochi to refuel. the final destination was syria, and russia's airbase near latakia, but minutes after leaving sochi, it crashed. president putin offered his condolences to the families and offered his full support. on board we re offered his full support. on board were more than 60 members of the russian army's famous dance and song ensemble, once known as the red army choir. they reduce give a in syria. most civilian airlines have stopped using the tupolev—isii, once the workhorse of the russian aviation industry. in 2010, a tupolev—isii carrying the polish president crashed in russia, while trying to land. the following year, a similar plane caught fire in siberia before take—off. throughout the day, muscovites
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brought flowers to the headquarters of the russian army choir. this disaster has left russia stunned and silent. the kremlin has promised a thorough investigation into this tragedy. it has also declared tomorrow a day of national mourning. within the last hour president putin has spoken about the crash. translation: i would like to offer my most sincere condolences to the families of the citizens who died in the black sea a crash today. the incident will be formally investigated, it will be chaired by the minister of transport. we will thoroughly investigate to get to the root of the tragedy and we will for all possible support to the families. olga ivshina of the bbc russian service told me more about the reaction in russia
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many people are shocked because it was a big thing in russia. many —— this is a traditional thing for entertainers to go and congratulate the russian military. the plane disappeared and it is very worrying. as yet, nobody knows why? know, there is no understanding of what has happened. what we do know is that the wreckage of the plane is spread over quite is in the distance and while experts say that this may bea sign and while experts say that this may be a sign of the fact that the plane has started dismantling in the air,
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we had a conversation between the aircraft in the cabin and boys work on, there were no signs of any disruption. a plane widely used in russia and indeed in the soviet union many years back. not only in the soviet union. this plane was ca ba ret the soviet union. this plane was cabaret —— carrying the polish president if you years back and it was chosen by the polish f. be there number one aircraft. they started to produce it in the 1970s but there we re produce it in the 1970s but there were a number of cases when this plane managed to land with all the engine switched off and there was a famous case where it landed in ages certain air base in siberia so it was quite reliable even though some crashes happened. investigations are underway and they
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will be looking for sponsors? the investigation is going on quite quickly. they have found numerous bits of the wreckage and found ten bodies. the weather is worsening so it would be... that is why they try to find as much as possible at the moment. read boxes might bring light on what has happened in the future. there is a little more information about the scale of the search operation going on as a result of the plane going down. russia employing 32 vessels, 80 divers, five helicopters in that search operation. the russian defence ministry say that 1300 troops are to be sent to that area as well. church leaders have used their christmas sermons to reflect on the emotional impact of global
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events in 2016. the archbishop of canterbury, justin welby, told his congregation that the end of the year leaves people in a less predictable world. martin bashir reports. entering canterbury cathedral in time—honoured fashion, archbishop justin welby focused his christmas day sermon on the uncertainty and division that has marked both domestic and international politics over the last year. the end of 2016 finds us all in a different kind of world. one less predictable and certain, which feels more awash with fear and division. he went on to suggest that our anxiety is a clear sign that placing our trust in material prosperity has failed. the uncertainty of our world and our feelings tells us that our values are in the wrong place. in rome, where additional security was in place following the berlin attack,
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pope francis also criticised —— focused on the plight of children, pleading with all parties to end the conflict in syria. translation: it is time for weapons to be still for ever and the international community to actually seek a negotiated solution so that civil coexistence can be restored in the country. pope francis concluded by appealing for christians to stand out as people of compassion and self—sacrifice. our rome correspondent david willey listened to the pope's message and gave us this update. it is not unexpected that he devoted his message to the problem of world peace. he lamented the fact that there is so much conflict going on,
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wherever you look in the world — the middle east, africa, his native latin america. and even he referred to the conflict still going on between north and south korea, the fact that there has been no end to the state of war, which has existed for decades between those two countries. he says without peace, there is no future for the world. people have to resolve their conflicts. and then he went on to talk in a much more personal way about all of those who have suffered, not only those who have suffered from violence, he mentioned, he mentioned the berlin terrorist attack, but also the children who have been suffering in syria. the children who have been suffering in other ways as well, brought over from africa
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across the mediterranean on these overcrowded boats, many of them losing their lives. and the children who are hungry because they are malnourished. two libyan men have appeared in court in malta on charges of hijacking a flight to the island. they face life in prison. the they wa nted they face life in prison. the they wanted to go to rome but ended up in malta refuel limitations. there was a stand—off on friday which ended peacefully. all passengers were returned to libya. the israeli leader, binyamin netanyahu has ordered his foreign ministry to summon and reprimand ambassadors from countries on the united nations security council. this includes britain. he is furious
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that the un voted to condemn the building ofjewish settlements in the occupied territories. our middle east analyst, alanjohnston is with me. another indication ofjust how furious they are? it looks as if the ambassadors in israel did not have the kind of christmas day they might have been planning. a string of them called into the foreign ministry on the orders of prime minister netanyahu. the orders of prime minister neta nyahu. the the orders of prime minister netanyahu. the british, the friend, the italian, the spanish, the egyptian and others will have been left in no doubt as to israel's deep frustration with what happened on friday night. the passing of that un resolution which strongly condemned the whole israeli settlement building project in the occupied territories, describing it as a flag ra nt territories, describing it as a flagrant wire nation of international law. suddenly, israel found itself without a friend. the
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us turned its back on the israelis, allowed the resolution to go, didn't veto it. the message very clear from the world body and the israelis not accepting it for one moment. clearly not going to act upon it and also talking about other measures with regard to the united nations with regard to the united nations with regard to the united nations with regard to their discontent. the israelis have suffered a stinging diplomatic setback and now they are on the offensive. this mass reprimanding of the ambassadors on christmas day is only one part. the prime minister also has the whole institution of the un in his sights. he has ordered review of all israel's relations with the world body and he says there will be a cutting off of funding to some branches of un operation and one of the countries behind the moving of the countries behind the moving of the resolution, senegal, as also
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been the focus of israel's wrath. money for aid projects cut off. but the real focus of mr netanyahu's anger is president obama himself. the relationship between the two men, the two governments, could not be worth. mr netanyahu again suggesting that mr obama was personally manoeuvring behind the scenes to deal this blow to israel, diplomatically. and therefore, wait potentially for donald trump? the israeli sea change coming of a very profound kind. president elect donald trump broke the usual protocol and personally tried to move in and derail this resolution at the un. he was almost successful in that and made clear his unhappiness. the israelis can see him about to move into the white housein him about to move into the white
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house in the weeks ahead and they have no doubt at all that they will have no doubt at all that they will have a very much easier diplomatic relationship with washington, at least, in the years ahead than they have had with the obama administration. thank you for talking to us. the headlines on bbc news... the queen misses the christmas day church service at sandringham, with a heavy cold, but will still celebrate with her family president putin declares a day of mourning tomorrow in russia, after a military plane crashes on its way to syria, killing all 92 people on board. a powerful earthquake strikes off the coast of chile, triggering a tsunami. —— tsunami warning. the queen has delivered her annual christmas speech — in a message where she says she often draws strength from meeting ordinary people, doing extraordinary things. the speech has been televised throughout britain and much of the commonwealth this afternoon. let's take a listen to some of the broadcast. i often draw strength
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from meeting ordinary people doing extraordinary things — volunteers, carers, community organisers and good neighbours — unsung heroes whose quiet dedication makes them special. they are an inspiration to those who know them, and their lives frequently embody a truth expressed by mother teresa, from this year, saint teresa of calcutta. she once said, "not all of us can do great things. "but we can do small things with great love." this has been the experience of two remarkable organisations, the duke of edinburgh's award and the prince's trust, which are 60 and a0 years old this year. these started as small initiatives but have grown beyond any expectations, and continue to transform young people's lives.
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to mark my 90th birthday, volunteers and supporters of the 600 charities of which i have been patron came to a lunch in the mall. many of these organisations are modest in size but inspire me with the work they do. from giving friendship and support to our veterans, the elderly or the bereaved, to championing music and dance, providing animal welfare, or protecting our fields and forests, their selfless devotion and generosity of spirit is an example to us all. when people face a challenge they sometimes talk about taking a deep breath to find courage or strength. in fact, the word "inspire" literally means "to breathe in". but even with the inspiration of others,
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it's understandable that we sometimes think the world's problems are so big that we can do little to help. on our own, we cannot end wars or wipe out injustice, but the cumulative impact of thousands of small acts of goodness can be bigger than we imagine. at christmas, our attention is drawn to the birth of a baby some 2,000 years ago. it was the humblest of beginnings, and his parents, joseph and mary, did not think they were important. jesus christ lived obscurely for most of his life and never travelled far. he was maligned and rejected by many, though he had done no wrong. and yet, billions of people now follow his teaching and find in him the guiding light for their lives. i am one of them because
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christ's example helps me see the value of doing small things with great love, whoever does them and whatever they themselves believe. the message of christmas reminds us that inspiration is a gift to be given as well as received, and that love begins small but always grows. i wish you all a very happy christmas. pa rt part of her majesty's christmas broadcast. with me is our royal correspondent nicholas witchell. i think it is a fairly
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straightforward speech, thinkers and given her inspiration. she started by highlighting the performances of oui’ by highlighting the performances of our athletes and the inspiring impact that they have had. and as we heard, that she draws inspiration and strength from the ordinary people doing extraordinary things, going round the country. the unsung heroes, she says. interesting that she should highlight the duke of edinburgh ‘s award and the princes trust, going back a0 and 60 years. and her 90th birthday, talking about the charities, 600, of which she has been patron and the inspiring work that they do. the observation that charity work is more effective when it is done collectively, rather than individually. the sentence that we cannot narrow wipe—out walls, but the cable is a impact of thousands of act of goodness can be more than we imagine. so inspiration from
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charities, athlete and her own family. she has a cold at the moment, this was recorded a few weeks ago?‘ couple of weeks ago, early in december. yes, before the cold gripped. and on. that, no appearance at sandringham, the first time for many years she has not appeared on christmas day? yes, but no sense of undue concern. we can detect that from the demeanour of the family, including the duke of edinburgh, who also had a cold, looking as if there was nothing much wrong with him. but they all seemed quite relaxed, and certainly buckingham palace officials are indicating there is no cause for alarm. it was a protective move, given that she is the age that she is. it was far better that she should remain indoors and not go out to church. it will have disappointed
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many people who made the journey to sandringham. not only did they not see the queen, they did not see prince william, the duchess of cambridge or george or charlotte. they are spending this year, coincidentally, with the duchess's family. and you can watch the queen's speech in full here at 5:15pm on the bbc news channel. a powerful typhoon, nock—ten, known locally as typhoon nina, has made landfall in the philippines as thousands of people are being forced to evacuate their homes. the typhoon has hit the remote eastern province of katan—dwa—nays catanduanes with winds speeds of up to two—hundred—and—forty kilometres per hour. there's no immediate official reports of damage or casualties. the military and extra emergency staff are struggling to evacuate people and prepare for any damage. people who were unwilling to evacuate their homes have been ordered to leave. many more who have been heading home for the christmas holiday are stranded as flights are cancelled. let's take a look at some
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of the other stories making the news this afternoon. a 19—year—old man has died after being stabbed at a working men's club northumberland. the victim was taken to hospital but died from his injuries. a 35—year—old man and a 36—year—old woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder. tens of thousands of residents of the southern german city of augsburg have been forced to leave their homes on christmas day so that a huge second world war bomb can be defused. it is the biggest evacuation in germany for an unexploded bomb since the end of the war. the british bomb is thought to be a legacy of an allied air—raid in 19aa, which destroyed the old town. the authorities are confident that most people can stay with friends or family, but a number of schools and sport halls will be open too. a man and a woman have been arrested
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after a pedestrian was knocked down crossing a road in dartford. the vehicle was driven away from the scene of the crash yesterday evening. it was later located in bexleyheath. the american president—elect donald trump says he intends to close his charitable foundation — to avoid any conflict of interest with his presidency. the trump foundation is currently being investigated by new york's attorney general, to establish whether it supported a republican political campaign in florida in 2013. lynn sweet is a political commentator with the chicago sun—times. at the bottom line here is that donald trump does not give any of his own money to the foundation. he has not given any of his own money between 2009 and 201a, so at the heart of this is a foundation that goes to other people to ask for money. then there is another set of controversies, and this is what the attorney general in new york is looking at, is whether or not
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there is self—dealing. you're not supposed to use a non—profit foundation in the united states to make political contributions, or to help your business. that's at the heart of it. ahead of the weather, an update on the earthquake in chile. it is reported that the quake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.7 struck chile, southern chile. this is according to the united states geological survey. a tsunami warning was issued for the area and the chilean navy issued a warning guarding a tsunami. the depth of the quake was supposed to be nine miles. chile has a long history of deadly quakes including an 8.8 magnitude quakes including an 8.8 magnitude quakein quakes including an 8.8 magnitude quake in 2010. that was the south
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central coast. that also triggered a tsunami that devastated coastal towns. early days following that quake, but we will keep an eye on the it here. now let's check on the weather prospects for the rest of christmas day and beyond. really warming up across the uk. would be beating records. 15 degrees in aberdeen. the temperatures will start to drop away as we see cold aircoming infrom start to drop away as we see cold air coming in from the north. that brain is splashing through parts of southern britain going into boxing day. but notice the white stuff, thatis day. but notice the white stuff, that is snow but it is mostly falling across the hills. in the north and the highlands. on boxing day, the big story, the farmerfor scotla nd day, the big story, the farmerfor scotland will still be storm,,
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passing to the north of us. severe gales and storm force winds. frequent showers and then a rapid improvement in the weather conditions as we hit northern england, persistent sunshine here. for many of us, a much nicer day. cooler but still above average for the time of year. over the next few days, beyond boxing day, it looks like frost and fog may be a problem for some travellers. hello. this is bbc news. the queen pays tribute to what she calls "unsung heroes" — such as carers and volunteers — in her christmas message. i often draw strength from meeting ordinary people doing extraordinary things. volunteers, carers, community organisers and good neighbours. the queen missed the christmas day church service at sandringham, as she has a heavy cold. the duke of edinburgh and other royals were at holy communion on the norfolk estate.
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