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bbc weather website. i am the bbc weather website. i am back in halfan the bbc weather website. i am back in half an hour. this is bbc news. us frustration and anger with israel. we cannot properly defend and protect israel if we allow a viable two—state solution to be destroyed before our own eyes. and that's the bottom line. israel's prime minister hits back, saying john kerry's speech was biased against his country. secretary kerry paid lip service to the unremitting campaign of terrorism that has been waged by the palestinians against the jewish state for nearly a century. police in germany detained a tunisian man who they say could be linked to the berlin truck attack. and sir bradley wiggins announces
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his retirement from cycling at the age of 36. from cycling, aged 36 us secretary of statejohn kerry — with just a few days left in office, has delivered a passionate speech on the middle east peace process laying bare his frustration with israel about the lack of progress. his central point was that the only way to achieve peace was a two—state solution. and he said continued israeli settlement expansion was endangering that. that was why — he said — the obama administration decided israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu has criticised the speech
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as biased against israel and focusing obsessively on settlements. our middle east correspondent yolande knell reports from jerusalem. another bitter row between outgoing and incoming us presidents, this time over israel. donald trump complaining the country is being treated with total disdain and disrespect, but telling it to stay strong till 20th january, when he takes office. it was the idea of the speech by us secretary of state john kerry that angered the president elect. he said chances of peace with the palestinians were slipping away. the truth is that trends on the ground — violence, terrorism, incitement, settlement expansion and the seemingly endless occupation — they are combining to destroy hopes for piece on both sides. peace on both sides. this follows last week's un security council resolution calling for a total halt to settlement building on occupied land. for a total halt to israeli settlement building on occupied land. the us did not use its veto
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power to protect israel, as it normally does. the obama administration has just three weeks left, but it's still trying to make a difference here in the middle east, knowing that when donald trump takes he will be more supportive of israel and its position on settlements and jerusalem. stick if possible, it would like to tie his hands. if possible, it would like to tie his hands. the secretary of state complains that settlers are defining the future of israel. a member of the coalition was quick to give his response. it was a good speech but totally unconnected to reality. john kerry is leaving behind a middle east in flames, genocide in syria, iran dashing towards a nuclear weapon and now, throwing israel under the bus. there were two rounds of peace talks between israel and the palestinians in president obama's years, both of which broke down acrimoniously. the white house would like to advance peace efforts in the coming days, but the danger is it is too little, too late. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu has hit back, accusing the obama administration
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of paying "lip service" to palestinian terrorists. mr netanyahu also stated good relations between the us and israel would be restored when president—elect donald trump takes office next month. i have no doubt that our alliance will enjoy the profound disagreement that we have had with the obama administration and will become even stronger in the future. but now i must express my deep disappointment with the speech today ofjohn kerry ever speech that was almost as unbalanced as the nt israel resolution passed at the un last week. in a speech ostensibly about peace between israelis and palestinians, secretary kerry paid lip service to the unremitting campaign of terrorism that has been
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waged by the palestinians against the jewish state for nearly a century. what he did was to spend most of his speech blaming israel for the lack of peace by passionately condemning a policy of enabling jews to live in their historic homeland and in their eternal capital, jerusalem. since then we've heard from palestinian president mahmoud abbas — responding tojohn kerry's speech. he said he was convinced that peace with israel was achievable, only if israel halts settlement building before talks restarted. syrian rebel groups say they are discussing a ceasefire deal with turkey, but that it's too early to say if it has any chance of success. a top official with one of the main rebel groups said that one of the sticking points was the exclusion of a key rebel—held area on the outskirts of damascus. this comes as moscow accuses rebels of firing two shells at its embassy in damascus. lina sinjab has been following developments.
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we have heard from some residents that at least two rockets fell, one outside the embassy and one inside the embassy. so far, we do not know who is to blame for this attack fish to be the russians have said that this is going to will affect any peace efforts. that is happening just at a time when russia and turkey preferring for a ceasefire. the announcement came from the turkish side today, but has not been confirmed so far, neither by the russians nor by the government. but must not happening behind—the—scenes, by the russians,
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into ordination with turkey and iran, to set a sort of a road map to end the conflict in syria. they're talking about talks and meetings in kaza khsta n talking about talks and meetings in kazakhstan at the end of next month. they're inviting both government and the opposition. so far it is not clear which part of the opposition will take part in these talks, when and if they happen. but even this week there are meetings taking place in ankara between russia and different rebel groups to discuss details of a ceasefire, but also a potential wider plan for syria. in other news, police in pakistan caught three men accused of preparing home—made liquor mixed with aftershave. 3a people died and 100 people were affected after they drank the mixture on christmas eve. it's one of the country's deadliest cases of mass alcohol poisoning. it occurred in a christian neighbourhood in a town 340 kilometres south of islamabad. a dutch ivf clinic has admitted that
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26 women may have been fertilised by sperm from the wrong man. utrecht university medical centre is blaming what it calls a "procedural error" between april 2015 and november 2016. half of the couples who underwent treatment are pregnant or have already had children. the clinic says they have been informed. 13 peruvians have died in the township of machente after a bus fell 300 metres into a ravine. the accident happened in the central peruvian region of ayacucho. the bus was headed towards huanta, in the district of ayna san francisco, according to peruvian media reports. one person is still unaccounted for. customs officials in china have seized more than three tonnes of pangolin scales, in what they say, is the country's biggest—ever case, involving parts of the endangered animals. pangolins are among the most trafficked mammals on earth, because their scales are used in traditional medicine in china. german prosecutors say that a ao—year—old tunisian man has been detained in connection
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with the truck attack in berlin earlier this month. police raided the suspect‘s home and workplace after his number was found on the phone of anis amri, the man who drove the truck into a christmas market, killing 12 people and injuring nearly 50. officials have until tomorrow to decide whether to arrest him. 0ur berlin correspondent damien mcguinness told us more about what we know about the suspect. it is confirmed that he is a junior xeon citizen and it does seem that he has some kind of connection with the attack, which is the big worry. the question right now is whether anis amri was acting on his own or whether he was part of a network. german officials say there are between 500 and 600 suspected attention the dangerous islamist extremists living in germany and
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that although so—called islamic state have claimed responsibility for the attack, so far there is no evidence that actually, the attack was directed by is. so that is the big question, whether is was really behind it and secondly, whether there was a network of people who will so helped anis amri carry out that attack. because that would mean that attack. because that would mean that this was not a one—off event, that this was not a one—off event, that other dangerous people are still out there. and that's why this detention is so important, because the more information the authorities can get, the more they can say whether or not there is still a danger of another attack by people connected to the attack on the christmas market in berlin. a record number of migrants left germany in 2016, according to official statistics released today. 55,000 people left the country voluntarily between january and november — almost double the number deported. the majority were albanian — they accounted for 15,000
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of those that left the country. a further 5,000 people from each of serbia, iraq and kosovo made up the majority. it comes on the back of last year's record influx, when roughly 890,000 migrants entered germany. translation: many realise after some time that their original wishes and dreams cannot be fulfilled in germany, and there is always the danger of being repatriated forcefully. stay with us on bbc world news, still to come... five—time british olympic champion and tour de france winner sir bradley wiggins announces his retirement from cycling, aged 36 it has just got to be the way to do
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it. jordan harrison is recovering in hospital after being stabbed at his oxfordshire home. —— george harrison. a 33—year—old man from liverpool is being interviewed by police on suspicion of attempted murder. i think it was good. just good? no, fantastic. that's better! this is bbc world news. i'm tim willcox. the latest headlines... john kerry sets out the us vision
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for the middle east, saying the only way to achieve peace is with a two—state solution. israel's prime minister has hit back, saying the secretary of state's speech was biased against israel and that he'd barely touched on the root of the problem. could the russian plane that crashed over the black sea on sunday, killing 92 people, have suffered a problem with its wing flaps? the russian defence ministry says salvage teams have recovered a second flight recorder. the tupolev—151i came down in good weather two minutes are taking off from sochi. on the tape, the pilots are heard talking about the wing flaps not being in the right position. earlier, we spoke to the bbc‘s oleg boldyrev in moscow. literally all theories are still on the table, although the terror activity is discounted more than the others. but officially, four main
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working theories, which are the technical malfunction, substandard fuel, pilot error and outside impact to the engine. russian media report said they only quote sources, and this is not anything coming from the authorities yet, that the problem might have been the position of wing fla ps, might have been the position of wing flaps, which regulate lift—off and landing of the playing. it would appear that there was some error with those wing flaps. the specialists know that by itself this is not a catastrophic failure, and there were instances where pilots went back to the airport and landed successfully. perhaps, and i stress perhaps, the pilots overcompensated for this, and that sent the plane into the sea. the nigerian government says it has removed 50,000 "ghost workers" from its payroll this year.
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president muhammadu buhari took office last year promising to fight corruption. but nigeria's anti—corruption agency says it's investigating eleven people involved in a syndicate to obtain the salaries and pensions of thousands of non—existent or dead employees. officials say the removal of the ghost workers has saved the government 600 million dollars. 2016 has been a dramatic year for turkey. on the edge of europe and the middle east and on the border with syria, over the past few months the country has suffered multiple terror attacks, an attempted coup, and just last week, the assassination of the russian ambassador. our turkey correspondent mark lowen has covered all of this. here's his review of the year. it has been perhaps the most turbulent year in turkeyjose
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mourinho history, from an attempted coup to the terror attacks to the conflict with the kurdish minority. this is the story of a traumatic 12 months. the backdrop has been the insurgency in the south—east. since the ceasefire broke down with the pkk kurdish militants, there has been tit—for—tat violence. the pkk have blown up soldiers and police, the state has attacked and imposed cu rfews. 250 0 the state has attacked and imposed curfews. 2500 have died, including civilians. and half a million are displaced. this lady's sister fought with the pkk and was killed. her body was retrieved after six months. translation: she faced discrimination for being the other and they occurred. and she saw the massacres of last year. we don't ca re massacres of last year. we don't care if the government calls her a terrorist. it is state terrorism against the people. we have found people burnt alive in basements and
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body abandoned for weeks. this regime has blood on its hands. kurdish militants and so—called islamic state have bombed across the country this year. behind the istanbul airport attack in june. country this year. behind the istanbul airport attack injune. 360 people have died in 22 terror attacks this year, the latest of this month by kurdish militants, killing more than a0 people outside besiktas football stadium in istanbul. this person was among them, a lifelong besiktas support, he worked at the stadium. his mother called him a rosebud. translation: when i got the news, i collapsed. when i got the news, i collapsed. when they showed me his body at the hospital, i kissed him and then we buried him. may god spare everyone else this pain. may there be peace for turkey and no more bloodshed. the defining moment of the year came injuly. rebel soldiers the defining moment of the year came in july. rebel soldiers bombed parliament and drove tanks into civilians in an attempted coup. it
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failed but at least 265 people were killed and tens of thousands were arrested and dismissed, charged with links to the plotters. this lawyer went out that night to resist the coup. he has since represented some of those caught up in the purge. translation: the coup attempt was shocking, we could not tolerate it. it was like something precious was being forcefully taken away from us. if the coup had succeeded it would have been far worse. but i have friends in prison who were nothing to do with it. it was an attempt to steal our lives that night. but on a smaller scale, we are facing a similar attempt now. so what of the mood here? this is a defiant nation but an anxious and divided one, too. as president everyone tries to enhance his powers next year through constitutional change, that could deepen polarisation. 2017 could be a yearin deepen polarisation. 2017 could be a year in which turkey lurches between yet more crises. britain's most decorated olympian
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and tour de france winner sir bradley wiggins has announced his retirement from cycling. in a statement this afternoon, he said he had been lucky enough to live a dream and make a career out of a sport he fell in love with when he was 12. it ends a stunning career which also brought him world championships and many other honours. but it follows questions about medical treatments he received in training. this report from our sports news correspondent richard conway. on the road and on the track, sir bradley wiggins dominated his sport like few others. gold medallist and olympic champion, bradley wiggins! he's the uk's most decorated olympian, winning eight medals over 16 years. in 2012, he became the first briton to claim the tour de france title, achievements which took him on a path to the palace. but after so much success over the years, sir bradley wiggins' remarkable career has finally rolled to a halt, saying he has
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fulfilled all his childhood dreams and aspirations. it is easy sitting now with all of the glory, to say, yes, let's do it all again, but when you're out i would not like to think at any moment, why did you carry on? i always wanted to go out on top, and it has been an incredible year. wiggins kindled his love of cycling at his local club in south london. at the age of 12, he knew what he wanted to achieve, telling his teachers that one day he would be olympic champion. he delivered on that promise, winning his first gold at the 200a athens games. all at a time when british cycling success was far from the norm. and his personality intertwined, with a love of mod culture, helped him to transcend and popularise his sport. his retirement comes at a time of heightened scrutiny into his career, though.
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earlier this year, russian hackers revealed wiggins had been given powerful steroid injections before three key races, including his 2012 tour de france win. the substance involved is banned under normal circumstances, as it can be performance—enhancing. but wiggins legally and legitimately applied for a medical exemption, he says, to treat hay fever. this was not about trying to find a way to gain an unfair advantage. this was about putting myself back on a level playing field in order to compete at the highest level. one of britain's brightest sporting careers is now at an end. but it was one that was coloured throughout by gold and yellow. the zika outbreak is no longer considered an international global health emergency — but the mosquito—borne virus is here to stay. the who says it's expecting many more babies to be
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born brain damaged because of complications caused by zika. the virus caught the world by surprise at the end of last year, and scientists are still scrambling to discover more about the mysterious and devastating disease. our global health correspondent tulip mazumdar reports on what's next for the virus. a generation of people whose lives will be forever changed by the bite ofa will be forever changed by the bite of a tiny insect. one year ago we knew virtually nothing about it. today, we know that it can cause birth defects, and that the virus is also being passed through sex. almost 60 countries have had continuing outbreaks since 2015, mostly in latin america and the caribbean. zico itself is not especially harmful to most people. it is the impact on unborn babies which is the major concern. around half of affected territories have
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reported cases of babies being born brain—damaged or with other neurological problems. the worst affected country is brazil, with more than 2000 cases of microcephaly. columbia has 60 cases. it is unclear how many affected mothers will go on to have brain—damaged babies. mothers will go on to have brain-damaged babies. we need to know the risks that mothers face in pregnancy. is it 1%, is it 10%, know the risks that mothers face in pregnancy. is it 1%, is it10%, is it 30%. different studies are suggesting different things, but there are several different studies ongoing, following up mothers who we have had blood tested in pregnancy, all the way through infancy, to know precisely what that risk is. and i think we will have an answer in the next six months. the zika virus was first discovered at the end of the 19aos, first discovered at the end of the 19a0s, ina first discovered at the end of the 19a0s, in a forest in uganda. the virus was then found in humans and carried by mosquitoes in parts of africa and asia. the first major outbreak happened in 2007 on the pacific island in micronesia. but it was seen as pacific island in micronesia. but it was seen as a pacific island in micronesia. but it was seen as a fairly mild virus. then last year, it hit north—east
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brazil and cases exploded. by october, there was a sharp rise in babies being born brain—damaged. in 2016, the who declared the outbreak an international public health emergency. meanwhile, rio was gearing up for the olympics. a group of concerned scientists wrote to the ioc demanding that the games were moved or postponed. but they went ahead as planned and were deemed a success. then in november, the world health organisation lifted the global emergency whilst also giving a start warning. unfortunately, the zika virus is here to stay. and it is an emergency in those countries today where outbreaks continue to occui’. today where outbreaks continue to occur. it will continue to occur in latin america and in asia and in africa. and possibly in north america. so, countries must be ready to deal with this as an emergency situation. the world is still in uncharted territory. the official advice in some of the worst hit
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countries is to hold off having children until more is known. vaccines are under development, but there will not be one widely available any time soon. the advice for pregnant women is to avoid travelling to areas hit by the zika virus. if not, to take precautions not to get bitten. and because of the risk of infection through sex, people returning from zika virus countries are advised to avoid sex 01’ countries are advised to avoid sex or wear protection for up to six months. the global emergency may be over, but the world now has to learn to live with the potentially devastating impact of zika. our main headline... another row between the obama administration and israel. john kerry, in a speechjust obama administration and israel. john kerry, in a speech just before he leaves his office as secretary of state, criticising settlement expansion. benjamin netanyahu hitting back saying his view of israel was biased. plenty more on that and all of the other stories on the website or on the app. it has been a day of huge variety
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across the uk. for many places it was present in the sunshine, in other areas, temperature is where close to freezing throughout. the fog will get more extensive as we head into the night, becoming quite widespread. i think there will be some disruption to travel over the next 2a hours. the areas of folk will expand across england, and parts of east wales as well. relatively little fog mist across scotland. the main concern is south of the border. some pockets of frost further north
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across the border into eastern scotland. but generally for scotland and northern ireland, will be milder at the start of the day tomorrow. further south, with light winds, the fog will take some shifting and in some places it will not go at all. quite a variety in temperatures. where the fog sits around all day long, for example, in some central and east and parts of england, we will struggle to get above freezing, just as we did today. heading into tomorrow night and into thursday, the fog will probably not be quite as extensive. wet weather spreading into north—west of scotland. quite a lot of rain potentially as we end the week here. but mild. further
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south and east, it will not be as cold. for new year's eve, we will have the wet weather still there across the north—east of scotland. there will be a lot of low cloud around. all change through new year's eve and into new year's day. the front sweeping southwards, bringing some rain and then another shot of arctic air for the new year. some snow up shot of arctic air for the new year. some snow up over shot of arctic air for the new year. some snow up over the high ground of scotland. hello. this is bbc news — the headlines: us secretary of state has shown frustration with israel in a speech. he said decisions to condemn frustration with israel in a speech. he said decisions to condeanewish settle m e nts he said decisions to condeanewish settlements on occupied blinds looking like a young black cloud coming yonder, it'll soon go down? i see what it's doing land was underlining a two state solution. benjamin netanyahu said john kerry
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was biased against his country. he said america have obsessively dealt with settlements. german prosecutors have detained a a0—year—old tunisian man in connection with the truck attack that killed 12 and injured nearly 50 at a christmas
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