this is bbc world news. our top stories: voters go to the polls in bangladesh, following an election campaign plagued by violence and complaints of intimidation. france's so—called ‘gilets jaunes' movement brings protesters onto the streets. for a seventh weekend. organisers blame the festive season for a slight drop in numbers. with more than 200 people arriving in the past two months, the uk government defends it's handling of the increase in migrants crossing the channel. after the christmas chaos at gatwick, local police say some of the drones seen over the british airport may have belonged to their own force. the actress damejune whitfield has died at the age of 93. she was best known for her roles in the british sitcoms terry and june and absolutely fabulous. hello, and welcome to bbc news. voting has begun in the general
election in bangladesh, where the prime minister, sheikh hasina, is seeking a third successive term. heavy security is in place after an election campaign marred by opposition complaints of intimidation and violence. more than a hundred million bangladeshis are eligible to vote. live now to bbc correspondent limaye yogita, who is in the capital, dhaka. voting has started. how is it looking so far? well, i was a tape polling booth here in the city of dhaka earlier and even before the doors of that booth opened there was
a crowd of people waiting to cast their ballot. it is a paper ballot so their ballot. it is a paper ballot so it is a piece of paper that they will make their choice, but for the first time in a national election in bangladesh six constituencies are using electronic machines. at that polling booth things were quite peaceful. of course there was a big security presence outside, as there is across the country. we have just now got reports that they have been incidences of violence in the southern part of the country, that one person from the opposition party has been killed. they are alleging police fired at opposition activist and also in the southern part of eight —— part of bangladesh, we are getting reports that an activist, a supporter of the ruling party, has been beaten to death. that threat of violence that has been hanging over this election campaign, what is that doing for voters, their enthusiasm and potential turnout? well, doing for voters, their enthusiasm and potentialturnout? well, so far what i have seen in dhaka, pretty
much all of the polling booths i have asked, i did see a fair number of people who had... inaudible. very much less in the polling booths i have been to so far. as you said, violence has been something that has marred the campaign. more than a dozen people have in killed and scores have been injured in the run—up to the election. et issue raised by the opposition is that they feel they have not been able to launch a they feel they have not been able to launchafaircampaign. they feel they have not been able to launch a fair campaign. —— the key issue. they say the police have been acting as an extension of the ruling party, arresting their activists and supporters. they say the electoral commission is biased against them, and has this got fired many of their candidates. i asked and has this got fired many of their candidates. iasked prime and has this got fired many of their candidates. i asked prime minister sheikh hasina two days ago about these accusations. she says none of them are true, she says the opposition has lost the support of the people and that is why they are making these allegations. i want to tell you about our experience here in dhaka. when you drive across the
streets, everywhere, you will see posters, flyers, of members of the ruling party, the awami league. it is hard to spot any material from the opposition. on the last day of campaigning we saw huge street marches by awami league members and supporters, chanting slogans, marching down major roads in the city. the opposition was very quiet, just small door—to—door campaigns. the reason they say is because they we re the reason they say is because they were not given permission to host any rallies, and because they say their supporters have been intimidated and threatened. we will keep coming back to you in the coming hours, but for now, thank you very much. and ijust want to apologise for the slight break up in the transmission there to dhaka. france's so—called ‘gilets jaunes' movement is blaming the festive season for a drop in protestors on the streets. across the country roads were blocked, barricades and vehicles were set alight as some marches became violent. in paris demonstrators camped outside media outlets as they vowed to continue fighting for better living standards into the new year.
georgina smyth has the story. the seventh saturday of yellow vest protests, and the streets of france are still burning. this scene, filmed by onlookers on the streets of paris, the latest in a movement that ignited with fuel tax increases and exploded into so much more. an olive branch of tax and salary concessions was offered by president macron earlier this month, but anger is still high across france. in bordeaux, police barricades were hijacked by demonstrators, stacked high, and set alight. further north, in nantes, canisters of teargas were deployed as peaceful demonstrators turned violent. translation: we will continue until we win, until macron backs down and gives us what we deserve — more purchasing power, less taxes, a healthy life, without having to tighten and tighten our belt at the end of every single month.
in the capital, yellow vests converged on the steps of media outlets, ensuring the movement stays firmly on the news agenda. translation: i don't think we are slowing down. i think there is a desire to discredit the movement, a willingness to say the yellow vests are slowing down, but that is not the case. organisers of the capital's new year's eve fireworks and light show say preparations will continue for the event, despite plans for more protests on the night. a message to the government that the movement will not fade for 2019. and you can find much more about the yellow vest protests on our website, including this analysis on whether president macron‘s concessions have been enough. head to our website, bbc.com/news. you can also download the bbc news app. let's get some of
the day's other news. egypt says it has killed a0 people it accuses of planning attacks against tourist sites and state institutions. the country's interior ministry says it happened on hideouts in giza and north sinai after it received intelligence that attacks were being planned. police launched the raids a day after the deadly bombing of a tourist bus near the pyramids outside cairo. flights at germany's hannover airport have resumed after they were suspended when a man drove a car onto the tarmac. police were able to overpower the man and stop the car. police say there's no evidence of a terrorist motive. italy's parliament has approved a revised budget for the next year amid complaints from the opposition that it was dictated by the european union. the budget proposals were passed with 327 votes in favour and 228 against.
the new budget watered down earlier big—spending measures to avoid disapprovalfrom the european union. the uk government has insisted that it's working "very effectively" with france, to tackle an increase in the number of migrants crossing the channel in small boats. more than 200 people have arrived since the start of november and there have been calls for more patrol boats off dover. earlier the immigration minister held talks with border force officials. richard lister reports. you're iranian? you have to be desperate to make this journey. these migrants were picked up crossing the channel earlier this month. others arrived yesterday — part of a growing number using ill—equipped boats to flee war zones, persecution and poverty. in dover today, the immigration minister met border force officials to consider their response.
the home secretary, sajid javid, cut short his christmas holiday to tackle what he has declared a major incident. the government says french cooperation is vital. what we want to make sure is that we continue to work with the french, so that people are prevented from leaving beaches in northern france, to make sure that we are providing joint operations, both in terms of intelligence and policing. the number of migrants heading for these shores is minuscule compared to the million or so who tried to cross the mediterranean three years ago. but the figure is rising — up from about a dozen or so who successfully crossed the channel last year to more than 220 who have made the crossing since the beginning of november alone. so why the sudden surge? in the autumn, french police intensified efforts to clear migrant camps around dunkirk and calais, leaving large numbers of people looking for ways to leave france. secret filming by the bbc a few weeks ago revealed that people smugglers have now become
increasingly organised in helping migrants cross the channel. translation: a boat, it will cost you £3,000—4,000. it is border force vessels like this one that have to intercept them. there is only one on active patrol here at the moment, and some say there should be more. there is no resilience within border force. we've got no spare capacity to increase and to put resources into trying to stop this, trying to deal with these large numbers as they arrive. we are stripped to our bare bones. there is nothing more that border force has got to give. the government is weighing up whether deploying more patrol boats would deter migrants and save lives, or if it would give these desperate people more of an incentive to make the crossing. richard lister, bbc news, dover. the 2—year—old boy whose yemeni mother fought for a us visa to visit him in hospital, has died. abdullah hassan was on life support by the time his mother was granted a us visa to visit him.
she was initially prohibited from traveling to the us because of president trump's ban that restricts yemeni nationals from entering the country. thousands of people have marched through the serbian capital, belgrade, in the latest mass protest against president aleksandar vucic and his governing serbian progressive party. opposition groups accuse mr vucic of being autocratic and establishing total control over the media. the protests against him began after an opposition leader was beaten before a political gathering in central serbia last month. british police have acknowledged that some of the sightings of drones over london's gatwick airport may have been devices belonging to the force. an estimated 140,000 people had their travel plans ruined before christmas as experts tried to find the illegal drone operators. police say they have not yet found
the drone that caused the runway closure. gatwick airport is offering a large reward for any information leading to the arrest of those responsible. our correspondent andy moore has been following the story. last weekend, police said they found a damaged drone near the perimeter of gatwick airport, and they thought this may well be the drone that had caused so much problems for about 140,000 people. well, today giles york said that in fact two drones have been found near the airport, but he was ruling both of them out of police enquiries. again, last weekend, a senior officer from the force said there was a possibility there were no drones over gatwick. mr york said today that was not the case. he said, "i am absolutely certain that there was a drone flying throughout the period that the airport was closed." now, he also said, for the first time, i believe, that police drones were launched to survey the area, to look for suspects.
he said they could have caused some confusion. 115 sightings of this rogue drone, at least 93 of them credible, say the police, but no video footage. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: a heartwarming tale — how a puppy trapped in a frozen lake was rescued by a turkish police diver. the most ambitious financial and political change ever attempted has got underway with the introduction of the euro. tomorrow in holland, we're going to use money we picked up in belgium today and then we'll be in france, and again, it'll be the same money. it's just got to be the way to go. george harrison, the former beatle, is recovering in hospital after being stabbed at his oxfordshire home. a 33—year—old man from liverpool is being interviewed by police on suspicion of attempted murder. i think it looks good.
just good? no, fantastic. that's better. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: voters go to the polls in bangladesh following an election campaign plagued by violence and complaints of intimidation. for the seventh weekend in a row, france's so—called ‘gilets jaunes' movement brings protesters onto the streets. organisers blame the festive season for a slight drop in numbers. polling stations have opened in the east of the democratic republic of congo
for the country's long delayed presidential election. it could result in the country's first peaceful transfer of power. our correspondent, salim kikeke is in the capital, kinshasa. a rather momentous day, potentially, for the prc? fellow, duncan. absolutely. as you can see, it is pouring here in kisch usher —— kinshasha, and that could be a problem for those early voters. polling stations are now officially open here in the capital. the capital cities in a different time zone to compare the eastern half of the country. —— capital city is. they started voting an hour ago. people will be going out in this rain, if they can, to go and vote in this election is that they have in
waiting forfor this election is that they have in waiting for for the past couple of yea rs. waiting for for the past couple of years. he talked about the election saying that the country, he is pleased that country was able to hold the elections without foreign assistance. they confirmed that the three regions that won't be voting today will not be voting for president come march next year. brazil's president—elect jair bolsonaro says he will issue —— police in morocco say they've arrested a swiss national who has residency in morocco in connection with the murder of two scandinavian tourists earlier this month. the two young women, from denmark and norway, were found dead at an isolated hiking spot in the mountains south of marrakesh. the arrested man is also suspected of recruiting moroccans to carry out terrorist attacks. the comedy actress dame june whitfield has died. she was 93.
she was best known for her roles in the bbc comedies absolutely fabulous and terry and june as well as starring in a number of carry on films. her career began in the 1940s and she was still working up until a couple of years ago. sarah campbell now looks back on her life in entertainment. kiss me, kiss me, bite me! bite me! i can't, dear, i'm a vegetarian! in a career spanning seven decades, june whitfield played alongside some of british comedy‘s greatest talents. what's it like, living in the jungle? well, it's... drums play. it's rather dull and boring, really. i realised very early on that i was never going to play the glamorous, you know, leading lady roles. and serious roles, i always thought, ooh, i'd better not do that. they might laugh at me. and laugh they did.
as a comedy performer, she first found fame on the radio in the 1950s, appearing in take it from here opposite jimmy edwards. but june whitfield's unfailing ability to conjure characters seemingly at the drop of a hat saw her become a foil for benny hill and frankie howerd. in the 1970s she teamed up with her regular comedy partner, terry scott, in terry and june. hello, darling. i'm having awful trouble deciding what to give you tonight. well, you can start on an explanation. i'm talking about food. what about eating out? what about the garage? 0h, i'd much prefera restaurant. it was gentle, undemanding comedy, hugely popular, and ran for eight years. # wheels on fire. but, to younger audiences, june whitfield will be best known as edina's mother in ab fab. inside of me, there is a thin person just screaming to get out. just the one, dear? and, even in old age, she continued to delight audiences on programmes like radio's news huddlines. a versatile and reliable performer to the end. earlier i spoke to mike grady,
an actor and froend ofjune whitfield. june was a thorough professional, of course, she had come up from rada as a young woman had got into the repertory system and she had done it all, she'd done all the things we had done. she was kind of very famous, very young, because of take it from here. she was a huge name already when i was growing up. so to meet her was meeting a legend. she didn't behave like the legend, she didn't act out being a legend, shejust turned up knowing her lines, knowing the situation, knowing how to be amiable, how to be in a company, as she was saying earlier in that interview, she never considered herself as the ingenue, the leading lady. and she certainly never behaved that way. she was great company, good fun to be with.
we had a lot of good times together. it was generally a very happy company. and she came into something that was already an established show that had been going for 30 years. and the people there just welcomed her with open arms. nobody was surprised, in the last couple of years, when she was made a dame. because she was of that class. she had worked with noel coward, she had worked withjudi dench, she had appeared in oscar wilde, she had a tremendous cv behind her. she was unassuming and professional. and very lovely. and i'm really sorry she is gone. we used to talk a lot about football. she was very involved with wimbledon fc, which if you knewjune, was quite proper, wimbledon fc was the crazy gang and pretty crazy they were, too. on the idea of her being involved with them is a wonderful comedy in itself. our reporterjust made the point that she played alongside some great talents, she was in ensemble casts like yours, i wonder, with her talented she had been born later or were starting out now, do you think she would have her own show? undoubtedly. she could sing and dance. i mean, she could do all the things that concert parties would require
and variety would require. as well as doing sketch shows on the radio. i think she was probably the best of all the margaret thatchers that we had, and there were some good ones. and in a very unassuming way one day she decided, they were looking for a margaret thatcher soundalike, and she did not really push herself forward but one day she just sort of, in a tea break shejust became margaret thatcher. and they were like eureka, we have got her. so for the next few years she was margaret thatcher on that show and many other people. she was a great impressionist. a puppy has been saved from a frozen lake by a police
diver in turkey. the rescuer feared the worse but said it was miracle that she survived. lets take a look. new year's eve is fast approaching and one of the biggest celebrations is in new york where they've been rehearsing. confetti blew across the crowds in times square, but it was just a practice run for the big bash itself — and the confetti went everywhere. you are watching bbc news. thank you for your company. we will see you
again soon. hello. we've had some fairly quiet weather over recent days, with high pressure mostly in charge. has been a little bit wet and windy across some northern parts of the uk, but this picture was taken on saturday afternoon by one of our weather watchers in sterling. and i think as we head through the next couple of days, the last few days of 2018, that mostly dry theme will continue. fairly cloudy, certainly mild. there will be a bit of rain, mostly across the northern half of the uk, particularly for parts of scotland over the next few days. we've got a weather front which is just pushing its way west to east across parts of scotland and england at the moment, but it's high pressure that is largely dominating the weather. a fairly chilly start to sunday morning, especially across some southern and eastern parts where we have the clearer skies for longest overnight. so we start with a lot of cloud, some drizzly outbreaks of rain, particularly in the
north and the east. now, most of that rain will clear. it'll linger longest for the northern isles. best of the sunshine, then, will be for eastern scotland and eastern england too. further west, thicker cloud is likely to bring a little bit of drizzle, perhaps some low cloud and mist over the hills in the west, too. but temperatures 10—12 degrees — still reasonably mild for this time of year. and then we keep with that reasonably mild and largely dry theme through the course of sunday evening, and overnight too. still a bit of light rain and patchy drizzle for some northern and western parts. clearer skies for a time towards the east. so i think monday morning, this is the dawn on new year's eve, we should see largely frost—free conditions, but perhaps some fairly chilly weather first thing across some eastern areas with those clearer spells. now, looking through the day on new year's eve, monday, high pressure well and truly in the driving seat. we have got weather fronts to the far north—west and tighter isobars here. so breezier conditions, certainly, for northern and western scotland, with a bit of patchy rain too. but for much of the uk, new year's eve monday is looking pretty much the same as the last few days — largely dry, fair amount of cloud, and the best of any sunny spells will be for eastern counties of england and eastern scotland. temperatures around ten or 11
degrees for new year's eve on monday. if you've got plans to see in the new year overnight new year's eve night, most of us should stay dry. fairly cloudy conditions, but there could be a spot or two of rain, particularly across part of scotland, perhaps northern ireland too. so that's all courtesy of this fairly weak weather front which is just slowly slipping south as we head into new year's day but for most of us, high pressure still in charge of the weather. so a largely dry, still mild picture on new year's day, but then things are turning colder, a little more wintry, as we look ahead into the first week of 2019. bye— bye. this is bbc news, the headlines: voters are going to the polls in bangladesh amid heavy security after a campaign marred by violence. over 100 million voters will decide whether the prime minister,
sheikh hasina, secures a third consecutive term. for the seventh weekend in a row, france's so—called ‘gilets jaunes' movement for better living standards, has brought protesters onto the streets. across the country, roads were blocked, and barricades were set alight, as some marches became violent. organisers blame the festive season for a slight drop in numbers. the uk government has insisted it's working very effectively with france, to tackle an increase in the number of migrants crossing the channel in small boats. more than 200 people have arrived since the start of november. local politicians have called for more coast guard, boat patrols.