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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11:00: the woman whose husband drowned in a pool in spain on christmas eve along with two of their children says all three did know how to swim, and that she believes there was something wrong with the pool ben stokes, hero of the cricket world cup, is among those named in the new year's honours list published tonight. at least 12 people are killed, but dozens survive, after a plane crashes in kazakhstan. after winning the hearts of fans all over the world, fallon sherrock‘s fairytale bid to become darts' first female world champion ends in the third round.
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and we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers, with our reviewers the former fleet street editor, eve pollard, and the comment editor at city am, rachel cunliffe. stay with us for that. a british mother who lost her husband and two children in an accident at a spanish resort, on christmas eve, says she is "utterly heartbroken" but alleges something was wrong with the pool where they died. in a statement, olubunmi diya said that, contrary to some media reports, her husband, gabriel, daughter, comfort, and son, praise—emmanuel, all knew how to swim. the three of them died at club la costa world, in fuengirola,
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on spain's costa del sol. we can talk to our correspondent john mcmanus. take us through the statement from her. most importantly, whether gabriel diya in his two children could swing well. mrs diya says all three could swim and never said anything contrary to that to the spanish police. she tells this about the sequence of events leading up to the death of her husband and two of her children. there were reports her daughter had jumped in or fallen there were reports her daughter had jumped in orfallen in. she said she did notjump. jumped in orfallen in. she said she did not jump. they jumped in orfallen in. she said she did notjump. they got in and were
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dragged to the centre of the pool and could not get out. she said they we re and could not get out. she said they were dragged into the middle of the pool were dragged into the middle of the pool. that is a key part of the statement. she says her husband went in using the steps while she went to try and get help from apartments at the resort but when she returned her husband and two children were under the water. spanish police have investigated and spanish police divers retreated the nine—year—old's swimming which led to report that they may be something wrong with the pump by the result has insisted that was not the case. mrs diya is adamant she believes there was something wrong with the pool that made swimming too difficult for her husband and her children. that is what she says in this statement. it came out in the last ever. in the last ten minutes, another statement from the result club la costa world,
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fuengirola in, they said that diligent and police investigation into this tragedy have confirmed that the pool was working normally and there was no malfunction of any kind and of course, once again to the extent their sympathy to the family. the resort says nothing wrong with the pool, mrs diya sank the children were dragged to the centre of it. two very different opinions on what happened that day. we know that on christmas day itself, later on in the day, the police said the pool was able to be reopened but what wonders, in light of what mrs diya is saying, clearly the owners of the result feel the pool is safe but one might imagine that the authorities, the police might take another view? we did hear originally that the police had finished their investigations but mrs diya, also in her statement, says the investigations are still ongoing, that is at the term she uses.
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ongoing, that is at the term she uses. she says a spanish police are still trying to determine what happened and no information has been passed to the family about their conclusions. again, that contradicts the other version of events we have been hearing over the past few days. if the investigation is still ongoing by spanish police then, perhaps, the pool might be close again while that investigation carried on but as far as we know, the pool is open. this is a mystery, a tragedy and a mystery. at the moment the two reports contradict each other. mrs diya expresses her thanks to everyone who has sent m essa 9 es thanks to everyone who has sent m essa g es of thanks to everyone who has sent messages of condolences and offered support to her and her surviving daughter. understandably, she is utterly heartbroken by what happened, that they are deeply shocked and saddened and they are trying to come to terms with what happened. she says her children and her husband brought a joy to the
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world and to everybody that cross their path. what sustainment was their path. what sustainment was their faith their path. what sustainment was theirfaith in god. they are both pastors of a church in london. that church expressing condolences to the entire family. thank you for bringing us to date with those developments. the england cricket player, ben stokes, who won the bbc sports personality of the year last week, is among those recognised in this year's new year's honours list, which was published tonight. he appears alongside a range of names from the arts, sciences and charity, including the singer and actress, olivia newton—john, as lizo mzimba reports. # you're the one i want!# olivia newton—john says she's honoured and grateful to be made a dame for services to charity, cancer research and entertainment. a damehood too for floella benjamin, for her lifelong work with children's charities. absolutely amazing to be recognised this way, for doing charity work.
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i realised that a childhood lasts a lifetime, and i had to give back to children. because when i did play school, 43 years ago, i realised children didn't have a voice. there are knighthoods for two british film—makers, steve mcqueen, who directed the oscar—winning 12 years a slave, and sam mendes, who directed bond films skyfall and specter. in the world of sport, eoin morgan, who captained england to victory in the cricket world cup, becomes a cbe, ben stokes an obe, jos buttler and joe root become mbes. an mbe for england starjill scott, for services to women's football. just feels really surreal. obviously it's been a greatjourney for women's football, from the time that i started playing to now. to see the recognition that women's football is now getting, it's very pleasing. # love is like a butterfly...# in the world of entertainment,
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butterflies star wendy craig becomes a cbe. and singer billy ocean, an mbe. # when the going gets tough, the tough get going...# of course, the vast majority of those who will come here to buckingham palace or the other royal residences to receive their honours aren't those in the public eye, they're individuals who have done something special for their community or for their country. thank you, darling. people like d—day veteran harry billinge, who becomes an mbe in recognition of his charity fundraising work. and yewande akinola, an engineer who works to encourage girls to enter the world of engineering. it's a big deal to me. it really feels great to be recognised for, i guess, my passion in encouraging young girls to see engineering as a career option. just a few of many honoured for trying to change the lives of those around them. lizo mzimba, bbc news.
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i'm joined now by the nature conservationist and television presenter, steve backshall, who becomes an mbe for services to charity and wildlife conservation. good evening and congratulations. how does it feel to be recognised in this way? it is amazing. very bizarre. trying not to use the word honoured but that is how i feel. bizarre. trying not to use the word honoured but that is how i feelm is the perfect word i guess in the circumstances. your wife, the rower, she received one a couple of years ago? this is a first time in my house or that i have parity at anything with my wife. generally she beats me that everything. finally, seven beats me that everything. finally, seve n years beats me that everything. finally, seven years later on, i have managed to catch up on this thing at least. she can tell you a thing or two
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about what to expect when you go to buckingham palace. she describes it as being one of the most special days of her life and very minor she stood on top of two olympic podiums and got married to me as well which has to be a great event! laughter. it is so, so special. you have been awarded this for services to charity. out of the body of work that you have done, which you have been awarded this fall, what are you proudest of? i think the fact that so proudest of? i think the fact that so many of our wildlife charities nominated me for this is a sign of their appreciation for the work i am doing and that feels pretty good. we have done a lot of work over the last few years on buying forests so that it can be retired and taken ca re of that it can be retired and taken care of and left as a home for all the wildlife that lives there and thatis the wildlife that lives there and that is something i am very proud of plus my work with kids charities as
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well but, all of it together, it is a red but very welcome and to the year. so many children know you through the deadly 60s series, we have some pictures for our viewers, with sharks, a humpback whale, generally being very dangerous. what does that say to young fans about the importance of the work that you are talking about, about wildlife conservation, whether at home or further afield? i think it is a good sign. there are a few wildlife broadcasters that have been recognised in this way and it shows a sign that this is far more into the public consciousness now. that we are more aware of the world that we are more aware of the world that we have to take care of and the way that we have to focus on conservation efforts and i think this is recognition of how important that work is. i hope it is anyway.
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thank you very much again for talking to us this evening and congratulations. thank you. and we will find out how these stories are covered in the papers. the president of kazakhstan has declared a day of national mourning tomorrow, following a plane crash in which twelve people died. dozens of others survived the accident, which happened in poor weather in the city of almaty this morning. kazakh ministers have promised a full inquiry. our correspondent sarah rainsford reports. rescued from the wreckage, a baby boy is rushed to safety. he was discovered in the arms of his injured mother after their flight crash landed.
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moments after take—off, the plane had rammed intoa building. it broke into pieces on impact. but there were survivors. and some even walked away from this unharmed. i was sitting next to an emergency exit. just hours later, aslan nazaraliyev managed to tell me what happened. he'd posted this photo on social media, showing his seat on the flight from almaty. he thinks most in front of him were badly hurt or killed. the plane starts swaying, like a boat. very intensively. everybody starts screaming, kids are crying. and the lights were on in the plane. but there was no sound, there was no instructions from the crew. there was only the sound of people panicking in the plane. the businessman says it
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took at least 15 minutes for rescuers to arrive. so he and other survivors began pulling people to safety. it was dark, at the same time. we were lighting with cellphone lights, so helping out each other. so all of the guys were trying to take out people. because there was a high risk of a fire. what were you thinking when this was happening? i was thinking about my family. yeah, that's only what i was thinking. and helping people, that a fire should not kill who survived. the plane was a fokker 100, operated by the low—cost carrier bek air. its entire fleet has now been grounded, while the crash is investigated. kazakhstan‘s government says the plane's tail hit the runway twice during take off. the flight had barely got
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off the ground before it came crashing back down, with terrible consequences that could have been even worse. this year extreme weather, driven by climate change, has killed, injured and displaced millions of people and caused billions of dollars of economic damage. a new report by christian aid says there were over 15 extreme weather events which caused damage of over $1 billion. seven of those cost more than $10 billion each. the most financially costly disasters were wildfires in california, which caused $25 billionin damage, followed by typhoon hagibis injapan which caused $15 billion worth of damage. the most deadly events were the floods in northern india which killed 1,900 people and cyclone idai which killed 1,300 in mozambique, zimbabwe and malawi.
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dr katherine kramer is global lead for climate change at christian aid and co—author of the report. shejoins us from near bury st edmunds. it is interesting, of course, you talk in this report about the huge human cost in terms of deaths, injuries, displacement of people, but you focus on the financial cost. is that a deliberate strategy in the sense that christian aid wants to appeal to those policymakers who are perhaps focused on the financial bottom line of these extreme weather events ? bottom line of these extreme weather events? doctor kramer, sorry, i will ask you to start again because we just lost the sound at the beginning of your answer, if you wouldn't mind beginning again?|j beginning of your answer, if you wouldn't mind beginning again? i do apologise. it was our aim within this report to show both the human costs a nd this report to show both the human costs and the economic costs. it was
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a relatively easy thing for us to do, to choose the 15 that wrought over $1 billion worth of damage. but as you say, the human cost is a very high one, even with the level of warming we are already experiencing. one of the most interesting things that came out of this report for me was the fact that the greatest economic losses tend to be in developed countries, as you indicated, but the greatest human costs seem to be in the developing countries. that shows that disparity in the whole relationship on climate change between those countries who have caused the climate crisis, they have caused the climate crisis, they have the greatest capacity to deal with it, against those countries that have done the lease to cause it and his people are suffering the consequences the most. so by cataloguing these various extreme weather events in this way, and looking out the financial impact, are you, just on the point i was making a second ago, are you trying to focus the minds of policymakers, people in positions of power, who
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are you still looking at financial bottom line is, to try to get them to focus on how their policies might have an impact to improve the situation? well, it certainly does not hurt. there has been a long—standing argument that the costs of reducing emissions would be considerably higher than the cost of actually lowering emissions. that was largely debunked 15 months ago in the own review. and the recent committee on climate change report, achieving at zero x 2050, found it would only cost 1% or 2% of uk gdp to make the transition. but they didn't take into account the costs of avoided impacts, avoided storms and avoided floods that the uk would suffer if we did act. i know the figures you have added up for this do not even take into account uninsured losses. these are looking at insured losses. so the actual figure is likely to be much higher.
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your report is not so much focused on estimating whether the number of these extreme weather events is increasing year on year, but what does 2020 look like in terms of the sort of action that you want countries to take on dealing that in dealing with climate change? the world has already experienced one degree of warming above preindustrial levels. the current pledges under the paris agreement would take us to three degrees of warming. with the catastrophes we are already experiencing, three degrees would be beyond human experience. so we do have a mandate under the paris agreement for countries to increase their climate pledges, then mitigation. but the mandate we got to encourage them to do so at the recent madrid round of talks was rather weaker than we hoped. but there is still a very strong expectation countries will come forward, and whether it is enough will be one of the big questions for 2020. certainly with the uk acting as host for the climate talks next year, for it to
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have any credibility as the president of those talks, it really needs to get its own house in order and start implementing and planning for more radical climate action. and you must hope, at christian aid, by bringing these events together in this report, by cataloguing the scale, the human cost, the financial cost, that he will focus minds with that? that would be the hope yes. the impacts that are already being experienced are causing misery for millions of people around the world, millions of people around the world, millions of people who are losing their homes and livelihoods, and the people they love. doctor catherine kramer, the global lead for climate change at christian aid, thank you for your time this evening. police believe the man who was shot dead outside his home in south—west london on christmas eve may have been involved in criminality in sweden. he was attacked in front of his wife and young child in battersea on tuesday evening. a family home, ready for christmas.
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now the scene of a potential revenge killing. flamur beqiri moved to the uk from sweden sometime in the last five years. he had been out with his wife and child on christmas eve, as they returned to home to battersea church road around 9pm, a lone suspect shot him multiple times. one of the neighbours that i spoke to described hearing the gunshots from inside her own home as being surreal. another said they were evenly spaced out. we think that a young lady, who identified herself as a nurse, tried to give mr beqiri first aid at the scene for a while the attacker fled on foot towards battersea bridge road. when you hear shots like that, you think, well, the first thing that comes to mind is there is going to be more shooting. an exchange of fire, but it was just a number of shots and itjust stopped dead. the met have confirmed they are working with swedish police on the investigation to understand what, if any, incidents might have led someone to seek retribution against mr beqiri. reports in the swedish media suggest the 36—year—old, a swedish national of albanian heritage, was briefly on the most wanted list in his home country in 2008. he hasn't been seen for,
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or hasn't been seen as active for several years, but that doesn't go to prove that he has not been active. we've heard his name on the grapevine. we have intelligence about him, but, again, i mean, i was a bit surprised that it was him that was shot. there have now been more than 145 murders in london this year. another killing dust has a young family apart at a time of year that is supposed to bring them together. —— killing that has torn a young family apart. the building firm balfour beatty has had its contract to refurbish mi6 headquarters in london terminated, after losing a set of floor plans for the project. the documents — most of which were recovered inside the building at vauxhall cross — held sensitive information on its layout, including entry and exit points. melanie pa nayiotou, the sister of george michael,
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has died at the age of 55 — exactly three years after the singer's death. her family said that melanie had passed away suddenly at her north london home on christmas day. melanie had followed her brother around the world at the height of his fame and inherited much of his estate after the singer's death on christmas day in 2016. india has deployed thousands of troops in a number of cities to counter protests against a controversial citizenship law, which grants amnesty to illegal migrants from three countries, but only those who are not muslims. since it was passed, more than 20 people have died in clashes. most of them were from the northern state of uttar pradesh, where the police have been accused of using excessive force against protesters, and of vandalising muslim homes. officials deny the allegations. the bbc‘s india correspondent yogita limaye sent this report.
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in kanpur, a policeman appears to fire a gun at protesters who were throwing stones. in muzaffarnagar, those demonstrating are beaten. even an older man. in meerut, police break cctv cameras mounted on shops in a muslim locality. nearly a week since clashes broke out in the state of uttar pradesh over india's new citizenship law, videos have been emerging that raise serious questions about police behaviour against muslim protesters. shouting. gunshot. 19 have died in the state — all civilians. most had bullet injuries, like mohammed mohsin. his mother says he wasn't part of the protests, but had gone out to buy fodder
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when he was shot in the chest. the 28—year—old was the father of this baby. we wantjustice, the police killed my son, she told me. who will care for his children now? police say they didn't open fire. they claim that some among the protesters had guns. but that's not all security forces are being accused of. i went to one of the homes allegedly vandalised by the police in the dead of the night. in room after room, hardly anything left unbroken. there was jewellery in this box and cash in the tin — it was all stolen, i'm told. "there were many policemen and some people in plain clothes. "they told us to go from here and that our house would soon become theirs," she says. "so what if i am a muslim?" "don't i have a right
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to live in india?" in every locality, we were told of homes that had been ransacked. many here see the police action — and the law — as part of the ruling party's hindu nationalist agenda. the government insist that indian muslims won't be affected by the new citizenship rules and it has blamed protesters for the violence. translation: there were 50,000 people on the streets, throwing stones, shooting, setting things on fire. the police had to respond. and to catch miscreants, they had to go inside people's homes. things break sometimes in a scuffle. what they have witnessed over the past two weeks, has left many from the muslim community here worried about what kind of future they are facing in india.
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the government is trying to allay fears about the new citizenship law, but even before that is implemented, the handling of the protests has already had a tangible impact on the ground. religious polarisation has deepened. many areas of the state are now a tinderbox of fear and anger. yogita limaye, bbc news, uttar pradesh. and we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers, the former fleet street editor eve pollard, and the comment editor at city am, rachel cunliffe. that's coming up after the headlines at 11:30. now it's time for a look at the weather. anita, thank you very much. and good evening to you. it is turning pretty murky and gloomy out there in many parts of the uk. lots of low cloud, missed until fog around. parts of the uk. lots of low cloud, missed untilfog around. a parts of the uk. lots of low cloud, missed until fog around. a great start to the weekend. things will
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hopefully turn a little brighter. it will be mild. a little bit of rain in the north—west. the satellite from earlier on, you can see lots of cloud coming from the south—west. a moist south—westerly flow bringing those grey and murky conditions. we keep rather murky conditions through tonight. not as murky across scotla nd tonight. not as murky across scotland and northern ireland because there is more of a breeze but also outbreaks of rain drifting throughout the moment. not falling too far overnight. chilly across eastern england a time. in the morning, 10 degrees for plymouth and belfast. 11 in glasgow, setting us up belfast. 11 in glasgow, setting us upfora mild belfast. 11 in glasgow, setting us up for a mild weekend. high pressure not too far away to the south—east. lots of dry weather. a frontal system still to the north—west so here we will see outbreaks of rain moving across parts of northern ireland, particularly heavy rain in western scotland as we go through the day. with the breeze over the mountains we are likely to break up some of the cloud on the north—east of scotla nd some of the cloud on the north—east of scotland so here you could see some sunshine. generally cloudy across england and wales. it should
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brighten up a bit. parts of merseyside and north—eastern england could see some sunshine. mild across—the—board, could see some sunshine. mild across—the—boa rd, 10—12. could see some sunshine. mild across—the—board, 10—12. some brightness for north—eastern scotland, could get to 13. as we going to sunday it turns milder still. this wedge of milder indeed will come in across the northern half of the uk. at the same time hopefully we will tap into this drier, clear out across the near continent, which should help us to break up the cloud a bit more effectively. it certainly won't be a blue sky day on sunday but there should be some good holes in the cloud. so a bit more in the way of sunshine. some rain in the north—west. that pesky sunshine still in north—western scotland. look at these temperatures. 1a or 15 around northern ireland and northern scotland. way above where we should be this time of year. but those temperatures will come down again. especially in northern areas, by tuesday back to single digits. really, that is back to where we
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should be at this time of year. it turns cooler in the south of the uk as well. if you are out celebrating at midnight on tuesday night into new year's eve, it should be mostly dry and will be rather chilly but they could be some patchy fog here and there. plenty more weather through the night. that's all for me from now. hello, this is bbc news. i'm annita mcveigh. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow mornings papers in a moment. first the headlines. the woman whose husband drowned in a pool in spain on christmas eve along with two of their children says all three did know how to swim, and that she believes there was something wrong with the pool. ben stokes, hero of the cricket world cup, is among those named in the new year's honours list, published tonight. at least 12 people are killed, but dozens survive, after a plane crashes in kazakhstan.

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