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this is bbc news. i'm reeta chakrabarti. the headlines at ten: authorities in tunisia arrest three people suspected of being part of a terror cell connected to the berlin christmas market attacker, anis amri. a man and woman have appeared in court in london charged with making preparations for a terrorist attack. israel condemns as shameful a un security council vote calling for an end to settlements on occupied palestinian land. tributes are paid to the status quo guitarist rick pariftt, who has died in hospital in spain at the age of 68. also in the next hour: pope france celebrates christmas eve mass. crowds have gathered at the vatican to take part in the service amid heavy security. and coming up in 30 minutes, a special edition of our world examines the forces behind the momentous events of the last year. good evening.
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security forces in tunisia say they've arrested three members of a terrorist cell linked to anis amri, the tunisian who killed 12 people by driving a lorry into a christmas market in berlin this week. the interior ministry said one of those detained was amri's nephew. 24—year—old anis amri was shot dead by police in milan in the early hours of yesterday morning. bethany bell reports. this is anis amri, the man who's suspected of being behind the attack on a berlin christmas market in the name of so—called islamic state. and now authorities across europe and the middle east are trying to piece together his extremist
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connections. the 24—year—old tunisian made this video shortly before driving a lorry along a crowded street, killing 12 people. now a clearer picture of his network is emerging. officials in tunis say he was connected to a militant cell, which included his sister's son. amri is thought to have sent his nephew money to help him come to germany. the nephew's now in custody in tunisia. two others have also been arrested. the spanish authorities are investigating whether amri may have had links to an extremist in spain. in tunis today, hundreds of people took to the streets to demonstrate against extremism. they gathered outside the bardo museum, which was attacked by militants last year. in recent years around five and a half thousand tunisians have joined jihadist groups,
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making the country one of the largest exporters of militants in the region. translation: the terrorists damage the image of tunisia in the world, and have harmed the expats who are living abroad. translation: our message is from the heart, it is a panic wave, and you need to understand, tunisians are afraid, but we will not stay silent. we're standing by our country. this was how anis amri met his end. shot dead in an exchange of fire with the police in the italian city of milan. one police officer was injured. he's now recovering in hospital. and the hunt for more clues about the attacker goes on. a man and a woman have appeared in court in london charged with making preparations for a terrorism attack. the pair, who are in their 30s, appeared at westminster magistrates' court. our home affairs correspondent dominic casciani has more. arriving at westminster magistrates' court after a fortnight in custody,
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two charged on christmas eve with preparing a terrorist attack in the uk. they are 35—year—old munir hassan mohammed from derby and rowaida el hassan, who is 32 and from north—west london. they are accused of one count of preparation of an act of terrorism in a case that relates to the alleged acquisition and possession of chemicals for explosives. mr mohammed faces five more charges, including membership of daesh, or the so—called islamic state group. miss el hassan is also accused of possession of information useful to terrorism. mr mohammed and miss el hassan appeared in the dock flanked by five police officers. they spoke only to confirm their names, dates of birth and home addresses. neither indicated a plea, and there was no application for bail. the charges come after a significant operation led by the northeast counter terrorism unit. officers conducted extensive searches at properties including homes in derby. four other men arrested
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at the same time were this week released without charge. mr mohammed and miss el hassan have been remanded in custody, and will next appear in court at the old bailey injanuary. dominic casciani, bbc news. israel has condemned a vote by the un security council calling for an end tojewish settlements on occupied palestinian land. the us abstained rather than vetoing the resolution as it usually does. donald trump has tweeted things will be "different" when he takes over. here's our middle east correspondent yolande knell. these israeli homes are on land that the palestinians want for their promised future state. there are now some 600,000 israelis living in the occupied west bank in eastjerusalem, and numbers are growing. in a rare show of unity, the un security council passed its judgment on thejewish settlements. translation: 14 votes in favour. describing them as a flagrant
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violation of international law and a threat to any peace deal with the palestinians. crucially, the united states did not use its veto power in israel's favour as it usually does. it is because this resolution reflects the facts on the ground and it is consistent with us policy across republican and democratic administrations throughout the history of the state of israel that the united states did not veto it. israel disagrees that settlements built on land captured in the 1967 middle east war are illegal. at the un, it felt betrayed by its closest ally and was especially angry about criticism of building in eastjerusalem. who gave you the right to issue such a decree denying our eternal right in jerusalem? this holy book, the bible, contains 3,000 years of history of the jewish people in the land of israel.
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no one, no one can change this history. officially, israel rejects the resolution and says it looks forward to working with us president—elect, donald trump. on twitter, he said things will be different when he's in office. here in bethlehem, palestinians gathering for their annual christmas parade feel they have something extra to celebrate. they're calling this resolution a victory and hope it will help them in international courts. but israel says it will not change policies on settlements and is counting on the next us administration for support. yolande knell, bbc news, bethlehem. the status quo guitarist rick parfitt has died suddenly in hospital in spain at the age of 68. in a statement, his family said he'd died as a result of a severe infection after being treated for complications following a shoulder injury. david sillito looks
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back at his life. i've got to where i wanted to go. you know, to become a pop star or a rock star. to quo fans, he was easy to spot. he was the bobbing blond head, and he was responsible for some of rock's greatest riffs. 1972's piledriver was the beginning of a run of a0 hit albums. 57 top a0 singles. no other rock band comes close, and it all began at butlins. rick parfitt met francis rossi when they were teenagers. their first single was a bit of ‘60s psychedelia. but their passion was something a bit more raw,
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a hit—making rock formula. all our records do sound alike, of course they do, because it's status quo. i'm not trying to get out of a corner here. they are gonna sound like us. who are we supposed to sound like? who would you get to open this thing? as soon as i had the idea, i couldn't think of anyone better. # here we are and here we are and who we go # we're hitting the road # here we go # rocking all over the world... and when it came to sex, drugs and rock ‘n‘ roll, rick parfitt did it all. this riff arose, the consequence of a huge dose of amphetamines. i felt i've just got this riff, i have this riff i want to do, i am going to stay here, i will be all right on my own. we said, good night, rick, see you in the morning, goodbye. we came back about 11:30 the following morning,
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rick's on the stool. i said, you're early. he said, i haven't been home yet. he had sat there for 12 hours doing it. from too much speed the previous day. he married three times. of course he has a particular type of woman. blondes. and his health? even when he was recovering from heart surgery hospital, he was still smoking and drinking. i was smoking in the hospital. and drinking. it was the rock ‘n‘ roll lifestyle, but when it came to turning rock into hit songs, he was one of the best. a short time ago i spoke to dave peacock from chas and dave, who toured with status quo in 2014. he told me about his memories of rick parfitt. he was great. the last time i saw him, he came in our dressing room and gave me and chas a couple of ukuleles, which we still play.
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he was a great bloke. he was a bit wild, but that is what he was known for in the end. what sort of a character was he? he loved music. not just what you'd think, that boogie stuff, he likes country stuff and all kinds of stuff. and that sort of sound of status quo of which he was an absolutely key part, was so much the soundtrack to people's lives from the 1970s and 1980s. that's right. they had so many hits. and when they did live aid, that was a perfect intro to the whole concert, rockin‘ all over the world. there could not have been a better tune to do it. how did you get along musically? we supported them and they liked what we did. i mean, status quo have
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always been fans of us. we have known rick and francis for years and years, but that was the first time we had toured with them, a couple of years ago. we got on great with them. and touring with them, that will have been quite late in the band's career. what was it like? a good atmosphere. the crowds loved them. they loved us as well, i think we gained a few more fans who had not seen us play before. said he remained a performer, really, until very recently? yes, he was playing up until... he had a couple of scares, one in turkey almost a year ago. it is a terrible shame. dave peacock there, remembering rick parfitt. the queen's granddaughter zara tindall and her husband
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mike tindall have lost their baby, a spokeswoman for the couple has said. equestrian champion zara and former england rugby player tindall announced at the end of november they were expecting their second child. in a statement the spokeswoman said: "very sadly, zara and mike tindall have lost their baby. at this difficult time, we ask that everyone respects their privacy." nick witchell is our royal correspondent. they are not members of the working world family, they're both calves are distinctive careers in their respective sporting fields. they married in 2011 out have one daughter who will be three next month. this pregnancy was announced exactly a month ago and it was for this baby will be —— would have been born in the spring and it is thought
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she would have been rough ore—macro months pregnant. no medical risk to zara, be very sad for both of them. theresa may has urged britain to "unite and move forward" in herfirst christmas message as prime minister. mrs may said the vote to leave the eu would offer britain the opportunity to carve out a bold new role in the world. in his christmas message, the labour leaderjeremy corbyn promised to do more for people sleeping on the streets. here's our political correspondent, iain watson. the british people have spoken and the answer is we're out. the eu referendum divided not just politicians but communities and families. so, against this backdrop, it's perhaps not surprising that in her christmas message, the prime minister appeals for unity. coming together is important for us as a country, theresa may says. as we leave the eu we must seize an historic opportunity
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to forge a bold new role and unite our country as we move forward into the future. in a separate message recorded for the armed forces, theresa may tells them that the government is on their side. because i want you and all your families to know that this government is on your side. jeremy corbyn says his thoughts are with those experiencing loneliness and despair at this time of year. he recently visited a homelessness charity in london and uses his christmas message to repeat the promise he gave them. labour has pledged to put an end to rough sleeping in our first term of government. we would do that by doubling the number of homes available for people who have been sleeping on the streets. the lib dem leader, tim farron, filmed his message at a centre for child refugees in france and he called for more tolerance. the least traditional message was from the greens. they say 2016 was rubbish, or words to that effect, and they hope next year is better. but there's one thing most politicians can agree on, and that is to wish their voters a happy christmas. iain watson, bbc news. let's take a look now at the headlines on bbc news.
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the authorities in tunisia say they have arrested three people suspected of being part of a terror cell linked to the berlin christmas market attacker anis amri. a man and woman have appeared in court in london charged with making preparations for a terrorist attack. israel's prime minister says he will reassess his country's ties with the un after yesterday's resolution calling for an enter settlement activity on occupied land. —— for an end to settlement activity. the top two side in the scottish premiership played today and celtic beat hamilton three nil away and they are still unbeaten domestic and i was 13 league win in a row. they may be the season of goodwill, but
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celtic don't give anything away willingly. they are still unbeaten this season and were perhaps lucky to not concede a first half penalty. celtic battled with the wind and rain ina celtic battled with the wind and rain in a plastic pitch. hamilton lost the battle with lee griffiths again. he scored against them for five games in a row. one nil up before the break but the man down shortly after. calum macgregor sent off for a second yellow. untroubled by the numerical disadvantage, stuart armstrong produced a christmas cracker. teams have struggled to stop celtic, yet there is nothing hamilton can do about that. and 18th of the season was scored and all three points wrapped up. celtic are comfortably top at christmas and now they can properly enjoyed dinner. rangers beat inverness, but he needed an own goal
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to do it. celtic had their on new year's eve. there are eight premier league matches on boxing day. david moyes returns to manchester united two years after he was sacked. his sunderland side are cruel in the relegation zone. asked about his time at old trafford, he said he did not get enough time. time at old trafford, he said he did not get enough timelj time at old trafford, he said he did not get enough time. i was definitely unfairly treated. and i think you need to look on see that other managers have come and gone and found it difficult as well. i think whoever follows sir alex ferguson it would be in the same. it would have taken whoever it was time to change the squad around. they had great players and one or two getting near the end of their careers. and it was going to be a little bit of a rebuilding job and it was never going to get done immediately. there
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have been three matches in the rugby union premiership and the top five teams all play. saracens remain top, but wasps level after securing a bonus point win against bath at the ricoh arena. 40—26 the final score. on the way give thanks to christian wade. with the celebrations work effortlessly, what followed was purely instinctive. wade left baffled's defence grasping at fresh air. two for wade and two for bath. he was not the only forward to show his pace as thomas young restored wasp‘s at break. the club's director must have been pleased, deep down. there will be no outshining wader though. you need is some help this time and no mistake in the finisher.
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wade's 18th try of the year. the bonus point for a modicum of respectability, but no change in the result. wasps finishing 2016 at home as they started it. chris ashton returned from the 13 week ban for biting to score a try at saracens win at home to newcastle. elsewhere, exeter beat leicester to move above them. one bit by news for saracens and england is that the prop could be out for up to three months. he damaged knee ligaments last week and a scanner damaged knee ligaments last week and a scanner will reveal the full extent of the damage, but is likely to miss the start of the six nations championship. if not all of it. his brother already ruled out. he has been a key player for eddiejones during their unbeaten run this year. that is it for now. the star wars actress, carrie fisher, is in intensive care in hospital in los angeles after suffering what's believed to have been a heart attack
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on a flight from london. she fell ill minutes before the plane landed. her condition isn't clear. angus crawford reports. come on, we've got to get out of here! it's the role that made carrie fisher a star. beautiful, resourceful, tough princess leia. she played the part in the first star wars films and again in the force awakens, released last year. it is princess leia herself, carrie fisher! here she is just two weeks ago on the graham norton show, promoting her new book based on her teenage diaries. we brought all these things up, thinking maybe there will be a line that's funny. that didn't happen. we now know she boarded a plane from heathrow to los angeles yesterday. 15 minutes before landing, she was taken ill with
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a suspected heart attack. off—duty medical staff and cabin crew came to her help. paramedics transferred her by ambulance to the intensive care unit here. initial reports suggested she was stable, but current medical condition is unknown. how're you feeling? good! ish! the last two years have been a steady round of publicising her latest memoir and films. in the past, she has been candid about her health problems. co—stars have taken to social media to wish her well. peter mayhew who plays chewbacca wrote, thoughts and prayers from all ourfriends for everyone's favourite princess. mark hamill, who played luke skywalker, wrote, as if 2016 could get any worse. sending all our love to carrie fisher.
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president obama has delivered his last christmas message from the white house. sitting alongside his wife michelle, he said it had been an honour to serve as america's president. merry christmas everybody! one of the best parts of the holiday season is spending time with the special people in your life and for me that means getting some help from my best friend for our annual christmas weekly address. given how our first christmas weekly address went, i realised that barack needed all the help he could get. this is our first christmas in the white house and... what?! stop! you know what? you got to stop it! laughter. all right, you got to get it together. you are going to have to pull it together, potus. celebrating the holidays in the white house over these past eight years has been a true privilege. we've been able to welcome over half a million guests, our outstanding pastry chefs have baked 200,000 holiday cookies.
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that's a lot of cookies. and barack has treated the american people to countless dad jokes. they're great jokes. not so funny. although a few got a frosty reception. the last one. ha—ha! this year's white house holiday theme is the gift of the holidays. and our decorations reflect some of our greatest gifts as a nation, from our incredible military families, to the life—changing impact of a great education. and the greatest gift that michelle and i have received over the last eight years has been the honour of serving as your president and first lady. together we fought our way back from the worst recession in 80 years and got unemployment to a nine—year low. we secured health insurance for another 20 million americans and new protections for folks who already had insurance. we made america more respected around the world, took on the mantle of leadership in the fight to protect this planet for our kids and much, much more. by so many measures our country
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is stronger and more prosperous than it was when we first got here. and i am hopeful we will build on the progress we've made together in the years to come. tomorrow, for the final time as the first family, we willjoin our fellow christians around the world to rejoice in the birth of our saviour and as we retell his story from that holy night we will also remember his eternal message, one of boundless love, compassion and hope. the idea that we are our brother's keeper and our sister's keeper, that we should treat others as we would want to be treated, that we care for the sick, feed the hungry, welcome the stranger, no matter where they come from or how they practise their faith. those are values that help guide, notjust my family's christian faith, but that ofjewish americans, and muslim americans, non—believers, and americans of all backgrounds. and no one better embodies that spirit of service than the men and women who wear our country's uniform and their families. as always, many of our troops are far from home this time
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of the year and their families are serving and sacrificing right along with them. their courage and dedication allow the rest of us to enjoy this season. that's why we tried to serve them as well as they've served this country. go to joiningforces.gov to see how you can honour and support the service members, veterans and military families in your community, not just during the holidays, but all year round. so, as we look forward to the new year, let's resolve to recommit ourselves to the values we share and on behalf of all the obamas, michelle, malia, sasha, bo and that trouble—maker, sunny, merry christmas everyone. we wish you and your family a happy and healthy 2017. thanks and god bless. in the last few minutes, donald
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trump has said he intends to dissolve his charitable foundation. ina dissolve his charitable foundation. in a statement on his head he does not want to allow good word to be associated with possible conflicts of interest with his role as president. the pope celebrated christmas mass in rome. addressing the congregation, he said christmas have been taken hostage by materialism and he also said the world being obsessed with gifts, feasting and self—centredness needed more humility. security and an eye's mass was heightened following the attack in berlin. no surprises if i tell you that there's absolutely no chance of snow. the early hours of christmas day,
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sa nta the early hours of christmas day, santa braving some strong winds there. lots of cloud and outbreaks of rain across north—western parts of rain across north—western parts of the uk. this is first thing. all of the uk. this is first thing. all of that cloud and damp, 10—11d across the south. cooler on the far north. five celsius. south—westerly winds—macro continue. all linked to store o'connor passing to the north of the uk, said the blustery showers into scotland for a time. further south, brightness. boxing day, the storm away to the north. severe gales in the far north of scotland. hello, this is bbc news, the headlines at 10:30 p.m.: the nephew of anis amri and two other men have been arrested by the tunisian authorities for allegedly being part ofa authorities for allegedly being part of a terrorist cell linked to the
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deadly attack on a christmas market in berlin. here, a man and a woman have appeared in court in london charged with making preparations for a terrorist attack, between july last year and their arrest two weeks ago. israel is to review its contacts with the united nations a day after the security council condemned the policy of building settle m e nts condemned the policy of building settlements on condemned palestinian land. tributes are being paid to status quo guitarist, rick parfitt, who has died in hospital in spain at the age of 68 after suffering a severe infection. pope francis has celebrated christmas eve match with thousands of
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