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most of those who died were foreigners. we'll be live in istanbul with the very latest. also on the programme: a second girl has died, after a hit and run on new year's eve in oldham. new year, new rail fares. prices rise above inflation again, with the government saying it'll help pay for modernisation. it isn't so much the paintings themselves which i want to consider, as the way we now see them. the influential art critic and writer, john berger has died at the age of 90. good evening. the so—called islamic state group claims one of its followers was behind the new year's eve nightclub attack in istanbul, which killed 39 people and wounded scores of others.
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a number of arrests have been made, but the hunt continues for the gunman who opened fire. officials have now identified all but one of the victims, saying most were foreign nationals. some of their funerals have been taking place today, as mark lowen reports from istanbul. it is slowly sinking in. grief binding together a nation pulled apart by terror. they mourned 23—year—old yunis gurnak, killed in the attack on the reina nightclub. a student working there for new year's eve, he was simply in the wrong place. at his funeral, his colleague took refuge from the gunman in the bathroom. i was in the toilet. the electricity went out. i was like, yes, ok, that's all.
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i said my last goodbyes to one of my friends, telling, 0k, goodbye. that's all. i love you. you thought that was the end? yeah, that was the end. and i thought, because the gun shooting stopped, and i was thinking myself, he is going to, i think he is going to explode himself and we're going to die in the toilet, in the bathroom. including yunis, 39 people were killed and their stories are emerging. fathi chakmad, who survived last month's bombing at a football stadium in istanbul died in this attack. rita chami from lebanon, who told her friend she was worried about coming to istanbul but had already booked and paid. and mustafa zanan, recently engaged. his fiancee wrote, "i lost my other half, my partner, my love." the attack took just seven minutes. after shooting his way into the nightclub, the gunman sprayed 180 bullets.
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he is still on the run. new pictures of him have been released. the islamic state group said they were behind it, in revenge for turkey's attacks in syria. most of the dead and injured were tourists. francois al—asmar from lebanon was shot but had an incredibly lucky escape. the first bullet came from here. passed from here and explosion. something explosion. and passed by here. and come here but the passport saved me, saved my heart. perched on the bosphorus, reina had a prime location. an attack giving him prime exposure. from here, you can see how high profile, how luxurious the target was. reina was a symbol of the high life side of istanbul,
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where alcohol flowed and parties ran late. it's an element of the city many turks and foreigners cherish. they now fear it is under threat. it is now an urgent race to catch the man who destroyed so many lives and to try to reassure a nation that fears it cannot escape from terror. mark lohan, bbc news, istanbul. and our security correspondent, frank gardner, is with me. frank, yet another terror attack on turkish soil, this time claimed by is. what's your view of the situation there? well, this was a double target for so—called islamic state. this was a form of retaliation for them because they're coming under military pressure, daily pressure from turkish warplanes and ground incursions in syria. turkey is fighting is on the ground. it was also a way to grab international attention by hitting an international group, that they call defenders of christianity or something, because they were celebrating new year's eve, which they consider to be a pagan
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festival. it was a double target. for turkey there were a number of reasons why this is particular tough for them. turkey's been shaken by three big events really, ongoing events. it's had the falled coup in the summer, which has led to the sacking of 100,000 people, many of whom are in the security and intelligence apparatus. it's weakened turkey's security. they're 110w weakened turkey's security. they're now fully at war with so—called islamic state and they're fully at war with the pkk, the kurdish workers party, gorilla group. they're fighting several —— guerrilla groups. they‘ re they're fighting several —— guerrilla groups. they're fighting several battles. it's not easy for turkey. frank, thank you. and the so—called islamic state group has also claimed responsibility for a series of bomb attacks in iraq. in one incident 35 people died, when a suicide bomber detonated a device at an outdoor market in the shi'ite neighbourhood of sadr city in baghdad. a british soldier has died, while serving in iraq. the ministry of defence says it happened in taji, 17 miles north of baghdad,
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and isn't the result of enemy activity. 0ur correspondent simonjones is at the ministry of defence tonight. simon, just bring us up to date with the latest on this. there are currently 650 british soldiers in iraq, but not in a combat role. their task is to train members of the iraqi defence forces in the fight against so—called islamic state. there is a training campjust north of baghdad. we know that iraqis have been trained how to deal with improvised explosive devices and basic weapons handling by their british counterparts. the ministry of defence is not saying very much about how soldier died. he was a member of the duke of lancaster's regiment. the mod stress that's was not the result of enemy activity. the family of the soldier has been informed. they've asked for a period of grace before the name is released. simonjones, at the ministry of defence, in central london, thanks.
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here, a girl injured in a fatal hit—and—run in 0ldham on new year's eve, has died. zaneta krokova, who was 11, had been in a critical condition in hospital. her 12—year—old cousin helina kotlarova died at the scene on saturday night. peter harris has more. at the scene, tributes continue to build. this now a shrine to two young girls. 11—year—old zaneta krokova lost her fight for life this morning. her 12—year—old cousin, helina kotlarova, died soon after being struck by the car on new year's eve. respects were being paid by classmates and teachers. very popular, they had a lot of friends. well—known. very outgoing. from all at 0asis academy, 0ldham, our thoughts and prayers are with the family throughout this sad time. the police believe the girls were struck by a peugeot 807 car here which failed to stop. it was later found abandoned nearby.
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officers say information provided by the local community has proved vital in moving this investigation forward. 0fficers released images of the car, and are trying to trace its movements. they also want to trace the driver of a white citroen dispatch seen in the area, who they believe might be able to help. four men are tonight being held on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. peter harris, bbc news. 0ne ofjeremy corbyn‘s closest allies has suggested the labour leader could step down, if the party's fortunes don't improve within the next two years. the leader of unite, len mccluskey, says mr corbyn should be given time to prove himself, and he wouldn't try to "cling on" to power. here's our political correspondent, ben wright. he's one ofjeremy corbyn‘s most important, powerful backers. and len mccluskey, the leader of unite, is hoping to be
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re—elected the union's general secretary in april. but, in an interview today, mr mccluskey suggested the labour leader had a sell—by—date, and was blunt about the party's current popularity. he told the daily mirror... len mccluskey later tweeted that jeremy corbyn continued to have his full support. jeremy corbyn was re—elected labour leader in september, but many of his own mps remain in despair at the party's performance, and the tussle going on within the unite union reflects arguments going on within labour about mr corbyn‘s competence and where the party should stand on immigration and brexit — the issue of the new political year.
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we have to refocus our union's activity. campaigning against len mccluskey is this man, gerard coin, who accused the current general secretary of being a labour puppet master. not playing westminster power politics... he said union members wanted brexit to mean an end to unrestricted eu migration. control of borders is very important to them. it was one of key issues as to why they voted exit in the referendum. and actually, they would feel very betrayed if that promise wasn't now delivered upon. len mccluskey also said labour must get it right on immigration or risk losing ground to ukip. the contest for unite's future will have a bearing onjeremy corbyn‘s too. several syrian rebel groups say they've suspended discussions for a planned peace conference in kaza khsta n for a planned peace conference in kazakhstan later this month. they say it's in the light of syrian
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government ceasefire violations. a british—based monitoring group said syrian warplanes had carried out more aid raids in the wadi barada district near damascus. the authorities in brazil say around 60 inmates have died, following a prison riot. families rushed to the jail in manaus in the north of the country, to check if friends or relatives were among the dead, after the battle between rival drug gangs. prison staff are now back in control. police, investigating the murder of a man, who died in an arson attack on a house in mill guy near glasgow, have named him as cameron logan, who was 23. his body was found yesterday morning. his girlfriend was also seriously injured in the blaze and is in a critical condition in hospital. a couple who went missing, while walking in the cairngorms, have been found by rescuers. the man and woman in their 50s failed to return following a day's hike. they'd been forced to spend the night in freezing conditions on the mountains, after bad weather closed in. rescuers say the bivvy bag they used for shelter
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probably saved their lives. their dog — a black collie — was also rescued. rail fares have gone up today, with campaigners calling the 2.3% increase in england, scotland and wales a "kick in the teeth". the government says the rise is below average wage increases, and the money is needed to pay for the modernisation of the network. our business correspondent, joe lynam, reports. if you have to pay out thousands of pounds for a rail season ticket, your new year hasn't very started well. with the exception of northern ireland, the average ticket will be 2.3% more expensive from today. season tickets, which are set by the government, go up by 1.9%, still considerably more than inflation at the moment. even allowing for inflation, fares have risen by a quarter over the past 22 years. people aren't getting paid more money. i don't think the train workers are getting paid more money. so where's the money going?
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i think it's a disgrace, particularly as the railways aren't that efficient. you know, there's always delays. it's going to make me feel disappointed, angry. not a great start to 2017. these latest fare rises will especially sting commuters, who've had to put up with industrial strike action, on top of punctuality problems, insufficient seating and the impact of the weather. but the government says it's on an unprecedented modernising programme. around the rail network, there's a lot happening. billions of pounds being spent. and yes, of course, nobody wants to see a fare increase. but costs rise, pay rises. and right now, fares are rising less fast than wages, so at least that's a step in the right direction. but passenger groups say new investment shouldn't always mean higher fares. there's a huge amount of money coming into the industry from us passengers ‘ about £9 billion a year. that should be buying lots of improvement without the need for price rises.
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it should be by more efficiencies. that's how normal industries work. while passengers may baulk at this latest fare increase, the wider public may welcome them. that's because taxpayers are now shouldering proportionately less of the cost of running the railways than they were. it means of course that commuters are shouldering proportionately more. and campaigners are calling for a totalfreeze in railfares, which they say has become totally disconnected from the service that they get. joe lynam, bbc news. one of the biggest school campuses in the uk is being built in county tyrone, as part of a push to encourage shared education between protestants and catholics. the overwelming majority of pupils in northern ireland go to schools based on religious denomination, but the sharing of facilities on one site is seen as a way of breaking down barriers and fostering improved community relations. 0ur ireland correspondent, chris buckler, reports. in northern ireland, there is a clear divide in education.
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more than 90% of pupils are taught separately in what are broadly seen as protestant and catholic schools. there are many who believe that only reinforces the idea of two distinct communities in the one place. now there is a push to bring schools a little closer together. like obviously there is a division in protestants and catholics. 0bviously now, we are now leading into the future. these pupils are from some of the six schools that will soon sit side by side on 0magh's first share education campus. it will make a big difference, especially when you're closer to them. where i'm from, there's not as much familiar background. the six different schools will have separate buildings on a 140—acre site. this land housed an army base during the many years of violence during northern ireland. the notorious 0magh bombing happened
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just a mile away from where the strule campus is being built. shared education is part of attempts to create what politicians call a shared future and escape those decades of division. there are even proposals for schools that will share the same building. the difference will be that, whenever protestant and catholic pupils walk in, they will be wearing different uniforms. one group will turn left and the other turn right, to be taught in their different wings of the building. there are people who believe that only reinforces differences in identity. they want integrated education. that's what catholic and protestant pupils are taught together. i think shared education is helping but i think integrated education is the actual, ultimate aim that our education system should be working towards. but the vast majority of parents in northern ireland still choose to send their children to state or catholic schools. what our school offers is a separate experience, a separate identity, a separate tradition within that
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faith based environment. this is a unique opportunity to bring us all onto one campus so that we still maintain our own identity and ethos but have that ability to share when we need to share. arvalee recently became the first school to open on the strule campus. it's for pupils with learning difficulties and it's hoped the relationships will be developed with it and its eventual neighbours too. but the true test of this project won't be how close the schools physically are to each other, but how close the pupils feel. chris buckler, bbc news, 0magh. the highly influential art critic, writer and painter, john berger, has died at the age of 90. his pioneering tv series ways of seeing was turned into a best—selling book. he also won the booker prize for literature in 1972. 0ur arts editor, will gompertz, look back at his life. the process of seeing paintings or anything else is less spontaneous
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and natural than we tend to believe. john berger's 1972 bbc television series, ways of seeing, changed the way many of us saw. i want to question some of the assumptions usually made about the tradition of european painting. he argued that the advent of mass media fundamentally altered our perception and appreciation of art. reproductions distort. only a few facsimiles don't. take this original painting in the national gallery. only what you are seeing is still not the original. i'm in front of it, i can see it. the programme was to become iconic and highly influential but would not, he told me a couple of months ago, be made today. we had four months to make these programmes. with nobody ever coming to see us.
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and afterfour months, an incredible amount of editing and reediting, we offered it to them as the fait accompli. in circumstances of making television, which could never occur again, and which were miraculous for us. john berger challenged convention, the establishment, and us. he had the eye of an artist, the intellect of an academic, and the charisma of a performer. the lights are kept low so as to prevent the drawing from fading. he was though, above all, a writer and storyteller. the activity of writing has, for me, been a vital one. it helps me to make sense of things and to continue. he enriched our lives through his novels, poetry and criticism. he showed us how to see — not as individuals but together. john berger, who's died
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at the age of 90. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. stay with us on bbc one. it's time for the news where you are. good evening, i'm asad ahmad. as you will have heard, rail fares have gone up today at a time when strikes, delays and cancellations have blighted the lives of hundreds of thousands of commuters in and around london, for months. it's left many passengers angry, including those who thought their fares wouldn't rise for years. here's sarah harris. new year, new real prices for londoners and for hundreds of thousands of commuters, the only way is up when it comes to the cost of
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their journey. many had is up when it comes to the cost of theirjourney. many had hoped they would be included in the mayor's four—year fare freeze. would be included in the mayor's four-year fare freeze. i have a fully funded package to freeze fares overfour fully funded package to freeze fares over four years, so fully funded package to freeze fares overfour years, so londoners pay not a penny more until 2020.m emerged the mayor can only set fares not travel cards or caps. he said his pledge only referred to tfl prices. many say they feel duped. he said he promised to do this thing and he's failed us. it's another disappointment. always delays. always cancelled trains. i don't think that's very fair. he should stick to his promise of freezing the fares till 2020. i don't think it's a cce pta ble fares till 2020. i don't think it's acceptable really. they've privatised it, but don't, yeah make it better or put on more or make the trains bigger or make the service a nicer experience. tomorrow morning, some will be protesting at london's stations. there's still no end, it
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seems, to these disruptions. we have no guarantee that there will be no disruptions next year. passengers need to come together and work with us need to come together and work with us to lobby the government. fares won't change for those commuters making tube journeys within london. how that will be funded is another point of political contention. sadiq khan will be out and about at london rail stations in the morning. not only to defend his pledge, but also to appealfor tfl only to defend his pledge, but also to appeal for tfl to have more control over commuter trains. if you are one of the hundreds of thousands of people affected by the strikes and disruption on our trains, we'd like to hear from you. we're hosting a televised debate — recorded on sunday evening — about the problems. just e—mail your contact details, including your opinion about the service you've experienced, to bbc rail well, the increasing frustration of the london commute is affecting drivers too, and at least one has decided to take action about the delays over the dartford crossing.
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anand surve from 0rpington has started a petition calling on the government to pay compensation to drivers who get stuck in traffic. thomas magill has been speaking to him. rush hour at the dartford crossing and queues like this is a familiar sight for those who use it regular. anand commutes from 0rpington to bre nts anand commutes from 0rpington to brents wood in essex. what's more frustrating is the fact that he has to pay for the pleasure of sitting in traffic, a situation he's decided to do something about. these delays are unacceptable. they‘ re to do something about. these delays are unacceptable. they're getting worse day by day. therefore i've launched this petition calling for drivers to be compensated in the event of long traffic delays. the petition calls on high ways england to compensate drivers who get stuck in traffic. if he manages to get 100,000 signatures, the idea will be debated in parliament. 0ne motoring
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organisation has concerns about the proposal. you can never really be com pletely proposal. you can never really be completely sure who is to blame for the congestion. it could be on a high ways england managed stretch of road, it could be the crossing itself. there could be a broken down vehicle. so it's very difficult to be able to pinochet the blame. but in theory this sounds great. in practice it might be more difficult to operate. in a statement, hayways england said: this commute continues and whether things change in the future, well, that, he hopes, will depend on the success of his petition. there's been a large fire at a recycling centre in west london, which sent thick smoke billowing across the m4 motorway. firefighters were sent to transport avenue in brentford
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this afternoon, after dozens of calls were received from concerned members of the public. the cause of the fire isn't known. a freedom of information request has revealed that the government spent an average of £10,000 a day on consultants and law firms, ahead of its decision to build a third runway at heathrow. the bill was paid by the departments of transport. the government says it was right to seek expert advice. and now a look at the weather with sara. good evening. today's clear skies are allowing temperatures to drop rapidly across the london area. as we go through the night, subzero for most of us. minus one to minus three degrees that. leads to a met office weather warning for the risk of ice on the roads that. runs until mid—morning. the day itself not as bright as today. drizzle from the north. it's largely fine and perhaps even not as cold as today, with a
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high of seven degrees. next few days dry and settled with overnight frosts. but sunshine by day. we're back again from 6.30am tomorrow with the latest news, travel and weather. for now, have a very good night. good evening. it's been a dry and bright day across most parts of the country today. three and a half tonnes of fireworks got got it off to an explosive start. let's catch up with the weather, here is sarah keith—lucas. fairly chilly but a clear day with plenty of sunshine around and this glorious sunset captured by many of our weather watchers. some clear skies around still and
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temperatures really plummeting since sunset. a cold night to come particular across the southern half of the country where we could see some icy stretches on any untreated services across central parts of england, wales and southern england too. more cloud here keeping temperatures above freezing. we could see as low as minus five degrees. it will be a chilly start. a day choose day morning, more cloud and al briggs of rain for northern and al briggs of rain for northern and north—western scotland. if you getting into northern ireland. much of northern england generally cloudy. heading south across england, clear spells and the odd bug of mist or freezing fog and a similar story in southern parts of wales. through the day most of us looking dry and we will continue to
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see a little bit of rain across the north west of scotland, fairly cloudy across north—western areas. further east and further south, sunny skies although still feeling fresh. it will be quite windy, particularly across northern parts of scotland. high pressure still dominating things into the middle of the week and through into wednesday we will have this cold front pushing its way further south. not much rain but a bit of cloud. it will open its doors to colder air and that will particularly affect eastern coasts of scotla nd particularly affect eastern coasts of scotland and england. if you're exposed to those northsea wins it will feel chilly. further east more in the way of cloud but it thin and break through the day. another decent quiet sort of day with highs around 4—9d. the high pressure stays with us as we look towards the end of the week. thursday should be another largely dry day, again with some wintry sunshine although
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temperatures and 2 degrees in edinburgh. we see a front arriving on friday. goodbye. this is bbc news with lukwesa burak. the headlines at 10:30pm... islamic state group says one of its followers carried out the turkey nightclub attack that killed 39 people. new emerges of the wanted gunman who has been on the run since the shootings. an 11—year—old girl has died two days after being knocked down in a hit—and—run attack in oldham. four men are being questioned. and rail passengers face higherfares across questioned. and rail passengers face higher fares across the uk has average price increases of 2.3% are introduced on the first weekday of the new year.
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