this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. the headlines at 7pm: four israeli soldiers are killed injerusalem, after a man drives a lorry into them, 15 others are injured. cctv footage shows the lorry approaching, police say the driver was a palestinian who was shot dead at the scene. the prime minister appears to accept that leaving the eu is likely to mean leaving the single market. the former iranian president, akbar rafsanjani has died, he was seen as an influential moderate voice in iran. the queen appears in public for the first time since she was taken ill with a cold before christmas, attending a church service at sandringham. also this hour, the big freeze, parts of europe and the eastern united states are hit by a cold snap. heavy snowfall and sub—zero temperatures have left more than 20 people dead and caused transport chaos.
i will be talking to the poet adam o'riordan about his first collection of short stories set in california. the burning ground. good evening. four israeli soldiers, three of them women, were killed injerusalem today when a man rammed the lorry he was driving into them. israeli police say he was a palestinian who was then shot dead at the scene, the israeli prime minister has said he was a supporter of so—called islamic state. in the last 16 months there have been a series of attacks by palestinians on israelis, the hamas movement called today's attack a "heroic act", but stopped short of claiming responsibility. this report from yolande knell contains images you may find disturbing. a hazy view ofjerusalem.
this is what israeli soldiers on a training course had come to see. security camera footage shows two groups, the one in the background has just got off a coach when this happens. look at the top left of the screen, the lorry drives at the soldiers at high speed and hits them. then it backs up quickly, apparently trying to crush more people before the driver is shot dead. he is said to have been a palestinian from a nearby area of eastjerusalem. witnesses who saw the bloody aftermath spoke of the shah. i just saw the truck going onto the sidewalk from the road and hitting the soldiers and it took me some time to understand it was a terror attack. those who died were all in their 20s. more than a dozen others were wounded. you can still see the skid marks in the dark here.
this is the very spot where those soldiers were killed. there has been an upsurge in palestinian attacks in the past year or so, but this is one of the deadliest and the use of a lorry is also something unusual. visiting the scene, the prime minister said this was similar to recent attacks in europe and it could have been inspired by the so—called islamic state. we know the identity of the attacker. according to the signs he was a supporter of the islamic state. we know there has been a series of terror attacks. they are definitely could be a connection between them, from france to berlin and now jerusalem. israel has blamed previous attacks on incitement by palestinian officials and social media. palestinian leaders say they have been driven by anger after more than 20 years of on and off peace talks have failed to deliver an independent palestinian state. more now on those events in
jerusalem and those four israeli soldiers who died when the mantra of the lorry into them. the israeli energy minister said the attack was carried out by a supporter of so—called islamic state. carried out by a supporter of so-called islamic state. we have very clear evidence. i am unable to share it currently. the investigation is still going on, but we have clear evidence and now i am not saying it is only islamic state. he was inspired by islamic state in the last few months, but part of the problem, and this is the main obstacle problem, and this is the main o bsta cle for problem, and this is the main obstacle for peace, is that the palestinian education system indoctrinate is children with two messages, that israel should be
destroyed sooner or later, regardless of any borders and that the jewish people regardless of any borders and that thejewish people are horrible creatures who should be exterminated. when you educate young people from childhood with such messages, the end result is hatred and terrorism. we see it today. u nfortu nately, we and terrorism. we see it today. unfortunately, we feel notjust extremely sad, but also frustrated. and we'll find out how this story, and many others, are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:15 and 11:30 this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are the political columnist for the independent, john rentoul and the former government minister, esther mcvey. theresa may says the government will take back control of britain's borders when we leave the eu and appeared to suggest that could mean leaving the single market. but in her first interview of the new year, mrs may said the choice between controlling immigration and staying in the single market was not
a binary, either—or, decision. here's our political correspondent, carole walker. after six months in power, the prime minister has begun to signal what she wants from the brexit negotiations. brexit means brexit. she knows that no longer satisfies only one. theresa may denies muddled thinking, saying britain would take back control of its borders and appeared to hint that would mean leaving the single market. people talk in terms as if somehow we are leaving the eu but we still want to keep its of membership. we are leaving, we are coming out, we will not be a member of any longer. the question is, what is the right relationship for the uk to have with the european union when we are outside? campaigners on both sides of the brexit argument took that as a clear signal we will leave the single market. labour are not satisfied. she had one question put to her three times and still didn't answer that
which is are you prioritising immigration over access to the single market? that was the question she did not want to answer. i think now ten to 11 weeks from the triggering of article 50 and the most important negotiations for a generation, we need more clarity tank top and we don't have it. nicola sturgeon want any move to take scotland out of the single market as part of the uk could trigger a second referendum on independence. they will be making a big mistake if they think i am bluffing. we have to ask ourselves in scotland, are we happy to have the direction of our country, the kind of country we want to be comedy covered by a right—wing conservative government? do we want to take control of our own future? theresa may does not want her time in downing street defined by brexit and she stressed that referendum vote was a demand for wider change to divide the country is run, so she is promising a programme of social reform which she says
will help notjust the breast, but every level of society. it is about dealing everyday injustices, but also about recognising our obligations as citizens within the community and the society we have here in the uk. it is about recognising that there is a role for government, but government needs to ensure it is acting as effectively as possible in those areas where it should be taking action. she says her government will tackle the housing crisis, fix broken market and change attitudes to mental health. the prime minister's language is ambitious, she will be judged on whether policies deliver the changes she is promising. persons and is meeting with senior figures in donald trump is
marketing. mr trump figures in donald trump is marketing. mrtrump and figures in donald trump is marketing. mr trump and the president elect strategist steve bannon was there. the former president of iran, akbar rafsa njani, has died at the age of 82. he was one of the country's leading moderates and his death comes four months before iran's presidential election. mr rafsanjani was president from 1989 to 1997. mahan abedin is an academic and journalist working for the middle east eye website. thank you very much forjoining us here on bbc news. when it was mr rafsa nja ni here on bbc news. when it was mr rafsa njani at the here on bbc news. when it was mr rafsanjani at the height of his powers and what did he achieve? he was a centralfigure in iranian politics for at least a decade and a half, certainly in the 1980s he was widely recognised as being number two to ayatollah khamenei and he played a central role in the prosecution of the iran— iraq war, while at the same time being speaker of the uranium parliament. following
the demise of ayatollah khamenei he became the president and he also played a big role in facilitating the rise to power of the current leader. the two enjoyed a very uneasy equilibrium, a balance of power, forfour orfive uneasy equilibrium, a balance of power, for four or five years before the is not too high and the differences between the two men became too great and ever since the rise to power of the reformists in 1997, rafsa njani's star rise to power of the reformists in 1997, rafsanjani's star has been on the decline. he mentioned the current ayatollah. he has paid tribute to mr rafsanjani, describing him asa tribute to mr rafsanjani, describing him as a companion in struggle, despite the differences between them. he says his cooperation and dated back 59 years and my loss of this companion is difficult and overwhelming. what were the major differences between them? that is
correct. the two men had a relationship stretching over six decades and rafsa njani relationship stretching over six decades and rafsanjani had impeccable revolutionary credentials in the struggle against the former shah, as did mr khamenei. they certainly had that in common. they worked very closely over the years, despite the huge differences. they we re despite the huge differences. they were always meeting fairly regularly. that close rapport, the close bond between them was never truly broken. nevertheless, certainly since the late 1990s and the beginning of 2005 when mr rafsa nja ni the beginning of 2005 when mr rafsa njani tried to the beginning of 2005 when mr rafsanjani tried to run for the presidency again, strong sections within the establishment, notably the islamic revolutionary guard and people close to mr khamenei started to clamp down on mr rafsanjani powers —— mr rafsanjani's power. the major lost some of his positions. his leadership of the tay rana friday prayers, which is a prestigious road, his leadership of
the assembly of experts and other bodies. they also went after members of his family. his daughter was at the touch rapperjailed for a year. 0ne the touch rapperjailed for a year. one of his sons was jailed for a year on security and economic crime charges. they felt a certain level of fear from charges. they felt a certain level of fearfrom him charges. they felt a certain level of fear from him and they clamped down. this was not helped by the fa ct down. this was not helped by the fact that rafsa njani down. this was not helped by the fact that rafsanjani very opportunistically had tried to get close to the opposition, especially after the 2009 contested presidential elections. after the 2009 contested presidential electionslj after the 2009 contested presidential elections. i wonder how his influence might be felt in the future? would he approved of the direction iran is heading? that is a good question. his legacy will be a very mixed one. although he tried very mixed one. although he tried very ha rd very mixed one. although he tried very hard in his final years to get close to the opposition they never really truly accepted him. secondly the classic reformists around the former president never accepted him and even the new generation green
movement of people, they had deep reservations about him, because at heart mr rafsa njani reservations about him, because at heart mr rafsanjani was an authoritarian. he was not a reformist. even during his presidential term from 1989 to 1987, in keeping with his neoliberal philosophy he had this chinese model of reform in line for iran. in the sense that the country would remain authoritarian at the political level, but that it would open up economic late and become fully capitalist and fully integrated into the global economy. iran is not china, so that never really worked out. even amongst opposition people, reform ists out. even amongst opposition people, reformists and people who want to open up the uranium system, he was never fully taken on board. open up the uranium system, he was neverfully taken on board. his legacy is very mixed. the establishment had completely abandoned by the time of his demise. he had lost many of his key connections and his positions and he never really fully integrated himself with the opposition. thank you very much. a 2a hour strike by london
underground workers overjob losses and ticket office closures has begun this evening. talks at the conciliation service, acas, and a personal plea from the mayor of london failed to prevent the walkout. emilia papadopoulos has this report. both commuters and the mayor of london had been hoping it would not come to this, but this morning unions confront the rejected a last—minute offer from transport for london to stop the walk—out. while many don't know how or if they will be able to get to work tomorrow, what is certain is more chaos and disruption. businesses like this one in kosovo are also worried. sunday isa in kosovo are also worried. sunday is a fairly quiet day for us, but we rely on a lot of walkins. i don't believe we will have that. a lot of the people coming to us after half seven in the evening, considering the strike is starting this evening, i don't think we will see any of that. in north london, thousands of football fa ns that. in north london, thousands of football fans know getting home will be tough. i will have to stay at my
parents' house be tough. i will have to stay at my pare nts' house and be tough. i will have to stay at my parents' house and they will drive me to work. that is howl parents' house and they will drive me to work. that is how i will manage. , a black cab, overground, how they work. during the strike, tefl will put on 200 extra buses but do expect long queues. it would be easier to hire a bike. although it will be busy, hundreds of extra bikes will be available at special hubs at waterloo, king's cross and here at soho square near tottenham court road. there will also be extra staff to help people drop off bikes with the docking stations or food. there are other ways to get into the capital, but none of them would be plain sailing. we certainly will not be seen many of these. amelia has given us the latest update on the strike from euston station. it is quite evident here because there is a lot more traffic building here for a sunday evening. people have come off trains from abroad or from around the country looking to
get onto the tube and it is all closed. we are already seen disruption here. the tube station at euston, also king's cross, waterloo, all the major stations will be closed tonight. that is a problem because a lot of people travel into those stations from outside london. they will be travelling tomorrow morning. they would take the tube elsewhere. we will be expecting congestion and to remind people travelling tomorrow, all tube stations in someone will be closed. they waterloo & city lines, victoria will not be running at all and there will not be running at all and there will be severely reduced services on the lines, especially in outer london. we know the latest deal was rejected, but the mayor of london, sadiq khan, is keen to solve this. he has told his team to be up and ready around the clock to help avert a disaster tomorrow and i am sure commuters will be hoping he can pull it off. we have just had a
we havejust had a brief we have just had a brief update from transport for london via their twitter account saying that not much has changed yet. 0ver twitter account saying that not much has changed yet. over an hour into the strike action, status object so that the two stations have closed because of staff absences. we will keep an eye on how the strike action is affecting transport about the evening. you are watching bbc news. the headlines on bbc news: the israeli prime minister visits the location of a lorry attack which killed four israeli soldiers and injured 15 others. benjamin netanyahu blamed the attack injerusalem on islamic state militants. theresa may says she will announce more details about her brexit plans over the coming weeks, insisting that britain will get the right deal. and iran's former president, akbar hashemi rafsanjani has died, he was a dominant figure in the country's politics since the 1980s. much of europe is in the grip of a big freeze with some areas
seeing temperatures that are colder than the arctic. it's led to more than 20 deaths over the last couple of days and there has been heavy snowfall, even in places like the greek islands, which rarely see snow. and the eastern united states is also experiencing harsh winter condition which have led to many fatal crashes on the roads. leanne brown has this report. blizzards and dangerously low temperatures are continuing to cause havoc across europe. traffic is paralysed in romania, where winds of up to 90mph have closed more than 50 roads. hundreds of people have had to be rescued from their cars and one woman gave birth in an emergency vehicle at the side of the highway. it's the vulnerable who are most at risk, so extra food and clothes are being handed out to help the homeless. we are thanking god for taking care of the needy people. they call us homeless but i don't want anybody to be in our situation. temperatures in some parts are now
below those in the arctic. at least ten people have lost their lives in poland, many from hypothermia. the police are now routinely checking abandoned buildings. towns hit by last year's earthquake in italy are now facing a new thread. eight people have died and the vatican is distributing thermal sleeping bags and leaving vehicles unlocked so homeless people can get warm. in turkey, parts of istanbul are at a standstill. roads are blocked, hundreds of flights are cancelled, and waterways closed. snow has even hit the greek islands. thousands of refugees in lesbos, who are used to more warmer conditions, have had to be moved to heated tents. after ten years in greece comes the snow and our people are very happy.
the thousands of people in america's deep south, storm helena has brought eight inches of snow, at least four people are thought to have died, tens of thousands of homes are without power, and in atlanta alone 400 flights have been disrupted. many residents are stocking up on essentials and staying inside. we will stay home all weekend just because we can. we've got wood by the fireplace and ready to go. as the storm moves, more roads are turning to ice rinks and it looks like there will be no letup for both the us and europe. forecasters are warning freezing temperatures will remain for a few more days at least. the authorities in florida have charged a 26—year old iraq veteran with the shooting at fort lauderdale airport which killed five people and injured several others. there are questions about why
esteban santiago, who'd told the fbi he heard voices and was being controlled by the us government, was allowed to keep his weapon after being interviewed last year. the israeli ambassador in london has apologised after the embassy‘s political officer was secretly filmed saying he wanted to "take down" some british mps, including the foreign office minister, sir alan duncan. shai masot was recorded by an undercover aljazeera reporter as he lunched with a female aide to the mp robert halfon, a former political director of the group, conservative friends of israel. mr masot is also heard describing the foreign secretary, borisjohnson, as an idiot. the ambassador, mark regev, said the comments did not reflect the israeli government's views. jane frances kelly reports. the emergence of the footage is highly embarrassing for the israelis. it shows shai masot dining with, among others, an aide to the conservative education minister robert halfon. mr masot, a senior political adviser
at the israeli embassy, says he would like to bring down a member of the british government. sir alan duncan has been a fierce critic of israeli policy. just over two years ago, he described israel's control and division of the west bank city of hebron as nothing short of apartheid, where palestinians were treated as second—class citizens. in the covert footage, mr masot also describes sir alan's boss, borisjohnson, in less than flattering terms. sir crispin blunt, chair of the commons' foreign affairs select committee, described mr masot‘s comments about sir alan as outrageous and deserving of investigation. lord pollock, director of the conservative friends of israel said, "we utterly condemn any attempt to undermine sir alan duncan, or any minister or any member of parliament". in a statement, the foreign office said:
while the british government is not taking any further action, the film raises uncomfortable questions about mr masot, and just how much influence he has been able to wield. jane—frances kelly, bbc news. credit card and personal loan debt is at record levels according to new analysis by the tuc. it says unsecured debt, that is money that's not borrowed against property, has reached £13,000 per household. unions are warning a slowdown in wage growth and increasing inflation could make the debt more difficult to repay for many people this year. here's our business correspondent, joe lynam. with the christmas sales winding down, are finances will soon come into focus. we appear to be taking on increasing amounts of unsecured debt,
that includes student loans and overd rafts, but especially credit cards as well as personal loans. selina jordan ran up credit card debts and overdrafts of £23,000. herfinances are in order now, but she said getting credit was not a problem. £23,000, 12 and a half on this card, more on the other one. i can't tell you the figures. 0verdraft, then it ran out. i take 100% of the blame. however, they made it too easy. way too easy. britain has a record total of £229 billion in unsecured debt. for the average household, the figure has doubled since 2000 to almost £13,000, which means we spent almost 20% of our disposable income, are earnings after tax, p after these debts. that doesn't even
include the mortgage. there is too much across the board because that is what people are dying and we did it about two thirds of the debt is from an increase in consumer credit. we think these figures are cause for concern and we think these are issues we need to be thinking about going into the worrying year for people when you're expecting to see another living standards squeeze. while some types of debt might be rising, the bank of england says mortgage arrears and loan defaults have been steadily declining. andy halliday and from the banks of the regulator wasn't worried yet. although the household debt ratio is high by historical comparison, it has come down in a fairly sizeable away, but about what is more, interest rates are still very low. with interest rates set to remain low, regulators are worried that we may be taking on too many debts, which becomes an issue if the economy weakens in 2017.
the queen has recovered from her heavy cold and was well enough to attend church at sandringham this morning, her first public appearance since the beginning of december. 0ur royal correspondent, daniela relph, was there, her report contains flash photography. it had been a much anticipated arrival. driven in a state bentley, it was the first time the queen was seen in public since arriving on the sandringham estate before christmas. cheered as she emerged from the car, she arrived just before 11 o'clock for the church service accompanied by the duke of edinburgh. she had missed church on christmas and new year's day guitoune a heavy, lingering cold. those who waited were pleased to see her. we saw her very close up and she looked a little bit frail, to be honest, it is nice to see her. was exciting. when you see her you get a little buzz. it is good to know she was coming. she looked bright in the car. the queen's speech, recorded
before christmas day, was one of the last time the monarch was a scene. she also carried out an investiture in early december. over the past three weeks she has been laid low. as a precaution, she was advised to stay inside and rest, to help her recovery. the queen's attendance at church is a sign she is feeling much better. her appearance today will ease the inevitable concern and speculation that arose during her absence from church over previous weeks. after church, the queen was driven back to the main house on the estate. she will remain in effect until next month. the singer songwriter peter sarstedt, best known for his 1969 hit where do you go to my lovely?‘ has died. the song went to number one
in 1a countries and won an ivor novello award. the 75—year—old had retired from performing in 2010 due to ill health. hollywood is gearing up for this year's golden globes, one of the biggest nights in the entertainment calendar. the ceremony is traditionally seen as an indicator of which films will do well at the oscars and there are plenty of british contenders. this report by our los angeles correspondent, james cook, contains some flash photography. hollywood likes nothing better than talking about itself. this year it has gone a step further, singing and dancing. la la land's love interests are played by ryan gosling and emma stone, and the city of stars itself. you've never seen it? i've never seen it. oh, my. you know it is playing at the rialto? really? yes. the next contender for golden globes glory could hardly be more different.
he usually can take care of hisself. he good that way. moonlight, with six nominations, is a coming—of—age story. naomie harris plays a drug—addicted mother, and she thinks the industry is getting better at telling stories about people of colour. i think there is a fantastic level of diversity this year, and i think it's something that is so to be celebrated. and it is a shame that we have to... it almost seems so regressive to have these conversations about race, in 2017 now, that we are still fixated about that. we just want great movies, really. do you think there is a change this year? where do you think we stand? i think there are changes happening all the time. when i think about my career 25 years ago, and starting out, and how few actors there were to fill the very few roles for people of colour, the stories were just not the stories that i guess studios and producers... didn't realise they were stories that people wanted to see. another story that continues to fascinate is that
of the british royalfamily. claire foy has been showered with praise for her portrayal of the young elizabeth. what a role to take on. i know, what an idiot! do you know what the royals think of it? no, i wish i did. i wish they would reach out, but we don't know anything, really. i was wondering if i might take danny into town? for what? a change. in tv, the bbc coproduction the night manager has four nominations. the adaptation ofjohn le carre's novel has won praise from critics and audiences, to the delight of its star, tom hiddleston. when you make something, you never know if it's going to catch fire and ignite people's interests, but it seemed to. and that is testament to the writing ofjohn le carre.