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the iranian president warns that violence and vandalism won't be tolerated — after four days of demonstrations. hassan rouhani appears on television, to say people have the right to protest — but that his country's problems stem from international sanctions. firefighters tackle a huge blaze at liverpool arena — the fire broke out in the multi—storey car park. divers recover the bodies of six people — four believed to be british — who died when a sightseeing plane crashed in australia. manchester city's 18 game—winning run in the premier league comes to an end. and new year's celebrations get underway around the globe, as we prepare to welcome in 2018. good evening and welcome
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to the bbc news at ten. as anti—government protestors in iran have gathered for fourth day of demonstrations, the country's president, hassan rouhani, has said iranians have the right to protest, but not resort to violence and vandalism. his comments are the first by a senior figure in the country since widespread protests began on thursday. today, police in tehran used water cannon against protesters and some social media was banned. kasra naji of the bbc persian service has this report. the centre of tehran during the fourth day of anti—government protests. these protesters are shouting death to the dictator, a reference to iran's supreme leader. the protests a re reference to iran's supreme leader. the protests are the most serious
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challenge to the iranian clerical regime for many years. as the night fell, there were reports of demonstrations from at least a dozen 01’ so demonstrations from at least a dozen or so cities up and down the country. president rouhani has finally made a comment on the unrest, days after they started, the first iranian leader to do so. he said iranians had a right to protest but not to violence and destruction. he said iran had many problems that dated back to previous years, a reference to years of international sanctions because of its nuclear programme. the wave of demonstrations throughout the country demonstrations throughout the cou ntry started demonstrations throughout the country started on thursday here in mashhad in the north—east with what was supposed to be a small protest by the hardliners to criticise the economic policies of the government of president rouhani, something that quickly got out of control. earlier
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in the day, the government moved to limit access in iran to the internet and to uphiller social media apps like telegram. but in spite of these efforts, more and more videos are being posted on social media, and there has been more violence. here in this western city, for example, where a number of people are reported to have been injured. president rouhani's latest words are unlikely to come these demonstrators, who are calling for the overthrow of the government. firefighters have been tackling a major fire at the liverpool echo arena. the fire broke out in the multi—storey car park earlier this evening. steve saul is at the arena for us. steve, what more can you tell us? this is a major operation for
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merseyside fire and rescue service this evening. 1600 cars are thought to be involved in this major blaze at the multistorey car park to the side of the liverpool echo arena close to the albert dock in the city centre. the crews got the call at about quarter to six this evening. a number of vehicles were thought to have been involved in an incident which then spread around the building. a major operation under way, 12 fire engines have been sent to the scene and more emergency vehicles are arriving as we speak. you can see the flames still shooting out of the car park summer four hours after the fire started. the mayor is appealing for help for accommodation and for transport to try and help get people home. many people are unable to access their vehicles this evening. the liverpool international horse show had been taking place here. the horses were led into the arena to keep them safe, as their owners moved the horse boxes which were parked on the ground floor of the car park. now, a
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major investigation is under way and the incident continues here tonight. steve, many thanks. at least 36 people have been killed in a head—on collision between a bus and a truck on a notoriously dangerous road in kenya. the bus was carrying people to the capital, nairobi, when the accident happened on the nakuru—eldoret highway near nakuru. more than 100 people have died in the last few weeks on that stretch of road alone. a seaplane has crashed into a river near sydney, killing all six people on board. reports suggest four of the victims are british, although this has not been confirmed by police. the foreign office here is in contact with officials in australia. the aircraft, on a sightseeing trip in the run—up to the new year celebrations, came down in a river close to the suburb of cowan. phil mercer reports from sydney. the seaplane crashed intojerusalem bay near the town of cowan. on board were five passengers and the pilot. the single—engine aircraft is thought to have sunk rapidly.
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a witness said it had made a tight right—hand turn and then nosedived into the hawkesbury river. a full—scale search was $0011 under way. there were no survivors. police divers have found six bodies. the wreckage of the plane remains in more than 40ft of water. the authorities say a full investigation will take place. i cannot confirm the identity or ages of the people who were on the plane. we are... it is early in the investigation, and we are working with the plane company, getting investigators here to confirm the identities and investigate why the plane crashed into the water. the seaplane was returning from a waterfront restaurant to rose bay on sydney harbour. it's a journey that would normally take around 20 minutes. the aircraft is owned by sydney seaplanes. it provides flights around some
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of the city's most popular tourist attractions, including the opera house, the harbour bridge, and to the north, the hawkesbury river. the company said in a statement that its pilots are some of the most experienced in the world and that all its flights had been suspended until further notice. air—crash investigators will arrive at the site of the accident early on new year's day to try to establish how and why a routine sightseeing flight could end in catastrophe. phil mercer, bbc news, sydney. thousands of rail travellers have faced disrupted journeys today as workers from two companies stage a 24—hour strike. members of the rmt union on south western railway and crosscountry are taking action in disputes about the role of guards, and working patterns. new year's celebrations have begun around the world as we welcome in 2018. new zealand was the first
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to see fireworks before sydney harbour was transformed into a blaze of colour. richard lister‘s report contains flashing images. 0nce once again, sydney set the standard for new years fireworks. 1.5 million people lined the harbour front for a dazzling, deafening celebration. the rainbow theme was a tribute to australia's legalisation of same—sex marriage. two hours earlier, auckland, new zealand, was the first major city to celebrate 2018. it's sky tower lit up like a giant roman candle. that's the unmistakable
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sound of north korea joining the celebrations which what else but a display of rocket power. perhaps the most unusual display, though, didn't involve fireworks at all. in dubai they lit up the world's tallest building with lasers. the burj khalifa became a shimmering campus, visible up to 60 miles away. while midnight swept around the world, new york was gearing up for its celebrations, one of several cities with unprecedented security this year. with unprecedented security this yea r. parts of with unprecedented security this year. parts of china have had a day of festivities, even though they will mark the new year in february. but hong kong may have out does old sydney. fireworks exploded across victoria harbour to a tune most of us victoria harbour to a tune most of us will be singing later. well, here, preparations are underway around the country.
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there will be big crowds in london and edinburgh. jonathan blake is in london for us. the countdown is well and truly on for london's spectacular fireworks display. the crowds here on the victoria embankment and on the bridges are building as the 100,000 people who have tickets for tonight ta ke people who have tickets for tonight take their place in the viewing area is. it's a huge event, and requires a huge security operation. it is tight, as you would imagine. the metropolitan police say there is no specific threat to the celebrations tonight but they're asking people to be vigiland, tonight but they're asking people to be vigil and, people have had bags searched and they‘ re be vigil and, people have had bags searched and they're asking people to report anything they see as suspicious. armed officers are on patrol and we are told undercover officers are in the crowd. we are
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told there will be 11 minutes and 15 seconds of fireworks. there will be three barges on the river with 30 tonnes of equipment setting off 50,000 individual explosions, with a the london eye the centrepiece. the soundtrack features female artists to celebrate 2018 as the centenary year of women being given the right to vote. and it all kicks off as big ben chimes midnight. london, not the only city celebrating in style tonight. andrew black is in edinburgh. as you can see behind me, the party has really kicked off now. this is the main street in edinburgh, princes street, which has been transformed for a street party tonight. we're expecting around 60,000 people, and 150,000 people in total coming to edinburgh to see in the new year. tonight will end with a massive crescendo, a huge fireworks display, which is set off
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every year from the edinburgh castle and battlements, and it has been extended at in is going to be a record ten minutes long. people have been enjoying live music from the likes of rag'n‘bone man and the human league as well. also there is the serious issue of security at big public events like this. pulleys here have put extra resources out on the streets, including armed officers in, but as with the event in london, there has not been any specific threat, and at the moment police have been trying to make sure that people can enjoy themselves as much as possible while keeping a close eye on things. some more good news tonight, because this is scotla nd news tonight, because this is scotland and the weather can sometimes be fairly horrific in the winter chill parts of the country have been battered by storm dylan over the last day or so, but organisers were confident tonight that things would go ahead as planned, and they have indeed if the
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weather is holding out, it's not too bad here tonight. people are having a really awesome time, and i think that's probably going to continue right until the final countdown to midnight. enjoy the party, both of you! football, and arsene wenger reached a new milestone by taking charge of arsenal for a record 811 premier league matches — as his club drew 1—1 with west bromwich albion. and manchester city's winning run in the league has come to a halt after 18 games. they were held to a goalless draw by crystal palace. they still head into the new year with a 14—point lead at the top of the table. adam wild watched the action. the message from fans was clear enough. still it is hard to imagine just how things could get any better for manchester city. never has a tim paine so farahead for manchester city. never has a tim paine so far ahead at the end of the year. as for their potential, there seems no end. but against crystal
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palace this was a new year lacking celebration. gabrieljesus was injured, leaving in tears. it was his replacement sergio aguero who went closest in the first half. but this was not the brilliance from city that all had come to fear. victory would have equalled the european record, the target, then, straightforward — hitting it seemingly less so. but palace had chances of their own with which they should have done better. and that ultimately for them is how this will be remembered. in the 90th minute they were awarded a penalty, but luka milivojevic was unable to score. so, not quite the perfect end to 2017 for either side. for both, new year's eve, as is so often the case, a bit of an anti—climax. elsewhere a big day on the calendar ofa elsewhere a big day on the calendar of a rather different sort. at west brom, arsene wenger took charge of arsenalfor brom, arsene wenger took charge of arsenal for the 811th premier league
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game, a new record. but there was much work to be done before any celebrations could start. his team bade him wait, it wasn't until the second half that they found a way through, and even then it took a little deflection. but with just moments left, that was still far from the end of it. two minutes remaining and west brom were offered a hand back into it. this was deemed a hand back into it. this was deemed a penalty and jay rodriguez gladly spoiled arsene wenger‘s special day. drama to the very end of the year. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. that's all from me. i wish you a very happy new year. good night. hello. this is bbc news. political leaders have been
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reflecting on the past 12 months in there new years messages with theresa may calling 2017 a year of progress for the uk. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn said the hope for a new britain was closer than ever. emma foy reports. up after a political year dominated by brexit, it's no surprise the subject played a key part in theresa may's new year's message. she said the government has pursued our brexit objectives with steady purpose, and progress will continue in 2018, when the talks move on to trade. but not for the first time, theresa may made clear she wants to be more than madam brexit. making a success of brexit is crucial, but it will not be the limit of our ambitions. we also have to carry on making a difference here and now on the issues that matter to people's daily lives. that means building an economy fit for the future, and taking a balanced approach to government spending, so we get our debt falling, but can also invest in the things that matter, our schools, police
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and our precious nhs. mrs may also said next year we will continue the fight against all forms of extremism and she said she believed 2018 could be a year of renewed pride in our country. meanwhile, the tone ofjeremy corbyn's address was rather different. he said we're being held back by a self—serving elite, and pointed to the gains made by labour at the general election, saying this was the year when people said no more. the old political consensus is finished. we're staking out the new centre ground in british politics, backing the things which most people want, but are blocked by vested interests. we are a government in waiting, while the conservatives are weak, divided and stuck in an outdated rut with no new ideas. the hope of a new britain run in the interests of the many, not the few, is closer than ever before. the new year messages draw to a close what has been politically
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a dramatic 12 months. emma vardy, bbc news. in his new year speech, the chinese president, xijinping, has suggested that his country will play a greater role in international affairs in 2018. mr xi said the world now expected a clear stance from beijing on international issues. he said china would maintain the authority of the united nations and pledged to tackle climate change. the un secretary—general has called for global unity in his new year's message. antonio guterres urged leaders to bring people together around common goals. he also expressed his concerns about deepening conflicts and violations of human rights. 0n on new year's day 2018i am not issuing an appeal, i'm issuing an alert, a red alert for our world. conflicts have deepened and new dangers have emerged. global
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anxieties about nuclear weapons are there highest since the cold war. and climate change is moving faster than we are. inequalities are growing and we see horrific violations of human rights. nationalism and xenophobia on the rise, and as we begin 2018 i call for unity. i truly believe we can make our world more safe and secure, we can settle conflicts, overcome hatred, but we can only do that together. the number of women journalists killed while working in the field has risen, according to new research. the committee to protectjournalists also found that 2017 saw a record number of journalists being detained, as lucy hockings reports. that they say they were simply doing theirjobs. in myanmar, journalists wa lone and kyaw soe 0o, seen here on their way to court, are being held in prison, charged with illegally obtaining information. we tried to tell the truth, wa lone says.
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the pair had been reporting on burmese military actions against rohingya muslims in rakhine state. the arrests come as investigations from the committee to protect journalists claim that a record high of 262 journals were put of 262 journlists were put behind bars in 2017. turkey remains the world's worst jailer for the second consecutive year, with 73 journalists imprisoned. after the attempted coup in 2016, turkish authorities began a crackdown on journalists, accusing some of terrorist activity. conflict zones in iraq and syria continue to be the deadliest place for journalists in 2017 with at least 15 killed, including kurdish reporter shifa gardi who died in a roadside bomb blast in mosul in february. worldwide, in 2017, a2journalists were killed while doing their work. away from conflict zones, mexico was the deadliest
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country for reporters. at least six were murdered in the last year. in may, journalist javier valdez cardenas was dragged from his car and shot dead in the northern mexican city of culiacan. in europe, violence against the press is rare, but in malta, in october, daphne caruana galizia died when her car exploded. investigators said it was a remote—controlled bomb. galizia had received death threats for her reports on corruption. in denmark, swedish freelance reporter kim wall was killed when she went to interview peter madsen on board this submarine he had built. the committee to protectjournalists say wall's death highlights the risk for freelancers who are not supervised by editors who would normally monitor their whereabouts and safety. more than a third of reporters killed worldwide in 2017 were freelance. in 2017 worked freelance. the number of those killed and imprisoned highlights the risks
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that journalists sometimes take in order to report the truth. and update now for you on that fire in liverpool which started in a multistorey car park. merseyside police say it believes that the fire has to straw it all vehicles in the car park, and that car park has a capacity of 1600. it broke out earlier in the day, mid—afternoon, in the car park next to the echo arena in liverpool. the international horse show had a show on this evening which had to be cancelled because of it, and many people had to leave without their vehicles. and we now know, according to the police, that they believe all the vehicles in that car park have been destroyed. moving on... historians have a fresh insight into everyday life in ancient egypt,
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as a result of new technology. researchers at university college london have developed a scanning technique that reveals what is written on the papyrus of mummy cases. 0ur science correspondent pallab ghosh has this exclusive report. the hieroglyphics found in the tombs of the pharaohs show the lives of the ancient egyptians. but the paintings are what the rich and powerful wanted the people to know — they are the propaganda of their time. but now, there's a wealth of information about ordinary people being discovered, using a new scientific technique. with a specially—modified camera, researcher cerys jones takes photos of a mummy‘s case at chiddingstone castle in kent. you can't see anything with the naked eye, but using infrared, a name is revealed — irethoreru. a common name in ancient egypt, it's a stephen or david of its time. it is amazing. everyone in the room gasped,
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and people jumped up and ran for the computer, because in that one image you could read it. these scraps of papyrus are more than 2,000 years old. they were recycled to make the breastplate that covered a mummified body. the writing is obscured by the plaster and paste that hold them together, but researchers can see what lies beneath by scanning them with different kinds of light, which makes the inks glow. these now constitute one of the best libraries we have of waste papyrus that otherwise would have been thrown away, so it includes things like, you know, tax receipts, and everyday information that we would nowadays throw away, back they they would throw away, but fortunately it was recycled into these objects. our knowledge of ancient egypt is through the eyes of pharaohs and the very wealthy, who were buried with their possessions. but this new imaging technique is enabling researchers to find out about the lives of ordinary egyptians. until now, the only way to see what was written on the papyrus
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was to destroy these masks, leaving egyptologists with a dilemma — do they destroy these precious objects, or do they keep them untouched, leaving the stories within them untold 7 i'm really horrified when i see objects like these papyri cartonnages being destroyed in order to get at the text inside. they're finite resources, and we now have the technology to both preserve those beautiful, precious objects that tell us about, you know, ways of dying, but also looking inside them in order to understand the ways that the egyptians lived. there are hundreds of cases and masks that can be scanned, each one telling its own individual story of everyday life in ancient egypt. pallab ghosh, bbc news. susan powell has the weather. storm dylan brought a lively end to
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the year across the northern half of the year across the northern half of the british isles. this is the system we' re the british isles. this is the system we're talking about and it wrote heavy rain and strong winds to scotla nd wrote heavy rain and strong winds to scotland and northern ireland and northern england. things are a bit calmer behind that system now but through the course of the night we will see quite a few showers coming in from the west. still breezy as well. as for new year's day, another deep load this time to the south of the british isles. for southern counties of england it could be a stormy start. the persistent rain could head for north than this picture suggests. certainly a wet start for southern england and potentially south wales. further north, sunshine, further north still, a showery picture for northern ireland and southern and western scotland.
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in the north—east, a chilly start. this rain ploughs off into the continent through the morning pretty quickly. showers will push into north wales and northern england through the second half of the day. some heavy ones in southern scotland and northern ireland. 0vernight, into tuesday, there is a ridge of high pressure, and that will allow temperatures to come temperatures to come down, giving us probably the chilliest night of the week ahead, with a patchy frost first thing on tuesday. a wet picture but perhaps brighter in the afternoon on tuesday. milderaircoming in behind that, 11—12 in the south and just 4—6dc in the north.
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in the week ahead, generally, apart from going into tuesday, a frost—free story, but it will be windy and could be further heavy rain. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines: firefighters tackle a huge blaze at a multistorey car park at liverpool's echo arena. police believe that all vehicles have been destroyed. the iranian president warns that violence and vandalism would be tolerated after four days of anti—government four believed i425: : 37—5: 5 : 57: 57 four believed to 2:3 37—5: 5 : 57: 57 four believed to be 5: 77 37—5: 5 47 57: 57 four believed to be british, 5: 5 47 if 57 who died when a plane crashed into a river north of sydney. now one bbc news, a look back at the
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highlights of hull 2017 and find out what impact this year—long festival of arts and culture has had
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