this is bbc news. the headlines at 8pm: a terror investigation is launched after three people including a police officer are stabbed at manchester's victoria station. my thoughts are very much with the couple who are still being treated in hospitalfor their very serious injuries and of course with the brave british transport police officer that was stabbed during the attack. signals from the nasa space probe new horizons confirm it has successfully flown past icy mass ultima thule, the most distant object every explored in the solar system. jair bolsonaro, a far—right politician vowing a crackdown on crime and corruption, is sworn in as brazil's new president. in russia, an 11—month—old baby is pulled from the rubble of a block of flats hit by an explosion. eight bodies have so far been found. coming up in our sports bulletin, tottenham beat cardiff 3—0 as they move to second in the premier league with goals from harry kane, christian eriksen and son heung—min. and in half an hour,
we take a front row seat as mark kermode looks back on the big releases of the year in review 2018: the year in film. police have launched a terror investigation after the stabbing of three people last night at manchester's victoria railway station, one of them a police officer. a 25—year—old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. the victims‘ injuries are said to be serious, but not life—threatening. the prime minister said her thoughts were with them and praised the response of the emergency services. our correspondent danny savage is in manchester for us tonight. i think there is little doubt that anybody that was passing through manchester victoria railway
station at about 8:50pm last night would have been terrified to witness the event that happened here on the platform. a knife attack carried out at random it appears on people passing through the station. and police have said because of what the attacker allegedly said during the attack and after the attack as he was led out of the doors here into a police van, they are now treating this as a terrorism investigation. a railway station in central manchester just before 9pm last night. police restrained a man on the ground who moments earlier had been wielding a knife attacking passersby. a bbcjournalist was on the platform at the time and saw what happened. it's new year's eve, people have had a drink, they've probably... it's just a fight, it'll fizzle out
in the next few seconds. but then, ijust heard the guy shout as part of a sentence, he shouted allah and then i thought that doesn't sound good. at that point, he was just inching towards the tracks to jump on the tracks. he was pepper sprayed, he was tasered, theyjust kind of swarmed on him and brought him down. three people were stabbed. one of them was a policeman, the other two were a couple, a man and a woman in their 50s. all the injuries were serious, but not life—threatening. a short time later, the man was taken away from manchester victoria station by police shouting "god is greatest" in arabic. the chief constable of greater manchester police says it is being treated as a terrorist—related incident. we are treating this as a terrorist investigation, which is being led by counterterrorism officers
with support from greater manchester police. we're working throughout the night to piece together of what happened and to identify the man who was arrested. at the same time, they announced they were searching a property in the cheatham hill area of the city, where police now stand guard. the city's mayor is trying to reassure people. manchester is strong, it is united, we will not allow anybody to divide us. we will continue to work closely with colleagues in the government and other public services over the coming days, but as i say, people should not be unduly alarmed. we would ask people to remain vigilant, but we believe this has all the hallmarks and appears to be an isolated incident.
the investigation is now ongoing on the attacker here last night is likely to be in hospitalfor some time. now police also say that the location of the attack may be a factor as well. this is manchester victoria station. it is adjacent to the manchester arena and that is where a suicide bomber killed 22 people back in 2017 and injured many hundreds of others. just listening to what the counterterrorism officer had to say today and also the chief constable of greater manchester police had to say to us today, they are reading betwween the lines and itjust feels as though they do not feel as though it is a coincidence that this attack that has happened in the city last night, that happened here, and that is just a coincidence that it happened at the same railway station close to the arena. so that is part of their inquiry as well. anchor: ample credit to the policeman because we heard
from sam about a dispute to which they responded and they prevented others from being attacked. what has been the general reaction today from people in manchester? one of the key points the counterterrorism officer made to us today. he basically gave us an on the record briefly which cannot be shown or broadcast with information about about the investigation and what was happening and one of the key points he made was that he praised british transport police because that is who covers this railway station. it is not greater manchester police, it is british transport police who are responsible for this site. he says they were quickly on the scene and very bravely handled the situation and eyewitnesses say that the british transport police officers swarmed onto the suspect within moments of the attack beginning. they were soon on top of him and had a dozen officers were pinning him down, so there has been great praise for them. also praise from andy burnham as well. the way they've bravely went forward. and that was, and it was also reflected in the arena
attacked as well, how the british transport police rally to the scene and were the first to be giving first aid and helping people as they staggered out and came out from the attack. the same happened last night and this reassurance that the key message i think from the authorities is that they believe that this man who carried out last night's attack is operating alone. there is not a wide network or other people involved. just somebody on their own. and we'll find out how this story and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 11:30pm this evening in the papers. our guestsjoining me tonight are nigel nelson, who's the political editor of both the sunday mirror and sunday people, and the political commentatorjo phillips. a nasa spacecraft has flown past the most distant world ever studied in our solar system, some four billon miles away. there were celebrations from scientists at mission control when confirmation came through that the new horizons probe had achieved the historic fly by of the mysterious, icy world known as ultima thule. the probe has taken pictures of it that will be sent back to earth over the coming months. our science correspondent palab ghosh reports. ten, nine, eight, seven, six...
it's not the new year they're counting in, but the arrival of nasa's new horizons spacecraft. one! go, new horizons! it's just arrived at the most distant object that humanity has ever explored. this simulation shows the mission‘s target. it's called ultima thule. 4 billion miles away, it's one of the building blocks that planets are made from. we're here to tell you that last night, overnight, the united states spacecraft new horizons conducted the farthest exploration in the history of humankind and did so spectacularly. thousands of operations on board the spacecraft had to work correctly in order for us to be able to tell you this, and now we know that it all did. so far, the spacecraft has only sent back low resolution pictures. but over the coming days, the images will become increasingly clearer. nasa confirmed that the spacecraft had acquired gigabytes of photos, the latest of which they released today. and it's ok to laugh, but it's better than the one we had yesterday. there it is!
meet ultima! ultima thule seems to be peanut—shaped. what a difference a day makes! and ultima thule is finally revealing its secrets to us, and even though it is a pixelated blob still, it's a better pixelated blob! and this analysis suggests it might be rotating like a propeller. new horizons has flown towards the edge of our solar system, sending back these spectacular images of pluto on its way. these are real images of one of the solar system's most distant worlds. and very soon we'll be able to see ultima thule in such incredible detail. and then, the team hopes that new horizons will be able to journey even further out. pallab ghosh, bbc news. emma alexander, a researcher of astrophysics at the university
of manchester, explained why the encounter is so significant. it's a snapshot of what the solar system might have like 4.6 billion years ago, because this object has not changed much in that time. this area, this region just outside our galaxy is known as the kuiper belt, not somewhere we have been able to explore before. tell us bit more about what they are hoping to learn. yes, this is the kuiper belt, so this is on the edge of our solar system, so this is really going out quite far out. there have only been a few probes that have made it this far out before. and we are looking at these cold and distant objects that have been perfectly preserved. i am marveling really when i watch this at this sort of technology and what they have been able to do.
because effectively it is a slingshot into space and they have managed to channel it toward this object that they have seen through their telescopes. just explain to us the extraordinary achievement they have made here. as you say, it really is extraordinary because they are operating distances that are so far away, it takes six hours to receive a signal to new horizons, and it also takes six hours to send anything. so a couple of days ago, the final observations and course corrections were made for this flyby, and from initial photos when they were approaching the object, no debris or anything else that could get in the way that their spacecraft could've could've crashed into, but we did not really know and it is just that sigh of relief when you know that that spacecraft has sent that signal home and it has completed
the flyby and at the moment, everything is looking promising that things have gone well. so it's sending very high resolution images. i read here that we will get other information as well. like the geology of this rock it's passing? yes, so we would like to map the surface. so for example, one of the areas of interest is how many craters does it have on its surface? because that gives an indication of how often these objects might be colliding with each other out in this distant kuiper belt. two people have died in separate stabbings in london. a man, thought to be in his 30s, was killed outside a party in park lane. two other men and a women were also treated for stab wounds. it's undertood the men were working as security staff. meanwhile, in camberwell in south london, a 34—year—old man has been arrested after a woman was fatally stabbed. the victim, in her early 30s, was found in a house early this morning. the right—wing populist jair bolsonaro has been sworn in as the new president of brazil. he's promising a crackdown on corruption and violent crime and vowed to revive
brazil's flagging economy. but mr bolsonaro is a deeply divisive figure, whose homophobic and misogynistic comments have angered many. our south america correspondent katy watson sent this from the country's capital brasilia. a historic day for brazil, one that even bolsonaro and his fans probably never expected could happen. but he made it, and for the next four years, this will be the man in charge of latin america's biggest economy. a man who's promised to lead brazil down a very different political path to that of his predecessors. thousands came to see mr bolsonaro take power. dressed in the colours of the brazilian flag, they shouted support for the man they call a legend. after 13 years of a very corrupt government in brazil, so now we have a hope that with bolsonaro, he will clean up. he wants to unite families, not divide. we are not black, white, poor or rich, we are a nation. jair bolsonaro campaigned
as an outsider, promising to drain the swamp of corrupt politicians. for several years now, the political establishment has been mired in corruption scandals. brazilians are fed up. much like donald trump, a man he openly admires, bolsonaro says he wants to make brazil great again, to rule the country with an iron fist. for people in this crowd, bolsonaro represents change, a fresh start for brazilian politics. but his fiery rhetoric during the campaign means many people are worried, especially from brazil's minority groups, about what the next four years will mean for their future. for the country's many indigenous communities, bolsonaro represents a huge threat. he has made it clear he supports the powerful and lucrative farming industry, and said he won't give a centimetre more land to the indigenous once he's in power. translation: we are left worried
whether he will try and finish us off or give us the land we deserve. he supports landowners, they are more valuable to him than we are. mr bolsonaro certainly marks a new political direction for brazil, but how the country will fare with this far—right firebrand in power is uncertain. katy watson, bbc news, in brasilia. well, a little earlier katy told us donald trump is among the world leaders congratulating the new brazilian leader. well, we have had a tweet from donald trump to bolsonaro, saying the us was with him. bolsonaro replied, saying, "i truly appreciate your words of encouragement and together, under god's protection, we shall bring prosperity and progress to our people." so the bromance has begun. mr bolsonaro has been clear in his admiration for donald trump. and saying that he wants to make brazil great again. so the fact that they are talking, we will see how exactly that
relationship will flourish. he certainly wanted to promote the relationship between the us and brazil much more than his predecessors have. it was a divisive election as you say, but he did promise a government for all brazilians. are we expecting a softer tone now that he has been sworn in? certainly, elements of his acceptance speech showed a softer tone. he talked about how this would be a huge challenge for brazil, this would be a new chapter of the country and he was rooting for all brazilians. but he does not rule yet. let's see what happens. certainly his rhetoric during the campaign has worked up a lot of people. and talking about the fact that he supported big business, what that means for the amazon and the conservation efforts there as well as indigenous groups and environmental protection, there were a huge amount of concerns. so here, you see plenty of
supporters, but there were millions more who were watching. and his biggest challenge is to crack down on the graft and corruption that is existing in brazil at the moment? absolutely. i mean that was the key to him coming to power. saying he would put an end to corruption. people here in brazil are fed up. there has been huge amounts of corruption scandals in the past few years. the former president is in prison for corruption. and he's seen as the poster boy of everything that has gone wrong with politics despite the fact that there are many politicians from all parties practically who are either serving time or have been accused of corruption. so how he is going to do anything different, there is huge hopes here, especially in the crowd i am in. what he will do differently in how successful he will be, well it is early days. the headlines on bbc news: a terror investigation is launched after three people including a police officer are stabbed at manchester's victoria station.
signals from the nasa space probe new horizons confirm it has successfully flown past icy mass ultima thule, the most distant object ever explored in the solar system. jair bolsonaro, a far—right politician vowing a crackdown on crime and corruption, is sworn in as brazil's new president. sport, and for a full round—up from the bbc sport centre, here's... hello, sara. good evening. it's been a good day for spurs in the premier league, they're back up to second after a convincing win over cardiff. there were victories, too, for arsenal and leicester, asjoe lynskey reports. indian premier league, there is no time for reflection. cardiff city's approach is the same as their
mascot, pete picking up form to beat the drop. it would be difficult against tottenham. january is about building on what they have. the tra nsfer building on what they have. the transfer window is unlucky to stop harry kane from storing but the top of his 122 premier league goals, fuel is scruffy as this one. more flairand fuel is scruffy as this one. more flair and they finished with a ride from christian eriksen, only 11 minutes on the clock when his quick feet effectively sealed this game. for tottenham, though, there are issues to settle. later this month, they will lose south korea's st—jean men to the asian games, but these are goals they cannot afford to lose. a win and take them back within reach of the top of this month, they still have much to resolve. few sides had a more up—and—down christmas than leicester city. went against chelsea and the champions but they be home to cardiff city. and with this winner against everton, jamie vardy made things more topsy—turvy. according to the structure and his wife, more
acrobatics are to come in 2019. for now, leicester city will hope to stay where they are in the top seven. arsenal won 4—1 over arsenal won 4—1overfor arsenal won 4—1 over for him. arsenal won 4—1 overfor him. andy murray is a fancy we are sure he was happy with that. andy murray started 2019 with a win in australia but says he doesn't know how much longer he'll be able to compete. last year was virtually a write—off following hip surgery. he beat australianjames duckworth in straight sets in the first round of the brisbane international but revealed just how hard his rehab has been. it is not really easy to sum up in one sentence or it is not really easy to sum up in one sentence 01’ one answer. it has been a hard 18 months with a lot of ups and downs. it has been tricky to get back on the court competing again. i am happy i am competing here again. i want to try to enjoy it as much as i can. try to enjoy playing tennis as long as i can. i don't know how much longer
it is going to last, but we'll see. the british number one johanna konta was also in action in brisbane. she beat the former us open winner sloane stephens in straight sets. konta's had a difficult 12 months, but now has a new coach and says she's trying to create something new and better in 2019. two greats of the game faced off in perth earlier as roger federer came out on top against serena williams in a mixed doubles match at the hopman cup. this was the first time they had played against each other in a tournament. federer and belinda bencic, representing switzerland, are the defending champions, and they beat williams and her us teamate frances tiafoe in straight sets. federer says it was an honour to play against serena and this is what she thought. it's something that as we grew up together, really, just watching and having an opportunity after all these years, we've actually never done this, so it was super cool
that we get to do it at such a pinnacle point in both of our careers, so for me, it was super cool, i wanted to take pictures, and i wanted to bring my baby out, i was way too excited! but it was really fun. and dave ryding has equalled britain's best ever alpine world cup result. he's taken silver in the parallel slalom in oslo, just losing out to austria's marco schwarz in the final. brilliant performance, though, by ryding, who beat the olympic slalom champion on his way to the final. that's all the sport for now. well done, good performance by dave there. rescue workers in russia have pulled a baby boy from the rubble of an apartment block that collapsed in a suspected gas
explosion yesterday. the baby, who's 11 months old, survived despite sub—zero temperatures overnight. he has frostbite and head and leg injuries. at least eight people died when the building collapsed in the city of magnitogorsk, and many are still unaccounted for. our moscow correspondent sarah rainsford reports. rescuers are calling this a new year miracle. the moment they reached baby ivan, clinging to life beneath the rubble of his home. he'd lain trapped and injured here for over 30 hours. the emergency team shouts to hurry as the baby boy is first checked by a medic and then bundled off to hospital with fractures and frostbite. translation: one of the rescuers heard a child crying. after that, we stopped all our equipment to make sure and listened. but when we said quiet, the baby went quiet, too. it was when we said, "where are you?", that the child started to cry again in response. teams have been searching the ruins ever since an explosion on new year's eve.
this is all that remains of almost 50 apartments. officials suspect the blast was caused by a gas leak. poor maintenance and fatal explosions are all too common here. last night, president putin himself flew in in a show of support. he was briefed by emergency teams in their tent headquarters. they are working around the clock here, but they've only found a handful of survivors. for some, rescue came too late. the bitter cold is an extra danger. at night, the temperature drops to —20 or lower. finding baby ivan beneath all of this has given the rescue teams fresh hope, though doctors say his condition is very serious. they plan to fly to moscow for specialist care as, at the scene, the search for the survivors goes on. sarah rainsford, bbc news, moscow. eight people have been rescued in france after spending the night
trapped on a funfair ride more than 160 feet in the air. firefighters made several attempts to help after the ride, in the western city of rennes, malfunctioned, but their ladders were too short. eventually a helicopter was brought in to winch people down. quite a new year's eve to forget i would have thought. the president of the world anti—doping agency is "bitterly disappointed" after it was confirmed russia's anti—doping agency missed the deadline to hand over data from its moscow laboratory. russia had until the end of the december to comply, but wada's inspection team were denied full access to samples. the country could now be at risk of another ban from international events after a state—sponsored doping scandal. wada says it will refer the issue to its compliance review committee. the archbishop of canterbury, justin welby, has called for an end to what he called the "divisions of recent yea rs". in his new year sermon,
he says the uk is "wonderfully more diverse" than it used to be, and yet he says people are disagreeing on many things and are struggling to disagree well. our religon editor martin bashir reports. can i make you a cup of coffee? for his new year's message, the archbishop of canterbury, justin welby, didn't venture far. this is the kitchen at his london residence in lambeth palace. a home that he shares each year with around 20 young people who commit themselves to ten months of prayer, study and community service. they have an extraordinary range of backgrounds, cultures and opinions. they live together, cook together, volunteer with charities together, and because they are human, they clash together. named after a benedictine monk who became archbishop of canterbury at the end of the 11th century, the community of st anselm is an attempt to challenge whatjustin welby says is increasing division and rancour
in british society. we disagree on many things, and we are struggling with how to disagree well. turn on the television, read the news, and you see a lot that could tempt you to despair. quoting the gospel ofjohn, the archbishop said thatjesus chose community over conflict, hope over despair, and he says that we should do the same in 2019. hope lies in our capacity to approach this new year in a spirit of openness towards each other. that will involve choosing to see ourselves as neighbours, as fellow citizens, as communities, each with something to contribute. and he acknowledged how challenging this will be in the current political climate. with the struggles and divisions of recent years, that will not be easy. but that difficult work is part
of the joy and blessing of being a community. whether it's the 20 people here or millions of us, i wish all of us a happy, and more importantly hope—filled, new year. martin bashir, bbc news, at lambeth palace. warnings from the recycling industry that the uk would struggle to cope with plastic waste after china stopped importing it a year ago have failed to materialise, according to bbc research. for many years, two—thirds of britain's waste sent abroad went to china and hong kong. but the bbc has found that other countries have stepped in to take britain's waste. our environment analyst roger harrabin reports. china was the world's waste eater. the uk was exporting 500,000 tons of plastic a year to be recycled there. when it closed its ports to foreign rubbish, there were fears that plastic waste would build up in the uk. but instead, britain's waste has been brought here to indonesia, where some of it gets dumped.
the other main nations accepting british plastic are malaysia, turkey and poland. malaysia is now suffering from dumping of low—value waste, and its government is considering a ban on rubbish imports. the real concern is that we're causing environmental damage in other countries, where they've accepted what china's said no to, but they don't have proper, modern facilities to deal with it and it's ending up in the environment. so why doesn't the british government build its own waste recycling? ministers say they are trying to cut down on waste, but they say international shipments are an acceptable way to trade an often valuable resource. roger harrabin, bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with louise lear. good evening. for those of you lucky enough to have some sunshine today, that will lead to a cold and wintry night.
favourite spots in the west. there is also a risk of a fluted showers and that will prevent to tears from falling below freezing. we will see temperatures below freezing, a frosty start but a sparkling one on wednesday, lots of sunshine which continues particularly further inland away from those coasts. a dry sunny day for many, always the risk of perhaps a little more cloud running down through the north sea coasts, maybe into the south west, and that is where temperatures will sit at 6 or 7 degrees, inland in the sunshine looking at a maximum of five, so on the chilly side. thursday will be cold and frosty, but again there will be dry and sunny spells on offer, indications of something a little less cold as we head towards the weekend. good night.