this is bbc news, i'm ben brown. the headlines at five: spanish police have named the three british holidaymakers who died in a swimming pool on christmas eve. gabriel diya and his two children drowned at a hotel on the costa del sol. a powerful typhoon tears through parts of the philippines, killing at least 16 people and leaving thousands homeless. as bushires rage out of control in australia, there's a warning that more record—breaking temperatures could be on the way. —— bushfires. israel's prime minister faces a political fight as his likud party decides who will lead them into the country's third general election in a year. what's occurring — more than 11 million people tuned in for the return of gavin and stacey, making it the most watched christmas day programme of the decade.
in half an hour's time, we take a look back on events earlier in the year, marking the 75th anniversary of the d—day landings. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. spanish police have named a british holidaymaker and his two children who drowned in a swimming pool on christmas eve. gabriel diya had been staying with his family at a resort on the costa del sol. police say the pool appears to have been working normally at the time. the hotel says it's continuing to co—operate with the investigation. emily unia reports. according to spanish police, gabriel diya, who was 52, died trying to rescue his nine—year—old daughter comfort after she got
into difficulties in this hotel swimming pool. his 16—year—old son praise—emmanuel tried to help and also died. postmortem examinations confirmed that all three drowned. a 14—year—old girl, the children's sister, raised the alarm. a british tourist who's staying at the resort told the bbc she spoke to the children's mother. i noticed a woman was walking towards where i was. she looked really distraught. when she came closer, she was just saying, "help me, help me. please help me. my children are drowning." it was horrible. i didn't sleep. i can't even begin to tell you how distraught i feel. i don't want to imagine what the mum is going through. after the incident, police divers retrieved the girl's swimming hat from the pool pump but couldn't find anything wrong with the filtration and pump systems. the pool, which doesn't have lifeguards on duty, has now reopened to the public. emily unia, bbc news. at least 16 people have died and many more are missing after typhoon pha nfone hit
the phillippines on christmas eve. the storm carried winds of i20mph and has left a trail of devastation through the centre of the country. james waterhouse reports. typhoon phanfone first arrived on tuesday night. with it came winds of almost 120 miles per hour, causing devastation and fear. the storm then worked its way over the islands of the central philippines. only today is there a sense of the damage caused. as buildings were reduced to rubble, 16,000 people were moved to shelters. thousands more were stranded as they tried to get home for christmas. coastal villages have been devastated. the typhoon was so powerful, large boats were overturned. the philippines is no stranger to tropical storms and typhoons,
with around 20 arriving each year. the most powerful one to hit land ever in the world, typhoon haiyan, struck in 2013, leaving more than 6,000 people dead. today, as a country rebuilds, the red cross warns it could take weeks to bring back power and running water. not only that, many filipinos are still missing. james waterhouse, bbc news. the chairman of the philippine red cross richard gordon spoke to the bbc about how the country is coping. well, first of all the access is difficult because people are stranded, you have to bring the goods you have to deliver, several islands have been affected. a lot of people have lost their homes, and they need food, they need hot meals. we are serving hot meals, it's not enough, obviously,
we are trying our best to do that. lifelines like power has been affected, there is a complete blackout in certain areas which will be solved in two or three weeks. water has been interrupted in certain areas. so, there is an awful lot of things to be done. the rescue phase if over. we are giving support in terms of relief, water, food, a lot of first aid interventions. certainly our doctors will be providing beds for hospitals that have lost their roof. we are also fighting the earthquake and recent typhoon, we are not finished there.
definitely there is a lot to do, with polio, measles and the like vaccinations. firefighters in australia are bracing themselves for a return to heatwave conditions, replacing recent cooler weather. there are currently 72 bushfires in the state of new south wales, about half of them burning out of control. 0ur correspondent phil mercer has travelled to the town of bilpin to meet one of those affected. simon tadrosse lost 40% of his orchards when the fires tore through. the emotional and financial toll has been immense. he stayed to defend his property in the blue mountains against flames a0 metres high and he almost died. what was the most frightening bit for you?
um, facing it, driving towards it in the tractor and you couldn't sort of really get out of it. that was the frightening thing. but obviously i made it through, but scary, very scary. what was it like looking into that beast of a fire thinking you might not make it? it's worrying, very worrying. yeah, look, you can't bring a life back, you only get one chance, and if you lose a life that's the end of it. your trees, your houses, your buildings, you can always rebuild. communities have been traumatised by the fires and recovering from devastation like this could take years. cooler conditions today in new south wales are helping the firefighting effort, but more dangerous days do lie ahead. here in australia's most populous state, more than 70 blazes are still burning,
but this is a nationwide crisis. there are still active fires in the states of victoria and south australia. phil mercer, bbc news in bilpin, the blue mountains. a man shot dead in front of his family in south—west london on christmas eve has been named as swedish national flamur beqiri. police say the 36—year—old man was attacked in battersea as the family returned home from a night out. no arrests have been made and detectives are continuing to appeal for information.
in israel the prime minister is facing a political struggle, his party is choosing a new leader, because the country is about to face its third general election in a year. there has been a united front behind him despite a lot of problems in the past year including two elections after which he was unable to form a government and then charges of corruption. against him was that he is very popular still, a lot of loyalty to him, but this is beginning to show a crack, and that is a challenge that is not expected to unseat him necessarily, that would be a big upset, but one that shows disquiet among some members of the party. not senior members publicly, but there isa senior members publicly, but there is a growing amount of support among the grassroots, local party leaders, and the concern is that benjamin netanyahu and the concern is that benjamin neta nyahu may have and the concern is that benjamin netanyahu may have lost his magic touch that he was not able to form a
government in the past year as they are now going into a third election he again not be able to underwrite when could ultimately lose power. this is his opponent because my campaign. the big thing to watch is how much benjamin netanyahu wins by, if you went substantially, that is what he is looking for, he wants to quell dissent, if you does not win substantially that will weaken his grip. the return of gavin and stacey to our tv screens saw the highest christmas day ratings for more than a decade. more than 11 million people tuned in for the show‘s christmas special comeback, according to initial figures. seven of the top ten most watched programmes yesterday were bbc shows. 0ur correspondent lizo mzimba said the success of gavin and stacey was a huge win for the corporation. (pres) let's talk to tv critic toby earle who joins us from glasgow. i was watching it with my family and it was brilliant. i think the real
fear about something like gavin and stacey returning is whether a lot it was going to be able to get the magic back from the first time around, over a decade ago. you would have to say that james korten and the others managed to somehow find the others managed to somehow find the essence of those characters and present them as if nothing had really happened in the intervening ten years. what was incredible about it was that it presented characters who had managed to sail very severely it through the turbulent waters of last decade. there was no mention of austerity, brexit, donald trump, no london olympics, nothing had happened. nothing seemed to have affected them in any way. which is kind of admirable and the way it was written, but also kind of surprising. this is an almost fa ntasy world surprising. this is an almost fantasy world which i think a lot of people wanted to return to. it was
just about a group of individuals in their own various ways exhibiting their own various ways exhibiting their affection for one another. buy today's standards, the audience was huge. 11.6 million before shop. yes, 49% of people watching tv at the time watching gavin and stacey, and i thought it would be 8 million which is big given that the number one programme of the last several yea rs has one programme of the last several years has managed around six and earlier. to reach over 11 and peak with over 12 million viewers is absolutely golden times numbers. a matter of loaf and death, the wallace and gromit films, pulled in over 14.5 million over a decade ago. that was big, ad is a huge number. we have not been anywhere near this sort of number in a very long time. because of the way we watch tv these days. also it was something of a piece of event television, a sitcom which has somehow managed for ten
yea rs which has somehow managed for ten years to maintain a relationship with an audience, people were still interested. it was well marketed, a lot about it returning. as a fishing expedition for whether a lot people will be interested in a new series, they landed a whopper. there is something about christmas where a lot of people with their families, they want something in the evening, some family entertainment, so this kind of show is ideal. yes, you are sick and tired of talking by this stage. you have had enough. enough of yourfamily and stage. you have had enough. enough of your family and whoever else. you wa nt of your family and whoever else. you want something you can all watch together, and while you have the delights of strictly, a comedy with this kind of pooling power has not really been around for a while. it has had a short run in terms of the shows‘s longevity, it wasn't like
that mykola. which ran forever. that it still has this kind of interest is remarkable and you have to wonder if the bbc will be looking for other old programmes which seem to have a very loyal audience or might be interested in begin back, that is one aspect, the other is for that the creators, how can they potentially turn down a new series? iimagine the potentially turn down a new series? i imagine the bbc have been on the phone since this morning try to make sure, see if they can get an answer out of them. people across certain parts of the middle east, india and south east asia have witnessed the last solar eclipse of the decade. the path of the eclipse allowed millions of people to see it. shaun hassett has more. this is an annular solar eclipse or as some people call it, the ring of fire. it happens when the moon covers the sun centre,
but leaves the outer edges visible. although it doesn't feel this way for many of us in the northern hemisphere right now, we are getting closer to the sun. that means the sun is actually larger in the sky than average so the moon is not able to cover it completely leaving an annulus of light, hence an annular solar collapse. millions of people were able to see this. from astronomers in the uae, to schoolchildren and their teachers in mumbai. to these crowds in singapore, where people will not get another chance to see the ring of fire until 2063. it's an annular eclipse and the next one will be when i am in my 605 and so i might as well take my youth and look at this lovely ring of fire. it took around five hours for the path of the eclipse to move across the indian and pacific oceans. for those watching on the ground, the celestial show was even shorter. it's only two minutes but it's
so intense that you talk about it with your friends and family for the next... month. whilst some places will have to wait decades for their next annular solar eclipse, others will not have to wait anywhere near that long. the good news is a very similar in fact even better eclipse will occur on the 21st of june next year. the path of that eclipse will take in parts of africa and the middle east and southern china. the headlines on bbc news: spanish police have named the three british holiday—makers who died in a swimming pool on christmas eve. gabriel diya and his two children drowned at a hotel on the costa del sol. a powerful typhoon tears through parts of the philippines, killing at least 16 people and leaving thousands homeless.
as bushfires rage out of control in australia, there's a warning that more record—breaking temperatures could be on the way. sport, and for a full round—up from the bbc sport centre, here's chetan. sam curran's been the star bowler on the opening day against south africa, taking four wickets as england made a promising start to the first test at centurion. james anderson struck with the first ball of the day to remove dean elgar, and there were also three wickets for stuart broad as south africa slumped to 111—5 at one stage after some indifferent batting. quinton de kock mounted a recovery before curran stopped him just five runs short of a century. he finished the day with 4—57. the hosts were 277—9 at stumps. it was a hot and gruelling day
with ben stokes out of action for much of it, due to dehydration. chelsea have lost consecutive home games for the first time in the premier league since 2011 as southampton moved three points clear of the relegation zone with a 2—0 win at stamford bridge. the home side never got going, and it was southamton who took the lead with this brilliant strike from michael 0bafemi just after the half—hour mark. and then, with 20 minutes remaining, a superb team move saw the ball break for nathan redmond who wrapped up the win. tottenham came from behind to beat brighton and boost their hopes of finishing in the premier league's top four. adam webster had given the visitors a deserved lead towards the end of the first half. but spurs raised their game after the break. harry kane with the equaliser before dele alli's sublime lob completed the turnaround. mikel arteta's first match in charge
of arsenal ended in a 1—1 draw at bournemouth. the visitorstrailled1—0 at the break after dan gosling gave eddie howe's side the lead. but arsenal levelled in the second half through pierre—emerick aubameyang to take a point back to north london. but there was a winning start for another new boss, as dominic calvert—lewin's second—half header ensured carlo ancelotti's everton beat burnley1—0. aston villa beat norwich city 1—0 to get their first win in six games. conor hourihane scored an hour into the game, just eight minutes after coming on the pitch. norwich are now six games without a win and bottom of the table. elsewhere, jordan ayew scored a last—minute winner as crystal palace beat west ham 2—1. sheffield united stay sixth, behind tottenham, after being held to a 11— draw by bottom place watford.
celtic remain five points clear at the top of the scottish premiership after a 2—1win at st mirren. the opening goal came just after the 20—minute mark thanks to callum mcgregor. celtic doubled their lead ten minutes later after a good finish from james forrest. st mirren got a late consolation but it wasn't enough. in the edinburgh derby, hibs beat hearts 2—0. martin doyle scored both goals in the first half at tynecastle, volleying the first just six minutes in, with the second on the half hour mark. that makes it back to back derby wins for the first time since the 1970s. hearts remain at the bottom of the scottish premiership table. meanwhile, alfredo morelos got the only goal of the game as second place rangers beat kilmarnock1—0. declan gallagher's dramatic injury—time winner got motherwell a 2—1win at ten—man ross county, they stay third.
wins too for aberdeen and stjohnstone. clan des 0bo has won the king george the sixth chase for the second successive year at kempton. ridden by sam twiston davies, the 11 to 2 shot beat off competition from the favourite surname to romp home by over 10 lengths. it's trainer paul nicholls' eleventh win in the boxing day race. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. rescuers have been looking for possible victims of four avalanches that have hit ski resorts in austria and switzerland. authorities say there were no casualties from the three avalanches in austria, but rescuers don't know how many others could still be buried under the snow in switzerland. so far, six people were pulled from the snow there. our correspondent imogen foulkes
is in bern, in switzerland. the latest is that the swiss rescue services are still continuing to look through that snowmass because it came down on a marked ski slope. they are hopeful, i should say, because we haven't had reports of people missing, but they say they wa nt to people missing, but they say they want to look through the entire body of snow that came down to the absolutely sure. some good years, the people who were pulled from the snow, four of them basically unhurt, to have them taken to hospital but also only lightly injured. nevertheless there will be a very detailed enquiry as to what happened here, because that's no on a day when the avalanche risk was not especially high, three on a scale of
five, came down onto a marked ski slope that was open on which a bank holiday there were many people skiing. more than 60 migrants in small boats have been rescued, trying to cross the channel to the uk. 49 people in four boats were met by border force and brought to england, while a further two boats were dealt with by french authorities. the coastguard said it had been co—ordinating several search and rescue operations. well, following the incident, the home office have said it would try to return anyone who arrived in the uk illegally back to mainland europe. well we're joined now by bridget chapman from the kent refugee action network. thank you for being with those. a large number of people trying to get across the channel. yes, we are just extreme the grateful that everybody
involved, including those people involved, including those people involved in bringing them safely and, 0k, involved in bringing them safely and, ok, because involved in bringing them safely and, 0k, becausei involved in bringing them safely and, ok, because i have been down to the seafront today and the weather is absolutely atrocious. at the home office making it clear that anyone entering this country are trying to be returned to mainland europe. is that the right policy?|j be returned to mainland europe. is that the right policy? i am just a bit baffled by them saying that, under international law anybody can present themselves at the border of a country and make a claim for asylum. there is no way to send them back until their asylum claim has been processed. if the claim proves to be unsuccessful, they they can be returned but these people arriving in our experience, and we work with a number of people that have made this journey, have good asylum claims, likely to be successful. there is no way to send them back, soiam there is no way to send them back, so i am slightly baffled by the home office's statement. in the end, it
is the people traffickers, the criminals who are organising these kind of journeys, who criminals who are organising these kind ofjourneys, who need to be tracked down and punished, because they are risking peoples lives. absolutely, i don't think anybody is a fine of people traffickers, but the fact is we need to find safe and legal routes for people to make this journey. shutting the door in their face is not going to make them go away. they have good asylum claims, if we were to find safe and legal routes for them to make those claims, that would shut down the traffickers' business overnight and thatis traffickers' business overnight and that is the way we have to move forward. some people might say you need to deter people from making these journeys, because they are very perilous, dangerous journeys these journeys, because they are very perilous, dangerousjourneys in which people are risking their lives. i completely agree that nobody should be making a journey across the channel in a small dinghy. it is an extremely dangerous
journey. but the factor of people leaving, the reasons are enormous. a very tiny number relatively want to come to the uk, and those people that you are going to make that journey. we can ignore it or shut the door in their faces, that does not work. they just find the door in their faces, that does not work. theyjust find more difficult and dangerous routes. my organisation would say we have to be a bit more responsible, if they are going to make those journeys and have good asylum claims that are likely to be successful, let's look at making and finding safe and legal base for them to make those claims. now it's time for a look at the weather with sarah keith lucas. makes the weather for boxing day, quite a bit of cloud and outbreaks of rain but thankfully things are looking drier of the next couple of days, particularly for the
flood affected parts of central and southern england. mild as temperatures are on the rise. this evening, patchy rain but it will ease from most places. lingering in the south—west and south wales. next batch of rain pushing into northern ireland and western scotland tonight. further east, fairly chilly, temperatures above freezing but turning milderfrom chilly, temperatures above freezing but turning milder from the west. mostly frost free to start your friday. friday, one front bringing milderair friday. friday, one front bringing milder air across the uk, still fairly busy with outbreaks of rain for northern ireland and scotland, the odd spot of aid for northern england. it much drier day tha nkfully england. it much drier day thankfully further south, still a bit of cloud, the odd brighto spell during the afternoon. temperatures on friday fairly mild, 7—12 celsius.
a powerful typhoon tears through parts of the philippines, killing at least 16 people and leaving thousands homeless. as bushfires rage out of control in australia, there's a warning that more record—breaking temperatures could be on the way. now on bbc news, we're looking back tojune and the events to mark the 75th anniversary of the d—day landings. robert hall followed 300 veterans as they boarded a ship to return to the beaches of normandy. it's a duty to go back. it is, i feel it's a duty to go back. what these men did on d—day was the most important moment, just that one d—day, in the whole war. in june 1944, allied forces invaded nazi—occupied france,
marking the beginning of the end of hitler's domination of europe. 75 years on, we follow a group of five veterans as they return to the beaches for what could be the last time. you never, neverforget it. it's there. i mean, sometimes you lay in bed and you go through it all. well, it's the last round—up, isn't it? i mean, i'm 95, i've still got one or two more. they're here to pay tribute to everyone who never made it back. i hope it's going to bring it home to all the people exactly what happened. not what i did — what we did.