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hello, this is bbc news. the headlines... a british teenager is convicted by a cyprus court of falsely claiming she was raped by a group of israeli tourists six months ago. her lawyer is planning an appeal. there was supporting evidence, we say, which goes to show that she was actually telling the truth. and it's very worrying for a court to rely upon a retraction statement. the outgoing bank of england governor, mark carney, this is bbc news. warns about the world facing the headlines at apm. irreversible heating a cyprus court convicts unless firms shift a 19—year—old british woman of lying after telling police she'd been their priorities soon. gang—raped by 12 men. her lawyer says she was forced raging bush fires are burning out of control across australia, to make a confession. with authorities in the state of victoria saying it's now too late there was supporting evidence, we say, which goes to show for people to evacuate. that she was actually temperatures are exceeding a0 telling the truth. degrees in every state. and it's very worrying for a court to rely upon a retraction statement. police investigating the deaths of three british tourists who drowned in a pool in spain on christmas eve say a warning about the world facing irreversible heating unless firms shift their priorities soon. that's from outgoing bank of england governor, mark carney. i would say we're in a climate crisis, just like a financial crisis.
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i think what's essential on this topic, on climate change, is that we have a cross—party, nonpartisan approach to it. authorities in australia are forced to cancel the evacuation of residents as bushfires continue to rage. police investigating the deaths of three british tourists who drowned in a pool in spain on christmas eve say it was an accident and that the case can now be closed. we speak to greta thunberg, the teenager who spearheaded a global movement against climate change. she's calling for more action, less talk. we climate activists are being listened to, but that doesn't mean that what we are saying is translated into action. and julia's journey to understand what family really means. that's "my very extended family" in half an hour, here on bbc news.
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good afternoon. a 19—year—old british woman has been found guilty of lying about being raped by a group of men in cyprus. the teenager was arrested after withdrawing a claim that she was attacked by 12 israeli men at a hotel in the resort of ayia napa injuly. she was found guilty at a court today of the charge of causing public mischief and could face a custodial sentence. but the woman said police compelled her to make a false confession, something they deny, and the woman's lawyers say they are planning to appeal. our europe correspondent kevin connelly has the story — his report does contain flash photography. when these legal proceedings began,
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the young british woman at the heart of the case was a victim, making a complaint of rape. she came to court today to be found guilty of making a false statement about what the law in cyprus says was an imaginary crime. her lawyers say both the police investigation and the court process were flawed. we believe that there have been many violations in the procedure and the rights of a fair trial of our client had been violated. we are planning to appeal the decision to the supreme court, hoping that our client will find justice in cyprus at least from the supreme court. these young israeli tourists were released from police custody and allowed to fly home after the woman retracted her allegation of rape. she said she only did so because she was put under huge pressure by police questioning when she was vulnerable and didn't have a lawyer.
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women's rights activists outside the court argued that the young women was a victim, not a criminal. some wore scarves showing lips stitched together — a reminder, they say, that women's voices are not being heard. they see this case is not over. translation: we are here to show our support and solidarity to the victim of this process. the young woman, who has now been convicted, hasn't been allowed to leave cyprus sincejuly. she's been told she will be sentenced on january the 7th, when she could be jailed for a year. kevin connolly reporting. let's get more on the basis for the appeal. kevin connolly reporting. let's get more on the basis for the appeallj think the essential basis for the appeal will be that the core of this case, of course, is her retraction
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of the allegation of rape. her lawyers are going to argue that she will retracted that allegation essentially because she was forced to by the police. she was questioned for a very long time at a moment when she was very vulnerable just after she said she was raped and she did not have legal representation during that interview. the lawyers have other issues with how she was treated — a lack of sensitivity, a lack of awareness of how ptsd might have affected her, so several issues like that are at the core of it —— but at the corner that was how that retraction was achieved because she i'iow retraction was achieved because she now continues to maintain that she was indeed raped and that retraction should not have this degree of weight attached to it by the cypriot court system. kevin connolly on that healing in cyprus. —— healing in cyprus. the outgoing governor of the bank of england, mark carney, has said financial companies
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are failing to act quickly enough to curb their investment in fossil fuels. in an interview with the today programme on radio 4, he says some financial assets could end up "worthless" if investment firms do not adjust to a zero—carbon economy. mr carney is due to start a new role next year as the un's special envoy for climate action and finance. it's talked about 2020 being a decade of action absolutely necessary on climate change. the uk is co—chair of cop26, 11 months from now, a big meeting in glasgow. we want action on the finance side. we want three things. on that disclosure, companies doing that disclosure... we want that to become the norm. we want all public companies to do that disclosure. we want to do something about the banks, i'll come back to that, if you wish. but then the third thing which goes to this investment is, it's important that you and i, people watching, can understand how our money's being invested. is it being invested consistent with the transition path that is the law of the land
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that is what our citizens want, which is that we're transitioning in a way that will stabilise the climate? a volunteer firefighter has died battling wildfires in australia, as temperatues exceeded 40c in every single state in the country. the most dangerous bushfires today were in the state of victoria, and despite orders to evacuate 30,000 residents and tourists, in some cases that wasn't possible, due to the dangerous conditions. shaimaa khalil reports from sydney. this is what scorching temperatures, strong winds and thunderstorms have done to vast areas of the state of victoria, with blazes rapidly expanding and firefighters rushing to control them. as the temperatures soar to the mid—40s and the winds change direction, some fires were too fast and too big to contain. officials said the wind—driven
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flames were racing towards the coast and had moved faster than predicted. what we've seen up until today is more than 70 new fires in the state. more than 20 of those are going fires at the moment. we have got a long way to go. we're only partway through the day in terms of the fire risk to the state and to our communities. the east gippsland region is a popular tourist destination, and it has seen the worst of the fires. thousands of holiday—makers and residents have heeded the authorities‘ calls to evacuate earlier in the day, trying to beat the speeding blazes in the area. so we decided last night to leave nungera — family farm, leave there, because it takes so long to get the 30 of us anywhere at once. and yeah, evacuated here, so that we were all safe for the day and see how it all pans out, i guess. it's hot and windy and there's a lot of smoke about and a lot
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of fires still going, so i'm best off camping down here until it's all over, i think. in new south wales, a volunteer firefighter died battling a blaze. two others were taken to hospital with burns. this, as the state braces itself for another heat wave. temperatures are expected to rise above a0 celsius in parts of new south wales for tuesday. already, there are nearly 100 fires raging across the state, with the biggest ones surrounding sydney. this is why the issue of fireworks has been so controversial this year. nearly 300,000 people signed a petition saying it's just not the right thing to do, given the bushfire crisis. and while other areas and towns around the city have cancelled theirs, the famous sydney new year's eve fireworks are going ahead as planned. with weather conditions set to worsen throughout the country's hot, dry summer, australia heads into the new year under relentless fire threats. shaimaa khalil, bbc news, sydney.
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luke hegarty is a spokesman for emergency management victoria. we are seeing really challenging conditions in east gippsland tonight. unfortunately, everything we feared about today in terms of our predictions and the advice we provided to the community about the way these fires may spread, seems to have come true and that means we are now at a point where we are advising the community it is too late to leave where they are. they need to look for options to shelter indoors. so inside a house or another solid building. because the major road through that area, the princess highway is now closed for a significant stretch all the way to the border with new south wales and that means there is no real route for them to take to leave the area. they are now stuck in those difficult to reach locations and are faced with the fires which we believe will continue to burn significantly overnight.
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our key challenge tonight is that the wind change, the southernly wind change, which normally brings some relief from the heat in victoria today is a very gusty wind change and that means the fires may continue to spread and threaten other communities tonight, so the next 12 hours are going to be quite critical in victoria. new york mayor bill de blasio has announced a series of measures to tackle anti—semitic attacks, after saturday's stabbings. he said security would be stepped up injewish areas and schools would teach students to tackle hate. at least five people were injured in the knife attack at a rabbi's house in new york state on saturday. 0ur correspondent in new york is michelle fleury. a word about what the mayor has said festival and how he sees at the scale of the crisis he is trying to tackle. we have heard the mayor,
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tend to say that there is no room for hate. and that he intends to introduce new measures to try and combat this. those include, as one might expect, increased police presence on the street and in neighbourhoods where there is a higherjewish community, areas like crown heights, williamsburg in brooklyn and also talking about things like light towers, there are already 15 up and mark coming. they're talking about increasing or creating a safety coalition, something a bit like a neighbourhood watch which brings together people from the community but the idea it is people not just from the community but the idea it is people notjust from one group, but from multiple groups who can try and elect our signs before things become or turn to violence. the other measure that he introduced is this idea of trying to get to young people early and to educate them about hate crime, the dangers of
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them, and that means introducing new curriculum, which they say will start certainly in specific communities within brooklyn within the next month. and what is the state of the investigation into the specific attack? we are still waiting for new developments and, of course, this is an ongoing investigation, but we have been hitting and learning a bit more about this aspect. notably, his lawyer put out a statement saying that he has no history of anti—semitism and that if anything, he has a history of mental health. we are going to try and find out more details of what that means exactly, but that gives some insight because, of course, the motivation is something that the authorities will be looking into into the gentleman has been arrested. thank you. the headlines on bbc news... a british teenager is convicted by a cyprus court of falsely claiming she was raped by a group
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of israeli tourists six months ago. the world will face irreversible heating unless firms shift their priorities soon. that's the warning from the outgoing bank of england governor, mark carney. raging bush fires are burning out of control across australia, with authorities in the state of victoria saying it's now too late for people to evacuate. temperature are exceeding a0 degrees in every state. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here'sjohn. good afternoon. david moyes says he aims to give west ham no choice but to extend his 18 month contract after being appointed as the club's manager. he kept the club in the premier league in his first stint in charge, a six month spell as caretaker manager two years ago. he returns to replace manuel pellegrini who was sacked after saturday's defeat by leicester. and believes he still has plenty still to offer the club.
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i certainly do feel as if i have unfinished business. i really, really enjoyed my time here last time. i felt by the end of the time we had turned things around, gone in a real positive direction with the players and i think the players would say that as well. i think they really enjoyed the time. obviously, i would have liked to have developed that and worked from there, but it did not quite happen then but overall, i am smiling. it was great to come in through the doors and see the men at the doors and everyone came in. it made it really easy today. what anybody is getting here with me is a very experienced premiership league manager and only maybe two or three who have more experience. i have probably got the biggest win rate out of a certain amount of managers as well. if you're putting it that way, that is what i do — i win.
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and i am coming here to west ham to initially try to get us wins and away from the wrong end of the table, but my bigger picture is to have a strong team and a really good footballing team, an attacking team and all of those things i have to bring to the table and i hope to do so. since leaving everton for manchester united six years ago moyes has struggled to establish himself at the clubs he has managed. he was sacked after 10 months at united, despite signing a 6 year deal to replace sir alex ferguson. he moved to spain to take change of real sociedad and only lasted for a year. and then returned to england with sunderland in 2016 but resigned after they were relegated. for the first time on a tempory basis, keeping them in the he then took charge of west ham for the first time on a tempory basis, keeping them in the premier league. despite avoiding relegation — his record at west ham was not great, he managed just
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nine wins in 31 games. west ham are currently in 17th place in the premier league, so he has plenty of work to do. after defeat in the first test against south africa, england's cricketers are preparing for the second test in cape town which starts on friday. but the sickness which has affected the camp is still having an impact. here's adam mountford. the opener dom sibley is the latest player to develop sickness symptoms making it 11 members of the squad who have suffered illness, and six of the backroom staff. it is worrying for england that the new cases continue to develop with the cape town test only four days away. there is some better news with chris woakes and jack leach out of quarantine. joe root and jos buttler are reported to have no injury issues. —— they are reported to be improving and joe root has no injury issues. he looked in pain yesterday after being struck several times on the hands. the england squad fly to cape town tomorrow with the second test starting on friday.
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after becoming the first woman to win a match at the pdc darts world championship, fallon sherrock has been given a place in all world series of darts events next year. sherrock made it through to the third round at the alexandra palace before eventually being beaten by chris dobey last friday. her historic first—round win there meant she secured a place at the 2020 us darts masters event in new york, but she's also now been included in the other five international world series events. that's all the sport for now. we will be back with another update in an hour. police in spain have concluded their initial investigation into the deaths of a british father and his two children. gabriel diya, his 9 year old daughter comfort and his son 16 year old son praise—emmanuel died at a swimming pool in fuengirola on christmas eve. a police spokesman told the bbc that there was no need for further investigation, because it was a freak accident and the case can now be closed. 0ur correspondernt gavin lee is outside the resort on the costa del sol.
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they have given their initial conclusion and will not see a public account of that until at least thursday. the police spokesperson has said that this is a freak and tragic accident and it is something that the hotel holds no responsibility for, it is something that they have found was just an occurrence based on the lack of ability of the family to swim and he said, as faras ability of the family to swim and he said, as far as he ability of the family to swim and he said, as faras he is ability of the family to swim and he said, as far as he is concerned, as far as the first is concerned, there is not much more we can do, it is case closed. certainly, the conflicting accounts that we are hearing from the family are striking. the mother, the surviving wife of gabriel, stated she believed there was a fault with people. the lawyer, smell, has said that he will
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insist —— a fault with the pool. there are two out witnesses and investigation has not had any testimony from them, the law says this is a mess from the police. they are both british tourists and one is in lancashire —— a miss from the police. 0ne tried to resuscitate the victims and the other has spoken to spanish tv, so we expect and we have now been told that the spanish police want to speak to these eyewitnesses as well. we have also heard some new details from the lawyer for the family who said that, at the time of the accident, it was to be on christmas eve, in about five minutes it was the time that took the three family members to drown. he said that to to members of the family, the six nearby and his family, were 6—foot, just ten centimetres shorter than the maximum
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of the pool. the younger sister, who survived, she ran out of the pool to get one of the life buoys and she had problems untying it and her family members were dead by the time she returned. the queen is very fast to the scene and they could not swim —— the first to the scene were three cleaners. investigators have been talking to some of the hotel staff today and tributes have been building today, roses and flowers the poolside. police searching for the missing firefighter anthony knott, say they still have no idea where he went after he was last seen. the father of four, from kent, disappeared on december 20th after going to a pub with friends in lewes in east sussex. james waterhouse is in lewes and has been following the story. the police have said themselves, this case is unusual because of a,
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the sheer amount of time that anthony knott has been missing — ten days now. it was the 20th of december, that was when his christmas do was taking place, and secondly, that it was out of character. you heard there injohn‘s reported that his family say he loved both his family and his work, he seemed happy at the time of him being dropped off and you see him carrying about his normal business on the cctv, so police are saying they are keeping an open mind because, frankly, they have to, because all possibilities are being explored. apparently he walks on the balls of his feet, so sort of very light, if you like, so they're asking members of the public to keep an eye out for that or to remember if they saw him at the time of his disappearance. there are posters dotted all around lewes with anthony's image and a message underneath urging him to get in touch. what we've got to bear in mind is that around the time of his disappearance, the area around here, the river 0use, an open—air swimming pool as well, were all affected by heavy floods at the time, so now, as those waters subside, the police are thanking members of the public for their support. they say the response
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has been outstanding, but they are urging people to stay safe as they try help with the search because they are now searching an area just north of lewes where the floodwater has now subsided for any further clues that there might be, but this has been, for his friends and family, ten days now that he's been missing over what is, of course, the christmas period. the shadow business secretary, rebecca long—bailey, says she's considering standing in the labour leadership contest. writing in the guardian newspaper, she said labour had to rebuild trust after its election defeat — partly blaming the result on the party's stance on brexit. the 16—year—old campaigner greta thunberg has called on the british government to ensure that crucial climate talks in glasgow, next year, succeed in combating global warming. she's been talking to the bbc at the end of a year in which she became known around the world for spearheading a youth movement pressing for more action on climate. mishal husain went to stockholm to meet her.
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she's the girl who galvanised the children to go on strike from school, and people of all ages to march, pushing for more action to control a warming world. it's a mission that has taken greta thunberg around the globe, becoming a distinctive but also a divisive figure. i haven't really grasped what's happened during this last year. i am being listened to, and we climate activists are being listened to, but that doesn't mean that what we are saying is translated into action. she spoke at the recent cop25 un climate talks in madrid, part of the system under which countries make pledges to cut carbon emissions. with the next summit taking place in glasgow, she wants the british government to make sure it succeeds. since the cop25 failed, that just puts c0 p26 into a different light.
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we, and they, must do everything they can to make sure that it doesn't fail. it was outside the swedish parliament in stockholm that greta's activism began as she sat with a sign saying, "school strike for climate." when she decided to do this, we said, you know, quite clearly, that we would not support it. we... "if you're going to do this, you're going to do it by yourself." why did you say that? well, obviously, we thought it was a bad idea, putting yourself out there with all the hate on social media... you wouldn't want that as a parent. greta was 12 when she was diagnosed with asperger‘s. she's also suffered from depression. her father says her activism transformed her. i can see greta is very happy from doing this, and i saw where she was before. i mean, she didn't speak to a single person. she could only eat in her own home.
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she changed. and she could do things that she could never have done before, and now she'sjust like any other... you think, er, she's...not ordinary now, because she's special and she's very famous and all these things, but to me, she's now an ordinary child, she can do all the things that like other people can, and she's happy. it is an honour to meet you. but some of the most prominent advocates for the planet see her as extraordinary, the person who has brought urgency to the climate debate. i'm very grateful to you. we all are. it's now on the front line, and you've put it there and the motto, which is, "the world belongs to young people," is a very powerful one, and you have made it an argument that people haven't been able to dodge. she is still only 16, and her high profile has meant scrutiny and criticism. some see her as unrealistic, a teenager who ought to be in school.
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on that, she can agree. i hope i don't have to be a climate activist any more. i am really looking forward to going back to school and to just be like a normal teenager. but of course, this isn't normal. . .situation. and we must all do things that we may not feel comfortable doing — we need to step out of our comfort zones. greta thunberg there, speaking to mishal husain. you can read more on the bbc radio 4 website. the comedian and musician neil innes, who collaborated with the monty python team, has died at the age of 75. he worked on the tv series and wrote songs for the films monty python and the holy grail and life of brian. tributes have been paid by stars on twitter. sherlock actor and writer mark gatiss wrote "neil innes has gone. as a python—obsessed teen,
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i saw him at darlington arts centre and missed my bus home to catch his brilliance". the creator of black mirror, charlie brooker, said he was "very musician has died". and the comedian and actor sanjeev bhaskar tweeted a picture of himself alongside neil innes at a monty python celebration. he called him a "supremely gifted songwriter and comedian who was always acerbically funny and tremendous company". now it's time for a look at the weather with elizabeth rizzini. it is looking like it very quite and 229 team. most of us try and settle for most of the time. —— 2019. this area of clouded gradually drifting its way southwards across southern britain and into parts of wales. we could see some mist and fog form for the first half of the night. the
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blue tinge tomorrow morning, we are expecting it chillier night for scotland, when it has been a very mild by night from night. new your‘s eve, we are likely to get off to a cloudy, murky start towards the south. we could see one or two sharp showers across cornwall, the scilly isles, area cross rain and wales. the best of the sunshine towards the north and east and feeling slightly chillier than it has been of late. if you're going out on your‘s eve night, the weather will not consume any problems. it will be dry and mist and fog forming and plenty clear spells in the east. 00:29:41,181 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 —— plenty clear
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