this is bbc news. the headlines at 7:00pm: a cyprus court convicts a 19—year—old british woman of lying after telling police she'd been gang—raped by 12 men. police investigating the deaths of a british father and his two children, who drowned in a pool in spain on christmas eve, say it was an accident and that the case can now be closed. authorities in australia cancel the evacuation of one area, as it's considered too risky, as bushfires continue to rage and temperatures exceed a0 degrees celsius in every state. also, we speak to greta thunberg, the teenager who spearheaded a global movement against climate change, who's calling for more action and less talk. we, climate activists, are being listened to, but that doesn't mean that what we are saying is
translated into action. in sport: the new west ham manager, david moyes, says he wants to do well enough to ensure the club's owners have no choice but to extend his 18 month deal. and what are beauty products doing to the planet? we'll be finding out in half an hour's time, in "unmasked — makeup‘s big secret". our top story this evening. a british woman, who's 19, has been convicted in cyprus for lying about being raped by a group of men. she said she'd been attacked by 12 israeli men at a hotel in ayia napa injuly — but then withdrew the claim, and was arrested.
she was found guilty today of the charge of causing public mischief, and could face jail. but the woman said police forced her to say she'd lied about the attack — something they deny — and her lawyers say they're planning to appeal. this report by our europe correspondent, kevin connolly, contains flash photography. when these legal proceedings began, 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 to a fair trial for our client have 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, and she was vulnerable and didn't have a lawyer. the defence team are likely to base their appeal and they way they say she was questioned for several hours without a lawyer, and coerced into making claims that her allegations we re making claims that her allegations were false. protest groups outside the court argue that she 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 say 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 7th, when she could be jailed for a year. jon donnison has been following this case — he says the foreign office have issued a statement: they are seriously concerned about the fair trial guarantees in what they are calling a deeply distressing case, and they are saying they are going to raise the matter with the cypriot authorities. as we had there, there is an appeal, according to this young woman's lawyers. in the meantime though, she is of course facing sentencing in just over a week's time. and we'll find out how this story, and many others, are covered in tomorrow's front pages
at 10:30 and 11:30 this evening in the papers. 0ur guestsjoining me tonight are joe twyman, who's the director of the polling organisation, deltapoll, and claire cohen, the women's editor at the telegraph.. police in spain have concluded their initial report into the deaths of a british father and his two children, who drowned in a hotel swimming pool. they told the bbc that gabriel diya, his 9—year—old daughter comfort and 16—year—old son praise—emmanuel died because of a freak accident, and that the case can now be closed. but mr diya's widow wants the investigation to continue. 0ur correspondent gavin lee reports. flowers a nd flowers and roses by the poolside. the tributes from tourists in a case that has baffled investigators. how are three members of the same family drowned within five minutes on the afternoon of a christmas eve. how it could be that 16—year—old praise—emmanuel and his father, gabriel, both over six feet tall and
only ten centimetres smaller than the deepest part of the pool, couldn't save the daughter or get out themselves. police returned to the scene today, that the initial investigation has concluded it was an accident, not a fault in the pool an accident, not a fault in the pool. what happened in the swimming pool pool. what happened in the swimming pool, as spanish police see things, is frankly a freak accident. star as they are concerned, this is case closed. but that is not good enough for the surviving family, who want more answers. translation: earle with cases so exceptional and so strange, it is a sum of the fact is, it is not only one. it could be the shape of the swimming couple, the levels of distress. it is clear with a live card, this would not have happened. it has to be something else. —— a lifeguard. we don't know yet. there were witnesses, some who
we re yet. there were witnesses, some who were eyewitnesses and saw everything that happened, and yet, they haven't given testimony to the police. translation: someone apparently did see what happened, but hasn't been questioned by police. they are trying to find him. there was another person who contacted us, he didn't see what happened but helps try to resuscitate the victims. his knowledge could help the police. flags are flying at half mast at the result today, a place that is packed with british holiday—makers coming foran with british holiday—makers coming for an idyllic christmas break. people have been coming here to the same hotel for years everything is to an extremely satisfactory standard. to know that this has happened in a place that you has been coming to four years, how is that? i find it very strange, very sad. especially on christmas eve, it isjust sad. especially on christmas eve, it is just fretful. sad. especially on christmas eve, it isjust fretful. how sad. especially on christmas eve, it is just fretful. how do you sad. especially on christmas eve, it isjust fretful. how do you feel being here with your family, knowing what happened 7 being here with your family, knowing what happened? it does feel a bit odd. ijust want to make sure that
it is an accident, not really any fault of the pool or something like that. today, spanish police have confirmed that although they have concluded the initial assessment of the dense, they are requesting to speak to british tourists who saw events here. tonight, the pool has reopened, empty now, bara events here. tonight, the pool has reopened, empty now, bar a single floral tribute. a volunteer firefighter has died battling wildfires in the australian state of new south wales — the total number of people who have died in the fires is now ten. about 30,000 residents and tourists were urged to flee an area east of melbourne — but evacuations were later deemed too risky as fires encroached on major roads. officials say a fast—moving fire is now threatening homes and lives in melbourne's northern suburbs. as a heatwave continues to grip the country, temperatues have exceeded a0 degrees celsius in every state. the most dangerous bushfires today are in the state of victoria,
where 70 new blazes have begun since yesterday. since the fires started in september, four million hectares of bush have been destroyed. the fires are wreaking havoc on australia's wildlife, with 10,000 koalas estimated to have died so far. it's feared that worsening weather conditions — including heat, strong winds and lightning strikes — could make the situation even worse. 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 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 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.
in the last hour, the lawyer of the suspected perpetrator of a knife attack on people hosting a celebration of the jewish festival of hanukkah in new york has spoken of his client's mental health issues. at least five people were injured after saturday's stabbingsm, which have prompted new york mayor bill de blasio to announce a series of measures to tackle anti—semitic attacks. the suspected knife man, 37—year—old grafton thomas, who denies a charge of attempted murder, may have been following a direction from a voice in his head, according to his lawyer. let's listen to some of that press conference.( he seems to be in an alternative
universe, in his head, which is not unusualfor universe, in his head, which is not unusual for people suffering from his sort of psychosis. the direction that he was following did not involve violence for other persons, but involved the destruction of some property. our correspondent in new york is michelle fleury. as far as the accused man's mental health is concerned, it is very much at the four of this. no that is right. we have been hearing from the family, for the lawyer, who has been talking on their behalf. it is a very different story though, if you listen to authorities here in the state. you have got the governor basically saying that this is a case of domestic terrorism, and of course, just today, in the last hour 01’ course, just today, in the last hour orso, course, just today, in the last hour or so, federal prosecutors have brought charges of federal hate crimes against this manner.
basically, they are saying that he has been charged with five counts of obstruction, of three exercises of destruction of religious beliefs, resulting in bodily injury. this of course after the knife attack at the rabbi's house at the weekend. what is the may have been saying about this? gill the mayor of new york is responding by announcing a series of measures to tackle what he is calling a crisis caused by a rise in anti—semitism, just in the last three weeks, there have been as many as 30 attacks in the new york area. the mayor is basically saying it is time for authorities to act, and so he has introduced a couple of measures. more police on the streets, more cameras, a neighbourhood safety coalition, as well as trying to address it for the school curriculum in those communities where there is a higher
jewish population. they want schools to try to focus on stopping hate and building risk factor. respect. we keep hearing from civil rights leaders here in new york, speaking out today, saying that more action and what dialogue is needed. the question is how to tackle it. that is what we will be hearing more about. thank you. the headlines on bbc news: a british teenager has been convicted by a cyprus court of falsely claiming she was raped by a group of israeli tourists six months ago. her lawyers say she will apeeal. police investigating the deaths of a british father and his two children, who drowned in a pool in spain on christmas eve, say it was an accident and that the case can now be closed. dozens of fires are burning out of control across australia, as temperatures exceed a0 degress in every state. well, with climate change being cited as one of the factors
fuelling the bushfires, the 16—year—old campaigner greta thunberg is calling on britain to ensure that crucial climate talks it will host in glasgow next year succeed in combating global warming. she's become the face of an international youth movement pressing for more action on climate change. mishal husain went to stockholm to meet her. she's the girl who galvanised 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. a children's charity is warning society not to forget about children waiting to be adopted.
coram, which runs one of the largest independent adoption agencies in the uk is concerned that adoption has fallen off the political agenda amid the "turbulence and uncertainty" of the last year, and is urging potential adopters to come forward. the comments come as recent figures from the department for education show that the number of children being adopted has fallen for the fourth year in a row. with me now is carol homden, chief executive of children's charity coram. welcome. what is the principal method you are looking to get across? the principal message is as we start the new year, please do come forward to consider it you might be able to get a loving home to a child who needs one. currently, we have twice as many children as we have adoptive pa rents. as many children as we have adoptive parents. on those figures, a peak in 2015 and a gradual fall sense. parents. on those figures, a peak in 2015 and a gradualfall sense. why is that? has been an underlying
increase in adoption at the last ten yea rs, increase in adoption at the last ten years, but it reached a peak in 2015 with a big effort. what has happened recently is there have been uncertain times, and potential adopters are perhaps anxious about the process, or indeed, whether they would be the right kind of parents for adoptive children —— my adopted children. our message is that it is ordinary people who do this extraordinary thing. don't let fear and anxiety stand in your way. are they right to be anxious? yes, it is a sincere process, a service for children. it is also designed to allow people to find out whether adoption is right for them. the children we are talking about have had a very rough start, and therefore, will require exceptional support from the new, loving families. it is not right for everyone, and adoption is for the few and not for the many, but what
doctors tell us every day is of the i°y doctors tell us every day is of the joy that it brings it to them and theirfamily. joy that it brings it to them and their family. for a typical adoptive parent, is it possible to say who is most likely to fit the dell? no, it is people from every kind of background. it is a very diverse kind of background, people from lgbt communities as well, all kinds of ages of... i think the important thing is to have a big heart and to be very child—centred and realistic about what adoption will take. the agencies are all there to give the support and help to enable people to find out whether adoption is right for them. at the heart of this are very young children who need a new start in life. so will you would like more people to come forward. does the government have a bigger role to play here? yes. consistently, the government have supported children in the courts where it has been decided it is in
the children's best interests. they have been involved in helping agencies to recruit more adopters. this is something that is beyond politics. it is something that matters to us all. the compassion that society shows to its most vulnerable. ok, thank you. 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. 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. a chinese scientist who sparked international controversy when he claimed he'd created the world's first gene—edited babies has been jailed for three years. a court in shenzhen found professor he jiankui guilty of violating a government ban
on conducting experiments on human embryos. our correspondent stephen mcdonell gave this udpate from beijing. we found out about this today when this court in shenzhen released its findings regarding he jiankui and two of his colleagues after a secret trial. now, to some extent, we can understand why this trial might have been secret because you can imagine the individuals who are involved, the people who've done the testing, who've agreed to have their children's dna altered — well, you know, the harrassment they might face in the future and the like, and so it's all been kept pretty secret where they are and in fact, the court documents revealed that a third child has, in fact, been born using he jiankui's methods. now, if we go back to november last year, he announced to the world he was the first person to have produced these
gene—edited human beings. i think he probably thought that, you know, given the enormous scientific breakthrough this was and given that he said that this was to achieve having children who are immune to hiv, this would just be welcomed by the community universally and no one would really worry about how he got there. well, in fact, that hasn't been the case. he faced a lot of criticism in china and overseas that he and others had forged documents in order to sort of get around the ethical safeguards, which meant he could go ahead with this research. now, he's received three years in prison. he's received a three million yuan fine — which is i think about us $a30,000 — plus a lifetime ban on being involved in this type of scientific work in the future.
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 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 sad to hear neil innes, the brilliant comedian, musician and rutle 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‘. two leading private schools have defended their decision to turn down an offer of more than a million pounds — because the donor wanted to help pay the fees of disadvantaged white boys. on average, poor white
boys are among the worst performers in schools. but dulwich college and winchester say the bequest from professor sir bryan thwaites wasn‘t compatible with their values. the schools say they don‘t want to award scholarships on grounds of race. the hollywood actress sharon stone has outed herself as looking for love on a dating app, after revealing she was blocked by bumble. her account was barred after several other users thought her profile was fake. the ‘basic instinct‘ star tweeted about it and asked bumble not to shut her out of the hive. if you fancy your chances of scoring a date with the actress you‘ll be pleased to hear bumble has duly responded and she‘s back on the app. russia has experienced its warmest year on record according to the country‘s forecasting agency. and a lack of the white stuff in moscow has led authorities to dump artificial snow
in the city centre. it‘s to ensure a more wintery scene in time for new year festivities. a marked police car in plymouth has been given a £50 parking ticket while officers were attending a 999 call. when police called the company that issued the ticket to explain that they were exempt, they were told they would have to write a letter of appeal before the ticket could be cancelled. plymouth police have tweeted a picture of the ticket, saying: "please hold calling 999 whilst we do that!" a spokeswoman for devon and cornwall police said force vehicles were exempt from parking tickets when on duty. to football now: and west ham has welcomed its new manager david moyes back for a second stint. he says he aims to give the premiership club no choice but to extend his 18 month contract. he replaced manuel pelligrini, who was sacked at the weekend following a string of defeats. jo currie has more. when you are struggling at the wrong
end of the premier league table, sometimes it is best to turn to what or who you know. david moyes back at the club he rescued from relegation in 2018, and with the same we met. 0r in 2018, and with the same we met. or they are getting from me is a very experienced premier league manager. arguably, there are one or two people who have more experience in the premier league. a certain amount of managers as well, so i think it you are putting it that way, that is what i do. when. david moyes made his name at everton, where he spent ten years. but then he went on to work at manchester united, before then relegated with sunderland. but after the failed appointment of pellegrini, west ham have come calling once again. david moyes never wanted to leave west ham in the first place. despite donning them to safety in 2013, the club‘s
owners decided not to renew his contract and get the high—profile manager of pellegrini. but now he has returned and has things to prove. if you can do the job, then good on him. new manager, new start. let's get behind them and support this town. west ham are hovering one point against the relegation zone, and are due to play at bournemouth on new year‘s day. coming up after the headlines, what are beauty products doing to the planet? we‘ll be finding out in half an hour‘s time, in "unmasked — makeup‘s big secret". it has been another mild day across most of the uk. having said that, a touch of frost tonight in some northern parts of the country. this is where the skies are