this is bbc news. the headlines at 11:00: the government expresses serious concern about the fairness of a trial in cyprus, in which a british teenager was found guilty of lying about being gang raped. 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. a volunteer firefighter has died battling wildfires in australia — as temperatures exceeded a0 degrees in every single state in the country. 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. iam are i am are 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. and we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers joe twyman, who's the director of the polling organisation, deltapoll, and claire cohen, the women's editor at the telegraph. good evening. welcome to bbc news. the government says it's "seriously concerned" about the fairness of a trial in which a british teenager was found guilty of lying about being raped by a group of men in cyprus. 12 israeli men were arrested, but then freed when the woman retracted her statement about the attack in ayia napa last july. the woman, who can't be identified, said police had forced her to say she'd lied about the attack — something they deny. the foreign office has described the case as "deeply distressing" and says it will raise the issue
with the cypriot authorities. jon donnison‘s report 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. the 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 right to a fair trial of our client has 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 are the young israeli tourists who originally faced accusations
that they'd raped the young woman. they were freed and allowed to fly home after she retracted the allegation. but she says she only changed her story about the young men because she was put under huge pressure by police questioning when she was vulnerable. the british government says it will be speaking to the cypriot authorities about the case. in a statement, a foreign office spokesperson said the uk was seriously concerned about the fair trial issues in what it called a deeply disturbing case. the young woman's lawyers are expecting to base her appeal on the way she says she was questioned by police for eight and a half hours without access to a lawyer before being coerced into agreeing that her claims were false. and in cyprus there have been questions about the way she's been treated. women's rights activists demonstrated outside the court, arguing that the young woman 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 the case is not over. translation: we are here to show our support and solidarity to the victim of this process. a young woman at the heart of the case, who hasn't been allowed to leave cyprus sincejuly, has now been told she will be sentenced on january 7th when she could be jailed for a year. jon donnison, bbc news. 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 nine—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. our correspondent gavin lee has been following the case from fuengirola.
flowers by the poolside. the tributes from tourists in a case that's baffled investigators. how three members of the same family drowned within five minutes in the afternoon on christmas eve. how it could be that 16—year—old praise—emmanuel and his father gabriel, both over six feet tall and only four inches shorter than the deepest part of the pool, couldn't save nine—year—old comfort or get out themselves. police returned to the scene today, though the initial investigation has concluded it was an accident, not a fault in the pool. what happened in this swimming pool, as spanish police see things, was, frankly, a tragic end freak accident. as far as they're concerned, this is case closed. but that's not good enough for the surviving family who want more answers and question the thoroughness of this whole investigation. translation: with cases so exceptional and so strange it's a sum of factors, it's not only one. it could be the shape of the swimming pool, the temperature of the water, the levels of distress.
but it is clear that with a lifeguard this wouldn't have happened. the family's lawyer said there could have been a misunderstanding. there was probably a misunderstanding with the translation. it has been said they can't swim but the mother's statement is clear, she didn't say they couldn't swim. the daughters took swimming classes. their last class was a week before the holiday. the husband is from nigeria and had swum in rivers. it's just his wife says she had never seen him swim. flags are flying at half mast at the club la costa hotel resort, a place that's packed with british holiday—makers coming for an idyllic winter break. everything is to an extremely satisfactory standard. then to know that this has happened in a place that you've been coming to for years. i find it very strange. it's very sad. especially, any time is bad enough, but christmas eve, hell, that's just dreadful. in the other resorts there were lifeguards around. here i haven't seen any, so i may ask them if they would be
anyone else to just kind of supervise. spanish police have confirmed that although their initial investigation has concluded, they are still requesting to speak to two british tourists believed to be eyewitnesses. tonight, the swimming pool has reopened. empty for now, but for the flowers. gavin lee, bbc news, on the costa del sol. a volunteer firefighter has died battling wildfires in australia — as temperatures exceeded a0 celsius in every single state in the country. the most dangerous blazes of the last 2a hours have been in the state of victoria, where conditions hampered efforts to evacuate 30,000 residents and tourists. more than 900 homes have now been destroyed, with strong winds and another day of scorching heat forecast on tuesday. from sydney, shaimaa khalil reports. 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 part way 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 holidaymakers 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 —
a 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. in sydney, just hours ahead of new year's eve, the city's renowned celebrations have sparked a debate. 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. fiona reynolds lives in the uk, but is on holiday in the coastal resort of austinmer, south of sydney, and joins us now. fiona, thank you very much for joining us. how aware of the incredible fires have you been while on holiday there? well, i think it's com pletely on holiday there? well, i think it's completely difficult to escape the fires. where i am at the moment i haven't seen the sun since i've been here. the area isjust haven't seen the sun since i've been here. the area is just blanketed, really, and smoke. and on different days to different degrees. last night, because he you sleep with all
the windows open to get the ocean breeze, i woke up during the night with smoke all in the back of my throat, everyone was awake, today you can't go outside at all. i'm sitting inside with all of the windows closed because when you walk outside it is, the air isjust windows closed because when you walk outside it is, the air is just smoke and smoke then coming throughout the house, throughout everything, you canjust smell smoke house, throughout everything, you can just smell smoke everywhere. so whether you are right in the path of the fire or not you are not able to escape the fires in this region. how much does it dominate conversation, particularly with local people? 0h, completely. i've been here on holidays just in new south wales for a few days, i was in melbourne before then. and every conversation that i've had has been about the fires, about climate change, about concern about what is happening. i mean, australia has always been a
country that has had fires. it has a lwa ys country that has had fires. it has always been a country that has had drought, but now what's happening is that the fire season is starting earlier, there is no rain, and the weather is much hotter. so the intensity of the conditions is far worse and that's something that australia really needs to face up to. we have been reporting the death of another volunteer firefighter, and we know about, of course, the environmental impact on the animals that have died as well, what changes do australians believe they need to make themselves to try to prevent the situation getting worse? well, i think, first of all, australians would like to see, the ones that i have spoken to, would like to see action from the australian government. australia hasn't declared a climate emergency, despite everything that's going on.
unlike the uk, australia hasn't set a net zero target for 2050. and i think a lot of australians feel that there needs to be more action. of course, every individual can also ta ke course, every individual can also take action themselves in how they c0 nse rve take action themselves in how they conserve water, how they think about sustainability more generally, how they get energy, how they use energy, we can all do those things and we all need to do those things and we all need to do those things and they are important. but overarching we, wanting to see a strong plan from the government, because this won't just strong plan from the government, because this won'tjust be a fire season because this won'tjust be a fire season this year, this will be something that continues every year u nless we something that continues every year unless we really tackle the issue of climate change in a serious way. australia, of course, is a big export of coal to other countries, whether that will be on the government's agenda, i don't know, but in terms of the day—to—day conditions that people are having to cope with, we are hearing that every
state now has experienced a a0 degrees temperature. no wonder you can't go outside, because it's just too hot as well. yes. i was in melbourne last week, it was a3 degrees when they walked outside the it was like walking into an inferno, because there were very strong winds as well. and, of course, in victoria there were extreme fires yesterday. here where i am, i'm on the coast, isa here where i am, i'm on the coast, is a little bit cooler, but today is still going to be 37 degrees. but in parts of new south wales it is going to be aa degrees. think for many people in many parts of australia, because it is obviously already new year's eve here, certainly for me and my family, we are going to be not outside enjoying what we would normally do on new year's eve, we are going to be sitting inside with all the windows closed, not really able to do anything. but we are more fortu nate able to do anything. but we are more fortunate than a lot of people, obviously, who are fighting fires, losing their homes, and, as you mentioned, the young firefighter who
was killed this morning, who had just been married, his wife is due with their first child in march this year and with their first child in march this yearand a with their first child in march this year and a completely tragic situation. as you say, you have to count your blessings. fiona reynolds, thank you very much for talking to us. thank you. here, 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. two leading private schools have defended a decision to turn down a gift of more than £1 million — because the donor wanted to help pay the fees of disadvantaged white boys. studies have shown that white boys who are from deprived backgrounds are among the worst performers overall in schools. but dulwich college and winchester college said any donations on the grounds of a pupil's colour were not
compatible with their schools' values. the shadow business secretary rebecca long—bailey says she's considering standing in the labour leadership election. writing in the guardian newspaper, she said labour had to rebuild trust after its election defeat, blaming the result partly on the party's stance on brexit. the headlines on bbc news: the government says it's "seriously concerned" about the fairness of a trial in which a british teenager was found guilty of lying about being raped by a group of men in cyprus. 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. a volunteer firefighter has died battling wildfires in australia, as temperatures exceeded a0 celsius in every single state in the country. the ousted head of renualt, carlos ghosn, has reportedly left japan where he's been under house arrest, awaiting trialfor corruption.
it's reported mr ghosn arrived in lebanon. the news has come as a suprise because mr ghosn‘s strict bail conditions would seem to prohibit him travelling abroad. the circumstances around his departure from japan are not clear. earlier, our business reporter jamie robertson spoke to my colleague nuala mcgovern about mr ghosn‘s ties to lebanon and the background to the case. pretty certain hero by private jet in lab and on. the first question one has to ask is why lebanon? well, he is generally described as being brazilian born, carlos ghosn, the chair ceo of renault, in the nissan mitsubishi renault partnership. his pa rents mitsubishi renault partnership. his parents 11 years. he has a number of lebanese interests and a winery in lebanon on. so it's not an
impossible place for him to end up. why he is there, what the arrangement has been with the japanese government, because at the moment he is facing charges of serious financial misconduct, we simply don't know. as a deal been done? did he break his bail? we don't know. and for people who weren't following this story closely at the time, explain his significance? he is a sort of does not a wind again but he is a great tycoon of the car industry —— not quite a wunderkind, he turned around the south african business. then when renault bought a0% of nissan, he was parachuted into nissan to turn around the company which he did with remarkable success. he introduced the nissan leaf, which if you have heard of any electric vehicles, you have heard of tesla and nissan leaf, nissan leaf is the biggest selling electric car in the world. he spearheaded the move to ta ke world. he spearheaded the move to take a share in mitsubishi as well,
thatis take a share in mitsubishi as well, that is why he has those three companies underneath — had those companies underneath — had those companies until he was charged with financial misconduct — under his wing. things started to go wrong in 2018 and he was arrested with these charges. the first one being he was under reporting his pay, second thing he was misusing company assets. those of the two things he was faced with. he was in jail for something like 109 days. then he came out, was put on bail but he also singled out he charged the japanese government and the regulators for a conspiracy against him. that is basically the point at which we are at. the lawyer of the man suspected of carrying out a knife attack on people celebrating hanukkah in new york says the 37—year—old "has a long history of mental illness and hospitalisations". at least five people were injured in the knife attack at a rabbi's house on saturday, in an incident
which has prompted mayor bill de blasio to announce a series of measures to tackle anti—semitic attacks. grafton thomas has denied a charge of attempted murder. i've been speaking to our correspondent in new york, michelle fleury. well, the man rests presenting grafton thomas does not representing, he entered the rabbi's home in rockland county and stabbed by people, said his client's actions we re by people, said his client's actions were fuelled by mental illness, not anti—semitism. but here's the thing, us authorities take a very different view. new york governor andrew kromer donna cuomo has labelled it domestic terrorism and plans to get the law changed in the new year. posited today federal prosecutors filed hate crime charges against mr thomas, according to the criminal complaint, they say they have evidence showing he intentionally targeted us individuals for the attack —— your governor andrew cuomo. he basically wrote various
kinds and his cellphone was retrieved, in which he searched for "why did hitler hate thejews?". these are things we are going to hear more about. he faces state charges as well, he pled not guilty to that on sunday. his next court appearance is due onjanuary three. the mayor of new york had already promised greater protection i understand the jewish communities before this attack even happened. well, there has been a rise in anti—semitic or hate crimes in the new york area in the last few weeks, even new york area in the last few weeks, eve n over new york area in the last few weeks, even over the last year. i think this certainly has many in the jewish community here in new york very alarmed. now you have the mayor of new york bill de blasio, responding to the sniper attack at a rabbi's housing a series of measures i going to be introduced —— responding to this knife attack at a rabbi's house and introducing a series of measures. it is a more
securities need to be in these communities, more police patrols, neighbourhood safety programmes. as well as introducing programmes on hate in schools. but if you talk to some of the communities across the river in brooklyn, increased police presence could make them feel like even more of a target or draw more attention to them. so i think we'll be hearing a lot more conversations going on as to what should be done. but there is a recognition that there has been a rise in this kind of incident. michelle fleury. 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 the children to go on strike. and 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'm 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 co 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 has 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's just 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 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 allare. 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. football, and west ham has been welcoming its new manager david moyes back for a second stint leading the premiership club. he said the club's owners had "acted with class" by turning to him to replace manuel pellegrini, who was sacked at the weekend following a string of defeats. jo currie has more. when you're struggling at the wrong end of the premier league table, sometimes it's 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 remit. what anybody‘s getting here with me is a very experienced premier league manager. arguably, there's only two or three who've got more experience with games in the premier league. i think i've probably got the biggest win rate out of a certain amount of managers as well. so, i think if you are putting it that way, that's what i do, iwin. moyes made his name in the top flight at everton, where he spent 11 years. but then went on to only last ten months at manchester united in 2013, before being let go after a year with real sociedad, and relegated with sunderland. david moyes never wanted to leave west ham in the first place. despite guiding them to safety in 2018, the club's owners decided not to renew his contract, instead opting for the high—calibre manager of manuel pellegrini. now moyes returns with a point to prove. you got rid of him at the end
of the season, why bring him back 18 months later? i'm as surprised as everyone else, but if he can do thejob, then good on him. new manager, new start, let's get behind him and support west ham like we should. and the hard work starts now for moyes, with west ham hovering one point above the relegation zone. and due to host fellow strugglers bournemouth on new year's day. jo currie, bbc news, london. now it's time for a look at the weather with alina jenkins. hello. the final day of the year and the decade, we'll get up to a fairly chilly note across much of northern england, northern ireland and scotland. as we can in cold front has been sliding as i suffers over the last 2a hours, interesting some cold air. to the south of this, something relatively mild. this area of low pressure generating much more cloud across wales, central southern and south—west england. may be picking up as an patchy rain for the faas oblast of england and the channel islands through new year's eve. for much of the uk, we and the mme guy with the best of the sunshine further north and east you 90, sunshine further north and east you go, and equally appealing day for
many, 6— nine celsius the top temperature. quite breezy for the northern and western isles. that ta kes northern and western isles. that takes into new year's eve night, but for most it is going to be dry, light winds, the mist and fog around, particularly over higher ground and certainly the cloud already in place across wales, central and southern and south—west england which will put its way further northeast words. so clear skies along eastern coasts of england and scotland. the winds will be like the most and around midnight temperatures are going to be in mid single figures. certainly colder along eastern coast of england and scotla nd along eastern coast of england and scotland under clear skies, and temperatures getting closer to freezing, so a chilly field for the end of 2019, quite a breeze blowing across the western and northern isles, too. quite blustery here. that continues engineers day. notice how the isobars are fairly close together across northern ireland and scotland. we have this area of high pressure which is dominating the scene, so the winds are lighter and for much of the uk we start 2020 dry, but with a lot of glove. that cloud is going to be quite stubborn
to go, the best of any breaks are probably to the north and east of higher ground, but for most it should be a dry start to 2020. certainly on the cool side, 6— nine celsius, the top temperature on new year's day. these frontal systems of the north of the uk moves ever closer as we move into thursday, and quite a windy day across the board with some wet weather arriving into northern and western scotland, northern ireland and then casually sinking its way southwards in the day, getting as far north as north wales, the north midlands, further south and east is dry and busy but now it again. temperatures in double figures for all of us, 10— 12 celsius on thursday. that system will clear through so by friday and saturday something drier, brighter but also colder again. that's all from you, goodbye. —— all from me.