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iwind wales and northwards, gusts of wind of up to 80 mph. watch out if you're on the move and whenever you're spending the day, temperatures well above the seasonal norm. 12 and 16 celsius. reynhard sinaga drugged his unsuspecting male victims and then filmed his assaults. we believe there is over 190 victims that have been involved with sinaga, reynhard sinaga, and 70 of them are still to be identified, approximately. sinaga is believed to have used a drug called ghb on his victims, the home office calls for an urgent review into whether it should be more strictly controlled. also tonight... huge crowds gather in iran to mourn at the funeral of the iraqi military commander killed by a us air strike. here in south—east australia, after the devastating wildfires, the government is promising more aid. i've been talking to one of the
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firefighters on the front line. the trial begins of the disgraced hollywood film producer harvey weinstein. and the golden globe goes to... fleabag, prime video! and a great night for british stars at the golden globes in hollywood. and coming up on bbc news, sibley the best. a maiden century as england set south africa a test record. 0n track to level the series in cape town. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. police have called him the most prolific rapist in british criminal history. ajudge has called him a monster who should never be released. reynhard sinaga has been sentenced
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to a minimum of 30 years after being convicted of 159 offences against 48 victims. all his victims were men, the vast majority were heterosexual. 0ver several years, sinaga lured men from outside manchester nightclubs back to his flat, where he drugged and assaulted them — filming the attacks. police believe there are far more victims, though — at least 190. they are appealing for anyone who thinks they may have been attacked to come forward. judith moritz has the story. this is reynhard sinaga as he wanted the world to see him. his social media accounts full of grinning photos of a student having fun, but sinaga has many faces and behind the mask lies the truth. a depraved monster, said by prosecutors to be one of the most prolific rapists in the world. the total number of offences that we've prosecuted is almost 160, over 48 victims. as far as the judicial process —
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probably anywhere in the world — is concerned, he's probably the most prolific rapist that's come through the courts. in the world? i would say in the world. certainly in the british courts. night after night, sinaga would leave his manchester flat to go and find victims. he took advantage of living in the city centre, among the nightclubs and bars, and he made the streets outside them his hunting ground. sinaga would often wait for drunk men to come stumbling out of this nightclub and then entice them around the corner to his flat, which is just next door. he'd offer them somewhere to have a drink or phone a taxi and, on one occasion, it took him just 60 seconds to pick up a victim. nearly 200, mostly heterosexual, men made thisjourney, disappearing inside sinaga's apartment block. then they'd be offered drinks spiked with a drug like ghb, and that was the last they'd remember. unconscious, the men were raped on this grubby mattress on the floor.
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when they woke up, they had no memory of what had happened. sinaga would text his friends, boasting of sexual conquests. they thought he was joking when he quoted song lyrics about using a secret potion of which "0ne drop should be enough". but, in fact, the drug wore off early on one man who woke up whilst being raped. he fought back. and when the police were called, they seized sinaga's phone. they couldn't believe what they saw on it. the rapist had filmed each of his attacks. they found hundreds of hours of video. this is an absolutely unprecedented case. looking at that amount of evidence is challenging in itself. that's equivalent of 1,500 dvd films. we believe there is over 190 victims that have been involved with sinaga, with reynhard sinaga, and 70 of them are still to be identified, approximately. the men who were traced to a given support at this were given support at this centre in manchester,
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helped to cope with the trauma of being told they were the victims of rapes they can't remember. some men found it very difficult to process. some men have suffered with their mental health, to the point where some men have been suicidal. how is it possible that someone could be assaulted like this and not know? you may have had alcohol, you may have had a drug and you may have been sexually assaulted, but there may not have been any physical injuries to see. and if you haven't got any physical injuries, then you may not even suspect that you've been sexually assaulted. reynhard sinaga has shown no remorse. the judge remarked that he seemed to be enjoying being sentenced in court. he came to the uk from indonesia on a student visa and is said to have applied for permanent residency. but his victims have said they hope he never leaves prison and rots in hell. he prowled the streets for years before he was caught. he has never explained his crimes. the rapist considered a mystery
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as well as a monster. this is where sinaga lived and where so this is where sinaga lived and where so many this is where sinaga lived and where so many men, this is where sinaga lived and where so many men, nearly 200 that we know of but probably more, had their lives shattered. those men are still so lives shattered. those men are still so traumatised, we believe some of them have been unable to talk to their own families about what happened to them. 0thers their own families about what happened to them. others have left jobs, university courses and relationships as a result. sinaga did accept that he'd had sex with all of the men but he tried to argue that they had consented to take part in his fantasies. the trialjudge described that as ludicrous, she praised the victims were taking part in the prosecution, for their bravery in coming forward and she told sinaga that he is a deeply disturbed and perverted individual who has no grasp on reality. she said she believes he should stay in prison for the rest of his life. judith moritz in manchester, thank
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you. greater manchester police has set up a dedicated number to provide support for any affected by this story. it's on your screen now. or if you wish to speak to the police and make a report relating to reynhard sinaga, the number to call is 0800 092 01110. following the sentencing of sinaga, the home office has called for an urgent a review into whether controls for drugs like ghb are tough enough. it's the drug sinaga is believed to have used on his victims. in the decade up to 2017, 201 deaths in england and wales were linked to ghb. for 84 of those deaths it was the only drug involved. but it's believed that there may have been more fatalities over and above the official figures. june kelly has more. it's been described as a party drug. ghb is said to reduce inhibitions and increase sexual pleasure. but as reynhard sinaga has
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demonstrated, it can also be a weapon in a rapist‘s arsenal. it often originates from a colourless liquid, which can then be used to spike drinks and knock a victim unconscious. and in higher doses, it can kill. eric michaels was murdered by a serial offender with an overdose of ghb. he linked up with gerald matovu through the gay dating app, grindr. matovu was a prolific thief who drugged the men he met to steal from them, the dose of ghb he gave eric michaels proved fatal. he was a good person and he was taken advantage of. eric michaels' family are campaigning forghb to be reclassified, it's currently a class c drug. ghb is a really, really dangerous drug. it's the drug that killed my dad, and it killed multiple other people. it needs to be changed to a class—a drug. now, there will be a review
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of weather controls on drugs of whether controls on drugs like ghb are tough enough. it was ordered today by the home secretary in response to the sinaga case. it's all about the dose. professor simon elliott, an expert on ghb, says this criminal case has highlighted the dangers for recreational users. there is a very fine line between a sleepy dose, essentially, and a dose that could cause deep sedation — potentially stop you breathing. especially if it's mixed with alcohol or other drugs. detectives have found no evidence that reynhard sinaga killed any of the men he targeted. but the unprecedented scale of his offending has exposed a dark world and the dangers of ghb. june kelly, bbc news. there have been dramatic scenes in the iranian capital tehran, where huge crowds have gathered to mourn the military commander qasem soleimani,
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who was killed in a us drone attack on friday. iran has vowed "severe revenge" for his death, which was ordered by president trump. soleimani's daughter addressed the crowds, warning that a "dark day" was coming for america. 0ur middle east editorjeremy bowen is in neighbouring iraq, where the attack took place. jeremy, there is anger in both tehran and baghdad. yes, fiona, there certainly is. in tehran, as you were saying, these enormous crowds on the streets and anger here as well in baghdad. the thing is, though, not everybody feels it because not everybody supports the kind of iran that soleimani represented and tried to strengthen and tried, as well, to spread its influence around this particular part of the world. but certainly there were remarkable scenes on the streets of tehran today. tehran's broad avenues were jammed with mourners, estimated in millions.
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the assassination of general qasem soleimani has inflicted a real shock on iranian hardliners. not all iranians are as distressed as this. soleimani was a dominant force in a regime which shot dead hundreds of protesters on iran's streets at the end of 2019. the people who turned out, presumably, approved that he spent vast amounts of the islamic republic's money building up alliances and militias in lebanon, yemen, iraq and syria. many iranians didn't approve, as us sanctions bit into their lives. but iran's elite is badly rattled. ayatollah khamenei, iran's supreme leader, wept as he prayed for his right—hand man.
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a general who'd become the keystone of his regime's security. qasem soleimani's daughter delivered a fiery operation, demanding justice for the father she called a martyr. translation: the families of american soldiers in the middle east will have witnessed america's cruel wa rs will have witnessed america's cruel wars in syria, iraq, lebanon, yemen and palestine and will spend their days waiting for the death of their children. here in baghdad, soleimani, in death, stood like a brother with the iraqi militia leader killed with him by the americans. behind them, and iranian
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missiles speed to unknown targets. this was organised by the so—called popular mobilisation forces, militias mostly trained and armed by soleimani's operation, now integrated into the iraqi army. president trump's image was there, two and they've tried to match his threats. translation: this pro—iranian mp said it would be good if trump sent more troops, so they could send more coffins back to america —— this pro—iranian mp. there is a lot of quiet anger here and a strong desire to get even, to get revenge. the question is what these iraqis and, also, of course, the leaders of iran do next. two countries names are mentioned most here and their flags are down there on the street. the
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united states and israel. the desire for revenge was everywhere, in phases, chants and conversation. it will not dissipate easily. jeremy bowen, bbc news, baghdad. we can get reaction from westminster in a moment with our political editor laura kuenssberg, but, first, our north america correspondent aleem maqbool is in washington. we have seen the anger in iran and iraq in that piece. president trumpto iraq in that piece. president tru m pto pretty iraq in that piece. president trumpto pretty quiet today so far but certainly there is no sign of his backing down. now, still absolutely standing by his decision to order that killing of qasem soleimani, even ratcheting up the rhetoric over the last 2a hours or so, saying that if iran retaliates, the us would hit back, in his words, perhaps disproportionately, even hitting iranian cultural sites, he said, something that would constitute a war crime in the eyes of the un. but there are those there who say the move has already been
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counter—productive, pointing to the fa ct counter—productive, pointing to the fact that iran says it will no longer abide by any of those restrictions in the nuclear deal, that it has jeopardised relations between the us and iraqi government and security forces and it has put a temporary halt, at least, to operations against the islamic state group and that is not to mention, of course, on the day that up to 3,000 us troops are heading to the region, that the threat still looms of a new potentially entrenched conflict across the middle east. and laura in westminster, this is a very tricky and delicate situation for the prime minister. we have not yet seen him come out in person and make a statement. this is a bit of a tinderbox. in the last 30 minutes we have heard from the foreign secretary, dominic raab, who was at a meeting with boris johnson this afternoon and if you
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seniorfigures. he repeated the message that the uk has given out since this crisis began to unfold of calls for de—escalation and diplomacy as a way out of this. essentially a message, please calm the stand. the uk has particular interest, one in terms of keeping the 400 or so troops stationed in iraq who have been there helping with the fight against so—called islamic state or daesh. also the priorities of protecting uk shipping in that area and uk nationals in the gulf. but there is a sense that while the government is extremely concerned, they are not in the position to be the ones to make a dramatic difference to the outcome of this out —— unfolding crisis. pressing for peace, worried and concerned, but the decision—makers about what is next, not this time. laura kuenssberg in westminster, thank you. the time is 6:16pm. our top story this evening...
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britain's most prolific rapist — convicted of 159 sex offences — has been sentenced to at least 30 years in prison. still to come... comedian and golden globes host ricky gervais tells the hollywood stars, "no political speeches." you know nothing about the real world. most of you spent less time in school than greta thunberg. coming up on sportsday on bbc news, this man stole the show last time round, but who will be the hero for arsenal tonight as they take on leeds united in the third round of the fa cup? australia's prime minister, scott morrison, has promised over a billion pounds in aid to help his country recover from the continuing bushfire crisis. fires have so far ravaged an area around the size of ireland, with several smaller fires in the states of new south wales and victoria threatening to merge
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to create mega fires. mr morrison has been heavily criticised for his response to the disaster. last week, he had to cut short a visit to the town of cobargo after angry locals heckled him. clive myrie is there. hello, fiona. there are so many towns and villages like this across south australia hit hard by those bushfires. they need the help of the government and quickly. places like this, a population more than 600. cobargo. the fire swept through new year's eve, little power, water, people feel ignored. they have been left to defend for themselves. but while the government has been attacked for its response, firefighters, particularly in the volunteer firefighters, particularly in the volu nteer force firefighters, particularly in the volunteer force that has tried to tackle these places, they have received universal praise, and i have been speaking to one of the men willing to put their life the line. it's... you are fighting a losing battle against some of these fires and, sadly, that's just the way it is. some of these fires arejust too big now.
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all we can do is just keep protecting homes as best we can, keep protecting life as best we can, without losing our own lives at the same time. yeah, it's gut—wrenching when you see it. but, you know, you are doing everything you can, there's not much more you can put into it. i've been keeping my gear here with me... tristan lees has been a volunteer firefighter for more than two decades. so, yeah, these are it, jacket, pants. this has seen a lot of service this bushfire season. this has. this self—sacrifice runs in the family. his late father, as well as mother and brother, also served. the current crisis, the sternest test. terrible. very terrible. in 21 years i've been in, i've never seen it this bad. it'sjust phenomenal. i don't know what else to call it, to be quite honest. and there is a guilt. for not always being able to help when needed. he has a dayjob
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that pays the bills. what are you going to do? because you might lose your own home, lose your family, because you can't pay for anything? because you can't pay your bills? or go to work and then sit out work feeling guilty because you are not out helping the rest of your firefighters? it tears you apart, because you want to be in two places, but you can't. ah, yes. you remember seeing that one? yes, i do remember seeing that one. yes, because that truck actually got destroyed. the video we watched captures the horror of trying to tame a wild fire. the men are trapped in their cab. all survived. but this hot season, volunteer firemen have died and the fires still burn. it's gut—wrenching. it rips you apart knowing there is good people gone, they've left family and friends behind. it's... and it makes you feel even more, because you know what you are going into. so i can say, people,
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they call us crazy, it's true. everyone runs away from it, we are the ones who run into it. and we don't do it for the love of it, we do it because no one else will. triston speaking to me today. australia's volunteer firefighting force is actually the biggest in the world and they are incredible men and women. cobargo, it was the local people here who stayed behind to defend their town. in the festive season as the fire swept through, many houses survived as a result of that. this one behind me was destroyed, but the other prize that was paid was that two people died. fiona, back to you. clive myrie in cobargo, thank you. the timetable for the election
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of a new leader of the labour party to replacejeremy corbyn has been set out by the party's national executive committee. there are five people currently in the running: emily thornberry, clive lewis, lisa nandy, jess phillips and keir starmer. new members can register up until the 20th of this month with the ballot running between the 21st of february and the 2nd of april. the leader will be announced on the 4th of april. the disgraced hollywood film producer, harvey weinstein, has gone on trial in new york charged with rape and sexual assault, more than two years after allegations emerged against him. jurors will be selected tomorrow in the trial which relates to two women, but some 80 women have accused mr weinstein of sexual misconduct. he denies all the charges against him. our north america correspondent nick bryant reports. it's awards season in hollywood. in the world he used to dominate, he'd be wearing a tuxedo and parading down the red carpet. but the swagger is long gone. he walks now with the help of a frame. harvey weinstein cut a feeble figure as he arrived for his trial in new york. just watching him enter a courthouse provided a moment of catharsis for some of his female accusers.
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the women who spoke out, the women who upended his world, the women who ignited a global movement, and the women who won't get their day in court. today, ladyjustice is staring down a super predator — you. you thought you could terrorise me and others into silence. you were wrong. we rose from your ashes, we rise together. as we stand here at the beginning of a new year and a new decade, time's up on sexual harassment in all workplaces. time's up on blaming survivors. time's up on empty apologies without consequences. and time's up on the pervasive culture of silence that has enabled abusers like weinstein. the movie mogul has been charged with raping a woman in a new york hotel room in 2013, and sexually assaulting another woman in 2006.
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he's pleaded not guilty, and repeatedly denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex. this feels much more momentous than the trial ofjust one man, it's a culminating moment in the global #metoo movement. a milestone event that will be watched by women and men all across the world. nick bryant, bbc news, new york. british talent has triumphed at the golden globe awards in los angeles. the newly—knighted sir sam mendes was named best director for the first world war film, 1917, which also took the best drama award. the other big winners were the eltonjohn movie rocketman and phoebe waller—bridge's ground—breaking sitcom fleabag. our los angeles correspondent, sophie long, reports. it was the first a—list event of the decade and the stars came out to shine. and to be ruthlessly
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mocked by ricky gervais. let's have a laugh at your expense, shall we? remember, they'rejustjokes. there was a standing ovation for eltonjohn and bernie taupin. they won the golden globe for best song... taron egerton, rocketman. ..and taron egerton won for his portrayal of the rock star in rocketman. it was not the night netflix had hoped for. the streaming giant produced three of the five films nominated for best drama, but it was the relentless heart rending action drama of 1917 that won the golden globe. and sam mendes took their award for best director too. i really hope this means that people will turn up and see it on the big screen, for which it was intended. phoebe waller—bridge for fleabag! there were two golden globes for phoebe waller—bridge and fleabag. this really comes down to andrew scott, really, because that man... applause.
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..there was a lot of talk about the chemistry of us in the show but, really, he can have chemistry with a pebble! they were told... if you do when an award tonight, don't use it as a platform to make a political speech, right? you're in no position to lecture the public about anything. you know nothing about the real world. well, they took no notice of that. there were speeches about climate change, the australian wildfires... but it was michelle williams... and i wouldn't have been able to do this without employing a woman's right to choose. ..who got cheers and tears from women in the audience. once upon a time in hollywood! and there were three golden globes for quentin tarantino‘s love letter to this town, once upon a time in hollywood — including best supporting actorfor brad pitt. cheering. holy moly! these are the first major awards of the season and of the decade — and those going home clutching
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golden globes tonight will be hoping to collect golden oscar statues to match in five weeks‘ time. sophie long, bbc news, los angeles. time for a look at the weather. here's tomasz schafernaker. hi, fiona. good evening. it was blowing a gale in scotland and it will be very windy tomorrow. for the time being, we have a bit of a lull in the strength of the wind. some clear skies developing as we see a window of calmer weather across the uk. this is the weather front that brought the outbreaks of rain and the strong winds to some parts of the strong winds to some parts of the country. you can see this gap before the next weather system comes our way. this area of cloud is heading our way tomorrow. in the short term, we have this gap in the weather, the winds are falling light, skies are clearing, there will be showers around. the early hours of tuesday morning, temperatures could be close to freezing in some parts. very quickly, the next weather system will be making inroads and this is the next storm just south of
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iceland. that will send more wind and rain in our direction. the worst of the weather tomorrow will be across the north—west of the uk but with that strong wind we also get some very, very mild weather and tomorrow could be exceedingly mild across some parts of scotland. this is what we have from tomorrow. the heavy rain and wind sweeping north across the uk. the south—east not too bad, the weather could be quite bright if not sunny in one or two spots. gusts of wind, strong, and some bases in scotland could see an excess of 70 mph. strong in england as well. lots of showers coming through. the temperatures, not like january, in fact around the moray firth i would not be surprised if it gets up to 16 or 17. a couple of degrees off the record forjanuary. here is wednesday, some cooler weather coming in off the atlantic, closer to the seasonal norm at least for the north of the uk. seven in the lowlands. in london, hanging on to mild weather for january
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the lowlands. in london, hanging on to mild weather forjanuary around the mid—teens. thank you, thomas. that's all from the bbc news at six. so it's goodbye from me, and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are.
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hello this is bbc news. the headlines... the worst serial rapist in british criminal history — reynhard sinaga — has been jailed for life and with a minimum term of 30 years. we believe there is over 190 victims that have been involved with sinaga, reynhard sinaga, and 70 of them are still to be identified, approximately. huge crowds gather in tehran to mourn the iranian general killed by us forces. the eu urges restraint as iran and the us make


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