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scores of people are killed in a stampede, as iranians flock to the funeral of qasem soleimani, killed by the us the barrel of the general has been postponed as the british government continues to urge restraint. -- the burial. we are concerned that if we see a full—blown war it would be very damaging and actually, the terrorists in particular, da'esh, would be the only winners. we'll have the latest from the middle east and from westminster. also this lunchtime: the 19—year—old british woman convicted of lying about being raped in cyprus is given a four month suspended sentence and allowed to fly home a teenager admits killing newlywed pc andrew harper in berkshire last summer joker leads the way in this year's bafta film nominations but there's criticism of the lack
of diversity — with only white nominees in the acting categories and england's cricketers need five more wickets for a victory over south africa in cape town. and coming up in bbc news from the west midlands to new delhi, while shooting and archery could be staged 4000 miles from the commonwealth games host city in 2022. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. at least 40 people have been killed in a stampede in iran, as vast numbers of people turned out to attend the burial of qasem soleimani, the iranian commander killed
in a us drone strike. the funeral, in his hometown, has now been postponed. soleimani was considered the second most powerful man in iran, and his assassination has raised fears of a conflict between the us and iran. our diplomatic correspondent james landale has the latest. today, the long farewell to qasem soleimani reached his iranian hometown of kerman. vast numbers cramming into the streets to catch a glimpse of the cortege, carrying the remains of the military commander killed by the united states last week. search were the crowds, more than 30 people reportedly died in the crush with more injured, as the result, officials said they would postpone his burial. the people called for vengeance when the morning is over, their foreign minister said the iranian response would be proportionate against what he called legitimate targets. the
united states killed important personalities, both iraqi officials as well as iranian officials in a foreign territory. that's an act of war. done in a terrorist, cowardly terrorist operation and iran will ta ke terrorist operation and iran will take appropriate response to that. de—escalation means the united states not taking further measures. to stop threatening iran, to apologise to the iranian nation but the action by the united states has consequences. iran 's parliament passed a bill designating all us forces and president trump himself as terrorists. it also allocated an extra $220 million to the revolutionary guards force that was led by general qasem soleimani. in baghdad there was some confusion over the future of us forces in iraq after washington denied reports based on a leaked letter it was preparing to pull our troops, something that would have huge
consequences for the 400 british military personnel there. in london, ministers gathered in downing street to discuss britain's response, hoping to diffuse tensions as they await iran ‘s response. what are you going to do about the situation? all effo rts going to do about the situation? all efforts to de—escalate. the foreign secretary travelled to brussels talks with european allies to try and find common ground with the us and find common ground with the us and protect coalition forces in iraq are tackling islamic state, also known as da'esh. we are concerned if we see a full—blown war it would be very damaging and actually, the terrorists in particular, da'esh would be the only winners, our message all around and we are working with us and eu partners, that's why i'm travelling to brussels today, to make sure we send a clear and consistent message for de—escalation and to find a diplomatic route through. in the us overnight there were vigils for peace amid growing fears that the assassination of qasem soleimani could tip an already volatile region into war. president trump hoping his
threats of further military action would deter iran but the risk of miscalculation is high. in a moment we'll hear from our deputy political editor john pienaar but first, our middle east editorjeremy bowen is in baghdad where the assassination took place. we talk about calls for restraint where we are, jeremy, but there is still use of the word revenge in the region? yes, because this isn't seen, i think by supporters of iran and those people here in iraq, who thought that qasem soleimani was a good man, a patriot, for his country, and pushing for its rights, those people in that camp very much believe that the us, as the iranian foreign minister has just said, committed an act of war and has added to the long list of blood spilling that it's been doing here
for many, many years. so in a sense, those people have made up their minds and it's notjust simply for them, a business of well, let's de—escalate, let's have restraint and talk to each other. it's quite easy to say that but in this environment, this atmosphere, a place with this history, that's really very difficult to achieve. jeremy, thank john pienaar is in westminster. how does the british government respond? all the emphasis on the government site has been under strain, the prime minister to give time returning from his caribbean holiday, today he's left all talking to his foreign secretary and later on in the house of commons to the defence secretary, the fact they are calling for restraint while downing street reviews are such things as written ‘s military presence in iraq tells you how britain isn'tjust an exposed player in this crisis but also rather a marginal one. boris
johnson, yes, he spoke to president trump and he will do again but the way america acted, without informing let alone consulting london, tells you this prime minister has much less influence in the white house and past prime ministers have had over past presidents and british officials in whitehall, in intelligence, they have very good links with their counterparts in washington but the view at westminster is those counterparts and the ones that donald trump tends to wa nt and the ones that donald trump tends to want to listen to, assuming he's listening to anyone at all. and as for iraq, of course historically they've seen britain is rather a malign player, now they seem to see britain as an accomplice to the us ina way britain as an accomplice to the us in a way that many people think rather flatters britainpos macro influence today. today we will hear more about the protection of british assets, people and personnel, later in the house of commons. but the fa ct in the house of commons. but the fact is, when you weigh up all the evidence, britain looks right now, rather like a spectator, although a spectator with very high stakes in what's become very dangerous game.
john and jeremy, thank you. a british teenager who was convicted of lying about being raped by a group of israeli men in cyprus lastjuly has been given a four month suspended sentence. the 19—year—old insists she only withdrew the allegation because she was heavily pressurised by police to do so. her lawyer says she will appeal — she now plans to fly home. gavin lee sent this report. backin back ina back in a separate court this morning, guilty of falsely claiming rape and awaiting her sentence. the 19—year—old from derbyshire who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared shaky and hesitant as she arrived. welcomed outside court by dozens arrived. welcomed outside court by d oze ns of arrived. welcomed outside court by dozens of women's rights activists from cyprus and israel, shouting their support. shame on you. in the past few minutes a cypriotjudge handed down a four—month suspended sentence for the british teenager found guilty of making false rape
claims. thejudge said he found guilty of making false rape claims. the judge said he took into account her emotional situation, age, the fact she'd been to university but he said there was no doubt over her guilt. we believe you, yes, we do. speaking outside court, the teenager ‘s mother who says she's happy to be identified spoke briefly to waiting activists. ijust want spoke briefly to waiting activists. i just want to thank each and eve ryo ne i just want to thank each and everyone of you for turning up today, having believed and having faith, making sure that we get justice. thank you, all of you for turning up, it is so appreciated, we cannot thank you enough. the family lawyer lewis para qc says this case has been full of flaws from the outset. clearly there has been to this point in time a deficit in provision of care, protocol and safeguarding. in this case, there is a failure that led to a catastrophic situation with the victim finding herself as the accused. all sites here acknowledge there were problems
with this case in which 12 israeli youths were arrested for alleged rape in an iron up a hotel room and released after the teenager came to a statement, she says she was forced into it but local politicians denied suggestions that there are institutional flaws in a cypriot justice system. in my opinion we cannot doubt the legal system of cyprus. we should go into details about this case as the judge said before, to see it as a special case and see what didn't work correct. the foreign secretary dominic raab said he was relieved the teenager is returning but said there were wider questions about the security of british tourists in cyprus. after six months on the island, the teenager is expected to be back in derbyshire this evening, her passport returned but her reputation damaged. she is said to have post—traumatic stress disorder and will seek treatment in the uk.
a teenager has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of a police officer who was dragged along a road by a van in berkshire last summer. pc andrew harper, who was 28, was responding to reports of a break—in at the time. 0ur correspondent, daniela relph, is at the old bailey. what happened in court? 18-year-old henry long from water more in reading appeared in court 12 at the 0ld reading appeared in court 12 at the old bailey via video link from belmarsh prison, he is in custody there. he was asked for his plea to there. he was asked for his plea to the charge of manslaughter to which he replied i plead guilty, guilty. the death of pc andrew harper last august caused this outpouring of public sympathy, he died just four macro weeks after marrying his childhood sweetheart and shortly before the couple were due to go on honeymoon. he was called out with another colleague to a call for reports of a break—in at a property
in the village in rural berkshire. when pc harper got there he got caught under the wheels of a vehicle, was dragged along the road, he suffered multiple injuries and died. but what is important with developments here in court today is that henry long has pleaded guilty to manslaughter. but he has pleaded not guilty to murder. and he and two others are due to face trial for murder here at the old bailey in march. murder here at the old bailey in march. thank you. rebecca long—bailey has become the sixth candidate to join the race to succeed jeremy corbyn as labour leader. the result of the contest will be announced at a special conference on 4 april. 0ur assistant political editor norman smith is in westminster. she had been expected tojoin she had been expected to join the race? she had come a long time ally ofjeremy corbyn but today firmly positioned herself as the carry on jeremy corbyn candidate going out of
her way to defend his leadership, unswervingly backing his policy saying she not only believed in them but had written many of them, she left his predecessors like ed miliband as tory light, she echoed some of his radical rhetoric, talking about turning the labour party into an insurgency, resisting the tories, honestly, she couldn't have done much more if she'd sung jeremy corbyn! this was her rebuffing the idea that mr corbyn wasn't in any way to blame for the election defeat. any leader who leads us into a general election defeat needs to take ultimate responsibility, but he also set out a radical platform for policy development that involved the grassroots in our trade unions and developed some of the most exciting and innovative policies that we've seen in a generation. now, why this all matters is because she has a very, very good chance of becoming the next labour party leader because the labour party it
seems, is still overwhelmingly pro—gemma corbin, she is a woman and many labour party folk want a female leader, she also represents a northern seat, again, many people believe the next labour party leader should come from another constituency and she will have the backing of the grass roots organisations momentum. —— jeremy corbyn. she is in a very, very strong position indeed which has rung alarm bells among some in the labour party who fear if they go into the next election saying pretty much the same as they did at the last election, it will be the same sort of result. norman, thank you. norman smith at westminster. the time is edging up to a quarter past one. the top story. scores of people are killed in a stampede, as iranians flock to the funeral of qasem suleimani. the burial has now been postponed. and still to come: asurvivor of male rape speaks out, to try and end the stigma around the crime.
coming up on bbc news: manchester united warn city fans they'll be ejected if they are seen visibly supporting their side in the home areas of old trafford during tonight's league cup semifinal. nearly 2000 homes are now known to have been destroyed in australia's months—long bushfires. the human toll has again been laid bare, as firefighters held a memorial in sydney for andrew 0'dwyer, who died battling fires in late december. at the moment, firefighters are taking advantage of milder weather to create fire breaks while they can — but temperatures are forecast to soar again later this week, and there are concerns that two fires could merge to form a new mega blaze. 0ur correspondent katy watson has been meeting residents in the town of buchan in victoria.
out to pasture but unable to graze. farmer scott has had to rely on donated feed to keep his animals alive after 80% of his land was destroyed by fire. and when you see pictures like this, it's amazing they did survive. this was his town of buchan, where the fires swept through just before new year's eve. farmland burnt out, buildings were destroyed and a community is now isolated. scott's family chose to stay and defend their property. all of that land is yours? yep. black... yep, all of that blackened land in the distance, yeah. when you were told there were warning saying you need to get out, you wouldn't go? no. 0ur fire plan always has been to stay here. and it... yeah, we've proved it this time and we'd do the same again next time. these past few days of cooler temperatures have helped authorities here regroup and start recovery. but the fear is of what's to come.
bushfires aren't new, they happen every year, but just look around. the scale and the intensity of the fires these past few weeks has taken everybody here in victoria by surprise. but, of course, bushfire season is only just getting started. everything that is shaded on this map is current fire activity, or burnt area. the fire monitoring centres are flat out. they aren't able to contain the fires that are currently burning. the next few days are expected to bring more. in any normal year we would probably be dealing with a fire about that size, and that would be a very, very significant fire. and there's a real possibility that in the coming month, the fire will cover an area which is larger than scotland. the community is still hurting. volunteers are helping people who have lost everything to pick up supplies and get them back on their feet. terrible, horrendous. they've lost everything. every single thing they own, they've lost.
so they come to the front door, they break down in tears. the amount of hugs we've had in the last week, the amount of tears we've shared with these people in the last week. it's... i've never been so emotional. someone who is soaking up those hugs is lexi, drafted in by the local ambulance service to put a smile on people's faces. and it seems to be working. katy watson, bbc news, in eastern victoria. yesterday, reynhard sinaga was sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison. he was described by police as the most prolific rapist in british legal history. prosecutors say sinaga attacked as many as 190 men, many of whom didn't know they had been drugged and raped, and many others may have chosen not to come forward. 0ur correspondent graham satchell has been speaking to sam, a survivor of sexual assault, about the stigma associated with the crime which yesterday's case has shon a light on.
—— with the crime which yesterday's case has shone a light on. the face of a monster. reynhard sinaga, grinning on his social media pages, is the most prolific rapist in british legal history. police say there may be as many as 200 victims. sinaga prowled the streets of manchester, searching for men before luring them back to his flat. we've been speaking to one man, not one of sinaga's victims, who was raped in 2016. when i broke down to my mum on the phone and told her that ijust wanted to die, i genuinely meant it. i didn't want to be... i didn't want to be anywhere. i didn't want to live with it. sam was assaulted by two men in a hotel room in manchester. he'd been out with his girlfriend, but at the end of the night, they became separated. sam got chatting to a group of men and went for one more drink. i think the first thing when people hear ‘male rape' is they automatically associate it with homosexuality. i think that there's a certain stigma attached to it, masculinity, that we say that you can't be
a masculine man if you've not fought back and you've allowed this thing to happen and you've not... yeah, done whatever you can to go and find the perpetrators or even allow, you know, there to be perpetrators. so i think that what defines us as men or supposedly defines us as men is impacted from the offset as soon as something like this happens. this is st mary's in manchester, a sexual assault referral centre. it's where sam was treated, as were many of the men raped by sinaga. we've seen an increase of around the 33% mark for men coming forward. i'm an optimist. so, i like to think it's not an increase in sexual violence. i think it's an increase in confidence in people being able to come forward. the shame, the stigma associated with sexual assault, means it's been a dramatically underreported crime. some studies suggest 90% of male rapes are never reported. sam did go to the police but says
it was an experience that made things worse. they asked me about my sexuality, about whether i'd ever cheated on my girlfriend before, about whether i'd ever had a male sexual encounter. but it all made me feel at the time that i really wasn't being believed here, like, i didn't understand what — whether or not i'm straight or gay, why does that have any difference? obviously, the issue's over consent. greater manchester police told us they've learned lessons from sam's case and they're now urging anyone who thinks they may have been assaulted by sinaga to come forward. graham satchell, bbc news. if you'd like details of organisations which offer information and support for people affected by sexual violence, you can find them at...
that number contains recorded information and it is freephone. a teenage neo—nazi, the youngest person convicted of planning a terrorist attack in the uk, has been jailed for more than six years. the 17—year—old had written a list of possible targets in his home city of durham, including post offices, schools and banks. he also made a list of guns he would like to acquire. thejudge described list of guns he would like to acquire. the judge described the six offences he was found guilty of as being of the utmost seriousness. a child has been taken to hospital following a knife incident at a school in county antrim. the northern ireland ambulance service said it attempted larne grammar school this morning under teenager was taken to the royal belfast hospital. the school says it has no comment to make at this time. britain's fourth biggest supermarket chain, morrisons, has reported a fall in sales over the christmas period. it's blamed what it calls unusually challenging conditions. our business correspondent
emma simpson is here. just how bad are the numbers? they are disappointing, and morrisons could turn out to be the loser out of the pack. they did not break out specific christmas numbers today but reported over a 22 week period including that all—importa nt reported over a 22 week period including that all—important festive trading, and the sales were down 1.796. trading, and the sales were down i.7%. morrisons blames three things, it says the consumer was subdued, there was also fierce discounting, there was also fierce discounting, the competition has been intense in the competition has been intense in the supermarket aisles over christmas. lots of deals on booze, for instance. morrison says its christmas basket was cheaper than last year but that was not enough, because basically it had fewer shoppers through its doors. the other thing was it did not do black friday, that was normally a springboard to christmas, so that was a pretty difficult decision for
them and something they will think about in 2020. what do we know about other supermarkets? morrisons was the first of the big four to reports, but there has been interesting supermarket data showing christmas has been a bit of a grind. slow for the supermarkets overall. and according to the researchers it only added an extra 50 million in sales. it sounds like quite a lot but it is only 0.2% growth, so it sounds like consumers have been cautious and savvy, on average household spent less this christmas than last year. there are always winners and losers and if that was little growth, it is difficult for supermarkets to increase sales and get the all—important market share. but all day, as it has done before, it has posted results to show sales worth nearly 8%, largely because it is opening lots of stores and pinching lots of customers. thank
you, emma simpson. hackers are holding foreign exchange company travelex to ransom after a cyber attack that's forced the firm to turn off all computer systems. it was revealed that on new year's eve hackers infiltrated parts of their network, forcing the company to take down its websites. the hackers are now demanding payment in exchange for either restoring the computer systems or preserving customer data. a train operator is offering to compensate its season tickets holders hit by recent delays and cancellations. transpennine express will refund 3% of the annual cost of season tickets to customers who email them to claim the rebate. a new timetable caused widespread disruption — which the company has acknowledged was unacceptable. england's cricketers still need five more wickets to win the second test against south africa in capetown. at 30 to pull, south africa were holding on a 225—5. —— at the tea
interval. joe wilson reports. one last chance to glimpse the mountain. why not? final day in cape town, an extreme test of south africa's endurance. 0h, bat broken! you can replace the bat, but not the batsman. when you're gone, you're gone. maharaj soon misjudged, and anderson had struck early. just seven more wickets needed, seven more moments. a mis—hit from south africa's captain faf du plessis, but the ball flew above the fielder, and the bowler had to persevere. still hours left, ben. meanwhile, the other batsman, pieter malan, was a model of concentration. there. du plessis is famous for sticking around. what was this? taken! there was the reaction from the catcher, then the reaction from the batsman. tells you everything. pieter malan, on his test debut, had resisted everything, until this.
that is out! 84 scored, but you've got to go. sam curran the bowler, and who else to grab the catch than ben stokes? now england truly sensed a breakthrough. those supporters urged england on. more wickets, quick, the sun would set soon enough. in the stand, feel the rays. in the middle, cover up. south africa still dedicated to defend. joe wilson, bbc news. it's award season and they are coming thick and fast — yesterday the golden globes and today the bafta nominationss. the film joker leads the way being recognised in 11 categories. it's competing against sam mendes' war epic, 1917, for both best film and best director. but all the nominees in the acting categories are white, and the best director shortlist is all male. the head of bafta says she is very disappointed by the lack of diversity.
lizo mzimba reports. when you bring me out, can you introduce me asjoker? when you bring me out, can you introduce me as joker? some things are changing at the baftas, a few yea rs are changing at the baftas, a few years ago it would perhaps have been unheard of forjoker, a comic book movie, to even get a best film nomination, let alone to be leading the way with 11 nominations, including best actorfor the way with 11 nominations, including best actor for the the way with 11 nominations, including best actorfor the keen phoenix. but there is understandable concern that all the nominated performances this year come from white actors and actresses. two of and even had double nominations, scarlettjohansson and even had double nominations, scarlett joha nsson recognised for relationship drama marriage story and dark comedyjojo rabbit. relationship drama marriage story and dark comedyjojo rabbitlj relationship drama marriage story and dark comedy jojo rabbit. i don't we are going to be on tv, i want
foa kes. we are going to be on tv, i want foakes. and margot robbie was nominated twice, for 0nce foakes. and margot robbie was nominated twice, for once upon a time in hollywood and bombshell. the reasons for what has been called ba ftas so reasons for what has been called baftas so white may not be obvious. in the past, let several actors won a bafta but failed to win at the 0scars. why do progressives needed outside the awards. if bafta is going to win in the future it needs to increase the work and encouraging film makers from different backgrounds and ethnicities and to encourage a new wave of talent coming through. i think that is reflected in the rising star award, it has a very diverse line—up, very interesting young talent coming through. is that frank? hello, frank, this is jimmy. through. is that frank? hello, frank, this isjimmy. among the established talent recognised was
the team involved with the irishman, martin scorsese's epic crime drama was just martin scorsese's epic crime drama wasjust behind joker martin scorsese's epic crime drama was just behind joker with ten nominations. what is the matter, partner? it is official, old buddy. ianda partner? it is official, old buddy. i and a has—been. also with ten nominations, quentin tarantino's 0nce nominations, quentin tarantino's once upon nominations, quentin tarantino's 0nce upona nominations, quentin tarantino's once upon a time in hollywood, with leonardo dicaprio and bradford bulls nominated. what is encouraging from a diversity point of view is that parasite, a social drama with an all south korean cast, received nominations for best director and best film. lizo mzimba, bbc news. it must be something i said, it is time for the weather but philip avery is not in the studio with me. i will not hold it against you! missing you already, jane! the driver of weather today was always going to be the lowest centred over iceland, but look at the number of
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