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this is bbc news. welcome if you're watching here in the uk or around the globe. i'm simon pusey. our top stories: fresh coronavirus restrictions come into force in scotland wales and northern ireland, as the uk's devolved nations try to combat the spread of the omicron variant. save the children condemns the military in myanmar for the deaths of 38 people found in burnt—out vehicles in kayah state. queen elizabeth speaks about her memories of prince philip, in her first christmas day message since his death. that mischievous, inquiring twinkle was as bright at the end as when i first set eyes on him. in the uk, tougher covid restrictions,
and the volcanic eruption on la palma finally comes to an end. in the uk, tougher covid restrictions, designed to slow the spread of the omicron variant, come into effect in scotland, wales and northern ireland today. other new restrictions come into effect. our wales correspondent, tomos morgan, has been looking at how the rules now differ across the four nations. another winter and another set of restrictions. social life will be cattell yet again in wales, scotland and northern ireland as the governments have brought restrictions in again as they try to restrain the spread of omicron to ease
pressure on the health system. having only reopened six months ago, nightclubs will have to turn off the lights in both wales and northern ireland. business bosses feel they are being made scapegoats. we had 4.5 being made scapegoats. we had 4-5 months _ being made scapegoats. we had 4.5 months of _ being made scapegoats. we had 4.5 months of trade _ being made scapegoats. we had 4.5 months of trade and - being made scapegoats. we had 4.5 months of trade and we're i 4.5 months of trade and we're backin 4.5 months of trade and we're back in again. the issue is, we are not clear whether this will be issued. we have not been provided with any data on why this sector particularly has been enclosed and what conditions will need to be met for the sector to be reopened again. for the sector to be reopened aaain. , . ., ,., again. restrictions on spectator _ again. restrictions on spectator sports - again. restrictions on spectator sports will i again. restrictions on i spectator sports will also again. restrictions on - spectator sports will also play in wales and scotland. they were due to be 10,000 fans here in cardiff to watch the derby but they now will be watching from home. a total ban on spectator sport in wales. in scotland, the premier league have moved the winter break forward due to limiting
capacity. much to the dismay of france. across all hospitality venues, the rule of six is back in wales. —— dismay of fans. two metres means fewer guests. it has a massive effect. new year's eve, we have full capacity but with the two metre rule we have lost 20% capacity and we have had to cancel people. and we have had to cancel --eole. ~ and we have had to cancel --eole.~ , . ., , people. while restrictions in northern — people. while restrictions in northern ireland _ people. while restrictions in northern ireland come - people. while restrictions in northern ireland come intol northern ireland come into force tomorrow, measures will be kept under review. nicola sturgeon told the public that would be in place for at least three weeks. meanwhile, further south, mark drakeford said rules will be reviewed frequently. his next assessment due at the end ofjanuary. frequently. his next assessment due at the end of january. with large events due to be attended across the uk called off, it looks like this new year's eve will be just as subdued as the
last. tomos morgan, bbc news. well despite many countries avoiding lockdowns over the holidays, cases of the virus are surging around the world. let's take a look at some countries reaching a record number of cases. in france, health officials have registered more than 100,000 daily infections. that's a new record for three consecutive days. italy has registered more than 50,000 daily cases, their highest number since the beginning of the pandemic. and in australia, a new record of cases forced testing clinics to close, as more than 9,000 were reported on christmas day. the surge has disrupted holiday plans for many families, some even having to spend christmas isolating. the bbc�*s azadeh moshiri reports. positive covid tests, travel restrictions and flight cancellations — for some this is not the merriest holiday season. many governments have insisted christmas is not cancelled this year but with the omicron very spreading
and cases of coronavirus on the rise, many have been forced to spend christmas in isolation. this happened to one mother whose son fell ill. we tested him that morning and he was instantly positive, before it even finished running along the lateral flow test strip — so the red line was there. so yeah, hearts sank, all of our christmas plans stopped. really got it. even without a positive covid test, millions around the world have had their travel disrupted by the pandemic, with last—minute travel restrictions forcing many to change their plans, and airlines cancelling more than 4000 flights around the world. some of their own staff having to isolate with covid. i caught up with my own cousin whose plans were hit by travel restrictions and covid. so tara, ourfamily is in france, i am in the bbc newsroom — i chose to be here, i volunteered — but you are alone on christmas day with your partner in london. what happened 7
once the travel restrictions kicked in, i sort of rearranged my plans to spend christmas here in london with my partner's family and then we essentiallyjust started getting symptoms on monday, tested positive for covid on wednesday, and obviously have been isolating since, so our christmas plans on both sides have been sort of thrown into a bit of chaos because of covid. so despite best efforts to make this christmas better than the last, the pandemic�*s still been front and centre of this holiday season. azadeh moshiri, bbc news. in other news: the international charity, save the children, has condemned what it called an attack by the burmese military that killed at least 38 people, including women and children. the charity said the military had reportedly forced people from their cars, arrested some, killed others and burnt their bodies, in the south—eastern kayah state. save the children says two of its humanitarian staff are also missing.
ong chow moe is an advisor to the national unity government's ministry of human rights. he says the attack is shocking. the junta has run down elderly people, women, children. no less than 30 people have been burnt and brutally killed. this is just before the night of christmas in kayah state, located between thailand and myanmar. kayah state is home to many christians and christmas is a day for peace for the christian people so the level of brutality is high to carry out such inhuman act. you mentioned the timing of this attack. does it look like a targeted attack to you, or more random?
anyone who could be seen as a threat to the junta could be killed at any time anywhere in myanmar regardless. and when it happens right the day before the christmas we can assume that this is to show that they do not care about anything and of course we know the junta does not care about these religious or other major celebrations. officials in the democratic republic of congo say at least six people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack. security guards prevented the bomber from entering the restaurant in the eastern city of beni, but he detonated his device at the door, killing himself and five other people. officials have blamed the attack on the allied democratic forces, a ugandan muslim militia which is said to be linked to the islamic state group. the queen has spoken movingly
in her christmas day message about her grief at the death of her husband, prince philip. she said there was "one familiar laugh missing" and expressed empathy with other families who'd lost loved ones this year. our royal correspondent, nicholas witchell, reports. windsor castle on christmas morning. the royal standard signifying that the queen was in residence. merry christmas. the prince of wales and duchess of cornwalljoined the congregation at st george's chapel for morning service. the queen did not attend as a precaution against covid, according to officials. from the very first moments of the queen's broadcast, there was a keen sense of the loss she has felt over the death of prince philip last april, after their 73 years of marriage. although it is a time of great happiness and good cheer for many, christmas can be hard for those who have lost loved ones.
this year, especially, i understand why. but for me, in the months since the death of my beloved philip, i have drawn great comfort from the warmth and affection of the many tributes to his life and work from around the country, the commonwealth and the world. his sense of service, intellectual curiosity and capacity to squeeze fun out of any situation were all irrepressible. that mischievous, inquiring twinkle was as bright at the end as when i first set eyes on him. she spoke about the happiness she gained from seeing members of herfamily embracing the roles and values which meant so much to her, and she recalled how her husband's work on the environment was being taken forward. i am proud beyond words that his pioneering work has been taken on and magnified by our eldest son charles, and his eldest son william, admirably supported by camilla and catherine.
while covid again means we cannot celebrate quite as we may have wished... there was a passing reference to covid and a look ahead to the platinum jubilee. but this above all was a broadcast from a wife mourning her husband. there would still be joy at christmas, the queen said, even with one familiar laugh missing. so a very personal message from the queen at the end of a sad and in some ways rather troubling year, with the death of her husband and difficulties within the royal family. the year has also ended with concerns about her own health, concerns which the palace does its best to downplay, preferring instead to look ahead to next year and the platinum jubilee. nicholas witchell, bbc news, buckingham palace. spanish officials say the volcanic eruption in the canary islands has finally come to an end after 3 months. no one was injured during the 85 day ordeal
on the island of la palma. but the volcano destroyed properties and submerged hundreds of hectares of land, as jack surfleet reports. it was the first eruption on la palma since 1971. the cumbre vieja volcano burst into action on the 19th of september, flowing down the mountain, through villages, and spanning up to 600 metres wide. in its path were 1,300 homes, churches and schools, all of which were destroyed. rescue teams helped to relocate more than 7,000 people from their homes. many have lost almost everything they own. an exclusion zone was set up around the flow, including in the sea, where the molten rock boiled seawater, released poisonous gases and increased the size of the island. there had been no earth tremors since the 13th of december — the longest period without any
activity since the eruption began — but authorities were wary of raising false hope and held off until christmas day to give the message that many had been so desperate for. translation: what i want to say today can be said with just - four words — the eruption is over. it is an emotional relief but i think we can add one more word to the message — the word �*hope'. because we can now focus all of our energy in reconstruction of the island. the spanish prime minister pedro sanchez described it as "the best christmas present". his government has pledged over 200 million euros to help people living on the island piece together their homes and their livelihoods after the longest—ever eruption on record. jack surfleet, bbc news.
stay with us on bbc news, still to come: christmas still to come: day is over for millions christmas day is over for millions around the world. we find out how people celebrated during another difficult festive season. the world of music's been paying tribute to george michael, who's died from suspected heart failure at the age of 53. he sold well over 100 million albums in a career spanning more than three decades. the united states' troops have been trying to overthrow the dictatorship of general manuel noriega. the pentagon said it's failed in its principle objective to capture noriega and take him to the united states to face drugs charges. the hammer and sickle| was hastily taken away. m its place. — the russian flag was hoisted over what is now— no longer the soviet union, but the commonwealth of independent states. | day broke slowly over lockerbie, over the cockpit of pan am's maid of the seas, nosedown in the soft earth. you could see what happens
when a plane eight storeys high, a football pitch wide falls from 30,000 feet. christmas has returned to albania after a communist ban lasting more than 20 years. thousands went to midnight mass in the town of shkoder where there were anti—communist riots ten days ago. this is bbc news, the latest headlines: fresh the latest headlines: restrictions come into force fresh restrictions come into force in scotland while the new ireland is the devolved nations try to combat the spread of the omicron variant. save the children condemns the military in myanmar, for the deaths of 38 people found in burnt—out vehicles in kayah state. well, as we've been hearing, the queen is spending christmas at windsor castle, just outside of london. obviously security is tight, but an intruder has managed to break into the grounds of the castle. police have arrested a 19—year—old man. sean dilley has the details.
christmas can be hard for those who have lost loved ones. this one especially that make this especially i understand why. but for me in the months since the death of my beloved philippi have drawn great from the warmth and affection of the many tributes to his life and work. it many tributes to his life and work. , ., , ., ~ many tributes to his life and work. , ., , .,~ ., work. it is a break from tradition _ work. it is a break from tradition but _ work. it is a break from tradition but for - work. it is a break from tradition but for the - work. it is a break from - tradition but for the second year running the queen is spending her christmas here at windsor castle, due to covid. a guest list is smaller than in previous years but she has been spending time with some of her closest relatives. but at around 830 on christmas morning around 830 on christmas morning a man is alleged to have penetrated the outer security of the grounds. the intruder�*s presence was quickly detected and officers from two forces responded to the unfolding security incident did dig thames valley police say they
arrested a 19—year—old man from southampton for breach, or trespass of a protected site, and of suspicion of having an offensive weapon with him. it has been widely reported that the man had may have been carrying a crossbow but police have not confirmed this. questions are now being asked as to how an intruder managed to breach security on the 13 acre site. to breach security on the 13 acre site-— to breach security on the 13 acresite. a acre site. as soon as somebody nets in acre site. as soon as somebody gets in the _ acre site. as soon as somebody gets in the outer _ acre site. as soon as somebody gets in the outer ring _ acre site. as soon as somebody gets in the outer ring then - gets in the outer ring then something happens and it triggers an alarm and the police respond, as i understand they have in this instance. they acted quickly as soon as this individual allegedly tried to get in then he was apprehended and that is what you want, really. the 19-year-old - you want, really. the 19-year-old suspect l you want, really. the i 19-year-old suspect did you want, really. the - 19-year-old suspect did not 19—year—old suspect did not enter any buildings during his short time on royal grounds officers investigating the christmas day breach want to establish what the intruder�*s motivations were. it was one of the tv sensations of the last year — a racy period drama set
in regency era london. well now fans of bridgerton are celebrating — after netflix said it had commissioned a second series. it's due to appear on the streaming service in march. the cast of the show announced the news via a video shared on social media on christmas day. here we are. what's they got to say? here we are. what's they got to sa ? . . here we are. what's they got to sa? .. , ,, say? that cheeky mistress. ha - say? that cheeky mistress. happy anniversary. - say? that cheeky mistress. happy anniversary. happy i happy anniversary. happy anniversary. _ happy anniversary. happy anniversary. it _ happy anniversary. happy anniversary. it is - happy anniversary. happy i anniversary. it is customary happy anniversary. happy - anniversary. it is customary to gift paper, dear readers for a first anniversary. i gift paper, dear readers for a first anniversary.— first anniversary. i hope you find this one _ first anniversary. i hope you find this one informative. i find this one informative. bridget and returns. march 25. march — bridget and returns. march 25. march 25 _ bridget and returns. march 25. march 25. march 25. she always has the gossip. _ march 25. march 25. she always has the gossip, doesn't - march 25. march 25. she always has the gossip, doesn't she? i has the gossip, doesn't she? 2022! — we can now speak to the entertainmentjournalist kj matthews who joins us from los angeles. i know you are a massive fan
and i know the fans are hugely excited about this. why is this second season such a big deal? it was a big deal to me that on christmas day, even though i went out to be with my family, i took time to watch this. it was very important to me. but it is important that they are releasing this promo to talk about a date for next year because i don't know if you recall, but last year on christmas day that was when the show debuted, can you believe it? it is only been one year since it debuted in one of the reasons why it was such a success was because it happened around the beginning of lockdowns in the beginning of the big pandemic and so many people fell in love with the writing on the characters and it was a really great show so it was a really great show so it was a really great show so it was interesting to see one year after the debut, to now have a promo letting us know when we would actually have a second season. and now we know it will be in march 2022. amazing that this has happened in one year because, as you say, other than squid game,
netflix has not had a more popular series on.- netflix has not had a more popular series on. squid game blew it off— popular series on. squid game blew it off the _ popular series on. squid game blew it off the radar, - popular series on. squid game blew it off the radar, you - blew it off the radar, you know? it was something around 80, 80 5 know? it was something around 80,80 5 million for bridget and when it first debuted it was the most watched series ever on netflix. that is, until squid game came out and squid game is more than 140 households. so quite a large following. it will be interesting to see, next year, when the second season of bridget and debuts, or heirs, mighty top squid games? it will be interesting to see. it mighty top squid games? it will be interesting to see.— be interesting to see. it does help having _ be interesting to see. it does help having people _ be interesting to see. it does help having people like - be interesting to see. it does help having people like kim i help having people like kim kardashian tweeting and putting things on instagram about it every other episode. what can we expect from the series do you think? i we expect from the series do you think?— we expect from the series do you think? i hear now that the focus of the _ you think? i hear now that the focus of the second _ you think? i hear now that the focus of the second season . you think? i hear now that the | focus of the second season will be on anthony bridget and and his quest for love. he supposedly is going after edwina but my take a detour
because there is always a twist and turn with bridget and and actually fall in love with her sister. it will be interesting, as we get to see a bit more of the sisters and that is all we know by now. but what is really interesting about the creator, shonda ryans, she is revealing things in dribs and drabs so i havea things in dribs and drabs so i have a feeling that before march 2022 we will get a little more. �* , , march 2022 we will get a little more. ~ , , , ., march 2022 we will get a little more. �* , y .,�* more. and, briefly if you don't mind, more. and, briefly if you don't mind. how _ more. and, briefly if you don't mind, how popular _ more. and, briefly if you don't mind, how popular is - more. and, briefly if you don't mind, how popular is this - more. and, briefly if you don't i mind, how popular is this show, particularly in the united states? it particularly in the united states? , ~ , states? it is huge. i keep sa in: states? it is huge. i keep saying this _ states? it is huge. i keep saying this and _ states? it is huge. i keep saying this and i - states? it is huge. i keep saying this and i do - states? it is huge. i keep saying this and i do not i states? it is huge. i keep. saying this and i do not want to overstate it, it really was the biggest series to ever really happened here. until squid games came. and netflix keeps on doing with bigger and better series became hugely popular with the millennial crowd, the fact that we were doing the lockdown people had something to watch, it really gave us a sort of escapism that we had not had in many months so i think that is one of the big reasons why it became a
huge hit here. it has so many followers on social media and so many fans hanging onto every word and, of course, people fell in love with rickyjohn and people loved him and were upset that he is leaving. he will not be back on bridget and for season two so we will have to watch elsewhere for him. did fall in love with him and all the other characters in this classic period drama. i the other characters in this classic period drama.- classic period drama. i can tell the excitement - classic period drama. i can tell the excitement from l classic period drama. i can - tell the excitement from here. thank you for that, live in los angeles for that update. for millions of people around the world — christmas day has drawn to a close. but for millions more — there are still a few hours left to enjoy. it's been another difficult festive season — but people still found time to celebrate. the bbc�*s tim allman reports. ho, ho! sometimes, you just have to make the best of things. here, in northern romania, father christmas and a troop of carol singers were doing the rounds, bringing a little festive cheer and an
awful lot of sugar. translation: ho, ho, ho! we've given out more than 5000 chocolates, cakes, thousands of candles, waffles and greetings for every home. people celebrate in a variety of different ways. in bournemouth, for instance, they run into the sea, despite the far—from—ideal temperatures. two, one! cheering. a certain dash of masochism, perhaps, but some altruism as well — it was all in aid of a local charity. more christmas compassion in rome — the church of santa maria laying on its traditional annual lunch for the poor and the needy. a generosity of spirit perhaps needed now more than ever. translation: fighting together against difficulties _ and accepting that hope is also fragile, like a child. it needs to be cared for, protected and nourished. that's how we do it — with friendship, the strength of sympathy.
merry christmas! happy holidays, happy new year from all of expedition 66. and christmas wishes from 400 kilometres up above the earth. the crew of the international space station, most wearing festive hats, celebrating the holidays as best they can in zero gravity. amongst their number, father christmas riding what appears to be a turtle. he certainly gets about! tim allman, bbc news. and here in the uk — it's officially a white christmas — for a few people at least. reports of snow have been confirmed in the yorkshire dales in england — and in parts of scotland — including here in the village of insh in the highlands. there was even evidence — that santa paws had visited the village of torphins, in aberdeenshire, as you can see here!
england have struggled on the first day of the boxing day test in melbourne as they try to fold back in the ashes. they were put into bed after losing the toss and struggled from the start, losing three wickets before lunch. they've steadied the ship a little in the afternoon — withjoe root scoring fifty — before he was caught off starc. but the crucial wicket of ben stokes fell a few minutes ago. england are 141/7 . australia lead the series 2—0. the latest week it was mark wood and now we are into the bowlers. coronavirus restrictions have come into force in the uk. nightclubs are closing again in wales and large sporting events will be staged behind closed doors. other restrictions designed to slow the spread of the omicron variant came into effect in scotland, northern ireland and wales. and that is just about it from us for now. thank you for watching. you can reach me on twitter for now, from for watching. you can reach me on twitterfor now, from me for watching. you can reach me on twitter for now, from me and the rest of the team, thank you
for watching and stay tuned right here to bbc news. hello, there, and a very merry christmas to you. we've been seeing a band of rain and hill snow working its way northwards across the country to end christmas day and into the early hours of boxing day. most of that rain and hill snow will become confined to the north of the country, certainly across scotland through the day, and then we'll see something a little bit brighter with some showers following in across the south. so this weather front has continued to journey northwards as it bumped into the cold air which has been sitting across the north and east of the country — that's where we've been seeing the rain turn to snow initially across the hills of north wales, the north midlands, and also northern ireland, but very much so across the pennines and in towards central and southern scotland, some drifting with the strong winds as we head through the course of boxing day morning. into the afternoon, that rain and hill snow become confined
to the hills of scotland. something a little bit drier further south — a legacy of cloud, mind you. and there will be some brightness for northern ireland, wales, the south—west. winds light here but still strong and gusty further north, closer to that weather front. and again, it's going to another cold day across northern areas, particularly where we have any lying snow over the hills, versus something much milder across the south and south—west. as we move out of boxing day, that weather front in the north begins to fizzle out, taking the rain and the hill snow with it. elsewhere, a lot of dry weather, lighter winds, clear spells — a recipe for some mist and fog — but further south, into the south—west, we've got a new weather front working its way in. so some milder, wetter, windier weather arriving here. instead, a cold night to come across the north. so here it is, this new area of low pressure is a weather front swiping the south—west and then the south of the country as we move through the day. i think most of the impact will be felt across france, but we'll still have enough wind and rain for it to be noticeable. initially, south wales, south west england, pushing into the midlands and across in towards the south—east through the day. it'll turn mild
and windy with it. further north, not a bad day to come, particularly across scotland and northern england. it will be chilly but it'll be bright with plenty of sunshine. those temperatures struggling to get much above six 0!’ seven degrees. but again, double—figure values across the south. and the mild air really wins out as we move through the new week in the run—up to new year. it could turn very mild for a time — those winds coming up from the south or south—west — but low pressure will always be nearby and, in fact, it will be quite wet and windy at times. but it could become balmy mild for a while across southern areas, even into the first part of january. see you later.
the headlines: the charity, save the children, has condemned what it called an attack by the myanmar military in which it says at least 38 people were killed. several charred bodies were found in burnt—out vehicles in kayah state. the charity says two of its humanitarian staff are missing. the queen has used her christmas day message to pay tribute to her late husband prince philip. he died in april aged 99. the couple had been married for 73 years. queen elizabeth said she understood why christmas was hard for those who had lost loved ones, this year.
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