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this is bbc news. i'm gavin esler. the headlines at 09.003m: the actress debbie reynolds has died — just a day after the death of her daughter, carrie fisher. her daughter dying yesterday, and today, it is unbelievable. what are the odds of this happening? it was incredible. sad. gps' leaders warn that patients could be forced to wait more than a month to see their doctor this winter. australian police say they've made the biggest cocaine seizure in the country's history — 15 men are arrested. also: the birds migrating earlier as global temperatures rise. a study finds some species are missing out on vital resources like food and nesting places as a result. and, as the international olympic committee creates a new team of refugees we've been following some of the hopefuls. that's in half an hour on bbc news. good morning and
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welcome to bbc news. the hollywood actress debbie reynolds has died, just a day after the death of her daughter, the film star carrie fisher. she was 84 and is believed to have suffered a stroke. reynolds' career spanned seven decades, and she was best known for her role in the 1952 musical, singin‘ in the rain, opposite gene kelly. our los angeles correspondent david willis reports. debbie reynolds had been at her daughter's bedside since the star wa rs daughter's bedside since the star wars star suffered a heart attack on christmas eve. she died just a day later at the age of 84 following a stroke. her son, todd, later at the age of 84 following a stroke. herson, todd, said simply she wanted to be with carrie. # good morning, good morning, it's great to stay up late # good morning, good morning
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to you...# debbie reynolds, 19—years—old, singing and dancing on film for the very first time. it was her performance alongside gene kelly in singin‘ in the rain that set her on the path to fame. born in texas, she moved with her family to california and landed a contract with warner brothers after winning a local beauty contest at the age of 16. she married the popular crooner eddie fisher and together they had two children, carrie and todd. he later left herfor elizabeth taylor, a friend of hers at the time. two subsequent marriages also ended in divorce. a popular choice for movie musicals in the 1950s and ‘60s, debbie reynolds earnt an oscar nomination for her depiction of titanic survivor margaret brown in the unsinkable molly brown. she opened her own hotel in las vegas in 1992, filling it with movie memorabilia she had accumulated over the years, but the business folded and she was eventually forced to auction off the artefacts.
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my personal life is always sort of like that choo choo train that says "i think i can, i think i can, i think i can". i seem to marry very poorly, i have no taste in men. luckily for me, god was good and i have two lovely children and my son helps me run my little hotel, here in vegas. # good morning, good morning...# come on, girls, jump in! she went on to play grace's mother in the hit sitcom will and grace and returned to the big screen to play liberace's mother in the 2013 biopic behind the candelabra. she was taken ill while discussing the arrangements to carrie's funeral. fans have been paying tribute to the star. debbie reynolds, the girl next door. i remember the single molly brown. and her daughter dying yesterday, it is
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unbelievable. do so sad, a shocker. what are the odds of this happening? it was incredible finding out, sad. singer, dancer, hollywood icon. debbie reynolds was 84. the entertainmentjournalist jeanie wolf was friends with debbie reynolds and her daughter carrie fisher and joined us from la. she said the last few days since her daughter's heart attack had been agonising for debbie reynolds. you have to understand that carrie fisher never regained consciousness so fisher never regained consciousness so her mother saw her daughter lying there and send out messages that she was ina there and send out messages that she was in a stable condition but she knew carrie was going to die. it was just too much for her. her son said she wanted to be with her daughter. i don't know all of the details, but i know debbie has been in very, very fragile health. just last year she was honoured by the screen actors guild and debbie loved to dress up
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in sequins and get applause, she loved the attention and she was too ill to show up. carrie accepted the award for her. if all you have done isc award for her. if all you have done is c debbie fisher at 19 years old in singin‘ in the is c debbie fisher at 19 years old in singin' in the rain, you would never forget her. she said in singin' in the rain, you would neverforget her. she said it in singin' in the rain, you would never forget her. she said it was a wonderful blessing, something which came to her unexpected lake and she determined to keep up with gene kelly, keep up with the pros and she did. she was so sweet and lovable, so did. she was so sweet and lovable, so optimistic. they could see they had magic in that. that movie, you have got to watch it again. singin' in the rain is really something. but as carrie said, i will be princess leia forever and my mum will be tammy forever. not only did tammy and the cat macro bachelor succeed asa and the cat macro bachelor succeed as a movie but she had a hit song, tammy. hollywood's finest have been paying their tributes to debbie reynolds.
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william shatner described her as ‘one of the last of the hollywood royalty‘. dame joan collins hailed damejoan collins hailed her as a wonderfully warm friend and colleague. the singer gloria gaynor said she was a hollywood legend and an american icon. carrie fisher paid tribute to her mother and joked about her two divorces when the two appeared together on the hollywood hall of fame. it should be yours, you have the best hollywood memorabilia and the best and the worst ex—husbands. it is always interesting following your footsteps. i love you, ma'am. one more star and this makes up for each of your horrible, horrible ex—husbands! we are going for three now, come on! patients could be forced to wait up to a month
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to see their family doctor this winter, according to the uk's leading gp. helen stokes—lampard, who chairs the royal college of gps, says that longer waiting times could pose a "serious risk" to patients. sophie long reports. every winter an increasing workload puts pressure on the nhs because more people are sick. some patients are already waiting 2—3 weeks to get a seat in their gp‘s waiting—room. come on in and have a seat... now the chair of the royal college of gps says that's likely to climb to over a month in some areas and she is profoundly concerned about how general practice will cope. firstly, there just aren't enough gps out there. we don't have enough clinicians in the workforce, but also we haven't got enough nurses and other healthcare professionals too. secondly, there's been a serious underinvestment in general practices for up to a decade. we have some promises of good news coming, more money and people coming through the system, but they've yet to get to the front line, so the problem this winter is as bad as it has ever been
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and that's a real worry. she says she is particularly worried about the impact on preventative care and chronic disease management, where the knock—on consequences could take years to manifest. the people who suffer are those with long—term conditions, because we have to prioritise those who are sick today. if however, we are ignoring those with longer term conditions then we are storing up problems for the future and increasing their risks in the long—term. nhs england says gp services are on track to receive an extra £2.5 billion by 2020, which will expand access to convenient appointments throughout the week. child offenders could be given life—long anonymity under new plans being considered by the government. a review into the youth justice system found that a ban on naming criminals under the age of 18 would help to reduce re—offending rates. with me is our correspondent andy moore. what is being proposed here? this is
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a debate often in the news. think about robert thompson and jon ve na bles about robert thompson and jon venables who were convicted of murdering james bulger in liverpool in 1993. when they were convicted they were named by the judge. in 1993. when they were convicted they were named by thejudge. since then they have been given anonymity when they were released from prison. this month, the edlington brothers, named after the village where they tortured two young boys were given lifelong anonymity. this report says the current situation is if you are ina the current situation is if you are in a youth court you cannot be named. if somebody appears in a crown court, that is normally the most serious cases, they can be named by the judge. most serious cases, they can be named by thejudge. this report says we should clear up the situation. it should be a blanket ban. all children should be anonymous otherwise it undermines their rehabilitation in the long run. the case for comes from organisations which says we have to give children a chance to rehabilitate. they are
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different to adults. the case against comes from an mp like philip hollobone am a conservative mp, who served justice should be open, it should be done, it should be seen to be done and we should have a right to name these children if a in an individual case believes it should be the case. thank you. penelope gibbs is vice chair of the campaign group standing committee for youth justice — shejoins me from gloucestershire. what do you see is the problem here that this debate may attempt to solve? the problem is there are very few children in this country who are convicted in court who are then named publicly and their photos are available on the internet forever more. it is also children who commit anti—social behaviour can be very easily named, and our concern is about future victims really and society. these are children and
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because they are children or teenagers, we need to give them the maximum possible chance of rehabilitation, and there is good evidence that the vilification that is associated with a child who has committed a very serious crime being identified destroys those chances of rehabilitation. obviously, they may still be rehabilitated, but the chances are much less and if you identify that child. what do you make of the argument that these are very few cases which have hit the headlines, the press pursues them because actually, there is notjust a media interest but a public interest, because some of these cases are so interest, because some of these cases are so horrific and there is a right to know who did it? i think there is a right forjustice to be done. there is a right to know what happened. i think the right is
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actually to rehabilitate the child. the public interest is actually that these children who committed serious crimes are rehabilitated so they don't commit crimes in the future. i would say that australia, canada, france and many other countries do not allow the identification of those under 18 who are convicted of any crime. and even some states in america have that provision as well. you mentioned the evidence and the question about rehabilitation, i just wondered, in so many criminal justice debates, we had the same discussions going back years about all kinds of things to do with criminal justice,
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with criminaljustice, because there isa with criminaljustice, because there is a degree of evidence on one side, but there is also a degree of emotion, you might say, which is something you read about in the newspapers which is that people are so newspapers which is that people are so horrified about certain things that they will not take the steps you are advocating? i understand the desire to know the identity of the children but in the end, do we need to? if we know the circumstances of the crime, and if we know these children are in a safe place while they are rehabilitated, is it in the public interest to give every chance of rehabilitation for that child? thank you for taking time to talk to us. australia police say they have smashed an international drug syndicate allegedly responsible for importing 258 million dollars worth of cocaine into the country. about 500 kilograms of the drug were found in new south wales and 600 kilograms were seized in tahiti on the way to australia from south america. from sydney, phil mercer reports. the police say this is the biggest haul of cocaine in australia's history. the investigation into an alleged international smuggling ring began almost three years ago.
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detectives believe the criminal syndicate was using a trawler based at a fish market in sydney to meet a so—called mothership from chile to import vast quantities of drugs. more than a tonne of cocaine has been recovered from a boat north of sydney and on islands in the south pacific. we have seized 32 kilograms of heroin in fiji that we will allege was destined for australia. 600 kilograms of cocaine in tahiti that we will allege was destined for australia and that culminated on christmas night, as you all know now, with the seizure of 500 kilograms of cocaine in parsley bay near brooklyn, which was also destined for the market here in australia. 15 men have been arrested and charged with serious trafficking offences. among them are a businessman and a former australian rugby league player. investigators allege that although the gang was resilient and determined, it has been completely dismantled. this is international organised
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crime syndicates trying to take advantage of our 35,000 kilometre coastline in the hope that we won't be in the area that they are in. but as is evidenced today, through cooperation and the hard work of police officers, border force officers, syndicates such as these will be taken down. law enforcement authorities say that heard this huge consignment of cocaine reached the streets of australia, the result for the community would have been devastating. hollywood actress debbie reynolds has died just a day after the death of her daughter carrie fisher. it is believed she suffered a stroke. australian police say they have made the biggest cocaine seizure in the country's history. 15 men have been
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arrested. let's get a full round—up from the bbc sports centre. good morning, catherine. tottenham are just a point behind their north london rivals arsenal in the premier league table, after winning 4—1 at southampton. harry kane had gone three league matches without a goal, but he put an end to that last night. and dele alli scored twice, as southampton finished the game with 10 men. spurs stay fifth, they're 10 points behind leaders chelsea. the top sides all won their games, so the top sides all won their games, so that was important. we're still fighting, we're in a good position. we're ina fighting, we're in a good position. we're in a good position to attack the top four in the second part of the top four in the second part of the season. ahead of the old firm derby on new year's eve, celtic have stretched their lead at the top of the scottish premiership to 16 points.
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they beat ross county 2—0 last night, while second—placed rangers were held to a 1—1 draw at stjohnstone. a defensive blunder allowed steven maclean to score the equaliser for the home side. there were also wins for motherwell and partick thistle. sir bradley wiggins' achievements in cycling will not be repeated, that's according to one of his former team—mates. wiggins is the most decorated british olympian, with five gold medals in his total of eight — the most recent coming in the team pursuit in rio. but speaking to me earlier, his former team—mate rob hayles said the questions over his use of performance enhancing drugs for medical reasons had cast a cloud over the end of wiggin's career. over the end of wiggins' career. it's a real shame that all this tue has come right at the end of his career. there is a cloud and it is understandable. in terms of the rules of the sport, he has broken them. the uci, the world governing
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body wada said there is nothing to a nswer body wada said there is nothing to answerfor, but body wada said there is nothing to answer for, but there body wada said there is nothing to answerfor, but there is body wada said there is nothing to answer for, but there is still a question of, has it been ethical? i think that's a separate issue. but it's certainly not the ideal way that bradley wiggins would have wa nted that bradley wiggins would have wanted to retire. has that been potentially edible bit of a push into him making this decision now? potentially. —— potentially been a bit of a push. will we see him racing in six months? who knows. there has been another high—profile retirement in the world of sport, with tennis player ana ivanovic ending her career at 29. the serbian won the french open in 2008, and after struggling to repeat that success, she mounted a comeback last year and reached the semi—final at roland garros again. she married manchester united's bastian schweinsteiger this summer. andy murray says he will plan differently at the australian open next month, to do all he can to win the first grand slam of the season. murray has reached the final in melbourne five times, but this time he'll go into the event as world number one. i've played really well there in the
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past and it hasn't happened for me, so past and it hasn't happened for me, soi past and it hasn't happened for me, so i need to do something a little bit different this year. what i love the conditions there, i enjoy the tournament a lot. i will be going and hopefully playing well with a lot of confidence because of the way ifinished 2016. lot of confidence because of the way i finished 2016. it's christmas, so darts to finish. defending champion gary anderson was the first man through to the quarter—finals of the pdc world championship. the scotsman averaged 107.68, the highest in the tournament so far, as he beat the dutchman benito van de pas 4—2 at alexandra palace. the man anderson beat to the title last year, adrian lewis, was knocked out by raymond van barneveld. it was a thrilling match between two former champions. that is all the sport for now, i will be back with more in the
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next hour. dozens of children who lived in the calais "jungle" camp have launched a legal challenge against the home office over its handling of asylum applications. lawyers representing 36 children say the government broke its promise britain to take in its fair share of child refugees. they say hundreds have had their applications turned down without good reason. the home office says it will not comment on current legal proceedings. our political correspondent eleanor garnier is here. what is the issue here that these people want to claim? we're talking about very specifically child refugees that had been living in the so—called jungle at calais. that was dismantled back in october. these children are now back in centres across france where they have been making their applications from. these lawyers represent 28 child refugees who have had their applications rejected and a further 28 waiting for a decision. the
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lawyers claim they have been rejected without reason and they are seeking a judicial review from the home office to determine why those we re home office to determine why those were rejected. they claim the government has renege on its promise to bring over some of the most vulnerable from calais. they are focusing specifically on what is called the dubs amendment. named after lord dubs, who pushed for this isa after lord dubs, who pushed for this is a member to be included. what it means is child refugees can apply to come here even if they don't have family here. lord dubs came here decades ago fleeing nazi persecution, which is why it has been told the dubs agreement. the home office say it won't comment on ongoing legal inquiries, so it is not giving us any direct response. it points out that 900 child
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refugees have been brought to the uk this year and of those, around 750 have been child refugees from france. the current scheme to bring children from france has ended, there won't be any more under that scheme, but there may be others eligible from europe such as greece, if they are eligible over the next few months. thanks very much. rebel groups are expected to meet russian negotiators in turkey today as part of a fresh push for a ceasefire in syria. one key group says it's already been in talks with turkish officials about ways to end the fighting, but that it's too early to say whether there could be a truce. it's believed one key point of contention is the exclusion of a key rebel—held area on the outskirts of damascus from the deal. the bbc correspondent selin girit is in istanbul. so, what do we know about what's actually going on here. after the fall of aleppo, are these rebel
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groups, to put it bluntly, somewhat desperate to get a deal? there have been talks behind closed doors for the last few weeks between syrian rebel groups and turkish officials to strike a deal for a ceasefire and to strike a deal for a ceasefire and to maintaina to strike a deal for a ceasefire and to maintain a road map about how to proceed. today those talks will be in gauge with washington officials as well, we are told. but there are still some fundamental disagreements about it. please fire, which areas will fall under a possible ceasefire because rebel groups are adamant that they want the outskirts of damascus to be included in the ceasefire, but russians are not very keen on that. the deal struck between russia and syria, details of this ceasefire deal is still hazy. we're not very clear about what that
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deal involves and when it will come into force, if it will. yesterday the foreign minister of turkey had said that by this midnight it would ta ke force said that by this midnight it would take force but now it says within a few days until the new year the ceasefire will take place. he has said that all foreign fighters need to leave syria including hezbollah, which won't particularly sit well with iran, one of the backers of the syrian regime. if this ceasefire deal is struck then in the new year we will probably cpu stocks held in the kaz exit capital astana, which are still being planned between russian, turkish and iranian officials and syrian rebels. thanks very much. more now on our top story and actress debbie reynolds has died
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just a day after the death of her daughter carrie fisher. we will get onto what great stars they both work, but it is quite shocking, isn't it? mother and daughter within if you hours of each other. shocking but comforting the summer as well, it's the sort of thing you would write in a script really and i guess it's kind of fitting for those two, who kind of cemented their relationship in the public eye in the film postcards from the edge. debbie reynolds wasn't seen at that point to be ready for the starring role. it is a relationship that has lived its life out in public, that was kind of born of hollywood unions between eddie fisher and debbie reynolds. in a way it's a kind of hollywood exit and ifind it rather touching, if you wrote it that way people would be crying in their seats in the cinema and i guess we are crying in real life. debbie reynolds herself was absolutely
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multitalented, wasn't she? singing, acting, you name it. they couldn't do that for a while, debbie reynolds was the last of those great musical stars who could act and sing and dance, she could do it all, she could hold her own with gene kelly, who was a fantastic dancer. she was a brilliant comedian and had that wit all the way through, something she passed to carrie fisher who was the only funny thing in star wars, i suppose harrison ford as well. but that's why people fell in love with her and she became american's sweetheart. she was an ordinary girl who had extraordinary talent and make the most of what she had. longevity in the business, where the burn—out for young attractive women is very severe fun. yes, she was
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nominated for tony awards, oscars, movies, wrote books, she was in will and grace, she kind of managed to adapt to the era. she became well known on the screen as an indomitable mother as well. the family business, the idea that hollywood is a family business is something that intrigues me. there are quitea something that intrigues me. there are quite a few of these families, they pass on from father to son or mother to daughter or whatever. they are one of the most obvious. mother to daughter or whatever. they are one of the most obviouslj imagine eddie fisher as well, and the brother who survives carrie fisher, todd. there is a slight incestuous nest to it but singing in the rain is kind of about that, the industry in itself, a very self
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regarding industry. iwas industry in itself, a very self regarding industry. i was talking earlier about la—la land, which is a kind of tribute to that era, singin in the rain. we saw a clip earlier which was carrie fisher honouring her mother but making jokes at her expense about all her bad husbands. it was called postcards from the edge for the reason that it was a very fractured relationship and at times one was trying to get out of the shadow of the other. debbie reynolds was complaining in the 80s that she was princess leia's mother, but then carrie fisher was trying to get out of her mother's shadow from singin in the rain. it is fitting in the end they became this sort of
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similar entity and they carried on handing down that wit and the distance they had on the relationship, even though it was a hothouse hollywood kind of relationship, they still had enough distance from it to laugh at it. extraordinary story, thank you very much, jason. migrating birds are arriving at their breeding grounds earlier as global temperatures rise, a study has found. the research, conducted by scientists at the university of edinburgh, says some species are missing out on vital resources like food and nesting places as a result. anisa kadri reports. up, up and away. at least 4,000 different species of birds on regular migrants, with some flying thousands of miles from one continent to another, many moving between north and south from where they breed to where they spend the winter. scientists already believe changes in temperature are having an effect on how some plants and animals behave, and now a new study from the university of edinburgh has found that some birds are reaching their summer breeding grounds earlier, on average about one day soon
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for every one degree increase in temperature. they say reaching their breeding grounds at the wrong time, even by a few days, might mean birds miss out on food and nesting places. and it's those with further to go that may miss out most, which may then affect when their young is born and their chances of survival. researchers hope their findings will help scientists improve predictions of how different species respond to current and future environmental change. anisa kadri, bbc news. now for the weather. we have had some list and freezing fog around. most of it will tend to lift that some of it all stick and could hang around for much of the day,


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