this is bbc news. i'm duncan golestani. our top stories: as palestinians continue to protest, arab foreign ministers urge the us to abandon its decision to recognise jerusalem as israel's capital. the uk's foreign secretary is expected to meet the iranian president after holding talks over the jailing of nazanin zaghari ratcliffe. she's expected back in court today. iraq says its war against so—called islamic state is over, but is warned that the group poses a threat from across the syrian border. and thousands in france says goodbye to their rock and roll legend johnny hallyday. hello and welcome to bbc news. the arab league has urged the united states to reverse
its decision to recognisejerusalem as the capital of israel. after an emergency meeting in cairo, the organisation said the move was a dangerous violation of international law and threatened to plunge the middle east into violence. sarah corker reports. another day of violence in the gaza strip and parts of the israeli occupied west bank. a new round of hostilities. meanwhile in egypt, arab four of investors held an emergency meeting —— foreign ministers. there were scathing criticisms of donald trump's decision to recognisejerusalem is the capital of israel. translation: it isa the capital of israel. translation: it is a dangerous decision and an insult to the rights of the arab countries and a disagreement with international law. diplomatic
relations between the palestinian leadership and the white house are under severe strain. a meeting between the palestinian president and big us vice president has been cancelled. translation: we have taken the decision that they will be no official communication between any palestinian official and any american officials. we are committed to this decision. in gaza, the anger over the us decision was mixed with grief. funerals were held to two people killed in israeli air strikes on friday. the islamist group hamas said the man belongs to their armed wing. weapons stores and a base run by the militant group were targeted, says israel. three rockets were fired from gaza, one landed in this southern israeli town, israel said. there was minor damage but no casualties. further disruption took
place injerusalem casualties. further disruption took place in jerusalem as casualties. further disruption took place injerusalem as palestinians continued to vent their anger at president trump. these clashes have so president trump. these clashes have so far not match the scale of previous escalations in violence this year by people remain wary, mr trump has appealed for calm and moderation, many israelis continue to praise his move comes at a cost and —— of increased tensions. the british foreign secretary borisjohnson will meet the president of iran on sunday. he's expected to bring up the imprisonment of the british iranian woman, nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe. mrjohnson has already had discussions with the iranian foreign minister. our diplomatic correspondent james robbins reports. it could look routine. borisjohnson and his iranian counterpart, mohammad javad zarif, shake hands on the way into talks. but there's nothing routine about this encounter. the foreign secretary looking uncharacteristically tense,
and with good reason. he wants to improve relations but also criticise some of iran's actions while arguing for iranian prison releases, including of nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe — a case many accuse him of damaging by loose talk last month. watching anxiously with me in london, nazanin‘s husband, richard ratcliffe. he has campaigned day in, day out for her freedom since nazanin‘s arrest in april last year. i'm sure it'll make a difference, i'm sure him being there, i'm sure him raising her case, raising her case in the context of lots of other stuff can only help improve relations and improved relations can only lead to a better case for us. i think that's right, but i'm not expecting that on monday morning he comes back with her on the plane. borisjohnson is saying nothing at all publicly while in iran. instead, the foreign office issued a statement after two hours of what they call a constructive meeting. one good sign — iran's foreign
minister confirmed borisjohnson should be able to meet president rouhani tomorrow. yeah, he's reciprocating your hospitality. something that is not automatic on a visit like this. the talks went on for two hours. positives and negatives in relations were fully aired. we shouldn't expect immediate consequences but iran is in no doubt about british efforts to get nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe home. singing christmas carols this evening in london, richard ratcliffe and supporters have been gently keeping up the pressure to have the family reunited. he says he was not able to sleep last night and may not find rest tonight either, before the talking in tehran resumes in the morning.
james robbins, bbc news. the prime minister of iraq has declared that the war against the islamic state group is over. haider al—abadi said the iraqi flag was now flying across the whole country and there'll be a public holiday in iraq on sunday. at the height of its strength, the militant group controlled a third of iraqi territory, and proclaimed a caliphate. nimesh thaker reports. heavy, rapid gunfire and bomb blasts recapturing mosul, iraq's second city, was the bloodiest conflict. tens of thousands of people were killed and the city reduced to ruins. and after more than three years of fighting against the so—called islamic state, iraq has declared the war over. speaking from baghdad, the prime minister said government troops were now in complete control of the iraqi—syrian border. this announcement comes days after russia declared it had translation: i thank
all the countries, as well as humanitarian and international organisations, that stood with iraq and its people during this battle. i salute every iraqi fighter who took up arms to defend our land. i salute the souls of the martyrs and those injured, and theirfamilies, who preserved iraq and its people. iraq survived united and victorious. just over three years ago and at its peak, is seized large swathes of iraq and syria and tried to impose rule over 10 million people, but now it has been suffering a series of defeats, losing mosul in july and its defacto capital in syria, raqqa, last month. but the allied victory has come at a huge human cost. "i can't find my family", this man shouted. "where are they? where have they gone?" thousands of civilians have fled as fighting intensified. the united states has hailed the end
of what it called the vile occupation of iraq, while the british defence secretary congratulated the iraqi security forces but warned the fight was not yet over, as isis could still plan and inspire further attacks from across the syrian border. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. police in sweden have responded to reports of an apparent attack on a synagogue in gothenburg. the exact sequence of events is not clear. there are reports that several masked individuals were involved. burning objects were reportedly thrown towards the building. a top un official has told the north korean government that it must keep channels open to avoid the risk of war. the statement follows a visit to pyongyang byjeffrey feltman, the highest—level trip by a un official to the isolated nation in six years. north korea said it has agreed to communicate regularly, but blamed the united states for the current tense situation
on the korean peninsula. meanwhile, president trump has visited a new civil rights museum in the us state of mississippi in the face of a boycott by critics who accuse him of deepening racial divisions. two democratic party congressmen who pulled out of the ceremony injackson described his presence on the opening day as an insult. opposition parties in honduras have formally requested the cancellation of last month's presidential election, alleging widespread fraud. they've accused the electoral authorities of tampering with the results in favour of the incumbent, juan orlando hernandez, who's been declared the winner by a narrow margin. leonardo rocha reports. the main opposition contender, salvador nasralla, is calling for either a new vote or a full recount. he initially led the counting by five points but was eventually
overta ken by president hernandez after a series of glitches affected the electoral court's computer system. a partial recount is under way but the opposition has made it clear that will not be enough. translation: what we are questioning is a total recount, -- translation: what we are requesting is a total recount, meaning the annulment of the election's vote counting. we need all the evidence in the hands of the electoral tribunal. honduras, an impoverished central american nation with one of the world's highest murder rates, is polarised and facing political uncertainty. it has now waited two weeks to find out who will be its next president. teenage migrants in italy are attempting dangerous night—time crossings over the alps in a desperate attempt to reach france. almost 2,000 people have made the crossing since july, according to a local charity. many have come from migrant camps in italy, described as overcrowded and under—resourced.
our paris correspondent lucy williamson has been to the alpine village of nevache, at the main crossing point into france. after dark, alain and sylvie become a nightly mountain rescue team, walking the alpine passes that act as migrant gateways from italy into france. tonight, they found these six young men, half frozen after walking through the alps. this ghostly picnic their first taste of france. the clothes that carried them from west africa, eritrea, afghanistan, dangerously thin for the alpine snow. it is a good sign if you can still move your hands. i am finding it a little bit difficult, a little bit difficult. because snow and mountains and night, everything is dark and then we discovered we had snow. also up on the mountain
tonight, the border police. in seconds, the migrants melt away into the trees. a police search turns up only one of them. mamadou took the same path across the alps last year. by the time he was rescued, his feet had frozen. both had to be amputated. translation: i used to be athletic. i played football, i had threejobs. now my life is over, as if i were dead. it's all overfor me. france has been tightening controls on its border with italy but mountain guides here on the french side say the number of migrants making their way across alpine passes has jumped sharply in the last few months. and that many of them are unaccompanied minors. at the makeshift migrant centre in nevache, staff say minors make up more than half the admissions. many, like 15—year—old sheik from ivory coast,
left migrant camps in italy, determined as a native french speaker to make a life in france. translation: my older brother died on the way to europe but thank god i've arrived in france. i want to have a better future and go to school. my mother is dead and i have no support. nobody left back home. as temperatures drop, there are fewer migrants arriving here each night. but those who do are in a worse condition, some unable to stand. each one a reminder in this tranquil ski resort of the mountain europe needs to climb. lucy williamson, bbc news, nevache. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: thousands of fruit bats descend on a rural town in australia but its residents say they're now a plague and a threat to public health. john lennon was shot at the entrance to the dakota building,
in the centre of new york. there's been a crowd here standing in more or less silent vigil. and the flowers have been piling up. the 14th ceasefire of this war ended at the walls of the old city of dubrovnik. this morning, witnesses said shells were landing every 20 seconds. people are celebrating the passing of a man they hold responsible for hundreds of deaths and oppression. elsewhere, people have been gathering to mourn his passing. imelda marcos, the widow of the former president of the philippines, has gone on trial in manila. she's facing seven charges of tax evasion. she pleaded not guilty. the prince and princess of wales are to separate. a statement from buckingham palace said the decision had been reached amicably. this is bbc news.
the latest headlines: as palestinians continue to protest — arab foreign ministers urge the us to abandon its decision to recognise jerusalem as israel's capital. the uk's foreign secretary is to meet the iranian president after holding talks over the jailing of nazanin zaghari ratcliffe. she's expecetd back in court today. tens of thousands of people have filled the streets of paris for the funeral of the singer johnny hallyday who died on wednesday at the age of 7a. he had a career lasting nearly six decades and touched the lives of generations of french people. our correspondent, hugh schofield sent this report. for nearly 60 years, johnny hallyday sang his songs to the french and today, in paris, they came to bid him goodbye.
tens of thousands of fans, many of them from the older generation, people who grew up to his sounds in the happy, optimistic days of the ‘60s. for france, johnny was le rock'n'roll. he was the first here to open their ears to the thrilling new music coming from the united states. america was his obsession. america and motorbikes. hence the escort of hundreds of bikers for his funeral cortege down the champs—elysees. translation: let him rest in peace and wreak havoc up there. let him sing, let him get it going and let him open his heart up there, surrounded by family and friends. stars of music and screen, political leaders past and present — all there for the funeral service inside the madeleine church. for the french, johnny was their rock hero. the man who, for half a century, was always there with new songs, more performances. with his death, people really do
feel that part of the nation's life has gone. hugh schofield, bbc news, paris. it's 50 years since a discovery that helped found the modern conservation movement. in 1967 an american biologist figured out that whales could sing. this idea came at a time when whales were being hunted, almost to extinction and most people knew nothing about them. dr roger payne's been telling his story to witness. the first time i ever went swimming with a wail that was singing, it's an incredible experience, it's completely shattering! it feels like, when you get close to one, that something has put
a tens on your chest and is shaking you till your teeth rattle. my first thought was, i wonder if i can stand this. i wonder if this is actually going to kill me somehow! file newsreel: there she blows! a whale sighted, the harpoon grenade is fired. back into the 1950s and ‘60s, nobody, as far as i could tell, knew much of anything about whales. there was no whale watch industry, there was no save the wales movement. usually, the first shot means death to the whale. in the old moby dick days, harpoons were hand—hurled at the monsters. the modern way is far more humane. a few people knew that whales were being over—hunted and, frankly, whales were going extinct. it was just a big money—making proposition. the entire whaling industry is worth 100 million pounds a year. russia and japan are the two big whaling nations and some of it goes to those two countries for food.
it was back in 1967 that i met a fellow named frank watlington who became a great friend and he played a sound to me of humpback whales. it was the most beautiful thing i had ever heard from nature. and slowly, slowly, slowly, i realised — oh my god, this thing repeats itself! so, when an animal repeats itself and does it in a rhythmic fashion, you say, by definition, it is singing. whether it's a bird or a frog or a cricket or a bat or a whale. you might get a sound, for example, that goes... imitates a whale.
now, if you listen over several years, you will hear the rhyme at the end of it that was maintained, and that will stay in the same place among all the other themes in the song and so it tells you the whale has kept the rhyme. imitating a whale. i was out in san diego one time, visiting a friend of mine and i played him whale sounds and he was fascinated by them. and i said i've always wanted to make a record of these, david, and he said, "we'll make it!" and so we sat down and we made
a record and we then wrote a booklet that went with it and talked all about wales and their plight and what was going on and so forth. i think it remains the most successful natural history recording ever made. then, whole bunches of people in several countries began making organisations to save the whales and the save the whales movement was born and in many ways, that was sort of the beginning of the conservation movement. the whales gave the whole idea of conservation wonderful exposure. a so—called bat plague has hit a rural town in australia, with the large colony of flying foxes out—numbering residents 25 to one. the town of charters towers in queensland is considering drastic measures to remove the creatures, which are protected by national environment laws. georgina smyth has this report. it's not a horror movie.
it's the sky above a small town in australia. just over 8,000 people live here in charters towers and they are overrun by fruit bats. it is actually the stuff of nightmares. it is 200,000 bats in and around our cbd, which is horrific for our community. it's likely the fruit bats were attracted to the town's flowering eucalyptus trees. but the towns says it is fed up of toxic bat droppings which threaten public health and damage property. we cull kangaroos, we cull crocodiles, we cull other things. the reason we cull them is to keep them at a manageable level so they do not become a menace to society. but the grey—headed flying foxes are threatened, and receive environmental protection across the country. there are large fines for anybody caught harming them. bat experts say the visitors pose no great threat to the public and are likely to move on in a few weeks. realistically speaking it's no great risk to health. hendra virus is something people mention a lot, but in reality that's a problem when dealing with horses,
not bats. how would you feel if your house — and whole neighbourhood — were put on the market without your knowledge. that's just what's happened to residents of one small village in germany. now the controversial sale has gone ahead — at a knock—down price. andy beatt reports. in a quiet corner of former east germany, two hours' drive from berlin, lies the historic hamlet of alwine. the factory and workers' houses once served a nearby coal mine, and then, as a wartime training camp for members of the hitler youth. now it is rundown and partly abandoned, but still home to 15 people. most are elderly, long—term residents paying low rents. they had no idea their small community was on the market until a for sale sign appeared a few weeks ago. translation: whoever buys all these houses or whoever‘s going to buy
them, he will buy us, too. that's how i see it. none of the locals could afford to bid at auction but despite their concerns, the nine houses went under the hammer for little more than the asking price. translation: alwine will be a bargain for the buyer at 140,000 euros. gone! congratulations. many potential buyers stayed away, scared off by the condition of the buildings and what would be a sizeable renovation bill. what the sole anonymous bidder will do with this small, slightly shabby slice of german history is uncertain. translation: the villagers don't know if they can stay in their homes or not. you can make a christmas wish and hope for the best, but there's still great scepticism.
amid fears of evictions and demolition, the auctioneers are at least optimistic. they say the new owner wants to do something good and has alwine's residents at heart. a reminder of our top story. as palestinians continue to protest, the arab league has urged the united states to changes decision to rake jerusalem as the capital of israel. after an emergency meeting in cairo, the organisation said the move was a dangerous violation of international law and threatens to plunge the middle east into violence. don't forget you can get in touch with me and some of the team on twitter, i'm @duncangolestani. hello there.
more disruptive weather on the cards through the second half of the weekend, thanks to ice and snow. here are some pictures from saturday's snow. this is mellor in lancashire. the second picture is thornton in bradford. some very scenic pictures coming in but the snow may well cause significant disruption through the day on sunday. by first thing in the morning, temperatures as low as —12 degrees across parts of scotland and the rain in the south increasingly turns to snow as it bumps into the cold air. it is through the central slice of the country that we see disruptive snow. to the north, ice could be an issue on sunday. the met office has issued an amber weather warning for the snow. particularly affecting parts of mid and north wales, through the midlands and into parts of northern england where we could well see 5—10 centimetres and perhaps double that over higher ground. we could see snow out of this area as well but the central slice is where it will be disruptive.
on the southern edge for southern counties of england and south wales, we could see some sleet and snow but it is more likely to turn to rain particularly later on in the day. the winds will be gusting at 60 mph or more through the english channel and the bristol channel, enough to cause some disruption. snow will be the hazard further north with icy conditions across northern england, scotland and northern ireland but here, a return to wintry sunshine although temperatures will struggle to get above freezing in the north but it will turn milder in the south. heading through sunday night, as the sleet and snow gradually eases away, ice becomes a problem again with widespread frost into early hours on monday. during sunday, we turn our attention to this low pressure affecting portugal, spain and france and it could be very disruptive with strong winds and heavy rain. on the northern flank of that system, we could see heavy rain and a severe gales towards southern and south—eastern parts of england,
something we are keeping a close eye on. elsewhere across the country, a quieter day by the time we get to monday. still a few showers, perhaps a bit of a a wintry element, especially over the hills and it won't be quite as cold as it has been through the weekend. on tuesday, a quieter day across all of the country. some places struggling to get above freezing, particularly with lying snow but on tuesday into wednesday, this band of rain works its way slowly eastwards, across the country, followed by some heavy downpours and thunderstorms possible in the west. temperatures milder than the weekend. this is bbc news. the headlines: there's been a third day of protests by palestinians in the west bank and gaza after donald trump's decision to recognisejerusalem as israel's capital. arab foreign ministers have urged the us to abandon its decision. palestinian leaders have cancelled a meeting with the vice president, mike pence. the uk's foreign secretary is to meet the iranian president