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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 3: hundreds of thousands of people take to the streets in iran to mourn the assassinated military leader general soleimani. president trump warns that the us has a list of 52 targets that will be hit "very hard" if iran decides to retaliate. the iraqi government has summoned the us ambassador over the airstrike that killed the general. meanwhile, royal navy warships are ordered to escort british—flagged vessels in the persian gulf as prime minister returns to the uk from his caribbean holiday. the australian prime minister warns that the bushfire emergency could last for months. 2a people have now died since the crisis began and thousands have lost their homes. i didn't see any flame.
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i saw this great white ball of fire. that is all i can describe it as, just this white hot ball of fire. the costs of h52 are "out of control" and its benefits overstated, according to the deputy chair of its review panel. hollywood prepares for the golden globes ceremony as the awards season gets under way this evening. and in a special edition, talking movies looks back at highlights from the world of cinema in 2019. that's in half an hour, here on bbc news. good afternoon.
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welcome to bbc news. president trump says the united states has a list of 52 iranian sites which will be hit "very hard and very fast" if there's retaliation for the killing of qasem soleimani. iran's most senior military commander was killed on thursday in a us airstrike in the iraqi capital, baghdad. the iraqi prime minister has called the killing a "political assassination" and its foreign ministry has summoned the us ambassador. here's our diplomatic correspondent, james robbins. tens of thousands of iranians are mourning general soleimani and apparently getting behind their leaders in promising revenge. the chants are familiar, including "death to america", but the circumstances are radically changed. the war of words is intensifying. president trump has tweeted, this threat of massive retaliation if iran strikes any americans or american assets, he says,
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we have targeted 52 iranian sites. some at a very high level and important to iran and the iranian culture. those targets and iran itself will be hit very fast and very hard. the usa wants no more threats. under enormous american pressure, britain is adjusting its political stance. the foreign secretary is now sounding increasingly sympathetic to the united states, but still stops short of outright support. we understand the action they took, but we also need to be very clearly focused on what happens next. we want to de—escalate the tensions. we want to see a route through this crisis. we do not want to see a major war in the middle east. the only group or players that would benefit from that would be the terrorists and daesh. labour's shadow foreign secretary said she shed no tears for general soleimani. he had the blood of many people on his hands. however, to take him out at this stage, when there has been escalating tensions, seems to me
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to not be making the world safer, actually we are taking a major lurch towards war. in tehran, iran's parliament has ta ken up the chant of "death to america". it's been familiar for many years, but it's now being shouted in very changed circumstances, as american reinforcements are sent to the region and both countries exchange threats of more violence to come. james robbins, bbc news. professor mohammad marandi is an iranian—american academic and political analyst at tehran university. speaking to my colleague shaun ley, he accused america of "arrogantly using its power" and said it will pay the price for killing general soleimani. the attack where one american was killed,
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the iraqi prime minister asked the us secretary of defence to give evidence that it was these military groups that were attacked on the subsequent day, that they were behind it. the us secretary of defence refused to give the iraqi prime minister the information. the iraqi prime minister told him not to carry out the attack, he said, i am not here to consult with you, i'm here to state to you that we are going to carry out an attack and then the americans killed some 30 iraqi soldiers who were on the front lines against isis, 500 kilometres away from where the single american was killed. and then the americans, of course, they want to empower isis on the border between syria and iraq because they want to strangle the syrian government because that is their long—term policy objective, but then the americans have the audacity to subsequently go and murder a high—ranking iranian official. if a foreign country was to assassinate a high—ranking british military official, what
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would the response in britain be? so what the americans have done is unheard of in contemporary history, and this is the arrogance of power, and i think there is no way that anyone in the world can justify this sort of action. if this is going to be... if from now on the americans can be judge, jury and executioner, then the iranians can tomorrow say, the americans are about to carry out an attack, or the saudis are about to carry out an attack, we're going to attack the saudis, or the emiratis are going to carry out an attack, we are going to bomb the united arab emirates, so that is the law of the jungle. if that is what western countries want, that is what they are going to get. we are showing you pictures live coming to us from the town of mashhad in iran, where large crowds have been gathering. they are mourning general soleimani, weeping
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and beating their chests. you can see the posters of him that are being held up. there was also meant to be an event held in tehran. that has been cancelled because they were not expecting such large crowds. it has been described as a glorious crowd at the ceremony by iranian state television. the remains of soleimani and those of five other iranians, all quds force guards that we re iranians, all quds force guards that were killed in that air strike, they arrived in the afternoon. they are due to be flown to iran for more tributes, due to take place tomorrow. —— tehran. tomorrow, ayatolla h tomorrow. —— tehran. tomorrow, ayatollah khamenei is expected to pray over the general‘s remains before a procession to a square. you can see the pictures from mashhad in
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iran, large crowds have gathered to mourn the death of the general and five of his colleagues. let's speak to the defence editorfor the times newspaper, lucy fisher. thank you forjoining us. first, the ramifications of what has taken place are now being played out. the latest news where healing is that iraq has called for us troops to leave iraq. what does that mean? it isa leave iraq. what does that mean? it is a huge development this afternoon, that 170 lawmakers in iraq have passed a resolution asking the us led coalition to leave the country. what we will see now, we will have to wait and see whether the iraqi government acts on that parliamentary motion, but it seems that public opinion is turning against the west in iraq in the wake of the strike and soleimani and i know there will be many meetings going on in the ministry of defence
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today, scenario planning for that eventuality of the 400 —ish —— 400 british troops in the country potentially having to leave at quite short notice. is the un seen as fair game as faras short notice. is the un seen as fair game as far as iran is concerned, because the uk is part of the task force protecting the gulf? what are the implications for uk troops and citizens the region? we have seen the foreign office advice warning people not only in iraq to be very careful, leave the country, but also in the wider region, in saudi arabia and turkey. in case they become targets for any iranian or pro iran militias in the region. in the eyes of iran, the uk is inextricably linked to the us. in that sense, british targets may be considered fairgame. british targets may be considered fair game. britain is loathed by many quarters of iranian society so it could be in place well with the
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domestic audience in iran to hit out at british targets even though the us were behind the strike on qasem soleimani. a second important thing to note is that iran sometimes has lashed out at the uk when it has not wa nted lashed out at the uk when it has not wanted to provoke the us, but again, it would play well with its domestic audience and we saw that last september when a british flagged tanker was seized in the gulf, near the strait of hermes. that was a targeted attack on the uk, to avoid bringing down the wrath of the us military might, down on iran. as the prime minister returns home, can we expect the uk terrorist risk to be reviewed? it is possible. i imagine borisjohnson will reviewed? it is possible. i imagine boris johnson will want to reviewed? it is possible. i imagine borisjohnson will want to call a cobra meeting in the coming days. we know that iran is sophisticated in terms of the hybrid warfare and
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purses, cyber attacks, funding proxy groups and militias in the region, and subversion is something that the islamic revolutionary guard are well practised in. what sort of reaction has there been to what donald trump has there been to what donald trump has done from its allies?” has there been to what donald trump has done from its allies? i think there has been a great deal of surprise. downing street was not warned in advance of the strike, and the massive ramifications it would have would mean that ordinarily you would want a lot of policy planning in the run—up to an event like this. it has been a very cautious response from british ministers so far. we have seen both dominic raab and ben wallace, the foreign secretary and defence secretary, underlined the us legal right to pursue the strike and self defence. that is based on the pentagon and the cia saying there was intelligence showing that soleimani was planning imminent attacks on americans, so the uk is
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backing washington on legal right to do it, but we have held back so far from going any further. there is a massive weariness in westminster around the idea of britain being dragged into a kinetic conflict is all the emphasis so far has been stressing the need for de—escalation by all sides and urging iran to pursue a diplomatic route forward and not seek revenge. lucy fisher, defence editor for the times newspaper, thank you very much. these are the live pictures to us coming from mashhad in iran as mourners have been gathering for general soleimani he was killed in the us air strike. we understand the iranian cabinet has declared monday a public holiday within the tehran province as tehran prepares to hold a state organised funeral ceremony for qasem soleimani. the government invites all people to take part in the funeral, is how part of the
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statement reads. thousands of people have been gathering in mashhad. they we re have been gathering in mashhad. they were not expecting as many people as you see on the screen, so events that were planned for tehran later today have been cancelled and moved forward to tomorrow. a public holiday, where we can see an increase, most likely, in the numbers on the streets of the iranian capital. australia's prime minister has warned that the bushfires emergency could last for months. scott morrison announced the creation of a recovery agency to help those who've lost homes and businesses. there are fires around the country, but amongst the worst are those concentrated in its most populous state, new south wales. some rain has brought a little relief, but not enough to extinguish the flames. phil mercer reports. the damage inflicted by australia's bushfires is immense. lives have been lost, while a growing
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number of homes and businesses have been ruined. trapped by the fires under ominous orange skies, people in eden in new south wales have sought to escape by sea. there is stress, fatigue, and fear. cooler conditions and some rain are helping the firefighting effort, but the danger is far from over. many blazes continue to burn and the land still smoulders. this long bushfire crisis is inflicting deep scars on australia, and there's no end in sight. lives have been turned upside down. in kangaroo valley, ken stewart lost his home to the fires that raced through this part of new south wales. he is lucky to be alive. next minute, i looked up. i didn't see any flame. i saw this great white ball of fire. that's all i can describe it, as just a white hot ball of fire. i had to drive up that driveway, and by the time i got up
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to our bottom gate, the entire driveway was lit up with fire on both sides. parts of sydney have also been threatened. the fires are an unpredictable enemy. no—one knows for sure when, where or if they will strike. australia is fighting back, but it's impossible to tell when the battle will be over. phil mercer, bbc news, kangaroo valley. the headlines on bbc news: hundreds of thousands of people take to the streets in iran to mourn the assassinated military leader, general soleimani. president trump warns the us has a list of 52 targets that will be hit very hard if iran decides to retaliate. the iraqi government has summoned the us ambassador over the airstrike which killed the general. the australian prime minister warns that the bushfire emergency
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could last for months. 24 people have now died since the crisis began. and in sport: the lowest ranked team left in the fa cup this season, non—league afc fylde, could be on their way out of the compeition — they're losing 1—0 at premier league side sheffield united. middlesbrough have taken the lead against top flight oppiostion, spurs. ahsley flethccer scoring for the champkionship side chelsea women beat reading 3—1 ni the women's super league, cheslea's second goal was a fantastic lob from guro reiten, a maiden 50 from dominic sibley has helped england extednd their lead aganist south africa to over 200 on day three of the second sir keir starmer says the country needs a radical labour government after announcing his intention to run for the labour leadership.
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the shadow brexit secretary said the party had lost the public‘s trust as a force for good and change. this report from tony bonsignore contains flashing images. into the spotlight, the latest contender for the labour leadership. sir keir starmer is promising to restore voters' faith in labour whilst keeping some of its radical manifesto policies. but as a staunch remainer who campaigned for a second referendum, he faces questions after the party's election defeat. the argument has to move on, and the argument now is, can we insist on that close relationship with the eu, close economic relationship, but collaboration in other areas, and also, what is the framework now for future trade relations? it's becoming a crowded field. jess phillips, a long—standing critic ofjeremy corbyn, says she can communicate with voters who have abandoned the party. this has got to be about
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whether the labour party can speak and connect and be trusted by the public. none of it matters, about this fight with this person in the labour party, unless we can win an election and labour values is what matters. and another backbencher launched her campaign, promising to reconnect with voters in the midlands and north. i think there is definitely a disconnect between the hierarchy of the labour party and the country. what we haven't understood is that "take back control" resonated like no other slogan in my lifetime. why did it resonate? because people lack the means to effect change in their own lives. with emily thornberry and clive lewis having already declared, there are now five confirmed contenders. and shadow business secretary rebecca longbailey is also expected to join the contest. labour's ruling body meets tomorrow to decide the rules for the election, an election which may decide the future direction of the party
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for a generation to come. 0ur political correspondent, tony bonsignore, is with me now. another name added to the list but how does his message differfrom others we have heard? all these candidates, it's a delicate balance. they have got to promise a fresh start of some kind because the election defeat was so devastating for the labour party, but on the other hand they have another issue which is the next leader will be picked by the members who are corbin supporters, so there has to be a bit of continuity there. they are trying to undertake this balancing act in a different way. today, keir starmer was reaching out to labour members more than we thought. we have the likes ofjess phillips and lisa nandy talking about moving away from
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london and reconnecting with voters, a different message from emily thornbury and clive lewis. they are all trying to deal with this balancing act in that way because they know before they can change the labour party they have got to win the leadership contest but it is the members that decide that. here starmer has been too close to that model up brexit policy of labour kiss macro? it was the first question on the andrew marr show. do you regret it? he said, yes, we should have had more clarity, it was difficult to explain what our brexit policy was, but what keir starmer was trying to do was move the debate on. he said, that is done, lepers might not have that debate again, we will leave the eu in the matter of a few weeks, but now it is about that future relationship, he wants a close economic and political relationship with the eu, and that's
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where that debate is going, but inevitably, emily thornbury, keir starmer, their relationship with brexit and the role they played full cast a shadow of their campaigns. talking about relationships and messaging, that first hurdle for these contenders is to convince the members that they are the person to lead the party but, as we have learned, the public were not happy with jeremy corbyn, learned, the public were not happy withjeremy corbyn, and you said a lot of members were corbyn supporters, so they will have to make sure they were in the public on board, those labour voters they lost. it will be a long slog, this. we are expecting this contest to be end of march, before local elections in may, but it is the start of a long process because there will be a lot of introspection in the labour party, a lot of looking at what went wrong, what needs to change, how the party and policies need to change,
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that will be crucial. this is just the first step on a long journey for labour getting back in power in five or ten years. one more name we are waiting on, rebecca long bailey, seen waiting on, rebecca long bailey, seen as waiting on, rebecca long bailey, seen as corbyn's favourite. this may change everything. we thought at one point it might be this weekend, she shadow business secretary, she is seen as an shadow business secretary, she is seen as an ally ofjeremy corbyn and the current labour leadership, so when she enters the race in the next few days, i think she will be seen as the likely continuity candidate, and then things might become a bit clearer, will we get more of the same or will things change and a big way? thank you very much indeed. a senior figure in the review of the hs2 high speed rail project says it could end up costing £108 billion — almost double the original estimate. lord berkeley, who's a long—standing critic of the project, says its costs are out of control.
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i think it is 107 now, and it will probably go even higher than that. you do not need to go 400 kilometres an houror you do not need to go 400 kilometres an hour or even 360 in a country as small as ours. nobody else in the what does it, may be in china. small as ours. nobody else in the what does it, may be in chinam small as ours. nobody else in the what does it, may be in china. it is a very big country! quite honestly, the higher the speed, it makes a big difference to cost. you have to have a straight line obviously because trains do not like going round corners fast, but it is also the construction, whether it is balanced, things like that, which makes a big difference to cost. hs2 limited says it's determined to deliver a railway that's value for money. a little earlier, i spoke to daniel cochlin from the northern powerhouse partnership who gave his reaction to the findings. today's report is a little bit frustrating because itjust adds to the argument around hs2 while we wait for the independent
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review that presumably and hopefully will settle this issue once and for all. some would argue lord berkeley is being realistic because those costs have spiralled, we have seen them double. let's just say... we should believe those figures, what do you think should happen, would it still be value for money? clearly, cost is very important. there is no point dismissing very large figures that are being bandied around but they are estimates. 0fficial estimates are somewhat lower than that. but we have to make sure this is value for money. the value for money we are talking about is a once in a generation opportunity to completely eradicate the north—south divide. we live in the most centralised economy in europe, everything flows through london and the south—east, so it is about time our young people and businesses in the north start
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to see opportunities. let's be honest, lord berkeley has always been anti—hs2 and he was put on the panel to reflect that. this report looks at that from a very one—sided direction and we would rather speak to our businesses and leaders up here who think the hs2 is vital for the prosperity of the whole of the country, not just north of england. let's put lord berkeley's arguments to you, he said we do not necessarily need those trains to travel at that speed, that could reduce the costs, and also, would you agree that some of that money should be put into existing lines? he is not saying investment should not go to north. on that second point, money should certainly go into local connectivity. it is. one of the things that lord berkeley has not much talked about is the capacity of hs2, and that will be unlocking local services and freeing up lines that
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are clogged and busy for commuters in the north of england. i travel day in and day out on our trains in the north and they're not fit for purpose and do not deliver the returns we need, so while it is vital to invest in local connectivity it is also vital to invest in major infrastructure projects. we have not seen any new lines built in the north since the victorian era and it is about time the north had everything it needs. we need north—south, east—west and local services to make the economy balanced. foreign secretary dominic raab has urged cypriot authorities to do the right thing in the case of a british teenager convicted of lying about being gang—raped in ayia napa. the 19—year—old, who can't be named, was convicted after she withrew her claim that she was raped by 12 israelis in a hotel injuly. she later said cypriot police made her falsely confess to lying about the incident, but the cypriot government said it had full confidence in the justice system and the courts.
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i think she has gone through a terrible ordeal. 0urfirst i think she has gone through a terrible ordeal. our first priority is her welfare and i spoke to her mother on friday to see what further support we can provide, and we have made very clear that we are worried about her welfare but also we have very serious concerns about her treatment throughout that process. she is gelled, is there anything we can do, for example advising people not to go on holiday in cyprus? rest assured, i spoke to her mother on friday, our concerns are in crystal—clear terms. equally the cypriots are very sensitive about political interference so we will encourage them to do the right thing in the right way. six people have been killed by a suspected drunk driver who crashed into a group of german tourists in a town in northern italy. 11 other people were injured, some seriously, in the small town in the south tyrol region.
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the 27—year—old driver of the car, who failed a breath test for alcohol, has been arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter. the 77th annual golden globes ceremony will take place this evening in los angeles as the hollywood awards season gets underway. the nominations received some criticism due to the lack of any women, again, in the best director category. comedian ricky gervais will be making a comeback as host. 0ur los angeles correspondent, sophie long, reports. it's that time of year when stars align and sparkle on red carpets, and young british actors get a taste of tinseltown. they don't come much younger than roman griffin davis. why so happy? things are changing. he's been nominated for best actor in a musical or comedy for his part in the heartbreakingly funnyjojo rabbit. not bad for someone who's only 12.
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oh, the world will end? he's facing some pretty stiff competition — up against fellow brit taron egerton for his portrayal of eltonjohn in rocket man, but also leonardo dicaprio, daniel craig and eddie murphy. i've been watching those guys since i was a kid, you know? i'm sure they probably wouldn't want to hear that, but to be nominated alongside them is really lovely. it looks like it'll be a good year for the streaming giant netflix — it's behind three of the five films nominated for best motion picture drama. also nominated is 1917 — the first world war epic that follows the incredible journey of two young soldiers. for the actors that played them, this award season marks the end of their own relentless journey. we rehearsed for six months before we started shooting. the takes can last up to eight, nine minutes long. there's no turnaround or setups with a camera, there's no lighting setups, we're using natural light, so it's literally go, go, go!
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you finish your take, you do another one, and there's no stop. listen to me! i just... i think he has a little speech. i have a little speech that's building here. when it comes to the smaller screen, there could be more honours for the adored boundary—breaking flea bag. i cannot believe we're here. i mean, a year ago, we were previewing at the bfi, and now we're stood at the golden globes. yeah, i'm blown away. with no clear frontrunner set to sweep the board, it's likely there'll be a few memorable moments ahead. the golden globes are notoriously difficult to predict. the only real certainty is that champagne will flow — and probably a few tears, too. sophie long, bbc news, los angeles. now it's time for a look at the weather with ben rich. hello. it has been quite cloudy for many this weekend but the weather generally speaking has been quite quiet, quite innocuous. the same cannot be said for the next few
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