31/12/2016 BBC Weekend News


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Fireworks and festivities welcome in 2017.

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In Australia, there was a spectacular display of fireworks

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Security is stepped up for New Year celebrations in major

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In London, thousands of extra police are deployed.

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Sydney, Australia, one of the first cities to welcome in 2017.

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The Harbour Bridge the focus of their spectacular display.

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Soon after, it was Hong Kong's turn and this was their party.

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In London, they're preparing for tonight's celebrations.

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The Met Police says it is not had any specific intelligence

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to point to an attack, but they've looked at

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what happened in Berlin and Nice and adjusted their plans.

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There'll be more than 3000 visible police officers present tonight.

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As in the past, there will be officers with firearms,

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but the key thing is to strike the balance, and none of us wants

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to disrupt the enjoyment all of us want to have on New Year's Eve.

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We can't allow the bad guys to spoil our way of life.

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In other European cities, including Berlin, security

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In her New Year's Eve address, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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acknowledged the threat her country faces.

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TRANSLATION: The biggest test, without a doubt,

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is Islamist terrorism, which has had Germany

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In 2016 it attacked us in Wurzburg, Asbach and just a few days ago

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in the Christmas market here in Berlin.

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Other political leaders sending New Year messages

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Around the world, millions of people are getting ready

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to celebrate their New Year's Eve, welcoming in 2017 in style.

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Our correspondent is in Edinburgh. Things are well underway here. The

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gates opened at 9pm and thousands of people have been streaming and ever

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since. The event tonight as a sell-out. Some 75,000 people will be

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seeing in the 2017 when it comes. They're partying is going to be

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beamed around the world to something like 1 billion people. The live

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music has already started and spirits are quite high. Public

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safety is paramount in public events like this and other Hogmanay events

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are rendered the UK have had to review the policing arrangements.

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That is no different in Edinburgh. Police Scotland to have said that

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they are taking a proportionate view. They want people to have fun

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but they want to make sure that they are safe at the same time. There are

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hundreds of security guards on duty as well so very much hoping that

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everything goes to plan tonight. The big build-up is towards the giant

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fireworks display, which is happening from the battlements of

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Edinburgh Castle at are told that we will be able to see the firework

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display for 30 miles around. The weather is good, spirits are high

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and we are in for a pretty spectacular night.

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So, Islamic State has claimed is responsible for a blast.

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For a Raaqys, 2016 ended in bloodshed and grief. -- Iraqis.

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There were two bombs. One in a car park. And another when a crowd had

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formed around the first. Fathers and sisters and mothers and brothers.

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TRANSLATION: When we heard the explosion we found many people

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killed and wounded, whom we rescued and sent to hospital. Why does this

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happen in Iraq? Why to the Iraqi people? To the north, the battle to

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take Mosul, Iraq's second city, from so-called Islamic State, continues.

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It is a long slog. And for many residents, the only way is out.

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Three more months, Iraq's government says, the action may take. Maybe

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next year will be better. But many Iraqis giving up. They flee their

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battered city with nothing but bags and suitcases.

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Here, Hull becomes the second UK City of Culture tomorrow. : Paterson

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reports. Hull, city of Culture 2017. Many were surprised when it was

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chosen. Tomorrow it's year in the spotlight begins. Last-minute

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preparations continue. It's great. One of its most famous residences

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very excited. We always thought culture was rugby and fish and

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chips. Now it is more. It is art, it is history, it is a wonderful

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feeling, its new buildings, a new confidence. People are proud. Hull

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is promising at least one cultural event every day of 2017, with ?32

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million being spent. What are you hoping the city of Culture will

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achieve for Hull? I want nationally and internationally people to see

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this is a fantastic city with great stories, great people and a lot to

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offer. Because every city deserves its moment in the limelight. 2017 is

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ours. It all starts tomorrow afternoon. Buildings will be used as

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giant screens to retail the city's history. With one... People here

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have recreated famous movie scenes. Later in the evening there will be a

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giant fireworks display. That is what is going to be set off. Those

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are bigger than those that will be used in London. For the soundtrack,

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every single song is by an act from Hull. It is hoped that in 2017 a

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million people will visit Hull. This has caused a problem. The city only

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has a thousand hotel rooms. So a campaign has encouraged locals into

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the bed-and-breakfast trade. I feel like an unpaid ambassador, I can

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welcome people into our home and help them to understand a bit more

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about the city. I feel they will leave with a positive perception

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after they have stayed here. And other bonus. The BBC has decided

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that every time the TV weather map appears in 2017, Hull will be

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honoured. The City of Culture has literally been put on the map. In

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today's football, Premier League leaders Chelsea beat Stoke City 4-2

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for their 13th win in a row. Liverpool and Manchester City had

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the chance to close the gap in the late kick-off.

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Patrick Geary reports. This is a night to remember old acquaintances.

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Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola met many times on German touchlines.

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They are two of the Premier League's so-called super managers, charged

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with invigorating teams and players, like Adam Lallana, picking out

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Wijnaldum. Through the first-half, the pressing came from the men in

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red. The only thing missing, precision. Those in offered little.

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Manchester City took the best part of an hour to muster anything. That

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was Sergio Aguero's first shot of the match. It sparked a mini surge.

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David Silva gave and filled its first truly nervous moment. But this

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was an anti-climax. -- Anfield. This win sets up Liverpool's New Year's

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chines. -- talents. Much more throughout the

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evening on the BBC News Channel. Now it is time for the

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