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A huge police operation is underway in Istanbul -

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to find a gunman who shot dead 39 people at a nightclub.

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The man opened fire at the Reina club at around 130

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Dozens of injured remain in hospital.

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15 foreigners - from Israel, Saudi Arabia

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and Morocco were among - were among the dead.

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Our Turkey Correspondent Selin Gerit has just sent this report.

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One of the most famous nightclubs in Istanbul,

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Reina is packed with a jubilant crowd, ready to welcome

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They are counting down to what they hope will

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A man armed with a long barrelled weapon opens fire outside the venue.

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He kills a policeman and another civilian as he rushes his way in.

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The club immediately turns into the scene of a massacre.

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As the attacker fires on the people partying inside.

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Survivors still in shock of what they have been through.

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My husband suddenly told me to get on the floor, a man ran inside,

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two or three people started firing and then there was a fog.

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I fainted at that moment until special forces

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There were bodies lying on the floor.

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There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack

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and authorities did not name any suspects.

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This man was a security guard at the club last night.

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He said he heard gunfire and ran away.

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Everyone is nervous at the moment, he said, the attacker

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The security forces say the assailant was alone rather

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He was wearing a jacket and trousers when he opened fire,

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but there is separate information that he tried to leave wearing

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The nightclub area remains sealed off this morning,

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heavily armed police block the street leading to Reina club.

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Crime scene investigators were inside searching for evidence.

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This is as close as we can get to the scene of the attack that

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In a span of 18 months more than 500 people have been killed in this

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Now, civilians got hit on a night of hope and joy.

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This already feels like it is going to be yet another difficult

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Turkey faces the Islamic State threat, a renewed conflict

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with the Kurdish rebels and the south-east and

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across the border in Syria and Iraq, and big cities like Istanbul feel

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Our Correspondent Selin Gerit is outside a hospital in Istanbul

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where some of the victims are being treated.

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On the security operation and the manhunt. The attacker is still at

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large and the hunt for him carries on. In several districts in

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Istanbul. After reports of suspicious people came through. I'm

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at one of the hospitals and there are almost 70 people injured, four

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are in critical condition and the death toll is still at 39 but the

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fear is that it could rise. The Prime Minister has spoken and has

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said no nation is immune to such terror attacks, but Istanbul, having

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witnessed an attack only three weeks ago, feels increasingly edgy. Thanks

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for joining us. The Queen was absent from the annual

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New Year's Day church service in Sandringham this morning,

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because of a "lingering heavy cold". She also missed the Christmas Day

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service at her Norfolk estate Buckingham Palace says the Queen has

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been up and about in recent days, but is "still recuperating"

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as our Royal Correspondent, For a second time in the holiday

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season at the Royals headed to church, and for a second time the

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Queen was a notable absentee. Her 95 erode husband did attend, he was to

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scrub by one observer as chipper. -- 95-year-old husband. The Windsors

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are an attraction for the dedicated, and despite the weather they gather

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outside the Sandringham church, but once again the monarch was not on

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display. Disappointed that the Queen was not there but that is

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understandable at 90 years of age. She is in the best place and I wish

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her all the best for 2017. She is not well and we do not want to see

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her out in this weather. At Christmas our attention is drawn to

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the birth of a baby some 2000 years ago. The Queen recorded her

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Christmas message early in December and will not have taken the decision

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to miss church likely, the supreme Governor of the Church of England

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has a deep faith, but on the advice of her doctor that she is exercising

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caution in the face of a heavy cold she has had for nearly two weeks.

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The Queen has been laid low and left feeling pretty miserable at the end

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of another significant year in her long reign. As well as celebrating

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her landmark birth date she has started to acknowledge her advancing

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age and reduce her workload. Just last month she severed hurling stick

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25 organisations she had been patron of for many decades -- she severed

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her links with 25 organisations. As head of state she continues to deal

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with the government documents she receives and she is clearly doing

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all she can to get rid of a lingering cold rather than make it

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worse. Peter Hunt, BBC News, Buckingham Palace.

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A police hunt's underway for a hit-and-run driver who knocked

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down two teenage girls in Oldham, leaving one dead and the other

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12 year old Helina Kotlarova was killed when crossing with her

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The two girls had been holding hands at the time.

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One of her relatives described what happened.

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When we went there, she was on the floor and she had

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I was touching her, seeing if she was going to breathe

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or something, but she couldn't breathe or nothing.

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There's been delays in attending to emergency ambulance calls

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across London after its computer system crashed on one

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Staff in the London Ambulance control room had to log calls

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using pen and paper for nearly five hours overnight.

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Jon Ironmonger is at the London Ambulance Service headquarters.

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A troubled start to the New Year for staff here with a direct impact on

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the safety of Londoners, and for about five hours from 1230 in the

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morning the computer system used by London Ambulance Service crashed and

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that was because of a technical error and it forced the control room

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staff to process and log the emergency calls coming in by hand,

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with pen and paper. This delayed emergency response times and

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treatment, and had an impact on another service, a real-time web

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mapping tool which tells the control room staff where the ambulances are.

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That also went down, and they had to communicate via radio communication

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only. And this on one of the busiest nights of the year, tens of

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thousands of partygoers were on the streets in London at the time, they

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were alcohol fuelled and London and live service said it responded to

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hundreds of calls. -- London Ambulance Service. They said staff

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are trained to cope with these situations and prioritised the

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response to patients with life-threatening conditions. An

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investigation into the cause of the problem will now be carried out.

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Thanks for joining us. The Archbishop of Canterbury,

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Justin Welby, has urged people to use 2017 to heal divisions caused

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by the EU referendum. In his new year message

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recorded in Coventry, the leader of the Church of England

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praised the efforts of refugees Our religious affairs correspondent

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Martin Bashir has more. Surrendering to the demands

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of television lighting, the Archbishop of Canterbury

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prepares to deliver his New Year's Justin Welby returned to Coventry,

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the city where he started A city whose wartime suffering

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and forgiveness, he says, The story of this city says

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so much that is true about Britain at its best,

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about our courage, standing up to tyranny, how we stand alongside

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the suffering and defeated, how we stand for human

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dignity and hope. The Archbishop visited a drop-in

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centre for refugees, people he called a blessing

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to our way of life. And he drew his message to a close

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by focusing on an issue that has divided so many parts

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of the country. The EU referendum was a tough

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campaign, and it has left division. But I know that if we look

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at our roots, our history and our culture in the Christian

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tradition, if we reach back into what is best in this country,

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we will find a path towards reconciling the differences

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that have divided us. From Coventry to Canterbury,

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the Archbishop believes that looking back will only help us prepare

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for the future. A very happy New Year. We have a

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contrast across the UK to

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