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This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK


The Headlines; hopes are dashed for the thousands waiting


It's another freezing night as a deal to send buses to fetch


rebels and civilians is again put on hold.


But there are now hopes of a deal at the United Nations to send


Gunmen in Jordan carry out a series of attacks


in the historic town of Karak, killing at least ten people.


Poland's political crisis shows no sign of ending -


And Real Madrid come out on top, winning football's Club World Cup


for the second time in three years.


Thousands of people in rebel-held areas of Aleppo are enduring another


night of freezing conditions - after plans to evacuate them


Buses appeared at the crossing point in western Aleppo but that's as far


The failure of a simultaneous evacuation of government


supporters elsewhere - may have contributed.


In New York, the UN Security Council has met to discuss


a monitoring mission for the evacuation -


and there are reports that a compromise has been reached.


With the situation in Eastern Aleppo increasingly


desperate, looking after the frail and wounded is becoming


With more, here's our correspondent Quentin Sommerville


If only the ceasefire in Aleppo hadn't collapsed,


then this might never have needed to happen.


They are doing the best they can here, but this hospital


There are none left in eastern Aleppo, so nurses


TRANSLATION: The child has a birth defect.


We immediately brought the mother here to the operating


room for a Caesarean, which we are doing now.


The mother is in a bad way and her baby boy even worse.


But everyone here is at their wits end.


TRANSLATION: As soon as the patient arrived,


I told the Red Cross that the patient needed emergency


surgery but there was no answer because the evacuation


Some of the sick made it out of here on Thursday


After 24 hours, the ceasefire collapsed.


There are now 100 badly injured people trapped here.


He has been stuck here for three days, says this man.


We have tried to leave but they stopped us.


Rival factions attacked buses that were meant to free trapped sick


Only when they are freed will the regime allow convoys


And only after Aleppo's misery would you consider this salvation.


The buses that bring them are so crowded there


is no room for luggage, but here, there's relief.


TRANSLATION: Rockets, Russian jets and warplanes all bombing us,


We kept fleeing from one place to another.


There was hunger, poverty and sleeping in the streets.


This woman made it here with her twin girls.


The camp may be crowded but here the sisters can breathe again.


TRANSLATION: It is better than it was in Aleppo,


We have new friends walking and playing together.


There was a food shortage back there.


We hated life but here we are eating biscuits and everything.


Every minute and every hour of the ceasefire that is lost,


is another moment of life denied to the children of Aleppo.


Well, in New York the Security Council is discussing


resolution on UN Monitoring of these evacuations - let's


go to Gary O'Donoghue who is in Washington for us.


There appears to be movement on this. What more can you tell us?


They had about three hours inside the Security Council behind closed


doors discussing a French proposal to put monitors, UN monitors on the


ground to ensure people could get onto these buses and get out of


eastern Aleppo safely. That was opposed by the Russians initially.


We felt there was going to be a stand-off effectively. After that


three hours they seem to have emerged saying they have some sort


of compromise resolution they are going to vote on tomorrow or Monday


morning at 9am local time in New York. So that does give a glimmer of


hope that there may be some kind of oversight of what is actually


happening to those civilians in eastern Aleppo. We don't know the


detail of how it will work but the US ambassador Samantha Power did say


that she could envisage some of those monitors being on the buses


when they were moving out of those areas. The question will be the


extent to which the Syrian government will have control over


how that works. That's something that was a stumbling block for


Russians initially. We know that evacuations have been halted for the


time being. Is it the case that we are waiting for a decision from the


Security Council for the evacuations to continue? I think it's more


complex than that in the sense that part of the reason the evacuations


stopped from eastern Aleppo is because of what happened in these


other Shia villages west of Aleppo where these buses were allegedly


burned that were meant to be taking Shia members of those villages out


of the area surrounded by the rebels. The government was very keen


to make that part of the whole deal. There was a lot of anger because of


the sabotage of those buses. That's why to some degree the halt was


called to the evacuation in eastern Aleppo. Big concern from the


international community is while there is not anybody around to check


what's going on and that there could be war crimes committed, there could


be massacres. People have talked about not having another Srebrenica,


you remember when those civilians were killed in Bosnia in 1995. So


that's the concern. So time is of the essence. There are UN people in


the vicinity. Samantha Power talking about re-purpose and those people to


be monitors. We don't know how quickly they can be in place to get


this effort moving. And temperatures are plummeting. Without shelter that


is the real potential for it, and evermore escalating humanitarian


crisis in the area. Thank you for that update.


In neighbouring Jordan officials say at least nine people


have been killed - including one Canadian


a series of attacks in the historic city of Karak.


They targeted two police patrols in separate attacks,


while gunmen also opened fire at the ancient Crusader castle.


Armoured personnel carriers racing through the streets of Karak.


They are responding to a series of shootings in and around


The security forces desperately tried to establish


There is panic, confusion and more gunshots.


This amateur footage shows police and special forces closing


in on the gunmen who have now taken refuge in the Crusader Castle


and are still firing on those around them.


The medieval citadel draws tourists from around the world,


and there were initial unconfirmed reports that some had


Others were able to get out as the battle raged around them.


This is where most of the casualties were found.


All were Jordanian except for one Canadian woman who was killed.


Tonight, the city appears calm although it is unclear


There will be relief the attack is contained but it will be another


blow to Jordan's reputation as a sea of calm in a region of crisis.


A look at some more top stories this hour.


The Islamic State group says it was behind a suicide attack


in Yemen which left at least 40 soldiers dead.


They were queueing to collect their pay -


The head of security in the city is reported to have resigned.


It follows the killing of 50 soldiers in a similar


Government troops in Myanmar have taken a key position from the rebel


Both the military and the insurgents suffered heavy casualties amidst


intense fighting to retake the Gidon outpost.


Four US senators are calling for the setting-up of a panel


to investigate allegations of Russian hacking.


The US government has claimed that Russia,


as well as other foreign countries, were involved in cyber attacks


designed to influence the outcome of the US election.


Opponents of the Polish government have been staging a third day


of protests in the capital, Warsaw over the government's plans


to restrict journalists' access to parliament.


Demonstrators gathered outside the constitutional court


today, while opposition MPs continued their sit-in


A short time ago I spoke to Yarlsaw Vordowcheg,


the President of the Press Club in Poland, from Warsaw.


The truth is that the speaker of the lower house is not liking


He didn't make, when he started a year ago, until now, even


The government is saying it is not unusual to accredit


journalists in this way across Europe.


I don't, of course not because they give as an example


The European Parliament is very liberal.


Of course nobody can enter the Parliament room,


either in Poland or in Brussels but it's easy access


to all European Parliament members and now we've got easy access


Yesterday night we met with the speaker of the Senate,


and we will continue talks tomorrow at noon, Warsaw time.


He declared that they will not change the rules


This is the result of the mass protests we organised,


over 30 of the largest media outlets, Friday, under


The protest today, without politicians,


we had no politicians in printed press, radio and television, empty,


blank pages and the blank screens sometimes on television stations


How much is the Polish public actually paying


attention to these protests, given that the government,


The government is very popular and has so many people


against the government and people who are pro.


In the afternoon, after a few hours of our journalist protests,


which is not political, this is only about the access


to information and the freedom of speech, the opposition blocked


the Parliament, saying we want to support journalists,


and then people went onto the streets and said


I'm very suspicious when politicians are supporting journalists.


And I'm very suspicious especially when today,


the opposition and yesterday, the governing party


That was the President of the Polish Press Club,


Stay with us on BBC News, still to come:


Britain's Prince Harry - his life and charitable work


in Africa is captured in a new documentary.


The signatures took only three minutes but brought a formal end to


three and a half years of conflict that has claimed more than 100,000


lives. The former leaders put their names to the peace agreement.


The Rimini and border was sealed and silent today. Romania has cut itself


off from the outside world in order to prevent the details of the


presumed massacre from leaking out. From sex at the White House to a


trial for his political life. The Lewinsky affair tonight guaranteed


Bill Clinton his place in history as only the second ever president to be


impeached. Thousands of people are holding out


in freezing temperatures in Eastern Aleppo as attempts


to resume their evacuation fail. Gunmen in Jordan carry


out a series of attacks in the historic town of Karak,


killing at least ten people. While investigations continue


into last Sunday's explosion at the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo,


families of the victims Twenty-four people were killed,


most were women and children. The Egyptian president has


blamed a suicide bomber, Mahmoud Shafiq, alleged


perpetrator of the Church He was sentenced to two years


in prison earlier this year. He was convicted of belonging


to the Muslim Brotherhood and of But he fled the village


before the verdict. Outside his family home,


journalists waited for hours hoping The only interview she gave was to a


local newspaper. I couldn't tell if it was a local or


international number. He does not talk much. He knows our calls could


be recorded by the police. I don't believe he was a suicide attacker.


Maybe somebody did it in his name. The explosion, which killed


and injured dozens of Christians, was claimed by the so-called Islamic


State. It is hard to verify


it was Mahmoud who did it. The suicide bomber walked


through this door to blow himself We can still see stains of blood


covering the ground and the pews. The blast did not only cause severe


damage to this place, He lost his dad and she lost her


husband, the church guard. Nothing is left of him but a mobile


phone with his pictures on it. TRANSLATION: Every morning,


the boy asks me, where is my dad? People like her are now having


to rebuild their lives, but picking up the pieces after such


a tragedy will not be easy. A Philippine senator who's


calling for the impeachment of President Rodrigo Duterte,


has told the BBC she fears for her life -


but won't be silenced. Leila de Lima, a former


justice minister, said she'd taken on extra security


since she began criticising This is what Ms De


Lima told BBC News. I certainly believe that he is a


killer. He admitted it. Of course his defenders, his spokesperson will


try to explain it away by saying it's just part of his bravado and


probably just a joke. We've had enough of those so-called jokes.


Such acts are impeachable. Let's call a spade a spade. That is a high


crime, committing mass murders. And mass murderers do not only pertain


to victims of the death squad but also current victims of the current


so-called war on drugs. There are real security threats against me. Of


course I take extra security measures, I have my own security


compliment. But I cannot be cowed into doing and saying what I don't


want to do and say. Manchester City put their recent


problems behind them, moving up to second place


in the Premier League table after beating


Arsenal 2-1 at the Etihad. City had


to come from behind. It was Raheem Stirling


who scored their winner 20 minutes from time,


but earlier Theo Walcott had opened the scoring for Arsenal


after just five minutes. City are now seven points behind


league leaders Chelsea. Of course, it was quite


similar to Chelsea. With Chelsea, we didn't


win, and today we did. We have problems with


important players not That is very difficult to accept


in a game like that. I believe there is a lot going


on the moment that is not serious. It is unbelievable,


but every time the decisions go against


you, and unilaterally. Spurs are now only a point behind


Arsenal, in fifth place. They beat Burnley 2-1


at White Hart Lane. Like Manchester City,


Spurs also had to come from behind. Danny Rose scored the winner


20 minutes from time. Earlier Ashley Barnes had given


Burnley the lead before Dele Alli I think always the Premier League


is hard to win games. Today we knew that Burnley is a team


that fight a lot, run a lot, every ball, they


are ready to challenge. I think the team played


in a very good way. I think that we fully deserved


in the end the victory and I am pleased with that because it


was a difficult win. And in the other Premier League


match, Southampton won They were 3-1 winners


at Bournemouth. Elsehwere, Real Madrid have


won the Club World Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo scored


a hat-trick as they beat Japan's Kashima Antlers 4-2


in extra time. After Karim Benzema had put


Real ahead early on, Gaku Shibasaki equalised


just before the break. And then the Antlers went ahead


with this fine strike. The J-League champions,


who only qualified as hosts, seemed on the verge of the biggest


shock in the history But Ronaldo equalised


with a penalty before putting his side in


front in extra-time. He then


added his third on the night and the Spanish club's fourth


to secure the championship. It's Real's second World Club


title in three years. England's hope of a consolation


victory in the fifth and final test India batted all the way


through the third day That's 86 behind England's


first innings score, with Rahul falling just one run


short of a double century. On Day 4 of the first Test


between Australia and Pakistan at the Gabba in Brisbane,


Asad Shafiq scored an unbeaten century as Pakistan chased


a daunting 490 runs to win. They began the penultimate


day on 70-2 and reached Scotland's John Higgins and Marco Fu


of Hong Kong are into final session Fu is 8-4 up, he needs just


one more for victory. Prince Harry has been speaking


frankly about his royal life. at a young age made him


question his position, but that he now views life "very,


very differently". Prince Harry looks in his


element as he helps out in a centre teaching life skills


to young people affected by HIV. It is run by a charity


he co-founded ten years ago in the small southern


African state of Lesotho. Sentebale have helped


more than 21,000 people, And Harry's clearly


passionate about its work. HIV/Aids is the number one killer


of adolescents across sub-Saharan You have a bunch of kids


who have no idea about HIV. They are not allowed


to talk about it. And now that we have the drugs and


pills to be able to give these kids a healthy, happy,


long life, yet we're not educating them or empowering


them to make their own decisions. Harry first visited Africa in 1997,


not long after his mother's death and he says he still feels


a connection to the continent. I think the first time that I went


to Africa, I was tiny. I think I went with my dad


to a Spice Girl concert Not only have I found that escape


but I have found a way to try and use the name and


the position for good. In recent weeks, Harry's


relationship with actress placed him firmly in the media


spotlight once again. He says, in the past,


he resented his position and wanted to bury his head


in the sand. Now, though, he's excited to be able


to use his profile to help A rare Asian elephant calf has been


born at Chester Zoo. was born to 12-year-old mother


Sundara after a 22-month gestation. She's the 19th elephant to be born


at the zoo in its 85-year history. Keepers say both mother


and daughter were doing well. Asian elephants are officially


listed as endangered, and calves are born


into captivity in the UK only From me and the rest


of the team, goodbye. Hello. Looks like the Christmas


weather will be more windy than white and next weekend will be very


different from this


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