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This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK
I'm Karin Giannone The Headlines Tunisia says it's uncovered
a terrorist cell linked to the Berlin Christmas
A nephew of Anis Amri was among one of the three men arrested
Benjamin Netanyhu orders a review of Israel's relationship
with with the United Nations after a vote condemning
Security forces in Tunisia say they've arrested three members
of a terrorist cell linked to Anis Amri, the Tunisian
who killed 12 people by driving a lorry into a Christmas market
The interior ministry said one of those detained was Amri's nephew.
24-year-old Anis Amri was shot dead by police in Milan in the early
This is Anis Amri, the man suspected of being behind the attack on a
Berlin Christmas market. And now, authorities across Europe and the
Middle East are trying to piece together his extremist connections.
Now a clearer picture of his network is emerging.
Officials in Tunis say he was connected to a militant cell,
Amri is thought to have sent his nephew money
The nephew's now in custody in Tunisia.
The Spanish authorities are investigating whether Amri may have
In Tunis today, hundreds of people took to the streets
They gathered outside the Bardo Museum, which was attacked
In recent years around five and a half thousand Tunisians have
joined jihadist groups, making the country one
of the largest exporters of militants in the region.
TRANSLATION: The terrorists damage the image of Tunisia in the world,
and have harmed the expats who are living abroad.
TRANSLATION: Our message is from the heart, it is a panic
wave, and you need to understand, Tunisians are afraid,
Shot dead in an exchange of fire with the police
And the hunt for more clues about the attacker goes on.
What began as a horrific attack here in Germany has become
an investigation spanning Europe and beyond.
German investigators want to know if he had supporters here,
people who may have helped him planned the attack and his escape.
As the city turns down to Christmas, the authorities are still at work.
So following the arrests in Tunisia, are the suspects now likely to be
The BBC's Rana Javad is in the capital Tunis.
It is highly unlikely they will be extradited. I did speak to an
official at the foreign ministry earlier asking if there was any
request from the German authorities in that regard and he said so far,
no request. But in any case, this matter will be handled internally
here with Aran investigations and he also said there is no hesitation on
the Tunisian parts to cooperate fully with the German authorities,
but given the information that has so far been made available to us
from the Interior Ministry, it does not seem to suggest that this attack
was something necessarily planned from here, but rather that Anis Amri
tried to recruit his own nephew in recent months and succeeded in doing
so if all of the stamens we've gotten so far are accurate, as well
as to whether people links to him here as well.
Israel's re-evaluating all of its contacts
with the United Nations, including its funding UN
institutions and the presence of UN representatives in Israel.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the announcement a day
after the UN Security Council passed a resolution demanding a halt
to Israeli settlement-building on occupied Palestinian land.
praised US President-elect Donald Trump,
who's suggested he will reverse America's position on the issue
at the UN, which allowed the resolution to pass.>
TRANSLATION: We are entering a new era and as President-elect Trump
said yesterday, this is going to be much quicker than people think.
The passing of the resolution has been celebrated by Palestinians,
as our Middle East Correspondent, Yolande Knell explains.
Here in Bethlehem, there is the festive mood, for many Palestinians
feel they have bigger reason to celebrate after this UN Security
Council resolution which said Israeli settlements are a fragrance
violation of international law. It has been welcomed by over different
political factions in Palestine and they are hoping it will strengthen
their legal case when they pursue action against Israel in the
international courts. For it's parts, is really officials have come
out and said this is disgraceful and shameful a resolution and the
Israeli Prime Minister has said he will not abide by its terms. There
are more than 600,000 Israelis living in settlements in the
occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem, that is on land that
Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East War. And the US really feels
that at the Security Council it was betrayed by his closest ally, the
US, which usually uses its veto power to block any resolution
critical of Israel. Now it is looking to President-elect Donald
Trump for support and he has already come out on Twitter saying things
will be different after January 20, which is of course when he takes
office. The Nigerian president
Muhammadu Buhari says the army has captured a key base of the Islamist
militant group Boko Haram. The president said the group
now had nowhere to hide after being forced out
of what he called its last enclave. Boko Haram still stages suicide
bombings in the northeast and in neighbouring
Niger and Cameroon. Despite the progress, the Nigerian
Government still has some way to go before victory over Boko Haram is
achieved. We have to recognise this comes in a long line of quite strong
statements from the president about Boko Haram. A year ago or so he told
the BBC that the war against the militant group was technically one
and the Government had one at that war and yet, in that past year, we
have seen suicide bomb attacks and other attacks by Boko Haram. What is
clear is the militant group have lost an awful lot of territory and
do not control big towns. It seems according to the President's
statement that they may have lost their territory in the north-east of
the country. But the group's tactics have changed and they've become an
organisation that uses more suicide attacks and sneak attacks rather
than old and territory. So it would be premature to say that Boko Haram
was finished, they still operate in Chad and regional countries, too. It
was also striking that the president referred to new efforts to get the
release of the schoolgirls who were taken over two years ago and around
200 of them are still believed to be in captivity of Boko Haram. He did
not say we have taken them back from this camp, it had been assumed
they'd been captured. So the implication would be they do not
know exactly where the girls are and I would also imply that Boko Haram
is still in places in Nigeria or in neighbouring countries where the
Nigerian Government cannot get to them. So the war is definitely not
over, but the Government at least, the Nigerian Government, is saying
this is a major step forward in that war. Reports from Congo said talks
of the deal Senate President leaving power at the end of next year I'll
close to agreement. The president has refused to step down even though
his term of office has expired. Under the proposed agreement, a new
Prime Minister will be chosen from the opposition and elections would
be held next year. Temperatures in the North Pole could be up to 20
degrees higher than average today in what scientists say is a
record-breaking heatwave. They say an air temperature of just below
freezing instead of the usual level of around -30 is preventing ice from
forming. Researchers say the unseasonably warm weather patterns
have a direct link to man-made climate change. Actress Carrie
Fisher is in intensive care in a Los Angeles hospital after suffering a
heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles. She is best known
for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars films. Miss Fisher who is
60 was flying back after finishing a tour to promote her autobiography.
Rick Parfitt has died in Spain at the age of 68. He was being treated
in hospital for a severe infection. He was still recovering from a heart
attack he suffered earlier this summer.
I've got to where I wanted to go, to become a pop star or a rock star.
To Status Quo fans he was easy to spot, the bobbing blond head.
He was responsible for some of rock music's greatest riffs.
From 1972 there was a Status Quo album in the top ten
Rick Parfitt met Francis Rossi when they were teenagers.
Their first single was a bit of 60s psychedelia.
But their passion was something a bit more raw.
All our records sound alike, of course they do,
They are going to sound like us, who are we supposed to sound like?
As soon as I had the idea, I couldn't think of anyone better.
MUSIC: "Rockin' All Over the World" by Status Quo.
When it came to sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll,
This riff arose from the consequence of a huge dose of amphetamines.
Good night, Rick, see you in the morning!
I came back in the morning and he was there.
He has a particular type of woman, blondes!
Even when he was recovering from heart surgery he was still
When it came to turning rock into hit songs,
Pope Francis 's lead in the Catholic Church by celebrating Mass at Saint
Peter 's Basilica in the Vatican. There he is. David, the first major
event of the Christmas season for the Pope? Yes, and there is heavy
security in the Vatican. There are policemen and soldiers stationed
every few hundred yards, so the crowds attending tonight's midnight
mass inside Saint Peter's Basilica have had to pass through metal
detectors. There's a general sense of insecurity I think here in Italy
after the attacks in Berlin and the shooting of the main suspect up in
Milan. The Pope at is just making his money, his first public
appearance during the Christmas holiday. And he is talking about the
necessity for Christians to humble themselves before Christ and he is
saying that in the world today, if you look around, there are many
children are suffering in ways that defied dignity. It talks about
children suffering in ships with other migrants cross in the
Mediterranean. Children who are hungry and have been trying to
shelter from the bonds in Aleppo. -- the bonds. I think it is a muted
Christmas message, nonetheless though, it is... David, I am afraid
we are losing sound there. Apologies for this. Thank you from David and
you can see what is going on in Saint Peter's Basilica. Pope Francis
celebrating Christmas Eve Mass. Stay with us. Still to come. We meet the
French oyster farmers using a high-tech solution to stop thieves
from stealing their catch. The Queen's granddaughter
Zara Tindall and her husband Mike The couple announced
they were expecting their In a statement the spokeswoman said:
"Very sadly, Zara and Mike Tindall At this difficult time,
we ask that everyone Buckingham Palace last thing it is a
private matter. Zara was always an ambiguous situation. Although she is
the Queen's granddaughter, neither she nor her husband are members of
the working royal family. They both carved out distinguished careers in
their respective sporting fields. They married in 2011 and have one
daughter who will be three next month. This pregnancy announced a
month ago, and it was thought this baby would have been born in the
spring, so it is thought that she would have been around four months
pregnant. No medical risk to her, but as you say, very sad for both of
them. You're watching BBC world News today. The latest headlines. Tunisia
says it has uncovered a terror selling to the Berlin Christmas
market attacker, Anis Amri. orders a review of Israel's contacts
with the United Nations, after a resolution demanded a halt
to Israeli settlement-building Fatima is a child of war. All three
years old, she is to understand why her countrymen have turned their
guns on each other the knots too young to bear the scars. She was
seven years old when a tank shell tore through her home in
north-western Syria. The final followed cripple the right hand,
legs and vocal cords. 60% of her body was burnt. Her father went from
hospital to hospital, pleading for doctors to save her life. Bred
TRANSLATION: One hospital suggested giving her a lethal injection. They
said Burns were too severe and that she be disabled for life. Now, when
I look, I thank God she is alive and she makes us feel happy just by
Cinco. -- just by seeing her. German surgeon heard the story and decided
it could have a happy ending. She was instrumental in bringing Fatima
and her friend -- family to Germany. She is damage treated. It is a huge
challenge to operate on a child that is very underweight. She has the
weight of a one-year-old. But we cannot wait much longer, because we
want to walk as soon as possible. The doctors they have decades of
experience, but even for them, this is not an everyday operation. The
surgeons are conducting several procedures today. They want is to
heal some of the scars of Fatima's face and test to see if they can
help her hair grow again. But the main aim is to help her walk again
and they are correcting her feet and using steel pins to keep them in
place. If all goes well, they hope she can walk after three months.
Three hours later, the operation is finished. Doctors say it will be
sometime before they can determine whether it was success or not. It is
not only if the mechanics are corrected, but also the psychology
of being able to stand on her feet and climate and use her feet and
start walking. So we don't know yet. For now, Fatima's wombs have been
reopened. Her mother hopes that tears are worth it.
TRANSLATION: We will walk together, God willing. And I hope she will be
in the best position. She has suffered so much as a child. Fatima
will remain in hospital for many weeks. She will receive
physiotherapy and psychological support and Doctor soaps operate on
her again in January. There will be more pain ahead, but the worst is
now over. You may have heard of sheep rustling cattle rustling, but
how about oyster rustling? In France every year, as the festive season
gets underway, oyster farms on the coast are increasingly the target of
thieves trying to cash in on the lucrative Christmas market. But help
is at hand thanks to a new secret electronic oyster that act as a
tracking device if it is moved. Every year at Christmas time, the
French shell out millions of euros on seafood. And every year here, the
farm shop does a thriving trade. But there is a downside to the booming
oyster beds as demand goes up, so do prices and so does the temptation
for oyster poaching. Oyster rustling at Christmas time in France is no
laughing matter. Every year, tonnes of oysters are being stolen by
unscrupulous operators and oyster growers have to spend a fortune of
their own on security and night time patrols and cameras. At the nearby
town there is a high-tech hub where they may have another answer.
Scientists say have devised a kind of spy in the sea. This succulent
thing has valves of the electronic kind. It sits with the real oysters
and if they are unexpectedly taken off in the back of a truck, it sends
out an alarm. They have a motion detector. The battery and a GPS
process are in there. If there is a movement on the process is wakened
and it sets the GPS position to your mobile phone. It can stay in water
for up to two years. Being indistinguishable from the rest of
the by, the Beacon will not be seen by the poacher. Here they fear
night-time raids and at low tide, with a team of thieves and a truck,
it would not take more than an hour to lift the terms of oysters that
idea, especially if they know what they are doing. Oddly enough, the
culprits are thought to be mainly other oyster growers.
TRANSLATION: The problem is that orders for Christmas are made by
wholesalers are very early in the year, but later, when some growers
realise they are not going to be able to fulfil their orders, the
easy solution for them is to steal oysters from their neighbours. There
is a small amount of petty theft, it is true, but that is a side issue.
Petty thieves cannot make off with five tonnes. There is one downside,
of course, somewhere in here, there is a secret sleeper. Who is going to
crunch into that for the Christmas lunch? President Obama has delivered
his final Christmas message from the White House. Sitting alongside his
wife Michelle, he said it had been an honour to serve as America's
president. One of the best parts of the holiday
season is spending time with the special people in your life
and for me that means getting some help from my best
friend for our annual Given how our first Christmas
weekly address went, This is our first Christmas
in the White House and... All right, you got
to get it together. You are going to have
to pull it together, Potus. Celebrating the holidays
in the White House over these past eight years has been
a true privilege. We've been able to welcome over
half a million guests, our outstanding pastry chefs have
baked 200,000 holiday cookies. And Barack has treated
the American people Although a few got
a frosty reception. We wish you and your family
a happy and healthy 2017. Pope Francis is celebrating
Christmas eve Mass in Saint Peter's Basilica. It is very busy and we
have heard that this is the first major event of the Christmas season
for Pope Francis. Of course there is his nude blessing on Christmas Day.