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This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK

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Russia looks for answers after a military plane with 92

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Benjamin Netanyahu orders ambassadors of UN Security Council

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members to be reprimanded, after THEY voted against Israel's

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Also coming up...in his Christmas message the Pope calls for an end

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We catch up with a family of Syrian refugees one year

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A day of national mourning is being held in Russia for the 92

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President Vladamir Putin has ordered an investigation into why it went

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The transport minister says investigators aren't ruling out -

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any possible reasons for the crash - that includes terrorism.

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Among those on board were members of the famous Red Army Choir.

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Vigils have been held, this one at the Os-tan-kino TV

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station to remember the nine journalists who were

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The authorities say the location of the wreckage has been pinpointed,

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and more than a hundred divers were exploring the sea bed.

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So far, eleven bodies have been recovered.

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This is one of the final images of the Tupolev-154 jet.

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It was taken by a journalist before he boarded the plane.

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The aircraft crashed into the Black Sea.

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The Russians scrambled helicopters and ships but the search became

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The plane had taken off from a military airfield near Moscow.

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It flew south, stopping in Sochi to refuel.

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The final destination was Syria, and Russia's airbase near Latakia,

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but minutes after leaving Sochi, it crashed.

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At the Russian Defence Ministry, a spokesman said that more than 90

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He said the recovery operation was continuing.

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On board were more than 60 members of the Russian army's famous

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song and dance ensemble, once known as the Red Army Choir.

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They had been due to give a concert at the Russian airbase in Syria.

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Most civilian airlines have stopped using the Tupolev-154,

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once the workhorse of the Russian aviation industry.

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In 2010, a Tupolev-154 carrying the Polish President crashed

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The following year, a similar plane caught fire

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Now the investigation begins into another disaster,

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to find out why this Russian plane fell from the sky into the sea.

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People in Moscow brought flowers to the headquarters of the Russian Army

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choir. It has left Russia stunned and silo. The Kremlin has promised a

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thorough investigation into this tragedy. It has also declared Monday

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to be a day of national mourning. Olga Ivshina of the BBC's

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Russian Service told me more about those

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on They are trying to find black boxes

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to see if this will shed light on the probable reasons for the crash.

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We don't really know what happened so far. The recording of

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conversation between the aeroplane and the base was published, but it

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sounds like a routine check their voices are calm and there is no sign

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of alarm warning, which probably means it happened quite abruptly.

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But the investigators have not ruled out every possibility here? Bred

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yes, the Russian transport minister said they are looking into all

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versions and there are three versions which is quite as usual.

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Technical failure, a mistake on the pilot's part a something else,

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possibly a terror attack. They did not specify which is the priority

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one, so they are looking at all possible versions. If we look to

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those on board who sadly perished in the crash, they were journalists

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covering the red Army choir travelling to Syria to perform. The

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majority of the people on board were members of the red Army choir who

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are members of the military and actually this was quite a

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significant thing, so they lost one third of their members and most of

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the members of the choir. They were well known and well respected and

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loved in Russia. They were respected all over the world for their

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professionalism and well performing a lot in Russia and the Russian

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military bases in the country and abroad, boosting military spirit and

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also giving concerts in other countries. Their image became more

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controversial since 2014, because being a member of the Russian army,

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they praised the actions of Russian soldiers during a annexation of

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Crimea and some politicians in eastern Europe said they must

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boycott it, but it did not happen. They kept performing. Once again,

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they were well known and recognised for their professionalism as

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artists. We have seen some rituals in Rush already, come with them all?

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Bred Monday will be a day of national mourning Russian state has

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changes programmes buggy programmes are nothing like this. Many

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Muscovites are shocked and coming to the base of the red Army choir are

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bringing candles. The famous Russian doctor was on the plane are bringing

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some humanitarian aid for Syrian hospitals. She was really respected

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and loved by many Russian because she was helping people in need,

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homeless people, children. She was also involved in some minor

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controversies, but so humanitarian efforts was widely recognised. It

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seems that people were not expecting this to come, it was a huge shock

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coming just before days of celebration, just before the New

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Year which is a big deal in Russia. And you can get more details

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on the crash and hear some of the music from the Red Army Choir

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on the BBC website. You can also download the BBC News

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app on your smartphone The Israeli leader

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Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered his Foreign Ministry

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to summon and reprimand ambassadors from countries on the United

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Nations Security Council, The move is a response to the UN

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vote on Friday that condemned Israel's building of Jewish

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settlements in the American and Israeli governments

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have disagreed about settlers, but we grew the Security Council was not

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the place to resolve this solution. We knew that going there would make

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negotiations harder and dry these further away.

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Front do not take offence to the Security Council. I'm encouraged by

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the statements of Republicans and Democrats alike in the United

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States. They understand how reckless and destructive the resolution was

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that they understand the Western Wall is not occupied territory. I

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look forward to working with those front and with the new

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administration when it takes office next month. That was Benjamin

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Netanyahu. Earlier the BBC's Middle East

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analyst Alan Johnston explained This was a big moment at the United

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Nations on Friday. Real diplomatic drama. Year after year we've watched

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the Americans use their veto to protect Israel against resolutions

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of this kind, but not this time. Suddenly, the Israelis found

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themselves without a friend in the world on that very important

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diplomatic stage and the message that the international community

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centre could hardly have been stronger. It condemned the Israeli

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settlement building project in the occupied territories as a legal and

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a flagrant violation of international law. Now, the Israelis

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see the legal position entirely different layout will not accept

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that verdict for one moment. They argue that they are endlessly

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mistreated by the UN in which they say is biased against Israel again

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and again. They are now on a major diplomatic offensive and they are

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reprimanding -- the reprimanding of the ambassadors on Christmas Day.

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Benjamin Netanyahu has the UN itself in his sights and has ordered a

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review of his country's relations with the world body and some funding

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will be cut to some of its agencies. One of the smaller countries behind

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the moving of the resolution, Senegal, has felt Israel's Raff in

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the funding and economic aid projects which have been cut. Israel

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are showing that they are diplomatically and economically

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hitting back. Fake news has hit the headlines

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a lot recently - it's been blamed for influencing the US election

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and even led to an attack Now it appears it has caused

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diplomatic twitter tension Pakistan's defence minister

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Khawaja Asif directed a tweet at Israel believing it had

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threatened Pakistan with a nuclear attack

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for its role in Syrian conflict. He tweeted that 'Israel should not

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forget that Pakistan But the story at the heart

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of all this, was, in fact - fake. Israel's Defence Ministry -

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which maintains a position of nuclear ambiguity -

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tweeted back to say the article Evacuations have been taking place

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in Chile after a powerful earthquake The US Geological Survey says

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the quake struck southwest The first readings indicated

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a seven-point-seven magnitude - but that's since been

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revised down. In Nigeria, to people were killed

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when a section of a two-storey building in a police

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training college collapsed. The collapse in Lagos

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happened around 4am. Building collapses are frequent

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in Nigeria and they are often blamed by officials on the use

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of cheap materials. Earlier, in December,

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more than 100 people were killed when a church collapsed

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in the south-east of the country. German police have defused

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a World War to bomb that caused the evacuation of more than 50

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thousand residents of Residents of the southern German

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city had been forced to leave their homes

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on Christmas Day so that the huge This was the biggest evacuation

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in Germany for an unexploded bomb Church leaders have used

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their Christmas messages to reflect on the emotional impact of global

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events this year. Pope Francis called

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for an end to the fighting in Syria when he spoke

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at the Vatican on Sunday. He said "far too much blood has been

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spilled" in the conflict. Meanwhile the Anglican leader --

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The Archbishop of Canterbury -- Justin Welby, told his congregation

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that the end of the year leaves people - in a more

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unpredictable world. Our Religious Affairs Correspondent

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Martin Bashir reports. Entering Canterbury Cathedral

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in time-honoured fashion, Archbishop Justin Welby

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focused his Christmas Day sermon on the uncertainty and division that

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has marked both domestic and international politics

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over the last year. He described 2016 as a year

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of unpredictability and uncertainty, where fear and division

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were in danger of overwhelming us and went on to suggest

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that our anxiety is a clear sign that placing our trust in material

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prosperity has failed. In Rome, where additional

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security was in place following the Berlin attack,

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Pope Francis also criticised materialism, and appealed

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to Christians to stand out as people TRANSLATION: It is times for weapons

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to be a silver of an international community to actively seek a

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negotiated solution so that civil coexistence can be restored in the

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country. Why might be the Pope concluded by appealing for

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Christians to stand out as people of compassion and self-sacrifice.

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The Queen misses her traditional Christmas Day service

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as she recovers from a heavy cold - but in a recorded speech she pays

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tribute to "ordinary people doing extraordinary things".

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Thousands went to midnight mass where there were anti-Communist

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riots ten days ago. The latest headlines: Russia looks

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for answers after a military plane with 92 people aboard crushers. The

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day of mourning has begun. Venturing met in Yahoo as ordered ambassadors

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of the UN Security Council to be reprimanded after they voted to

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condemn Israel's settlement building.

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The Queen misses her traditional Christmas Day service

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as she recovers from a heavy cold - but in a recorded speech she pays

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tribute to "ordinary people doing extraordinary things".

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In her pre-recorded Christmas message, the Queen said she often

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draws strength from meeting ordinary people, doing extraordinary things.

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Our Royal correspondent, Nicholas Witchell, reports.

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Also absent issue the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their

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children at Charlotte. They attended church at Bucklebury in Berkshire

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where they have spent Christmas Day with the Duchess's family, the

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Middleton 's. Inspiration was the theme of this year's Christmas

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broadcast by the Queen which was recorded at Buckingham Palace days

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ago. She cited the achievements of Olympic athletes and said she also

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found inspiration from daily life. I often draw strength from meeting

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ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Volunteers, carers,

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community organisers and good neighbours. Unsung heroes who quiet

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dedication makes them special. She recalled this have been the year off

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her 90th birthday and paid tribute to the aspiring local charities she

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has been associated with. She also said much more could be achieved

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globally by acting with others. It is understandable that we sometimes

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think the world's problems are so big we can do little to help. Alone,

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we cannot end wars or wipe out injustice. But the cumulative impact

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of thousands of small acts of goodness can be bigger than we

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imagine. She said her own life are being guided by the inspiring

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message of Christianity. Christ's example helps me see the value of

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doing small things with great love. Whoever does them and whatever they

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themselves believe in. Why McRae was broadcast by a monarch who although

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usually indisposed this Christmas shows little sign of yielding to the

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passage of years. For the Queen this year there has been a 90th birthday

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and some lightning of her workload. There is no expectation whatsoever

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that she will step away from the core duties of the role as monarch

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and head of state. More than one hundred

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people have been rescued after being trapped in cable cars

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above Italy's ski slopes. One of the lifts

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failed in high winds. These skiers in Italy were saved and

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winched to safety. It happened in northern Italy at the Alpine resort.

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It was close to the Swiss border. It is one of your's highest ski resort

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and skiers were stuck at an altitude of over two and thousand metres. The

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fee heavy wind meant rescuers could not use helicopters to help those

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trapped. TRANSLATION: There was much wind. We

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stopped at the pillar and remained there for two hours and now there

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are the first rescue operations. Why McRae took over eight hours to bring

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down more than 130 stranded skiers. Fortunately, the weather was mild

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and not suffered from cold exposure. TRANSLATION: We have been unlucky,

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the gondola was heavy, but there were moments with gusts of 150

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kilometres per hour during which we were almost horizontal and it was a

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scary moment. The result set on social media that no one was in

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danger during the rescue. Those who are safely out were just pleased to

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be back before Christmas. One year since they arrived in the UK, the

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BBC has caught up with a Syrian families or one of the first to be

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brought up as part of the Government's resettlement programme.

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This family now living in the Midlands found it was a big change

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to adjust to. Tee-macro their children have visible scars from a

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suicide bomb. One year on and with a new addition to the family. They

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were some of the first Syrian refugees to come to the UK under a

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Government scheme. TRANSLATION: It is a big change for

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us. It made's forget our concerns, especially for the little girls.

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They are now much happier. The UK has been good for us and the only

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issue is the language, but we are trying to learn it. It is very

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different from our country. The family have spent the year settling

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into their new home in Coventry. TRANSLATION: The community is nice,

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the people are quite nice. We miss home. But what can we do? The

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children go to school and they are happy. We are happy. There were

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forced to leave Syria after a bomb exploded while they were out with

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others celebrating a Kurdish spring festival. Their nine-year-old

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daughter and their sexual daughter were seriously injured and taken to

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Iraq for urgent treatment before being brought to this country. The

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Government pledged to resettle an extra 20,000 refugees last year,

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more than 150 people are making this it then you home. The girls are now

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a school in the local area. It is fun. They treat us really well. The

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teachers are good. It is fun. Is the weather different? Yes, sometimes it

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rains. And it is cold. Both girls still need to undergo surgery, but

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for this family, their focus is on the new lives on what the future may

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bring. There island and 50,000 people here

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in the UK with dementia. That is likely to rise. There is no cure and

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a virtual allowed to compare the group of girls are collaborators

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Adela Busey is a bit reality experience to help those living with

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dementia. This year's theme comes with a

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virtual twist. This man is a former nurse who was dementia. This is his

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first time trying out a virtual reality headset as part of a trial

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that may revolutionise dementia care. Good fun. Here we have the

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underwater scene. As you can see, we have got the coral and the rocks and

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everything like that. Joe can virtually swim underwater with this

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device, visit a forest or even the beach. Along with other experiences

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that may be tricky otherwise. Isn't a gorgeous? -- isn't it gorgeous?

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The idea came from Alex Smail after he was inspired by his neighbours

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who are housebound. It created as for the elderly because I had

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neighbours who had not left their house for quite a long time. I

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thought wouldn't be great if we could give them an experience out of

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the house without having to leave it. Dementia affects 50 million

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people worldwide. 70% of those living in UK care homes are thought

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to have the condition. They kick-start a campaign has been

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launched in the hope of raising enough fronts to have the headset is

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widely available in care homes. These headsets are not a cure for

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dementia. What they do do is help to alleviate symptoms people can

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experience such as stress, depression and others. Users of the

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trial are medically assessed by their body movements. With this we

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are giving them a reality we can both relate to which makes it more

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authentic. It is not disorientating them, it just takes them to a place

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they can both be involved in. I wonder if I'll ever see this again

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in reality? As many of us travel abroad this Christmas, some of our

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most vulnerable can still enjoy these experiences at home.

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Wonderful. The mother of Carrie Fisher has said the 60-year-old

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actress is in a stable condition after suffering a heart

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attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles on Friday.

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Debbie Reynolds used Twitter to update fans and thank them

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for their ongoing support and best wishes.

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Ms Fisher played the iconic Princess Leia

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She was flying home after finishing a tour

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That is all for now. Goodbye. Merry Christmas.

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A windy and to Christmas Day. Storm force winds right now. Boxing Day,

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