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Russia looks for answers after a military plane with 92
Benjamin Netanyahu orders ambassadors of UN Security Council
members to be reprimanded, after THEY voted against Israel's
Also coming up...in his Christmas message the Pope calls for an end
We catch up with a family of Syrian refugees one year
A day of national mourning is being held in Russia for the 92
President Vladamir Putin has ordered an investigation into why it went
The transport minister says investigators aren't ruling out -
any possible reasons for the crash - that includes terrorism.
Among those on board were members of the famous Red Army Choir.
Vigils have been held, this one at the Os-tan-kino TV
station to remember the nine journalists who were
The authorities say the location of the wreckage has been pinpointed,
and more than a hundred divers were exploring the sea bed.
So far, eleven bodies have been recovered.
This is one of the final images of the Tupolev-154 jet.
It was taken by a journalist before he boarded the plane.
The aircraft crashed into the Black Sea.
The Russians scrambled helicopters and ships but the search became
The plane had taken off from a military airfield near Moscow.
It flew south, stopping in Sochi to refuel.
The final destination was Syria, and Russia's airbase near Latakia,
but minutes after leaving Sochi, it crashed.
At the Russian Defence Ministry, a spokesman said that more than 90
He said the recovery operation was continuing.
On board were more than 60 members of the Russian army's famous
song and dance ensemble, once known as the Red Army Choir.
They had been due to give a concert at the Russian airbase in Syria.
Most civilian airlines have stopped using the Tupolev-154,
once the workhorse of the Russian aviation industry.
In 2010, a Tupolev-154 carrying the Polish President crashed
The following year, a similar plane caught fire
Now the investigation begins into another disaster,
to find out why this Russian plane fell from the sky into the sea.
People in Moscow brought flowers to the headquarters of the Russian Army
choir. It has left Russia stunned and silo. The Kremlin has promised a
thorough investigation into this tragedy. It has also declared Monday
to be a day of national mourning. Olga Ivshina of the BBC's
Russian Service told me more about those
on They are trying to find black boxes
to see if this will shed light on the probable reasons for the crash.
We don't really know what happened so far. The recording of
conversation between the aeroplane and the base was published, but it
sounds like a routine check their voices are calm and there is no sign
of alarm warning, which probably means it happened quite abruptly.
But the investigators have not ruled out every possibility here? Bred
yes, the Russian transport minister said they are looking into all
versions and there are three versions which is quite as usual.
Technical failure, a mistake on the pilot's part a something else,
possibly a terror attack. They did not specify which is the priority
one, so they are looking at all possible versions. If we look to
those on board who sadly perished in the crash, they were journalists
covering the red Army choir travelling to Syria to perform. The
majority of the people on board were members of the red Army choir who
are members of the military and actually this was quite a
significant thing, so they lost one third of their members and most of
the members of the choir. They were well known and well respected and
loved in Russia. They were respected all over the world for their
professionalism and well performing a lot in Russia and the Russian
military bases in the country and abroad, boosting military spirit and
also giving concerts in other countries. Their image became more
controversial since 2014, because being a member of the Russian army,
they praised the actions of Russian soldiers during a annexation of
Crimea and some politicians in eastern Europe said they must
boycott it, but it did not happen. They kept performing. Once again,
they were well known and recognised for their professionalism as
artists. We have seen some rituals in Rush already, come with them all?
Bred Monday will be a day of national mourning Russian state has
changes programmes buggy programmes are nothing like this. Many
Muscovites are shocked and coming to the base of the red Army choir are
bringing candles. The famous Russian doctor was on the plane are bringing
some humanitarian aid for Syrian hospitals. She was really respected
and loved by many Russian because she was helping people in need,
homeless people, children. She was also involved in some minor
controversies, but so humanitarian efforts was widely recognised. It
seems that people were not expecting this to come, it was a huge shock
coming just before days of celebration, just before the New
Year which is a big deal in Russia. And you can get more details
on the crash and hear some of the music from the Red Army Choir
on the BBC website. You can also download the BBC News
app on your smartphone The Israeli leader
Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered his Foreign Ministry
to summon and reprimand ambassadors from countries on the United
Nations Security Council, The move is a response to the UN
vote on Friday that condemned Israel's building of Jewish
settlements in the American and Israeli governments
have disagreed about settlers, but we grew the Security Council was not
the place to resolve this solution. We knew that going there would make
negotiations harder and dry these further away.
Front do not take offence to the Security Council. I'm encouraged by
the statements of Republicans and Democrats alike in the United
States. They understand how reckless and destructive the resolution was
that they understand the Western Wall is not occupied territory. I
look forward to working with those front and with the new
administration when it takes office next month. That was Benjamin
Netanyahu. Earlier the BBC's Middle East
analyst Alan Johnston explained This was a big moment at the United
Nations on Friday. Real diplomatic drama. Year after year we've watched
the Americans use their veto to protect Israel against resolutions
of this kind, but not this time. Suddenly, the Israelis found
themselves without a friend in the world on that very important
diplomatic stage and the message that the international community
centre could hardly have been stronger. It condemned the Israeli
settlement building project in the occupied territories as a legal and
a flagrant violation of international law. Now, the Israelis
see the legal position entirely different layout will not accept
that verdict for one moment. They argue that they are endlessly
mistreated by the UN in which they say is biased against Israel again
and again. They are now on a major diplomatic offensive and they are
reprimanding -- the reprimanding of the ambassadors on Christmas Day.
Benjamin Netanyahu has the UN itself in his sights and has ordered a
review of his country's relations with the world body and some funding
will be cut to some of its agencies. One of the smaller countries behind
the moving of the resolution, Senegal, has felt Israel's Raff in
the funding and economic aid projects which have been cut. Israel
are showing that they are diplomatically and economically
hitting back. Fake news has hit the headlines
a lot recently - it's been blamed for influencing the US election
and even led to an attack Now it appears it has caused
diplomatic twitter tension Pakistan's defence minister
Khawaja Asif directed a tweet at Israel believing it had
threatened Pakistan with a nuclear attack
for its role in Syrian conflict. He tweeted that 'Israel should not
forget that Pakistan But the story at the heart
of all this, was, in fact - fake. Israel's Defence Ministry -
which maintains a position of nuclear ambiguity -
tweeted back to say the article Evacuations have been taking place
in Chile after a powerful earthquake The US Geological Survey says
the quake struck southwest The first readings indicated
a seven-point-seven magnitude - but that's since been
revised down. In Nigeria, to people were killed
when a section of a two-storey building in a police
training college collapsed. The collapse in Lagos
happened around 4am. Building collapses are frequent
in Nigeria and they are often blamed by officials on the use
of cheap materials. Earlier, in December,
more than 100 people were killed when a church collapsed
in the south-east of the country. German police have defused
a World War to bomb that caused the evacuation of more than 50
thousand residents of Residents of the southern German
city had been forced to leave their homes
on Christmas Day so that the huge This was the biggest evacuation
in Germany for an unexploded bomb Church leaders have used
their Christmas messages to reflect on the emotional impact of global
events this year. Pope Francis called
for an end to the fighting in Syria when he spoke
at the Vatican on Sunday. He said "far too much blood has been
spilled" in the conflict. Meanwhile the Anglican leader --
The Archbishop of Canterbury -- Justin Welby, told his congregation
that the end of the year leaves people - in a more
unpredictable world. Our Religious Affairs Correspondent
Martin Bashir reports. Entering Canterbury Cathedral
in time-honoured fashion, Archbishop Justin Welby
focused his Christmas Day sermon on the uncertainty and division that
has marked both domestic and international politics
over the last year. He described 2016 as a year
of unpredictability and uncertainty, where fear and division
were in danger of overwhelming us and went on to suggest
that our anxiety is a clear sign that placing our trust in material
prosperity has failed. In Rome, where additional
security was in place following the Berlin attack,
Pope Francis also criticised materialism, and appealed
to Christians to stand out as people TRANSLATION: It is times for weapons
to be a silver of an international community to actively seek a
negotiated solution so that civil coexistence can be restored in the
country. Why might be the Pope concluded by appealing for
Christians to stand out as people of compassion and self-sacrifice.
The Queen misses her traditional Christmas Day service
as she recovers from a heavy cold - but in a recorded speech she pays
tribute to "ordinary people doing extraordinary things".
Thousands went to midnight mass where there were anti-Communist
riots ten days ago. The latest headlines: Russia looks
for answers after a military plane with 92 people aboard crushers. The
day of mourning has begun. Venturing met in Yahoo as ordered ambassadors
of the UN Security Council to be reprimanded after they voted to
condemn Israel's settlement building.
The Queen misses her traditional Christmas Day service
as she recovers from a heavy cold - but in a recorded speech she pays
tribute to "ordinary people doing extraordinary things".
In her pre-recorded Christmas message, the Queen said she often
draws strength from meeting ordinary people, doing extraordinary things.
Our Royal correspondent, Nicholas Witchell, reports.
Also absent issue the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their
children at Charlotte. They attended church at Bucklebury in Berkshire
where they have spent Christmas Day with the Duchess's family, the
Middleton 's. Inspiration was the theme of this year's Christmas
broadcast by the Queen which was recorded at Buckingham Palace days
ago. She cited the achievements of Olympic athletes and said she also
found inspiration from daily life. I often draw strength from meeting
ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Volunteers, carers,
community organisers and good neighbours. Unsung heroes who quiet
dedication makes them special. She recalled this have been the year off
her 90th birthday and paid tribute to the aspiring local charities she
has been associated with. She also said much more could be achieved
globally by acting with others. It is understandable that we sometimes
think the world's problems are so big we can do little to help. Alone,
we cannot end wars or wipe out injustice. But the cumulative impact
of thousands of small acts of goodness can be bigger than we
imagine. She said her own life are being guided by the inspiring
message of Christianity. Christ's example helps me see the value of
doing small things with great love. Whoever does them and whatever they
themselves believe in. Why McRae was broadcast by a monarch who although
usually indisposed this Christmas shows little sign of yielding to the
passage of years. For the Queen this year there has been a 90th birthday
and some lightning of her workload. There is no expectation whatsoever
that she will step away from the core duties of the role as monarch
and head of state. More than one hundred
people have been rescued after being trapped in cable cars
above Italy's ski slopes. One of the lifts
failed in high winds. These skiers in Italy were saved and
winched to safety. It happened in northern Italy at the Alpine resort.
It was close to the Swiss border. It is one of your's highest ski resort
and skiers were stuck at an altitude of over two and thousand metres. The
fee heavy wind meant rescuers could not use helicopters to help those
trapped. TRANSLATION: There was much wind. We
stopped at the pillar and remained there for two hours and now there
are the first rescue operations. Why McRae took over eight hours to bring
down more than 130 stranded skiers. Fortunately, the weather was mild
and not suffered from cold exposure. TRANSLATION: We have been unlucky,
the gondola was heavy, but there were moments with gusts of 150
kilometres per hour during which we were almost horizontal and it was a
scary moment. The result set on social media that no one was in
danger during the rescue. Those who are safely out were just pleased to
be back before Christmas. One year since they arrived in the UK, the
BBC has caught up with a Syrian families or one of the first to be
brought up as part of the Government's resettlement programme.
This family now living in the Midlands found it was a big change
to adjust to. Tee-macro their children have visible scars from a
suicide bomb. One year on and with a new addition to the family. They
were some of the first Syrian refugees to come to the UK under a
Government scheme. TRANSLATION: It is a big change for
us. It made's forget our concerns, especially for the little girls.
They are now much happier. The UK has been good for us and the only
issue is the language, but we are trying to learn it. It is very
different from our country. The family have spent the year settling
into their new home in Coventry. TRANSLATION: The community is nice,
the people are quite nice. We miss home. But what can we do? The
children go to school and they are happy. We are happy. There were
forced to leave Syria after a bomb exploded while they were out with
others celebrating a Kurdish spring festival. Their nine-year-old
daughter and their sexual daughter were seriously injured and taken to
Iraq for urgent treatment before being brought to this country. The
Government pledged to resettle an extra 20,000 refugees last year,
more than 150 people are making this it then you home. The girls are now
a school in the local area. It is fun. They treat us really well. The
teachers are good. It is fun. Is the weather different? Yes, sometimes it
rains. And it is cold. Both girls still need to undergo surgery, but
for this family, their focus is on the new lives on what the future may
bring. There island and 50,000 people here
in the UK with dementia. That is likely to rise. There is no cure and
a virtual allowed to compare the group of girls are collaborators
Adela Busey is a bit reality experience to help those living with
dementia. This year's theme comes with a
virtual twist. This man is a former nurse who was dementia. This is his
first time trying out a virtual reality headset as part of a trial
that may revolutionise dementia care. Good fun. Here we have the
underwater scene. As you can see, we have got the coral and the rocks and
everything like that. Joe can virtually swim underwater with this
device, visit a forest or even the beach. Along with other experiences
that may be tricky otherwise. Isn't a gorgeous? -- isn't it gorgeous?
The idea came from Alex Smail after he was inspired by his neighbours
who are housebound. It created as for the elderly because I had
neighbours who had not left their house for quite a long time. I
thought wouldn't be great if we could give them an experience out of
the house without having to leave it. Dementia affects 50 million
people worldwide. 70% of those living in UK care homes are thought
to have the condition. They kick-start a campaign has been
launched in the hope of raising enough fronts to have the headset is
widely available in care homes. These headsets are not a cure for
dementia. What they do do is help to alleviate symptoms people can
experience such as stress, depression and others. Users of the
trial are medically assessed by their body movements. With this we
are giving them a reality we can both relate to which makes it more
authentic. It is not disorientating them, it just takes them to a place
they can both be involved in. I wonder if I'll ever see this again
in reality? As many of us travel abroad this Christmas, some of our
most vulnerable can still enjoy these experiences at home.
Wonderful. The mother of Carrie Fisher has said the 60-year-old
actress is in a stable condition after suffering a heart
attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles on Friday.
Debbie Reynolds used Twitter to update fans and thank them
for their ongoing support and best wishes.
Ms Fisher played the iconic Princess Leia
She was flying home after finishing a tour
That is all for now. Goodbye. Merry Christmas.
A windy and to Christmas Day. Storm force winds right now. Boxing Day,