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The plight of the civilians of western Mosul -
a special report on the hardship after so called Islamic State.
There are chaotic scenes in Iraq's second city as the authorities
try to provide for up to half a million people.
They say they have no running water, no electricity, no access to medical
supplies and people in the queue are really afraid that the food
is going to run out before they are able to get some.
Also tonight... we'll be live in northern Iraq
A man is arrested on suspicion of murdering a one-year-old.
North Korea's leader celebrates a successful rocket test,
but it's stoking tensions across the region.
George Osborne's latest job sparks a rethink of the rules for MPs -
the Committee on Standards meets this week.
And tributes flood in for Chuck Berry -
remembered tonight as a founding father of rock and roll.
One month on from the renewed offensive to finally re-take Iraq's
second city from so-called Islamic State.
We have a special report on the plight of the civilians of Mosul.
Many thousands have fled the fighting in the western half
of the city in recent weeks - but the half a million people
still there are facing a new battle to survive.
Amid shortages of food and other essentials,
our Middle East correspondent Orla Guerin has seen the desperation
first hand - from the edge of Al Mansur district of western Mosul.
GUNFIRE. many go empty-handed.
GUNFIRE. trying to control the crowd
Survivors of the caliphate, now at risk from hunger.
Troops not keen for the chaos to be caught on camera.
The front line is just a mile away. from an IS car bomb.
But those who flee the fighting here, end up in overcrowded camps.
There are no good options for the people of Western Mosul.
You can see here the utter desperation in this area.
that have come here. this is the first aid supplies
to medical supplies. no electricity, no access
People in the queue are really afraid that the food is going
to run out before they are able to get some.
Barely able to walk, but with many mouths to feed,
Hamda Mohamed, whose family is living on bread and water.
I hope they will burn. because my children don't understand
One had just got married. suffered a double loss.
As the troops keep watch, there's tension in the crowd.
forces to his former oppressors. Hatem Ahmed compares the security
and these guys, he asks. between the IS police,
just for asking for food. and they beat us,
Is this the liberation they have brought us?
Like Abdul, an ice cream seller. battle-scarred neighbourhood.
His home was occupied by IS for three months.
She hid in the fields to survive. to hang his wife because she
unseen from house to house. he tells us, so they could move
Their reign of terror has destroyed the fabric of his neighbourhood.
We can never live again with those who collaborated with IS, he says.
I will cut him into pieces. informed on my wife,
The battle for Mosul may now be in its final phase.
This ancient city emerging from modern-day barbarity.
including a divided community. there will be much to rebuild,
You taught there about the battle from Erbil in northern Iraq.
You taught there about the battle for Mosul, what sense have of how
far this offences has got to achieving it same? This has now been
dragging on for more than five months, but there is no doubt we are
seeing the dying days of IS in Mosul. The final phase of the battle
is proving to be the most difficult. But was always expected to be the
case. Iraqi troops are fighting in the old city area of western Mosul.
That is a narrow series of alleyways, and maze of streets. They
cannot move forward there with heavy armoured vehicles. They are actually
advancing on foot. One commander we spoke to a few hours ago said this
is the hardest fighting, harder by the day. There are fierce clashes
taking place. They are trying to proceed with caution, because this
area is still densely populated. They are closing in on a key
strategic objective. That is a centuries-old mosque. This was the
place where the leader of IS made his first public appearance back in
2014 after IS declared its caliphate. Today the black IS flag
is still flying at the mosque but the security forces tell us they
expect to reach it within days. If and when it is taken, it will be a
key symbolic loss for IS. The UN is warning that they expect or fear
that many more civilians will flee in the weeks ahead. They are saying
perhaps as many as 300,000. As they leave they risk being shot by IS. If
they stay they risk coming under fire from mortars, shrapnel and air
strikes. And they have to endure an increasingly dire humanitarian
situation as we ourselves have witnessed.
old boy at a flat in North London. on suspicion of murdering a one-year
Bidhya Sagar Das - who's thought to be the toddler's
father will also be questioned over the attempted murder
Sangita Myska reports. the boy's twin sister.
The top floor flat of this building in Finsbury Park
is now a crime scene, where a one-year-old boy was killed
and his twin sister was left critically injured,
in what local people describe as a brutal attack.
Police began door to door enquiries early this morning,
in Wilberforce Road. around the property
Following closely behind were forensic teams,
difficult investigation. evidence in this
It was just after 11 o'clock last night that the police were called
by neighbours, who said they had heard the children's
I ask her, can I help you? babies had been hurt.
She didn't say anything. or the ambulance for you?
She was crying. wrong, what's happening?
Police have now arrested this man, Bidhya Sagar Das.
He is believed to be the children's father.
working at a nearby hotel. until two days ago he had been
Officers had spent the day searching for the 33-year-old,
services arrived. by the time the emergency
We expect forensic teams to work here at the flat overnight
as investigators try to piece together the moments before
the attack, in which a little boy was senselessly killed.
His sister has been operated on in an East London hospital.
We understand her condition is critical but stable.
Sangita Myska, BBC News, Finsbury Park, north London.
The final day of the US Secretary of State's East Asia tour has been
in its rocket programme. announcement of a breakthrough
The North Korean leader has been pictured celebrating what he said
was a successful test, as Rex Tillerson warned from Beijing
that tensions on the Korean pensinsula are at a dangerous level.
Our China editor Carrie Gracie sent this report from Beijing.
met America's top diplomat. when when the Chinese president
relations are headed. anxieties about where US-China
they were upstaged by another. posed for the cameras,
With these pictures of Kim Jong Un, North Korea announced the successful
Rockets can be repurposed. space and satellite programme.
to reach the United States. missiles will soon be able
Mr Tillerson was in Asia to warn that US patience is at an end,
China is in a bind. to persuade its North Korean ally
It's frustrated by North Korea's recklessness and anxious
to find common ground with the new Trump administration.
But it's also sceptical about whether more economic pressure
would force North Korea to renounce nuclear weapons.
And it's suspicious of American intentions in the region.
China wants fewer Americans in Asia, not more.
are on exercise in South Korea. from Pyongyang, US troops
And the US is deploying a new anti-missile system there.
to agree on how to stop him. as the big powers failed again
and his next-door neighbour China. message of defiance to both the US
What are the Chinese government's in Beijing for us.
What are the Chinese government's options in how to deal with this
latest situation from North Korea? I think it feels the options are
limited at this point. The problem is it doesn't seem North Korea as
simply a nuclear weapons problem, it sees North Korea as a strategic
problem. North Korea is the buffer for China against US strategic
rivalry, with the US system based in South Korea. However much they
loathe Kim Jong Un, and they do, they can't really let his regime
collapsed because that might possibly put a reunified career as a
US ally with US troops on China's north-east border. That is the risk
for them. That means they will support his economy and they will
resist ratcheting up economic sanctions against him in the way
that the US is now putting pressure on them to do. And cunning Kim Jong
Un knows all of this perfectly well. He knows what he has to do to
survive is to prevent a grand strategic bargain between the US and
China and go on fuelling mistrust between them. And given all that, I
think what we will see in the next couple of weeks in the run-up to the
expected summit in Florida will possibly see more show stealing
moments from North Korea like the rocket test of the weekend. Thank
you. The committee which draws up
the rules on MPs having second jobs is to meet this week,
following the appointment of of the London Evening Standard.
as Editor Our political correspondent
Chris Mason is here. I think it's fair to say it rather
Mr Osborne's new job? I think it's fair to say it rather
flabbergasted Westminster when this announcement was made on Friday.
Jaws were on the floor. It is practice in editable that this
latest addition to the portfolio of extra curricular activities for the
former Chancellor will provoke. I have been looking at some sums
tonight. Around 100 MPs out of 650 have some sort of other job. There
are doctors, lawyers, farmers and a dentist. The chairman of the
Committee on Standards in Public life said there is a balancing act
to be struck between time devoted to parliamentary duties and the option
of pursuing other professional interests. He said at this meeting
which will happen on Thursday they will discuss exactly that balance. I
think he is hinting at the idea that the heavy nature of the order
Osborne's diary might be stretching it it a little bit. This is just the
start of the process. George Osborne has six jobs in total. Some of them
are pretty small and don't require a huge amount of time. He says he can
manage the juggling act. This is the beginning of what could be a long
process to change the rules so it is not guaranteed rules will definitely
change. Thank you. Nicola Sturgeon has said that
an independent Scotland would apply to re-join the European Union
and would keep the pound. Scotland's First Minister also said
she was determined to hold on Brexit negotiations.
but the exact date might depend The Conservative leader in Scotland,
Ruth Davidson, of voters didn't want one.
referendum and said the majority The Liberal Democrat leader,
Tim Farron, has urged Conservative MPs who oppose Theresa May's vision
of Brexit to join his party. Speaking at the Lib Dems'
spring conference in York, Mr Farron accused the Prime Minister
of pursuing the same "aggressive nationalistic"
agenda as Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen.
National Front leader, A man's been arrested
after a Thomas Gainsborough painting at the National Gallery
was vandalised. The 1785 work, best known
as The Morning Walk, with a sharp instrument.
after it was attacked The NHS is facing a "mission
impossible" to meet the standards and targets required
by the Government. The organisation which represents
health trusts in England - NHS Providers - has said money
allocated for the next financial Our health editor Hugh Pym reports.
waiting time targets It's been a winter of
unprecedented strain on the NHS, and patient demand on the increase.
or close to it - The budget earlier this month
included new funding for social care and investment in A
units in England. NHS providers representing hospitals
and other trusts said that may ease some of the pressure,
but there'll still be a yawning gap in the resources needed just to keep
services ticking over. This is the first time in recent NHS
history that trusts are saying targets and hit financial balance.
and emergency and elective surgery That's before the year
has even started. I think it's a very worrying sign.
that's actually happened. The warning comes after
the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said hospitals in England should get
back to the target of seeing or assessing 95% of patients
in A within four hours. It's not going to be overnight,
but it is essential. of the next calendar year.
to that target during the course NHS providers say there'll be big
increases in the number of patients in England who lose out next year
because key targets are missed. With 1.8 million waiting more
than four hours in A, and on another key bench mark,
waiting times for routine operations and procedures,
100,000 patients will wait more than 18 weeks before
their surgery takes place. The Department of Health said
the comments fail to acknowledge that the NHS has a strong plan
to improve performance - others argue efficiency should
be the top priority. away from hospitals.
by treating more people The NHS and social care have
had five emergency cash More money is not the answer.
and a half years alone. What it needs is a whole programme
of modernisation, change. that process happening.
of extra money would stop as well as England.
Wales and Northern Ireland Is it simply a question of money
or can the NHS transform the way it provides services as a growing
and ageing population increases the demand
for health and social care. The music world has been paying
tribute to Chuck Berry - He's died at the age of 90.
for many - invented rock and roll. Sir Mick Jagger said Chuck Berry had
"lit up" his teenage years and "blown life"
into the Rolling Stones' dreams. being remembered as legend.
back at the life of a man All Chuck Berry classics today,
but revolutionary back in the mid-1950s, when the one-time
hairdresser from St Louis rocked America with his electrified fusion
of gospel, blues and country. He gave the kids what they wanted,
songs about the teenage dream of fast cars, hot dates
and unrestrained freedom. and I wrote about life.
half the young people go to school, Half of the people have cars,
I wrote about cars and mostly all of the people, if not now,
they will soon be in love. for all those who followed him.
his guitar licks a foundation The Beach Boys, the Beatles
and The Rolling Stones "Chuck, you were amazing", he wrote.
as Mick Jagger tweeted today. "Your music is ingrained
inside us for ever". Chuck Berry makes the guitar
the rock and roll instrument. You can't lug a piano
to your friend's house but you can take a guitar and Chuck Berry uses
these riffs, these wonderful and as he himself says, copied from.
Keith Richards learned, Chuck Berry was never slow to remind
Richards who was the boss. OK, then realise it.
for 60 years with it. Is it going to be around
after we are all dead and gone? relations with a 14-year-old girl.
to prison for having sexual When he was released two years later
he found that his wife had left him But his showmanship had not.
had his songwriting mojo. He continued to perform,
duck walk and all. You can argue all day long
as to who was the father of rock music, but one thing is for certain,
Chuck Berry was there at the birth. Chuck Berry - who's
died at the age of 90. You can see more on all of today's
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