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Plans to legalise gay marriage returns to the Commons with Tory MPs


and activists split. A second body is found in the rubble


of a house in Newark of a suspected gas explosion.


A British man living in France is expected to be formally charged with


killing his two children. Also ahead: Britain's five-month


space mission. Major Tim Peake is thrilled to be Britain's first


official astronaut when he goes to the International Space Station.


A blooming special birthday. The Chelsea Flower Show celebrates 100


years of floral spectaculars. This is one of the show gardens,


partly designed by Prince Harry. He will be showing it to the Queen


Tensions within the Conservative Party will be reignited today when


the Bill to allow same-sex marriages in England and Wales is debated by


MPs today. Some Tory activists have urged the Prime Minister to drop the


policy, saying it is costing votes. One former Conservative Minister


will try to push through an amendment to the Bill to give


everyone a right to a civil partnership.


David Cameron says he wants marriage to be available to everyone,


straight or gay. But his support for same-sex marriage has alienated some


Conservative members who say the move is costing the party votes.


This small group of Tory activists delivered a highly-critical letter


through the Prime Minister's door yesterday. There is no mandate for


it. It wasn't in any manifesto of any party. The opinion within the


Conservative Party, and within the country, is against. Same-sex


marriage has the support of many Tory MPs and activists. More than


100 have signed an open letter to Mr Cameron saying it is an important


issue for younger voters and MPs risk appearing out of touch if they


pander to a vocal minority. world has moved on. The country has


moved on. Attitudes are changing. Here is a Bill which does allow gay


people to marry, but it doesn't make it compulsory and it protects the


churches. The Church of England is exempted. Today, Conservative MPs


opposed to the Bill will try to pass an amendment extending civil


partnerships to heterosexual couples. Government sources say that


would delay the Bill by years and would be expensive for the taxpayer.


Several amendments have been tabled. That one proposing to extend civil


partnerships to heterosexual couples is the one the Government is most


worried about. Let's have a look at the numbers involved. In February,


the Marriage Bill was approved by a 225 vote majority. 136 Conservatives


voted against it. 127 Tories voted in favour of the Bill. This time,


Labour could be set to join the dissenters. Let's talk to Louise


Stewart, who is in Westminster. How do you see today panning out? How do


you see the numbers stacking up? Well, we don't know on the numbers


yet. When this Bill comes before the Commons this afternoon, it is going


to be very contRo -- controversial. David Cameron is championing it. He


believes extending rights to same-sex couples will strengthen the


institution of marriage. As you pointed out, this amendment from the


former Children's Minister is the big worry for them. If they extended


the rights to heterosexual couples, too, many see it as a wrecking


tactic to try and get this Bill thrown out kicked into the long


grass. A few minutes ago, I was told that the Government will proceed


with this Bill. Whether his amendment gets support or not. They


hope to be able to push it through. So the vote is not until 10.00pm


tonight. They are determined to try and get this Bill on the statute


books. Coming alongside the whole issue of Europe, this is another


headache for David Cameron, in terms of the perception that is he or is


he not in control of his own party? Absolutely. It is a very divisive


issue. Last week, the aRg mentes were over Europe, whether there


should be an in-out referendum -- the arguments were over Europe,


whether there should be an in-out referendum. It will be another


bloody nose for the Prime Minister if many of them choose not to back


him. Thank you. The Church of Scotland could end


centuries of traditional teaching about sexuality today and accept


actively gay people as ministers. The Church's General Assembly is


debating a plan to allow people in civil partnerships to be ordained as


ministers. Until now, the Church has insisted that sexual relationships


should only take place between men and women who are married.


A woman and a man are known to have died in an explosion in a terraced


house in Nottinghamshire yesterday. Four others were takeen to hospital


following the suspected gas explosion at the property in Newark.


-- takeen -- taken. What are you hearing about the possible cause,


Jo? Well, the police won't go into the possible cause at the moment.


They say it is still being investigated. Yesterday, yes, it was


being reported that it was a gas explosion. This is where we are


allowed to stand. This is the police cordon here. I can't show you the


property because we have been told to stay right away from the property


because it is so structurally unsound. If I get the camera to


point down there, you can see a fire engine and a police van. It is to


the left of those that is the property we are focussing on. I


can't show you because the property no longer exists. It's been reduced


to rubble. The fire officers who have spoken to us today said that


when they got here, they were met with a dynamic and very dangerous


situation. They have paid tribute to the local people who live here who


went quickly to the rescue of the people involved in this tragedy.


They say their help was really good. They are absolutely delighted with


how they helped out. Sadly, despite the efforts of the local people who


live here, two people have lost their lives, a man's body was


discovered in the early hours and this morning came the sad news that


a woman's body had been discovered. The explosion left a hole in a row


of terraced houses where a home once stood. Neighbours said it sounded


like a bomb had gone off. After the explosion yesterday, the emergency


services found a man's body overnight. This morning, police said


ongoing searches had located the body of a woman in the rubble. He is


due to be recovered later today by a specialist search and rescue team.


The situation on arrival, the emergency services were met with a


very dynamic situation. Not only did we have the obvious signs of an


explosion on the street, there was a serious developed fire on our


arrival. The crews were met with numerous casualties and there were


two casualties trapped inside the building. In the immediate


aftermath, neighbours helped rescue some of the injured. A man with


serious injuries remains in hospital, a woman and two children


were released after treatment. and this other bloke ran over,


smashed the window open with a couple of bricks. Then I'm being


handed this baby and then a five-year-old boy and then the


mother came out. Never seen flames like it. And also, the house rafters


was about eight foot when they should have been 40 foot. It had all


come down. Overnight, 100 people living nearby were asked to leave


their homes as a precaution. A police spokesman said a controlled


demolition would have to be carried out at the site later to make the


area safe. As you heard, local people talking


about what they saw last night, lots of people in their houses heard a


massive bang, came out and found that a house had been reduced to


rubble. Lots of them have been displaced. The people who went to


help with the rescue have been displaced. Some went to a leisure


centre. People have been turning up today trying to get back into their


houses. We are not sure how long the road will be closed and the


investigation now goes on. Thank you.


A British man who is reported to have confessed to killing his two


young children is expected to appear before a French Presidentor to be


formally charged today. The bodies of a ten-year-old boy and a


five-year-old girl were found on the balcony in Lyon on Saturday --


prosecutor. Christian Fraser, an horrific case? Yes, truly horrific.


The man has been named by the British Embassy as Julian Stevenson.


He is a British man who has lived in France for a number of years. He is


married to a French woman. They had a bitter divorce in 2010. Since


then, he had limited access to the two children, Matthew, 10, and


Carla, 5. We understand that on Saturday she had gone to collect the


two children from the apartment block where they owned an apartment.


She found him in the stairwell of the block looking shakeen. He was


covered in blood. He fled the scene on roller skates -- shaken. When


they burst into the apartment block, they found them dead on the balcony,


their throats had been cut. We understand from the prosecutor, that


there will be a special hearing this afternoon and we understand that


he's been charged with second-degree murder. What will be the process


after that? Presumably this is a case that could take quite a while


in the courts? Yes, you would imagine so. Obviously, there will be


psychiatric reports. They will continue their interviews. The


prosecutor has said today that that charge may change. It may be


premeditated murder once they understand the background to the


murders. The question is why were the children on their own with a


father who had shown himself to be violent in the past? According to


neighbours, he was a drunker. Was it that the mother had agreed for him


to have this unfettered access? Or did the French authorities clear the


way? Thank you very much. Let's take a look at some of the


other stories now. Police in Tunisia have used tear gas to disperse


stone-throwing demonstrators. They came from a hardline Islamist


movement in Tunis. One protester died. Supporters were prevented from


holding their annual conference. In the United States, one person has


died and several others have been injured by a tornado in Oklahoma. A


mobile Home Park was destroyed. Tornadoes have been reported in


Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas and Texas. A fierce battle is continuing over a


rebel stronghold in Syria with reports that militants from Lebanon


are involved. Syrian government forces backed by Hezbollah militants


have launched a big offensive against rebel forces in Qusair.


An air strike on a rebel stronghold. This footage released on social


media appears to show Syrian government forces fighting to take


back control of the town of Qusair. On the ground, Hezbollah militants


from Lebanon are said to be helping President Assad, a sign that this


conflict may now be spilling over the border. Now, the aid agency


Oxfam has warned the hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees who


have poured into this camp are facing an urgent health risk as


temperatures rise in the region. The refugees keep coming. The United


Nations says the number could reach three million by the end of the


year. So far, there's been over 1.5 million Syrians who have now


contacted UNHCR for support and protection in the countries


surrounding Syria. We are seeing that number increase by 10,000 plus


per day. We see no let-up in sight. President Assad has made clear there


will be no let-up in his hold on power. In an interview he said he


has no intention of stepping down. TRANSLATION: The country is


suffering from a crisis right now. The captain doesn't flee his ship


during a storm. With more information due to emerge this week


about peace talks planned by the United States and Russia next month,


world powers hope to put a stop to the storm that is raging here.


President Assad has poured scorn on negotiations making the prospect of


a peace deal a remote one. The headlines: Some backbench


Conservative MPs will push for changes to the Government's


legislation on same-sex marriage during a commons debate later.


A man and a woman are now known to have died in an explosion at a house


in Nottinghamshire. Investigations are under way into the suspected gas


blast in Newark yesterday. A British man living in France is


expected to be charged with killing his two children. In a moment, HMS


Ark Royal heads for a scrapyard in Turkey.


Now a full sports roundup at the BBC sports centre.


Will Perry is there. They are celebrating in north London? Yes,


some part. Arsene Wenger says that finishing in the fourth Champions


League spot in the Premier League is vital for his club's ability to


attract top players next season. Their win at Newcastle meant that


they edged out Tottenham, they will There is unity in the club.


That makes football less difficult, but it demands a great commitment


from everyone. That is why I would like to thank my staff. They have


worked very hard. Tottenham is a wonderful club. They


will continue to attract big players like we did this summer. We will


continue to push on. We have been, we have had a good season. We pushed


two clubs that are used to titles to the fourth and first spot all of the


way. I think that we can make it better next season.


Or Hearts could be relegate from the Scottish Premier League, despite


finishing 14 points at bottom of the table with Dundee. The club is to be


discussed over the financial sanctions with the parent company.


Hearts drew with Aberdeen. They could lose a third of points,


finishing bottom and starting next year in the First Division. Messoni


is preparing a second offer for the club. It was previously rejected in


November. Stuart Broad took seven wickets as Englanders cricketers


took the first Test of the season. The tourists bowled out in 68


seconds. Stuart Broad and James Anderson


ripped through the visitors' batting order. Stuart Broad's best hall in


Test cricket. The second Test starts on Friday.


That is all of the sport for now. A full update on the BBC News Channel


at 11. Am. At least 26 people have been killed


and more than 100 injured in a series of car attack attacks in


central and southern Iraq. Two car bombs exploded and several bombs


went off in marketplaces in mainly sheath areas in Baghdad. I am joined


live there now with our reporter. There were reports of nine car bombs


going off in Baghdad. Lots of explosions and a high number of


casualties. Bring us up-to-date with the latest? An horrific morning here


in Baghdad. We heard the first explosion at # 9.00am, they kept on


coming in different areas of the city. All but one explosion was a


car bomb. The other was a planted device. Four of them had been


targeting marketplaces. Most of the dead are thought to be civilians and


most of them Shia civilians at that. As you say, there were also two


bombs in Basra, one targeting a restaurant, the other targeting a


bus station. The bad news did not stop there. Then we heard that ten


people that were kidnapped a couple of days ago, their bodies have been


recovered and an attack in the north where several policemen were shot


dead at a checkpoint. So a hor tick day. Indeed a bad couple of months.


April was the worst month in terms of violence in Iraq for nearly five


years. As you say, these were mainly Shia


targets but Sunni targets have been hit in the recent violence that you


describe. What is behind this recent spike in the violence? Well, a


couple of things going on, Joanna. In the regional terms there is this


rift between the Shia and the Sunni, the faultline that we see in Syria.


That is having an impact in the countries around Syria, including


here, where we believe, we know that fighters are going to support both


sides, the Shia and Sunni, they are seeing it as something of a holy


war, but there are problems in Iraq. Shia and Sunni politicians are not


working well together. We saw the Foreign Minister, he said that he


blamed the outside world, saying that they forgot about Iraq too


quickly that it is the outside world needed to meet Yate between the two,


but when we have spoken to both sides all of this week, they have


seen all of the violence, the violence is continuing and saying


where is the urgency from their own politicians to come up with a new


plan and from the outside world to intervene here? Right now things are


starting to look critical in Iraq. Today the Ark Royal begins her final


voyage. The former Royal Navy flagship is to leave her Homebase of


Portsmouth to head to a scrapyard in Turkey. She saw active service in


the Balkans conflict and was involved in the invasion of Iraq.


The decision to scrap her was three years ago. Let's go to Caroline in


Portsmouth. Caroline a very sad day, really, for a really wonderful ship?


That is right. There will be a lot of emotion has she sails out of


Portsmouth harbour for the very last time. She was commissioned and came


into service in 1985 at the time, the most expensive warship built, at


a cost of �220 million. With 990 crew that served on her, a lot of


people to serve on her in the 25-plus years she has been in


service. Some of them will be here in Portsmouth to bid her a fine


farewell. The Royal Navy's former flagship was


launched on the River Tyne by the late chp Queen Moth ner 19816789


May God protect her and all who sail in her.


From 1985, when HMS Ark Royal entered the service, she played a


key role in the ball cans: conflict along with harrier jets.


She also served during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, before being


decommissioned early in 2011. When you see an old ship of yours


being towed account to go to the scrapyard, naturally you feel rather


sad about that but actually, the reflections will be on all of the


people that served with you. In my case, the people that served under


me. Tremendous people. They are the ones that leave me with a


heart-warming feeling. After a final voyage, that saw the


last harrier fly from the ship, HMS Ark Royal was the highest


professional casualty of the Government's defence review of 2010.


Taking her out of service and selling Britain's Harriers was a


move criticised at the time it leaves the UK unable to launch


aircraft from the seas, until the new carriers and Joint Strike


Fighter come into service in under a decade.


Well, I am joined here in Portsmouth by someone who did serve on HMS Ark


Royal, leading photographer, Richard Thompson.


You served on her, so what are your memories, why are you here today?


am here as she was such a great ship. There will be many here that


loved her, but on the whole I have lots of happy memories. To me, I met


my second wife on there. I have two lovely children. So she is a big


part of my life. A key point. My two children were Kristened on there.


She was one of the better ship I had. It will be sad to see her go,


sad to see her towed off. So you will be watching here as she goes on


her final voyage? Yes, I will. I know many others who are coming down


for the occasion. It is five days too early as on


Saturday there is a reunion of the HMS Ark Royal's ship company, so it


would have been great if she could have gone on Friday, for us, but for


us, she is held in such great affection by a lot of the crew.


Generally a happy ship it is strange that some ships carried that Mantell


all the way through. I know that the prooefrs Ark Royal before was a


happy ship that carried on to Ark Royal 5, for probably all of her 25


years. Richard, thank you very much for joining us. We will be with you


as she goes past. Back to you in the studio.


Thank you very much. The Duke of Cambridge and Prince


Prince Harry are visiting Wiltshire to open a recoverister for British


troops it is one of four units run by Help for Heroes. It will offer


res pilot care and rehabilitation for former soldiers and and their


families. We can see there is Prince William


and Prince Harry. Daniella, tell us what they are up to there today?


is an unusual Royal partnership to see the two brothers together. We


don't often see them just the two of them. Generally, there is the


Duchess of Cambridge with them, but today, clearly with the birth of her


first baby pending in July, the brothers have come to support the


charity close to their hearts. They are here to open Tedworth House. It


is set up by the Help for Heroes charity. One of four around the


country. The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry are meeting local


dignitaries and members of the military. There has been much


support here for the military families, for those injured and the


families when they return it is something that is very well


supported by the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Here they will go


inside, they will meet some wounded personnel and families. They will


see some of the facilities here, including the Feenic Centre. It is


an incredible advanced sporting facility. It has a area to help


build the core strength for the severely injured. There will be a


barbecue for all of those here today. A chance for them to meet


those affected in Afghanistan. There is a programme that has been


introduced today, where the foreword has been written by the prince of


Cambridge and Prince Harry. They talk about how the injured are


valued. That is why they want to support this charity. They talk


personally about how they have bust lost friends themselves, visited


many others in hospital and heard the sad stories of families that


have been affected by their lost ones and those suffering.


It is also about supporting the wider families, the wider careers


that will help them get through what is clearly a difficult time. The


Princes are going into the centre now. They will hear some of the


stories and meet some of the families that are using them, and


getting so much help from the facilities provided here.


Thank you very much, Daniella. We will have more from Tedworth


House a little later on here on BBC News. The headlines are coming up


for you on the BBC News Channel. In a moment we are saying goodbye to


the viewers on BBC Two. First, let's take a look at the weather. We can


cross the newsroom. There is Nick Miller waiting for us. Nick, any


Miller waiting for us. Nick, any taking a time for the sunshine to


come through. Where it does, the temperatures could head to the low


20s, but the Met Office has an amber warning in force. So be prepared for


disruption, where we don't only just have sunshine but then building


cloud and thunder storms that is across eastern and south-eastern


parts of Scotland, Dundee, Edinburgh, into the borders,


slow-moving storms, and lol flooding that is possible. Large hail. Also


storms building in parts of northern England, the Pennines and showery


bursts of rain running across south-east England in the course of


the evening, but I want to emphasise the intense storms affected --


afeting Scotland. Then fading away. We are left with cloud and drizzle.


It will not abcold night. Tomorrow a similar day.


Brightening up then a few showers breaking out. The main story through


the week, the temperatures coming down and a strengthening northerly


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World News, our top stories: Bomb attacks in two of Iraq's biggest


cities, around 30 people died, many more have been injured. Fierce


fighting engulfs the Syrian town of Qusair, with claims that Hezbollah


militants are fighting now on the Government side.


Rwanda's president reveals to the BBC that he believes UN peacekeepers


make the situation worse in neighbouring Democratic Republic of


Congo. And sailing towards the shipyard,


the scrapyard, the former flagship of the British Navy leaving the port


26 people have been killed and many more injured in a series of car


bombings in two major cities. In the port of Basra in the south, there


were two explosions at a restaurant and a bus station, both in Shia


Muslim areas of the city. In the capital, Baghdad, police a eight


bombs went off, again in mainly Shia areas. The attacks are the latest in


a surge of violence linked to sectarian tension between Shia and


Sunni Muslims. On Friday, at least 60 people died in three bombings in


Sunni areas in and around Baghdad. Those bombings, in turn, followed


deadly attacks on Shia targets across the country. I was joined


from the BBC Arabic service, and I asked whether the bombs in Shi'ite


areas of Basra are a new departure. Well, yes, the southern city of


Basra was relatively calm for the past couple of months, unlike many


other Shia, mainly Shia plants in Iraq. As you said, this is a


departure, and a worrying sign indeed, because they are now


targeting restaurants. Today they targeted a restaurant in Basra,


killing and injuring many people. So the kind of targets is really


worrying, which are restaurants, civilian populated areas, and also


places of worship, like mosques. have seen, and these are pictures


from Basra, but in Baghdad there are similar dreadful scenes in several


areas of the city, Shi'ite areas. Well, there have been many more such


attacks over the past months in the capital, Baghdad, so this is nothing


new. I mean, Iraqis have been living near daily violence, not just over


the past couple of months but since 2003, the US led invasion of Iraq,


but the worrying sign, again, Nick, I mean such attacks have turned into


taking the shape of tit for tat, especially over the last two months.


In the past couple of months, since the start of 2013, militants were to


blame for targeting Shia areas, but now they are targeting Sunni areas


and mosques, life on Friday, a Shia... Two devices exploded outside


a Shi'ite mosque, a Sunni mosque in the capital, Baghdad, killing many


Sunnis. There is, therefore, a dreadful suggestion that this is


going to be returned to the spiral of violence we have seen so often in


the past. What is the political analysis of why this is happening,


and whether it is making any difference to what is essentially a


very difficult problem of politics in Iraq at the moment? Well, the


political analysis, I mean, over the past five months, a Sunni minority


have been protesting in sunny areas against the Shia-led government of


Nouri, the. -- Nouri Al-Maliki. The political crisis has reached a


stand-off, despite the fact that the government has provided or has made


some concessions, like freeing prisoners, increasing salaries, but


the underlying issues of bitterness and discrimination which the Sunnis


are complaining seems not to been addressed yet, and another fact, I


mean it is a regional fact, to be honest, is the Syrian uprising, or


the Syrian conflict. I mean, the Sunni minority seem to be emboldened


by the uprising in Syria next door, and they are building up their


protests day in and day out against the Shia government.


Afghanistan, the Taliban are claiming responsibility for suicide


attacks in northern Afghanistan. A prominent local politician is among


the dead, and police said a man wearing a military uniform detonated


a bomb vest as he entered the municipal council headquarters. At


least ten people died, one was the head of the provincial council known


to take a tough stance against the Taliban.


Dozens of fighters are reported to have been killed in a fierce battle


over a rebel stronghold in Syria. State media says government forces


have recaptured most of Qusair, which is close to the Lebanon


border. The rebels deny that, saying they destroyed four Syrian army


tanks. There are reports Hezbollah militants from Lebanon are now


involved, with Hezbollah supporting government troops, and some are said


to have been killed. Here is Richard Forrest.


An airstrike on a rebel stronghold. This footage released on social


media appears to show Syrian government forces fighting to take


back control of the town of Qusair. On the ground, Hezbollah militants


from Lebanon are said to be helping President Assad, a sign that the


conflict may be spilling over the border. Now the aid agency Oxfam has


warned that the hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees who


poured into camps like this one in Jordan are facing an urgent health


risk as temperatures rise in the region. The refugees keep coming.


The United Nations says the number could reach 3 million by the end of


the year. So far, there has been over 1.5 million Syrians who have


now contacted UNHCR for support protection in the countries


surrounding Syria. We are seeing that number increased by 10,000 plus


per day, and we see no let up inside. President Assad has made


clear there will be no letup in his hold on power. In an interview with


an Argentine newspaper, he said he has no intention of stepping down.


The country is suffering from a crisis right now, he says, and the


captain does not flee his ship during a storm. With more


information due to emerge this week about peace talks planned by the


United States and Russia next month, world powers had hoped to put a stop


to the storm that is raging here. President Assad has poured scorn on


negotiations, making the prospect of a peace deal a remote one.


Well, I asked Jim Muir in Beirut about the significance of Hezbollah


forces from Lebanon now apparently supporting Syrian government troops


inside Syria. Well, certainly we know that Hezbollah fighters have


been active in the Qusair area. There are a number of Shi'ite


villages which are originally populated by letter nice -- Lebanese


Shi'ites. Whether they are actually involved alongside Syrian army


forces, breaking into Qusair, we cannot document, but it would not be


surprising because they are increasingly involved and committed


on the side of the government. Converse league, there are, in fact,


hundreds of sunny Lebanese fighters, militants from Tripoli who are


believed to be fighting alongside the rebels in Qusair. So you could


say that the Lebanese divisions have been transplanted onto Syrian soil,


but there is a sort of basic understanding among the Lebanese


that they will not carry that my back into Lebanon, although it has


spilled over import in areas -- over in border areas and Tripoli itself,


but it has not had a major effect in terms of provoking large-scale


violence in Lebanon. But what about the fact that it appears that Syrian


troops need Lebanese Hezbollah to support them and give them extra


firepower. I do not think it is a question of firepower, the army has


got massive firepower at its disposal. It is more about skill in


Street fire -- streetfighting, which Hezbollah has got a lot of, the kind


of skills they need to winkle out a determined opposition. I do not


suppose that Hezbollah is absolutely instrumental. Obviously, the


opposition are playing up that line, but the extent to which they are


taking part we simply do not know, but they are involved in that area.


Exactly how much they are taking part in this current battle on the


ground into is itself, we cannot really document. But, Jim, when you


look at this happening at the moment, how can we project is


forward, given that the Syrian troops and the Syrian government may


want to seize back other areas which are currently more under Syrian


rebel control? Well, this is certainly just part of the broader


picture, which is that the government is already hitting back


very strongly in many areas. At the moment, the overall impression is


that things have tilted the government's way. That may be


temporary, because the rebels are complaining that Qatar have cut off


arms supplies that were coming through Jordan, possibly Turkey as


well, and Saudis and others likewise may be cutting back, and the


impression is that the Americans are turning off the arms tap, possibly


in advance of this big conference that is supposed to be happening,


probably early in June. But, of course, therefore, if that


conference fails and the Americans decide this is the moment to open


the floodgates, that picture could change, but at the moment the


government has been pushing back the rebels around Damascus itself, where


the situation is eased quite a lot. In Homs, they have been making


progress. In Aleppo, there is very much disputed territory of there,


but there are various areas in the south where the government has been


much more assertive and has been making gains against the rebels.


Muir in Beirut. Rwanda's president, Paul Kagame, has


given a scathing assessment of the UN peacekeeping force in the


Democratic Republic of Congo. It has made the situation even worse, that


is what he told the BBC. The Rwandan government has itself been accused


by the UN of supporting rebels in Congo. Mr Kagame told the BBC that


the peacekeepers had done nothing to address the root of the problems.


Well, in some cases, it has become worse, because if you see what we


had last year, a resurgence of the fighting and tales and displacement


of people and so on and so forth. -- fighting and chaos. This came in the


forces had been there for nearly a decade, up to a decade. So it is not


just making it worse, not making it better, but this time, with what we


witnessed last year, the situation is worse. Scathing remarks, but with


the African Union showing support for intervention in Congo, does he


think they can do better? I think they are trying to say, well, let's


structure this differently, maybe we can get different results, but still


there are things that do not really add up. If you look at the problems


relating to the Congo, they are mainly political. They are not


military, or we will not find a solution that is military. We need


to back other efforts. But those other efforts seem to be even more


important, so the intervention, so to speak, they have encouraged it to


happen and supported, and it needs to be co-ordinated properly with


political efforts and political solutions, so that this is backing


the political solution, rather than just being a solution instead.


Paul Pagani of Rwanda speaking with extremist group Boko Haram had been


killed and many others were fleeing for the Borders. There has been no


independent confirmation of the military account. The BBC's Will


Ross is in Abuja. This whole military operation is really taking


place in two different environments. On the one hand, there is the remote


rural areas of north-east Nigeria, and then the towns which are known


to have a significant presence of Boko Haram supporters. Now, the


military is telling us that the camps in the rural areas have been


hit and the militants have been sent into disarray. We cannot verify any


of that information because there has been no evidence to back up what


the military is saying so far. The army is telling us that many of the


militants are fleeing towards the country's borders. Those borders


with Cameroon, Chad Anthony Gerrard notoriously porous, so it is quite


easy for them to flee and get away. -- Chad and Niger. We are also told


that the Islamist militants have scores of vehicles that they are


trying to move, some of them with heavenly weaponry mounted on the


backs of them. So that is a sign that the Boko Haram fighters are


better resourced than many people had thought. Now, in the urban


areas, it is very difficult to get any information, because the turkey


was in place, 24 hours in some places, also all mobile phone


communication has been cut off, so no information is coming up that


way, but there are concerns that the civilians who will be Ben Reade


vulnerable to abuse us by the army as the soldiers tried to root out


Boko Haram fighters were living amongst the civilian population.


Stay with us on BBC World News, still to come: America's Powerball


lottery sets a new record win, $590 million, but the country's newest


multimillionaire is yet to claim his The Chelsea Flower Show has been


described as the most prestigious event of its kind in the world. The


show in Central London is celebrating its 100th anniversary.


It has involved Prince Harry. Jenny Hill has been looking at some of the


spectacular displays, past and present.


Once again the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea are transformed


into a dream garden... 100 years on it is still looking pretty good.


This is the Australian garden, one of the largest gardens in the show's


history it has been a history. From the 1913, the number of exhibitors


have increased. The show is attracting 150,000 visitors from all


over the world. It is no longer the largest flower


show in the UK, let alone the world but it is still the most


but it is still the most prestigious.


Under the canvass are blooms such as... Chelsea' central marquee was


one the largest in the world. Faces, and not to mention facial hair have


all changed. So has this growing business.


The garden has changed a lot in the last few years. It is now the hobby


of the common man, really, rather than just something that the gentry


could play about with in their big country houses.


But in a quiet corner of this cent evenary-inspired garden, it is as if


time simply stopped. There is a lot to say in terms of


roses. They were very popular in the early part of the last century, they


are still now. We have lovely blooms here. We have to put them under


heat... Jack is 19, the youngest designer here. As the climate has


changed, he told us, so will Chelsea. # It will provide a


challenge for the gardens. Drought is another thing to look at and


water-logging. It is more extreme. It is a far cry from the Gent illity


of the early days but this great British institution, remains not


You are with BBC World News with me, Nick Gowing. The latest: Multiple


car bombs in Iraq kill 30 people in two main cities. Scores have been


wounded. Syria sayses that government forces have recap fewered


-- recaptured most of the area of Qusair. There is support from


Lebanese Hezbollah militants. China and India have agreed on a


roadmap to reach a new dynamic balance on trade. The Chinese


premiere met the Indian prime, Manmohan Singh, on his first visit


since taking office in March. The visit comes after a flare-up of a


long-running border dispute between the countries.


Andrew North in Delhi said that the prime said that they do not deny


problems between the two sides, especially over the border issues.


Let's remember, the tensions between the two Asian giants, the world's


most two populous nations go back to 1962, when China launched a


devastating surprise attack across the Himalayan frontier, taking large


chunks of territory. Ever since they have been been unable to agree the


border line between them, despite many rounds of talks. In the current


context, although the trade has increased between the two in the


recent years, it has helped to bring them closer, right now with the


economic downturn in both countries, that is making it harder for any


kind of compromise that would be needed to solve the border problems.


Andrew, when the Chinese premiere says that they have to improve


border-related mechanisms when you have peoples on their territories,


these are not just passing issues? Not at all. That is right.


Of course, China claims a larger slice of Indian slice of Indian


territory in the north-east, while India wants China to return a six of


Ladak in the north-west. In the recent years there has been


something of an arms race between them. One theory that is doing the


rounds here, to explain the recent incursion is that China felt it had


to respond to a recent Indian military build-up along the border


areas especially near Ladak. So this is something that is going on all


the time. Often it does not get much attention it is difficult for anyone


to get up there but for all of these reasons, despite the talks of the


leaders in Delhi, I suspect that many think there could be more


tension, not less. Now, can you imagine who what it would be like to


win $490 million on the lottery? A handy addition to the cash in your


pocket or bank account, but it happened for one ticket holder in


Florida. It's a record-breaking jackpot


night. Millions of tickets sold across the country. Get ready...


with almost $600 million up for grabs, the demand ick ticks was --


tickets was having everyone thinking that they were in with a chance.


These are the winning tickets. have the winning number here, so the


rest of these people should go home! The lucky ticket was picked up in


Florida, but the question is -- everyone is asking is who is the


mystery winner? They are anonymous to the lot which. Ry. We have no


idea if it is one person or a group of people. But what to do with all


of that cash? Powerball Lottery, let's do it! The hopefuls piling


into this shop, which bagged is own million-Dollar winner had its own


ideas. Ewould take care of my kids, and my


church. Noble but how about designer shoes


or a mansion or a holiday, perhaps? Then the luxury yacht I always


wanted and the private yet. An investigation by the BBC's


Panorama programme into the cover-up after the Hillsborough football


stadium disaster, that revealed the evidence that was originally


disregarded was in fact true. Viewers may find some of the images


in this report, distressing. I think that there maybe a flow in


the crowd at the Liverpool, lepings lane end of the crowd.


The footage showed how the police mismanaged the crowd from the start


at Hillsborough and how the rescue failed more comprehensively than has


been admitted. Individuals who spoke out were disbelieved or discredited.


People like Derek Bruder, an off duty police PC. Seen here giving the


kiss of life to kef kef, the 15-year-old son of Anne Williams,


the campaigner who died last month. He told me what he did for my son,


Kevin. If you are finding a pulse with the first two fingers. He


lifted his hand up with his right hand... If that means he was alive,


then he was alive. The photograph was not timed but


Kevin Williams was moved to this part of the pitch well after 3.


15pm. That is the cut-off point that the coroner decided that the dying


could not be saved, but fans believe Kevin lived longer than that.


You are looking at people, thinking, obviously my instinct was that this


lad needs help. Derek Bruder has always said as he


treated Kevin, he saw an ambulance arriving and driving by but the


inquest only heard of two ambulance going by on the pitch. Earlier that


than Derek Bruder' account. As a sult, his evidence was considered


unreliable, but there was a third ambulance that arrived. The


ambulance men on board said that the police knew this before Derek


Bruder's evidence. They had laid out photographs, they


had video evidence. It was them who said to me, I want to show a vehicle


coming on the pitch at 3.3 #578. They showed you that? They told you?


Absolutely. They had all of the information.


Panorama's analysis of the footage reveals this, the exact moment that


Derek Bruder goes to help Kevin it is after 3. 30pm, proving he has


been right all along. Derek Bruder told the programme he has complained


to the Independent Police Complaints Commission about how his evidence


was handled. The police say that they will co-operate but cannot


comment while the inquiries continue. The Yorkshire Ambulance


NHS Trust say it is will co-operate with any new legal inquiries.


Now the final trip of a proud flagship, it will end in a scrapyard


in Turkey. The British Royal Navy aircraft carrier, HMS Ark Royal is


leaving her home port for the last time. Here is our Defence


Correspondent, Caroline Wyatt. The Royal Navy's flagship was


launched on the River Tyne by the late Queen Mother in 1981.


May God protect her and all who sail in her.


From 1985 when HMS Ark Royal tennered service, she played a key


role in the Balkans conflict along with the herrer jets. Together, a


potent project ex-of military might. She served during the invasion in


Iraq in 2003, before being decommissioned early in 2011.


When you see an old ship of yours being towed out to go to the


scrapyard, naturally you feel rather sad about that but you, your


reflections are on all of the people that served with you. In my case,


the people that served under me. Tremendous people. They are the ones


that leave me with a heart-warming feeling.


After a final voyage that saw the last harrier fly from the ship, HMS


Ark Royal was the highest professional casualty of the


Government's defence review of 2010. Taking her out of service and


selling Britain's harriers was a move criticised at the time. It


leaves the UK unable to launch aircraft from the seas, until the


new carriers and the Joint Strike Fighter come into service in under a


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