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This is BBC World News Today with me Philippa Thomas.


More clashes on the road to Baghdad between Iraqi government forces


and the militant fighters sweeping south.


As the two sides clash, fears grow that Iraq could split apart.


We'll get the latest live in the next few minutes.


The British Foreign Secretary says he'll re-open Britain's embassy


in the Iranian capital, Tehran, three years after suspending full


A major pipeline in Ukraine carrying gas from Russia to the rest


of Europe has been hit by a blast, though the cause is not yet clear.


We are live in Brazil. I am Ben Brown reporting live from Rio where


the excitement is building because, coming up, it is Brazil against


Mexico. We start with


the unfolding crisis in Iraq. People in the capital, Baghdad,


are stockpiling food and water as militant Islamists forces move


closer. Members of the Sunni Islamist group


ISIS have got as far as Baqubah, that's a city of nearly half


a million people, less than 60 ISIS fighters and other armed groups


are understood to have attacked some of the suburbs overnight


before being pushed back by government forces, forcing many


people to flee their homes. From Baghdad,


Jonathan Beale reports. Iraqi forces are taking


the fight to the Sunni extremists. In Kirkuk,


they were using tanks to target ISIS fighters but even heavy armour can't


hold the violence spreading through We travelled out of Baghdad north


towards the city of the Baqubah, the new front line for the ISIS


jihadists, and just 60km away. This is one of the main routes


into Baghdad, and, behind me, about 30 kilometres in the distance,


is the city of the Baqubah and we are told that ISIS forces have


already entered parts of the city. Of course,


if they take by Baqubah then it is We went as far


as we were told it was safe to go to He told me it was going to be a


bloody fight between Sunni and Shia. And he warned it would soon


be happening in Baghdad, too. Now back home with his family,


he is a policeman injured while Thankful that,


unlike some of his comrades, TRANSLATION: They shot at a convoy


of civilians. One of them shot at the tyres


of a bus and killed everyone in it. The bus was carrying 24 men


and they killed them all. Ibrahim doesn't believe that ISAs


are strong enough to take Baghdad but, today,


another bomb went off in the city Even if ISIS have not yet reached


the city, there are signs that their Let's go live to the BBC's Jim Muir


in Irbil. We are hearing that the Iraqi Prime


Minister is having something of a shake-up of security. That's right.


He has fired some of the top army commanders, including the commander


of the third division. And various others, who are deemed to have


fallen short. When Mosul fell on Tuesday, he said there is a


conspiracy, and these officers, some of the ordinary men we have talked


about here who had deserted or fled, they said that officers


betrayed them, they disappeared before the battle began. So there


was obviously a command failure, and he was holding people to account.


Just on the level of trying to deal with this crisis, I understand both


-- also there is a political meeting in Baghdad involving a Shi'ite Prime


Minister, along with Kurdish and also some Sunni representatives, so


they are probably trying to thrash some way of getting out of this


crisis, try to find some common ground. I know you've been talking


to the Kurdish leader in Iraqi who might feel that the state cannot


hold together. That's right. The Kurds feel that Iraqi is


incompatible, there is no point in return -- there is a point of no


return. The rebels have moved rapidly through Sunni territory.


What the Prime Minister here in Iraqi Kurdistan was suggesting is


that maybe the Kurds should -- the Sunnis should take the same route


the Kurds have taken and have fun autonomous, self ruling region


within Iraq, and the burden would be on the thumb to control and isolate


and eliminate the terrorists, the hardliners of ISIS. He thinks that


is the only formula for a stable future, and that they have to reach


a new coexistence formula. You have been reporting on this crisis since


the ISIS fighters went into Mosul, what are we hearing out of that city


about the way that people have been treated there? Frankly, you get


conflicting accounts, but most people regard it as stable. We


haven't heard a lot of reports of fighting or trouble there. It is


quite difficult because there is a lot of propaganda involved. Some of


the government side are saying that is a reign of terror and so on, but


most people seem to be going about their business. Some of the refugees


that flooded out of their last week have gone back. But I think it will


be awhile before we have a comp offensive picture of life because


people too nervous to go there. It is definitely still a danger zone.


Understood. Thank you for bringing us the latest.


Well, here in the UK, the government has announced that it's re-opening


the British embassy in Iran as part of its response to the upsurge


There've also been calls for Washington to hold formal talks


with Tehran, as they have a mutual interest in stalling


Here's our Political Editor Nick Robinson.


What a difference three years can make. This was the British Embassy


in 2011. A mob ransacked offices, smashed pictures of the Queen and


John to death to England. The building has been closed ever since,


but that is about to change, along with this country's troubled


relationship with Iran. It is right to rebuild that relationship. We


have been doing that anyway, irrespective of what is happening in


a rock. But what is happening in a a rock. But what is happening in


rock has convinced the West to improve relations with Iran. These


are pictures of ISIS, which is now fighting 40 miles from Baghdad. This


is the most serious threat to Britain's security that there is


today. The number of foreign fighters in that area, the number of


foreign fighters including those from the UK who could try to return


to the UK, this is a real threat to our country. And this is the man


that written and the United States had they can do business with. Once


a student in Glasgow, used his Twitter account to show he is a


different sort of Iranian leader, a man who watches his team play in the


World Cup. This morning in America, people are


watching the news and they're having to think the unthinkable. The


history of the rift between the US and Iran dates all the way back to


the Islamic Revolution 35 years ago. And the capture of 52 American


hostages, only freed after 444 days. Even without all that history,


there'd be problems, not least this, Iran's nuclear programme. They say


it is peaceful but others aren't so sure. And doubts have been seen in


the Commons. Is it not necessary to reassure our closest allies in the


Middle East that there are very severe limits for the foreseeable


future as to the kind of relationship we can have with Iran?


Is not going to be the kind of relationship is the West had with


the Soviet Union? On the streets of the Iranians capital, the embassy


stands empty, waiting for diplomats to return. Students aren't


protesting today. This one says good relations with the people and


countries of the world can have a great, positive effect on the


advancement of our country. You know the old saying dash my NME's enemy


is my friend. A cliche because it is proved true. Today, Iran didn't


become a friend of Britain's. She became a little less of an enemy.


Russian media is reporting that a Russian state TV journalist has


been killed in a mortar attack near a village outside


Igor Kornelyuk died in hospital after the attack


near Metalist, while a colleague, sound engineer Anton Voloshin,


And we don't know what happened to the cameraman


This comes as an explosion hit a pipeline carrying Russian natural


gas across Ukraine to Europe in what the Ukrainian interior minister says


What are you seeing there? A further militarisation of this contact --


conflict. It is noticeable how much more military the checkpoints are,


no men with sticks any more, all of these men with guns on both sides.


We came through Ukrainian military checkpoints within anti-aircraft gun


mounted on the checkpoint. Has been fighting here in Donetsk, and also


particularly down in Luhansk. The army are trying to push through and


get stranglehold around the areas held by the rebels and also to seal


off the border between Luhansk and Russia to try to stop this revolt


spreading. They are having some success, at their rock continuing


casualties, including that Russian TV correspondent today. His sound


man is missing and possibly believed dead, and just another couple of


examples of the death toll this conflict is taking. Whilst this is


happening in the east, we're getting reports about this pipeline


explosion, we're not quite clear why. Well, it is not clear why, and


there is one theory from the Ministry of interior that it was an


act of sabotage, or what they call an act of terrorism. There might


have been some explosions just before the gas pipeline exploded


itself, but either way, there was a huge flames shooting into the sky


from the pipeline and it took a couple of hours for them to put it


out. The pipeline is disabled, but there is a parallel spare, and the


gas has been diverted around the damage. And, so, the gas flow into


Europe does continue. There is no gas currently being supplied to


Ukraine from Russia after talks broke down, but the gas flow through


to Europe will continue. You've been going back and forth to Donetsk and


around the region. Are people so scared that they are hiding? Or is


there a sense of people trying to get out, refugees? Well, I think


both. I spent quite a bit of time today with some people who have come


out of Sloviansk. That is where some of the most heavy fighting has been


seen. They have fled. They have described witty bad scenes of


shelling. The food is running out in the shops, the water is running


out, the electricity is running out. They also say that more than half of


the population is still there in the city. They are hunkering down


because although there is regular shelling, it tends to be targeted at


certain points in the city, and some people are feeling it is safer to


stay at home and protect their property rather than risk crossing


the checkpoints and coming out in the city, and some people are


feeling it is safer to stay at home and protect their property rather


than risk crossing the checkpoints and coming out into safer parts of


the country. Also, they are so held in in Sloviansk, they don't know


what is going on in the rest of Ukraine, which is much more peaceful


than the city where they are living. Thank you very much.


Some other stories making the news this hour.


Renewed anti-Muslim violence has flared in southern Sri Lanka


in the worst outbreak of sectarian unrest for years.


Four people have died in the attacks, which have been blamed


A security guard was the latest victim.


And three Muslims died after a Buddhist rally on Sunday.


There are reports in Pakistani that scholars have issued a decree which


says that polio vaccines can be used. They said the vaccine was


effective and didn't contain any harmful ingredients. Seven people


have been killed in clashes between Pakistani police and supporters of a


scholar. Police fired shots and tear gas to disperse protesters. The


scholar is based in Canada but plans to return to Pakistan next week to


lead a crusade against corrupt politicians.


The French President Francois Hollande,


has condemned a savage attack on a Roma teenager in a Paris suburb.


The 16-year-old boy is in a critical condition after he was beaten by a


mob from a local housing estate, who suspected he was behind a burglary.


The President said it was an 'unspeakable


The families of asylum seekers from Iraq and Iran,


who drowned trying to reach Australia, are suing the Australian


50 people died in 2010, when their flimsy boat crashed into


rocks off the remote Australian outpost of Christmas Island.


Australia has called the claim shameful and offensive.


Art experts have found a hidden painting beneath one


of Pablo Picasso's early masterpieces, The Blue Room.


It's long been suspected there was something under the surface


But it wasn't until recently that improved infra-red imagery revealed


a portrait of a bearded, bow-tied man - leaving art-lovers with the


The United States has captured one of the 2012 leaders. The suspect was


apprehended on Sunday and is currently being held outside Libya.


We can find out more from Washington while we can go to David Willis. A


little bit more about the man and how they seized him. Ahmed Abu


Qatada was captured in Libya over the last couple of days and has been


held outside of the country and will be brought here to Washington, DC


where he will face charges that will include murder. The President and


several other key senior parts of the administration have all issued


statements hailing the capture. The irony is he was apprehended not far


from the scene of the attack and the British Consulate in Benghazi. There


is more than a dozen people who were implicated in that attack who are


still at large. The President said all efforts will be made to bring


them all to justice and that it was an important role and thing for the


administration to do. This incident has dogged President Obama's second


term in office. There have been accusations that the administration


was negligent in terms of providing protection for those in the


consulate at the time. Interesting he is not apparently being taken to


Guantanamo Bay. It is part of an effort to try terror suspects on


American soil. A lot of surprise raised about that and they are


saying he will be brought here to Washington, DC where charges were


laid on Sunday against him. Charges include murder. Three charges are


standing against him but it is expected that that charge sheet will


grow. It is of course the World Cup and if you are thinking about


getting to the tournament, there are a number of different ways to go.


But four Englishmen decided to get there, from Argentina, on foot.


They walked 1966 kilometres, significant because it was in 1966


Here's the story of the footsore football fans.


My name is Adam Burns and I'm from Newmarket, Suffolk in England.


We also wanted to help the people of Bahir and the charity


which is very close to our hearts, the J de V Arts Care Trust.


So we set out to walk 1966 kilometres from Mendoza


in Argentina, to Porto Alegre in Brazil.


The last time England won the World Cup was 1966.


It a very iconic number for England fans.


Part of me didn't really know what to expect.


It was my first time in South America.


The reality was that it was really, really gruelling.


We walked three days through a desert in Argentina.


35 degrees heat, no shade, with the biggest mosquitoes I'd ever seen.


And we had to sleep in abandoned train stations, we've been charged


We went over cobbles and sleepers with our golf carts


for about five kilometres and then realised this was ridiculous.


We were walking through a field, a farmer's field, really thick,


Me and Dave tried to lift the fence up and put our golf carts under.


We both got electrocuted and then nearly vomited.


So, when we were walking through a Uruguayan quite town,


what we thought was a stray dog began following us.


It wasn't until three days before we finish the walk that we


found out that, actually, Jefferson wasn't a stray dog.


We got a message from a guy called Nacho, a Uruguayan


guy, whose friend spotted Jefferson in a local newspaper.


We told Nacho our plan to finish the walk in Porto Alegre,


Walt Disney couldn't have written a more perfect end to the story.


It was definitely a journey that's taught me


No doubt those fans will be looking forward to the England game in Sao


But first, it's Brazil that's taking on Mexico in just under an hour's


time and Ben Brown is in Rio as the whole country gears up for their


The atmosphere is fantastic here in Rio de Janeiro. We have those


protests in the run-up to the tournament and we still have


sporadic protests but Brazilians are getting into the spirit of this


tournament and getting behind their team. Their team are playing Mexico


shortly. This is the scene. It is absolutely packed. Lots of the


yellow jerseys of Brazil in there. It will be a great game. We have had


one game that was a 3-goal thriller. So many games have produced three


goals and it was Belgium to, Algeria, one. Algeria went ahead


with a penalty. That was their first goal in a World Cup 28 years.


Belgium, who are the dark horses this team -- this World Cup, they


equalised with a header. Belgium beat Nigeria.


There is something for England fans to look forward to, we think.


You are being optimistic. England lost in the Amazonian raise --


rainforest to Italy. Disappointment for that. A lot of plaudits for


England and a lot of people saying they did really well. Plaudits, but


no points. They are back in Rio de Janeiro and have been training again


today. Tomorrow, they will set off for Sao Paulo. The next game is


against Uruguay and Luis Suarez will be playing if he is fit. England


have got it all to do. They have to win against Uruguay and then against


Costa Rica. A lot of talk about Wayne Rooney. Is he on form? Was he


played out of position against Italy? Many think he is more


effective behind the striker in the number ten position. We will wait


and see but a crucial match for England. There was a lot of talk


about the stadium is not being ready. From what you have seen so


far, has it gone relatively smoothly?


I think it has. There has been a few problems. At one stadium, the pitch


was immaculate but there were pictures emerging of one game there


where people were going in on a wobbly walkway into this should --


stadium. It looked unsafe. Then there was the pitch for Italy


against England. It was burnt out as they used too much fertiliser on it.


It will not be perfect in every stadium and it is a thrilling


tournament so far. Lots of goals. I can hear the music behind you.


Thank you for bringing us up to date. We woke up you you up-to-date


on another of our stories. In Kenya, 12 women were abducted on the latest


attack on the east coast. The Kenyan President has said the attacks of


the work of local political leaders and he is insisting this can't have


been the Somali Islamist group, Al-Shabab. Political networks have


been blamed. Opposition politicians are saying he is not in touch with


reality. In Iraq, the militant defences have reached a city 40


miles from Baghdad. Armed groups are understood to have attacked suburbs


before being driven back. In the lap -- in this last half-hour, the Iraqi


Prime Minister has dismissed several of his senior force commanders.


Thanks for being with us. It was the warmest day of the year


so far in Scotland with temperatures reaching 25 Celsius. We have humid


sunshine across Scotland and Northern Ireland. England and Wales


will turn cloudier. We have the risk


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