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This is BBC World News Today, with me Dan?iela Ritorto.
Fighting in the Middle East intensifies - Hamas demands revenge
after Israeli airstrikes on their forces, while Israel warns
it is preparing to escalate operations on the border with Gaza.
And the man leading the race to become a scanner stand's vice
president. And Pope Francis begs forgiveness from the victims of
child abuse in the church. Brazil get set to play Germany in the first
semifinal of the World Cup tomorrow. Unrest continues in the Gaza Strip,
with Hamas warning that Israel will pay after eight Palestinian
militants were killed overnight. Israel launched airstrikes
after a wave of rocket fire Five Hamas fighters died in a tunnel
near Rafah in the south of Gaza. Israel says explosives they had
planted blew up as they inspected Tensions have been heightened
since three Israeli teenagers were murdered near the West Bank city
of Hebron. Soon after that a Palestinian
teenager was killed near East Jerusalem, in what is widely
seen as a revenge attack. The BBC's James Reynolds has
the latest. Overnight Israel's your force struck
targets in Gaza. A piece of land ruled by her masts. Israel says that
it went after rocket launcher sites and warehouses. This afternoon and
armed men killed in the strikes were buried. This was the deadliest night
in Gaza since 2012. This morning a rocket fired by her masts landed in
the Israeli village here, next to Gazza. Armas has -- how Mass has
fired several of its rockets. What may more is the atmosphere here
injuries will and nearby areas. Palestinians who live under Israeli
rule have protested and have fought against the police. This morning the
chief Palestinian negotiator to diplomats to see this village. It is
surrounded by Jewish settlements built on land the Palestinians want
for a state. What we are witnessing is a systematic approach by the
Israeli government to throw us into the path of Watchet and violence and
key loss -- chaos which we have seen in 2012. Israel's Justice Minister
has led stocks with representatives of the Arab minority. Sick and tired
of this on both sides. We need be more responsible. This is what I am
trying to do in Israel and I expect the same message to be sent in
Palestine. The army says that it is preparing for a possible escalation.
Preliminary results from Afghanistan's Presidential
election run-off show Ashraf Ghani has a big lead.
The former World Bank official took 56% of the ballots.
His rival, Abdullah Abdullah, has claimed the voting was rigged.
A final result won't be declared until the Election Commission
That's due to happen by July the 22nd.
The eventual winner is to take over from Hamid Karzai,
who has been president since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.
Professor Michael Semple is a former EU special representative
He spent more than two decades living in the country.
These allegations of fraud and vote rigging, do the surprise you? We are
very consistent with the way that elections have played out over the
past decade in Afghanistan, so it is not very surprising. Abdullah
Abdullah was the frontrunner and now it looks like Ashraf Ghani has got
the lead. That took me by surprise. It certainly took Abdullah Abdullah
by surprise and that is why they are disputing the results. Whoever wins,
do you think that they will accept and respect the result? That is what
we are going to see playing out over the next to the -- the next two
weeks. Whether there will be a political deal which will get both
teams to accept the results. I know that the US and its allies will be
very keen to see that and to give a certain amount of legitimacy to the
person that takes over from President Karzai. In terms of
inheriting the country from President Karzai, what sort of
country I the inheriting? One of the most difficult jobs in the world.
The economy has been highly dependent upon the wire. Money which
has come in around the US troop presence. That is rapidly dwindling
and 95% of security expenditure has been coming from the US. Now they
have a very limited revenue base, they have to find some way of paying
their own. All the while they are having to fight an insurgency which
is very far from over. Security is very much at the forefront whenever
we talk about Afghanistan, but I just wonder, for the average Afghan
who is trying to get by, make a living, improve life in their
family, what is either of these men offer them? I suspect that a lot of
Afghans, perhaps even the majority, are a little bit indifferent about
who takes over. They won the war to end, they want a chance to get on
with their lives. -- they want the war to end. The worst outcome for
most Afghans would be if this dragged on for a long time in a
disputed results. That is why there will be a lot of pressure to patch
up some kind of reconciliation between these two teams over the
next two weeks. Is the Afghan electoral commission up to the job?
They are certainly under tremendous pressure. We have seen the spectacle
of the chief officer, the man charged with running the election,
he was pressured to resign after the takes came out which supposedly
world hen instructing people to rig. He fled the country, he has
been brought back to the country. The gentleman who is the chairperson
of the commission is not really a hands-on technocrat kind of person.
He is a nice old man. That is why people are looking to political
understanding these two teams, rather than just trusting on the
process of what you call auditing the boats. Going through
spreadsheets, trying to work out whether votes are genuine or not.
The commission has put its hand up and said, we would far rather that
someone helped broker report: Understanding between the two teams
rather than just relying on us getting everybody to rely on audit
results. Pope Francis has made
an unprecedented apology to people who have been sexually abuse
by Roman Catholic priests. He met a group of victims
at the Vatican, where he begged for their forgiveness for not only
what he described as grave crimes, but also for the failure
of the Church to deal with them. He also promised action to
ensure this was never repeated. Let?s talk to our Rome
correspondent, Alan Johnston. What did the Pope have to say to
these victims? This group of six victims, two from Britain, two from
Ireland, two from Germany, were invited to stay at the Vatican
guesthouse, which was also the home of the Pope. They attended Mass with
him this morning and his private chapel and after that he met each of
them individually for half an hour, a series of encounters that went on
for some three others. But it was during mass, during his homily, when
he delivered his message to his visitors and all those around the
world who have suffered in the same way, he said that the church had two
-- had to weep and to beg for forgiveness. He acknowledged that
there is additional suffering because church members had not acted
on information. At one point he made enormous personal reference to some
kind of personal feeling. -- failing. He talked about a personal
pain, he talked about complicity. He talked about abuse victims turning
to alcohol addiction, even to suicide. And he appealed to those
victims who had come to visit him to help him shape policy so that that's
sort of thing no longer happened. The victims themselves have been
speaking, I be satisfied, are they happy since this meeting? We have
heard from one of those in the meetings, a British man who was
abused by a priest when he was still at school. He was satisfied with the
way that things had gone. He said he had a full chance to see everything
that he wanted to say to the Pope. He said that the church did not only
need to atone for what happened but they needed to make sure that there
could be no more cover-ups, that there needed to be complete
cooperation with the civil authorities. He said he felt that he
could see the pain that the Pope fell on his face as this unfolded --
felt. He said it had been a life changing experience, having missed
chance to come to the Vatican and explain himself to the Pope himself.
Let us have a look at some of the day's other stories.
16 people have died and five others are receiving
treatment for burns in Vietnam, after a military helicopter crashed
State-run media are saying the Russian-made helicopter was
on a parachute training mission when it came down in
the early morning in the Thach That district, a sparsely populated rural
No civilians were injured in the crash, which has been blamed
The murder trial of the athlete Oscar Pistorius has resumed with the
cross-examination of the defence's final witness. Mr Pistorius' lawyers
have condemned the leaking of a video showing him re-enacting events
of the night he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He
insists he mistook her for an intruder.
The Ukrainian Government says its forces have retaken two more
They announced on Sunday they'd regained Sloviansk - which had been
The rebels have re-grouped in other areas - including
Ukraine has ordered a complete blockade of that city
The former President of Georgia, Eduard Shevardnadze, has died at
He was also the last foreign minister
of the Soviet Union under Mikhail Gorbachev, who called him a talented
It is almost a month since ISIS began its advance. The country's
security is now dependent on Shia militias whose ranks have swelled
volunteers. It seems that one group in particular are holding fort.
Drive 40 miles north of Baghdad and you will see the stronghold of Isis.
Now another group of militia have stepped in after the Iraqi army
collapsed under ISIS attack. The League Of The Righteous. The men on
this front line position said that ISIS fighters were only 300 yards
away. This is where the war is being fought on hot, empty roads in the
heart of Iraq. And what is going on here has repercussions, not just
across this country but right across the Middle East. It is changing the
political dynamic. It is deepening sectarian divides. And eventually it
may well be felt a long way from here, in Europe, or in the United
States. At the Field HQ their commanders say that they would
protect any Iraqi against invaders but have warned local Sunnis that
anyone helping ISIS will be killed. TRANSLATION: We have had phone calls
from villagers offering to surrender in exchange for the safety. This
shows how terrified the militants are of us. This is because of our
expertise in urban and gorilla warfare and experience we gained
fighting against the Americans and the British. These either one
pictures, they say, of their men in action recently against ISIS. They
also fought in Syria on the resume's side. The group's leader
says Syria and Iran are in the same war. TRANSLATION: I think that
sending our men to fight in Syria was the right decision. Al-Qaeda has
had a lot of practice in street fighting. If our guys had not got
the experience in Syria then ISIS could have taken Baghdad and we
would not be sitting here now. At local checkpoints the police defer
to the militias. Most people here are she -- Shia Muslims and believe
that ISIS would kill them if they could. ISIS will attack anybody,
policeman, army soldiers, civilians. The local population here has been
mobilised, soldiers coming to pick up food from this mosque. A fighter
from a smaller Shia militia had spent years in American prisons in
Iraq for fighting the western occupation. TRANSLATION: We will
win, God willing. ISIS has been established by a dirty hand. They
took the food out to another position on the edge of town. It has
become a hit and run guerrilla war. TRANSLATION: No one likes war,
unfortunately Iraq was targeted by foreign conspiracy. I blame Saudi
Arabia, Turkey and Qatar. Back in Baghdad the paramilitary federal
police handle much of the security. Guns dominate this country. Talk
about a political deal today route the Shia ascendancy in the capital
is getting nowhere. Iraq's ethnic fractures deepened by the day.
He's a Consultant Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute
here in London, he's a counter-insurgency expert
and has worked as an advisor to the Iraqi government on security.
Thank you very much for coming in. We heard Jeremy's report, Iraq's
religious and ethnic fractures getting deeper, and they are armed
to the back teeth as well. What is happening on the ground? As far as
we can tell, the militias are being split into different areas, one
militia is doing the road between Baghdad and another town. Another
militia is looking after the road between Baghdad and another town. I
am also picking up report that ethnic cleansing is going on. There
is this fear of something called zero over. That is a fear that when
ISIS coming to the new areas of Baghdad and so on, the Sunni Muslims
will split into sleeper cells and start undermining the defences.
Based on that, they are trying to drive people out. Which is not very
helpful situation. The people we saw in the report, these are the same
men who used to fight and kill and maim US and British forces during
the occupation. That's right. All they know being tolerated because
they are fighting ISIS? Indeed. They were tolerated when the forces were
there in August of 2004. There was major conflict between them and the
coalition forces. They have always had a bit of animosity against the
West. But now there is a bigger enemy. In terms of the Iraqi army,
Shia militias are acting as a defector Iraqi army, would that be
fair to say? They are doing the job the Iraqi army should have done.
Many soldiers have deserted, particularly in the North. He's
militias are now coming into play. Who is the loyalty to with these
militias? The loyalty is to the head of the militia. That is what makes
them very strong, that strong bond of loyalty to their commander. It
depends on who the commander... Who the commanders loyal to? One of them
is very much loyal to the idea of Iraq as an entity. And the Shia
identity you logically. -- feel logically. The commanders are
working towards getting rid of this threat which threatens them as a
country. That is what is galvanising them. We need to leave it there.
Thank you very much. Hamas has claimed responsibility for firing a
barrage of rockets fired at Israel. The claim came shortly after the
Israeli military confirmed that several rockets were fired across
the border without seeing how many had actually struck the Israeli
territory. Hamas seems to have claimed responsibility for firing
rockets into southern Israel. Here in the UK, the Home Secretary
has announced an independent inquiry into how allegations of widespread
child sex abuse were handled by the government and other public
bodies in the 1980s and 1990s. They will also be an investigation
into the handling of child abuse by seat -- senior politicians. How will
these new investigations operate? I want to apologise on behalf of the
government... Last month, the Health Secretary published what he called
an overarching public enquiry into Jimmy Savile's sex crimes inside the
NHS. A second enquiry into the lessons that can be learned in the
health service is already underway. The BBC has commissioned to Mac
enquiries into the activities of Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall. Those
independent reports are considering the lessons to be learned. As for
allegations of possible child sex abuse involving senior politicians,
there are investigations at the Home Office. Will this overarching
enquiry be a political figleaf? There are a number of cases that
need to be investigated, it is right to do this. The main reason it is
right is because it is right for the victims. People need to know the
truth. The enquiry panel is expected to draw the work of investigations
into alleged cover-ups of abuse at children's homes in Northern
Ireland, Wales and the Channel Islands. At schools, and at the
police response to gangs grooming young girls in a number of towns
across the country. This former policeman who investigated
allegations against Cyril Smith says his evidence was taken away from
them. That was it, we never heard anything, so anything, heard
anything about the file, it simply disappeared. The man whose
allegations inspired the police enquiry into an alleged paedophile
ring involving senior politicians today told the BBC he believes there
was a cover-up in Westminster. The Lords, the Commons, all
institutions, they will be a small percentage of paedophiles and a
slightly larger percentage of people who have known about it but felt in
terms of their own self and self-preservation and her politic or
party reasons it has been safer to cover it up.
Any of us who fly will want to take a look at this story.
you're looking forward to getting off the plane, stretching your feet.
When, unknown to you but definitely in view of the pilot,
a plane is on the runway ahead of you.
Thankfully the Argentinean Airbus pulled back up into the sky
as a Russian airliner rolled across the runway in front of it.
The near miss took place at a Barcelona airport
as the pilot avoided what could have been a catastrophic disaster.
None of the passengers were hurt and an investigation is taking place.
To the World Cup and Brazil continues preparations
for the World Cup semi-final against Germany.
The team will be without key player, Neymar, after his tournament
ended in injury in the quarter final win over Colombia.
about who will replace him in Belo Horizonte.
Let's go to Peter Okwoche in Rio de Janeiro.
Peter, in terms of that terrible injury that Neymar sustained,
fractured vertebra, FIFA has made a decision on what is going to happen
to the Colombian player who inflicted it. That's right. FIFA
have said they are not going to take any action against the Colombian
defender over the incident. They said that he had witnessed the
incident, so there is no way they can take any active action against
the defender. Viewers might remember that Neymar was injured in the small
of the back during the quarterfinal win over Colombia. Neymar has been
ruled out of the World Cup completely. The biggest star in this
Brazilian squad. That incident caused a lot of pain and
consternation here because they felt, they feel rather, but without
Neymar it might be difficult for their team to go all the way. FIFA
have said that they cannot take the stature and popularity of the player
into consideration when they are dealing with these incidents. FIFA
also rejected Brazil's request that the ban on the ago Silver be lifted.
He earned two yellow cards. He is suspended for the semifinal against
Germany tomorrow. FIFA said there is no legal basis for them to rescind
that yellow card. I am going to put you on the spot. Our Brazil going to
win? Against Germany, it will be tough. I like the way the Germans
have been playing so far. They were not as good against Algeria are
friends, but I think the Germans... We have got to leave it there. That
is all from the programme we will see you on Wednesday.
Monday turned out to be a wet day, especially across Wales and into the
south west of England. Tomorrow offers the prospect of sunny