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This is BBC World News Today with me Daniela Ritorto.
The atrocities in Syria's war laid bare
The United Nations accuses government forces and Islamic State
fighters of massacres and causing immeasurable suffering to civilians.
Children mostly boys from the age of 14, are recruited and trained to
fight in the ranks of IIS, along with others.
Yet more setbacks to settling the disputed Afghan presidential
We'll look at the consequences of the failure to finalise the result.
A new rebel front opens up in Ukraine.
Pro-Russian forces roll into a coastal town in the south
Most of us would be happy to get to our 80th birthdays but how
We meet the couple and find out the secret of their success.
We do love each other. The most useful thing is, as long as I agree
with her, then I am safe. Graphic details of mass atrocities
in Syria have been detailed in a damning UN report,
blaming both Islamic State militants The report says public executions
are a "common spectacle" in areas under IS control - along
with amputations and whippings. The UN is also scathing of Syrian
government forces - saying they drop barrel bombs and chlorine gas
on civilian neighbourhoods. Attention is now turning to whether
the US which is targeting Islamic State with airstrikes in Iraq will
extend their campaign to Syria. We do not know his age, but this
looks like a boy. Firing and American howitzer captured by
Islamic State extremists. The exact circumstances of the video cannot be
verified but the United Nations is clear, Islamic State relies on
massive recruitment of fighters as young as 15. The group which
beheaded the American journalist is accused of using a systematic terror
against civilians, especially children. Among the most disturbing
findings in this report and accounts of large training camps were
children, mostly boys from the age of 14, I recruited and trained to
fight in the ranks of ices along with others. The latest UN report
documents crimes against you manage to buy both rebels and the Syrian
government. But it is the increasing abuses by the Islamic State which
are highlighted this time. In areas they control, executions in public
are common spectacle. In some cases passers-by are forced to watch. IIS
also executed several boys, reportedly members of rival armed
groups. The UN accepts that bodies are placed on crucifixes for up to
three days to warn residents. Both the Syrian government and the
Islamic Revolution are abusing children by using them as soldiers
and spies which particularly troubles the UN. The UN worries that
US strikes could kill many boys soldiers and kidnap victims, warning
the US that any decision to bomb must respect the laws of war. The UN
stresses that President Assad's government forces continue their war
crimes, among those indiscriminate barrel bombing of civilian areas
along with chlorine gas attacks. The UN can see no end in sight, all
sides are engaged in fierce fighting well none appears capable of
achieving outright military victory. Meanwhile the American journalist
who spent two years in captivity after being kidnapped in Syria, says
he's been overwhelmed with emotion after learning of how many people
helped secure his release. Peter Theo Curtis had been held by the
militant group the Al-Nusrah Front. He's now returned to his mother's
home in Cambridge in Massachussets I had no idea when I was imprisoned
that so much effort was being expended on my behalf. No idea when
I was imprisoned that so much effort was being expended on my behalf. And
I am overwhelmed that total strangers have been coming up to me
in saying, welcome home, we're glad you are safe. Great to see you. I
suddenly remember how good the American people are and what
kindness they have in their hearts. To all those people I see a huge
thank you from the bottom of my heart. That was the free postage
Peter Theo Curtis. -- Freed hostage. Another US journalist,
31-year-old Steven Sotloff, is still being held by Islamic militants
from the group Islamic State. His mother, Shirley, has released
a video appealing directly to His mother, Shirley, has released
a video appealing directly to He is a loyal, brother, son and grandson.
We have not seen Steven for over a year and we miss him very much. We
want to see him home safe and sound to hug him. Since his capture, I
have learned a lot about Islam. I have learned that Islam teaches no
individual should be held responsible for the sins of others.
Steven has no controls over the actions of the US governments.
Here's an innocent journalist. The Israeli Prime Minister has gone on
television to say that Hamas has been hit hard with none of its
demands are met. He said Israel would respond if there was further
rocket fire. Hamas meanwhile has been holding a victory rally in
Gaddy where its leader praised the families of those whose relatives
died during the conflict. Trucks from the world food programme had
crossed into Gaza, the first time they have done so from Egypt in
seven years. Yet another setback
in resolving the disputed Afghan After one of the candidates,
Dr Abdullah Abdullah boycotted His supporters allege massive fraud,
saying that hundreds of thousands of false ballots were
cast for his rival Ashraf Ghani. The UN are now continuing
the audit alone. Tensions are high as Afghanistan
still struggles to find a winner in an election which began back in
April. Minor fights between rival party workers are daily events in
the warehouses where the recount is taking place. Now one of the
candidates, Abdullah Abdullah, has walked out seeing fraud has not been
dealt with. Our team have decided to boycott the recount process. Whoever
is for awarding this process, that is their problem, we in our team
will withdraw ourselves from is their problem, we in our team
process. The audit will go ahead without workers from the other camp
either. Ashraf Ghani held a meeting with US forces here. He has agreed
with the UN request to pull out of the process, they say they want a
level playing field. Doctor Abdul APPLAUSE
Was powerful ally is the former warlord working out in a gym at
home. He is now a successful businessman.
He is surrounded by mementos from his past. If the fraud goes on, he
is threatening a wave of protests. An orange movements, effectively a
revolution. TRANSLATION: If they are not clever enough to listen to the
voice of the people, we will start an orange movements, we will occupy
public buildings. Meeting supporters from across the country he promised
that any action would be peaceful. But in this land where violence
often breaks out, this may not be possible. This man said if they are
not listened to, they will do what they did against the Russians and
the Taliban. They will do the same thing against fraudulent
governments. The decision by Abdul APPLAUSE
Team to withdraw from the audit process means many Afghans will not
accept that it is fear and it makes the prospect of street protests far
more likely. The breakdown in law and order will
only encourage the Taliban and make international donors cut funds more
quickly. Julia to deal with the fraud here could have dire
consequences. -- failure to deal with.
Marvin Weinbaum is a former Afghanistan analyst with
He's now a scholar-in-residence at the Middle East Institute
This is much more than just a power struggle from two men. He says it
has dire consequences for Afghanistan, would you agree? But
yes, of course. If there is a failure to gain a new government to
come out of this process, with a government which has legitimacy,
this is going to be a real setback. It is a question as to whether the
international community would be willing to meet its obligations
towards Afghanistan without which it is hard to see how Afghanistan will
be a viable country economically and in its ability to fend off the
Taliban. There is something deeper here. That is we have to worry about
the possibility of actual Civil War. When this warlord speaks about
breaking away, this is the view of many. This is a Preludes to the
eventual splitting of the country and it is hard to believe that under
those circumstances, once again this country will be able to survive
politically and certainly not economically. Can we turn our
attention to this thought process. How do we know where their doctor
Abdullah Abdullah has a legitimate great? Does he know he has lost and
is trying to extract maximum concessions? I think that is
probably the case. This could well be a bargaining position, he has
done it before, in which he is not pleased with the rules that have
been made out by the UN. He sees those rules as leading to
disqualification of Ashraf Ghani's votes which will not be a sufficient
size to reverse the initial outcome of the election. This is its way to
perhaps be able to get a different set of standards which would then
leave many more votes questionable as to their validity. Most observers
have a sense now that Ashraf Ghani will emerge. The real question will
be whether, if that is the case, the two sides can nevertheless agree on
a unity government in which Doctor Abdullah Abdullah will have
sufficient authority as a chief executive search that his people
will not feel they have lost. You're sitting in Washington's, --
Washington, can John Kerry play anymore in this day you think? He
has done it twice when he has anymore in this day you think? He
intervenes, I would not be surprised if he tries again. It seems this
time you can just play there's so many times. Now that Ashraf Ghani
has stepped out of the process, many times. Now that Ashraf Ghani
really is in the hands of the UN. If the UN can make a
really is in the hands of the UN. If the credible case for the fact that
it has done as good a job as it cute and then disqualifying various
candidates, then I believe the and then disqualifying various
that. Whether the followers of Abdullah Gul will do so is another
question. I believe he understands the consequences of this coming
apart and the consequences of this coming
analysis here on the BBC. Many thanks.
Here in the UK, there's outcry over the way the authorities failed to
deal with years of organised sexual abuse by gangs of men in Rotherham
a sixteen year period - up until last year.
1400 victims of sexual exploitation in one town.
Today, the people of Rotherham are trying to understand how such crimes
could have been committed here, and why those in authority ignored
I can't believe that's been going on for so long, so many years,
My friends are on the street at ten o'clock at that.
I would be terrified, just because of the amount of people out there.
Seeing it. White girls with them.
She says she was groomed by men in Rotherham from the age of 12.
The sexual exploitation began a year later.
She told police she had been raped several times.
These perpetrators make you feel like it isn't a crime,
it is just life, that's how it is, and that you are worthless.
The police, with their response, just backed that up.
So you sort of feel like you are overreacting, and maybe that is just
Most of the perpetrators were men of Pakistani origin, but some staff
at the council feared speaking up, afraid of being called racist.
He thinks abusers should be treated like any other criminals,
whatever their ethnic or religious background.
It is like a bomb has been dropped in Rotherham.
There are people who feel it isn't broken yet, and it will break
further if we don't deal with it in a proper manner.
Crime has been able to happen because of political correctness.
The pressure has been mounting on Shaun Wright,
now the elected Police and Crime Commissioner,
but for five years, he was the cabinet member for
the children's services in Rotherham.
When you are part of the 63-member council you take collective
Some at the council hoped a detailed report would help clear the air.
For the victims, all of the many apologies so far will not be enough.
Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have pushed their way
into the coastal town of Novoazovsk after three days of shelling.
The town lies on the road from Russia to the key port city
of Mariupol, it's the first significant fighting along the
Meanwhile, fighting is also continuing further north around
Our correspondent in Kiev David Stern joins me now.
And when did the southern coastal part of the come back into play?
That is the question, it came back this week, many questions raised
about how this happened, because this really was under control of the
government forces until now and was fairly quiet for the last month and
stop but suddenly, rebel forces, or fighters we should say, came into
this period to launch a major counteroffensive, and making
headway, and the accusation by the Ukrainians and Western officials
from the United States, just a few moments ago, is this is an
encouraging from Russia, and indications from Western reporters
this is the case, but what will happen with father fighting, with
three fronts going, and whether this can be counter acted. And the
significance is this could be a way to get a road into the Crimea?
Exactly, the southern area is important, the southern coastal
area, it also can provide a land bridge we are Crimea is attached to
the Ukraine, but could also provide another supply route for the rebels,
as well as giving them a larger easier of land. The Ukrainians are
adamant this is a race in directive, if not actually Russian
forces, although Russia denies this. We have seen ten Russian
paratroopers arrested and detained yesterday and overnight. They said
they took a wrong turn, but they were 25 kilometres within Ukraine,
Ukrainian officials using this as evidence to sure this is a Russian
troop invasion of Ukraine. Thank you, as always.
A nine year-old girl in the US has accidentally killed her shooting
instructor while being shown how to use a high-powered automatic weapon.
The child was having a lesson at a firing range in Arizona,
when she pulled the trigger on an Uzi submachine gun
Just nine years old, with a loaded machine gun in her hands.
Turn this leg forward, just like that.
The little girl is shown how to fire the lethal weapon.
Moments later, unable to control the gun's recoil,
she accidentally shoots the instructor.
Charles Vacca, a 39-year-old former soldier,
was airlifted to hospital, but died shortly afterwards.
The shooting range, known as Bullets and Burgers,
is marketed as a family day out to include lunch
and the choice of more than 20 automatic weapons to fire.
It has been defending the policy of allowing children to handle guns.
A nine-year-old gets an uzi in her hand, within the criteria.
We instruct kids as young as five and they can handle firearms under
the supervision of their parents and our professional range masters.
The tragedy has reignited the controversy
Many Americans cherish their right to bear arms,
but the debate over whether that right
should be shared by the nation's children, is intensifying.
A couple from the English coastal town of
Bournemouth are celebrating their 80th wedding anniversary today.
Maurice and Helen Kaye, who are both more than 100 years old,
Duncan Kennedy has been to meet them to find out the secret
A lifetime spent having the time of their lives.
Maurice and Helen Kaye believe they have
Today celebrating eight decades of marriage.
Did you think then this could last 80 years?
I didn't think it would last the week.
Helen 101. Maurice 102.
After about three hours, my mother said to me,
They then courted for four years and married on this day in 1934.
What is the secret of this long happy marriage?
We are very tolerant of each other and we do love each other.
The most useful thing is, as long as I agree with her, then I am safe.
80 years ago, in 1934, bread was tuppence a loaf.
Helen and Maurice never once forgot their
And if you have to give in a little bit, so you give in a little bit.
You have to give in a little bit, as she says, she gives in a little bit.
Four generations of family have come from 80 years of marriage, known
Certainly, Maurice and Helen Kaye have the longest of roots, grounded
Duncan Kennedy, BBC News, in Bournemouth.
What a beautiful story. Congratulations to them.
This time yesterday, we told you about British singer
Kate Bush returning to the stage after 35 years.
She was back on the same stage she performed on in 1979 at
We spoke to some of those as they left the concert.
# When I was a child Running in the night
Absolutely everybody was on their feet.
A dream come true. Absolutely amazing.
# The hounds of love are hunting... #
It's spectacular. It's worth waiting 35 years for.
I'm from New Jersey, United States, it was fantastic, spectacular.
It was like a rock show, a theatre show, everything, it was wonderful.
It was theatrical, it was just out of this world.
There was puppetry, video, videos, it was like a piece of theatre it
We have waited 35 years to see this, so we are very excited.
We were too young last time. Yeah.
and she was part of my teenage years, so all of her here and all
Visual, hearing, taste, your whole body was on a sensation.
It just shows what an inspiration Kate Bush is.
To visualise her music and lyrics in that way was outstanding.
And I need to see that show five more times to see all the
It was outstanding and it will be a memory that is with
Some very happy Kate Bush fans there.
The United Nations has published graphic details of what
its says are atrocities by both sides in the conflict in Syria.
The latest UN human rights report says that jihadists of the
Islamic State group carry out frequent public executions that
the population, including children, is forced to watch.
At the same time, the UN says Syrian government forces drop barrel bombs
and chlorine gas from helicopters. That is it from the programme. Next
is the weather. Some mixed fortunes across the
British Isles tomorrow. Some spells of Warren sunshine, but some hefty