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This is BBC World News Today with me, Philippa Thomas.
French police say a man carrying two guns,
ammunition and a Koran has been arrested
There are conflicting reports as to whether his companion -
A search went under way at one of Europe's top tourist attractions.
Up to four million cases of the Zika virus are predicted
The World Health Organisation issues a warning
Up to today, cases have been reported in 23 countries and
territories in the region. The level of alarm is extremely high.
Pomp and ceremony at the Elysee Palace -
and massive profits to be made - as the leaders of France and Iran
sign deals worth billions of dollars.
And the return of the polecat. Extinct in Britain for 100 years
and now numbers have recovered across the country.
French police have confirmed that a man has been arrested by security
teams at the entrance to a hotel in the Disneyland Paris theme park.
security alarm as he passed through a metal detector.
Police have confirmed that he was carrying two guns, a box of
As anything more emerged about this man? We know that he is 28 years
older, apparently not known to the police or intelligence services, no
police or criminal record. Investigators say that he has told
them he was carrying the guns to protect himself, for his own safety.
They are apparently still hunting for a woman they believe was
accompanying him. They have arrested a woman a couple of hours after the
incident. She was released after they established that she was not,
in fact, his companion. All the time being, this case remains with
criminal rather than anti-terrorist prosecutors, which would indicate
that the police are not quite sure what the man's motives may have
been, although obviously the fear is that he make have been banning
something similar to the November attacks in Paris in which 130 people
were killed and hundreds more injured. Around Paris and across
France, if there's any suspicion of an incident that could be
terror-related, did police have to act fast, don't they? That's right.
Today, the Interior Minister said that the threat level now is at
least as high, if not higher, than it was in November. He said that
lots are being uncovered and arrests made all the time. Ash Mac plots.
This is something the security services and the public are very
worried about. The president wants to extend the state of emergency for
another three months, despite opposition from human rights groups.
That move remains fairly popular with the public, according to
opinion polls. The Zika virus - thought to be
responsible for birth defects in babies - could infect
up to four million people That's the warning from the World
Health Organisation which will hold an emergency meeting on Monday to
discuss whether the mosquito-borne virus should be formally treated as
a global emergency, like Ebola. So far it's spread to 23 countries
in the Americas and officials are warning that, in Brazil alone, 1.5
million people could be infected. Our Science Editor David Shukman is
in the city of Recife in north-east Brazil,
where it's thought more than 100,000 people may have
caught the virus. The slums of Brazil are the front
line in what has become We watch as soldiers try to search
every single home here. Because one of the very few ways
to combat the Zika virus is to hunt While we are with the patrol,
soldiers find exactly the conditions The challenge is that
everywhere you look, And because in a favela
like this, the supply is not But if there is just
one gap in a tank like this, the mosquito can get in and you have
got yet another problem. Imagine multiplying that
thousands of times. In a tiny yard, a discovery,
a larva which, left alone, would emerge as a mosquito
within 48 hours. Health officials
sterilise the water. A tiny victory in a war
which is proving hard to win. Her brain is smaller than it should
be. There is no definite
proof that the Zika virus caused her microcephaly
but the evidence is growing. Her mother says she was caught
by surprise, but she will do In this one city, Recife,
her baby's life better. officials say up
to 100,000 people may be infected. On a map, pins mark the cases
of microcephaly, There is a major public
health challenge, probably amongst the most difficult
challenges we have to face And it is already becoming
a globalised issue. In a government lab,
analysis of a sample But despite all the gleaming
technology here, there are key questions about the virus that
scientists simply can't answer. If a woman has Zika,
is the risk of having That is very important for women's
choice, for the importance We don't know if there is a viral
treatment which will prevent This is the first major city
to be hit by the virus. Because it was taken
completely by surprise, That means it is almost
inevitable that more babies There is a lesson in this,
for the other cities around the tropics which are
vulnerable Day after day and street
by street, it will take real And for many babies
and others yet to be born, The coastguard in Greece says at
least 24 migrants drowned when the boat they were travelling in from
Turkey sank in the Aegean Sea, A number of the victims were
children. It is the second boat to sink in as
many days. One European leader today said the
Aegean Sea has become a mass grave. From Greece, James Reynolds
reports. The last journey of those who died
at sea ended this morning, Rescuers carefully brought
the bodies to shore. We don't know the names
of the children who died. We don't know who they
were travelling with, nor what made them or their families
get on boats that couldn't make it
through the sea. Out in the Aegean, rescue boats
continued to search for bodies. The shipwrecked migrants
from Iraqi Kurdistan may have spent more than 24 hours in the water
before they were found. This afternoon, outside
a police station, a small group of survivors
tried to keep warm. This man lost his wife
and two of his children. For a day at sea, he
held onto his youngest child's body, hoping in vain
that the infant could be revived. This doctor is treating some
of the other survivors It is very difficult
to manage the death It is very difficult
to deal with relatives, mothers and fathers
crying, because they have We found the migrants'
damaged boat on the beach. Well in Sweden, the country has
signalled a new tough line on immigration, saying that it could
ultimately deport up to 80,000 of the people who sought
asylum there in the last year. The policy was outlined by the
Interior Minister, Anders Ygeman, who said the
authorities are already being asked to prepare for expulsions, which
will have to be done using specially-chartered aircraft
and staggered over several years. Meanwhile, in the UK, the British
government has responded to growing calls to do more to help
unaccompanied children from Syria There are promises of extra money
and resources - but only in "exceptional circumstances" will
children from the camps Some fleeing war and persecution
with their families, but many millions end up on their
own. At the Calais camp
known as The Jungle, desperate young people
are knocking on Britain's door, This 15-year-old from Syria says
he has a brother-in-law in the UK and just wants
to be a schoolboy again. The government is under intense
pressure to do more to help the vast numbers of unaccompanied
children who have fled Some charities say
the UK should accept But instead, ministers
have come up with a plan which they say will discourage
vulnerable children from arriving
on Britain's doorstep. The plan focuses
first on the conflict Working with the United Nations,
Britain will help assess the scale of the child
welfare problem, but only will they bring any
children to the UK. Ministers say it is much better that
a vulnerable child I've said that we are prepared to
take more orphans from the region but I think it is right,
our approach, to take refugees from the region, not
encouraging people to make the difficult, potentially
lethal journey to Europe. Our approach is,
I think, compassionate and generous and I
think it is right. The refugee crisis continues
to claim lives on the EU's border. Today the UK pledged an extra
?10 million to support vulnerable children who make it to Europe,
and extra resources for But beyond Britain's
legal obligations, there
is no commitment to take any child. I think we need to see a more
engaged Prime Minister here, really looking at the issues and not
just saying we will only help There is a crisis in Europe
and are children Thousands of unaccompanied
children Last week, a court ruled that under
Britain's asylum obligations, three unaccompanied
children and a young adult in the Calais camp should be
allowed to join relatives in the UK. A full ruling will be issued
tomorrow and charity workers are trying to find any child who
might be affected. There is absolutely no sign
here that the desperate conditions that children and young people
are living in are preventing further children making the very
dangerous journey. The number of refugee children
who might come to the UK under today's scheme
is likely to be small. A few with relatives
here will be allowed in. Ministers argue that to avoid
exacerbating the migrant crisis and to protect overstretched
services, children without family and community ties
must be turned away. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has
met his French counterpart, Francois Hollande, in Paris as he
tries to relaunch trade relations with Europe after the lifting of
international sanctions. Iran has already signed a deal with
the French company Peugeot. An order for 118 planes from Airbus
is also due to be signed. French energy giant Total plans to
sign a deal to buy Iranian oil. A short while ago, the two leaders
spoke at a joint press conference of their hopes for their future
relationship The many documents and memorandums
were signed in the presence of the actually indicates that that also
includes the private sector, that there is a serious willingness for
and this cooperation is in the interest of both governments.
TRANSLATION: It is a new chapter of our relations.
And I would like this relationship to be useful.
Useful for both our countries, useful for the region, which, sadly,
has been marked by wars, crises and other tragedies, but I want it to
The rainy and delegation was said to have left feeling satisfied with the
deals. -- the Iranian delegation. They got what they were looking for,
a multibillion-dollar contract, the contract secured by the aeroplane
making company, Airbus, to sell a run 100 and two passenger planes.
The contract is said to be worth $25 billion, that is much
were expecting early in the day. And then we heard about other deals in
the oil market. Total is going to buy 200 barrels of oil a day from
the run, and there will be a joint-venture producing cars inside
the run, and there will be a Iran with Peugeot. And there are
other deals in agriculture and food and many other areas. They seem to
be quite happy with what they have got. When you talk about buying and
building new aeroplanes, that is the kind of thing the orderly Iranians
might not get to see, but there will be deals here that could make a
difference to everyday life. -- ordinarily Iranians. For the
Iranians, let's not forget the average age of the Iranian air
planes is something like 27 years, and that is not a good record. This
is the first thing that is going to affect Iranians. At the same time,
in the meeting between the presidents, we heard them talking
about new arrangements for European banks to enter a run again, and so
that trade can become facilitated. -- to enter Iran.
The former president of the Ivory Coast Laurent Gbagbo has denied
trial at the International Criminal Court.
It's a landmark trial - the first time a former head of state
Mr Gbagbo is accused of orchestrating a campaign of violence
His trial comes nearly five years after Mr Gbagbo's arrest.
The BBC's Anna Holligan is in The Hague.
These are the pro Gbagbo protesters which have gathered outside.
You can see that they are being controlled by the police.
There have been sporadic scuffles between the police and the
One protester was taken away in a headlock.
This is as close as they can get to the court. The hearing is underway
inside. One of their main concerns is that this is a case, they say of
victors' justice. When Laurent Gbagbo refused to concede defeat,
3000 people were killed, there were murders, rapes and persecution on
both sides, and yet none of the supporters of the president have
been brought to justice by the ICC. This is a crucial case for this
court. It was created to bring the most powerful leaders to justice and
having a former head of state in the dock is evidence of the court was
Laurent Gbagbo. And they will be relying predominantly on evidence
that comes from a country and a government which has a vested
interest in securing a guilty verdict. So, much is at stake for
the ICC and the historic trial of Laurent Gbagbo and his co-accused,
and the police will, if you can watch outside -- the police will be
keeping watch outside the court for the rest of the day.
A new American study suggests that bed bugs have developed resistance
to the world's most widely used insecticide.
The tiny blood-sucking insects have thrived on the spread of global
travel, and evolved resistance to one chemical after another.
The researchers are urging alternative methods of control.
I've been talking to the BBC's Environment Correspondent Matt
They love us very much. They feed on us. They survive one blood, human
blood. They can survive for one year without a meal. They are extremely
tough. They are evolutionary miracles in some respects and they
can resist all of these treatments. Even the most widely used
insecticide, they are now showing signs of resistance to these. This
study has shown that you would have to up the dough is why a massive
amount? They tested these bedbugs and they had not seen the
insecticides for 30 years. About one third of a new -- one third of a
nanogram would kill them before, but they have developed resistance to
that. This sample was taken four years ago. In those four years they
might have developed better resistance. We don't have the
evidence yet, we have just two particular studies. And you get your
point with the chemical dosage where that is a problem for humans as
well. You cannot just blast them with huge amounts of chemicals. It
is counter-productive. The more chemicals were used on them, the
more that they get their evolutionary gear into play, and
that is what they have done. The scientists are urging the pest
control industry and individuals to use nonchemical methods if at all
possible, to use heat, to use traps and they want better protection,
they want people to be aware of the signs of bedbugs, apart from waking
up covered in bytes, there are other sites as well. A number of studies
have looked at ways of catching them and confining them. Something quite
sticky and then something that will catch them as they come out to feed.
Just one bed bug can infest the whole place. The fumigation has not
really work. If you leave one or two of them alive, they managed to
spread and grow again, and then they come out, and they feast.
Here's another story of some remarkable survivors.
The polecat, a native British animal,
In 1915, the only polecats left were to be found in Wales and Scotland
and it was feared they were heading for extinction.
But now a major nationwide survey has found that
Our science correspondent Rebecca Morelle has more.
With its distinctive markings, the polecat is a secretive creature
and it is a vital part of Britain's wildlife heritage.
But these animals were once pushed to the brink of extinction by us.
These little fellows scrambling out of their hideout to say how
But in the wild, thanks to their appetite for chickens
and game birds, they were considered a major pest and killed
Polecats became really, really rare at the start of the 20th century,
and were basically confined to a stronghold in mid-Wales.
But a new survey shows they are returning to the countryside
and Suffolk is just one area where they are making a comeback
Scientists say legal protection has helped them flourish.
This is something we really need to celebrate, the recovery
of a native carnivore we once almost lost completely from Britain.
We want to see them back here, as widespread as they can be.
Here at the British Wildlife Centre, we are incredibly lucky
to get a close-up look at what are normally very shy animals.
Conservationists are thrilled at their success story,
but now they fear that new threats could be looming on the horizon.
In the wild, growing numbers are dying after eating poisoned
rats, and more are being killed on the roads.
Some are also crossbreeding with their domestic
But many are optimistic that the animals
I love the idea that polecats could be living out there.
I don't necessarily need to see them, I just need
Sometimes when you just see their poo or a footprint or some
prey remains, it means they are there.
That's good, and the fact that they are back in England
in my lifetime has to be counted as a success.
This comeback is a rare natural recovery.
Now conservationists say they want to ensure that
The British actor Joseph Fiennes has admitted he was shocked to be cast
as Michael Jackson in a drama. He will play the character for a comedy
about a road trip set to have been taken by Jackson with his friends
Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor following the 911 attacks. He
admitted that as a white, middle-class London, he is not the
obvious choice, but he said that Michael Jackson had a pigmentation
issue with his skin, so that should not be a factor.
The toy firm, Mattel, has launched its Barbie doll in three new
body-shapes in response to falling sales and longstanding criticism.
It says the new versions - which it calls tall, petite and curvy - shows
that there was not a narrow standard of what a beautiful body looks like.
Barbie dolls, with their tiny waists and large busts, have long been
accused of sending the wrong message to young girls
or creating unrealistic expectations.
The dolls, as you can see here, are available in seven skin tones and
multiple hairstyles. There was no word on any more realistic updates
to Barbie's male companion, Ken. Just time to remind you of the main
news. French police have confirmed that a man has been arrested by
security teams at the entrance to a hotel in the Disneyland Paris theme
park. It is reported that his bag set off a security alarm as it
passed through a medical detector, and police confirmed that he was
carrying two guns and a Koran. Lots of whether to talk about the
next few days. We have some severe weather for Thursday night into
Friday morning. The Met Office