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This is BBC World News Today with me, Karin Giannone.
Turkey finds itself at the centre of a crisis stemming from Syria.
Thousands of Syrian refugees are receiving aid at the border -
but Turkey has yet to let them cross.
Britain's Prime Minister warns an exit from the European Union
could lead to camps full of migrants in southern England -
his opponents accuse him of scaremongering.
An eight-year-old girl is pulled alive from the rubble of a building
in Taiwan - it's almost three days since the earthquake hit,
but the search for survivors goes on.
Storm Imogen brings winter chaos to southern Britain.
The waves are actually trundling in here at speeds of 90 miles
an hour, the winds are knocking us over, it's hard to stand up.
And terrifying scenes at a school in Bangalore -
when this leopard leapt out on campus - six people were injured.
Yet more misery at sea for the people risking everything
Turkish state media is reporting that 24 people, including 11
children, have drowned trying to reach Greece -
seen by many as the gateway to mainland Europe.
The victims died when their boat capsized close to the Greek island
of Lesbos - the search for survivors continued into the evening.
These are the latest pictures from the Aegean Sea -
they show the Greek coast guard bringing those they've
Thousands of people try to cross the Mediterranean from Syria,
The German chancellor says she's horrified by Russia's air
campaign over the city, saying Moscow is defying
Mark Lowen reports from Gaziantep, on the Turkey Syria border.
Refugees in their own country. Thousands of Syrians given shelter
and food on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey, unable to cross.
Turkey is providing aid, but the gate remains closed. There is no
more capacity to absorb refugees, it is sad, but if they have no other
option, they could be allowed in. They are escaping the nightmare of
Aleppo. Assad forces backed by Russian air strikes are pounding
opposition held areas, cutting off supply lines and closing in fast.
350,000 civilians could soon be tracked and the rebels could be
dealt a fatal blow. The heavily injured have been allowed into
Turkey, cared for at the local hospital. They talk of disaster.
TRANSLATION: I was sitting down when a mortar landed and I got shrapnel
in my eye. I am in such pain, I can barely even speak. We want to show
everyone how disabled we are, Russia is hitting us and the entire world
is just watching. Turkey is caught between the humanitarian crisis in
Syria and the refugee crisis in Europe. Sheltering those in need
while being told to stem the migration flow to the EU. But Turkey
could also be using this exodus from Aleppo as a bargaining chip to
demand more help from Europe for the refugees and real action to halt the
Russian air strikes. It could mean testy talks with Germany's
Chancellor visiting Turkey today. The EU says it has given Turkey 3
billion euros is precisely to help refugees like those from Aleppo. But
Ankara says it must spend the money improving conditions for the 2.5
million already here. Resources are not limitless. Those waiting at the
border are caught up in a bigger, more conjugated debate. Until Europe
coordinates its refugee policy, until a solution for Syria is found,
their fate will be unknown and thousands more will follow.
For more from inside Syria we got through to Yaseen Abu-Raed -
a journalist in the media office of the Syrian opposition coalition.
He gave this update from Northern Aleppo.
Russian air forces continue to carry out air strikes on villages in
northern Aleppo. Over the last seven days, Russian war craft have
conducted more than 1000 sorties. Those strikes push thousands of
people to flee their homes. 30,000 are now stranded near the Turkey
Syria border. Close to the town, another 30,000 fled to the west of
Aleppo, close to another border crossing with Turkey. Let me tell
you this story. Yesterday, one family in their village were trapped
under heavy air strikes. Their son was killed. They went the next day
to another nearby village, to bury their child. But they were hit by
another Russian hour strike, which killed almost the entire family.
Only the mother survived, with severe injuries. At night, families
try to flee Russian air strikes and government forces' bombardment.
Families stranded near the Turkish border are still without a shelter.
The situation is slightly better at the moment, because there is some
aid coming into people near the border. But the aid being delivered
is not enough. If this situation continues like this in Aleppo, we
will witness a huge surge in the numbers of refugees in the next
hours and days. The BBC's Selin Girit
is in the city of Gaziantep - about an hour from
the border with Syria. In Turkey, it is quiet. The border
crossing is still closed and, while there are thousands of Syrians on
the other side, on the Syrian side of the border, there is not a sign
of one single one of them coming illegally across the border. Turkish
government is determined to keep the border closed, at least for the time
being. Although the Turkish president and today the Turkish
Prime Minister, have given signals that the policy could change. The
Turkish Pinellas -- Turkish by Minister said, if necessary, we will
consider opening the Borders, which was something the Turkish president
had said yesterday. The Deputy Prime Minister yesterday said Turkey has
actually fulfilled its capacity to absorb refugees. Bear might Turkey
already hosts over 2.5 million Syrian refugees at the moment and
the cost has been on Turkey. $10 billion. Turkey is trying to deal
with this burden that it already has and it wasn't really prepared for
this certain influx. Today, the Prime Minister held talks with
America and said this is not something that Turkey can do alone,
it cannot carry this burden alone. There is a certain feeling in the
Turkish public opinion. It is divided. Certain people think the
border should be opened immediately due to humanitarian reasons, but
others are concerned that there might be foreign jihadists coming in
and there is a certain feeling, they feel the EU is in an act of
hypocrisy. On one hand, they are saying open the borders, and on the
other, they are saying sent the flow to Europe. They ask, how will Turkey
do that alone? Now a look at some of
the day's other news. President Obama has asked
Congress for more than 1.8 billion dollars in emergency funding
to tackle the Zika virus. The money will help control
mosquito populations, develop a vaccine, and improve
support for pregnant women The illness - that's
spread by mosquitos - has surged through Latin America,
and it's feared it will spread The government in Somalia has
released CCTV footage which it claims shows two men handing over
a package to a man suspected of carrying out
a bombing on a plane. In the video, a man in a blue shirt
is seen holding what appears to be He is with a man in an orange shirt
with the computer then passed The blast ripped a large
hole in the fuselage A prominent former banker says
central banks should stop using high-denomination notes
to help prevent financial Peter Sands, who was chief executive
of Standard Chartered, says banning notes wouldn't stop
crime, but would make it harder Illegal money flows now account
for nearly two billion dollars. Rescuers searching through
the rubble of a collapsed tower block in Taiwan have found more
three more people alive - The building was brought down more
than two days ago by an earthquake. 37 people are known
to have died as a result of the quake and more
than 100 are unaccounted Out of the darkness,
some kind of miracle. After 60 hours trapped in the rubble
an eight-year-old girl is pulled Many of those inside this 17-storey
block never had a chance. It just fell into itself
when the earthquake struck in the small hours
of Saturday morning. More than 120 people
are still missing. Why did it fall when other
buildings remained standing? Perhaps because empty cooking oil
containers were used as part of its construction,
revealed by the force In the local hospital,
Taiwan's president elect visited some of those who
escaped the collapse. Taiwan's thoughts were
with the city, she said, but the hospital's senior doctor
said time was running out There is still a chance of rescue,
he said, but without warm clothes, without food and water,
with the cloud and the cold, they are stuck and after
a while they will die from cold And the search for
survivors goes on. But it is three days now
since the block tumbled And in the ruins,
time is running out. The British Prime Minister has been
accused of scaremongering, after suggesting that refugee camps
could appear in the UK it Britain David Cameron warned the French
could tear up an agreement which lets British border guards
check passports at the French port of Calais, where many
migrants have set up camp. It is called the jungle, a makeshift
camp in northern France with its own shops and library. Mode and squalor.
Home to some 6000 refugees and migrants, many of whom David Cameron
says could end up in Britain if we vote to leave the European Union,
and France sends UK border staff home. There are any number of
opposition politicians in France who would love to terror up the
excellent agreement we have with France to make sure we have our
borders on their side of the channel. I don't think we should
give those politicians any excuse to do that. The deal he is talking
about was agreed by Tony Blair in 2003. It allows British border
officials to check and block asylum seekers on French soil. But instead
of deterring refugees from Calais, as was the hope, they continued to
come. Now French politicians are warning they could tear up the
treaty if Britain left the EU. The Prime Minister is right to say that
France would probably break the treaty and we would go back to the
types of numbers that we had, 80,000 plus, before that treaty was made in
2003. But instead of gathering in plus, before that treaty was made in
one camp, as here in Calais, officials claim that many of the
migrant will probably spread out across the south of England, with
only some held in detention centres. David Cameron is making this morning
because he wants people to be aware of what he sees as one of the risks
of leaving the EU. The danger is the strategy backfires and people think
he is being alarmist and exaggerating the threat and are no
longer making the positive case for staying in. In Calais this week,
there were yet more protests against migration. In London today, the
Prime Minister's critics dismissed what they called his sad and
disappointing tactics. Not only is it irresponsible scaremongering, it
is plain wrong. First of all, it is a treaty between Britain and France
adds nothing to do with the EU. Secondly, the French government have
said, were they to have an open border with the UK, it would be a
humanitarian disaster in Calais and it is not of course they will
pursue. The real risk for us is there is nothing in the
renegotiation that restricts the free movement of people from Europe.
So a referendum many thought would focus on the economic risks of
leaving remaining in the EU will also involve a debate about
immigration and the future of camps like these.
The BBC's James Landale reporting there.
There's ongoing reaction online to the news that a Chicago police
officer is suing the estate of 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier,
a black college student who was fatally shot after he called
police during a domestic dispute on Christmas day.
In a counterclaim against a wrongful-death suit filed
by LeGrier's family, Officer Robert Rialmo is claiming
10 million dollars in damages, arguing the shooting was caused
by the teenager and caused him emotional trauma.
Rialmo claims LeGrier was threatening him with a baseball
The teenager was shot six times and a neighbour was killed by one
On social media, there's been thousands of retweets
of the family's lawyer saying "First you shoot them,
then you sue them" and "this is a new low for Chicago police".
Anthony Hopkins wrote on Facebook "You can't sue for trauma,
And Benjamin Kunkel tweated: "serve and protect or murder and sue".
When you think of US election memorabilia,
The badge, the bumper sticker, even playing cards -
A refrigerator at the offices of a New Hampshire newspaper is fast
gaining a reputation as the most famous fridge in the state as it
carries the signatures of presidential hopefuls,
The staff call it "Ice Box One" - and here's how it came to be.
The refrigerator is actually our office refrigerator and it was
brought in by a local retailer ten years ago because the staff needed a
refrigerator. It is quirky, somebody has a nice fancy lunch counter, a
country store, then the candidates go to the same places. I said, we
have to do something. What we can do is basically a stick. We have this
officer of the dredger which is basically a white plane refrigerator
that everyone keeps their luncheon. I said, how about that? We will have
the candidates sign about. We've had 31 people sign that
fridge. 32 timers, Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. Signing
twice doesn't necessarily guarantee you will win the election. Everyone
except Donald Trump. Regretfully, we don't have him, but he told us the
reason he can't come this far north is there isn't a place for his 757
to land. We have to do well in New Hampshire and Iowa, that is how the
system works. It is that classic retail politicking. When they meet
the public one-on-one, it is sort of like a joke that if they don't see
their candidate three times, they haven't seen them enough yet. The
refrigerator now, because we have used three sides, three election
cycles, we would like to place it somewhere. It really is Americana
memorabilia and it is an incredible experience for a small tile like us.
For the latest on the presidential campaign, you can go to our website.
Voters in New Hampshire will pick presidential candidates on Tuesday
and we've set up a live page to bring you the latest twists
United Nations human rights investigators have accused
the Syrian government of carrying out a policy of extermination
They have accused President Assad's regime of crimes against humanity
in their report for the UN Human Rights Council.
They say both loyalist and anti-government forces have
The finding concerning the crime against humanity extermination was
reached after long examination of verified information that the
commission has been gathering now the last 4.5 years. Killings and
deaths described in this report occurred with high frequency.
Our correspondent in Geneva, Imogen Foulkes, gave this analysis.
We've had many reports from the commission of enquiry on Syria and
many already alleging war crimes and crimes against humanity in the
conduct of this war. This is the first to focus specifically on
conditions in detention and it really does make for horrific
reading. Particularly on the government's side. What this report
alleges is that anyone thought to be loyal to the opposition or not loyal
enough to the government is at risk of being detained. Once detained,
they can be tortured, regularly tortured, people beaten to death,
there is evidence of that, eyewitness evidence. And then just
simply being held in conditions that will kill them. And that this is not
just excess, is what the investigator has told me, this is a
policy, known and approved by the highest levels of the Syrian
military and the Syrian government. And that this is why, because this
is a strategy widespread that has been going on, it is claimed, since
the start of this conflict, this is why for the very first time the UN
investigators have used this incredibly serious term of a policy
of extermination. Well, here in Britain,
winds of almost 150 kilometres an hour have battered parts
of southern England and Wales - more than 15,000 homes have
been left without power. Road, train and ferry services
have been disrupted. Coastal areas have borne
the brunt of the bad weather. Duncan Kennedy is in Lymington
on the Britain's south coast. From Devon to Dartford,
the southern part of Britain has felt its most powerful
storm of the winter. This was the Cornish coast,
sees drenching everything that came -- This was the Cornish coast,
seas drenching everything that came close, just like in Aberystwyth
where mountainous waves churned This is Barton on Sea,
near Bournemouth. As you can see, the waves
are trundling in here, at speeds of 90 mph,
the winds are knocking us over, In some places waves have
been 14 metres high. It's been going on like
this for several hours. That did not stop people coming
to experience it for themselves. We've just come down for a couple
of days to see the weather. I can't open my car door,
the wind is too strong! In Worcestershire this wall
collapsed on two children, seriously injuring a boy of four
and a girl of seven. It follows concerns raised
about the wall two weeks ago. Basically it hit two children
in the process of collapsing. They were quickly removed from under
the initial rubble and were treated on the scene by Ambulance
Service personnel. Transport networks have been
disrupted everywhere, with submerged tracks in Wales
to blocked ones at Bodmin in Cornwall with passengers having
to climb onto the track We had to wait here all the time,
we had a few classes 15,000 homes also had
their electricity cut in this storm. After a mild, uneventful winter
of weather so far in the South, storm Imogen has been a reminder
of the season's power. Millions of people across Brazil
have joined the first day of the annual carnival festivities
despite concerns about the outbreak Julia Carneiro watched the parade
at a samba school in Rio. This is what happens when you
combine Carnival and the Olympics. This summer school chose the Olympic
games as its theme this year and they are starting off bringing the
Greek gods to Rio. This massive sculpture represents Zeus and the
other gods are arriving from Olympus. Characters from Greek
mythology and Olympic sports are depicted. The float this year
represent icons of the city, presenting Rio to the visitors
arriving. These green outfits represent the forest. There is also
the famous pattern on Copacabana beach and Christ the Redeemer. Here
is a group of prominent athletes taking part in the parade. I spoke
to them about what it means to be here.
TRANSLATION: I think we are already feeling the atmosphere of the
Olympic Games. The party has started and we hope it will not only be a
great Carnival, but also a great party for the Olympics. The Carnival
is one thing that is very important to show people we can do everything.
Seca or no Zeke. The Olympic Games will be great here. This is one of
the groups taking part this year. Everyone has lots of energy and lots
of money to try to win this year's title.
Now the extraordinary story of a leopard on the loose
in a school near the Indian city of Bangalore.
And I should warn you, some of the pictures in his report
It is not what you expect to see every day and certainly not
It apparently entered the school early in the morning.
Luckily there were no children around.
This forestry official came close to being very seriously mauled,
He sustained arm injuries, but incredibly, was able to walk
away and no-one else was seriously injured.
It took the authorities ten hours to capture the animal.
The male leopard, thought to be five or six years
They are known to be shy animals, but there have been a few incidents
of them straying into urban areas, especially as India's forests
are being increasingly encroached on to build new settlements
Hundreds of millions of people around the world have been
A huge fireworks display in Beijing marked the first day of the Year
of the Monkey, one of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac.
Celebrations for the lunar new year include feasting,
spring cleaning and spending time with family and of course,
But for now, from me and the rest of the team, goodbye.
Hello. As storm image and begins to fade away, the winds will continue
to ease down a little bit but it will still be a blustery day
tomorrow and most of us will see some showers.