The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.
Browse content similar to 23/02/2016. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!
President Obama tries again to close contact obey.
He calls on the US Congress to back a proposal to shut the detention
centre that he first put forward more than seven years ago.
This plan deserves a fair hearing, even in an election year.
We should be able to have an open dialogue on how to ensure
A huge increase in the number of migrants desperate to reach
Europe - over 100,000 have crossed the Mediterranean this year.
There's a massive international recall of chocolate bars
after plastic is found in a product made by Mars.
President Obama has announced plans to close the Guantanamo Bay
He said keeping the facility open was contrary to American values,
and undermined the security of the United States.
He also said that closing Guantanamo would save a great deal of money.
The plan will now go before Congress, where it is likely
Let's take a closer look at the history behind
It was opened by the Bush administration in 2002.
It held around 780 prisoners - men who were termed 'enemy
Washington said most had been captured on the battlefield in
Several of those prisoners are high-profile, they include
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed - the alleged mastermind
When he came to office in 2009, President Obama pledged
Today's announcement is a final attempt to complete the task.
There has been some opposition to closing on Tanner man. Given the
stakes involved for our security, this plan deserves a chance --
Guantanamo. The fact I am no running, Joe is not running, we are
not on the ballots, it gives us the capacity to not have to worry. Let
us do what is right for America. Our correspondent is in Washington.
There is storage opposition to the plans to close Guantanamo. If you
look at the response, it is completely in line with that. The
Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan says it is against the law and will
stay against the law. Congress has passed legislation said it was
illegal to build a prison for these terrorist suspects on US soil. Then
the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said we will look at the
plan, but if it involves bringing dangerous territories to the yes, he
knows what we think about it. Even people like Senator John McCain have
criticised President Obama for what he offered, saying he has missed a
chance to convince Congress and the American people that he has a plan.
It is Moloch of vague menu of options. The response from the
Republican side has not been encouraging, but President Obama was
probably expecting that. It was something he promised to do when he
was elected and he is making a last stand of final attempt to highlight
the importance of it as we see it. Tell us about those still left
inside. What is their status. There are 91 prisoners left inside. 35 of
them have been designated for transfer with the conclusion that
they no longer or don't pose a threat and said the administration
is trying to find home countries for them. That bring the number down to
less than 60. So the proposal to bring them to the US would mean
there would be less than 60 maximum that would come. Of those, 46 of
them are being held without indefinite detention. Those cases
are coming under periodic reviews, so perhaps more of them could be
deemed safe. There are ten of them who are undergoing legal processes
through military commissions. That is the breakdown so far. Thank you.
More than 100,000 migrants and refugees have already arrived
by sea in Europe this year - that's more than ten times
the figure for January and February last year.
Most of them came ashore on the Greek islands.
The International Organisation for Migration says they've mainly
come from countries affected by conflict -
From Greece, here's our Correspondent Danny Savage.
Crammed onto a rubber boats, singing to keep their spirits up. Their
first time at sea. No wonder this child looks scared. The Syrians paid
$700 for a place on board. It's cheaper than recent times, that is
probably why 110,000 people have done this over the last six weeks. A
short while later the boat started to sink. Luckily for them the Greek
coastguard was there to rescue them. Those pictures were filmed by a
46-year-old English teacher from northern Syria. He says Russian
bombing forced him out of his country. Most of our houses are
destroyed. They are not down to the ground by means of bombs, rockets,
OK? Russian air forces do a strikes every day. He and his children
arrived at Greece's newest migrant camp. It has only been open a day
and it is already full. Over the last 24 hours Greece has said it is
prepared to take 50,000 more migrants although it is debatable
about how much say it has on the matter, but it wants to move these
people on the migrant trail and further north there are problems. At
the border between Greece and Macedonia today a backlog has
developed. Syrians and the Iraqis can pass, but Afghans are being
stopped. We can't go back to Afghanistan. If we go back, we will
be killed. Measures further up the migrant trail to limit numbers
passing through Austria are being blamed for this latest arbitrary
decision to stop Afghans. The United Nations says it will lead to chaos
and confusion along the 1300 mile route. And that is exactly what
happened today when Afghans cut through the border fence and stormed
into Macedonia. They are determined to keep moving onwards, undeterred
by riot police and fences. And now that spring has sprung in
south-eastern Europe, the numbers are unlikely to drop off. The new
rush of refugees is anticipated. Belgium says it is temporarily
reintroducing border controls with France to halt the arrival
of migrants from the Calais It's the latest blow to the EU's
passport-free travel area. The French authorities are planning
to close parts of the migrant camp but many of those living
there are reluctant to move The BBC's Tomos Morgan has been
spending the day in the camp. The French government had set a
deadline of seven o'clock this evening for migrants living in the
southern part of the camp to leave their premises. They wanted migrants
to either move into the shipping containers or new settlements or to
leave the so-called Jungle completely, but a judge has come
here this morning and she has not yet made a decision as to whether or
not that eviction is in fact legal. She has 48 hours to draw up her
report and the security authorities said they will not move in and evict
the migrants until the judge has made her ruling. And in a further
development, the Belgian authorities have closed the borders because they
have already seen a number of migrants tried to cross into Belgium
to get to the porter Zeebrugge, and other way migrants can potentially
get into Britain. Evidence that this eviction in Calais is causing
problems all across the North Coast. The confectionery giant, Mars,
is recalling millions of chocolate bars in 55 countries It comes
after a customer in Germany found bits of plastic in a
Snickers bar in January. The plastic was traced back
to the Mars factory in the southern With me is our world affairs
correspondent Richard Galpin. The danger is that there is plastic
in other chocolate and if they eat it, it is a potential choking
hazard. Potentially, someone could dine said they have to recall these
bars. It could run into tens of millions.
And just one factory is thought to be the source of this?
Yes and it is massive that treat the South of Holland. It was expanded
last summer. They poured about 100 million euros in it to expand
production and it is primarily meant for exports abroad to many different
countries. If anyone is out there wearing about
what they should do with some chocolate in the cupboard, what
should they do? The advice would be to see what bars
they are and if they are the relevant ones, they need to contact
the Mars branch in their country. There is information on the website,
although earlier today it was impossible to get on it. Presumably
given a bit of time it will ease off and you can look at the website to
see which brands are affected. Clearly Mars are saying be careful,
don't eat these particular brands, they must be recalled.
A study by an international team of scientists says that sea levels
are rising faster than at any time in the past three thousand years.
It's the first to cover such long-term, historic levels.
The report found a clear link between rising seas
Up until the industrial revolution in the 19th century -
sea levels rose around 3cm to 4cm a century.
But in the 20th Century sea levels rose by 14 centimetres.
Between 1993 and today - the rate climbed to 30 centimetres.
Scientists now say if current greenhouse gas emissions
Sea levels could increase drastically - by up
In terms of exposed populations, these are some of the coastal cities
scientists regularly highlight as at risk from rising sea levels.
The cluster in Asia is of particular concern.
Earlier I spoke to Ben Strauss in New York.
He's vice president for sea level and climate impacts
at Climate Central research organisation and was involved
We are really just a fierce centimetres into a problem that
needs to be measured in metres. This is a problem that will affect tens
of millions of people and more in the long run. Where precisely are
you more worried about? Five out of six people who live on low lying
vulnerable coastal land live in Asia. We are talking about China,
south-east Asia, India, but frankly if you live on the coast anywhere,
this is a concern. You have been talking quite dramatically about
some of the US cities, Miami, New Orleans. How bad could things get
there? What we have seen in Miami and Charleston for example or in
Maryland are just over the last couple of decades a real spike in
the rate of what we call high tide or nuisance floods. Those are
increasing more rapidly than sea level itself. They really affect
people's lives and will do that increasingly. These are witty
frightening findings. What makes you so sure that's what you say is
accurate? Well, the study that has just been completed is really
extraordinary in its breadth and rigour and if you look at the
pattern over 3000 years, what you see is not so much a hockey stick as
a capital letter L. There is an incredible spike in the rise of sea
levels in the last century and we really for the first time have
quantitatively put a human fingerprints on it. We know that
this is from us and we are driving it. I know you have testified on
Capitol Hill and you have talked about the drawing the map of the
United States and other countries, but what people will be wondering is
is it too late to do something about it? It is not too late to make a
significant difference. We can, by cutting carbon emissions we can slow
down the level rises. But we are going to see a continuing rise no
matter what we do. The trial of a woman accused
of abducting a newborn baby nearly 20 years ago, has
begun in South Africa. The baby, Zephany Nurse,
was allegedly snatched from her mother's bedside
in a Cape Town hospital in 1997. She was reunited with her family
last year after she befriended a younger girl at school to whom she
bore a striking resemblance. The BBC's Nomsa Maseko
was in the court. The truth about Zephany Nurse's
kidnapping might finally be revealed. The trial of the woman
accused of snatching her from her mother's bedsides started here in
Cape Town. The woman, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the
girl, pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping, fraud and
contravening the children's act. In a key explanation and didn't buy her
counsel, she alleges the child was given to her by an unknown woman.
She also claims she thought she was adopting an unwanted baby. The
pre-explanation goes into detail about the accused's difficulty in
conceiving a child. The mother of the child took the stand. She said
she laid in bed in pain with her baby by her side when a woman
dressed in a nurses uniform asked to hold a crying child. She then
started sobbing how she described to the court how she woke up to find
her baby gone. The biological father also testified. He told the court
how he conducted his own investigation when his younger
daughter alerted him to a go at her school that bore a striking
resemblance. We are over the moon. My daughter is back. We are happy.
Whilst the family are coming to terms with the return of their
daughter, the accused could face up to 15 years behind bars if Brown
guilty. It is a child's kidnapping case. You don't even steal another
person's puppy, let alone a child. For 18 years you have been enjoying
other people's blessings. It is wrong. It is expected the trial will
last another two weeks with another nine people to take the stand.
Donald Trump's call for a temporary ban on foreign Muslims entering
the US may have caused controversy around the world,
but it's been popular with many conservative Americans.
Exit polls in New Hampshire and South Carolina show a majority
of Republican voters support his ban.
And Mr Trump's front runner status
To talk about this controversial policy the BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan
went for an unlikely brunch with a Donald Trump supporter,
a Muslim refugee from Syria and the Alabama pastor who is trying
Donald J Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of
Muslims entering the United States. He thinks every Muslim is Isis.
Everybody needs to feel safe, at home and abroad. The political realm
in which we live right now is poisoned. It is deeply toxic.
His statement was not to just eliminate all refugees, he wants to
put a port to figure out what is going on. That is basically his
words. I don't think he really wants to stop people like these folks. But
he wants to for now. That is anyone who is of the Muslim faith. That is
very extreme and discriminatory. It is extreme, but there is the radical
Muslim who in portraits which could be a problem. I believe that Mr
Trump is ignorant of the facts. People who came as a refugee, their
history has been checked of their life. They know everything they did.
Even asked when we came, we had to give our papers and everything we
had. We are about peace. Our Koran does not talk about killing people
or being a terrorist. There is a certain segment of your religion
that they refer to as radical Islam. Isis, I have heard that name. I have
heard Taliban, I have heard all these names that we have been told
by the news media here that they are out to harm the West. Statements
made on a political framework to a large broad population needs to be
weighed very carefully because they have an impact for a long, long
time. What he has said, what Donald Trump and other politicians have
said and I are saying will never go away. Once those words are released
around the world, they have an impact on the soul of every person
who hears them. There is always a solution for that and by
communicating with American people, I see what they are feeling about
me. There is always a solution. That is to be remembered. There is always
a solution. Always. Here in the UK a major incident has
been declared following an explosion At least one person has died
and there are understood to be Daniel Boettcher has the latest
on this developing story. These images seem to show a section
of this building has collapsed. It is part of Didcot eight, the power
station decommissioned in 2013 and is in the process of being
demolished. On the ground fire crews and ambulances and emergency
services were called mid-afternoon after reports of an explosion. It is
still not clear what has happened, but this is being described as a
major incident. This video posted on social media shows smoke or dust
rising from one side of the building. Eyewitnesses have
described hearing a loud bang. I can see the power station from where I
am. It is only about 400 yards away. At about four o'clock when I heard
the explosion and rumbling, by the time I looked out of the window
there was a huge cloud of dust which came to our village. When that had
cleared, I noticed that half of the old power station were the
generators were, half of that was missing. There are reports that one
person has been killed, but that has not been confirmed.
Both the Syrian government and the main opposition umbrella
group fighting in the country say they have accepted the terms
The plan, announced by the US and Russia, calls for a halt
to combat operations from midnight on Friday.
But both the Syrian government and the opposition have placed
And the deal will not apply to the two main jihadist groups
in Syria, the Islamic State group, and the rival al-Nusra Front,
which will continue to be targeted by airstrikes.
The funeral of the celebrated Italian writer Umberto Eco has taken
He's best known for his blockbuster novel The Name Of The Rose,
which has sold more than 10 million copies and been translated
Umberto Eco's final novel will be released on Friday.
A zoo here in Britain has announced the birth of a baby gorilla
The operation was performed in the city of Bristol
after the mother was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia,
It's thought to be the first time a newborn gorilla has survived
It's among just a handful of such cases worldwide.
He's delivered hundreds of babies, but Professor David Cahill has never
In his hands, a tiny newborn gorilla.
He was called in from a local maternity hospital by Bristol Zoo
He was asked to carry out an emergency Cesarean.
He says the three-hour operation was remarkably similar to dealing
with a human being, although the end result was a little different.
Hairier and about two pounds in weight.
What was that like, holding a baby gorilla that you've delivered?
I mean I've held lots of babies, but this one was quite special
because even though it was quite small, it was doing all the things
you would expect a gorilla to do like holding on to you,
because they're clearly different to babies.
It had a very strong grip and he looked at me with those weird
Mother and baby are doing well, but there were some nervous moments
The baby female, who has not yet been named,
11-days-old, she's thriving and being hand-reared by zoo staff.
It's feeding very, very well and taking several feeds a day.
It's still quite small, but it's out of danger,
I think in any sense and it's doing really well.
When I held it, it had a nice nappy on so I was safe to hold to for long
enough to be introduced to the rest of the family here.
When that happens, the zoo say, it will have to be done very
For now she is being cared for in private.
No visitors, apart from Professor Cahill, of course!
President Obama has unveiled plans to close the Guantanamo Bay
In a televised announcement, he said keeping the facility open
was contrary to American values, and undermined the security
of the United States and its standing in the world.
You can get in touch with me and some of the team via Twitter -
Good evening. If you thought this morning was called,