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A French judge upholds a government plan
to demolish parts of a makeshift migrant camp near Calais.
As Europe warns its open border system is facing collapse
the migrant trail across the continent is coming to a halt
If this is the one gate that migrants came from Greece to
Macedonia have to pass through. For much of the last three days, it has
stayed shut. A final plea for support on the eve
of Ireland's election - The country's on the up
but where many voters have been one of the world's most
famous locomotives - the Flying Scotsman -
is back on the tracks. A French court has given the green
light to government plans to clear part of the notorious
Calais migrant camp, Hundreds of people
from the Middle East and Africa have been living
in the camp, in the hope of crossing Calais is a draw for many
because of its location with a major ferry port
and Eurotunnel rail terminal. But the camp's population has been
growing in recent months, while new fences have been erected
around the terminal. The authorities say around
a thousand migrants will be affected by the eviction
and force will be used if necessary Aid agencies say the number of those
involved is much higher. But the French Interior
Minister says a violent TRANSLATION: it has never been the
government's intention to go ahead with a brutal evacuation of the area
south of Calais using bulldozers, with computer reading the north of
migrants. That approach is not a way of doing things. Our politics -- our
politics is to take charge of the situation. To take care of the
people, and to care of Glik for all those who are vulnerable with
humanitarian objective. From tomorrow, the state will try and
find humanitarian solution in tune with the ballot asthma values of our
country. Our correspondent Tomos Morgan
gave me the latest from the camp. Migrants living in the area which is
half of the camp here have three choices. They can move into the
containers that the government have set out for them, they can move to a
different area of France, in search of other migrant asylum areas, or
they can claim asylum in France, and that is their preferred option. The
authorities have said that they the white force anyone to leave. -- they
won't force anyone to leave. They are trying to close down the
southern area, but they said that they will keep some of the community
structures, the school, the church, the legal Centre, because they are
paddlers Hazmat pillars of the community created here. However, aid
charities have already criticised the decision. Theresa May said that
even if you keep some of those community structures, the risks --
segregating them. -- the charity said.
Give us an idea of what the conditions are like this. The
conditions are better in Calais than they are in the Dunkirk camp, which
is around 30 miles down the road. Aid workers, and many different
workers, have been here for several months helping people from around
the world, from the Middle East and Africa. Many of them live in
structures built out of wood and canvas, and the women and children
particularly get extra help from charities, they get supplies, and
today, they were allowed to pick out their clothes in a more dignified
manner than other charities dishing out food. The situation is not good,
but it is better than in Dunkirk, where everyone is living in tents,
and the situation has been described by the Red Cross as some of the
worst conditions they have ever seen.
The EU migration Commissioner is warning that the border between
Greece and Macedonia is risking collapse.
Greece has recalled its ambassador to Austria amid growing divisions
among EU states over the migrant crisis.
Thousands of people are now stranded in Greece after other countries
began to implement strict border controls.
Our correspondent Danny Savage reports from a migrant
At the main border, 3000 people living on a site built a half that
number. Living on the migrant trail, it has slowed to a crawl. This is
the spot where people have to pass through. But for much of the last
three days, it has stayed shut. That is because the next border going
north, between Macedonia and Serbia, is closed for much of the time as
well. It the classic domino effect. We wait, six hours, seven hours,
until the board is open. Sometimes, they closed the border, but people
go to the camp. Just over the border, the train was stuck for
hours, and frustrations grew. Just wait, just wait. What is the
problem? So a backlog of coaches and clean it is is building up down the
line. This is a service station just short of the border. Greece is is in
danger of becoming a warehouse of souls, and interior minister said.
There has been a sharp rise in number of children on the move.
These Iraqi twins were born in Turkey, and had been travelling all
life. We have an increasing unaccompanied children, and at Greek
level, there is not capacity to shelter them, and to give them basic
care. I also talked to these Afghans and Pakistani 's. They will not be
allowed to cross the border because they are not Syrian or Iraqi. They
will probably head for the hills. Organise and don't move! In the last
three days, 8000 people have arrived in Greece like this. And they will
try to push north by whatever means, despite all the pretty -- political
rows. Joining me is Ian Bond,
Foreign Policy Director How common is it for an ambassador
to be recalled over a matter like this? Forte EU countries, it is very
unusual indeed. I cannot think of a previous occasion. The problem is
that the countries on the front line like Greece and Italy have their own
agenda, but other countries like Austria and Hungary want to limit
the number of migrants coming through, and there is a disconnect
between the tee. There is, and what the Austrians are going to do if
they carry on in this way is to bottle up ever larger numbers in
Greece, and they cannot cope with the numbers. What do you think can
be done now in terms of getting them to come together and find some sort
of plan? The European Commission has been trying to do that today, and
the Commissioner has been talking about that and talking about the
need for coordinated action. But the most important thing is that the EU
needs to start looking beyond the borders to see how it stops people
beginning this perilous journey to Europe, because if it cannot stop
that, then it cannot stop people coming from Syria. It is not going
to be able to cope with the problem in these enormous numbers of
migrants. So try and sort the problem at the source? By perfecting
piece to Syria? That is not likely in the short term. We had a recent
conference to raise money. How useful is that money going to be?
The money is going to be useful, but it is not enough to try and provide
sustainable livelihoods for people in the region. As well as trying to
work for peace in Syria, which is going to be a long-term problem, you
can try and keep the people going to Turkey and Jordan and Lebanon in
better conditions, so they have less of an incentive to travel on. If
they are living in tense, if the children cannot get educated, they
can listen to the smugglers, and they will take several thousand
dollars can get them into Europe. There has been a lot of tension with
a whole British exit issue. Is that taking the attention away from... It
has had two effects. It has meant that the EU has been talking about
Britain's problems when it should have been talking about Syria's
problems. British politicians have not felt able or brave enough to say
that Britain needs to play a bigger role in accepting some of those
refugees. Should they play a bigger role? Yes, they then Ie we should.
The numbers involved are largely the enormous. They are facing most
horrendous conditions in Syria, and they are increasingly facing
difficulties in the countries that they are going to. Britain, so far,
has made a tiny offer, in terms of 20,000 people over the next few
years, whereas Germany, they have taken 3.5 million or more. Thank you
for talking to us. And for all the latest
on Europe's migration crisis, Along with full coverage
of the latest developments, you'll find analysis, including
comment by Damian Grammaticas, the BBC's Europe
correspondent in Brussels. Let's have a look at some of the
day's other news. A bitter battle over gay rights
in Italy could be nearing an end after the Senate there voted
to grant legal recognition Premier Matteo Renzi described
the passage of the bill But gay and lesbian groups
see the legislation as a betrayal because Mr Renzi's
party sacrificed a provision to allow gay adoption
in order to ensure passage. A study of people who survived
the Ebola virus in west Africa has found that most of them will have
long-lasting health problems. Analysis shows that in the 6 months
after being discharged, about two-thirds of patients had
body weakness, while regular headaches, depressive symptoms
and memory loss were found in half. Harvard University in the US
is going to remove the word "master" from academic titles,
after protests from students who claimed the title
had echoes of slavery - House masters, in charge
of residential halls, This latest dispute is part
of a series of protests about race and identity which have erupted
across US campuses. A growing number of Christians
are fleeing Pakistan - fearing a rise in extremist violence
in their mainly Muslim homeland. Thousands are travelling
to nearby Thailand - but because the country
doesn't offer asylum, many - including children -
are being interned. The BBC's Chris Rogers has been
undercover in the Thai detention facilities and sent this
report from the capital, If this Christian service was taking
place in certain parts of their homeland, this pasta and his
congregation could be risking their lives. Entire families have left
Pakistan, ignoring the hostile neighbours, arriving in Thailand.
Each has its own story of persecution and those that didn't
make it. TRANSLATION: my sister was burned
alive. Only because she said the word God. She was burned for this
reason alone. But she said the reason -- she said the word God.
Their trauma is far from over. Here in Bangkok, Pakistani family rely on
hand-outs. Thailand is not signed up to you in international agreement to
take on a silent secret -- seekers. The United Nations refugee agency
has been allowed to step in. It investigates the asylum claims and
relocate them to another country. The process is taking years. The
tight immigration and police are growing impatient. Has this husband
been taken away? Yes, he has been taken away. I have just come to this
apartment block. I have seen dozens of women sobbing, and it became
clear why. They have taken all of their husbands. In a series of
raids, Pakistani women and children are also rounded up, charged with
illegal immigration, find and imprisoned. This is where they are
taking two. Bangkok's main detention centre for illegal immigrants.
Journalists are not welcome. We have had to pose as charity volunteers.
We see many Pakistani Christians. Including children. The noise is
their cries for help to be freed. How long have you been here?
Three months. All be charity volunteers can offer them is food
and water. A lot of women are complaining the children are ill.
They have diarrhoea because of the dirty water. Imprisoning a child
with adults, even with their parents, is a breach of
international law. They are taken back to these hot, overcrowded
cells. The Thai government say that the strives to provide the best
possible care. But those who cannot pay their fines for illegal
immigration are sent to a Thai jail. Some are freed after charities pay
for their release. TRANSLATION: late put us in
shackles. We are in a lot of pain. With just eight staff to process
11,500 Pakistani asylum requests, UNHCR say that limited resources
have led to delays in Thailand. The type government say that it leaves
and with no choice but to arrest illegal immigrant.
Political campaigning is drawing to a close in Ireland ahead
of tomorrow's election - a contest which pollsters
are predicting could produce a hung parliament and weeks
Our Ireland correspondent Chris Bucker has been looking
at the main issues during the campaign.
Just a warning there are flashing images from the start
In the middle of an election, politicians are not usually keen to
look like a used car salesman. But the Irish prime ministers seems
happy to have this country's economy and his policies tested. A key part
of end Kenny's sales pitch is about bailouts and economic sales prices.
In the last five years, he has called his critics whinges. Dublin
is benefiting from this recovery, other places aren't? I recalled the
days of endless wealth in Ireland. The same comments were being made
about the Celtic Tiger. That is why we look for a second term, so we can
finish the job, and deal with that myth. But some have found it
difficult keeping their faith in the politicians during Ireland's era of
austerity. The imposition of new taxes and cuts have meant that still
some people are waiting to see the improvements of themselves. I am
finding it very hard. Certainly when you are on social welfare. You are
trying to get by. All that is gaining, them. It is their own
effort. There are people trying to take advantage of the anger directed
against politician. Many independent, and anti-austerity
candidates are standing. The opposition leader has been
trying to win back voters who blame them when the Celtic Tiger
collapsed. The politicians have a lot to do to overcome the public's
sceptic a system of politics. That scepticism. There's been another
leader who is being talked out about a lot. Gerry Adams, once seen as the
political wing IRA north of the border. Sinn Fein has tried to
reinvent itself as an antiestablishment party of the
South. It is about the ordinary people. Whether it is fairness. The
problem for Mr Adams is that the Republic's big two parties are not
making advantage is that advances. They have ruled out formal coalition
with Sinn Fein. The polls suggest that a deal will have to be done if
a government has to be formed. If not, it could mean another election
for Ireland. Here in Here in Britain a major report has
found the BBC guilty of serious failings with regard to Jimmy Savile
- the former television entertainer who committed dozens
of sexual attacks. For several decades,
he was one of Britain's biggest But, a year after Savile's death
in 2011, allegations The report said there was a culture
of "reverence and fear" Soweto in South Africa
is a place rich in history, famous for its pivotal role
in the anti-apartheid struggle. One local man's passion for bird
watching is helping to put the township on the map
for another reason - The BBC spent the day
with Raymond Rampolokeng, Soweto's first bird guide,
as he taught local youngsters the importance of birds
and maintaining the green spaces the black headed Heron, right in our
backyard. My nickname is the Birdman of
Soweto. It is a catchy name, and I like it. As young boys growing up in
Soweto, we would go out and hunt for birds. I did not know later in life
that I would be met with the challenge of educating our community
and the world about the importance of bird conservation. The birds we
are hearing now are a mixture of Sparrow and house sparrow. I
volunteered in a local conservation group, which was also looking at
telling a problematic area with markings and robberies were taking
place. We had programmes for young kids, which linked me up with the
wetland area, which is teeming with birds. That is where my love for
birding started. I didn't know that I would be the first bird guide to
come from Soweto. That is history. I was hooked.
We are at the park, and this is a very personal passion of mine.
Working with young kids. We do walkabouts. We look at different
bird species. Birds eat different things that they
source either from the ground from here. Also, crumbs from outside our
kitchens. It is beautiful working with the local kids who are also
changing the perception of older people, particularly their parents.
It is a wonderful feeling, that one is making, knowing that we are
appreciating art buyer of diversity in Soweto. -- our biodiversity.
For the benefit of future generations to come.
The Flying Scotsman, one of the world's most famous steam
locomotives, has made its historic return to the tracks.
Thousands turned out to watch its journey
from London's King's Cross station to York, following a decade-long,
Our transport correspondent Richard Westcott was onboard.
It's not a locomotive, it's a celebrity.
Flying Scotsman, back centre-stage on its old stomping ground,
For the crew, it's a tough, filthy, rewarding job.
This very cramped passage is just one of the things that makes
It meant that drivers could change over whilst the train
That made this the first service that went from London
This engine has had all the ups and downs
Then shipped off to the United States, shipped off to Australia.
It's caused heartache, heartbreaks, heart attacks and bankruptcies.
I think many people believed it would never again,
NEWSREEL: The beautiful engine eased out of platform 10.
Flying Scotsman's always made headlines.
It was the first train officially clocked at 100 mph.
Today, the only delays were down to train-spotters on the line.
At its birthplace in Doncaster, they can still pull the crowds.
Journey's end in York and the crew are stars for the day.
The enthusiasm, people coming out on to the tracks to see
It's brilliant to see everyone lineside.
Great to see everyone's supporting the engine.
Flying Scotsman's going to be touring again.
So thousands more can revel in this sight.
Finally to the White House, where President Obama hosted
a concert on Wednesday to pay tribute to the late Ray Charles.
gospel singer Yolanda Adams and The Band Perry were among
a group of contemporary artists who performed Charles' music
Mr Obama even joined in with a bit of singing himself,
I will not be singing. But for our last one, it is fitting, that we pay
tribute to one of our favourites. One of the most brilliant and
influential musicians of our times, the late, great genius himself, Mr
Ray Charles. On that musical note, it is goodbye
from me and the team. Thank you for watching. Goodbye.
It may not be as cold as recent nights have been. Having said that,
it gets off to a chilly start. There is