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The first pause to the fighting in Syria in five years appears to be
97 groups signed up to the two-week ceasefire -
but there have been reports of some sporadic clashes and a car bombing.
Here's our correspondent Mark Lowen, who is close to the Syrian border
This is what five years of hell has done to Syria.
Homs, once a historical jewel, now a ghost town.
As the ceasefire came into effect, a moment to breathe and play.
There have been some incidents today.
We do not believe the Assad regime will stop its attacks.
We have had so many disappointments in the past.
We all wish for the best and that national unity
Everyone was waiting for the ceasefire.
Today the streets are busy and people are relieved.
The truce does not apply to the Nusra Front or
These pictures showing another strike by coalition jets.
If the other side's ceasefire holds, peace talks should begin on the 7th
There are plenty of reasons for scepticism.
Even under the best of circumstances, the violence
All parties must end attacks, including aerial bombardment.
Humanitarian aid must be allowed to reach areas under siege.
continue their advance against the Kurdish militia.
A reminder that this war has so many factions on so many fronts.
Five years of war have crushed that but
at least it is relief from the daily barrage of bombing and hope
that this might provide a window of opportunity for people to come
Even if the ceasefire holds, there is still no
long-term plan on how to end this war and how a broken country can
Early results in Iran's parliamentary elections show
reformist supporters of President Rouhani have
They have also advanced in elections for the body that chooses
President Rouhani has said the poll has strengthened his government.
Dr Mansour Farhang, Iran's first ambassador to the United Nations
after the revolution, joins us now from the US
The first time in a long time that the reformists have done well in
these elections. This is not the first time but it is a significant
achievement in the sense that reformists have 3000 candidates.
Only 30 of them are qualified to run. They managed to create
coalition with supporters of the president and independent
candidates. They have ended up winning the election in ten rounds.
Of the 30 delegates, 29 are on the list of the reformists. There is
only one radical or hardliner included in the list. This is a very
significant achievement. If reformists do indeed do well, will
it lead to warmer relations with the West? There is no question that the
president and his supporters want to improve relations with the Western
world. Today, the reformists, under the best of circumstances, based on
the vote count up to now would constitute only 30% of the 290
member parliament. They will still be a minority because they are not
permitted to have candidates in the vast majority of the locations
throughout the country. The fact that in the assembly of experts the
leading three candidates were critics of the hardliners clearly
demonstrates that the public opinion is very much wavering the president
and the reformists. Through the influence of public opinion, the
reformists might have the strength in their hands but not because they
have a majority in parliament. You were ambassador during the US
embassy hostage crisis. This must be significant from your experience of
Koran's -- Iran's journey it has been on to this date. I resigned my
position and did my best efforts about hostage negotiations with the
UN. It failed. I submitted my resignation, protesting an illegal
and immoral act, the hostagetaking. There is no question there is an
evolutionary process in Iranian society. 70% of Iranians today are
under four years old. That means they were babies or not born during
the 1979 revolution. These people are not really identifying with the
radical idea that the early revolutionaries had and are having
an impact on public policy, public opinion, and the gender orientation
of the state. The first generation leaders of the revolution, it seems
they have a very difficult time to understand this dramatic change in
public opinion and take action in the direction of normalising Iran's
relations with the rest of the world. It is a matter of time before
reformists and more moderate elements take the upper hand. Thank
you very much. The latest round in the battle
for the Democratic Party nomination in the US presidential election has
moved to South Carolina. Hillary Clinton is favourite to win
but her rival Bernie Sanders will be hoping to get some momentum
ahead of "Super Tuesday". That's when 11 states
will hold their primaries next week. Well, our correspondent Kim Ghattas,
is in Columbia in South Carolina. It has been a slow but steady
trickle of voters in Colombia The Democratic primary race is under
way. with her Democratic
rival, the senator from Here, she is leading
by a wide margin. She is certainly
hoping for a big win. In 2008 she lost big
against her then rival, This time around she
has had a difficult start to her campaign but she won
the caucus in Nevada. The mood in the Clinton
campaign changed. They are hoping with
a big win in South Carolina, they will be able to book
momentum in all of the big states For Mr Sanders, it
has been much harder. He has had trouble
connecting with minority If you go to his big
rallies in other states but you will see crowds
of excited young voters. In South Carolina it has been
a smaller crowd of mostly In essence, he has come
to the conclusion that he has gone ahead to Texas,
hoping to rally excitement and rally his supporters
ahead of super Tuesday, the day when 11 states vote
across the US on March Ballots are still being counted
after Friday's vote in the Republic Exit polls suggest the governing
coalition will fall well short of getting enough seats
to keep its majority in the lower At the moment we're getting around
18, 19 results on the election in this immensely complex process of
counting single transferable votes in multimember constituencies. This
is a camp for five of the seven Dublin constituencies. Between three
and five members each. They'll be well into tonight and possibly
tomorrow before we know for certain who has been elected for the
constituencies and four constituencies across the country.
The big story is that the ruling coalition, which campaigned on its
record of modest economic recovery, has been trounced is too strong a
word but has failed to produce the increase in votes it is hoping for.
The Scherer the vote has fallen considerably. Many people outside of
Dublin and the big cities are not experiencing that economic recovery.
Equally, no other party is a key close to the 79 seats which would be
required to form a government in the Irish parliament. As a result, there
is going to be a great deal of horse trading. There is talk of a grand
coalition between two parties, the traditional big guns of Irish
politics, whose rivalry goes right back to the Irish civil war of the
1920s. There is talk of them coming together and a rainbow coalition. It
seems there will be weeks before we know whether or not there will be a
government or whether there might have to be another general election.
Why is the result of this election is so important? It is important for
Ireland because the country was put under considerable pressure in the
wake of the banking crash by the European Commission, the European
Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund. It embraced a series
of posterity measures, tax increases and so on. In some ways it is being
held up as a success for austerity. The problem is, across much of
Europe, it has been difficult to persuade voters. They see a lot of
pain and see unemployment. Huge number is the people from Ireland,
particularly young people, have emigrated in search of work. Lots of
families are looking at the sons and daughters having left the country
with no guarantee they'll be able to come back. It is something of a test
case for other European countries. Berry interesting to see whether the
pattern in Ireland is repeated elsewhere in the coming years.
Finance ministers from the world's leading economies have warned
of a shock to the global economy if Britain votes to leave
the European Union in June's referendum.
The G20 finance ministers also said the global recovery had fallen short
of their expectations and called for individual and collective
They're in charge of the world's biggest economies with plenty
Volatile markets, the falling price of oil and how to speed up growth
But as G20 finance ministers meet in Shanghai there are fears
to about what happens next in the UK.
And for the Chancellor arguing for Britain to stay in the EU,
it has given him something to smile about.
The financial leaders of the world's biggest countries have
given their unanimous verdict and they say that a British exit
from the EU would be a shock to the world economy and if it's
a shock to the world economy, imagine what it would do to Britain.
It's an unusual move to highlight the UK referendum among global
economic risks but those voting for Britain to leave say
they would be a more powerful player over the world if we step out
I am not surprised that big government gets together to back
David Cameron but the reality of life is that there is a great big
world outside Europe and only by divorcing ourself
from the European Union can we enter our own trade
To stay or leave, it is not long now until the UK gets to have its say.
The world and its economic leaders will be watching.
Reports from Afghanistan say at least 21 people,
including women and children, have been killed in two suicide
The first blast in the eastern province of Kunar killed 12
A further explosion in the capital Kabul left at least nine people
The Taliban said they had were behind the attack
which was outside the defence ministry building.
Tens of thousands of people demonstrated against Poland's
new right-wing government in the capital, Warsaw.
They say it is becoming increasingly authoritarian,
and is threatening the judiciary and free media.
The European Commission has also raised concerns about the rule
of law in Poland, but the government has rejected all criticism.
Thousands of supporters of the murdered Russian opposition
politician, Boris Nemtsov, have marched through Moscow
and Saint Petersburg to mark the anniversary of his death.
Nemtsov's family claim the killing was politically motivated
as Mr Nemstov was a fierce critic of President Putin.
Five Chechen men accused of carrying out the killing are expected to go
The bizarre architecture it you can find in China, the ruling, this
party is out of patience with it. 25 year old Beth Anderson and 19
year-old Izzy Squire both died It remains unclear exactly how
the three British holidaymakers died, but it has been claimed
that they were not with Police in Vietnam have launched an
investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deaths.
Our correspondent Andy Gill has the latest.
The officials have told the BBC One may have slipped and take on the
other two with them. South Yorkshire Police said they are supporting the
family here in Sheffield. They and the officials from the Foreign and
Commonwealth Office are trying to find out the exact circumstances of
how the three young British people came to be killed.
The first major truce in Syria's five-year civil war appears largely
Partial results from Iran's parliamentary elections suggest
the reformists have done well in Tehran.
Robert Mugabe has celebrated his 92nd birthday. He has thrown a huge
party attended by thousands of people, including some heads of
state. However, not everyone saw this as a cause to celebrate.
Critics say the festivities were inappropriate in light of the
current drought in the country. Traffic was brought to a San -- a
standstill as thousands turned out to celebrate Robert Mugabe's
birthday. Not even the rain has stopped thousands of Zimbabweans
from coming here to celebrate the birthday of the 92-year-old leader.
Not many people can argue about the contribution by Robert Mugabe to the
liberation struggle. People here are also expecting to address the
tension and infighting in his ruling party. Now, together, we must find
our way to the problems that we face. We cannot lead such misguided
youth. No. Why tapping he is in the Mark of the good shape for a
92-year-old who has outfoxed his rumours about his death. -- He is in
very good shape. He will be encouraging young people to do the
best they can, to develop their own country, and protect our
independence. Many have criticised the ruling party, accusing them of
being sensitive to the work as the country faces its worst drought in
decades. They could not contain their excitement as celebrations
continued throughout the day. Leicester have stretched
their lead at the top of the English Premier League
to five points after an 89th minute Substitue Leonardo Ulloa came
on with 15 minutes to play Norwich remain above the relegation
zone only goal difference. Leicester's unbelievable
season continues. I told before the Arsenal match, it
is more difficult than the Arsenal match. Norwich, in the last 20
minutes, I think, every action. Both teams could have scored a goal.
Fortunately, it was Leicester to score a goal, just at the end of the
match. Champions Chelsea remain unbeaten
in the league under Guus Hiddink. Their late winner against
Southampton moves them to eleventh Here are the rest of
Saturday's results. Aston Villa remain bottom
after losing 2-1 to Stoke. Goalless between Watford
and Bournemouth. Real Madrid were dealt a blow in La
Liga. There were wins away from home.
The former Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, has given his support to
Gianni Infantino. He was elected on Friday and has promised to reunite
the game, while reforming it might be his most important job. He has
the backing of his predecessor and fellow Swiss. He is the man comment
coming from the football organisation, he is a young man, he
is powerful. He has a lot of energy. I am sure that he will do the right
job. It is important for Fifa to have a change. If the majority of
the 207 national organisations so clearly indicated they wanted to go,
I can only say to Gianni, good luck and do it. England are any team to
win a grand slam in the Six Nations championship after a third victory
in three under the head coach, Eddie Jones. They'd be Ireland 21-10. --
they beat will stop they broke a losing streak going back two years.
They beat Italy 36-20 in Rome. India had beaten Pakistan by five wickets.
In a rare match between the two, the first of the Asia cup, a warm up
tournament, India could only make three in their innings. India
started at the start of their reply. They eventually won with 27 balls in
Bangladesh. That is the sport. Modern China has become famous
for its spectacular skyline. They're bristling with skyscrapers
and oddly shaped buildings - from teapots to donuts
to spaceships. But now it seems the
authorities have had enough. The ruling Communist Party has
issued a new regulation. There's the skyscraper
affectionately known And then there's this,
a replica of the China has been on an extraordinary
and imaginative building spree. A year ago, President Xi Jinping
began expressing his concern, The Chinese President objects
to these kinds of buildings That they're "weird"
and that they're Western. And so the Communist Party's
suspicion of malign foreign Alongside democracy and universal
human rights, we can now add In future, new buildings should not
be oversized or out of keeping with Chinese culture,
the new regulation says, I think the Government should not
forbid or shackle the development Maybe in the future,
we could see more buildings When China has more
home-grown architects? Because right now, all those
buildings are built Local planning chiefs will have
to interpret the new guidelines, leaving some room for
variations in taste. But doughnuts are
probably off the menu! An American surfer has won
more than ?50,000s - after successfully riding a 60 foot
wave at a competition in Hawaii. 23-year old John John Florence
is one of the youngest winners of what is said to be professional
surfing's most prestigious event - of an unusual
highway chase kind earlier today -
involving an apparent unicorn. Officers initially believed
the caller who reported the fairy-tale creature
on the loose was on drugs. But when they got to the scene -
they found this - It took them three hours to chase
and coax the animal out of hiding. thank you for being with us. Do join
us again. Hello. There may be a few days left
of winter according to the meteorological calendar. Things are
feeling wintry as we head into the