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The former First Lady of the United States Nancy Reagan
A suicide attack in Iraq kills at least 47 people.
Islamic State group claim responsiblity.
At least 25 people have died after a boat carrying migrants
capsized while crossing from Turkey to Greece.
A billionaire Iranian businessman who helped Tehran get around
sanctions has been sentenced to death.
The wife of the former US President Ronald Reagan has died.
Nancy Reagan was 94 and passed away from congestive heart failure.
She met her husband when they were both Hollywood actors.
And they shared more than five decades of marriage before
Nancy's support was a strong influence throughout her husbands
-- Nancy's support was a strong influence throughout her husband's
political career from Governor of California until he
Nancy Reagan died at her home in Los Angeles,
She had been my First Lady since long before the White House.
It was a marriage made for the silver screen,
the partnership portrayed here in a political campaign
The romance began in Hollywood, they met as minor actors
But by the time her husband became President, he had served eight years
Nancy Reagan was ready for her starring role.
The adoring gaze a symbol of her loyalty and devotion.
Nancy Reagan's time as First Lady was controversial,
as she redecorated the White House and splurged on gowns and banquets.
She was accused of interfering in staff matters and was ridiculed
for consulting an astrologer, apparently to decide
But she was driven by something much more down to earth.
A determination to protect our husband.
It could make her look overbearing, like this prompt when he lost his
(Doing everything we can.) Doing everything we can.
But when it turned out that Ronald Reagan's memory was was due
-- But when it turned out that Ronald Reagan's memory was due
to illness, sinking slowly into the darkness of Altzheimer's,
the nation began to understand and sympathise.
Each day brings another reminder of this very long goodbye.
At President Reagan's state funeral in 2004,
it felt like the world was intruding on a poignant, private farewell.
Nancy Reagan will be buried next to her husband,
here at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California.
A short time ago, her step-son released this message.
"Nancy," he said, "is once again with the man she loved."
A short time ago I spoke to Robert McFarlane.
He worked with Ronald Reagan and knew Nancy well.
She was a woman of grace and, but with absolute devotion to her
husband and our country's principles. A great help to him and
in political settings, foreign or domestic, a real charmer, a
beautiful woman, with phenomenal rise -- pays and at the end of the
day, it was asking what she could do, to be more supportive. She was a
profound influence on President Reagan, his eight years and
supporting him under any and all circumstances, but a significant
source of strength. I visited Tower four months ago and
her spirit was fighting after ten years of wandering, morning has loss
-- on the ring has loss. She was ready to join them. -- she was ready
to join hemmer. President Obama has been leading
tributes to the former First Lady. In a statement, he acknowledged her
charitable work on Alzheimer's disease, from which her husband
suffered, and says "she had Former US President,
George Bush says his wife and he "are saddened by the loss
and that her influence on the White House was
complete and lasting." Former US President Jimmy Carter,
from whom Ronald Reagan took over in the White House, says "America
and the Reagan family have lost Other US political figures have been
giving their reaction on twitter. Republican Presidential candidate,
Donald Trump, called her "an amazing woman and the wife of
a truly great President." His rival, Ted Cruz,
says "she will be remembered for her deep passion for the nation
and love for her husband, Former Republican Presidential
candidate, Mitt Romney, says that with her passing,
"we say a final goodbye This couple reminded us
of the greatness and the endurance A look back at the life
of Nancy Reagan who has died In Iraq, a suicide bombing
at a crowded checkpoint has killed The "Islamic State" group has
claimed responsibility. It happened near the city of Hilla
which is about 100 kilometres south Iraqi security officials say a fuel
tanker blew up at a checkpoint Our correspondent Jonathan
Beale is in Baghdad. From what we can see, it looks like
a suicide truck bomb, and some reports say it was a fuel tanker,
set off at about lunchtime locally and as you can see, it caused huge
devastation. It would have been a time of day when cars were
bumper-to-bumper at checkpoints. It completely destroyed that
checkpoint, killing a number of Iraqi security forces they are doing
the checks but also civilians, including, as we understand, a baby.
This is a tactic being used by Islamic State, who have claimed
responsibility for this attack. This is not an area where they hold
ground. What we think they -- what we think is calling on is that as
Islamic State feels the pressure from Iraqi security forces and the
coalition here strikes, they will go for a softer targets and
particularly the will call for areas trying to deliberately kill
civilians. That seems to have been what happened here. It brings
attention to their cause and it is a witty for Islamic -- Iraqi security
forces here who believe they are making progress coming gaining
cloned, but it is very difficult to combat this kind of attack.
At least 25 people have died after a boat carrying migrants
capsized while crossing from Turkey to Greece.
Hundreds more have been rescued from other vessels trying to make
The latest deaths come as EU leaders prepare for major summit in Brussels
focusing on how to deal with the crisis.
From the Greek island of Lesbos our correspondent
Midway between Turkey and the Greek islands,
the coast guard is picking people up from small boats.
338 migrants, from many different nations.
We didn't eat no food for two days, two nights.
The fate of these people is once again going to be discussed
One suggestion is to only let Syrians proceed from here.
That could mean that in the near future these people
will basically be sorted, Syrians will be allowed some sort
of refuge, but everybody else will be set back across the water
to Turkey on a journey they have just risked their lives on.
The migrants at this hilltop camp nearby are non-Syrian.
Desperate people, making desperate threats.
If they try to make you go back to Turkey, what do you think
I will not go back, I will jump in the sea or hang
If they forced me to go back in Turkey or Pakistan,
I'm not going back because it is a matter of my life.
Back on the beach this afternoon, we found another raft arriving.
Doctors and other aid workers were quickly on the scene to get
Further south, a similar boat sank just off the Turkish coast.
There were a few survivors, but the death toll in the sea has
This sea is extremely dangerous, it has been perilous,
not just this year where over 400 people have lost their lives,
but in the last alone, in the Mediterranean, year,
It's an extremely taxing and shocking experience.
For many of them it is the first time they are in the sea.
For now, these people are ashore and safe in Europe.
The overtures from Brussels are all about somehow sending
many of them back to Turkey and closing down these routes.
Danny Savage, BBC News, Lesbos.
An Iranian court has convicted a businessman of corruption
Babak Zanjani was accused of embezzling nearly
His death sentence follows a crackdown on corruption ordered
A lawyer for Mr Zanjani says an appeal will be lodged
Amir Azimi from BBC Persian's been telling me more
Many people follow the news and the trial over the past few months.
Also, many expected a very harsh sentence because it has been the
case in the past we have had a few similar cases over the past few
decades that people have been tried and sentenced to death and some of
them have been hanged for the same accusations. Is this a fight against
corruption or an opportunity to settle political scores, do you
think? The government says this is a fate against corruption. This man
was arrested a day or two after the president announced the will be
tough on corruption and they will tackle the corruption that is a
major issue in UserLand. But every time the government goes out and a
new one comes in, they accuse the previous government of all sorts of
corruption and a few people who are not particularly connected to the
Iranian press -- politicians but have had relations with them are
tried and some of them are faced with a long prison sentence or even
death. Some people say it is political. Then if you see it as
tackling corruption. -- very few. Stay with us on BBC
World News, still to come: We'll have all the latest
from Sunday's English Premier League action as the race for
Champions League places tightens. The Conservative Mayor
of London Boris Johnson -- who's campaigning to leave the EU --
says reform on the key issue of sovereignty is not achievable
if Britain stays in. He told the BBC the government had
been unable to deliver fundamental change and he said he'd been happy
with a reform deal that would have returned powers of sovereignty
from Brussels to the UK. But he revealed government lawyers
considered that unworkable and said measures to bolster British courts
and the House of Commons were not Finally we had some language that
had bite, seemed to work. Went back to the
government lawyers. A suicide attack in Iraq
kills at least 47 people. The Islamic State group
claim responsibility. Wins for Liverpool and West Brom
in Sunday's English Premier League. Albion beat a 10 man
Manchester United at home in the league for the first
time in 32 years. The result is a blow to United's
hopes of a top four finish. They're sixth 3-points
of City in fourth. There is always discussion
afterwards. When you know the player, she never hurts a player.
It's always when you play ten against 11, it is more difficult and
we have to run a lot and we have to play the five -- four matches ending
90s and now the first. Next up for United are
bitter rivals Liverpool Liverpool will be on a high
after coming back from a goal down and a man down to beat
Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park. Christian Benteke got
a controversial winner in injury Food policy a lot of things and
sometimes it's all about passion and I saw that today. -- football is a
lot of things. They defended with all the had and that is good to see.
Peyton Manning - the Denver Broncos quarterback -
one of the biggest names in US sport - will announce his retirement
from the National Football League tomorrow.
Manning is one of the most prolific passers in NFL history.
During an 18-year career he won two Super Bowl titles and five most
Manning, turns 40 later this month he and goes out on top
after winning his second Super Bowl with a victory over
Great Britain have beaten Japan to reach the quarter-finals
of the Davis Cup where they'll face Serbia and the world number one
Andy Murray's singles match went to five sets
He eventually came out on top to seal a 3-1 win for Great Britain,
sparing Dan Evans from playing a deciding rubber.
Novak Djokovis beat Mikhail Kukushkin in five sets
to help Serbia on their way to an eventual win over Kazahkstan.
The world number one was recovering from an eye infection AND struggling
In Sunday's decisive rubber, Serbia's No 2 Viktor Troicki beat
USA have beaten Australia 3-1 in their Davis Cup qualifier,
after John Isner defeated Bernard Tomic.
But there are some bad vibes in the Aussie camp right now
with Tomic, overheard during a changeover questioning
Nick Kyrgios's excuse of being sick, and missing the tie.
Tomic was heard saying "that's twice he's done it" and "If he plays"
in the Indian Wells tournament this week, "then he's definitely lost
Australia squared their twenty twenty series with South Africa
by winning the second match off the very last ball.
South Africa set the Aussies 204 for victory
and they got most of the runs thanks to a T20 Aussie record partnership
of 161, between David Warner and Glenn Maxwell.
Mitchell Marsh and James Faulkner needed 11 off the final five balls
Family and friends of those on board the missing Malaysian Arirlines
flight MH370 have held a remembrance service to mark the second
They've urged the authorities not to give up the search
for the aircraft which vanished whilst travelling from
Another piece of debris that may have come from the plane was found
From Kuala Lumpur our South Asia correspondent Jonathan Head reports.
They didn't want this to be a sombre occasion.
Rather a celebration of the memories of those they have lost.
But there was a serious message but hides this event,
a plea to the authorities in Malaysia and
elsewhere not to stop looking for the missing plane.
The disappearance of MH370 is an astonishing mystery
with troubling implications for the aviation industry.
More than that it is a tragedy for the
families of those on board who have been unable to grieve,
And their great fear as the months passed by their plight will be
The search continues over a huge stretch of the southern
Indian Ocean where it is believed the missing airliner came down.
But that is due to end in three months' time.
So far the only trace of MH370 has-been this piece of a wing found
And possibly this fragment found off the coast of Mozambique.
It is flimsy evidence, suggesting the plane did crash
in the sea, but telling the families nothing about how and why it went
For the first year and a half I would always
expect to see my mother in the house, sitting
I still have those thoughts, those feelings, I still miss her.
But at the same time I have not come to an acceptance that I will never
They finished by releasing balloons carrying the names of each
Lifting into the sky their hope that one day they will find
Let's return to our top story now, Nancy Regan, the wife of former US
The former First Lady was an ambassador for
the Ronald Reagan Foundation and Library.
Joining me from the foundation is John Heubusch.
Despite her age, I understand she continued to campaign right up
Absolutely. You're right. At 94, she was a little frail. In the past
year, we haven't seen her as many public events but mentally she was a
joy because she was at 110%. I talk to ten days go on the phone and was
always a delight to talk to our. She was with her in that sense -- she
was with ours in that sense, right up until the end.
in work with Stem cell research, a decsion she didn't take lightly
and put her at odds with some in the Republican party.
Yes, it did. But she still in the face of some terrible diseases and
one that had a great effect on her husband, but also she took up many
causes, including press Qatar and other cancer researchers, so she
felt that if there was any clues were keys that could be fun to
listen the suffering of people with his dreaded diseases that we should
find ways to help them. Her views weren't always
on the side of public opinion. I'd have to say that she wasn't a
public policy maker in the United States. She did not advise President
Reagan on foreign policy or tax policy or things like that. Why
should we was was a solid power -- power of a spot -- power of support
for President Regan. I think she took the brunt of any criticism
involving public decision and he just stood by his side.
She'll be buried, next to her husband at the Foundation.
That is quite a question. But a little personal, but I have a bed of
that dreaded disease on my own I have been dating for three years and
my last phone call with horror was hardest trying to make me feel good
and bought me up about it and it was her typical pressing the foreword to
hang in there and she just displayed all sorts of warmth and grace, as
she always does and it was a privilege to be able to talk to are
as recently as I did. Will you be attending her funeral? Yes. I'm
involved in the planning of the event. There will be thousands of
people that would like to be there but they can't because they couldn't
all not fit them. The funeral will be by event -- invitation only.
Everyone that was to pay their respects will be able to do so in
the next few days. We will be making announcements as to when they can
come to the library and pay their respects.
What would be the few last word you had for her?" Britain you had your
eye lady, Margaret Thatcher, Nancy Reagan was never referred to as an
iron Lady. I would have to say to President Reagan, that really must
have been what she was to him in so many ways because there was no
greater protector, supporter or defender of the President Reagan.
I'm so sorry to interrupt but thank you for being with us on BBC world