13/03/2016 World News Today


13/03/2016

The news programme for audiences who want more depth to their daily coverage. With a focus on Europe, Middle East and Africa.


Similar Content

Browse content similar to 13/03/2016. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!

Transcript


LineFromTo

This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK

:00:00.:00:00.

A massive car bomb has hit the main square of the Turkish capital,

:00:07.:00:16.

Ankara, killing 34 people and wounding many more.

:00:17.:00:20.

The Turkish government bans access to Facebook and other sites

:00:21.:00:23.

to prevent images of the attack being shared on social media.

:00:24.:00:28.

In Ivory Coast, there's been shootings at a resort popular

:00:29.:00:31.

with tourists, with at least 16 people killed.

:00:32.:00:35.

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb says it carried out the attack.

:00:36.:00:40.

They killed a child, despite him kneeling

:00:41.:00:43.

I swear, I heard them shouting "Allahu Akbar."

:00:44.:00:50.

Exit polls in regional elections in Germany suggest heavy losses

:00:51.:00:56.

for Chancellor Merkel's ruling Christian Democrats and major gains

:00:57.:00:59.

And the family cat who has helped a little girl with autism start

:01:00.:01:10.

The Turkish government has accused Kurdish militants of being behind

:01:11.:01:29.

a deadly car bomb attack in the capital Ankara

:01:30.:01:33.

in which at least 34 people have been killed.

:01:34.:01:39.

In the past few minutes, the Turkish Health Minister has

:01:40.:01:47.

announced that at least one or two of the dead

:01:48.:01:49.

The blast could be heard across the city,

:01:50.:01:52.

sending a huge plume of smoke into the air and setting vehicles

:01:53.:01:55.

on fire in the busy Kizilay district.

:01:56.:01:57.

As well as being a transport hub the area is also

:01:58.:02:00.

Rescue workers arrived at the scene quickly.

:02:01.:02:02.

At least 125 people have been injured, although that figure

:02:03.:02:05.

The blast happened at 6.40pm local time.

:02:06.:02:12.

Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, convened

:02:13.:02:13.

an emergency security meeting after the bombing.

:02:14.:02:15.

He has been receiving advice from security chiefs.

:02:16.:02:18.

Today's explosion comes with the country already

:02:19.:02:19.

An attack last month on a military convoy in Ankara killed 28 people.

:02:20.:02:26.

Panic as emergency crews respond to an explosion in the city centre.

:02:27.:02:41.

A car blew up near a bus stop, a bus destroyed, vehicles burnt out.

:02:42.:02:45.

The blast could be heard across the city.

:02:46.:02:47.

TRANSLATION: It came next to us, the second past. There was a lady near

:02:48.:03:03.

us and her seat catapulted. Something hit my forehead. A car

:03:04.:03:04.

exploded. Five or six people on board

:03:05.:03:08.

the bus died, I saw it. Something hit my forehead

:03:09.:03:12.

and my shoulder. Police sealed off

:03:13.:03:16.

the scene of the blast. With many already confirmed dead,

:03:17.:03:21.

the number killed is likely to rise. The explosion happened

:03:22.:03:26.

in the Kizilay district, there are government

:03:27.:03:28.

buildings nearby. Just two days ago, the US

:03:29.:03:31.

Embassy in Ankara warned Last month, 29 people died in a car

:03:32.:03:34.

bombing and a Kurdish militant In October, a double suicide bombing

:03:35.:03:42.

blamed on so called Islamic State Authorities are now investigating

:03:43.:03:48.

this latest attack. So far no group has

:03:49.:03:53.

claimed responsibility. Our Turkey correspondent Mark Lowen

:03:54.:03:55.

gave us this update from Istanbul. This looks like being a very

:03:56.:04:03.

serious attack in the heart As the casualties rise there will be

:04:04.:04:06.

questions as to who carried it out. Turkey faces multiple

:04:07.:04:13.

security threats. Three separate bomb blasts in Ankara

:04:14.:04:17.

over the last six months, one in October killed over 100

:04:18.:04:21.

people, blamed on so-called Islamic State and one last month

:04:22.:04:25.

close to the site of today's bomb blast that killed 30 people

:04:26.:04:29.

was blamed by the Turkish government on a Syrian Kurdish group

:04:30.:04:39.

but responsibility was claimed by separate Kurdish group, one based

:04:40.:04:41.

in Turkey although the Turkish Turkey is involved in the coalition

:04:42.:04:44.

against so-called Islamic State, it is fighting IS in Syria and Iraq,

:04:45.:04:47.

making it liable to attacks, and is fighting a renewed insurgency

:04:48.:04:51.

in south-eastern Turkey with PKK Kurdish militants, leaving it open

:04:52.:04:54.

to attacks by Kurdish This country for so long

:04:55.:04:56.

considered the stable corner of the Middle East, the West's vital

:04:57.:05:02.

ally in a volatile region. Today's attack, the third

:05:03.:05:07.

attack in six months, raises serious questions

:05:08.:05:11.

about the government's ability to maintain security in the heart

:05:12.:05:14.

of the capital and shows once again how dangerous a moment

:05:15.:05:17.

this country now faces. With me now is Ibrahim Dogus,

:05:18.:05:22.

director of the Centre for Turkey Thank you for joining us. No one has

:05:23.:05:34.

yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but where are the suspicions

:05:35.:05:38.

falling? Turkey has become very vulnerable to terrorist attacks over

:05:39.:05:44.

the last 15 months and a lot of that is to do with the Syrian policies

:05:45.:05:49.

and the Kurdish issue. Last month in Ankara there was an attack against a

:05:50.:05:56.

monetary convoy which was claimed by TAK, claiming they did the attack in

:05:57.:06:01.

retaliation for Turkish operations against militants in the Kurdish

:06:02.:06:09.

region of Turkey. Who is TAK? As far as we know it is a group that split

:06:10.:06:14.

from the PKK, the main Kurdish militant force in Turkey who have

:06:15.:06:17.

had negotiations with Turkish authorities. TAK claims the

:06:18.:06:23.

negotiations are not going to work for Turkish people and they say that

:06:24.:06:27.

the PKK is a very passive organisation. They are claiming to

:06:28.:06:32.

represent the desires and wishes of the Kurdish people. They are known

:06:33.:06:35.

to be using terrorist tactics and violence to reach out. Today's

:06:36.:06:43.

attack comes as Turkish authorities have launched a renewed offensive, a

:06:44.:06:49.

crackdown against the PKK party, the pro-Kurdish party. Turkey has

:06:50.:06:54.

changed its policy on Kurds over the last 15 months. There have been

:06:55.:07:00.

similar attacks against civilians in Turkey. The most recent one was in

:07:01.:07:05.

October in Ankara, which was blamed on Islamic State and prior to that,

:07:06.:07:11.

suicide attacks elsewhere which were blamed on Islamic State. If this

:07:12.:07:17.

attack was an attack against civilians, then we shouldn't rule

:07:18.:07:21.

out Islamic State's involvement yet but if it was aimed at military

:07:22.:07:25.

personnel, it is very likely to be carried out by TAK. The Turkish

:07:26.:07:29.

government was in serious negotiations with the Kurdish people

:07:30.:07:37.

and the PKK, indirectly through elected officials.

:07:38.:07:40.

Turkey plays an important role on the international political stage,

:07:41.:07:45.

it is part of the coalition against IS. I'm afraid we have to leave it

:07:46.:07:47.

there. Thank you for joining us. Huge but peaceful protests have been

:07:48.:07:51.

taking place in cities across Brazil to demand the resignation

:07:52.:07:56.

of President Dilma Rousseff. The opposition accuses Ms Rousseff

:07:57.:08:00.

of mishandling the economy and of involvement in a massive

:08:01.:08:04.

corruption scandal, which has also Tens of thousands of Islamists

:08:05.:08:07.

in Pakistan have held a rally in Karachi in protest

:08:08.:08:16.

at the execution last month of Mumtaz Qadri, a former bodyguard

:08:17.:08:20.

who killed a provincial governor for criticising the

:08:21.:08:24.

country's blasphemy laws. The head of the Conservative

:08:25.:08:28.

Jamaat-e-Islami party described Mr Qadri's death

:08:29.:08:30.

as judicial murder. A Palestinian teacher has won

:08:31.:08:36.

a prestigious education award worth a million dollars,

:08:37.:08:42.

described as the Nobel Prize The Varkey Foundation Global Teacher

:08:43.:08:44.

Prize was awarded in Dubai to Hanan Al-Hroub, who works

:08:45.:08:48.

at a school near Ramallah Ms Al-Hroub has developed a unique

:08:49.:08:50.

approach to teaching, using co-operative play

:08:51.:08:53.

to counter violent behaviour. The president of Ivory Coast,

:08:54.:09:02.

Alassane Ouattara, says 14 civilians and two soldiers

:09:03.:09:04.

were killed in a gun attack at a beach resort at

:09:05.:09:07.

Grand Bassam near Abidjan. The resort is popular

:09:08.:09:11.

with Western tourists. The government says six attackers

:09:12.:09:13.

were killed by security forces. An offshoot of the Islamist militant

:09:14.:09:16.

group al-Qaeda claimed The country's interior

:09:17.:09:18.

minister, Hamed Baka-yoko, went on television to announce

:09:19.:09:25.

the attack was over TRANSLATION: Three hotels in Grand

:09:26.:09:40.

Bassam, not far from Abidjan, were attacked early morning on Sunday the

:09:41.:09:47.

13th of March by armed men. The Ivorian defence and security forces

:09:48.:09:52.

intervened immediately. They were able to neutralise six terrorists.

:09:53.:09:58.

Searches are underway. A detailed report will be communicated in the

:09:59.:10:02.

next few hours. We ask people to stay calm.

:10:03.:10:04.

The gunmen targeted a holiday town with no history of terror attacks

:10:05.:10:07.

The BBC's Will Ross has this report.

:10:08.:10:11.

An eyewitness trapped in a hotel room films the confusion and terror

:10:12.:10:14.

People fleeing from the beach in search of safety.

:10:15.:10:22.

The sleepy resort of Grand Bassam has never witnessed

:10:23.:10:26.

One eyewitness said the gunmen were masked.

:10:27.:10:31.

They killed a child, despite him kneeling

:10:32.:10:39.

I swear I heard them shouting, "Allahu Akbar."

:10:40.:10:51.

The military are coming now, as you can see.

:10:52.:10:55.

The government appealed for calm as heavily-armed soldiers took

:10:56.:10:57.

They also helped drive people away from the scene to places

:10:58.:11:05.

Medical staff helped those injured, including some children.

:11:06.:11:11.

On the ground, evidence of the attackers.

:11:12.:11:12.

Other images, which are too graphic to show, are of bloodied bodies

:11:13.:11:15.

A BBC colleague at a different coastal resort spoke to people

:11:16.:11:20.

who had been relaxing in Grand Bassam when the gunmen struck.

:11:21.:11:25.

Friends who were there at different hotels have told me they heard

:11:26.:11:29.

the shooting, they heard big bang sounds.

:11:30.:11:33.

The army came in and swooped up quite a lot of people and put them

:11:34.:11:37.

My friend could not tell me where she was on the phone

:11:38.:11:44.

because the army said the terrorists could be listening.

:11:45.:11:46.

Although Ivory Coast has a history of political turmoil,

:11:47.:11:48.

this looks like yet another terror attack in the West African region.

:11:49.:11:59.

With me now is Will Ross, former BBC correspondent in west

:12:00.:12:01.

What's the latest on this? We have had a group called Al-Qaeda in the

:12:02.:12:13.

Islamic Maghreb saying they carried out the attack and another Al-Qaeda

:12:14.:12:17.

linked group have also said that it sent the gunmen to this resort. What

:12:18.:12:22.

is very clear is that this is of great concern, not just to Ivory

:12:23.:12:28.

Coast, which has never experienced anything like this before, but to

:12:29.:12:31.

the entire region because this is the third to mellow style attack

:12:32.:12:38.

since November in West Africa. Mali was targeted, its capital was

:12:39.:12:44.

targeted and we had Burkina Faso and 30 people were killed in this

:12:45.:12:50.

attack. There is a lot of concern about the movement of jihadists

:12:51.:12:53.

across the porous borders in the region. We have heard that

:12:54.:12:58.

authorities are using the phrase "Have neutralise" the attackers.

:12:59.:13:03.

They say that six of them were killed but we don't know if there

:13:04.:13:09.

were any more. We had a comment from the French president Francois

:13:10.:13:10.

Hollande calling it a cowardly attack and saying that France is

:13:11.:13:16.

going to bring in logistical support and intelligence and will intensify

:13:17.:13:23.

its fight with partners against terrorism. It is no coincidence that

:13:24.:13:27.

this is the third former French colony that has been targeted.

:13:28.:13:32.

France has huge interest in its former colonies, business interests

:13:33.:13:36.

in particular. France is playing a lead role when it comes to the

:13:37.:13:40.

military fight against Jihadist groups across West Africa and

:13:41.:13:46.

certainly the comments that have come from Jihadist groups in the

:13:47.:13:49.

past are that they are going to keep targeting them until they pull out

:13:50.:13:53.

the troops. The Ivory Coast became the base of the French fighting

:13:54.:13:58.

against IS in 2014, didn't it? It has other bases, in Chad but also in

:13:59.:14:05.

Mali, the French troops have played a key role in stopping the spread of

:14:06.:14:09.

the Jihadist insurgency that came down from the North. It was the

:14:10.:14:14.

French who led the attempt to stop the Jihadist is taking over even

:14:15.:14:18.

more territory. So they have really spread across the region and they

:14:19.:14:25.

are seeing this as a key priority. Francois Hollande says they are

:14:26.:14:28.

going to beef up the effort rather than being put off by such attacks.

:14:29.:14:30.

Thank you for joining us. Exit polls from state elections

:14:31.:14:32.

in Germany suggest the party of Chancellor Angela Merkel,

:14:33.:14:36.

the conservative Christian Democratic Union, has

:14:37.:14:38.

suffered significant losses. The votes have been seen as a test

:14:39.:14:42.

of Mrs Merkel's refugee policy. The anti-immigration

:14:43.:14:46.

Alternative for Germany party, the AfD, looks poised to enter three

:14:47.:14:50.

regional parliaments, and could surpass the 20%

:14:51.:14:56.

mark in the eastern The exit polls also suggest

:14:57.:14:58.

that the Green Party is on track The AFD has demanded that

:14:59.:15:03.

Germany closes its borders. Mrs Merkel has said the AfD stokes

:15:04.:15:10.

up prejudice and division. Stay with us on BBC

:15:11.:15:15.

World News, still to come. The family cat who has helped

:15:16.:15:18.

a little girl with autism start The numbers of dead and wounded

:15:19.:15:38.

defied belief. This worst terrorist atrocity on European soil in modern

:15:39.:15:45.

times. In this than 24 hours, the Soviet Union lost an elderly Sikh

:15:46.:15:48.

leader and replaced him with a dynamic figure 20 years his junior.

:15:49.:15:56.

We hope these gunshots. We were petrified. James Earl Ray, aged 41,

:15:57.:16:05.

sentenced to 99 years, due for parole when he is 90, travelling to

:16:06.:16:12.

Nashville State prison in a convoy. Paul, what does it feel like to be

:16:13.:16:17.

married at last? Fine, thank you. Is it going to change or life? I don't

:16:18.:16:22.

know, I've never been married before!

:16:23.:16:34.

A massive car bomb has hit the main square of the Turkish capital,

:16:35.:16:41.

Ankara, killing 34 people and wounding many more.

:16:42.:16:43.

In Ivory Coast there's been shootings at a resort popular

:16:44.:16:46.

with tourists, with at least 16 people killed.

:16:47.:16:52.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb says it carried out the attack.

:16:53.:16:57.

The German pilot who deliberately crashed an airliner

:16:58.:17:02.

into the French Alps last year killing all 150 people on board

:17:03.:17:07.

had been told by his doctor two weeks before the tragedy

:17:08.:17:09.

that he needed treatment

:17:10.:17:10.

Andreas Lubitz, who had a history of severe depression,

:17:11.:17:15.

never told airline bosses of his doctor's recommendation.

:17:16.:17:19.

The final report by French investigators into the tragedy

:17:20.:17:22.

says there must be "clearer rules" on the lifting

:17:23.:17:24.

Every life that ended here began with one locked door.

:17:25.:17:37.

The last deadly claim of privacy for a man in the grip

:17:38.:17:39.

After locking his fellow pilot out of the cockpit,

:17:40.:17:44.

Andreas Lubitz aimed the plane he was flying directly into a remote

:17:45.:17:47.

part of the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board.

:17:48.:17:53.

In the face of all that can't be changed, investigators today focused

:17:54.:17:57.

TRANSLATION: Our first recommendation is a balance

:17:58.:18:10.

between medical secrets, confidentiality, and public safety.

:18:11.:18:13.

We want clear rules to require health care providers to inform

:18:14.:18:17.

the authorities when a specific patient's health is very likely

:18:18.:18:19.

Andreas Lubitz had battled depression for years and had seen

:18:20.:18:26.

several psychiatric doctors in the weeks before the crash,

:18:27.:18:29.

one of whom recommended he be treated in a psychiatric hospital,

:18:30.:18:34.

information that was not passed to his employer.

:18:35.:18:39.

By the time Mr Lubitz sat behind the controls a year ago,

:18:40.:18:43.

The cockpit voice recorder registered only his level breathing

:18:44.:18:48.

Doors that had been strengthened in the wake of 9/11

:18:49.:18:56.

against hijacking by passengers now proved fatal when the threat

:18:57.:18:59.

To this, investigators said there was no easy answer.

:19:00.:19:07.

Relatives of those who died have expressed their disappointment

:19:08.:19:09.

Almost everybody, completely unsatisfied with the answers that

:19:10.:19:17.

Most of the people who were present didn't understand the reasons given

:19:18.:19:26.

A year ago, one young co-pilot spread pain across Europe.

:19:27.:19:35.

The question of who could have stopped him will haunt it for a long

:19:36.:19:39.

FA Cup football to come but we start with rugby union because England

:19:40.:19:51.

Scotland beat France by 29-18 in Edinburgh

:19:52.:19:56.

which means England have an unassailable lead at the top

:19:57.:19:59.

It was Scotland's first win over France in a decade.

:20:00.:20:06.

So, a good day for Scotland and a great day for England,

:20:07.:20:09.

crowned Six Nations champions for the first time since 2011

:20:10.:20:11.

and just four months after Eddie Jones was

:20:12.:20:13.

Here's conformation, with two points for a win,

:20:14.:20:18.

England can't be caught at the top of the table.

:20:19.:20:20.

They will head to Paris next Saturday night looking

:20:21.:20:22.

Our reporter Sonja McLaughlin has caught up with the England coach

:20:23.:20:26.

and asked him, now with the Championship assured,

:20:27.:20:28.

whether he thinks they can make it a clean sweep.

:20:29.:20:39.

If we prepare well then we can do the business.

:20:40.:20:41.

France are always going to be a difficult side and they showed

:20:42.:20:45.

at times today that they can play some sublime rugby.

:20:46.:20:48.

Other times it isn't so we have to make sure they don't have too

:20:49.:20:51.

You just said that you were talking to Dylan and what did you come up

:20:52.:20:57.

with? We have our normal squad meeting

:20:58.:20:58.

after dinner and we might go down to the bar and have

:20:59.:21:01.

a couple of beers. Football

:21:02.:21:13.

now and after winning the last two FA Cups, Arsenal have been dumped

:21:14.:21:15.

out of the competition, beaten 2-1 by Watford

:21:16.:21:17.

at the Emirates. It was a thrilling quarter-final,

:21:18.:21:19.

with Watford taking This strike by Odion Igahlo

:21:20.:21:21.

putting them ahead. scored this absolute screamer

:21:22.:21:26.

to double their advantage. Danny Welbeck got one back

:21:27.:21:29.

for Arsenal, but it's Watford We felt that our performance

:21:30.:21:31.

deserved a victory but let's give credit to Watford for

:21:32.:21:35.

the chances that they took. Maybe we've made one or two

:21:36.:21:38.

mistakes defensively. Overall, we put in

:21:39.:21:41.

a decent performance. Our run comes to an end,

:21:42.:21:44.

it is very sad. We had a chance to equalise

:21:45.:21:47.

in the last minute. will need a replay to decide

:21:48.:22:02.

the last FA Cup semi-final spot minutes, a magnificent free-kick

:22:03.:22:06.

from Dimitri Payet looked put West Ham on course

:22:07.:22:15.

for a semi-final at Wembley. But Manchester United keep

:22:16.:22:18.

pushing for an equaliser and Anthony Martial provided

:22:19.:22:20.

it for the home side It was a fantastic match between two

:22:21.:22:34.

good sides. And I'm very happy that my players could show their spirit

:22:35.:22:41.

again, especially after a very nasty week, where we lost against West

:22:42.:22:46.

Brom and Liverpool. Then we have shown this.

:22:47.:22:48.

Premier League leaders Leicester after a 2-0 win away at Aston

:22:49.:22:56.

Harry Kane scored the goals either side of half time.

:22:57.:23:00.

Villa had just two shots on target and remain eight points behind

:23:01.:23:03.

Newcastle at the bottom of the table.

:23:04.:23:05.

We created more chances and we played well. Always difficult to

:23:06.:23:13.

play in the Premier League, against a team who are playing for survival

:23:14.:23:18.

it is difficult. I think we took the game in the right mentality and the

:23:19.:23:22.

right way. I am very pleased. are through to the Super 10s stage

:23:23.:23:27.

of the Twenty20 World Cup in India. Tamim Iqbal guided them

:23:28.:23:35.

there by hitting the first century They beat Oman by 54 runs

:23:36.:23:37.

in a rain-affected game. As winners of Group A,

:23:38.:23:41.

Bangladesh join India, Australia, South Africa and Pakistan

:23:42.:23:43.

in the next group phase. Six-year-old Iris Grace is severely

:23:44.:23:48.

autistic and spent the first half of her life trapped in her own

:23:49.:23:56.

world, barely communicating. Her mother Arabella Carter-Johnson

:23:57.:23:58.

explains how her cat, When we got the diagnosis of autism,

:23:59.:24:18.

the doctors were quite depressing in what they thought was possible. She

:24:19.:24:23.

was severely autistic and they said that she may never talk and may

:24:24.:24:28.

never be able to develop relationships that a normal child

:24:29.:24:33.

would have. When we got Toola, everything changed, it was a

:24:34.:24:37.

remarkable difference. She was able to communicate with us what she

:24:38.:24:41.

wanted. She started off by saying to Toola more cat and giving it is

:24:42.:24:48.

drugs and is. She has a large following in America on our Facebook

:24:49.:24:55.

page and it was suggested that by put up a list of the traits that I

:24:56.:25:01.

wanted in a cat and then we found Toola. She can come and sit on

:25:02.:25:09.

Iris's leg and that helps. They are very friendly, they are interested

:25:10.:25:13.

in the activities. In the home-schooling, she will join in

:25:14.:25:17.

with whatever we are doing. As soon as I set out, Toola will be there,

:25:18.:25:27.

playing and it's just amazing. We've got the saying that different is

:25:28.:25:31.

brilliant and I really mean it. Autism, to me, is brilliant. It

:25:32.:25:34.

doesn't have to be this grim diagnosis. It can be very, very

:25:35.:25:40.

challenging at times but I feel that if you work with the child and work

:25:41.:25:45.

with their interests, you will see a progression, you will see changes.

:25:46.:25:50.

Inspiring stuff. If you want to get in touch, you can always use

:25:51.:25:54.

Twitter. Thanks for watching. We're already getting a first set

:25:55.:26:13.

again across rural East Anglia, so the temperatures are dipping away.

:26:14.:26:17.

This is one view of the sunshine across the Midlands from one of our

:26:18.:26:20.

viewers.

:26:21.:26:21.

Download Subtitles

SRT

ASS