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This is BBC World News Today with me, Karin Giannone.


A shoot-out in Brussels between security forces and gunmen


allegedly linked to the Paris attacks.


One suspect is dead, two others - thought to be armed -


People have been saying people have been shot in the street.


A heroes' welcome for Russia's fighter crews as they return


I'd like to punch him in the face, I tell you.


Accusations that Donald Trump is inciting violence on another big


day - perhaps the biggest so far - in America's presidential race.


The fight to save the African elephant - we're on the trail


There are another four of these carcasses spread all around


They arrived too late to catch the poachers who were long gone.


Security forces are hunting a number of suspects after shots were fired


at police during a counter-terrorism raid in the capital,


According to the country's state broadcaster -


four officers have been injured, one severely.


The raid is linked to the Paris attacks that killed 130 people last


French police were assisting in the raid in Brussels,


which took place in the southern suburb of Forest.


Our correspondent Damian Grammaticas reports from there.


Dozens of armed police units moved into this Southern district of


Brussels in the middle of the afternoon. They sealed off a whole


series of street bringing the entire area to a standstill. There had been


a police reappeared shortly after lunchtime. As they moved in the


officers were met with sustained gunfire. People inside the cordoned


the police had thrown out were told to stay indoors. Unable to move as


police hunted there suspects. The burst of gunfire came from this


street and a little down to one side where the police operation has been


focused. Also there is a school where there were five classes of


toddlers who were trapped in their being cared for by their teachers


while their parents were unable to bring them out. Belgian prosecutors


say this raid is listened -- link to the Paris attacks which killed 130


people last November. Much of the planning and preparation of those


attacks happened here in Brussels. Belgian police have been searching


for two prime suspects linked to the attacks ever since. TRANSLATION: Two


individuals are apparently holed up in the building. A security cordon


has been set up by the police. Following this special forces


arrived and are in position along with Federal police. So, the


operation is ongoing. Police haven't said the targets of this raid where,


but it is known that armed French officers were also involved in the


operation today. We can get the latest


from our reporter Anna Holligan What is the latest that police are


saying? You can see, we are surrounded by residents trying to


get home. We are just behind the police cordoned. This operation has


been going on for hours. You might be able to hear a helicopter


overhead. Police sirens just behind us. There are lots of families


trying to get back home. We know that the police pursued at least two


suspects over the rooftops. In the last few minutes we have heard


reports that one of the suspects has been neutralised. Just in the last


couple of minutes we have heard on the wires a quote from the


prosecutors office saying that the person who has been killed, the


suspect who has been killed is not Europe's most wanted man Salah


Abdeslam, one of the main Paris attacks. How close we have Belgian


and French police been working together on this investigation?


Extremely. Earlier we were told there were French police involved in


these raids. So many of the suspects in the Paris attacks were from or


had links with the area of Belgian in question. The majority of people,


in terms of Perth head of population, most Belgians have


joined the fight alongside Islamic State in Syria. This is why it has


been the focus of so much attention. People are being allowed to go back


to their homes. Suspects, two suspects remain at large and this is


a very fluid situation this evening. Anna, thank you very much.


Voters in Florida and four other key states are voting now


to choose their preferred candidates to run for president.


Support for the Republican candidate Donald Trump has been getting ever


stronger - that's despite accusations that he has incited


violence with some of his campaign speeches.


Earlier President Obama intervened - describing some of the rhetoric


Our North America Editor Jon Sopel has more.


If there is one place in America where Donald Trump shouldn't have a


prayer it is here in Florida. He has upset a lot of Hispanics with his


rhetoric and he is up against the local Cuban-American senator Marco


Rubio. But for all the controversy, if you join up the dots, everything


still points to Donald Trump. He is the most important man in the world


now. He is scary but he is the only one who can beat Billy -- Hillary


Clinton. I think anything is better than her. I am very proud of Marco


Rubio and I identify with Donald Trump. The latest firestorm is the


violence that has erupted at his rallies. As his supporters skirmish


with protesters. Seems becoming increasingly tense. Actions that


should have no place in the Democratic politics. And the charge


against Mr Trump is that far from condemning, his language has


condoned, even incited, such behaviour among his supporters. I


would like to punch them in the face, I tell you. Do you know what


they used to guys like that in a place like this? They would be


carried out on a stretcher, folks. I don't know if I would have done


that, but I would have been boom boom boom, beat them. If you see


someone getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the clap out of them,


would you? I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees. Am I allowed to


rip that whistle out of the mouth and rip. Mike get him out, out, out!


Yes, his comments have done caused a room, but have they done him farm --


harm? If anything the lead is increasing. Here in Miami, he


appears to be the only name in town. The others seem to have given up the


fight. And for all the discussion of punch-ups, if he wins here


fight. And for all the discussion of and in Ohio, the talk will have


instead been about delivering a knockout blow to his opponents.


Gary O'Donoghue joins us from one of the key states,


Another significant day in this long campaign?


We keep running out of superlatives, but today is a huge day. Another


Tuesday of course. The reason for that is why we have got about five


states and 360 odd delegates to decide on the republican side, we


have got two of the big states which we call winner take all. Florida


hotels 99 delegates, if you win a plurality there you get the lot.


Here in Ohio if you get a plurality you get all 66. That can build your


delegate numbers significantly in one go. Having said that there are


still contests elsewhere, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, they all


have large chunks of delegates to be distributed as well. If Donald Trump


gets somewhere like Ohio and Florida, then he builds up


significant lead over the others. If the governor here in Ohio doesn't


win his home state, he is out. If Marco Rubio doesn't win Florida he


is likely to be out. There is a lot to play for today and some


presidential dreams could come to an end after it. So, today has the


potential to be conclusive in both the republican and democratic races?


Yes. The Democratic race, these states are important, Bernie Sanders


is hoping to do well in these northern, industrial states like


Ohio and Illinois. He seems to have done pretty well amongst the


demographics in those similar states like Michigan, where he lived to be


way behind Hillary Clinton but came through and one that. She still has


a huge lead over him in terms of delegates. A really insurmountable


lead when you count things like the so-called superdelegates who can


choose to vote whichever way they like not depending on what happens


in this or that state. But he is still in this race and he still has


a lot of money to spend. Bernie Sanders supporters will be hoping


that somewhere along the line Hillary Clinton trips up and he is


there to pick up the pieces. Gary, thanks very much. Plenty more on the


results here on BBC World News. The first group of Russian warplanes


have arrived back at Voronezh airbase from Syria -


a day after President Putin's surprise announcement


that he was withdrawing his forces. It was, he said,


Mission Accomplished - Russia's objectives


largely achieved. But not all Russia's jets will be


making the journey back. The US Secretary of State John Kerry


has said he'll travel to Moscow next Our correspondent Steve


Rosenberg is in Moscow. At the Russian air base in Syria,


it's the final checks. In the cockpit of a Sukhoi 34


bomber, preparations for take-off. And then for Russia's air force,


the long flight home. Led by a command plane,


the bombers head to Russia. President Putin has ordered


the majority of Russian forces He says they have


completed their task. A few hours later, the planes and


pilots are back on Russian soil. It is quite a homecoming to Russia with


Love. There is a traditional Russian greeting. And prayers. It is a hero


's' welcome. Vladimir Putin wants Russians to see the military


operations in Syria as a total success and that is why the soldiers


returned to Russia seems to be choreographed to present them as


heroes. It is a message which is going down well with the Russian


people. TRANSLATION: We are really glad our troops are coming home.


Surprised but happy. Thanks to our soldiers, so-called Islamic State is


doing worse, the Syrian army is doing better. That is victory. There


will be more planes coming home, more parties. But Moscow isn't


pulling all its troops out of Syria and Russia has warned it will


continue to launch air strikes against what it calls terrorist


targets. In Geneva today, the UN's special


envoy Staffan de Mistura called Russia's withdrawal


a significant development. He is chairing talks with Syria's


main opposition groups today as part of wider talks with the Syrian


government and world powers It is five years to the day


since protests in Syria began, during what was poetically called


the Arab Spring. Life has changed beyond recognition


for most of the people Joining us live from the Syrian


capital Damascus is BBC Arabic's First of all, where does the Russian


withdrawal leaves President Assad? It seems that there is some kind of


a rift between the Russians and Syrian government on what the end


calls should be exactly. With perhaps in Damascus, here to take


advantage, of the wrapped radically altered battlefield dynamics since


the Russian intervention and press on on the offences in several areas


where is the Russians seem to be pressing for stopping with the gains


they have made. Perhaps only restricting orphans of action to


Islamic State and perhaps trying to give momentum to peace talks to


Syria. It would be give momentum to peace talks to


a reading of Russian give momentum to peace talks to


the surprise announcement yesterday, they are still active in Syria.


the surprise announcement yesterday, maintain two bases, a naval base and


an air base and they will protect them and that means we will also


protect the core areas of the resume. If the gains made by the


regime are somehow reversed. This is not abandoning but it is a signal,


it appears, that the Russians aren't intent on more offensive action


against the groups, they want Geneva to go ahead and they want the Syrian


government possibly to be more prepared for concessions in Geneva.


What sort of fighting have we seen going on today in Syria? Today I


think the Palmyra developments have taken centre stage. They were not


surprised. Palmyra is held by Islamic State. It lies in the middle


of Syria in the desert area and the Russians have been bombing that area


for a while now. Perhaps a preview to some kind of ground offensive to


the Syrian regime, we're not sure yet, but that does mean the main


development. There has been problems reported by pro-regime media outlets


along that front. Five years since the very first protests that led to


the Civil War, have we seen protests today in Syria? There have been


resurgent protests and it is very difficult to read exactly what is


going on. It happened after the truce. Once the truth came into


effect, areas held by the opposition have seen a resurgent protests and


people restating the original aim of the uprising in 2011, specifically


the downfall of the regime and a completely new chapter in Syria.


That has taken place in several opposition held areas. Also


interestingly, up north there have been protests against the general


who was an Al-Qaeda affiliate. Also activists who want to see the end of


the regime and the institutions. They have also been pressing against


the Al-Qaeda affiliate there. In one incident they manage to drive them


out of their areas, probably partly because they want the truce to be


expanded to their areas and the truce... Also the accumulation and


frustration between some of the people living there. We are out of


time, thank you very much. Sorry to interrupt you there.


Today is a grim milestone for Syria as the country enters its sixth


12 million people - half of the country's


pre-war population - have been displaced.


No-one can agree on the number of people killed or injured,


but everyone agrees they are in the hundreds of thousands.


So, what's it like growing up in this environment


We've asked some of Syria's children to explain how the war


It is very scary. The first time I listened.


Some of Syria's children five years on. In other news...


The Norwegian right-wing extremist Anders Breivik who murdered 77


people in gun and bomb attacks in 2011 is suing the government


for what he says is his unacceptable treatment in prison.


The case is being held in a special court prison where he's serving


Two Australian journalists are on their way back home


They had been investigating corruption allegations


against the country's Prime Minister.


They had attempted to question Najib Razak as he entered a mosque


on why hundreds of millions of dollars had been deposited


The Pope has formally approved Mother Teresa's


The Albanian nun dedicated most her adult life to working


with the poor in the Indian city of Kolkata.


A ceremony for her canonisation will take place in September.


Prince William has unveiled plans for a crackdown


He called the agreement signed at Buckingham Palace a "game changer


in the race against extinction." Every year between 30 and 40,000


African elephants are killed for their ivory.


With under half a million left, their numbers are being decimated


by Asia's seemingly insatiable appetite for ivory.


Poachers and rangers are now in armed conflict in a number


of African countries - with the Democratic Republic


Our Africa correspondent Alastair Leithead has sent this


It's tough terrain in Garamba National Park,


where less than 100 Rangers are trying to protect the last


of the elephants across thousands of square miles of grassland.


We joined one of their foot patrols to a place where


The grass is so high, the only way to see a carcasses


Well, this elephant was clearly killed by a poacher.


Its ivory tusks were hacked off, it has been dead about three weeks.


There are another four of these caucuses spread all around


They arrived too late to catch the poachers,


30-40,000 elephants are being killed in Africa every year.


And with only around 400,000 left, it is not going to be long this rate


And with so few boots on the ground, those responsible often get away


We followed their footprints, one of the Rangers told me.


There are perhaps 1300 elephants left here.


Garamba was one of Africa's first national parks.


Originally set up to protect the northern white rhino.


But that has already been wiped out by poachers.


Now they're fighting to save the elephants that are left,


in a place surrounded by Civil War, and heavily armed militia.


And that is why African Parks, the group managing Garamba,


But the weapons are old, few hit even a close target.


Training Rangers takes a lot of time and money.


And the men they are up against are hardened fighters.


This really does feel you're fighting a war against poachers.


I think the Garamba is today at the forefront of conservation


I don't think many other places have so much contact and so many threats


This local man was arrested after a tip-off, and ivory recovered.


Over time it reaches the market in Asia, it goes for at least 750.


Then reports came in of another attack.


And there are the carcasses just down there by the river.


And the six we have just spotted, a bit further up the river


from there, it is hard to make out from up here,


but you could see that their faces had been cut off.


They need hundreds more Rangers to protect Garamba.


On the front line of the poaching war, the elephants


Alistair Leithead, BBC News, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


Let's update you on the main story. The raid in Brussels is thought to


be linked to the Paris attacks which killed 130 people last November. We


hear from police that the main operation at the apartment is over.


One suspect has been killed but a wider search is underway in the same


area possibly involving a second specific location. No further


details. Thank you for being with us.


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