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This is BBC World News Today with me, Kasia Madera.


The headlines: another day of intense police activity


in Brussels, with two suspects shot before being arrested,


as police step up their efforts to stop new terror attacks.


One was shot by officers at a tram stop.


The French president says the network behind recent attacks


is being "wiped out" but others remain.


TRANSLATION: We know that there are other networks because even though


those involved in committing attacks in Paris and Brussels are being


destroyed, there is always a threat. Meanwhile America says it's killed


Islamic State's second in command The US military killed several key


Isil terrorists this week including, we believe, Hajji Iman, a senior


Isil leader. further into Palmyra,


capturing the citadel overlooking Also coming up, it's a moveable


feast, but could churches around the world finally agree to fix


the date of Easter? Three days after the carnage


at Brussels airport and on the Metro system, gunshots and


explosions rang out again, Two suspects were shot and wounded


during the operations. Prosecutors say they were among


three people detained. The suburb of Schaerbeek


was the scene of one of the raids on Friday,


where security forces wounded a man Security forces also made arrests


in France and Germany. French president Francois Hollande


has said the militant network behind the attacks in Brussels


and in Paris last November TRANSLATION: We have seen results


when it comes to finding the terrorists. In both Brussels and


Paris, there have been arrests. We know that there are other networks


because even though those involved in committing attacks in Paris and


Brussels have been destroyed, there is always a threat.


Meanwhile, the so-called Islamic State group


on the attacks in Brussels, presenting them as retribution


for coalition attacks on IS territory.


The video also contained threats of more.


It's a police operation, the woman's voice says.


Outside, they advance behind a bullet-proof shield.


Lying in the tram stop a man has been shot in the legs,


police still training their weapons on him.


The view from across the street shows a bomb disposal robot


approaching, he is holding a bag and they want to check


This is the same Schaerbeek district where the Brussels and Paris


This operation, though, it seems was triggered


by information gleaned from a raid in Paris yesterday where one man


was arrested, apparently preparing a new attack in France not linked


They take the kid and they shoot the man, I think, in the leg.


He was not dying, he was moving and the police asked him to put


Meanwhile, prosecutors today confirmed that one of the suspects


who is thought made one of the suicide vests in the Paris


attacks was one of the Brussels airport bombers.


In total, some 300 people were killed and injured in these


attacks, their fates are starting to become clearer.


Some 40 nationalities touched, in total.


The pain and suffering is felt not just here


From America to China, families are now mourning


David Dixon, an IT consultant from Hartlepool, texted his family


after the airport attack to say he was safe.


The father of a seven-year-old son died soon after,


Mason Wells survived the Boston marathon bombing three years ago


and survived again in Brussels, but has severe burns.


I remember seeing fire in front of my face and also fire down


I feel lucky to have escaped with what I did.


Brussels' airport is still closed, but the US secretary of state came


He said criticising Belgium for security


the facts are known is inappropriate, adding


the so-called Islamic State is lashing out in Europe


We will not rest until we have eliminated your nihilistic beliefs


and cowardice from the face of this earth.


But what many here fear is that the terror network


still lingers and despite the efforts to eliminate them,


there could be more bloodshed to come.


Earlier our correspondent in Brussels, Murad Shishani gave us


the latest on the raids and the shooting of two suspects.


it was a really dramatic day today. We've been to say about --


Schaerbeek after we heard an explosion and there was a really


tense situation. The police had a cordon surrounding the area, not


allowing people to go, even local residents, and there were loads of


journalists. However, over the last 24-hour is there have been three


raids in the capital and they have arrested yesterday, six, and today,


two, eight confirmed arrested. These are the situation, these raids can


be giving us an indication that the smoke has started coming down and it


is time to go deeper, how these networks have been establishing


themselves in Europe between France, Belgium, and there may be in Germany


some arrests linked to what happened in Brussels. Indeed, fast moving


events. We are hearing more about Nadeem El Shaarawy, linked to the


November attacks. It seems that the web is being shown. Indeed, El


Shaarawy has been confirmed, the second suicide bomber at the


airport, linked to the Bataclan attacks in France four Sedona. But


really for those who are following the networks between Belgium, France


and Europe, this isn't surprising -- four months ago. Belgium has always


been a backyard for most of the jihadists in Europe, especially


France. This is coming to the surface after the France tax in a


very obvious way but back in 2003, if I can go back, at this time these


networks were establishing logistics for people going to fight in Iraq


but after Syria, with about 500 jihadists going from Belgium, it


became a hotbed for many Jihadist networks am not just for logistics


job, but also providing fighters and operatives and this is what we've


seen over the last three days. And four months ago in Paris. Most of


them are coming from Brussels, Brussels neighbourhoods. Difficult


to come to terms with the idea that Belgium is in mourning, we can bring


pictures where people are paying their respects and paying tributes


to the victims of this most recent attack. Indeed, this is the


situation, they are still mourning and this is the last day of three


days of mourning. At the same time, you can look and see that people are


more defiant, as we saw in the Paris attacks. This time they are going to


work, from the early hours they went back to the streets and they were


full. Yesterday there was the military and security forces


presence and there have been raids but I've noticed that the Belgian


people are going out and trying to get normality to their lives. There


is a sense of shock, obviously. Today this afternoon we had the


first prayers for the Muslims today and we went to a mosque and we had


conversations with people and they are carrying the same feelings in


one way or another. American forces have killed a man


described as the so-called Islamic State group's


second-in-command. Abdul Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli,


also known as Haji Imam, is said to have been the target


of an operation carried The US Defence Secretary,


Ash Carter, confirmed the reports. We are systematically


eliminating Isil's Cabinet. Indeed, the US military


killed several key Isil Including we believe,


Hajji Imam, a senior leader, serving as a Finance Minister,


a senior leader, and responsible He was a well-known terrorist


within Isil's ranks, dating back to its earliest


iteration as al-Qaeda in Iraq, when he worked under


Zarkawi with liaisons The removal of this Isil leader


will hamper the organisation's abilities to conduct operations


both inside and outside This is the second senior Isil


leader we have successfully targeted this month, after confirming


the death of Isil's so-called I asked the BBC's Jane O'Brien -


in Washington - how much impact this action against leaders


of the so-called Islamic State might The wider issue is whether or not,


how much influence and how much control these Islamic State leaders


actually have an terrorist plots overseas, outside Iraq and Syria.


The Defence Secretary said that really, the way that things are


going, the range is very broad. It can be that they direct fighters who


had come into Syria, it can be that they are training people to carry


out attacks, but they don't actually see fighting in Syria, or Iraq. It


could be simply that they inspire lone wolf attackers who have had no


direct connection with Islamic State, but maybe self radicalised


and motivated. They are the ones that authorities are extremely


concerned about. So the real impact of Hajji Iman's death is difficult


to calculate at the moment but it is certainly significant in that they


have killed someone who is very experienced, has been around for a


long time, a former member of Al-Qaeda, and was, as the Defence


Secretary said, really in charge of the finances of Islamic State, that


will certainly hamper operational abilities to a certain extent.


Reports from Iraq say a suicide bomber has blown himself up


in a crowd at a football match, killing at least 26 people.


The attack was in the town of Iskandariya, south of Baghdad.


One report said the blast was at the end of the game,


just as the winners were being handed a trophy.


The Islamic State group says it carried out the bombing.


Syrian state television says that government forces have captured


the fortified citadel of Palmyra from Islamic State.


The city has been a focus not only because of its strategic importance


but also because of its cultural importance.


Palmyra is home to Syria's ancient ruins, damaged


This is the ancient Baalshamin temple,


there was a big international outcry


shared this picture of how it had demolished parts


This is a satellite image of the Bel temple that dates back


And this picture shows the destruction caused by Islamic


Syrian forces have been engaged in days of fighting


with the militants, who've held the city for nearly a year.


During that time IS has deliberately destroyed some


of the monuments, which date back thousands of years.


The UN's cultural arm, UNESCO, welcomed the prospect


of the ruins being recaptured, saying the site embodied history


and culture that had made the region a cradle of civilisation.


They captured the area around the Citadel, the Syrian Observatory for


Human Rights say they have entered the City from the north-west, while


yesterday they captured the south-east of it. So they are pretty


much encircling the City area and they are advancing inside. These are


governments forces are bordered by Russian air strikes and by militias


from different countries who are there to support President Bashar


al-Assad, mainly from Shi'ite sect. The Stones roll into Cuba to "start


them up" with a free concert expected to attract


half a million people. The row over the government's


plan to change the way it runs schools


in England continues. At a teachers' conference today,


the leader of the opposition, Labour's Jeremy Corbyn,


described the conversion schools into 'academies'


as 'asset stripping'. I want schools to be accountable to


their parents and communities, not as a process of asset stripping our


educational facilities, to be handed over to somebody else. So the first


thing... APPLAUSE


That is always done ahead of privatisation in many services is to


attack the skilled staff. So it's about breaking national pay


bargaining, expanding the use of unqualified teachers, driving down


prey, driving down the terms and conditions and driving down


standards. There is not a shred of evidence that academies


automatically improve standards. The latest headlines,


it's been another day of intense police activity in Brussels,


with two suspects shot as they were arrested, one at a tram


stop in the Schaerbeek district. Meanwhile America says it's killed


Islamic State's second in command Commemorations will take place


across Ireland this weekend, marking the 100th anniversary


of the 1916 Easter Rising, the rebellion against British rule


that was a key moment in the history Ceremonies will be held at historic


sites across Dublin, with more than half a million people


expected to attend events on Sunday. Our Ireland Correspondent,


Chris Buckler, reports. In 1916... 100 years ago, the back


streets of Dublin became a battlefield in a fight for


independence. Villa smashing into this building beside us. In the


City, buildings were turned into makeshift garrisons and the City's


post office, a military headquarters. The Irish Republic is


entitled to and hereby claims the allegiance of every Irishman and


woman. It was here on Easter Monday that Patrick Pearse read the


proclamation, declaring the Republic and the end of British rule. It was


less than a week from the start of the rebellion to the point of


surrender. In that time, the lives of civilians, British soldiers and


Irish volunteers were lost. And much of the heart of Dublin was


destroyed. Eight Field military strategy designed by men with more


knowledge of culture and conflict. There were scholars, writers,


teachers and they had a vision for Ireland. What had happened under


British rule, the Irishness was taken out of people. Relatives of


those who fought in the rioting will be remembering this weekend. It is


thought that Maureen O'Reilly was just 15 years old when she carried


messages between its leaders through the dangerous streets of the Dublin


chaos. Her account of what happened is held in Ireland's military


archives. I brought back a dispatch to hold the building at all costs. I


have a daughter myself who is 17 and I can't believe somebody was out for


the whole week at that age, Dodging Bullets, no fear. Initially in


Ireland there was anger at the rebels for bringing violence to the


streets of Dublin. But the execution of the rising's leaders changed


opinions and marked a moment where support for the Republic truly rose.


Search her, it's by! Given the deaths on all sides, there is


sensitivity in marking the centenary -- eight spy. It is seen as


important because in the story of the rioting are the origins of


modern Ireland. Let's take you to the Colosseum in


Rome, where the Pope is presiding over the annual wave of the Cross


procession. TRANSLATION: Driven by the sentiment that unites all of our


people, fear of losing our security, the possessions and life, but Jesus


shows us another way. Lord Jesus, how similar we are to


those people, how much fear there is in our life. We are afraid of those


different from bus, foreigners, migrants. We are afraid of the


future, of the unexpected, of misery. How much fear there is in


our workplaces and cities -- different from us. This is to mark


Good Friday just ahead of Easter and it is an annual event that takes


place at the Coliseum, which is dramatically lit up, with the Pope


residing over the annual way of the cross procession, which takes place


every year. Early on he helped the Good Friday liturgy at Saint Peters


basilica and on Monday Thursday he washed and kissed the feet of


refugees, something that was remarked upon -- mourned a Thursday.


We are seeing the Colosseum in Rome, lit up spectacularly as the Pope


decides over the Way of the Cross possession. They were live images


from Rome with the Pope at the Colosseum. Now we are going to


something completely different. The Rolling Stones are preparing


for a free concert in Cuba which is expected to attract


half a million people. The show's being seen as another


sign of real change on the island. It comes three days after US


President Barack Obama's historic A career spanning over 50


years, tours in every But the Rolling Stones had never


stepped foot in Cuba. Rock 'n' roll legends don't


get bigger than these, but under Fidel Castro their songs


were kept from the Cuban youth It wasn't so long ago


that your music was banned What does it say about


how Cuba has changed? Well, obviously something's


happened in the last... That is what happens


when you ban things! I think it feels like history


because, as you say, they haven't had big shows before,


and it would have been surprising ten years ago for this to have


happened, and anyone that has been It comes at the end


of an extraordinary week in Cuba. It began with the first visit


by a US president in 90 years and ends with the first concert


by Britain's rock royalty. This free concert has taken weeks


of planning and preparation, but now, in the final


hours before showtime, everything is in place


for the biggest concert Havana Their fans gathering in the Cuban


heat are getting excited. And I want to thank them


for giving us so much, The Stones, the Stones


we've come for, brother. We heard it Tuesday afternoon,


we booked it Wednesday morning. If ever there was a sign that Cuba


is changing, it is this, the world's biggest rock group


playing a concert for free in one of the last Communist


stronghold on earth. What is it you'll be looking


for in Cuba that you can't Cigars and an exciting audience,


thank you, that's great! Will Grant, BBC News,


Havana. It always falls on different dates,


but could that be about to change? Here's Our religious affairs


correspondent Caroline Wyatt. For Christians, this is the most


important religious festival The Archbishop of Canterbury,


Justin Welby, was with the faithful in Kent today, marking


when Christians believe, Jesus Christ died on the cross


and then rose again. And yet, those in East and West


celebrate Easter at different times, so why can't Christians get


together to fix the date? We started talking about it over


a thousand years ago, But given the number of people


and churches around the world that seem to support the idea of having


the same date for Easter, I think there's a better


chance for a long time, it could be certainly


within the five or ten years. It's a debate that may not be quite


as old as the moon and stars themselves, but it's certainly one


that dates back to the earliest The date of Easter is set


by the Spring equinox, which means for centuries,


astronomers, such as those at Greenwich, have been vital


in predicting when Easter It depends on two


astronomical things. The spring equinox


and also the full moon. It was the British monk,


the Venerable Bede, back in 700 who came up with a nice,


easy way of remembering it. It's the first Sunday


after the first full moon, It was only in the year 664


here in Whitby, when Easter should be marked


in this part of the world. Now though, there are hopes the date


for Easter could be fixed for the second or third


Sunday in April. Or perhaps resolve one


of the longest running disputes in Christianity, as well as making


it rather easier to plan your The the difficulty is


going to be that everyone We all have our own ways


of calculating Easter. We've all calculated it


this way for centuries. This is one tradition that may go on


long after we have completed the other Easter traditions.


Let's go back to the Colosseum where the Pope is presiding over the


annual Way of the Cross procession. On Saturday he will lead an Easter


vigil. For the time being, thanks for watching BBC world News


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