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Turkey insists that it will be ready to handle an increase in migrants
But amid protests against the plan our correspondent finds there's
Here, they are saying, not in my backyard and that no preparations
have been made for those who will be sent back here.
Brussels Airport prepares to reopen - almost two weeks
after being attacked by suicide bombers.
We'll explain why a flare up in fighting in a disputed region
of the Caucuses is making people so worried.
Tottenham Hotspur close the gap on leaders Leicester
in the English Premier League, but can only manage a draw
We see into the Pakistan's tea houses that are dominated by men,
There are concerns that neither Greece or Turkey are properly
prepared to begin the return of migrants from the Greek Islands
The deportations follow a EU agreement to try and stem the flow
of migrants into Europe from Syria and elsewhere.Our Correspondent Mark
Lowen has been to the town of Dikili in turkey where there
They came with a message of defiance. We don't want the migrants
back! The Turkish town of Dikili will see the first batch arrived on
Monday, deported from Lesbos. But locals object to any camp and have
vowed to resist. Here is a beautiful place, in Turkey. When they come
here, we are not in peaceful, because of this, we are here. And
they don't belong to year. They don't belong to Turkey.
TRANSLATION: . Our children feel uneasy. They can
take them somewhere else, we don't want them here. A burst of
patriotism, with talk of defending Turkey from another migrant influx.
The authorities say they will only stay in Dikili temporarily, before
being moved on. But that is not calming tempers. Patients with the
migrant crisis is wearing thin. Turkey already hosts 2.5 million
refugees, more than any other country. But here they are saying is
not in my backyard and that no preparations have been made for
those who will be sent back here. So where will the migrants be sent? It
was thought a registration centre could be set up in this spot. But no
sign. Once they are back, human rights group are concerned about how
they will be treated. Many Syrians already here work illegally, 500 of
the poorest eking out a living picking fruit. It's a sign of the
crisis Turkey faces even before tens of thousands more are deported from
Europe. There will be thousands sent back with the beautician --
readmission agreement. From the east there will be more people and we
already hosting a huge number of people. It will be difficult for
Turkey to cope with this crisis. On Turkey's long post, boats part
with traces of dreams left behind. Those who depart believe it is a
one-way ticket to safety and a new life. But Europe's doors have
closed. They are heading back to Turkey, even if it not ready.
Five Turkish soldiers and one special forces police officer have
been killed in a bomb attack in the south east of the country,
province has been blamed on Kurdish militants, according
The members of the security forces were carrying out a military
operation when a bomb left by militants from
Kurdistan Workers Party was detonated, it said.
Officials at Brussels Airport say it could take several months before
Zaventem will partially re-open for three flights on Sunday
after a suicide attack forced it shut nearly two weeks ago.
The chief executive of the airport said there would be security
screening for all passengers before they arrive at the check-in.
A restart of the operations, even only partially, as quick as this, is
a sign of hope. It shows our strength will and our strength to
reservists and not to let others down. I want to thank every member
of our airport community and all departments involved who have made
this possible. As of tomorrow, Sunday, Brussels airport should be
partially operational. We should receive the official authorisation
to start today. We have 3% of flights to start tomorrow, by
Brussels airlines. So how much impact will the changes
have on passengers - here's our correspondent
in Brussels, James Reynolds They will not be able to go by bus
or train to the airport. They will have to go by taxi or by car. When
they get there, they will have to go through temporary security
procedures and also greater procedures. We are still trying to
understand when and where they will be checked and what will happen to
their luggage. But clearly the airport feels confident enough to
offer the promises to passengers on those flights that they will be
checked properly and their flights will take off. It is a test day for
Brussels airport and a day that the CEO said is a sign of hope.
Police removed dozens of demonstrators from the main square.
And there was a number of far right demonstrators trying to stage a
demonstration in the Molenbeek district which has a history of
Islamist activity. The police then had a confrontation with locals,
mostly of North African origin, who gathered.
At least thirty people are reported to have been killed in clashes
between troops from Azerbaijan and Armenia in the Caucasus region
Its parliament voted to join Armenia, when the Soviet Union
Both sides blame each other for the outbreak of fighting,
which is said to involve tanks, helicopters and artillery.
Richard Kauzlarich is former US Ambassador to Azerbaijan.
What has caused this latest escalation? Thank you. This is a
surprise to the extent that nobody expected this intense series of
exchanges. The worst that have been taking place since the ceasefire was
imposed in 1994. Tell us why this region is so strategically
important? It is to GDP important because it sits astride
geographically the intersection of both Russian and European interests.
-- it is strategically important. It is important for Europe and the
global economy. But there is a long-standing conflict that had been
frozen since 1994 and it has suddenly taken a turn for the worse.
The tragic loss of several dozen lives puts us now into a situation
where we have to worry about how to bring the two parties to the
negotiating table. Azerbaijan seems to have had this history, as you
describe. You were an ambassador at a crucial time, tell us your
experience? I arrived shortly before the ceasefire was in place and my
wife and I took a trip outside the front lines where we saw the
refugees from the fighting. Azerbaijanis who had lived during
the Soviet period and had an uneasy relationship with the Armenian
neighbours. And when the fighting took place they work pretty... So
after 1994, while there has been a ceasefire, there have been
exchanges, military exchanges between Armenia and Azerbaijan, but
not on the intensity that we have seen in recent days. Thank you very
much for being with us. The Syrian Army says it has
discovered a mass grave with around 40 bodies in the city of Palmyra
according to state run media. The city was recaptured
by government forces last sunday from the so called
Islamic State group. Our Middle East editor Alan Johnston
has more on the grim discoveries that have come to light
since the city was recaptured. Now that the city has been
recaptured, they are getting a much fuller picture of what happened to
the people of Palmyra under IS rule. The Syrian army says this mass grave
contained local militiamen, and offices in the Army. Tragically it
seems that some of their civilian relatives were also in the mass
graves including three children. Some of the victims were shot, some
were beheaded. Sadly, none of this is any kind of surprise. Soon after
IS took over Palmeiro, we heard that they were killing dozens of people.
-- Palmyra. We heard that five men when -- made to kneel on a stage in
the Roman amphitheatre and then executed. Given that that sort of
thing was going on, it was entirely possible that more mass graves are
to be found. It has been almost a week since the
city was recaptured. Journalists are saying the city is deserted, where
are they? It is possible that there were very few civilians left as the
battle for the city raged. But we are hearing that a number of
civilians left with the IS fighters as they retreated, as they
retreated, we don't know if any of them went willingly but it has to be
a real possibility that they were forced to go. That they are virtual
captives now, a possibility that they are in real danger. But
meanwhile, the city itself has been basically completely destroyed. The
fighting may have stopped, but it is obviously going to be a long long
time before anything like normal life returns to Palmyra. This is a
major clue for the Syrian army. Momentum on President Assad's side.
Where does the fight go from here? Losing this city was a hammer blow
to I S. This was a city with a cultural heritage, the world was
interested in Palmyra, and at the same time, it is a city in the
centre of an oil producing area so IS will revenue. It also means,
strategically, that the Syrian government can think about
exercising more control. It is a jumping off point for the Syrian
government to launch other attacks on IS. It IS has to be worried that
this combination of forces, the Syrian army and the Russian air
force, might eventually focus on the IS strong gold and judging by what
happened in Palmyra, it might be hard for IS to hold one eventually.
Stay with us on BBC World News, still to come:
The threat of nuclear terrorism remains and is evolving. That is the
word from leaders on the last day of the nuclear Security summit in
Washington. The UK steel industry is appealing
for the government to step in after China imposed
new import tariffs on steel It comes as thousands
of steelworkers at the Tata plant in Port Talbot face redundancy
after a decision by its Indian owners to sell their loss-making
British factories. We are talking about a sector that
is a foundation, that feeds into a number of key supply chains.
Aerospace, defence, construction. We also need to remember that we are
talking about thousands and thousands of jobs. 15,000 people
work for Tata Steel. Are we prepared to sacrifice all of those jobs so we
don't upset the Chinese? I don't think so. I think we have a strong
relationship with China but they also need to point out that this is
unfair trading. It is dumping steel and the global market in an unfair
way, below the cost of production. There have been processed in Turkey
as the country and sets it is ready to accept migrants from Europe.
it may take at least three months for all flights to resume
following last month's suicide attacks.
Well, staying on the subject of the so called Islamic State -
President Obama has warned that the possibility of the group
obtaining a nuclear weapon is "one of the greatest threats
Speaking at the end of a Nuclear Security Summit
in Washington, he insisted that concrete steps must be taken
This was President Obama's last big push for global nuclear security.
But the threat of nuclear terrorism loomed
The Brussels attacks focused the minds
of the more than 50 world leaders here, with growing concerns
It is claimed the group has already used
chemical weapons in Syria and in Iraq.
There is no doubt that if these madmen ever got their hands
on a nuclear bomb or nuclear material,
they most certainly would use it to kill as many innocent
That's why our work here remains so critical.
The single most effective defence against
nuclear terrorism is fully securing this material so it doesn't fall
into the wrong hands in the first place.
More conventional threats were also on the agenda,
especially North Korea's continued testing of
It defiantly fired a missile during the Washington
summit but blamed the United States for the tensions on the
United States is trying to turn white into black,
describing as if the countermeasures taken by the government of Korea
They said that it is a threat and a provocation.
Much will depend on the attitude of China's president,
Xi Jinping, North Korea's closest ally.
He was urged by Barack Obama to increase the pressure on Pyongyang.
The meetings wound up with announcements of new steps
to secure or reduce nuclear stockpiles but
a key player, Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, was missing
from the family photo because of current political
tensions, a stark reminder of the summit's limits.
President Obama began these high-level meetings six
years ago to tackle the threat of nuclear material that could be
Much has been accomplished but not enough and with
the rise of groups like Islamic State, the fear of nuclear
We start with the return of the Premier League
Tottenham have closed the gap on Leicester.
The game between Liverpool and Tottenham has finished
Liverpool took the lead shortly after half time
Harry Kane cemented his pedigree with 26 league goals this season.
That is something no other Spurs player has managed
It is difficult for the teams to get points.
It is important today we show that we are ambitious
In a difficult stadium at Anfield against
Liverpool, we showed that we deserve to be in the place that we are.
It was an open game, a little bit wild.
brilliant attitude and both trying to win.
Now, after five minutes, talking, it seems a deserved draw.
Rafael Benitez says his Newcastle side still have a chance. Despite a
last-minute defeat to Norwich. Alex Neil's side took a huge three
points with Martin Olsson scoring a 93rd-minute winner to send
the Carrow Road fans crazy. Norwich led twice but Newcastle
striker Alexandr Mitrovic equalised on two occasions before
Olsson's late winner. Today was a pity. We conceded after
the last minute in the first half -- second half. We had control of the
game and then I'm disappointed because I felt the team was working
hard and not enough to win the game. I told them that we have seven games
to play and we have to keep working hard and pushing.
Also today there were comfortable 4-0 wins for Arsenal,
Swansea came from two down to draw at Stoke.
It was goalless between Sunderland and West Brom.
Ten-man West Ham came from a goal down twice to draw 2-2
Is the biggest game in Spain, the biggest in the world. Al Classico
between Real Madrid and Barcelona, is drawing to a close. With
thousands of fans in the stadium before kick-off, there was a tribute
to yell Crawford died last week. Barcelona went in front ten minutes
into the second half. Then Karen Benzema fired in eight minutes
later. Cristiano Ronaldo gave his team a 2-1 lead.
Formula One's new qualifying format still hasn't managed to shake up
the established order after Lewis Hamilton claimed pole
The world champion broke the lap record
at the Bahrain circuit to beat his Mercedes team mate
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was third to produce a repeat of the top three
qualifying result from the first round of the season.
Throughout qualifying, you do a lap and it
So to actually pull it all together is actually
And it actually even more of a pressured lap.
I had to improve even more than I did the lap
England's Catton says that England have to embrace the atmosphere.
We are realistic, it will not be a normal game. Even in the semifinals
there was a lot of hype around the expectation about playing in the
final. I want all our players to embrace it. Tomorrow, everything
will feel rushed to start with. It is important that we are in a good
frame of mind to slow things down when needed and execute our skills.
Even before we played West Indies in the group stages, I was firm in
saying that Chris Gayle was not just the West Indies team. It is
important that when you are playing against good size, you don't focus
on one or two players, it is everybody, everybody can hurt you.
India game, everybody witnessed that. Play with them over the years,
I have understood them, what makes them tick. How to relate to them in
different situations. This comes with experience. So if you could
see, this tournament I have not really done anything apart from
leading them out there on the field. They are so experienced, I'm letting
them go out and express themselves because T20 is about expressing
yourself. And to confirm, Barcelona defeated
by Real Madrid in Spain. That's all the sport for now.
Like many aspects of life in Pakistan, tea houses
But a group of women in Karachi has decided to challenge the tradition -
simply by visiting the cafes to socialise.
Their actions are starting to inspire other women to follow
suit - as Shaimaa Khalil found out when she joined them...
A typical Karachi afternoon in a traditional teahouse, or dhaba.
This is one of the most popular hangouts in Pakistan.
And while there isn't a "men only" sign here,
it is socially understood that these teahouses are run
A group of women have now started a movement to change that.
Deep down, I think, why can't I negotiate my way in public in
Karachi? It should be okayed to do so. I feel like the more I venture
out and I am not afraid, then other people -- other women will want to
do so. You can see why this
is not a normal thing, and is not a traditional thing,
because all around us is the men who hang
out in these places. You know, being bussed from one
private space to another to another, kind
of got sick of that. And then you see the shared
camaraderie of men at the dhabas, I mean, I think it is important,
because, you know, like, it is this idea that
as we step out in the world, as women, we have to become
smaller, and kind of reduce in size So to sit and be, like, OK,
I am very comfortable in my skin, I am OK with people staring,
that is completely taking ownership of your city, your body,
how you negotiate with that. This is something that really took
off when you started posting We received a lot of photos that
spoke for themselves, from other countries,
from India, from Nepal. We have been overwhelmed in some
ways. It shows that it does
resonate with people. The best part is that
a lot of girls were like, oh, my God, you made us think
so differently about our place in the world, that
we feel empowered. Shaimaa Khalil there,
talking to two female members of one Now feathers have been flying
across the world today...That's That's
because it's International Battles taking place in more
than 100 cities, including Taipei, It's one way to release a bit
of stress, but it looks exhausting. The events is into its seventh
year and was inspired by the Urban Playground movement
which aims to get people interacting