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The headlines: Reports that a key suspect in
the Paris terror attacks - and possibly the Brussels
Mohamed Abrini is thought to be one of a number of people
who've been seized in a Belgian police operation.
The pragmatic Pope - Francis tells the world's billion
Catholics it's time to adapt to the realities
We speak to the Dalai Lamai about the state of the world,
the Tibetan cause and hear his understanding about the Uk's
When Great Britain is facing some economic difficulties,
so then the new friend who has a lot of money...
It's very important. It's understandable.
Can a Hollywood drama featuring drones tracking your every
If you live in Yemen, and if you live in Pakistan,
and if you live in Somalia, then that is the reality.
It hasn't yet happened in Kenya, but who knows?
The key remaining suspect in November's Paris terror attacks,
Belgian media is also suggesting that Abrini is possibly the "man
in the hat" seen on CCTV before the blasts in the Brussels airport
He's one of a number of people who've been seized in a Belgian
In a moment we'll be live for the latest from Brussels
but first this report from Damian Grammaticas.
He's been hunted since last November - Mohamed Abrini.
Belgian police say he is dangerous and believe he was linked
Mohamed Abrini, seen at a service station two days before
The car he was driving, a black Renault Clio,
was one of the vehicles he used to attack Paris.
The man he was with at the time was Salah Abdeslam, another
of the team that planned and carried out the carnage in Paris.
Salah Abdeslam, Europe's most wanted man, was finally detained three
weeks ago in the Molenbeek district of Brussels after also
Today's arrest is thought to have taken place in nearby Anderlecht.
Just yesterday, Belgian investigators released
this new footage of the Brussels airport bombing.
It showed the third attacker, the so-called Man in the Hat,
who left a suitcase bomb and escape from the terminal, then
travelled six miles on foot into Brussels before he vanished.
It's been reported the new footage and the appeal for help to identify
the Man in the Hat lead to new tip-off from the public
which came just before today's new arrests.
Let's go live to Brussels now, to our correspondent Gavin Lee.
Gavin, a big development, F ended this man is also the man in the hat.
Yes, what we have officially from the Belgian prosecutor as there have
been several arrests today in relation to these two attacks at the
airport and the metro station, two weeks ago. In the last hour or so,
state television and French police are quoted as telling news agencies
that this is indeed Mohamed Abrini. What do we know about him? He was
seen as a bit part player in the Paris attacks. He was seen two days
before the attacks. His car was used. He was seen with Salah
Abdeslam am heading for Paris. We were given details about his past
history. He had been to Syria. His brother was a former IS fighter in
Syria. He was wanted by Belgian police as well. He has not been seen
since. He has a connection to this missing man as well, this man still
not yet identified, known simply as the man in the hat. We believe there
is a relevance here to the images released yesterday by the federal
prosecutor of CCTV images which ensure a more complete image of the
man leaving the airport, with passengers trying to escape the
scene. We see him go through the car park and then Watford ten colour
matters for two hours and then we lose all trace of him. Local media
say this is the man connected to Paris and Brussels as well. We are
currently waiting on a press conference and will know the
significance of that very soon. There were a number of arrests. What
more do we know about the other people detained? The only details we
have and this is coming from a French and Belgian media, including
the state television, saying that other notable figures are somebody
from Maelbeek Metro station, is suspected suicide bomber who has not
been seen since. It is thought this is the man who may have bought some
of the bags for the bombers to use. You might be able to see some
footage which has emerged today of one of the raids. We are not sure
who this is but this is amateur footage, close to Molenbeek. This is
an undercover operation, police officers taking their man and
bundling him into the back of a car. As always, thank you very much. Keep
us up-to-date as and when we get more developments. Thank you.
Pope Francis has called for the Catholic Church to recognise
He says bishops and priests should be free to interpret doctrine
in ways that suit their own cultures in their own countries -
particularly in relation to marriage and divorce.
Our religious affairs correspondent Caroline Wyatt reprts from Rome.
The Catholic Church has often closed its doors on those living
Today in Rome, Pope Francis sought to open it a little,
issuing his guidance on how the Vatican should treat
At a press conference here this morning, two of the Pope's leading
cardinals revealed the contents of this keenly awaited document.
It came after much debate and some very public
Within the Pope's document on the family, the biggest change
Pope Francis suggests priests seek solutions that are best suited
He also wants more openness and a greater understanding
of what the Church terms "irregular situations",
But there is no change to the church's doctrine,
nor its views on homosexuality or ban on contraception.
So does this mean that those who are divorced and civilly
remarried will now be welcomed back to take Communion?
Those who want to be included in the life of the church,
the life of faith in the church, they are welcome.
The Pope often said let the doors of the church be
And he says the same to everybody who is in a difficult situation.
This document, over 250 pages long, is one of the most
significant to emerge from the Vatican in many years.
The title, On Love And The Family, is written in the distinctive voice
of Pope Francis and will set the course for the way
the Catholic Church deals with family life for many
We first spoke to this family in 2014.
They had high hopes this Pope would change the church's
My first reaction reading it was that, you know,
it was a little bit frustrating because there isn't a real change.
In the end, though, this popular Pope has shown himself
There is no radical reform here, as some had hoped, more a gentle
signal that all families, however fractured,
are welcome in his church and the doors are now open.
Now a look at some of the day's other news.
An American who was being held in Syria has been released
by President Bashar al-Assad's Government.
A US citizen had been released, according to the US
State Department, but no further details were given.
The Washington Post newspaper identifies the man
as Kevin Patrick Dawes, a freelance photographer
who travelled to Syria from Turkey in September 2012.
Chinese police have arrested a man in connection with a video that
appears to show a woman being assaulted in a Beijing hotel.
It's had more than two billion views online.
Police say they caught the 24-year-old in Henan province.
The hotel's parent company has apologised for the incident.
A former Scotland Yard police officer has been arrested in Lebanon
on suspicion of attempting to seize two children at the centre
Adam Whittington tried to take the children who were living
with their father in Beirut to bring them back to their mother,
It was all filmed by an Australian documentary film crew -
all involved have been arrested by Lebanese police.
Our Middle East correspondent Quentin Somerville reports.
Two children, just five and three years old,
on their way to school when they're grabbed by strangers
Their 70-year-old grandmother is knocked to the ground.
Today, Noah and his sister are back home, and they are safe.
Their Australian mum and Lebanese- American dad have been fighting
Wednesday's abduction was part of a plan by their mother Sally
to get them back to Australia. She is now in a Lebanese jail.
Their father says the children are traumatised.
Their first thing is why are Mummy's friends so mean to Grandma?
That's the first thing they asked me.
I'm just hoping it all pans out smooth and easy for Sal.
I can't say so much about all the other people involved in this,
And the rest of them, it's like, why are you poking
I mean, the law could have sorted this out.
Who are you guys? Are you guys law enforcers?
I need you to do something to help bring my babies home.
They are very loved and they are very missed.
This was their mother last year, asking the Australian Government
When that went unheard, she hired a self-styled child
Getting the children out of Lebanon without the father's permission
wouldn't have been easy, so the next part of the plan
appeared to be to bring them here, to this Beirut marina,
where a yacht was waiting to take them out of Lebanese jurisdiction
Eventually, the children would be taken back to Australia.
The yacht has been seized by the authorities and two British
men are being held by police, accused of being
An Australian news crew led by veteran journalist Tara Brown
They are also being detained and are this evening spending
The children have been pulled from parent to parent
Their mother and father's marriage has unravelled, which would have
been hard enough, but this personal disaster has now taken
Quentin Somerville, BBC News, Beirut.
In Myanmar, the new Government says that plans to release all political
prisoners are to be delayed until after the end
of the Burmese New Year holiday in ten days' time.
On Friday, 69 student activists had charges against them dropped
and almost all of them were set free.
Many of them had been in prison since March last year when protests
against education reform ended in violent clashes.
Yeah, this is the first real success story, if you like,
They've been in office just over a week.
Yesterday, we heard from them that they are going to
prioritise the releasing of political prisoners.
Today, they have managed to get the most high-profile group
of political prisoners in this country, these student activists
Some pretty extraordinary scenes they are today.
People singing and dancing in the courthouse itself.
Many of them have been imprisoned for a year,
with legal proceedings really taking a very long time to take place.
Miss Suu Kyi will be pleased herself that she is starting to see
some reward, some result from her new position
Laura Haigh is Amnesty International's Myanmar researcher.
We heard there that Ms Su Chi will be pleased. You please? Of course we
are. We are really welcoming of this release. The students have been in
detention for over a year. The fact they have been released today, one
week into a new Government, says a lot about their commitment to ending
the cycle of political arrest and imprisonment. Unfortunately, some
people are still behind buyers and it is time to turn our attention to
them. Of course, but the relief for those students was overwhelming.
Let's just have a look at that moment. So this is them listening to
the judge, and it's obvious that after a year in detention, as you
were saying, the relief is palpable, as we will see in a second. Yes, you
touched upon this. You hoped to see more. That's right. In the last
hour, we have heard that some of those who were not released today
have actually been released, which is wonderful news. What we need to
see now is those who have already been convicted to be released. There
are many dozens behind buyers still and this is where our focus must be.
We must really dismantle this repressive legal framework that has
allowed these individuals to be arrested and a detained behind
buyers for so long. You have got this repressive legal framework, how
do you dismantle something so historic? We have an excellent
opportunity. In terms of being actually able to reform laws, we can
see progress because of the Government majority. They have laws
which restrict free speech and which would prevent people from peacefully
protest in. It will take time, but we have seen positive moves already
that they want to prioritise this issue and we will see that a legal
reform process initiated in the coming weeks. What about the
military role? I think we have to be realistic. The military still plays
a very powerful role in the country, in addition to their role in
Parliament, the actually have oversight of some of the key
ministries. Particularly the Ministry of home affairs, which
oversees the police. There is going to have to be some kind of
relationship uttering the Government and the military. I hope there are
no spoilers here, it is early days. The new State Councillor's
relationship with the military, how crucial is that? Absolutely crucial.
They retain power over these key ministries. They have a veto over
constitutional changes and have a significant bloc in parliament as
well. We have seen the military react very strongly to any criticism
of the military institution by peaceful activists, and that is not
something... It is something we have to keep our eyes on. But for the
time being, those students finally going home. Thank you very much for
joining us. The Tibetan spiritual leader
the Dalai Lama has said the only way for the world to confront terror
attacks is through greater contact He was speaking to the BBC
in the wake of the Brussels attack. He also spoke about the challenges
faced by the Tibetan movement especially
with increasing Chinese pressure. The Dalai Lama was talking
to the BBC's Sanjoy Majumder. I think the violence in any
religion, we should make more closer contact with people
with different faiths. One of my commitments is to
try to promote genuine harmony. For that, genuine harmony
is the basis of mutual respect. The Chinese government has put a lot
of pressure on governments around the world to go slow
on the Tibetan issue. Do you think Britain is now
placing its business interests ahead of what you believe should
be its moral obligation? Great Britain is facing some
economy difficulties. New friends who have a lot
of money very important, Sometimes our world,
political power, including military power and economy power,
sometimes seem more That is the reality. In recent
months and years, you have spoken a lot about reincarnation. A lot of
people have reacted. Have you changed your views on reincarnation?
The whole system... That's gone. Democracy is the system. I myself am
fully committed to democracy. Therefore, this certain sort of
system, including religious institution, feudal system, is a
long time past. We must act according to the new reality.
Know some breaking news and some information on the leaked Panama
documents. Panama's presidents have agreed to stage a meeting in the
next few days with Finance ministers in Paris over these leaks. That is
one line coming from the Panama Government. And also, Panama is
saying it will take necessary steps to guarantee effective protection of
tax information between countries. That is all coming from the Panama
Government. Movement there to work out following that huge leakage of a
huge amount of documents from a company that was helping clients
with tax evasion. So we will keep you updated as and when we get some
more from that. Saudi Arabia's king has announced
that a bridge linking his country to Egypt will be built over
the Red Sea, connecting The King made the announcement
during his current visit to Cairo. He said the bridge would boost
commerce between the two allies. TRANSLATION: I have agreed
with the President of Egypt to build a bridge that connects
the two countries. This historic move,
which links the two African and Asian continents,
is considered to be a quantum leap which will increase trade
movement between them A new Hollywood movie,
Eye In The Sky, tells the dramatic story of intelligence officers
considering whether to target a village to prevent
a possible terrorist attack. It's filmed in South Africa,
but set in the Nairobi suburb of Eastleigh, which is nicknamed
"Little Mogadishu". And it seems not everyone
there is happy at the international attention, as Ferdinand
Omondi reports. Imagine going about your daily
business with an eye in the sky These people don't have to imagine
it, because Hollywood has made a film about drones hovering
over their neighbourhood. This mall in Nairobi's Eastleigh
is home to Eastleigh Wood, a production house making
films for a Somali audience. These Somali film-makers
are watching a preview of Eye In The Sky, a
Hollywood movie set in Eastleigh. In the film, American drone pilots
plan a strike on terrorists plotting a suicide attack
in the neighbourhood. Some of the film makers
wish the movie was made here in Eastleigh,
rather than South Africa. If we want to tell a story
about Somalis or Eastleigh, In terms of equality,
there are many are interested This is the Eye In The Sky view
of the real Eastleigh here in Kenya. It has a reputation of having very
enterprising people. It also has a reputation
of harbouring terrorists - something these residents
would like to change. Eastleigh Wood is trying
to tell Somali stories This is a trailer of
their latest release, Mistaken, We tell our stories because people
tell the negative side. In this film, we try
to tell the positive side. But Eastleigh's reputation
is not entirely false. Over the past few years there have
been several grenade attacks in the neighbourhood and police
worry about local links Security experts say Eye In The Sky
reflects a dangerous reality. It may look fantastical
or something far-fetched, I think if you live in Yemen,
if you live in Pakistan and if you live in Somalia,
that is a reality. It hasn't yet happened
in Kenya, but who knows? For now, though,
Eye In The Sky is fiction, and the people here hope
it remains that way. It was meant to be a romantic
marriage proposal, but in turned It all happened when a young
man in California, seen dangling from the end of this
rope, climbed onto a rocky ledge 27 metres from the ground
in order to pop the question Unfortunately, the man became
stranded and had to be Well, the girlfriend did apparently
say "yes" to the proposal, He was detained on suspicion
of being under the influence Local police said it
was a serious matter. Firefighters in Florida have rescued
a bear cub from a forest fire. The firefighters decided
to call the little bear Smokey Junior, after an iconic
American wildfire prevention icon. They say his paws were burned
and the hair on his head singed. They were fighting a 300 acre
brushfire in Lake County when they found the cub
and pulled him to safety. The rest of the fire was contained,
luckily. There is more as always on our website, where you can get in
touch with me and the team. For now, as always, thank you very much for
watching World News Today. Bye-bye. Good evening. The weekend's weather
brings us a Mitch of sunshine and scattered showers. Turning quite
windy on Sunday as well. Fairly cool in the breeze full stop some
sunshine on offer. Right now, this front is crossing west to east
across the country. Rain for many areas