10/04/2016 World News Today


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This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK

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and around the world. The headlines:

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Belgian prosecutors say the extremists behind the Brussels

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bombings had originally planned an attack in France.

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Tragedy at a temple in southern India -

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after a fire kills 110 people, hundreds more are injured.

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Also coming up: A sad homecoming for many Syrians - Atrocities

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committed by the so-called Islamic State emerge as civilians

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And the Duchess of Cambridge wows the crowds in India

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as she and her husband begin a royal tour of the region.

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Remarkable couple. Made us feel so comfortable and really humble, very

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simple. The group that attacked

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Brussels Airport and Metro station last month had reportedly been

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planning a new attack on France. Belgian prosecutors say

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that Mohamed Abrini, a key suspect in the attack,

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admitted that they had changed their plans at the last

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minute, because of the speed at which the police

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were closing in on them. Our correspondent,

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Damian Grammaticas, explained the link between this and the arrest

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of another key suspect, Salah Abdeslam was the key suspect

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in sort after the Paris attacks. He was arrested here

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in Brussels and four days later the Brussels attacks happened,

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so it appears, police haven't specified but it appears

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when they say this group who attacked Brussels felt that

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police were closing in on them and urgently took the decision

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to switch their intended target from Paris to Brussels,

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that is the most likely reason, it was the arrest of Abdeslam

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that made the other members of the cell feel that police

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were closing on them and therefore We know that one of the attackers

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here, one of the suicide bombers had a laptop that police found

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after the attacks and on that he had written a last message saying

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he felt police were closing in and he felt in a hurry,

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so that would back up Tell us more about Mohamed Abrini

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and his suspected links Yes, Mohamed Abrini,

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this revelation today has come in the wake of his arrest,

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he was detained on Friday, over the weekend police have said

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he has admitted to being one of the men who carried out

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the airport bombing. Police also know he had been

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involved were they have linked him to the Paris attacks

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and that is because they have this evidence from CCTV cameras,

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security cameras showing Mohamed Abrini helping to deliver

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the vehicles to Paris that were used in the Paris attacks and the man

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he was delivering those with was Salah Abdeslam,

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the prime suspect after Paris so police have linked the two

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of them and now also Mohamed Abrini The Belgian Justice Minister

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has warned that more What is the mood in

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Belgium and France? I think the feeling is that these

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developments in the last two or three days have marked something

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of a success for the investigators here after weeks of criticism

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about their handling of the investigations,

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the fact that they appear to have found the man in the hat,

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the third airport attacker, and now that they seem to be getting

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new information from the people they have in custody,

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that seems to indicate the police have made a real stride forward

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in their attempts to dismantle the network but the Justice Minister

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today said that new cells could pop up at any time and Belgium had

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to remain alert. The French Prime Minister responding

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to the idea that Paris or France may have been the intended target said

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this was more proof that the threat to Europe as a whole and to France

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in particular remained high. More than 110 people have now been

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confirmed dead after a huge fire It happened in the town

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of Paravur in Kerala. It's thought a faulty firework

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caused the blaze, after it fell Anger is growing over the display

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after it was discovered it had been refused a permit

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because of safety fears. Yogita Limaye reports -

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just a warning there are flashing Then, a spark ignited

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a store of firecrackers. Witnesses say a part

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of the temple complex collapsed. It took hours for firemen to battle

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the blaze that followed, and pull Thousands had gathered to take part

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in the local festival. This man had travelled

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from a village He suffered injuries

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on his back and leg. TRANSLATION: One firecracker landed

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on the place where all the fireworks were stored, and suddenly

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there was a globe of fire. A building next to

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the temple collapsed. Concrete pieces flew off from it

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and hit me on my back. I could not move for half an hour

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until I was rescued. But many did not have

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a chance to escape. Some bodies were so badly

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burned it has not been possible This is where people have been

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coming all through the day to find out if their loved ones are in this

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hospital or not. This medical facility

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is where the injured and the dead from the fire were first rushed

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to because it is closest to the temple, and it is perhaps

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the worst ever disaster this local India's Prime Minister,

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Narendra Modi, flew down to Kerala with a team of specialist

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doctors to treat the victims. TRANSLATION: The Indian government

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is completely with Kerala and the grieving families

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in this time of trouble. The incident is so horrendous,

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that it is difficult Local authorities have said

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the temple did not have permission The Saudi-led coalition says it

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will honour the UN-brokered ceasefire in Yemen due to come

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into effect in the next hour. The coalition said it

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would respect the ceasefire, but would still reserve the right

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to respond to any rebel attack. This will be the fourth ceasefire

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since early last year, when the Saudi-led coalition began

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air strikes to support More than 6000 people have been

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killed and two million displaced The Prime Minister of Ukraine says

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he has decided to resign. Arseny Yatseniuk blamed politicians

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for failing to bring about He took office soon after the former

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president Viktor Yanukovych was The resignation comes after several

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high-profile reformers left the government in recent weeks,

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claiming it was failing From Kiev, here's

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Anistaasiya Gribanova. The resignation has already been

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announced a couple of hours ago but actually in order for it to be in

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Fort, it needs to be approved and corroborated by Parliament.

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Parliament can vote for it the following Tuesday and then Ukraine

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might next week receive a new government. And what has been the

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fallout of this? What has been the reaction to this resignation of?

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Truth be told, it's an resignation. Everybody was anticipating it any

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time soon, what happened today, but there has been audible calls for him

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to resign in the recent couple of months. His political party,

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People's front, and he himself has seen a severe reduction in people's

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trust, so their work calls for his resignation and he says in stepping

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down he is doing what people expect him to do.

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In other news, a strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 has

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hit south-west Asia, shaking buildings in Pakistan,

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The US Geological Survey said the epicentre of the quake

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was near a remote mountain region along the Afghan-Pakistan border.

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Police in Macedonia have used tear gas and stun grenades at migrants

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who tried to scale a fence at the border with Greece.

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The medical charity MSF says 300 migrants were hurt

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More than 11,000 people have been stranded at a makeshift refugee

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camp on the Greek side of the border since Balkan states closed off

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the migrant route to northern Europe.

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Peruvians have begun voting in elections to choose a new president.

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The candidate leading opinion polls is the daughter of Alberto Fujimori,

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the former president who is serving a prison term for human rights

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abuses. The US Secretary of State John Kerry

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has become the most senior US official to visit the Japanese city

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of Hiroshima since it was destroyed Mr Kerry visited a shrine

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on Itsukushima island as a two-day summit of G7 foreign

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ministers got under way. Britain's Duke and Duchess

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of Cambridge have spent the day in Mumbai, at the start

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of a week-long tour They paid their respects

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to the victims of the city's 2008 terrorist attacks, visited a slum,

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and attended a Bollywood gala. Nicholas Witchell's report contains

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some flashing images. The best way to experience

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India's rich variety Within hours of arriving in Mumbai,

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William and Catherine were visiting one of the city's slum areas known

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as the water tank. They squeezed through narrow

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alleyways and peered In a public recreation area

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in the centre of the city, they joined activities with street

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children who are being helped There was a run in the park

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for Kate, taken in her stride, quite literally, despite the high

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heeled wedge shoes. And then in this cricket-mad

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country, a game. The bowler incidentally was cricket

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ace Sachin Tendulkar, belted for what might have been six

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had it not fallen into eager hands. To the rather obvious

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delight of William. A positive one, according

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to Mr Tendulkar. What a fantastic experience

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it was to meet the Duke And, you know, really

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humble, very, very simple. They took an open top bus

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through the city to the hotel where they are staying,

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the Taj Mahal Palace. It was at this hotel in November

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2008 that Al-Qaeda linked extremists At this hotel, and other attacks

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elsewhere in Mumbai, William and Catherine met

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some of the hotel staff who tried to protect guests

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when the attack happened. They laid a wreath in memory

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of the dead and in tribute This evening, a glittering

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gala dinner organised by the British High Commission

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for Bollywood stars Guests of honour, William and

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Catherine. The soft power of royalty,

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pursuing British interests in India. A country which was once part

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of Britain's empire is now a considerable and growing economic

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power in its own right, and all of this is part

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of Britain's effort to court it. In a speech, William is expected

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to pay tribute to modern-day India, a nation which the couple's

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officials say will play a major Royalty meeting Bollywood royalty

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there. Life on the front line in Nagorno

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Karabakh. We hear from a soldier caught up

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in renewed fighting. This funeral became a demonstration

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of black power. Today is about the promise of a bright future, a day

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when we hope a line can be drawn under the bloody past.

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I think Picasso's works were beautiful, they were intelligent and

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it is a sad loss to everybody who loves art.

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This is BBC World News Today. The latest headlines...

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Belgian prosecutors say the extremists behind the Brussels

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bombings had originally planned an attack in France.

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Did death toll from the explosion and fire at a Hindu Temple in India

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has now reached 110. And let's get more now on that

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terrible fire in southern India. I spoke a little earlier to a doctor

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who has spent much of the day This situation is in our hospital,

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many of them or in eight terrible state, and it affects of the

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patient's ear. You spoke about some patients having severe urns. Do you

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have the expertise to treat these patients? Yes, we have enough

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expertise here. There are other hospitals with trauma areas. But

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those who have severe burns, more than 50%, do you expect them to

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survive? Are trying to care for all of them, they are under ventilation.

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In Syria, civilians have begun returning to towns captured

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from so-called Islamic State by Russian-backed Syrian

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As they do so, reports are emerging of atrocities

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The jihadists have suffered a series of setbacks

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in Syria in recent weeks, losing the ancient city of Palmyra

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and the IS bastion of Al-Qaryatain, both in

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Speaking to the BBC after visiting Al-Qaryatain, the head

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of the Syrian Orthodox Church said a number of Christians had

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This is the scene waiting for the returning residents

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of Al-Qaryatain, captured by so-called Islamic states last

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Street after street and building after building in ruins.

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The mixed city had a large Christian population, many of whom fled

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Islamic State but almost 300 couldn't get out fast enough.

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It is their fate that Syrian Christian leaders learned

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about as they were taken around the city and its destroyed churches,

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including a 1500-year-old Catholic monastery.

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The head of the Syrian Orthodox Church told the BBC that 21

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Christians were executed for failing to subject

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Five more are missing but the patriarch said

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It is very possible, we lived this situation

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for centuries, we learnt how to respect each other,

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We can live together again if we are left alone by others.

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Families of the surviving Christians paid the so-called Islamic State

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When they were finally reunited earlier this year, the patriarch was

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Coaches laid on by the Syrian government are bringing

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thousands back to Al-Qaryatain and the nearby city of Palmyra,

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Many are discovering there is nothing left

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The challenge now is to restore harmony across the faiths.

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Let's get all your sports for you now. Here's Sarah Walton.

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American Jordan Speith has started the defence of his Green Jacket

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Now when he teed off for the final round earlier he had

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But here's how the leaderboard looks.

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Jordan Spieth pulling away, four under par overall, a two shot lead

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from England's Annie Willet. Lee Westwood is now level par come while

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world number one Jason Day, down in sixth place, after a terrible round

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yesterday Rory McIlroy now don't intent, to over overall. -- don't

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intent. Leicester are a step closer

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to an historic Premier League title after beating Sunderland 2-0

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at the Stadium of Light. The result gave Claudio Ranieri's

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side a fifth straight victory and fifth consecutive clean sheet

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while ensuring Sunderland remain The difference between the sides

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was Jamie Vardy, the England international put the visitors

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ahead in the 66th minute, adding his second -

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and 21st of the season - It means that with five games left,

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Leicester are just three wins away from being

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crowned English champions. It was a difficult match but I'm

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very happy, with three points, for our performance, it was very strong.

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Of course they had the chance to draw the match but also we had three

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or four chances to finish the match early, and the response was good.

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Just one ball over the top and the Centre half is for the goalkeeper

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not coping with that was the reason we lost today. Not much else for the

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teams and at the other end when Jack Rodwell gets the chance to adjust

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back in the game, he misses, they score, they stayed top of the

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league, we stay in the bottom three. The margins were that small today.

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Second-placed Tottenham are keeping the pressure up

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They won 3-0 against Manchester United, after the visitors saw

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the game delayed by half an hour because they were stuck in London

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Goals from Delle Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela

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means Spurs stay seven points behind Leicester in second.

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We think we deserved the result in the end, a good team like Manchester

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United. I'm happy. We are still fighting for the title, seven

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points. Over at Anfield, two goals

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from Divock Origi helped Liverpool to a 4-1 win over Stoke,

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which saw the reds move Alberto Moreno put the home side

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ahead with his first goal of the season and Daniel Sturridge

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restored their lead after a Stoke equaliser, before Origi's two

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in the second half helped cement what was only a fourth home win

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of the season for Jurgen Klopp. Honda rider Marc Marquez

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won his fourth straight Texas MotoGP on Sunday, ahead of the reigning

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World Champion Jorge Lorenzo. Marquez had started on pole

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and coasted through the race to secure his second win

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of the season and extend Andrea Iannone came

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in third on the Ducati. Yamaha's Valentino Rossi started

:21:46.:21:51.

third but crashed out Onto European rugby, and they will

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have a new champion this season, and it could be Leicester, after

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three-time winners Toulon were beaten by racing Metro. It will mean

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Leicester will have a semifinal after crushing start Francais today.

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And that is all the sport for now. The unresolved conflict between

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Azerbaijan and its breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh has left dozens

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of soldiers dead in the last weeks. The unresolved conflict dates back

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to the early 1990s when ethnic Armenians living there sought

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cessation from Azerbaijan. One 18-year-old ethnic-Armenian

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soldier told the BBC Is it a bird, is it a plane,

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or is it base jumper Zhang Shupeng The Chinese daredevil jumped 2000

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metres from a helicopter seconds in an attempt to zigzag

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the Yunduan Bridge in the stunning mountains of Chongching

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in southwest China. Thousands of people

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gathered to watch the stunt, in the air, Zhang swooped down

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to the bridge before pulling the cord on his parachute

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and landing on a floating platform Good luck to him. That's it from me

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and the team. Thanks for being with us.

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Although there was some warm sunshine for most of us today we

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have seen the weather takes a turn for the worse in the South West.

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Earlier it was give

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