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This is BBC World News Today with me Philippa Thomas.
Turkey's Prime Minister is stepping down.
Ahmet Davutoglu has won two elections -
but fallen foul of the boss - making it clear he's uneasy
about President Erdogan's project to tighten his grip on power.
The inferno in Western Canada spreads even further -
strong winds in Alberta force more communities to evacuate.
I can feel the heat here. This is insane. You can feel the heat.
Also coming up - in an exclusive interview with the BBC,
Brazil's President, Dilma Rousseff, says she'll fight on -
Music in Palmyra - Russian musicians stage a concert
in the ruins of the ancient Syrian city to celebrate its recapture
After being elected with more than 49% of the vote last November,
Ahmet Davutoglu announced at a news conference today he will not seek
the leadership again, although it is not his choice to go.
His resignation follows several public disagreements with Turkey's
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who wants to boost his
Prime Minister Davutoglu has urged his party not to fall apart,
but there's something of a sense of crisis in Turkey,
and of unease among her European neighbours.
The Prime minister, who dared to cross President Erdogan.
Ahmet Davutoglu gave an emotional farewell calling a party congress
TRANSLATION: We thought we would serve you for four
years but, believe me, it is not my choice
That was the only hint of the rift with President Erdogan that pushed
He was uneasy with policies like jailing journalists
and crucially did not back the key President Erdogan project to change
the constitution so as to boost the president's powers.
TRANSLATION: My loyalty to our president will continue
Nobody has or will hear a single word against our
Everybody should know that and I would never let people
A polarised Turkey has reacted, as always, in a divided way.
While a pro-government paper hailed a new era in the AK party a rare
opposition headline talked of a coup by the presidential palace.
I do not know how many crises we have had.
The prime minister was a good man, I loved him and his
This man says our great mentor President Erdogan deemed it suitable
It means he was not happy with the prime minister.
Whatever our great mentor wants, it will happen.
President Erdogan has a big support base but Turkey is in crisis,
renewed conflict with the PKK Kurdish militants, several suicide
bombs and a clamp-down on human rights and free speech.
Some Western leaders find it hard to deal with him and
they will be dismayed at Mr Davutoglu's departure.
So, as the prime minister leaves, a fiercely ambitious
The message to Mr Davutoglu's successor, defy me and you will
And Mark joins me now from the Turkish capital.
What will happen next question mark a party congress on the 22nd of May
in which the party will choose a new leader. Some of the names in the
frame include the current transport minister and the current energy
minister who is President Erdogan's son-in-law. They will be a more
obedient and pliant Prime minister than Ahmet Davutoglu. When Ahmet
Davutoglu was put in place, we thought he would be largely a puppet
but he turned out to be much more outspoken than we expected and the
brake on power and also a man with whom the West rather favoured doing
business with because some find it difficult doing business with
President Erdogan. Thinking about their relationship with Europe, one
tweet from a speed issue diplomat said the credibility of Turkey's EU
rests with the Prime minister if he leaves and all bets are off. Yeah,
the timing of this has been disastrous for Turkey. Yesterday was
the day when the Prime minister and politicians should have been making
political capital from the fact Turkey have scored its biggest
achievements on its part to European Union accession when they
recommended Turkey should get these free travel to the EU Schengen zone.
That is along for aim of Turkey and that was a project spearheaded by
Ahmet Davutoglu who negotiated with the European Union leaders and
offered to re-home the migrants and Turkey would get these free travel
but it was done without the agreement of President Erdogan and
that was one of the examples of how the men fell out. But when we saw
the pictures of him in Brussels being embraced and negotiating you
get a sense this is a man the Europeans liked, he was exchanging
text messages with Angela Merkel regularly. President Obama in the
last two weeks was outspoken about President Erdogan saying he has won
elections but is clamping down on free speech and there are trends in
Turkey that the United States do not approve of. There was a different
relationship. There will be mixed feelings in Western capitals. Worth
underlining President Erdogan does have popular support. He goes and he
is adorned by a fan base on the whole who feel he has a political
voice. The headscarf wearing Turks felt ostracised for decades and he
has expanded the middle-class building schools and hospitals and
roads and that is why he will still be able to rally the faithful even
though opinion is divided and deeply polarised.
Syrian activists say that an airstrike has hit a refugee
camp in northern Syria, killing or wounding many people.
One report says that at least thirty people have died
in the attack on the camp in Idlib province near the Turkish border.
Pictures purportedly of the aftermath of the attack show
at least a dozen tents burnt to the ground.
It's not clear yet who carried out the attack.
But Syrian government airpower has targeted Idlib in recent weeks
to try to weaken the rebel hold on the province.
A state of emergency has been declared in the Canadian
province of Alberta, as a huge wildfire continues
The entire city, that's nearly 90,000 people, has been
evacuated, and now the residents of three nearby towns have also been
The fire, fed by strong winds and hot, dry weather,
has already destroyed thousands of buildings.
Our correspondent James Cook is at a cordon just
We are not allowed into Fort McMurray because the fire is still
burning and it is burning along this road, perhaps two or three miles
along the road we are told it is ablaze on both sides of the road,
there has been activity in the last couple of hours as firefighters and
other services continue to tackle this blaze which has caused such
hardship for the people here. It has spread further out of 40 McMurray, a
city in a terrible state and it is clear now this crisis is far from
over. Oh, my God! In the car, a mother, father and child are fleeing
for their lives. The people of Fort McMurray had minutes to abandon
their homes and run. This is insane! You can feel the heat. This is
crazy. Foremost, this was the only road out. A highway hell. Oh, my
God. This is why. A huge wildfire which was swept into the city by a
sudden change in the wind. I looked up and it is raining ash and your
eyes are burning. It is time to pack up and leave. If the wind changes,
there will be more devastation in Fort McMurray. As the city
smoulders, the full extent of the damage is not yet known. Fort
McMurray is sealed off and police say half of it lies in ruins. In
this darkest of hours, the community is pulling together. Canada is a
country where we look out for our neighbours and we are therefore each
other in difficult times and certainly in Fort McMurray the
difficult times they are going through right now is something we
will unite around across the country. The fire started in a
forest outside the city, how is not clear. It is still burning as
spreading south forcing the evacuation of three more towns. It
is stressful, you do not know what is burned and not. Or when you can
go back and you are sitting here and/or UC is red flames. It is
pretty scary. From space, the damage can be clearly seen. The blaze has
scarred the landscape. For those fighting, there is some hope today
it is cooler and the wind has dropped. Too late for Fort McMurray,
a city of ashes. It's been nearly a week since a six
storey apartment block collapsed in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi
but miracle stories of survival Today four people were pulled
from the rubble alive but up The BBC's Anne Soy
filed this report. It has been drizzling
here at the scene of the collapsed building but that has not dampened
the spirits and the hopes of the rescuers who have
been working here. They have pulled several people out
of the debris alive - six days after that
building collapsed. That has renewed their hopes
of finding more survivors. Up to now, we are told up to 70
people have been reported missing and until they comb the entire
scene, they will not stop. They are working around the clock
to make sure they find everyone and we were here when we saw three
people pulled out of the rubble and they were moved right
in front of us. I saw one man who looked emaciated
but he was awake and he had been talking to the rescuers
and there were two women who were moved from the scene
on stretchers so incredible Earlier in the day,
the rescuers heard faint voices, a faint voice calling for their help
and they dug through the debris The paramedics moved in to put
a drip on this woman who was trapped and after a painstaking process
that took three hours, They say they did not see any
visible signs of injury, only that this woman was afraid,
understandable because she has been under that rubble for six days
without water or food so very There were two children who weere
pulled out of the debris, one of them was an infant,
still wrapped in its blanket without any injuries
and that is what has really given hope to the rescuers and they say
they will continue until they are sure that every person
who is still alive has been removed from the scene and several people
are moving from nearby buildings, they have big red signs on them
meaning they have been marked for demolition just
like the building back collapsed The government had marked it
for demolition because they say it was not fit for occupation
but there were people living there so this is a wake-up call
to the Kenyan society and there are discussions
going on about what went wrong Now a look at some of
the days other news. A British registered car -
driven by suspected people smugglers - has crashed on a motorway
in northern France whilst Shots were fired and four people
in the car were seriously injured. The accident happened
after the vehicle fled a car park over the border in Belgium,
that's known to be used More than thirty passengers and crew
on an Etihad Airways flight have been injured by severe unexpected
turbulence flying into Indonesia. The Indonesian authorities said nine
people had been taken to hospital, The plane landed safely at Jakarta
airport about 45 minutes after the incident on Wednesday,
and is now being inspected. In the latest news
coming from Brazil - the country's top court has
suspended the powerful He's facing several
corruption investigations What's interesting is that Cunha has
been leading the impeachment drive against the Brazilian President -
Dilma Rousseff. Ms Rousseff has been defiantly
fighting the attempts to unseat her. She's accused of illegally
trying to conceal the size But unusually - in a country mired
in political corruption - she is not accused of doing anything
to benefit herself financially. Well, the BBC's Wyre Davis has been
speaking to Dilma Rousseff - Yes, a real nest of Vipers in
Brazil. The Brazilian equivalent of the British American TV series house
of cards with lots of political intrigue and lots and lots of
corrupt politicians. The woman paying the highest price is doable
Rusev, she could be walking down the steps behind me having been forced
to step aside as the Brazilian president while she faces an
impeachment trial. -- President Rousseff. I asked her what she would
do if the Senate votes in favour of a full impeachment trial.
TRANSLATION: We will keep fighting to come back
into government, if the impeachment request is accepted.
We will fight to make sure that we will come out victorious.
We in the government believe, and what my supporters believe,
is that the ongoing impeachment process is illegitimate and illegal.
Because it is ultimately based on a lie.
If we have learned anything in the last six months,
it is the rampant corruption in the political system
in the governing party and other parties.
A lot of people agree with your defence that
you did not personally benefit from any corruptions.
But you were chairman of the board at Petra Bass.
Did you not know what was going on in this corruption scandal?
TRANSLATION: I do not agree that Brazil is in a different position
to other countries with regard to corruption.
It is inherent in corruption processes to conceal themselves
under similarly corrupt structures and practices.
These practices have to of course be looked into and investigated.
There are people in Brazil now, a minority of people,
talking in favour of a return to a military
Is it time for you to perhaps remind them and tell them why in your view
TRANSLATION: I was personally imprisoned.
I was incarcerated for three years myself.
Then there was a kind of ritual where you would first be arrested
and then, in detention, you would be kept out of touch
And for as long as they thought they still needed you for information,
You do not have to go through all of the horror we went
through, all the tragedy we experienced, to learn that
democracy is the right side of history.
You can see clearly from the interview that she feels very deeply
that this is fundamentally unjust but how many of the Brazilian people
feel that with her, how much backing does she have? It is a good point
because while she is convinced in the political environment she is on
the side of right and the charges against her are minor and illegal,
in the wider public many Brazilians want her to go, not because she has
done anything illegal or benefited from corruption but because the
country is in such a mess. The economy is in recession, inflation
at 10% and unemployment going up. There is a huge corruption scandal
which has happened underneath her government and the previous workers
party government so many Brazilians agree with the impeachment process
and want a change of government but she does not quite get that, she
says she was elected by 53 million people add whatever trough Brazil
goes through, she should have the right to remain in power until the
next elections. Thank you. And for our international viewers,
you can see Wyre Davies' full exclusive interview
with the Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, on BBC
World News this weekend, on Friday at 1930, Saturday at 0730
and 1630 and Sunday at 0430 - For more on this developing story -
go to our website or if you're on the move download
our smart-phone app. We've set out who could
potentially replace Dilma Rousseff should
the impeachment go ahead, Dilma Rousseff should
the impeachment go ahead. We just want to bring you this
update on a story we did earlier in the week -
on the Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright who told
the BBC he was the inventor There's been lots of discussion
about his revelation since then. He had also promised
to present new 'proof' Well, Mr Wright now says
he won't be able to do that. He says that he 'believed
he could put years of anonymity and hiding' behind him but that
'as the events of the week unfolded'...and he 'prepared
to publish the proof of access to the earliest keys' he says
he 'broke' and says The self-styled Islamic State group
is continuing to lose territory in Syria and Iraq,
but according to the US Defence Secretary Ash Carter
the fight is "far from over". The US military has recently been
stepping up its attacks against I.S. targets, and increasingly it's
electronic and cyber weapons, It's a hi-tech war being fought
from aircraft carriers like the USS Harry S.
Truman in the Arabian Gulf, and our But Drew and Chris are different -
fighting an unconventional war, The fighters drop the bombs,
they make the explosions. We do the stuff in the background
that most people don't talk about. This is where they're flying from,
the USS Harry S Truman. And this is what is
happening around the clock. looking for targets
over Iraq and Syria. In less than five months,
the jets on the carrier have set a record, dropping more than 1,200
bombs on Islamic State targets. But these bombs are not the only
weapon they're using. Drew, the pilot, and Chris
an electronic warfare officer, fly a jet, but it's loaded
with jammers that can block anything Our cameras followed them
at the start of a mission. Much of what they do
is still classified but this is how it works: Before
and after an attack like this, or what they say was an IS
headquarters in Mosul, they are able to jam
all enemy communications. Think of it this way,
you are sitting in your house and all of a sudden bombs start
going off all around you. You are scared, you're frantic,
it is chaotic, now all of a sudden you lose your ability to communicate
and things start happening in the electronic spectrum
you don't fully understand. It adds a whole other aspect
of fear, it degrades their ability to talk about what is going on,
and to co-ordinate Hopefully by instilling that
fear, that confusion, It's all part of a new emphasis
on electronic warfare. As well as from the air,
US cyber teams on the ground are disrupting IS's ability
to communicate by computer, We do get the feedback
from the folks we are supporting. They say, "Hey, you know,
we knew you were there, there, because we stopped
getting shot at." or, "We weren't attacked",
or things like that so it's tough to measure
but it is absolutely essential. And the proof that this fight is far
from over is the tempo Even with all this technology
and military might, two years on, Jonathan Beale, BBC News,
on board the USS Harry S Truman. Syrian activists say an hour strike
has hit a refugee camp in northern Syria killing or wounding many. We
have pictures just in. You can see a lot of destruction, one reporter
tells us at least 30 people have died in the attack on a camp in
Idlib province on the Turkish border. They are trying to pull
people and get the fire is doused. These pictures are showing at least
a dozen tents or more have been burned to the ground. We are showing
you pictures that have just reached us, it is not clear who carried out
the attack but we will keep you up to date. Russian musicians have
staged a musical concert. A Russian orchestra has
performed a concert there, broadcast live on Russian
television, a matter of weeks after Russian troops helped
to liberate the region. We leave you with these pictures and
the concert was shown live on Russian television. It is meant to
mark the recapture of a highly significant city in Syria. Thank you
for being with us. Today was the warmest day
of the year so far but temperatures