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High emotion as tens of thousands of people pay their respects to
Muhammad Ali. Chanting, cheering and tears as his Cortez is driven
through his hometown. Mike Tyson and Will Smith were among the
pallbearers. Unprecedented security in Paris as fans gather for the Euro
2016 tournament. Kick-off for the France game against Romania is in
one hour. And a National Service of thanks giving forward the Queen in
London to mark the 90th birthday. It is a double celebration as the Duke
of Edinburgh attends 95. 74 years ago, Cassius Marcellus Clay
was born into a world of poverty and racial discrimination
in Louisville, Kentucky. Today, thousands of fans gathered
there for Muhamad Ali's funeral, celebrating the life
of arguably the best-loved We can cross live now
to Laura Trevelyan in Louisville. It's an emotional day he here, where
thousands of people have lined the route of Muhammad Ali's final
journey. People threw flowers, they cried, cheered, chanted. This is a
day that Muhammad Ali himself happily choreographed, every detail,
from the root of his final procession to the memorial service
that will be held this afternoon. He wanted is like to be held in the way
that he chose, his performance inside the ring and outside the ring
as a civil rights advocate and a proud American Muslim. Here is my
colleague John south. The man they call the Louisville lip
on his final lap. At the funeral, pallbearers gather. Former world
heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson, as his coughing is loaded into the
hearse. A final journey that will take in the streets from around his
home where he grew up, and where he fought the segregation of that time.
Around him, the street I literally echoing to his name. Lining the
route, those whose lives he touched and the people who knew him as a
friend. What was he like as a man? Funny, he had a great sense of
humour. He did the magical tricks. When you leave Ali, you always think
because he has nothing to say to bring on wisdom. I was and still am
very sad, but he left a legacy that will keep going. He has just gone
very short time. He lives in us. Since his death was announced, the
Muhammad Ali Centre has become a mini shrine, a people where people
can come together. I spoke to his friend and fellow civil rights
activist. They embrace his genius, the world, and I am sad because I
will miss him. His life and legacy and music lives on. It may be over
50 years since he fought his battles on race and the Vietnam War, and 50
years since he became world Champion, but this is someone whose
significance went way beyond sports and politics and he transcends the
generations. There are young and old on the streets today, and to modern
America, his fight against injustice and intolerance still resonates. He
is a cultural icon, and to those on the streets, he was and still
remains the greatest. Our North America editor reporting
there. It feels as though the world has come to Louisville today, but
one person who couldn't be here today was President Barack Obama,
and that is because his daughters graduating from high school today
and he wanted to be there. But he has paid tribute to Muhammad Ali.
There have been times were I have been the underdog, just like the
champ, and there were times when I got beat up a little bit and had to
come back. That's what these boxing gloves represent. So I just want to
say to you, not just all the fans around the world who drew such
inspiration from Muhammad Ali, but most importantly to his family, to
his wife and kids, to everybody who I know is celebrating a life this
week, it's very rare where a figure captures the imagination of the
entire world, and it even rarer when that figure does so by being open
and funny and generous and courageous. He was one of a kind
and, in my book, he will always be the greatest. President Obama there
being tribute to Muhammad Ali. People have come from all corners of
the world from across America to pay their respects to the boxing great.
One of these people is the Reverend Jesse Jackson, the civil rights
leader. Here's what he had to say earlier. He was the master of his
skill, arguably the best boxer of all time, certainly in the world. He
used that exalted platform to due two things, one was to reflect upon
the painful past come he grew up in the racial apartheid, ... And he
couldn't be served here in a restaurant in Louisville. His
parents had to pay taxes and couldn't vote. He was pained by
that. He chose to get better and not bitter. And I'm glad. He kept
embracing all people and religions. It then became crunch time, to
become killed... Said the US Government tried to draft him to the
Vietnam War. But he said that he wouldn't fight in the Vietnam War.
He said that he had no quarrel with them. 3 million people were killed
in that war. He refused to go, but huge criticism by the press, by his
own religion and friends, yet he lived to go from being reviled, he
outlived the criticism of his and Taiwan position -- anti-war. He made
such a sacrifice. He was banned from boxing for three years. Yes, and
willing to go to jail for five years. That level of sacrifice takes
him to a level of seriousness and authenticity beyond the average. He
is a Champion in the boxing ring but a hero outside the ring. And that
was the Reverend Jesse Jackson talking to me little earlier.
Joining me to reflect on everything we have seen so far and what to come
is BBC corresponded. It feels at the world is here. People have come from
across the world and America. What have people been seen to you about
what Muhammad Ali meant to them? They keep saying, he is one of us. I
got here at seven o'clock in the morning and the queues were snaking
around the building, three lanes deep. I spoke to someone who had
stayed up all night to get a ticket for this. Another person had come
all the way from Los Angeles, someone named after Muhammad Ali. He
always made a point to himself that if you outlived Muhammad Ali, he
would go to the funeral wherever it was because he Muhammad Ali was a
beacon of hope for him. And what is your feeling about what Muhammad Ali
stood for? What is driving people? I think it goes bigger than that.
You're talking about a man who was willing to stand up and say, I had
the greatest, at a time when America was racially divided. It was
empowering, it made you feel proud to be black. A lot of people talk
about how America was racially divided at the time, and they took a
lot of inspiration about someone if you stayed strong in this adversity.
Fighting for the biggest prize in boxing, that helped to cement his
legacy. In the next hour or so, that star-studded memorial service is due
to begin. What can we expect there? It was very carefully planned by the
Muhammad Ali himself. Yes, it was a ten year plan. He signed off on its
years ago. He wanted a demon, he wanted Bill Clinton to be given
eulogies -- a theme. There are so many layers to him, which is why I
think it will be so difficult to replace him in the future. It gave
people courage to stand up and be antiestablishment. The fact that he
was willing to risk it all shows how his influence goes way beyond that.
I have spoken to people from all over the world and that shows the
impact this man had. Thank you very much for joining us. That's memorial
service will be carried live here on BBC news when it happens. We are
expecting it to happen in about an hour. An extraordinary day here in
Louisville, Kentucky, as their city remembers its a bit son Muhammad
Ali. A National Service of thanksgiving has taken place at St
Paul's Cathedral to mark the Queen's 90th birthday. The service was
attended by members of the Royal family, including the Duke of
Edinburgh on his own 95th birthday. Between them, they've known 185
years of life's experiences, 90 years in the case of the Queen, 95
years in the case of the Duke. He celebrates his birthday today. But
if the long life of a monarch which brings together people in St Paul's
Cathedral. For her faithful devotion, dutiful commitment, loving
leadership, gentle constancy, royal dignity and kindly humanity. She's
been known to tell clergyman not to overdo the praise on occasions like
this, but as family members who will follow in her footsteps and
politicians whose time on the national stage comes and goes
listened, the Archbishop of Canterbury to find a contribution to
national life, the likes of which we won't see again. We look back at Her
Majesty's time in our nation with deep wonder and profound gratitude.
Through war and hardship, through turmoil and change, your Majesty,
today we rejoice with a way in which God's loving care has sustained you.
As well as Prince Philip marking his 95th birthday today. Reflections on
the passing of the year is written by 119-year-old comedy Paddington
Bear creator Michael Bond, read by another 19-year-old Sir David
Attenborough, used words written by the Queen's father. Truly, if you
put your hand into the hand of God, that shall be to you better than
light and safer than in own way. Members of different faith groups
joined an act of thanksgiving, a reminder of how Britain has changed
during the course of the Queen's rain. One feature that has remained
constant and for that person on this day, the congregation sang the
national anthem with more than usual feeling. The Queen left Saint Pauls,
steadying herself on a specially installed handrail. At 90, a head of
state at the beginning of three days marking this milestone.
In other stories, police and Bangladesh
militants following a series of attacks on minority
On Friday, a Hindu monastery worker was hacked to death
About 40 people, including secular bloggers, academics and members
of religious minorities, have been killed in attacks
An international aid convoy in Syria has delivered desperately needed aid
to the Damascus suburb of Daraya, for the first time
Trucks carrying medicine, food and flour have
Daraya has witnessed some of the worst bombardment
during the country's civil war, now in its sixth year.
Scientists in Canada are reporting encouraging results
for an aggressive treatment for the debilitating disease,
The researchers describe in the medical journal, The Lancet,
how they used chemotherapy to destroy a small group
These were then rebuilt, using stem cells.
About two million people worldwide suffer from MS.
The 15th, and biggest, European Football Championship gets
It all starts with the host nation France against Romania
these pictures show the cloud arriving ahead of that big opening
game. And unsurprisingly it is mostly French fans. Most seem to be
in good spirits despite a very stringent security checks.
A massive security operation is underway with the country
More trouble with English fans down south.
Yes, given everything that you have just said, the French authorities
have got plenty to concern themselves with opt on the security
front given everything that happened last year. Once again, some English
fans are living up to very old stereotypes. Last night, just before
midnight, we saw clashes between fans and French police. Tear gas was
fired, we know two fans were arrested. Today, we understand a
group of fans has been drinking in the area all day long and again we
have had violent clashes between these English men and French riot
police. We have got a whole lot of detail on what sparked the violence,
or how many people were involved -- we don't have a lot of detail, but
once again English fans are making headlines for the wrong reasons. I
think there is particular frustration that given the huge
efforts the bench security are taking -- French security, there are
also having to focus on keeping an eye on a group of drunken
Englishmen. And what is the industrial action
that has paralysed in France at the moment, is that good to interrupt
the tournament? It is a big question, certainly it
has been at the front of political discussions today. It has been
forcefully said that no French people should try to undermine what
should be a successful celebration. Union leaders have said that they
didn't pick the date of this tournament, there is a social
movement going on and it shouldn't stop. But we are talking about
potential large-scale disruption, rather than actual large-scale
disruption. There has been a rolling rail strike going on for a number of
weeks. That doesn't seem to be having a huge impact on rail
services. It could affect fans get into certain games, but that doesn't
appear to have manifested itself in a certain way. Although the
Government has focused on those protests not getting in the way of
the fans' experience, and some are suggesting that they may use this as
a way of getting leverage with the government, at the moment that is
more of a potential disruption that a real one.
The online company Gawker Media has been fined. We are joined by our
business corresponded to joined us from New York. The auction process
has been filed. -- they are being auctioned off. They have decided
that they are going to continue to fight this case. There is a bit of a
legal loophole in which a judge has said that they will have to pay a
$15 million bond. But bilingual chapter 11 allows them that some
protections, at least from starting to pay some big chapter 11s in this
case. Especially since Gawker Media have said that they are going to be
fighting this case. If you listen to the CEO of Gawker Media, he is very
confident that they will be able to win on the appeal. And when it comes
to the value of this company, there is one bid of 100 million, is that
an right price? The company that is now being rumoured to at least put
in a bid for it, it is a company that has been struggling in the
computer space. They were really good at computer magazines, they are
no longer in that space because print is very difficult, so that
could be a good acquisition for them.
A BBC investigation has found young migrants,
including teenagers, are resorting to prostitution
The authorities say nearly 60,000 migrants are currently in Greece
scattered in various camps across the Aegean islands
They imagined Europe as a place where they would
rebuild their lives, but the borders have closed
and the nearly 60,000 migrants in Greece are stranded.
The sanctuary they sought has become a dead end.
In Athens, beyond the isolation of the camps,
This park is in the centre of the city, where young men face
choices they couldn't have imagined before starting their journey.
Walk along the path and you discover a world of open drug use
and male prostitution, a place of lawlessness where young
migrants resort to selling sex for a few euros.
His hope to reach Germany has vanished, but he needs 400 euros,
around ?300, to pay the smugglers who will take him home.
TRANSLATION: I have no other way to make money,
so I have sex with old men here for five or 10 euros.
How did you feel the first time you do it?
TRANSLATION: I had never done this before.
This may just look like rubbish, but if you look closely at these
places, it is littered with used condoms, paper tissues, evidence
The migrants and their clients don't go very far to conduct
They just step into the bushes and do it right here.
Young men are effectively trapped behind these railings,
often lured by a stranger pretending to offer help.
Somebody approaches them, they say to them, OK,
I'm here, I can help you, or you can earn some money
We saw teenagers waiting for clients in the park.
Amir, an Afghan, who says he is 20 but looks much younger,
has told us boys as young as 15 are selling themselves.
Astonishingly, Amir said he was grateful to find all the men
so he could earn money, but he's also scared and ashamed.
TRANSLATION: I've thought of suicide several times,
but then I think of my mother and the pain she would go through.
So you now regret to have come to Europe?
TRANSLATION: Yes, I'd rather be home with my family.
Hopelessness has parked a mass movement of people into Europe.
The closing of borders has created a desperation,
which is pushing young men into a world
Just before we leave you, let's take you back to France, to the Stade de
France, the game between France and Firmino beginning in about an hour.
A different story in the south, however. There was clashes between
youths. Police fired tear gas. Hearing that English fans had been
drinking all day long and had been involved in skirmishes all day long.
A very different story here in Paris, there's the gaining of the
euro 2016, police on the streets ensuring the safety of the players
and the fans. Goodbye. Difficult to put detail on the
weather as we will see a lot of