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This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK


Fears of a humanitarian disaster in Iraq -


as tens of thousands of people flee Falluja.


Turkish police use tear gas and rubber bullets in Istanbul -


as gay activists defy a ban and march through Istanbul.


Church leaders in Britain pay tribute to the politician Jo Cox -


Meanwhile, campaigning resumes ahead of the EU referendum.


A four-year project to unlock the closed world at the bottom


underground for a festival in an Icelandic volcano.


Government forces in Iraq may have claimed victory in Fallujah


but they now face a battle of a different kind.


Aid agencies say a humanitarian disaster is unfolding -


with refugee camps like this one buckling under the pressure.


The UN says 80,000 people have fled over four weeks of intense fighting


between the government and the so-called Islamic State.


Inside the city, people are trapped without food and water.


With more, here's Our Middle East Editor Alan Johnston


The Iraqi army has been driving forward hard.


In a major offensive, it has thrust into


Islamic State fighters used to own these streets.


Now, they belong to the government's forces.


They have pushed the militants back, seized most of the city.


But the army's fight is far from over.


IS is holding out in some neighbourhoods.


And as the soldiers come at them in street after street,


they are hitting back - sending out suicide


One report said 20 soldiers died in clashes near a hospital


And all around on this battle ground, there is the wreckage


Reminders of ordinary lives ruined by the war.


The people who raised families and went to work in the streets


Tens of thousands of Falluja's people have come to camps


like this, where there is not enough of anything -


But even this is better than what these children endured


back in Falluja under Islamic State rule.


TRANSLATION: The IS militia promised us food,


We wanted to flee, but they hemmed us in.


There was no gas, and the schools were closed.


What there was were rockets, air force jets and tanks.


Now the aid agencies must care for this mass of people.


And that is posing a major challenge in this desperate, desolate place.


Right now as we speak there are thousands without any


They have slept overnight out in the open.


They are now stranded out there in a sandstorm under


the sweltering sun without any protection.


And the question of latrines, toilets, sanitation.


If we don't get those in order in the next hours,


Just an hour's drive from the misery of the refugee camps,


In Baghdad, they have been celebrating what they see


But the feeling among these people in the capital is that,


very slowly and very painfully, the war against the


Well, in neighbouring Turkey police in Istanbul have fired rubber


It's after gay, lesbian and transgender activists


defied a ban and marched through the city's streets.


The authorities said the rally would NOT allowed


But organisers said the ban is a 'flagrant violation


of the constitution and law' and marched anyway.


Defy authority in today's Turkey, and this is what happens. Police


firing tear gas and rubber bullets against those daring to march for


gay rights. Today was meant to be the Trans Pride, but it, along with


next week's Gay Pride was prohibited by the Government. Those refusing to


accept the ban were attacked. The scuffles begun when an anti-Pride


protester destroyed one of the banners. The government said it had


to cancel the rallies because of threats from nationalists groups but


protesters say that's caving into pressure. Gay Pride marches have


been held in Istanbul since 2003. But last year, for the first time,


it was broken up, allegedly for disturbing the Muslim festival of


Ramadan. Although it is always held in the same period. Critics say it


is another sign that democracy in Turkey is being squeezed and human


rights violated. Last night more tear gas against those protesting


about an attack on music fans by Muslim groups, another sign of


Turkey's secularisation. Social tensions in an unhappy country, once


again, reaching boiling point. Landslides and flash flooding have


killed at least 24 people Days of torrential rain left


thousands of homes buried under mud. Such heavy rain is common


on the group of islands where millions of people live


in areas close to rivers. Firefighters in southern California


are struggling to control a blaze which has forced hundreds of people


from their homes. The fire in Santa Barbara County


burnt through more than three thousand hectares -


with extreme wind conditions whipping up destructive columns


of swirling flames. Thousands of people have been


protesting on the Japanese island of Okinawa against the presence


of US troops and bases. The protesters are angry


about the alleged rape and murder of a young local woman by a former


US marine living on the island. The incident has reawakened


widespread opposition to American Here in the UK, campaigning has


resumed ahead of next Thursday's referendum on whether to remain


in the European Union. Both pro and anti EU forces had


suspended their campaign following the killing


of the MP Jo Cox. Once again the debate has focused


on the key areas of the economy and immigration, with some


in the Leave campaign wanting to distance themselves


from the tactics of the UK Our correspondent


Ben Wright reports. The hurly-burly has returned,


the referendum has resumed. On this Fathers' Day,


here is one father who did not spend You have done a great job,


you have put on the Stanley Johnson roused the Remain


campaign, Boris rallied Leave campaigners on the


other side of London. Take back control of


huge sums of money. As this bitterly fought referendum


enters its final day, immigration has again entered the debate.


I am the proud descendant of Turkish immigrants.


Let me stun you by saying I will go further, I am in favour


of an amnesty for illegal immigrants who have been here for


This is a Leave campaign straining not to sound divisive


or inflammatory on the issue at the heart of their case


They have distanced themselves from this, a poster unveiled by Ukip


showing migrants walking to a refugee camp in Slovenia.


It has drawn criticism from the official Leave campaign.


I believe the way we secure public support for the benefits that


migration brings and for helping refugees in need is if people feel


they can control the numbers overall coming here.


This morning, Ukip's leader stood by the poster and objected


Michael Gove had better look at his own posters, Abu Hamza,


warnings about terrorists and murderers coming into Britain


Labour's leader said migration pressure would not disappear


if Britain left the EU and was asked if there could be


I don't think you could have one while you have free movement


of labour, and that means you have to balance the economy,


so you have to improve living standards and conditions.


George Osborne said legitimate concerns about immigration


were being felt in every Western country, but this referendum had


Rich international investors are taking their money out


of Britain, they are delaying investment, the stock market has


gone down, sterling has been marked down.


The British people cannot take their money out, they will be


left with their livelihoods in Britain on Friday if we vote


to leave, and they will be the people paying the price.


As this Leave rally shows, the campaign will be hard


fought until the end, because there is one point both


This week's vote is a massive choice, an irreversible


After a sombre three-day pause, this referendum campaign


is back at full pelt, and soon you will have your say.


British MP, Jo Cox, was remembered today with a memorial service


in the town of Birstall in West Yorkshire, where


Our correspondent Ed Thomas was there.


It is four days since this town lost its MP.


A husband a wife, two young children a mother.


A place for people to reflect, on Jo Cox' life


She represented love and peace for all the religions,


it did not matter what colour or creed you are.


I hope it brings the community together and that her memory lives


on and that what she fought for people continue to fight for.


Today, she was remembered at St Peter's Anglican Church


in Birstall, the town she served, the place she called home.


Her humanity was powerful and compelling.


We would do well to recognise her as an amazing example,


Today, this message from Brendan Cox, her husband.


Already, a memorial fund in her name has raised more than ?600,000.


What is striking here is not just the number of flowers that have been


brought down, it is the messages that come with them.


They are personal, genuine, and they tell the story of how


Somebody who represented everybody, what Britain was really about,


and somebody who could represent what Britain should be about.


Tomorrow, Parliament will be recalled, MPs from all sides


will come together to speak of a friend and colleague.


Stay with us on BBC News, still to come:


Going underground - Is this festival in an Icelandic


# Down, down, floating down the river.


A day old, the royal baby is sleeping tonight in his could the at


home. Earlier today he was taken by his mother and father to the Palace.


The real focus of attention was the world's first woman cosmonaut. What


do you think of the first woman in space I think it is a wonderful


achievement. I might be able to persuade the wife, if I could, to


get her to go up there for a little while. This is BBC News world News


Today. Here are our main headlines: Aid workers in rye rack have warned


that a-up tearian disaster sun following, following a mass exodus


of civilians from the city of Falluja. -- --


Aid workers in Iraq have warned that a humanitarian disaster is unfolding


following a mass exodus of civilians from the city of Falluja.


Karl Schkembri from the Noreegian Refugee Counil explained to me


the difficulties faced by the displaced people.


The thousands who have gone out of Falluja in their droves now are


obviously exhausted. They have walked for long hours and they are


hungry, they are thirsty. They need shelt and were text and they need


medicine and we are lacking a bit of everything. We are running out of


safe drinking water, food is running out. There are no tents for many of


them. Thousands are staying out in the scorching heat, in the sun,


sleeping out in the open in the middle of nowhere and apocalyptic


scenarios where sand is unavoidable and I have met handicapped people,


pregnant women, children, who are totally totally exhausted and it is


unacceptable that they have just fled from one humanitarian disaster


and stepping into another one. You describe a very desperate scene. Why


is it that we have this situation, because we knew the government was


going to go into Falluja, didn't we? Indeed. We have been warning about


the unfolding disaster even before we had this mass exodus of at least


30,000 people in just about three days. The problem is that the local


authorities, the government and the United Nations need to step in and


we need international donors to fund this will emergency. We are running


out of funding. Iran has a croppies displacement problem. We have been


seeing millions, now - over 3.3 million Iraqis since the beginning


of this year and the funding has only covered less than 30%. Now on


top of all that, we have Falluja and soon we are going to have other


places. This is not going to end and we have been to the government and


it the international community and to international governments, our


appeal is you cannot forget the thousands of civilians, after you


have just retaken Falluja, you cannot abandon them there in the


middle of nowhere. British scientists are leading


an international mission to reveal the secrets of the deep Atlantic


Ocean. The ATLAS project -


which involves teams from around the world -


will spend four years exploring unknown ecosystems and measuring


the changing ocean currents - as our science correspondent


Victoria Gill explains. Half a mile beneath the surface of


the ocean and teeming with life. But this is far from tropical waters,


it's the chilly Atlantic off Britain's North coast. It is just a


glimpse of the hidden treasures that a new scientific endeavour is


setting out to explore. At ATLAS project is an international


four-year mission into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean ATLAS is the


biggest project looking at deep Atlantic eco-systems ever


undertaken, by working through the plan we have, we will have a better


understand of how eco-systems function in the deep ocean and will


have a better understanding of them in the feature. This involves 24


institutions around the North at loan tivenlingt 25 vessels will go


out to explore over a dozen deep sites throughout the ocean. As on


island nation our seas seem so familiar. The coast is so much a


part of our lives but you only have to go about 100 miles offshore


before there are areas that we know very, very little B and there are


rich eco-systems out there already being impacted by climate change and


that are already being explored by industries like fishing and oil and


gas extraction. Pick up the GPS every time it comes to the surface


and it'll send the data back to Scotland. As well as working from


research vessels, scientists will use remote devices to take


continuous measurements of ocean chemistry and currents that affect


our climate. These can remain at see for months at a time, gathering


information that researchers say is needed urgently Humans are having a


large impact on the planet. Until we can make the fundamental


measurements to understand how they are sustained and evolving, we have


no chance of managing our natural resources. The vast majority of the


ocean remains unexplored, undiscovered. This mission aims to


address that in the Atlantic, before we exploit eco-systems we don't yet


understand. We start at Euro 2016


where the final two matches The hosts France are playing


Switzerland in Lille. Only France from this group are sure


of their place in the knockout stages but the top spot in the Group


is still up for grabs. Plenty of chances for France but it


is gill goalless there. Romania and Albania are playing


in the other game in Lyon, only And an error by the Romanian


goalkeeper allowed Albania Nico Rosberg has extended his lead


at the top of the Formula One Championship to 24 points over


Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton after winning the inaugural F1


race in Azerbaijan. Rosberg started on pole


and led throughout the race to claim his fifth win


of the season. Ferrari's Sebastien Vettel


finished as runner up with Force India's Sergio Perez back


on the podium for the second Defending champion Lewis Hamilton


finished fifth. The leaders have begun their final


rounds at the US Open in Oakmont. Ireland's Shane Lowry had a four


shot lead at 7-under par They teed off just under an hour ago


but that lead has been halved. Dustin Johnson, the American


searching for his first Major, birdied the second hole. And Lee


Westwood has dropped two shots today, he slipped back to level par.


The 7th and deciding game of the NBA Finals takes place in Oakland later


as the Golden State Warriors host the Cleveland Cavaliers.


The Warriors had led 3-1 in the series, it's now 3-all.


No side has ever won after being 3-1 down in a series.


I came back for a reason, to bring the Championship to the city of


Cleveland to the north East Ohio and all Cavalier fans in the world. That


has been my goal. I don't want to add too much more pressure on T I


will go out and trust what I have been able to do, the work I have put


into it and my team-mates have put into it and you go out there and see


what happens. I don't feel any extra pressure,


which is good. I just understand and want to enjoy the moment because


growing up as a baseball fan, you kind of put yourself in so many game


to win the finals in several situations, playing with your


friends and stuff and this is my first crack at T so excited about


it. I understand we have had two sub-par games and we need it make a


couple of adjustments but we are capable of doing that. And resilient


baseball team that is ready for the opportunity. And that's what I'm


confident in. A huge night ahead in the NBA.


That's all the sport for now. Back to you. Thank you very much.


This weekend has seen the world's first ever


live music performance, inside a volcano.


It was part of a festival being held in Iceland,


and an attempt by organisers to stand out in the crowded


Chi Chi Izundu reports from the Thrinnukagigur volcano.


Not your average journey to a festival.


For this gig there are only two ways to get to the venue.


A hike across lava fields with the changeable Icelandic


weather or, if you can afford it, a short flight.


The price for this exclusivity, ?1,400.


The 20 tickets made available sold out in just ten days.


This volcano erupted 4,500 years ago, but they only allowed


the public to have access five years ago.


The journey to get to this part is via this special lift.


It would be the same nearly as me scaling Big Ben one


# Down, down, down, floating down a river...


Over the last decade, the explosion of festivals means


Annually, tens of thousands happen across Europe alone.


With the summer spent going from one to another, even this


When I was asked to do this, my first thought was, when will


But with the hefty price tag, was it worth it?


Even not knowing what bands were performing, I knew


Also to be part of something for the first time obviously merited it.


I don't want to leave, I will stay down here!


Events like this are not cheap to put on either, so it does not


The rapid deterioration of the weather meant


But the storm did not dampen spirits.


Snr a selfie a must on a volcano. The top stories: Aid workers in Iraq


have warned of a honourable member tearian disaster in the wake of a


mass exodus of civilians from the city of Falluja. Over the past few


days, tens of thousands of people have fled, as Government forces


drove back fighters from the so-called Islamic State group.


That's it from me. Goodbye for now. Good evening. Eastern areas enjoyed


the best of the Father's Day sunshine and


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