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This is BBC World News Today with me, Karin Giannone.


The charity Save the Children says a maternity hospital


The airstrikes happened in a rebel-held district of Idlib


At least two people are reported dead.


The staff of the hospital contacted us and they confirmed the town where


the hospital is based has been hit by seven air strikes.


Florida confirms its first cases of infection from the Zika virus -


Hillary Clinton gets down to work as the race


And six months on since the death of David Bowie musicians are taking to


the stage to honour his work. In Syria, the charity


Save the Children says a maternity hospital they support has been


bombed in a rebel-held Two people are reported to have died


- and a number of patients A doctor with Save the Children has


told the BBC the hospital Meanwhile, the United Nations'


Syrian envoy has backed Russian proposals for humanitarian corridors


to be set up to allow civilians in the besieged city


of Aleppo to leave. A battle ground between the Syrian


regime and rebel groups. Footage filmed by the Syrian


government in Aleppo shows its forces trying to take


control of the city. Russia has been


an ally in this fight. Now it says it wants to give


people their way out of rebel Leaflets were dropped showing


the map of corridors. TRANSLATION: I'm not


sure I will go out. The government's directions of


surrender our humiliating as it is. If they are already humiliating us,


how about when we actually arrived Russia has said it also plans


to allow rebel fighters to leave. Two days ago the Syrian government


said all supply lines to rebel Around a quarter of a million


civilians lived there. Hospitals have been bombed


and the UN has warned that food The UN wants to be


involved in Russia's plan. Our suggestion is to Russia,


to actually leave the corridors being established at


their initiative to us. The UN and the humanitarian


partners, as you know, The UN has also asked


for a ceasefire to give people For four years, Aleppo has seen


bloodshed and violence. Whether or not people choose


to leave the city if they are given a way out will depend on how


the plan works. Just as important is how quickly


it can be carried out because for hundreds of thousands


of people in rebel held areas of Aleppo, each day


is a struggle to survive. Dr Abdulkarim Ekzayez is a doctor


with Save the Children, who has worked at the maternity


hospital in Idlib province and been in contact with staff


there following the bombing. Four hours ago the staff of the


hospital contacted us and confirmed that the town where the hospital is


based has been hit by seven air strikes. Three of these hit the


surrounding areas of the hospital, one of them hit the entrance killing


at least two people and one of them injured someone and left them in a


serious condition. We don't have information about the number of


injuries but the hospital staff are talking about at least ten injured


people. Medical staff went to the ground floor so all of them are safe


except for one midwife. She was doing a delivery at that point and


she got injured in the S trike. The hospital itself was affected badly


because some equipment has been damaged by the strike, including


generators running the electricity. In Syria now there is no stable


electricity, and also some equipment such as integrators will newborns


has been damaged. Florida has confirmed its first


cases of the Zika infection - that were most likely contracted


from LOCAL mosquitos. that were most likely contracted


from local mosquitos. The state governor has said two


sites were responsible for four cases, but that no one had been


admitted to hospital. The Florida cases raise the chance


that US mosquitoes can So far, cases outside


of Latin America and the Caribbean have been spread


by travel to that region - Let's go to Jane O'Brien


who is in Washington for us. How much concern is there? There is


concern that it isn't entirely unexpected. People have been warning


for several months that the possibility of locally born Zika


transmitting in the United States is very high. There have been 1600


cases in the United States alone, most of them from people travelling


to infected areas and coming back. As you mention, this is the first


time that it has come from a mosquito itself. It is in a small


area, about two kilometres squared, and the mosquito which transmits


this virus can only travel a small area. That is where they are


concentrating on in that area of Miami at the moment. I've been


listening to a call from the Centre for disease control and they said


they are very impressed by the measures being taken in Florida and


those measures include getting rid of any stagnant water where


mosquitoes may be born, also spraying any kind of areas where


mosquitoes are prevalent and also ensuring and telling local women


especially to cover up during the night when those mosquitoes biting.


Of course, Florida is a huge tourist destination, what reassurances can


be given on and what sort of advice? To put it into perspective, if you


look at Puerto Rico which is not on the mainland, they have had 4600


locally infected people from mosquitoes. This is four people in


Florida. Certainly the Centre for disease control and others are


saying that they are impressed by the measures so far. They are not


moving any women or pregnant women out that two mile square area in


Miami. They are getting the help they need. Money is being filtered


to Florida for test kits and also for mosquito eradication. Thank you


very much. Hillary Clinton has made


history, formally accepting the Democratic Party's nomination


for the US Presidential election. In her speech to the party


convention in Philadelphia she promised to make the US


a country that worked for everyone - and urged Americans to oppose


what she called Donald Trump's mean Our North America Editor Jon Sopel


was there. Ladies and gentlemen,


our next president, Hillary Clinton! She's spent a quarter of a century


in public life, but no speech has First, though, the


historic formalities. It is with humility, determination,


and boundless confidence in America's promise that


I accept your nomination for President


of the United States! They cheered themselves hoarse -


some cried, as Hillary Clinton sought to reintroduce herself


to the American public. It was personal, but she set


out detailed policies, too - some influenced by


Bernie Sanders' insurgent campaign. Bernie Sanders and I will work


together to make college tuition free for the middle class,


and debt-free for all. I just don't want you to be shot


by someone who shouldn't And she promised to


raise the minimum wage. If you believe the minimum wage


should be a living wage, and no-one working full-time should


have to raise their children But she also had a wider point


to make about temperament and experience - why she was fit


to be commander-in-chief, Imagine him in the Oval Office,


facing a real crisis. A man you can bait with a tweet


is not a man we can trust This has been an optimistic


and upbeat vision of America presented by Hillary Clinton


as the fireworks go off, a sharp contrast to the bleak


and dark picture painted Politics is normally


conducted in shades of grey, but the difference between


Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump


is black and white. Wow, history in the making,


it's the chance of a lifetime to be We're excited for the first woman


President. If conventions and razzmatazz won


elections, the Democrats would be home and dry,


but with Donald Trump in the fight, they don't - this race


has a long way to go. Jon Sopel, BBC News,


Philadelphia. Now a look at some of


the days other news. There have been protests


in India after a couple from the lowest caste,


Dalit community, were hacked to death - allegedly after a row


over a debt of twenty-two cents. They say an upper-caste grocer


killed the pair after they asked for more time to pay


for some biscuits. Why are schools in


Kenya being torched? It's the question many people


are struggling to understand as two Kenya has been dealing with a wave


of arson attacks that have seen more than one


hundred schools razed, Emmanuel Igunza has been to central


Kenya one of the worst affected Scenes like this have become


an almost daily occurrence in Kenya. School after school going up


in flames at an unprecedented rate. On Friday morning, two more


schools were torched. This is the latest school in central


Kenya to suffer the arson attacks. Even new buildings reduced to shell


and a stark reminder of the events This is the second dormitory to be


burnt down in the school The fire is believed to have started


at around that corner The fire raged on and firefighters


quickly came in and together with the students desperately tried


to save their belongings, but as you can see around,


there isn't much left. All personal belongings and bedding


have been destroyed. We have tracked down one


of the students who was in He asked us to hide his identity,


fearful of being connected to those He is angry and uncertain


about his final examinations The burning of schools started


in western Kenya and spread quickly So far, more than 100 schools


have been affected. Her daughter was supposed


to sit her final exams this year, but is now home after the school


was closed following a failed TRANSLATION: I feel really bad


because even looking for school The reasons for the attacks


remain very unclear. Teachers blame the government,


the government blames exam cheats. The teachers union have threatened


to go on a national strike if the government doesn't close


all schools immediately But the government has


rejected the calls. There is no school that is going


to be closed down. Learning must continue,


all children must be in school, we will deal with the criminals


and crooks that are working on undermining the reforms


that we have put in place and trying The burning of schools is not


a new phenomena in the country, but the sheer scale and frequency


of the attacks has now raised fears and concerns about the uncertain


future now facing The European Union has warned Turkey


that its treatment of coup suspects could affect its bid


for EU membership. Tens of thousands of people had been


detained, dismissed or suspended, accused by being followers of the


alleged mastermind. What is the basis of his movement? And how


widespread is it? They have called it


"rooting out the virus". A wave of arrests over the past


fortnight against the alleged coup Tens of thousands suspended


or detained, schools, media outlets and


companies closed down. All are accused of supporting


Fethullah Gulen, the exiled cleric who the government says


masterminded the coup. With his schools in 140 countries,


he has spread his influence over decades, his followers working


across Turkey's institutions. They say he is a peaceful scholar,


critics call it a dangerous cult. TRANSLATION: The structure aims


to surround the state They are not armed militants,


but cloak themselves as doctors, Right-wing governments have used


them against the secular military. They got their biggest power


within Erdogan's rule. The Erdogan-Gulen


alliance was strong. When hundreds of military officers


were tried a few years ago on false evidence, Gulen supporters


were thought to be behind it. This former naval captain spent 33


months in prison and believes it If they couldn't manage to get it


off us during these trials, this couldn't happen


by his followers because... The Gulen schools were


among Turkey's best, The government says replacing


education will remove But journalists, diplomats,


even airline staff have been detained or dismissed,


prompting accusations that all opponents are being grouped


together and rounded up. Over 130 media outlets


will now be closed. Many other journalists facing arrest


warrants have already fled. We tracked down one who says


the Gulen movement never aimed How could you plot a coup


through media outlets? I would not accept this


conspiracy theory in Turkey. They have every right to be in every


institution of Turkish government. It's two weeks since a coup that


united Turks against it. The aftermath has shaken


every part of society. It could take


a generation to recover. Pope Francis has walked in silence


around Auschwitz-Birkenau, as a mark of respect to the more


than one million people, mostly Jews, who were killed


at the Nazi death camp. Our correspondent


Tom Burridge reports. To a place which exposes


the inadequacy of words. Where more than one million


mainly Jewish people were Pope Francis spoke with some


of the few who survived that horror. And a moment to reflect,


at the wall where Nazi firing Then, a prayer in a cell,


where a Catholic priest volunteered Before they were led to their death,


human beings were locked Silence was the response


of the Catholic Church when Nazi Germany demonised Jewish


people, and then attempted Another visit by a Pope reminds us


about the evil perpetrated But questions remain


for the Catholic Church, about what it knew at the time


of the Nazi death camps and the systematic


programme of genocide. A psalm sung by a priest


from a Polish village, Tom Burridge, BBC


News, in Auschwitz. George Butler has provided


poignant snapshots of life in war torn areas such


as Afghanistan and Syria. George walked from Turkey


across the border into Syria where he drew the aftermath of civil


war as well as capturing and recording the stories amongst


the refugees through his art. I didn't really know there was such


a thing as reportage illustration. It was only when I went


to Afghanistan when I was at university that I realised there


was a difference between what I was seeing as someone who sat


there and drew for two hours, I think there was a difference


in process that means the So, sitting in a place


with your own two feet and having a big board and drawing


the things that happen in front of you, so you're picking up


on sound on the way people react to you and it is


often too hot they have to draw quite quickly and that gives


an immediacy in ink that you don't otherwise get, so it


is about composition, about trust and people can see


what you're doing and they feel involved and they are not


intimidated by a camera. I would never be able


to go to the front of Aleppo and sit and draw


with bullets flying around. This process doesn't really lend


itself to that, so it very often, as it was


in the northern Syria, a kind of experience that happens


more often to the population that are moving from town


to town, trying to avoid the Rather than experiencing the front


line which is carried out Even doing this back


at home, I think I begin to So this guy, particularly friendly,


wanted to help and spoke English and was a teacher, so I guess that is


the value of having been there, rather than doing it


from a transcript or first-hand account


of These are memories and


an experience that I had. I remember feeling particularly


uncomfortable to be drawing in a place where there was obviously


so much anxiety and sadness. This little boy had lost his mother,


brother and his right leg in a shelling two days before


and his father was now sitting at the head


If for every time you turn the page, you


get a photograph, you do become immune, immune to it.


To turn the page and see a drawing that


someone has sat down, it is handmade, you kind of value that,


you can kind of understand that someone was there and has done it.


I think there was an emotional engagement when I did it, and I hope


there is one when it is looked at, as well.


It's more than six months since the death of David Bowie,


and performers from the worlds of pop, rock and classical music


are taking to the stage to honour his life and work.


The David Bowie Prom at the Royal Albert Hall


in London is both a tribute, and a chance to give some


of his best known songs a new classical twist.


Our Arts Correspondent, David Sillito reports.


The song Fame is more than 40 years old but has never sounded


This is a final rehearsal before tonight's sold out performance


I am a little bit scared about geting through the night,


at a sold out Royal Albert Hall, what their reaction might be and how


# Fame, lets him loose, hard to swallow...


Obviously I've been thinking a lot about Mr Bowie and the legacy


I feel like I'm feasting on really important music.


# Fame, it's not your brain, it's just the flame that burns


Meet Stargaze - this is a tribute to man and music.


And also a chance to give the music a little twist.


Let's Dance, the number one hit from 1983, and many others.


Reworking Life on Mars and Space Oddity, which will have a gospel


choir and a musician who worked and partied with David Bowie


He knew him well but he knew nothing about how ill he was.


It was a shocking sort of event that all presented itself at once.


It still gets you when you think about it.


He was wondering what the next step was going to be, and that was not


And this, the final song from his final album


in which David Bowie sang, "I know something is very wrong."


This prom is sort of a farewell but it is also a celebration


Russia's weightlifting team has been and is from the Rio Olympics over


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