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This is BBC News. I'm Gavin Grey.
At least 16 people are feared dead as a hot air balloon catches fire.
It sounded like a gun going off. I looked up over there and the next
thing I knew, we saw a big fireball going off. Russia claims dozens of
families have left Aleppo. Florida insists it is still safe for
tourists after the first confirmed cases of Zika virus locally.
England's ban on plastic bags sees drop but Walker -- what more can we
do? Hello and welcome. Investigators say
it is unlikely there were any survivors after a hot-air balloon
carrying at least 16 police pull crashed and caught fire. It came
down early on Saturday around 60 kilometres south of Austen.
From clear skies above the Texas plains, the horror had unfolded in
seconds. Such was the intensity of the explosion and fire which
engulfed the balloon basket, there was little left of the crash scene.
Two of the balloons gas cylinders were still visible on the black and
past year. Emergency services were called by a witness who heard the
initial explosion. I stepped out on the porch, I heard one pop before I
stepped out and then I heard another pop and I looked around to see who
was shooting occurs it sounded like a gun going off, and I looked up
over there, and I saw a big fireball going up. It was just praying that
whoever was there got away in time. The balloon thought to be operated
by the balloon company was believed to be carrying an organised tour
group. Although it came down beneath power lines, it was unclear whether
it had developed a problem at high altitude. It is like a crime scene,
you only get one chance, we want to make sure we do everything
correctly. Thanks to all the agencies behind me, we have been
able to start on the right foot. Leaves are trying to establish the
identities of those who died. This will bring fresh calls to tighten
regulations covering more than 100 US operators.
US officials insist it is still safe to visit Florida, despite the state
becoming the first in the US mainland to confirm cases of the
Zika virus. The British government has advised pregnant women to
consider postponing any non-essential trips to the state.
Not that nothing is known as the sunshine state. Miami's beaches are
a magnet for British tourists. Now, pregnant women are being urged to
reconsider their travel plans, all because of mosque eaters carrying
the Zika virus which has been linked to severe rain defects in newborns.
Florida has become the first state in the US to con firm cases.
Previous cases have been largely confined to people who caught the
virus abroad. Now that Florida has been the first day to have a local
transmission, we will continue to put every resource available to
fight the care in our state. Experts described the risk to British
holiday-makers as medium. They haven't advised not to go. This is a
very limited outbreak, we are talking about Florida, not the rest
of the USA. They will have to speak to their travel health adviser,
their GP or the travel clinic they go to. The World Health Organisation
has described the Zika virus is a global public-health emergency and
whilst officials here aren't expecting a widespread outbreak of
the disease, they are gearing up to combat small clusters of cases. The
Zika virus has particularly affected Brazil where the Olympics get under
way in just six days' time. Top stars, including golf's quarry
Michael Roy are staying away because of the risk. -- Rory McIlroy. None
of the cases has been admitted to hospital but with no vaccine on
treatment, the emphasis and the stage is caution.
Russia says citizens have left Aleppo after humanitarian corridors
were opened but opposition activists have denied that claims. 300,000
people are trapped in the east of Aleppo. Russia announced it would
allow civilians and rebel fighters to leave parts of the city.
These are people leaving rebel-held parts of Aleppo, according to
serious state television. It claims they are using safe passages opened
by the government. We are relaxed now because we are under the
protection of the Army, may God protect them. We suffered a lot in
order to be able to come here. On Thursday, leaflets had been dropped
in Aleppo showing maps of the humanitarian corridors that would be
opened with support from Russia. Three exit routes for civilians and
a fourfold rebel fighters who want a way out. Russia claims that along
with civilians, nearly 70 rebel fighters have also come out. Syrian
TV says these are some of them. But opposition activists have called it
all a lie. They have released this video which they claim is from the
same area in which the state says a humanitarian corridor has been
opened. This is not true. The regime is making false propaganda. This
street has been closed for more than five years and the destruction you
can see those not allow anyone to get out. Civilians are not. Cars
cannot move anywhere around. Aleppo is a battle ground between
government led forces and rebel groups. For four years, it has seen
bombs and bloodshed. It is a big price for either side. But with no
food supplies going into rebel-held parts of the city, for a quarter of
a million people who live there, each day is a struggle.
And you can keep up-to-date with all the latest news on the Syrian
conflict including expert analysis on why the city of Aleppo is on the
brink of a humanitarian crisis, go to our website. Or download the BBC
News app. Let's look at Moscow stories this
hour. Police in Belgium have charged one of two brothers arrested on
suspicion of planning a terror attack in the country. The two men
were arrested after raids on seven houses. The 33-year-old is accused
of attempting to commit a terrorist murder and participation in the
activities of a terrorist organisation. His brother has been
released without charge. The Army in Turkey says they have
killed 35 people who tried to storm and Army base. The Turkish monetary
is battling an insurgency in the region since the breakdown of the
ceasefire between the Turkish army and the outlawed PKK a year ago.
Officials in Armenia say a police officer has been shot set out in a
stand-off. The policeman is the second law enforcement officer to
die since the group of armed men do police station almost two weeks ago.
The group are demanding the release of jailed opposition leader.
Let's return to one of our main stories on the Zika outbreak in
Florida. We can speak to an assistant professor of paediatrics.
Any -- he has produced Kiwi search on the Zika virus. Thank you for
joining us. We are hearing advice from Florida, St people can travel
there. The British government is telling pregnant women to not go.
What is the correct advice? Watch people do? I think we should look at
the situation. In the past week there were cases of what is believed
to be local transmission. These four individuals have not travelled to
foreign areas that were endemic with Zika virus, nor had they contracted
it with sexual contact. We believe there may be mosquitoes carrying the
mosque -- the Zika virus in North Miami. Local officials are currently
examining the area to try to find mosquitoes that harbour the Zika
virus. Until that has been con firmed, it is not known whether it
is prevalent within this area. Nonetheless, individuals should take
precautions when they do travel to Florida or areas. Until there is
confirmation of proved Zika transition within the local area,
people should nonetheless still take precautionary measures. I would
imagine that a lot of women and men who are either looking to have
children or women who are pregnant, they will say, I'm not going to take
the risk. And that is certainly a good precautionary measure to take.
There are two particular groups that you highlighted, pregnant women and
men and women thinking about pregnancy. If they do travel to
these areas, the CDC, as well as the Florida government health agencies
have recommended they wear long sleeves and use mosquito repellent
and add avoid areas where there are high areas of mosquito prevalence.
They have found these local mosquitoes that are carrying the
virus in Florida, is there a chance this could spread? Could the
mosquitoes travelled to other states? How widespread the crisis
become? Currently, the mosque eater that is transmitting the virus, it
is found in small areas, and small pockets certainly within the
Southeast United dates. The other mosquito has not been shown to
transmit Zika virus, that is the more aggressive basket as species in
the south-east United States. It certainly has the possible at each
spreading and certainly the CDC are anticipating additional cases to
occur in the 90s states in the next coming weeks. Thank you very much
for your time. Details there, as you see it on the Zika virus.
Stay with us, still to come, we will from the US PGA tempi and ship --
championship, where there is no play at the moment because of the threat
of lightning. This is BBC World News Today. The
latest headlines. Up to 16 people are feared dead after a large
hot-air balloon caught fire and crashed in Texas.
The Syrian government says dozens of families have left Aleppo through a
safe corridor opened by the government.
Rallies have been held in cities across Australia following
allegations that boys in juvenile detention centres were abused. Many
of them aboriginal children. Protesters gathered to express their
shock at TV footage which appeared to show children being
mistreated. Demonstrators around Australia said
the treatment of young detainees in the Northern Territory
shamed the nation. In Sydney, protesters insisted
they had little faith the royal commission would change what they've
described as a juvenile justice system that was inherently
oppressive to aboriginal people. This is one of the most brutal,
racist attacks on our young people that we have seen in the recent
history of this country. This week, a TV documentary showed
a 13-year-old boy held in isolation The same detainee is also tied
to a mechanical restraint chair A group of teenagers is then
seen to be tear-gassed Activists want the royal commission
to investigate juvenile detention I'm going to tell
you this right now. If you want to call this a country
to live in, stop this now. Demand that all institutions
holding our children be But the Australian Prime Minister,
Malcolm Turnbull, has rejected calls for the royal commission
to have a broader national mandate. He's also brushed aside criticism
that he didn't consult with the indigenous leaders
on the terms of reference for the inquiry, which he believes
will be effective. Aboriginal people make up about 3%
of Australia's population, but they make up more than a quarter
of those in prison and 94% of juvenile inmates
in the Northern Territory. The Pope has urged those to pray for
those suffering in Syria. The prayer vigil is part of a five-day visit
the Pope is making to Poland to mark the anniversary of the country's
adoption of Christianity. Possibly a million, maybe even 3
million people over the course of the next few hours into tomorrow
heading in this direction, crack off behind us, into the distance as a
large field and Pope Francis will hold a vigil there this evening and
a huge mass with the biggest crowd tomorrow. Once the preview, a line
possibly coming out of his speech this evening, Pope Francis is going
to call on young people to watch the TV less, go on the internet less,
and go out in their communities to do good in the world. The real
message of this festival is of mercy in the face of suffering. These are
young Catholics from all over the world. It is a truly international
festival, a real celebration, and, obviously, Pope Francis doesn't shy
away from controversy. He will tackle issues like the migrant
crisis and extremism, he says the world is at war, but not a religious
war. An absolutely huge mass will be held on Sunday.
Plastic bag use has cropped. Users have to pay 5p. Over half a billion
bags were used in the first six months after the charge was
introduced, a drop of around 80%. Earlier this month, France as
Morocco also introduced plastic bag bans. Every year, 220 million tonnes
of plastic produced globally. For every plastic bag produced, it takes
up to 150 years to disintegrate. Rustic bag causes the death of
marine mammals and sea birds. Earlier, we spoke to someone from
the organisation of plastic change and he explained
more about how plastic damages our environment. It is staggering
effects that we see on marine wildlife but also, we can take the
problem home to ourselves and our plates on the dining table because
what we know is that plastic is ending on the consumers table and
being a part of our food. It is definitely quite a challenge for us
in the future to be able to create a sustainable way of living with
plastics in the future and the levy, the charge that we see in rustic
bags is, as I see, the first step as we start to control and create a
system that we can actually control the way that we use plastic in our
everyday lives. We really have to, as consumers, ask our politicians
and industry to create a sustainable way of living. It can be that we
need a plastic super pipe with a deposit on it so that we can reuse
it. With renewable energy in a closed loop system, it can be that
plastic is also a part of the future, but we just have lost
control, we haven't created the system that can control it. So we
need to start thinking and use those levies, use that money that has
created by these fees in a clever way to create more innovation around
how to control plastic in the future in the way that we live with it.
Let's go to Tim Hague for all the sport.
At the final men's major of the year, the PGA championship, the
leaders, Jimmy Walker and Robert strap up on nine under par. There
were due to tee off half an hour ago but the threat of lightning has seen
play suspended. Here is how the leaderboard looked when they went.
-- went off. The Thailand player holds a two shot
lead after a third-round score of 66. She didn't drop a shop all day
and made six birdies. She scored 19 under par.
-- that type player -- the player from Thailand, Jutanugarn.
For the second week running, Lewis Hamilton will line up behind Nico
Rosberg, the German claimed pole and victory will see him retain the lead
in the title race. Plenty of football friendlies,
Celtic were beaten 3-1 by Barcelona. Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were
playing. Chelsea are playing Real Madrid in
America right now. It is 3-0 about 15 minutes into the second half.
Carl Frampton will put his unbeaten record on the line against Leo Santa
Cruz tomorrow. He is confident his boxing will do the talking.
Historically, Madison Square Garden was always the home of big-time
boxing in this fight Man City. Now, the top fights take place at the
Berkeley Centre in Brooklyn. You don't seem to be feeling any
pressure. There is no pressure on me, all the pressure is on this guy.
He's the one that the have as favourite. I know I'm going to upset
then all. I'm feeling super-confident. I've made the wait,
I'm full of energy and they are going to see the best performance.
How could this fight changed your life? It could make me a superstar.
I want to be known, I want to be remembered for a long time. He has a
lot of support here, a lot of people will watch me. People will come here
and there will be a great atmosphere and I think this fight will pull a
lot of fans. Russia will appeal the decision to
ban its weightlifting team from the Rio Olympics. The Olympic weight
very -- there were allegations of state-sponsored doping. An appeal
will be made to the Court of Arbitration for Sport this weekend.
Mike and Bob Bryan, the men's double tennis champions have pulled out of
the Rio games citing health consoles. They said their family's
health was there top priority. They did not make direct reference to the
Zika virus. Zika is linked to birth defects in newborn babies.
That is all the sports are now. Now to China where they have been
celebrating in style the birth date of arguably the country's most
famous triplets. The world's only living and triplets. It is their
second birthdays. They were treated to a bamboo style birthday cake
before settling down to some entertainment. That is all for the
programme. From me and the rest of the team, see you soon.