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The headlines: A new line in the sand
as a French court rules against the ban on full-body
But at least three mayors in the south of France say
After four years living under siege civilians and rebels are evacuated
from Darraya, a symbol of the uprising against Assad -
Protestors demand electoral reform in Zimbabwe, the police
And Brazilian police ask for former President Lula
to be charged with corruption over an apartment deal.
One campaigner described it as a drawing
of another line in the sand - France's highest administrative
court has suspended a ban on full-body "burkini" swimsuits -
that was imposed in a town on the Mediterranean coast.
The ruling is expected to set a precedent for up to 30 other towns
But local news agencies in France are reporting that many of those
mayors say they will continue with the ban in defiance
Friday's court ruling stated the ban in Villeneuve-Loubet "seriously
and clearly illegally breached fundamental freedoms".
This is Saira and her family, and the moment we told them
that the burkini ban had been lifted.
She is Muslim, originally from Tunisia, and she told me that
if it were not for the ban, she would have been wearing
a burkini or something like it on the beach today.
Now that the news has come from Paris, she will be
back, covering herself more fully tomorrow.
TRANSLATION: It has been really hard because we all felt
Even though I have been covered for 30 years,
In the last two weeks, I felt awkward.
It is the way people were looking at me.
Before, people did not show how they felt towards us,
now they say they don't like it and that really hurts.
One woman in Nice knows what it feels like.
She was photographed apparently being told by police to remove
That made the burkini ban not just a French but an international story.
But now the State Council in Paris has reversed
the local banning orders, which were issued over the last two
weeks by some 30 towns, mainly along the Riviera.
The towns had said that after the Nice lorry attack,
there was a risk to public order from outward signs of Muslim
It is based on the principle of the freedom of religion,
the freedom to express religion and to be able to wear whatever
Of course, not everyone in France will agree with
Former president Nicolas Sarkozy says he wants a burkini ban
And the polls suggest that a majority of the French
They want to stop what they see as the gradual encroachment
of Islamic lifestyle and symbols into the public sphere.
Outside France, such arguments seem to cut little ice.
The burkini ban sparked protests outside French embassies
in London and Berlin, and campaigns on the internet urged
the French to let women wear what they want.
Things that might seem obvious in other places
Like letting women wear religiously-inspired
After four years of brutal siege by Syrian government forces,
civilians and rebel fighters have begun to leave a suburb
Government soldiers in Darayya celebrated as the buses left.
The deal, which wasn't brokered by the United Nations, has raised
serious concerns about the fate of the civilians
from one of the first areas to come out against President Assad
A senior UN official has stressed that the evacuation must be
voluntary and described the situation there
After a four-year siege, the first busloads of civilians
finally left Darayya today with a Syrian army escort.
As well as families, this bus also contains some
of the rebels who have been promised safe passage in return
Today marks a major victory for the government's forces.
A bitter defeat for those who sought to overthrow them.
Around 8,000 people are thought to remain in this suburb.
Many are being taken to shelters in Damascus.
In four years only one food aid convoy has reached them.
The UN said some were forced to eat grass.
In much of Darayya there is an eerie quiet.
Though just a 15 minute drive from the centre of Damascus, it's
been a rebel stronghold since 2012 - a thorn in President Assad's side,
that he has now removed with unrelenting bombardments.
The last hospital here was destroyed a week ago.
The outgoing UN Humanitarian Envoy to Syria told the BBC for too long
the world's major powers have lacked the one prerequisite
Political guts and courage on the part of the international
community, including the Security Council,
before you come down to the local players.
This was allowed to happen for far too long and now it is really
a struggle to get it turned in the right direction again.
In Geneva today, the sound of diplomacy in action
as the American Secretary of State and his Russian counterpart met
to finalise a cooperation agreement on Syria.
The aim is to clear the ground for a ceasefire, begin a process
of political transition, and tackle Islamic
It's good that these two powers are coming together,
there are points of convergence, they want to concentrate
They also want to work against the Al-Qaeda franchise
in Syria, which is the biggest of the rebel groups.
As they talk, though, this brutal war continues.
This is the aftermath of a barrel bombing in Aleppo yesterday.
With limited diplomatic progress so far, President Assad
There is no guarantee he will accept any international deal
At least nine people have been killed in an attack on a seaside
restaurant in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.
A car bomb exploded outside a beach club in the Lido area.
Police say two of the attackers were killed and another
The Islamist group Al Shabaab stages regular attacks in Mogadishu.
A suicide bomber driving a truck laden with explosives has hit
a police headquarters in south-east Turkey, killing 11 policemen
The huge explosion targeted a checkpoint in Cizre
and left the nearby riot police HQ in ruins.
Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim blamed the banned Kurdish
PKK militant group and vowed to retaliate.
US President Barack Obama has announced plans to dramatically
expand a marine reserve off the coast of Hawaii.
The World Heritage-listed site - which encompasses the northwestern
Hawain Islands - is home to many rare and endangered sea creatures.
The expansion will effectively quadruple the size of the reserve -
But some Hawaiians had argued against the move -
arguing it would hit the local fishing community.
Brazilian Federal Police have indicted former president
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as part of a massive corruption
investigation nicknamed "Operation Car Wash".
The investigation into the popular predecessor and mentor
of President Dilma Rousseff - who faces an impeachment trial -
forms part of a sweeping anti-corruption probe
The BBC's Aleem Maqbool joins us now from Rio de Janeiro.
He is a towering political figure in a recent history, what is he charge
with? You said in your introduction he was very popular but that
popularity has taken a big hit in the last two years as his name has
been sullied with these implications he was involved in corruption or
knew things were going on. The latest accusation comes from police
who recommended prosecutors charged him, he has not been charged yet,
but it is to do with that apartment he was buying at a resort and the
police are saying he accepted work done by a construction company on
this apartment to the tune of $800,000, in return for giving that
construction company government contracts. For his part, lawyers for
Lula Da Silva says he had not completed a purchase of that
apartment, but there are other cases against him including one in which
he was charged for obstruct thing that investigation into corruption
that is going on, but this is the latest damaging hit to him and all
this while his protege, Dilma Rousseff, is going through her own
tough times. And on Dilma Rousseff, where are we on those impeachment
proceedings? It looks to be the final chapter for her. She could be
being told she has to leave the presidential palace within a week
because her impeachment trial started just 24 is ago, it had to
break up for a couple of hours to date because senators got into a row
over it, but it looks like they are set to vote, it will be interesting
on Monday when she gets to answer questions from senators and it looks
like that will be her last time. She insisted all along this is not about
corruption wrong doing, this is a political, what she is calling a
coup, but there are those who say she may not have been implicated
directly into corruption but she did over a seek a terrible time in terms
of the economy and was a bad politician in many people's use, not
to be able to create allies within the government who stood beside her
and we are now seeing a lot of rats jumping from a sinking ship. Thank
you. In Italy, hopes of finding any more
survivors following Wednesday's The official number of people
killed stands at 267. The 6.2-magnitude quake hit
in the early hours of Wednesday, 100km north-east of Rome,
as you can see here, it had the most impact
in mountainous central Italy. Rescue and recovery efforts
at the epicentre of the disaster remain centred on three small towns
- Pescara del Tronto, As a state funeral is being
organised for Saturday, we're beginning to find out more
about those confirmed dead. Many were enjoying summer breaks in
the mountains. Amongst
them were three foreign tourists from Britain,
including a 14-year-old boy. This is the road to
the village of Sommati. Two British families,
the Henniker-Gotleys and This is the house in which both
British families were staying. You can see that the damage
is dramatic. Both families have paid tribute
to the work of those relief workers Their neighbour, Nando Bonnani,
was the first to reach them. TRANSLATION: I shouted and called
out for Maria and Will, There was nothing we could do
with our bare hands. They were sleeping in a room
on the ground floor, The Burnett family from London
lost their 14-year-old son Marcos. His school called him a much
loved and admired boy. 50-year-old Maria Henniker-Gotley
and her 55-year-old They were from Stockwell
in south London. They were always fun,
you could always have a laugh It's just shocking that you go off
on a lovely summer holiday and, you know, we won't ever see
them again, really. Many survivors are left
with a simple, powerful question - why did so many buildings fall,
and so many people die? 11-month-old Elena-Sophia has no
idea that she too was nearly killed. She and her mother, Sonia,
are recovering in hospital. TRANSLATION: I was buried in rubble,
only my face wasn't covered. I could hear my baby
crying, I was terrified. I freed myself and started asking
for help, but everyone So I went back and with my hands
I freed my daughter from the rubble. I could only see her little foot
and I just pulled her out. The worst hit town, Amatrice,
will soon begin to hold funerals for its victims,
but its cemetery has been damaged. This town, and others,
will have to find new grounds And you can keep up to date
with the latest with regard to the Italian earthquake
by visiting our website. We have reports, analysis,
and the latest casualty figures. US Secretary of State John Kerry
and his Russian counterpart Still to come, reunited, the story
of a man and man's best friend, a friend who helped him crossed the
finishing line in one of the world's most gruelling races.
He is the first African-American to win the nomination of eight major
party, as 45 years ago Martin Luther King declared, I have a dream. An
orange glowing disc appears in the south-eastern sky, are in
neighbouring planet, Mars. The selection is an important milestone
in the birth of East Timor as the world's newest nation. It will take
months and billions of dollars to repair what hurricane Katrina
achieved in just ours. Three weeks is the longest the great clock has
been of duty in 117 years, so it was with great satisfaction that
clockmaker John Vernon swung the pendulum to get the clock going
again. Our latest headlines... France's highest admitted of court
suspends a ban on full body swimsuits or Bertini 's.
And so -- Syrian civilians trapped for years by a government siege
negotiate their departure. Let's get more on our top story, the
suspension of that ban on her kidneys.
Earlier I spoke to Rim-Sarah Alouane -
a researcher in religious freedom at the University of Toulouse.
Today we celebrate this declaration of human rights. Does it fit with
the principles on which the French state were founded? Yes, this ban,
it protects freedom of religion and respect individuality and the judge
just told the law, that is how it is, and said this ban infringed
fundamental liberties of freedom of conscience, freedom to come and go
and personal liberties. It is a small victory but still a victory.
Zimbabwe's riot police fired tear gas and beat up opposition
The protestors were demanding urgent electoral reforms ahead
The High Court had issued an order sanctioning the march to go ahead.
This is part of a growing wave of streets protests in the past
months against President Robert Mugabe's rule.
The riot police cordoned off a space in the capital early morning. They
fired at protesters and used tear gas. There were running battles and
a number of shops were looted. The police continued to maintain a heavy
presence, patrolling the streets and with water cannons. Organisers of
the march say anger is growing and this could be the beginning of worse
things to come. Anger and desperation are very deep and I
think in my view, it must not relent. It must continue to express
itself, and the level of desperation. It appears that when
people succumb to fear and intimidation, people think that is
the end but I am very glad that Zimbabweans are beginning to enough.
We have learnt that scores of people were injured in skirmishes and many
are receiving treatment at a local clinic. It is not clear why do
police defied a High Court order. Organisers say they will not be
discouraged and will continue with protests until fundamental reforms
are affected ahead of elections. New files released at
The National Archives here in London, show that
thousands of British people who were persecuted by the Nazis
were refused compensation Most were from the Channel Islands
who were arrested and deported Nick Higham reports
from St Peter Port on Guernsey. Final scenes of the long drama
of the Channel Islands... May 1945 and Guernsey has been
liberated after almost five Far away in Germany,
Channel Islanders too were being freed from often
brutal imprisonment. Paul and Phil's father
Gerald was one. He had been caught with two sacks
of stolen German coffee At the war's end, he had been
at risk of death. They were actually on their way
to Dachau, they didn't know it at the time, the Allies
were advancing and the German army I understand they were
shooting at prisoners Gerald's health was ruined
by his imprisonment. A couple of letters,
one from the Foreign Office... In the mid-1960s he was one of 4000
people who applied for compensation Gerald got ?2100, around ?28,000
today. The files are now being released
at the National Archives, those of other Channel Islanders
make harrowing reading. Frank Tuck describes being beaten
with a pick handle and flogged "The fear that ruled us
was indescribable", he wrote. He saw a fellow Guernsey man
die of his treatment. Jack Harper was sometimes chained
in a standing position without food all night,
by a sadistic German guard. And Thomas Gordian describes working
in clothes soaked through that dried on one's back,
sometimes frozen stiff. Thomas, one of 17 Guernsey policemen
sentenced for sabotage, was so weak by the end
he couldn't stand. Do you think he felt that the money
was sufficient or do you think I think they thought
it was meagre, yes. Today Guernsey is a peaceful place,
these files a reminder that even here, some people suffered terribly
under Nazi Germany. It is a man has been reunited with
one of man's best friends, that helped them complete a gruelling
marathon race. He was taking part in the race in the Gobi Desert.
It's a story of, well, dogged determination.
As Dion Leonard took part in the gruelling ultramarathon -
a 150 mile run across China's forbidding Gobi Desert -
he was joined by a surprise companion, and it was love
She ran half the race with me, we spent the whole week together.
And literally by my side running, or in the evening she was
in my arms overnight, sleeping and eating with me.
So I knew before I had left the race that I would bring her back.
While he flew back to Scotland, just before the dog
was due to go into Chinese quarantine, she escaped.
So, Dion flew back to China and began what seemed
Looking for Gobi in the place she was last seen, Urumqi -
a city of 3 million, where very few people speak English.
So, today is day two of trying to find Gobi.
I've been handing these out since 6am this morning.
Looking around the parks and local areas, looking out for dogs
and speaking to a lot of locals who actually think that they have
seen Gobi, but unfortunately it isn't Gobi.
But China's Internet came to the rescue.
The dog hunt spread like wildfire on social media, with messages
of support and cash to fund the quest pouring in.
Before long, Dion had a few 'leads', and Gobi was found.
I got some imagery through of her on my phone and a phone call
saying these people, this lovely father and son
I went to see her, and she ran across the lounge room
I just walked through the door, I hadn't said a word to her,
and she knew it was me straight away.
So, Gobi is once again preparing for a few months in quarantine,
and then Dion expects to have her home before Christmas.
Presumably, the first command he will want to teach her is "stay".
A reminder of our main news, that France's highest admitted of court
has suspended a ban on full body Bertini swimsuits that was imposed
in a town on the French Mediterranean. You can stay in touch
with all the news on our website, or on Twitter. From me and the team,
goodbye on Twitter. From me and the team,
goodbye for now. As