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Hello and welcome to BBC World News with me Karin Giannone.
In two hours' time Rio's Paralympic Opening Ceremony gets underway.
It's been a difficult run-up, beset by problems, but athletes
and organisers are now confident they'll be a success.
It seems like years ago now but it is about four weeks ago, or five
weeks ago, that we started to realise the mess they were in. I
will be live in Rio with all the latest on the mood amongst the
Paralympians, with just hours to go until the start of these games.
In other news, residents of the besieged Syrian city
of Aleppo are bombed again, just hours after
It comes as opposition groups meet in London
Apple unveils its latest iPhone 7, so does it have that headphone port?
Fears for the future of London's nightclubs after one of its best
known venues, Fabric, is closed amid claims
The countdown is on to the Opening Ceremony
Over the next 12 days, 4,300 athletes will be taking part,
from 161 countries, competing in 23 sports with 528 gold
New heroes will emerge and memorable performances will take place.
The organisers will be hoping the ceremony in a few hours' time
will draw a line under a chaotic build-up.
There's been controversy over a lack of funding, poor ticket sales,
the Russian team being banned over the doping scandal,
and questions over the way athletes are classified.
From Rio, our correspondent Nikki Fox reports.
Just over two weeks since the flame was put out on South America 's
first ever Olympic games, the city 's most iconic landmark has been lit
up once more. This time it is in the colours of the Paralympics.
Expectations were high following London 2012, undoubtedly the most
successful Paralympic games to date. There were a record number of
tickets sold and more people tuned in than ever before and the
Paralympic movement was as strong as it has ever been. The build-up to
Rio has been beset with serious problems. One month ago, when the
International Paralympic Committee revealed there was no money, many
fear the Paralympic movement was about to take a backwards step. We
should not be taking out our begging bowls. We understand that people are
living in difficult times but what we don't understand is why we have
to be an afterthought every time, why should this games be staged on a
shoestring? Despite emergency measures like moving events and
removing transport facilities, ticket sales are on the up, and the
athletes are ready. The British team and their famous faces, their one
and only concern now is winning. People might be looking negatively
but I think everyone will be pleasantly surprised and when they
see the performances of British athletes especially, going out and
get a gold medals, I think it will be forgotten about. Over 4000
athletes from 161 countries will join thousands of volunteers. The
games are about to begin, but perhaps here in Rio, the Paralympic
movement has already passed its hardest test.
Well, Nikki has also been speaking to the President
of the International Paralympic Committee, Sir Philip Craven,
about the troubled build-up to the games in Rio.
It seems like years ago now but it's about four weeks or five weeks ago
when we started to realise the mess that they were in,
particularly from a financial point of view, no money.
I think the organising committee in Rio were in a state of hyper
stress and we had to get hold of some of the facts.
And once we got some of the facts, we could get to work.
And we made close contact with the acting federal government,
of course, at that time and the city authorities through the mayor,
I've just been to the village now and the athletes are all pretty
happy with where they are at, and we're going to have great games.
There was a real sense, wasn't there, that it was dire,
Did the IPC have any warning signs that this was happening,
that this money was being diverted to the Olympics?
Well, those are your words, actually.
I think what happened was the organising committee ran out
of money and therefore the consequence was pretty serious
for the Olympics but absolutely dire for the Paralympics.
And so, I'm not talking about whether money
Sir Philip Craven, who is present on the International Paralympic
Committee. Let's go live to Rio now
and our correspondent Kate Grey. What is the atmosphere like?
Well, as I stand here, looking over the newly relaying to Paralympic
part, I can hear final reparations taking place with drums in the
background, and that feels real sense that the Paralympic spirit has
arrived, despite all of the problems there has been in the lead up with
overspends at the Olympic Games and wondering whether they would be able
to finish their news and bring the teams to these games, it feels now
that all of that has been put to bed and they are ready to put on a great
show. I went for a wander along Copacabana beach yesterday at the
Olympic rings have been replaced and the public were taking photos and
they are starting to embrace these games and the increase in ticket
sets sales has shown that the Brazilian people are ready to
support the Paralympics and fill up the stands.
So the opening ceremony, what are we looking out for?
There are over 4300 athletes competing here across 528 gold medal
events, so there is so much action to look out for. I had to mention
the poster boy of these Paralympic games for Rio, Daniel Diaz, he is
competing in the aquatic centre behind me in nine events and he is
Brazil's most successful Paralympian so he has nothing to prove that he
will go out there and give his home crowd something to cheer about. He
is one of the most hunted down in the swimming pool because no one can
touch, he is a bit like Michael Phelps. As we move into the
athletics Stadium we have the likes of the German long jumper who was a
Paralympic champion and in recent years he has been jumping distance
that would allow him to compete against able-bodied athletes
although he has not been allowed to compete
in an Games so he will be one to watch because he is hoping to
qualify at the World Championships able-bodied competition next year.
Finally I have to mention Tatiana McFadden, one of the great Olympic
-- great American hopes who wants to add another gold to the three she
won at London 2012. Kate Grey there is herself a former
Paralympic swimmer. Well, you'll remember Russia
received a blanket ban on attending the Paralympics
because of a state-sponsored So Russia has decided
to hold its own event. An opening ceremony has already
taken place in Moscow for a Russian competition described
as the Alternative Paralympics. The BBC's Oleg Boldyrev
was at the ceremony. As the Paralympic games are about to
open in Rio here in Moscow we have something we call the competent --
compensation games, special event for the squad that was banned from
Rio. A ceremony here is greeting all the teams in track and field,
fencing, archery, rowing and other sports. It is a three-day event
which will involve 260 Paralympic athletes from Russia. Of course they
are disappointed. This thing is bigger than Rio. Of course the mood
is ruined, we were preparing for a sporting battle and now we have two
weight. We prepared for four years and for some this is a shock that is
enough to make them consider quitting sport. What will Russian
Paralympians do now there was no sporting schedule? Most of them say
they will stay on and fight on and they are hoping a decision and a
solution will be found soon but at the moment all they have is this
three-day event in Russia. Now a look at some of
the day's other news. Philippine officials say
President Rodrigo Duterte and President Barack Obama have met
informally at the gala dinner Relations between the two men had
soured after President Duterte used rude language
when referring to Obama. It led to the US president
cancelling a formal meeting Denmark will buy data leaked
from the law firm at the heart of the Panama Papers scandal,
the country's taxation Over 11 million documents
previously leaked from Mossack Fonseca to international media
revealed huge offshore tax evasion. In this latest development,
an anonymous offer to sell data involving up to 600 Danish citizens
was made over the summer There are reports of a bomb attack
on the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo a day after dozens
were hospitalised following It comes as Syria's main opposition
groups meet in London to try to find Our Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen
sends this report from You may find some of
the images distressing. Another air attack on East Aleppo,
which is held by an assortment of rebels. Civil defence workers pulled
out casualties, as they have done countless times before. The attack
was close to the place where local reports say the bombs containing
poisonous chlorine gas were dropped on Tuesday. The Syrian government
always denies using chemical weapons, despite many accusations.
This side of the city is at the moment the government 's biggest
target. The Syrian army is trying to surround eastern Aleppo and seal it
off, an attempt to impose a siege to starve out the anti-government
forces that oppose it. Casualties were taken to a makeshift hospital
and the fighting and the attempts to impose a total siege mean they are
short of medical supplies. The regime blames the bloodshed on
foreign companies -- countries intervening to destroy Syria. It
denies accusations that it writs of election skier and says that
President Assad has no plans to leave office. We elected our
President and our Parliament and our local administration units, but
these Western countries will recognise only what they want or the
results that they want. We have a very strong government, we have
sustained a six-year war against Syria and I assure you we shall
continue as long as the intervention takes place. In London, backed by
Britain, the Saudis and others, a Syrian -- coalition has produced the
most detailed blueprint for power, including President Assad and his
clique leaving. They don't expect to get any time soon from Damascus. If
Asharq Al Asad continues to drag his feet and refuse to engage seriously
then obviously there will have to be a plan B that will involve more
stepped-up military activity. This is the centre of Damascus and this
part of the capital could not look any more different to the east side
of Aleppo. There is huge war damage a few miles away and across the
country but this is the regime 's showcase. Now, if the demand to step
down had been delivered by a victorious army at the gates of his
palace then President Assad in Syria
appears to be far from over. Hair raising rescue journeys have been
happening every day in this country for more than five years. These were
civil defence workers in rebel held eastern Aleppo, racing to save
casualties in the attack on Tuesday that local experts say contained
chlorine gas. One Syrian general I have spoken to set the war could get
much longer, perhaps another ten years.
Our Chief International Correspondent, Lyse Doucet,
is at the Foreign Office in central London where the talks
We heard the Syrian government view on foreign intervention, what is the
opposition perspective on outside involvement?
You can see behind me that a briefing is going on as the French
Foreign Minister is talking two French journalists who attended and
were on the sidelines of these talks, hosted by the British Foreign
Secretary, Boris Johnson with the Syrian opposition. They believe this
is the best plan for looking forward to a future for Syria, the most
detail they have ever presented for Security and political transition
that would ensure a stable transfer of power that would avoid the kind
of collapse that has been seen in neighbouring states like Iraq and
Libya. Yet again, you can see the French Foreign Minister is here and
there were more foreign in -- foreign ministers from the West and
the Arab world inside the Foreign Office today, this is a conflict
that draws in more outside powers than any other conflict anywhere in
the world and we have been hearing reports today that the Turkish
president has been speaking to the US president and possibly Turkish
troops moving further into northern Syria and helping in the attack
against one of the last places held by so-called Islamic State in Raqqa,
that would be a controversial move despite it being a priority for the
West to get rid of the remains of Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
We have had so many years searching for a police -- peace process, what
is different this time? No one expects Syria to go to a
negotiating table any time soon but what is new about this plan is the
kind of detail it improves and it is meant to be an answer to those,
including the Russians and the Iranians, who say that if President
Assad goes then Syria would collapse. Now they are saying we
have a plan to keep the institutions in place and we have a plan that
will include some members of the Syrian regime, but not all, and not
president Assad. I have been speaking to the Syrian opposition
spokesperson. No ,we don't expect Assad
to come to us and say, yes, I'm moving out,
but that's why we are here. We want to hear
from our friends, that really in this war are
decision-makers and they can really Russia is playing a big
role there, Iran is playing a big role,
but unfortunately negative, they are Russia is taking advantage
of this situation because they know that Mr Obama only
has another few months and he wants to do something, and we don't want
them to do anything against our You don't want to trust the talks
now taking place between the Secretary of State, John Kerry,
and the Russian Foreign It is not the American side
we don't trust, but we fear that they will listen to
the Russians and agree on what the The Russians, they work
for the regime and they want to do anything for this regime,
not the Syrian people. That is our fear, but we hope
that the Americans will be aware of that, because you know,
things will not end when this administration leaves
the White House and there is a new administration, but in
the end it's American policy, foreign policy,
and they really have to do things right
and not trust the Russians when it The opposition spokesman expressed
some concerns about those talks between Lovegrove and Kerry but now
we have heard there is some progress and there was talk about a deal by
Friday which would mean a temporary truce across all of Syria. If that
happens then it would provide a small speck of light in a very dark
war. Thank you very much.
There are concerns over the future of London's status as a global
centre for nightlife after one of its biggest clubs,
It had its licence revoked following the deaths
of two teenagers from suspected drug overdoses.
Half of London's nightclubs have closed in the last eight years.
For nearly 17 years it's been at the forefront
of London's clubbing scene, hosting the biggest DJs, attracting
international crowds, but the party is over at Fabric nightclub.
Today there were flowers outside of the news is that its
licence had been revoked over concerns about drug use at the club.
Its owners have called the decision a travesty.
Yes, it's a shock, and we are absolutely devastated
for the people involved, devastated for the consequences of it but more
than anything we are frustrated and angry.
Airports aren't held responsible for drug mules coming
The Calais ferry isn't responsible for people trafficking
and the hundreds of tonnes contraband they transport
No one is held responsible and they just pick
on nightclubs because we are just a soft target.
The club was already temporarily closed after the
deaths of two teenagers over the summer and decided to shut it
permanently Islington Council said there was a culture of drug use
which the management and security seemed to be
The Metropolitan Police argued that keeping Fabric open could cause more
There have been six here in the last four years and
Supporters of the club says Fabric does all it can to prevent drug use
and they will probably now just move elsewhere.
Shutting the doors of this club isn't going to stop those
young people going and doing drugs, they will just go and do it in the
In this club there are four medics and a resuscitation team.
Many people's lives have been saved by Fabric's professionalism.
They will now be in a park or a pub that doesn't have
50% of nightclubs have closed in London in the last eight years.
The city's mayor Sadiq Khan says he is disappointed by the Fabric
decision at a time when he is trying to promote the night-time economy.
A fund has already been started to help the nightclub launch
It's the best iPhone that we have ever created! This is iPhone seven.
Yes, Apple has unveiled its latest handheld device, which it hopes
will again dominate the smartphone market.
With me is our technology reporter, Chris Foxx.
They are just announcing everything now, they let some details slip on
Twitter earlier today and release details they may not have been ready
to do. The phone is going to be water resistant so you can take it
into the bath tub of that is your thing and it looks as though the
headphone socket will disappear so your old headphones that you are
used to using will not fit in the phone because it had to go to make
the phone water resistant. It also has a new dual camera on the phone
with two cameras on the back instead of one so they can do clever things
like have one that is wide angle so you can take pictures of all of your
friends with all of the main or the other camera will give you a
close-up. They are new features on the phone.
They are new features for Apple, but has anyone else done this before?
Well, yes, they are billing it as revolutionary but Samsung 's top
handsets have been water resistant for some time and the dual camera
function, there are already phones out there with dual camera
functions. LG have a phone with a dual selfie mode and there is
another phone that has a dual camera in the back which lets you refocus a
picture once you have taken it, so if you took a picture and you
weren't happy with the bit that was in focus, it can calculate a
work-out the depth and refocus things a little bit. Apple have just
said that Sony 's revolutionary because it can do that blur the
background and keep you in focus, but not so revolutionary, it is
already out there on other android handsets.
We will let you get back to listening what Tim Clark -- Tim Cook
Barely a day goes by without Russia's Vladimir Putin
being mentioned in the contest for the American presidency.
On Tuesday Donald Trump claimed the Russian leader looks
The day before, Hillary Clinton accused Mr Trump of having a bizarre
attraction to dictators, including Putin.
So, is Donald Trump the Kremlin's man?
Who would Russia like to see in the White House next year?
Our Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg reports.
Outside the US Embassy in Moscow, it's a modern version
She's a pro-Putin activist, and, as you can see,
And just to prove it she has brought along her Donald Doves.
TRANSLATION: As Secretary of State,
Hillary Clinton caused a new Cold War.
Maria says, Trump as president brings hope of a new world order.
And from the sound effects, Moscow stands to benefit.
Wouldn't it be nice if we actually did get along with Russia,
And a President Trump may recognise Crimea as part of Russia.
I'm going to take a look at it but the people of Crimea
from what I've heard would rather be with Russia than where they are.
We are not involved anyhow in this campaign, we are not supporting
Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or others.
Politicians are people, in American policy, in any sort
And yet if you take a look back over the last 100 years or so of Russian
history you would be hard pressed to find a Russian leader and a US
presidential candidate who have more in common,
than Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump.
And since Trump says nice things about Russia and its leader,
while Hillary Clinton is more hardline on Moscow,
it's not surprising that polls here show more Russians want him
No one sings Donald Trump's praises louder than Russia's
Philipp Kirkorov has known Donald Trump for more than 20 years.
He was one of the judges at Trump's
If Donald Trump would-be president then their relationship
between our country will be much, much better,
closer and I pray for that
because I miss something very special between Russia and America
I missed this because it's too big nations, two big countries,
Donald Trump called him Russia's Michael Jackson
and he's hoping to call Trump America's president.
The controversial trip by Donald Trump last week to Mexico has
brought about the resignation of the Finance minister in Mexico who is
widely seen as the politician who coordinated the meeting with the
president which has angered Mexicans and the Republican president has
vowed to build a wall along the Mexican-American border and make
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