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This is BBC World News Today, with me, Karin Giannone.
At last some respite for Syria - with no civilian deaths
recorded in the first 24 hours of the country's truce.
International aid trucks are headed for besieged areas,
but have yet to reach those who need it most.
And what hope for beyond the current ceasefire?
But you can't bring back all those who've died and the country
that used to be here, the mix of peoples.
German police arrest three Syrian migrants suspected of being sent
by so-called Islamic State to prepare attacks there.
I find out how the most advanced technology is taking sculpture back
to classical times - by being turned into a statue myself.
And celebrating the scrumdiddlyumptious
magic of Roald Dahl - 100 years after he was born.
There's been a "significant" drop in the level of fighting in Syria
in the first 24 hours of Syria's ceasefire.
That's according to the UN special envoy to Syria,
International aid is now on its way to besieged areas
but has yet to reach those in desperate need.
The aim is for the seven day truce to allow in humanitarian aid
and suspend fighting between Syrian government forces and many
If the ceasefire holds, then the US and Russia will carry
out joint air strikes on militant groups not included in the truce -
Our Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen is in Aleppo in Syria -
and sent this report from the city's old market place:
They say a couple of dozen metres from rebel positions and this is -
was - one of the oldest covered market souks of Aleppo.
Today, because of the ceasefire, they tell me that things
are quieter than they have been because there has been
fierce fighting over the course of the summer.
Certainly I was speaking to one general and he said by about midday
More if things have really flared up.
The question about this ceasefire is, if it lasts,
Will there be some kind of political process built upon it that might
inch this country away from war towards peace?
Or will it simply be, as others have been,
a time for armies to rest, to regroup, to resupply and to get
Of course, the damage here is absolutely tragic.
But, the loss of human life, perhaps 400,000 dead in Syria,
over more than five years, that's much worse.
You can't bring back all those who've died in the country
that used to be here - the mix of people.
The United Nations' envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura gave
an update on the ceasefire a short while ago - and on the critical
importance for both sides to respect the safe passage
of a World Food Programme convoy delivering much needed aid
Every report we have been seeing indicates a significant drop in
violence. Today, calm appears to have prevailed across Aleppo and
rural Aleppo. There are only so allegations of sporadic isolated
incidents. The provincial council needs to accept the fact that this
aid is urgent and on the Russian side, of course, that helping is
unhindered for the convoys that approach, which we understand is
being worked on. With me is Murad Shishani, from
BBC Arabic. 24 hours later it appears to be
holding up. Indeed. We might be witnessing a historic day in the
history of Syria. This is the first day without someone being killed in
the last five years. The numbers were increasing day by day. It might
be a historic day. But this is a very optimistic view. We now know
there is a sort of disagreement on implementing certain areas. But
everybody is putting hope on a stick saying that now nobody was killed
because of fighting so far as we have heard. But the thing is how to
implement, the aid reaching the people, and how to continue without
fighting in these areas, that is the major question everyone will be
asking in the coming hours. While the bullets and bombs have stopped,
the immediate priority is to try and get help to certain people in
certain areas where the condition is unimaginable. Indeed, there are
loads of them, specifically Aleppo these days and there are a sort of
effort to bring in food and assistance immediately to these
people in need. The problem is also disagreement since Turkey announced
they will be sending in humanitarian aid. The Syrian government refused
and said they cannot do that without consulting the UN. We heard that
there are unconfirmed reports that there is a movement of aid going
into Syria. We have just received that and hopefully that will carry
on until the next coming hours. But we need to say that Turkey always
wanted to create a buffer zone, they call it a humanitarian buffer zone.
I have witnessed them myself. Many Syrians are stuck who have fled from
Aleppo in the Borders with Turkey and they are in urgent need. There
was some charity organisations from Turkey going inside. But there was
no organised massive effort to help them. But the people in need, it is
massive and this is the priority for the international community, as they
put it, before they continue attacking Islamic State, or carrying
on the political solution. Very briefly, if this truth does hold,
what is the next step? The next step, carry and Sergei Lavrov said
they would intensify attacks against IS and the Al Nasr affront but they
will open up for the political solution. This is very optimistic.
Let's see how the truce holds up and then the humanitarian aid. Then we
will look to the political parties and the fighting factions and how
they react to what they can see today. As I said, it might be a
historic moment. Thank you very much, Murad Shishani, from BBC
Arabic. Police in northern Germany have
arrested three Syrian migrants suspected of preparing attacks
for the so-called The men, aged between 17 and 26,
were detained after a series of pre-dawn raids in the German
states of Schleswig-Holstein The German Interior Minister says
they were trafficked by the same organisation that supported
the attackers who blew themselves up near the national football stadium
just outside Paris last November. Security services are investigating.
There is a lot to do. The police have recovered a lot of material. We
understand among the things they found which were mobile phones,
preloaded with communication applications. We do not have more
detail but we know they are going to be a big part of the investigation
as security services try and get more information about these three
men. We know and the security services have told us that one man
at least had some kind of weapons training with Islamic State.
Possibly out in Syria. We know they came into Germany towards the end of
last year and came through the so-called Balkans route. As you can
imagine it has caused a great deal of consternation in Germany. No
doubt the security services are congratulating themselves on a job
well done. They have found these people, interrupting them at a stage
before they got ready to put anything in concrete together in
terms of a terror attack. That is why they are described as a sleeper
cell. On the other hand, Germany is nervous at the moment. There is a
public mood of concern about domestic security. I suspect these
arrests, the acknowledgement at a senior level that Islamic State are
using the refugee crisis to infiltrate Europe and infiltrate
Germany, that will cause significant public concern. I think again Angela
Merkel and her government are trying to reassure the public that by in
effect allowing hundreds of thousands of refugees into the
country that they have not endangered German citizens. They
will have to work very hard to reassure them now, I think. Jenny
Hill. Heiko Gerstmann is the Mayor
of Reinfield, where one of today's raids was carried out
at a refugee shelter. TRANSLATION: You always fear the
atmosphere will change. But I think residents can see it is an
individual case and not all refugees and asylum seekers are linked to
Islamic State. Some refugees of integrated so well they almost like
and daughters. I do not think the general atmosphere will be spoiled.
Now a look at some of the days other news...
Luxembourg's Foreign Minister says Hungary should be excluded
from the European Union because of its tough
Jean Asselborn says the country is violating the EU's core values
and is treating refugees almost like wild animals by erecting razor
His Hungarian counterpart says Mr Asselborn isn't
worthy of consideration as a serious politician.
A crew member has been killed and four others have been injured
in an accident on the world's biggest cruise ship -
The sailors were taking part in a safety exercise
while the boat was docked in the French port of Marseille.
The Filipino national died when a lifeboat came away
from its deck mountings and fell more than ten metres down
New research into mammal reproduction suggests that
in principle it might be possible for humans to conceive children
A scientific team at Bath University in Britain said they had produced
healthy baby mice by fusing sperm with reprogrammed cell material
It means that two men could have a child without the need for eggs.
The hosts of The Great British Bake Off have announced they will step
down when the television show moves to Channel Four next year.
Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc have fronted the show since it
In a statement, they duo say they were "very shocked
and saddened" to learn Bake Off will be leaving the BBC.
It's not yet known if judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood
Hillary Clinton has said she didn't reveal she had been diagnosed
with pneumonia because she didn't think it would be a 'big deal'.
The Democratic presidential candidate staggered in public
on Sunday morning as she left a 9/11 ceremony -
and that has caused a huge amount of debate over her health.
Clinton said she had been diagnosed on Friday but only informed
a handful of close advisers and pressed on with the campaign.
Our correspondent Gary O'Donoghue is in Washington.
She did not think it would be a big deal but how wrong she was. Yes, how
wrong she was. Since that memorial service on Sunday morning, where are
we now, on Tuesday afternoon in Washington, it has been wall-to-wall
coverage of her health problems and what it means, why she did not tell
anybody about it, when she goes back on the Trail, how it will affect the
campaign. All those questions are swirling around cable news channels,
the blogs, media, newspapers, wherever you look, it is just the
one issue being talked about. We are getting some suggestions, some early
reports that it may be Friday when she comes back onto the campaign,
not confirmed at this stage. That would amount to the five-day break
she was advised to take by her doctors when she decided to power
through, as she put it, before losing her balance, stumbling,
staggering, however you call it, on Sunday, feeling dizzy, having to be
bundled into the back of the car, helped into the back of the car by
her team, of course. A bit of a stumble in the campaign, without
question. A lotta people will be focusing on the next set of medical
records the campaign team have promised to release. And Donald
Trump himself has promised to release the results of a physical
that he had. He is doing an interview with one of the TV doctors
later this week. That will be a moment when health from both
candidates comes back into focus. The interesting thing here is one of
the things Donald Trump has tried to focus upon in the last couple of
days, he has not really done any Hillary health staff at all. He has
let everyone else do that. He tried to focus on comments she made on
Friday when she talked about half of his supporters being in the basket
of deplorable. That was a pretty elementary political mistake. You
can insult the people you are running against as much as you like
but insulting the voters is really not what you do in normal politics.
In some ways it is a double edged sword for Donald Trump. Yes,
everybody has been talking about Hillary's health, but it also means
people are not really talking about something which was also a big
problem for her, dismissing half of the American electorate,
potentially. Gary, thank you, Gary in Washington.
Don't forget, if you want to catch up on all the latest in the US
you can keep right up to date on our website.
There you'll find all the latest stories including this special
feature on the history of the poor health of US presidents.
From a leader who snuck a surgeon on a yacht in order to remove
a tumour to another who died only months into his fourth term
after hiding a great number of ailments from the public eye.
Now for an amazing exhibition here in London that sees art
Volunteers at the Royal Academy of Arts are being converted into 3D
portraits and put on display in the hallowed galleries.
The Veronica Scanner is the brainchild of Factum Arte
in Madrid, and I had the opportunity to go along...
Not a science lab, but inside London's Royal Academy of Arts.
Here, a team from Madrid who usually tour the world scanning antiquities
from archaeological sites are using the advanced 3-D
technology to immortalise real-life members of the public.
So, into the Veronica Scanner, named from Greek and Latin words
It takes 96 high-resolution pictures of my head from every angle.
It was like being in some sort space capsule, but it was over really
quickly - just four seconds of flashes.
But what place does advanced computer technology have
Over the last 20 years, there has been an explosion
It seemed, could we actually play with the idea of going all the way
through from recording someone to carving them in wood or 3-D
And could we also show what was possible if you do things
Of course, there's no actual artist involved.
This is a completely objective portrayal of the subject,
a bit like the busts we saw in classical times.
The technology is incredibly contemporary, but actually
the physical objects are relatively conservative, certainly in
the classical tradition - and I think that is what is
In other words, I think artists will use this technology
The image from the screen, turned into a bust using a variety
of different materials including wood, with 3-D printing techniques.
Then exhibited in the Royal Academy itself.
Now, the finished article has finally arrived
from the Royal Academy and I can honestly say I have not seen it.
We waited for this moment to unveil it and to get my real reaction
It's so bizarre to see yourself like this.
I can honestly say I'm very honoured to have been
This has all been done through the computer
and through this incredible 3-D wooden carving machine.
That was the big version - and here's a tiny model from the 3D
printer they had there, but the detail is amazing.
If you're in the UK and you want to go along to take a look or get
scanned yourself, the exhibition is moving to Waddesdon Manor
in Buckinghamshire in October - details on the Royal
The World Anti-Doping Agency has condemned Russian hackers
for leaking confidential medical files of US Olympic athletes.
Athletes affected include tennis players Venus and Serena Williams
A group calling itself "Fancy Bears" claimed responsibility for the hack
WADA said in a statement that the cyber attacks
were an attempt to undermine the global anti-doping system.
Well, in Rio it's day six at the Paralympics and more
Let's cross to the BBC's Julia Carnerio in Rio de Janerio.
Hello to you. Hello. I'm talking to you from outside the Paralympic
Park. It is very hot here in Rio. Fans are streaming in and out. In
the velodrome, you can see here, there was a lot of action in the
Paralympics and link fix and the cycling here at the tennis centre
and this was packed over the weekend with record attendance, more than
300,000 people. And a new record is expected for the next week when all
the tickets here are sold out. Let me bring you some of the day's
gripping results. Very good results for Paralympics GB, with Georgina
Hermitage getting her second gold medal in Rio in the 400 metres final
in the T 37 category. She broke a world record and got her second gold
after winning the 100 metres earlier in the Paralympics. She has cerebral
palsy and she had quit athletics as a teenager but was inspired by the
London 2012 games to come back to the sport and what a comeback. She
can still get another gold in Rio for the 400 metres relay. More good
news for Team GB from Harley Arnold. She got the gold in the javelin in
the F 46 category. She also set a new world record in the category.
First breaking the record with a 41.6 metres throw and not content
with that she went and had a larger throw them that, making it 43.0 one.
Here in Rio also, everybody is talking about the amazing result in
the athletic Stadium at the 1500 metres final in the T 13 category.
That is for athlete with visual impairment. Algeria got the gold
here. He came in first and he broke the Paralympic world record. What
was remarkable about that and everybody is talking about it, he
also came in faster than the athlete in the Olympics winning goal for the
1500 metres race. He has surpassed the time of the United States
Matthew Selt a pitch. The three athletes after that were also faster
than him. Quite a remarkable result in the Paralympics in Rio. There are
a lot of other results coming up later today in swimming, athletics,
lots of finals and medals to be handed out and we will keep you
updated with the latest results. Thank you very much. Yes, that 1500
metres was absolutely amazing. Well, let's take a look at the medal
table as it stands on day 6.China has top spot with 53 golds,
41 silvers and 28 bronzes. Great Britain is in second place -
and Ukraine is third. Hosts Brazil are also still doing
well, currently in fifth place. And you can get the latest
from the Paralympics For detailed analysis
and a sport-by-sport guide, For US Olympian Ryan Lochte,
his dancing debut on prime time TV might not be remembered
for reasons he hoped. finished performing on US reality
show 'Dancing with the Stars' when two protesters rushed
onto the stage to interrupt Lochte T-shirts, were
arrested for trespassing. Lochte has been suspended
from competing for 10 months after he admitted lying
about being robbed Now, his books have captured
the imagination and bought joy to millions of children
around the world. The BFG, Willy Wonka and Matilda
are just some of the characters from the imagination of the writer
Roald Dahl, born exactly Nowhere are the celebrations bigger
than in Cardiff where he grew up, "I is not understanding human beings
at all", the BFG said. "Mr Willy Wonka can make
marshmallows that taste of violet." Stories that are loved by millions
of children, including pupils at Roald Dahl's
former school in Cardiff. Reading to celebrate the centenary
of his birth, when his work is more
popular than ever. His story began here,
100 years ago today. The family home in Cardiff has
changed little since Roald Dahl His earliest recollections were
formed here and some played a part in the magical stories
that he later went on to write. "Ah", said the BFG, "I is wondering
how long it is before Roald Dahl wrote many
of his books in a shed An idea he said he got
from the Welsh author Dylan Thomas, "Oh you wicked beastly
beast", cried Trunky. He began writing for children
more than 70 years ago. His stories still rank alongside
modern day best sellers. He popularised, I think,
the children's book as a genre and now those readers are parents
who are passing on that legacy. Dahl worked closely
with the illustrator Quintin Blake. -- Dahl worked closely
with the illustrator Quentin Blake. He used to say you could talk
to children about everything, I think the drawings
are a way of saying - you are not to take
this too seriously. And in some schools,
the celebrations for what would have been Roald Dahl's 100th birthday,
have been as colourful A Spanish couple has been reunited
with a wedding ring almost 40 years after losing it in the Spanish
resort of Benidorm. The husband and wife lost the ring in 1979, five
months after they were married. They assumed it was gone forever. You can
imagine their surprise when it was found by a local diver. The woman
appealed for help to find the owners on social media and a relative of
the couple recognise the wedding date engraved upon the ring. It was
finally returned to them almost 40 years later.
If you want to get in touch with us here at BBC World News,
But for now from me and the rest of the team, goodbye.
It has been an incredible day of weather