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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


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