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Syria's President Assad gives a rare interview.
He says he's not laying siege to Aleppo, not
using barrel bombs - and not responsible
I believe that the United States is not genuine regarding having
cessation of violence in Syria. in North Carolina leaves one person
critically injured and the city of Charlotte under
a state of emergency. Joy for the families of survivors,
but hundreds are thought to have died after a migrant boat sinks off
Egypt - four crew are arrested. The Syrian boy whose picture went
viral is offered a new home in the United States
by a six-year-old. Dear President Obama, remember the
boy who was picked up by the ambulance in Syria? Can you please
go get him and bring him to our home?
40,000 people are arriving into a suburb of the Syrian
The first major delivery of aid in Syria this month comes
as fresh fighting breaks out across the country.
In an interview today, Syria's President Assad
was uncompromising - saying his enemies alone,
including the US, are to blame for the devastation
Around Aleppo last night there was anything but a ceasefire.
These unverified pictures show warplanes
dropping bombs in what is said to be rebel held territory.
At least 45 people were reported to have died.
And elsewhere in Syria, including the central provinces,
there seems little left of what truce there was.
In an interview with the Associated Press News Agency,
Denying he was besieging eastern Aleppo, and
denying he was using barrel bombs to kill civilians.
A bomb is a bomb, what is the difference between
When you use it, use it to defend the civilians, you kill terrorists
You do not have the moral incentive, we do
The war, he said, would drag on, whilst outside
And he blamed America for the breakdown of latest
I believe the United States is not genuine regarding the
As FOR the attack on Monday which destroyed a
humanitarian convoy and killed 28 workers, he denied any involvement.
Regarding the claim of the White House yesterday accusing
either the Syrian or the
Russians in that regard, I would say, what I can officially
say about the conflicts in Syria, they have no
credibility, whatever they say, it is just lies.
Today, his forces gained control of yet more
As more than 100 rebel fighters and their families were
evacuated from opposition health districts in Homs.
evacuated from opposition heald districts in Homs.
Elsewhere, a United Nations aid convoy did get
through to rebel holds about the Damascus.
But so far, none has been allowed into Aleppo, something the
Please, President Assad, do your bit to enable us to
get to eastern Aleppo and also the other besieged areas.
But aid will reach here only if there is a
And although there will be yet more talks in the UN this
evening, there are a few hopes that the fighting
My colleague Laura Trevelyan is at the United Nations.
Laura, James said there will be more talks at the United Nations, between
the US and Russia but it's a tense time, isn't it? It is. What is
happening this afternoon is the US and Russia will lead talks of an
international group of 20 countries who will come together on Syria. But
the principles are indeed the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, and
his Russian counterpart, Bobby Lovgren. They were at loggerheads
yesterday, so the question is what can they do to revive the ceasefire
deal that came into effect last Monday and is now in tatters? Other
countries in the Syria group will tell you it is down to what the
Americans and Russia can agree. If they can revive the ceasefire
agreement and lead to a round of talks in Geneva, that would be
something. The Russians suggested that there could be a three-day
pause, that has been quoted. And meanwhile, the Americans suggested
that there should be a pause in military operations over key areas
of Syria where aid is being delivered. Is there wriggleroom?
We'll see what happens after the meeting due to start in the next
hour. Thank you very much. Charlotte's police chief says
he sees no reason to impose a curfew in North Carolina's largest city,
even after two nights of violent protests after the shooting
of a black man by a police officer. These were the scenes in Charlotte
overnight into Thursday, The rallies began after
Keith Lamont Scott was shot dead Officials say Mr Scott was armed -
his family say he wasn't. Mr Scott was the third black man
to be killed by US police in a week. One protester remains
in a critical condition Well, the Mayor of Charlotte,
Jennifer Roberts, is appealing for peaceful protests - we'll hear
from her in just a moment. The local Chief of Police Kerry
Putney has also been speaking - he says police video does not show
Mr Scott pointing a gun - but that the footage does back up
officers' version of events. This is how he responded when asked
if the video would be made public. . If there is compelling information
that I think helps, we'll sew it but again, I'm going to be very
intentional about protecting the integrity of the investigation and
in so doing I'm not going to release the video.
The video does not give me absolute definitive, visual evidence that
would confirm that a person is pointing a gun. I did not see that
in the videos that I reviewed. So what I can tell you though is
that when taking into total all of the other evidence it supports what
we have heard and the version of the truth that we gave about the
circumstance of what happened that led to the death of Mr Scott. The
safety and the security of our community and law enforcement
officers remains our top priority. Today our city is open for business
as usual. We let people know that come to our town, we are here
working, our buses are running, we are here to serve and the city is
open. Our correspondent Gary O'Donoghue is
in Charlotte for us. Gary two different accounts of what happened.
What are the chances of this video footage from the police body cameras
and the dash cam actually being made public? Small, to be honest. The
police chief made that quite clear this morning. He believes that would
interfere with the investigation that he is conducting. He say there
is is another complication, that the state bureau investigation may take
over some parts of the investigation, therefore it would be
up to them do decide whether or not to release the video. So he is
adamant that at the moment it will not be made public. He does say
however that he will show it to the family at their request. I think
that they are hoping that this will, it could persuade the family enough
that the police' account of what happened is closer to the truth than
theirs. It may be a high bar to get over for the family but that must be
part of the hope. Given what he said in the clip you heard there about it
not being clear that a gun was being pointed in that video, I suspect
that the family will want to see what else he has that convinces him
that actually Mr Scot was a threat to his officer. So there is a lot of
ground between the two sides on this already. In the meantime, of course,
we are into late afternoon, and people are starting to cast their
minds forward to this evening and whether or not there will be a
repeat of the last two nights, something that everyone is hoping
will not happen. Gary, briefly, there will not be a
curfew as of now but what is the mood there at the moment, ahead of
another night? Well, walking the streets here you would not know that
anything had happened. There are a few boarded up windows here and
there on East Trade Street. A bit of broken glass. They have done a good
job of cleaning up. But people are waiting to see what information the
police will release. We were promised other information from them
other than the video. Then to see what the family's reaction will be
to seeing that video. Getting sight of the body cam video. That will be
crucial, I think.m people are still appealing for calm. The National
Guard will be on the streets protecting buildings but I that I
that people are wary about tonight. There is a mood amongst some of the
protesters to punish the police for what they perceive as crimes against
black people. Thank you very much, Gary O'Donoghue. We will be with you
throughout the day watching the developments in Charlotte.
It's one of the worst disasters of the Mediterranean migrant crisis
hundreds of people are feared dead, after a boat which set sail
Survivors told the BBC there were around 550 people onboard
The disaster happened 19 kilometres from the shore,
near the town of Rosetta where four crew members
From there our correspondent Orla Guerin reports.
Reclaimed from the sea, survivors of the latest tragedy in the
Mediterranean. Saved by the Egyptian military but taken into police
custody. Some, overwhelmed by exhaustion,
after up to eight hours' treading water. Staring death in the face.
Most were young Egyptians from poor communities who told us they wanted
to reach Italy to find work. They said more than 550 people were
crammed tonne the boat. TRANSLATION: It was very small. Said
this man who is 17. It only had room for 200. We were at sea for days,
they kept bringing more people before we capsized and then half the
crew got away. Mohammed survived but without his
cousin, Amir, who was just 14. TRANSLATION: May God have mercy on
them and all the young men who died. I was going to die but God helped
meet. We resited the prayers, not once but
10 or 15 times, we said God help us, God save us.
Outside the police station, anguish and anger. Some relatives
complaining that the authorities took hours to respond to distress
signals from the sinking boat. But then, what they had all been waiting
for... Well the survivors are emerging now. They've spent the
night in custody. They are being reunited with their families. Many
of the relatives maintaining a vigil through the night hoping to get news
from their loved ones, hoping that they were not among the dead.
The BBC's Orla Guerin reporting there from
Now a look at some of the day's other news.
Iraqi government forces say they've fought their way into the centre
of the strategically important town of Al-Shirqat,
which has been in the hands of Islamic State militants since 2014.
The army's effort to capture the town is part of an attempt
to secure supply routes ahead for what's expected to be a very
much bigger battle for the city of Mosul, which lies
Around 3.5 million people in Puerto Rico
are without electricity for the second day running.
The black-out began on Wednesday after a fire at a power plant set
off a broader outage across the island's utility gird.
off a broader outage across the island's utility grid.
People were forced to spend the night in darkness
and without air conditioning in the tropical heat,
and businesses have been forced to close.
Officials say it could be 24 hours before power is restored.
A Chinese lawyer whose clients included the dissident artist
Ai Weiwei has been sentenced to twelve years in prison
Xia Lin's supporters and his wife strongly rejected the charges,
saying he was being persecuted for challenging the government.
He is the latest of several human rights lawyers and activists to be
The Afghan government has signed a draft peace
agreement with the country's second-biggest militant group.
A representative of militant leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar signed
He'll be granted immunity from prosecution in return
for his support for the constitution and a promise to abandon violence.
Mr Hekmatyar was briefly prime minister of Afghanistan in the early
1990s and is still listed as a designated terrorist by the US.
News of the agreement sparked protests in the Afghan capital,
Human rights groups say he is responsible for the deaths
of possibly thousands of people during the 1990s civil war.
They're tiny, so how dangerous can button batteries,
which are often found in toys and watches be?
Well, doctors are warning about the potentially
lethal risk they pose to children and babies.
Surgeons at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital say they've seen
a rise in the number of children suffering severe injuries -
sometimes even dying - after swallowing them.
Our Medical Correspondent Fergus Walsh reports.
All it took was a tiny watch battery to devastate this
After she swallowed the button battery it burned through her
This is the latest of many operations at London's Great
Ormond Street Hospital to try to repair the damage.
For the past year the three-year-old has been fed through a tube
into her stomach and has a bag to collect her saliva.
Her mother who's Russian says it has turned their lives upside down.
She hopes Valeria will eventually recover.
Essentially this battery starts working in the oesophagus.
Surgeons at Great Ormond Street Hospital are seeing one child
a month with caustic soda burns caused by button batteries.
The most important thing is to be aware that these are extremely
dangerous and should be treated essentially like a poison
and should be kept out of the reach of children.
Let's mimic what can happen when a button battery gets lodged
The ham represents the delicate lining
of the oesophagus, and water, saliva.
I'll cover this side but put another battery here so we can see
We've left this for just two hours, and already a huge amount
If I lift the button battery you can see all this black marked area.
Eventually this would have burnt its way right through the ham.
When she swallowed a button battery last year doctors warned
her mum there could be life changing injuries.
They said that her vocal cords could be damaged then
and there and she would never develop a voice.
And again, they said that if she did pull through she may never eat again
because her oesophagus may have been too badly damaged.
Fortunately the two-year-old has made a complete recovery.
But it's a warning to parents to keep toddlers away
In a few days time - the US election campaign
will ramp up a notch - as the first presidential debate
It'll be must see viewing, as Hillary Clinton and Donald
Trump go head to head, on a range of issues.
It's a crucial moment for both campaigns -
so how do you prepare for such a big event.
My colleague Katty Kay has been finding out.
The presidential debates give American voters the only chance they
have to come pair the candidates side by side. The stakes are
enormous. And in this election, the biggest
challenge Forsythe Hillary Clinton is how to debate someone like Donald
Trump? There has never been a candidate or debater like him.
Let moo me talk. Quiet! Donald Trump does not do traditional debate with
policy briefings and analysis. He prefers off the cuff remarks, and
almost child like insults. Lion Ted. He holds the Bible down
and then he lies. Todd Harris was the Senior Advisor
for Marco de-Rubio. Our strategy for the campaign was to
ignore Donald Trump's insult but the challenge was that the media was not
ignoring them. The best thing for handicap in terms of debating Trump,
would be for her not to show up at all. The best way to engage with
Trump is to let Trump hang himself with his own words and
inconsistencies. Rubio discovered the cost of a bad
debate in New Hampshire. Under attack, he Pre-Budget Reported
himself four times. Barack Obama knows what he is doing.
The notion that he doesn't know what he is doing, he knows exactly what
he is doing. There it is... Within hours, the internet was buzzing with
jokes about Rubio. His campaign ended that night.
Handicap has briefing books and she talks about debate strategy with
campaign veterans, she will do mock debates with someone standing in for
Trump, I don't belief who is standing in for Trump, that will be
interesting a role for someone to play. Donald Trump, got the first
word and the last word... Donald Trump does not debate the way that
anyone does debate. He does his Donald Trump way. He pro Seths
strength, and uses moves he does as a result star. But moves so
differently from anyone on a debate stage.
President Obama learned that election debates can hurt a
candidate as much as they can help them. On October the 3rd, 2012,
Obama met Mitt Romney for their first debate. It was a disaster.
Are we going to double down from the top down or embrace a new
economicate rim. Obama was tetchy and distracted.
Giving the impression he did not want to be there.
Testify any Cutter was the campaign manager.
It was clear we were losing not just on TV but for social media. Twitter
was a factor on how the debate was covered. So we knew what we were
dealing with. We have started to make changes before that ebait even
ended. Obama recovered but those around him
suggested that he underestimated his opponent.
Political scientists don't agree how much the debates help you win the
White House, the polls are inconclusive. What they do know is
that this will be box office must-see television and don't expect
the candidates to play it safe, whoing the voters in the middle.
Instead, they will be trying to scare the living day lights out of
their supporters at the very prospect of the other person on the
stage occupying the Oval Office. That will mean a lot of sharp
attacks, not necessariliedifying but certainly entertaining.
A political event like no other, that debate is on Monday night.
When a six-year-old American boy wrote a letter to Barack Obama,
he probably didn't expect the President himself to read it
Alex, from New York, penned a note to the president
offering a Syrian refugee a place to stay with his family.
It was after he saw the photograph of Omran Daqneesh, the little boy
seen dazed and bloodied in the back of an ambulance.
The letter went viral - Mr Obama read some of the letter
at this week's UN summit on refugees.
Dear President Obama, remember the boy who was picked up by the
ambulance in Syria? Can you please go get him and bring him to our
home? Park in the driveway or on the streets and we'll be waiting for you
guys with flags, flowers and balloons. We will give him a family
and he will be our brother. Katherine, my little sister will be
collecting butterflies and fire flies for him. In my school I have a
friend from Syria, Omar. I swill introduce him to Omar and we can all
play together. We can invite him to birthday parties and he will teach
us another language. Since he won't bring toys and
doesn't have toy, Katherine will share her big blew stripy white
bunny and I will share my bike and I will teach him how to ride it. ... I
will teach him addition and subtraction. Those are the words of
a six-year-old boy. He teaches us a lot.
The humanity that a young child can display, who hasn't learned to be
cynical or suspicious or fearful of other people because of where they
are fro, or how they look or pray, we can all learn from Alex.
Alex, six years old. The power of the pen! That's the
Britain's Prince William has told a conference that he fears
the African elephant will have disappeared from the wild
by the time his daughter Princess Charlotte turns 25.
He said action needs to be taken now to stop poaching and it's time
to send an "unambiguous message" that it is no longer acceptable
to recognise the BBC teams who won an Emmy last night
for their continuing coverage of the European migrant crisis.
We've been privileged to bring you their reports
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