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This is BBC World News Today with me, Alpa Patel.
The headlines: Canada says its attempt to sign a free
It would have been the EU's biggest trade deal but Wallonia,
the French-speaking part of Belgium, refused to sign up to it
In Iraq, Islamic State suicide bombers launch
a surprise attack on Kirkuk - the city is now under curfew.
The lost generation remembered - 50 years ago today, a primary school
was engulfed by coal waste, killing 116 children.
Wonder Woman's new turn - she's to become a UN ambasssador
for women and girls - but not everyone is happy.
And the pride of the Russian navy sails down the English Channel
on their way to Syria - the British say they are watching
Canada's top negotiator has walked out of talks
The deal is called CETA and negotiations between Canada
Because the Belgian region of Wallonia has blocked it.
It's important to say Belgium is the only country out
of the EU block of 28 against the deal
Wallonia has a population of 3.6 million people
The regional Parliament says CETA is a threat to farmers
and small businesses - that increased competition
from North American multi-nationals will destroy livelihoods.
Well, the Canadian Trade Minister wasn't afraid to express her
frustration when she spoke to reporters earlier.
TRANSLATION: It seems evident to me and to Canada
that the European Union is now not capable of having an
Even with a country that has values as European as Canada,
and also with a country that is as nice and
Let's get more from our business correspondent, Samira Hussein.
Tell us why this deal was so significant. It is significant for
some of the reasons you outlined. This has been in negotiation for
seven years and this was really the end of it. This is where they were
putting the bow and the finishing touches on. Canada's Prime Minister
is due to go to Brussels next week to sign the deal. It seems that it
was almost there and now it seems that it's not. It is also
significant for other possible trade deals. The United States is
negotiating, looking to negotiate, a trade deal with the EU. If this
trade deal with Canada ends up falling apart, it also puts a
potential trade deal between the US and the EU in jeopardy. It comes at
a very interesting time here in the United States. Anti trade rhetoric
has grown quite significantly, especially in this heated US
presidential campaign. There is a lot of talk of trade deals and the
kind of negative impact it has had on some boards of the United States.
To be negotiating a new trade deal in this kind of error, it's probably
not ideal. Thank you very much for that.
Meanwhile, the other major topic of discussion at this summit
in Brussels was Britain's departure from the EU.
The British Prime Minister Theresa May said she is optimistic she can
get a deal "that is right for the UK".
My colleague is in Brussels. He explains just how much people are
talking about Brexit. We knew this wasn't
on the agenda formally. Theresa May was due to give
a briefing to the other 27 leaders. She did that, it lasted five
minutes, and I interviewed a number They all said it was
as they expected. She confirmed that Britain intends
to exit the European Union and it intends to trigger Article 50
by the end of March. But really this was never
about policy detail. It was about tone and about
developing relationships. This was the UK Prime Minister
Theresa May's first EU summit and it was invaluable time
that she got, meeting the other 27 leaders and starting to develop
those relationships which will be crucial when the Brexit
negotiations carry on. And speaking to those leaders
who met her for dinner last night, they all emphasised how they want
a good working relationship, they want the process of Brexit
to be as smooth as possible and to serve the interests
of the EU and the UK. So, so far so good in those
relationships, but of course they will be put under huge pressure
once the negotiations begin. The other issue under
discussion was Syria. The British Prime Minister has
insisted the EU has a robust stance, particularly over
the actions of Russia - here's what the German Chancellor
had to say about it. TRANSLATION: We have laid
all the ground work because we have said not only that we could imagine
measures against Syria, but also measures against all who are allied
with Syria in this regard. I want to bring you some breaking
news and it concerns The entire terminal building has had
to be evacuated after several All flights were suspended and some
arrivals were diverted. One passenger said he was told
by a staff member that an alarm was triggered after reports
a substance had been causing people to cough on the escalators
leading up to security. The London Ambulance Service say
they are treating 26 people for breathing difficulties -
two have been taken to hopspital Let's go to Iraq and the fight
to retake the city of Mosul Government troops backed by Kurdish
forces are inching forward. With Iraqi troops pushing
in from the South and Kurdish But today IS militants struck back -
launching an attack in Kirkuk - about 200 kilometres
South East of Mosul. Our Middle East correspondent
Orla Guerin sent this report Savouring freedom, civilians brought
to safety by Kurdish fighters. They escaped the tyranny
of so-called Islamic State. And the dangers of
coalition air strikes. IS targets north of Mosul
being pounded again today, This is the scene in the city of
Kirkuk. Security forces battling to regain
control after a daring They hit multiple targets
in and around the oil-rich city, which is 100 miles from Mosul
and had been considered secure. Troops hunting for the militants
who proved they can still strike Back at the front line,
bomb disposal experts arrived They've already cleared 300
landmines along a stretch The troops are getting into position
now for mine clearance. This is absolutely crucial
that the Peshmerga The mines are slowing progress
and they're claiming lives, but the work has
to be done with care. Islamic State has laid mines
in this area like a carpet. There were fears it
was a suicide bomber. Nearby, civilians who had just fled,
now safe from IS, but being screened by Kurdish intelligence -
they're trying to prevent militants This man tells us they were forced
to grow beards, and if IS caught someone with a phone,
they were beheaded. He's rushed away before
he can say more. A new camp is now being raised
here for the many others who are expected to seek refuge
from Iraq's later swore. who are expected to seek refuge
from Iraq's latest war. Orla Guerin, BBC News,
north of Mosul. Exactly 50 years ago today,
a huge coal-mining waste tip slipped It engulfed homes and the local
primary school, killing 116 Events have been held today
to mark the anniversary of the Aberfan disaster -
beginning with a minute's silence. Early morning in Aberfan
and a community coming together to remember the disaster
50 years ago. The site of Pantglas School
is now a memorial garden. At 9:15, the moment classrooms
were engulfed, And at the cemetery,
high on the hillside. This was a time to remember the 144
people who died in a man-made disaster when liquefied coal waste
slid down the mountainside. Eight-year-old Gerald Kirwan
was in the second year juniors. He was one of the lucky ones,
but his memories I could hear, like,
a rumbling, thunder. A hell of a noise, didn't
know what it was and we, like, looked up to the window
and we have seen, like, I remember being pushed
across the classroom to the back wall, the muck
was up to my chest. We were just waiting,
wondering, what had happened to cause the devastation
we were trapped in. Where classrooms had once stood,
today the Prince of Wales planted a tree,
a tribute to the lost generation. No-one should have to bear
the losses you suffered, but no-one could have borne those losses
with greater strength A balloon for each of the victims,
and a moment for Gerald Kirwan to share with his granddaughter, after
keeping his emotions bottled up for We never, ever spoke about it,
to my mother and father, Even the children,
there were only a few of But it had been a disaster
that was waiting to Coal waste had been dumped in huge
tips on top of streams and Local people were joined by miners
in the search for survivors. children they were now
finding had all died. Many were looking for their own own
sons and daughters. David Goldsworthy lost his
ten-year-old brother that day. This is the first time
he has returned to Aberfan on the anniversary itself
from Canada, where he emigrated more He would have been 60
this year, in August. And the fact that I'd liked
to have had a brother. No-one was ever prosecuted
for the lives that were lost, although the National
Coal Board was found to be to blame. I can go back to that
class in seconds. And I don't imagine
that will ever go away. Sure my reporting on ceremonies
marking the Aberfan disaster 50 years ago today.
A flotilla of Russian warships has passed
through the English channel today - on its way to Syria.
The vessels included the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov
The flotilla, which is being viewed as a show of strength from Moscow,
was shadowed all the way by the Royal Navy.
Our correspondent Daniel Sandford watched as they passed
Cruising past Dover Harbour, beneath the iconic White Cliffs of Dover
and into the English Channel, Russia's only aircraft carrier,
the Admiral Kuznetsov, a 30-year-old survivor
On its decks, the planes that will reinforce the Russian
Also in the flotilla, the battle cruiser Peter the Great,
and the Russian ships were man marked as the Defence Secretary put
The type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan had sailed from Portsmouth to do
The type 23 frigate HMS Richmond has been
tracking the Russians all the way from Norway.
As we watched, all the ships were sailing west, straight down
It's been an extraordinary display of Russian military power,
just a few miles off the British coast.
One Moscow newspaper called it 'an armada',
and its chosen route, straight down the English Channel,
is likely to have been chosen deliberately.
The warships could have gone round the north coast of Scotland,
but this was the route that sent a message.
The deployment itself is clearly directed,
in the immediate sense, toward Syria, but it has a side
benefit to the mentality of the present-day leaders
of Russia, of showing that they still have a navy
And the message to this country, in particular, is probably
that their navy is more extensive than ours now.
For ten years now Russia's been directing displays
This was an encounter off the coast of Scotland,
filmed by the crew of a Russian bomber as it was challenged
But today's Russian drive-by, on the way to prop up
President Assad in Syria, was one of the more
dramatic displays, so close that the warships
could be clearly seen from the White Cliffs of Dover.
Daniel Sandford, BBC News, in the English Channel.
Now a look at some of the day's other news.
The state rail company of Cameroon says a train has derailed
between the country's two main cities.
A BBC reporter says at least ten people have died.
Extra coaches had been added to the train -
because the highway between the two cities was closed due
European space officials have acknowledged a craft sent to Mars
crashed when touching down on the surface on the
The mission had been designed to usher in a new era
Officials estimate the impact could have happened at a speed
Thailand and Australia have asked fans attending next month's
World Cup qualifying match to refrain from chanting
out of respect for the mourning of the Thai king.
Both teams have also asked fans to wear clothing which is black,
white or grey, preferably without any designs.
She's a comic book superhero who became a TV star
in the 1970s watched by millions here and around the world.
But now in a story twist that may well have surprised even
the fictional superhero, the United Nations is making
Wonder Woman a UN Ambassador for Women and Girls.
It is a decision that has bewildered some and sparked
protest from other - as Nick Bryant reports
She can leap from tall buildings, she can also bend steel,
but the transformation of Wonder Woman into a UN Ambassador
for Female Empowerment has plunged this world body into the kind
of storm that would test even her superhuman powers.
This is the modern-day face of Wonder Woman, and the actress
Lynda Carter who brought her to life in the television series was also
With a new film about to be launched, UN officials hope the hero
will help reach younger audiences around the world.
So Wonder Woman lives, do not doubt it.
Wonder Woman helps bring out the inner strength every woman has.
But staff at the UN today mounted a silent protest.
"Real women deserve a real ambassador", read their signs.
There is also a real annoyance that the superhero's leather boots
might trample on cultural, religious and geopolitical sensibilities.
Hundreds of UN staff have added their names to an online
petition, complaining, and I quote, "That a large breasted White woman
petition, complaining, and I quote, "That a large breasted white woman
of impossible proportions, scantily clad in a shimmery,
thigh-baring body suit with an American motif
and knee-high boots is not an appropriate figurehead."
So what's been the reaction outside the UN?
I like what she stands for, I don't really appreciate
Although Wonder Woman is a great character, I think we can find
someone better to represent women, someone who is not
The UN hoped this collaboration would be a PR coup,
but there are many senior figures here who view it as a
Nick Bryant, BBC News, New York.
A quick update from London City Airport. The fire brigade has said
there were no unexpectedly high chemical readings. Latest reports
say the airport has been declared safe after hundreds of passengers
were evacuated earlier. For years, Steve Etches earned
a living as a plumber. But in his spare time,
he wandered the coastline of Dorset It's well known for it's many
fossils. And now, Steve's hobby has
enabled him to open a museum -- From ceramic to Jurassic, Steve
etchings is the plumber who became a palaeontologist. So this is where it
all began for you. Yes, this is it. These are the rocks that I have
spent my last 35 years looking at. It all began on this beach in
Dorset. You can't stop finding fossils. Anyone can come along the
beach and find fossils all over the place. Steve is an apprentice
plumber at 16, but was always fascinated by fossils, so he started
collecting and collecting and collecting. Here we are in the
garage. He amassed 2500 specimens. So many come he turned his garage
into a display. For the last 22 years it has been in here but it has
also migrated into the dining room. But it wasn't enough, so four years
ago he set out to establish this. The Steve Etches museum. It's a
unique world-class collection of 150 million -year-old Jurassic hose
line. Not many people can say, I've got an museum named after me. I
never asked for it. That was done at a vote when I went to the toilet and
they said we are going to college the Etches collection. I said thanks
very much. A long way from an apprentice plumber all the way to
being in charge and running your own fossil museum. Plumbing was a job
that has to be done. But now, this is the dream come true. It took ?5
million of private and Heritage lottery money to create. What do you
make of the back story of Steve the plumber becoming Steve the
palaeontologist? That's a remarkable story because what it does is to say
that everyone can pursue a dream and pursue a dream in terms, even in a
scientific way. Steve may now have swapped their valves for ammonites,
but his old habits are not yet extinct. He even helped fix the
toilet in his new museum. Now plays for science, education and
wonderment. Albinism in Africa is
associated with many negative As a result, many albinos
suffer stigma, alienation However, one group of youngsters
is stepping into the limelight, hoping to be named Kenya's first
Mr and Miss Albino. Dayo Yusuf went to meet some
of the models as they were A step-by-step guide
on the ways of the catwalk. Girls and boys alike,
these models are being introduced It is a first for them
because they have lived most of their lives hidden
in the shadows. Things might be slightly better now
but a few years ago, living with albinism was almost
unbearable and some remember being accepted into society
was the hardest part. It was a bit hard because people
in the rural areas, most of them They never understood,
how does an African get a white kid or something but with time,
I was inspired by how We've not been represented
in all areas and some people may be have this notion, like,
there's thing we can't do so it's Horror stories of people living
with albinism being targeted for ritual sacrifices spread fear
within the community. But now there seems
to be a sense of calm. With caution, they are
slowly learning to The Kenya Albinism Society has
organised a beauty pageant to mark ten years since its inception
to showcase the strides they have When you look into the mirror long
enough, you will only see the small thing you want to change
but for Sarah Jones here, a little make-up, a little
bit of beauty therapy, will give her the courage she needs
to walk the streets feeling In this first of its kind in Africa,
Mr and Miss Albinism Kenya contenders are being taken
through thorough coaching. Not only in their looks
but character as well. We also do grooming and etiquette
and personal attributes. That is how to face people,
how to talk people, how in town you meeting with people,
how you mingle with them and in town, how you
are supposed to walk. Before, they used to believe that,
you know, "I can never be a model Their confidence, we are still
working on it but let me tell For a long time, they have had
to stick together for support but now, as more people open up
to them, people living with albinism are learning to embrace society
and they might just surprise When your brother
becomes your enemy... Some inspirational youngsters.
That's it from me will stop goodbye. Hello there. A fairly static weather
pattern as we move into the weekend. High pressure with us and showers
coming in from the east. Although we will keep this low-pressure for
later on Sunday. The influence