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Canada abandons efforts to secure a massive free trade deal
It says the EU is "not capable" of signing such a deal,
after it was blocked by a region of Belgium with a population
Remembering the victims of one of the worst disasters in British
modern history. It is 50 years since a village in Wales was engulfed by
coal waste, killing over a hundred children.
In Iraq - Islamic state suicide bombers launch
a surprise attack on Kirkuk - the city is now under curfew.
And Wonder woman's new turn - she is to become a UN Ambasssador
for women and girls - but not everyone is happy.
It's taken seven years, but now a trade deal between Canada
and the European Union appears to be on the verge of collapse.
The deal is called CETA, but it's run into trouble
To be specific, it is in fact because
of a region in Belgium called Wallonia.
It's important to say that Belgium is the only country out
of the EU block of 28 opposed to the deal
Well, the region of 3.6 million people says the deal threatens
They fear increased competition from North American multi-nationals
Here's our business correspondent Samira Hussain with more.
They were in negotiations for seven years and this
This was really, you know, what they would say -
they were just putting the bow on the finishing touches.
Canada's prime minister Justin Trudeau is due to go
to Brussels next week to sign the deal, so it seems
it was almost there, and now it seems that it is not,
but it is also significant for other possible trade deals.
The United States is negotiating, or is looking to negotiate, a trade
If this trade deal with Canada ends up falling apart, it also puts
a potential trade deal between the United States
and the European Union in jeopardy, and it comes at a very interesting
And the 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 parts of the United States,
so to be negotiating a new trade deal in this kind of era
In the last hour Christophe Bondy, a former Canadian trade
negotiator on the CETA deal, spoke to the BBC's Tanya Beckett.
He said the deal was blocked in the 11th hour.
We were getting close to a signing ceremony that was to take place
on the 27th and here we found out one of the subnational
governments in Belgium is able to hold up the entire deal,
so the ball is really in Europe's court right now
Do you see this as a failing of Europe?
I think it shows the complexities of dealing with...
Trying to proceed with a trade agreement with Europe,
given the multiplicity of political issues that can be going on that may
My understanding is this has more to do with internal Belgian politics
than it has to do with this international trade deal.
That may be the case but it is true that in the West we also are seeing
a general reluctance to believe in trade deals and their ability
Certainly the context is challenging for anyone pursuing
international trade negotiations, and I think that is why Canada has
tried to approach these negotiations and its entire trade policy to blend
both trade and the social aspects, so this is a bit
This deal is one of the most progressive trade deals that has
It has protection for the environment built in,
protection for labour, for small and medium enterprises.
So it is really a gold standard agreement, and if that
agreement can't make it through in the European
Meanwhile the other major topic of discussion at this summit
in Brussels was Britain's departure from the EU.
Theresa May said she is optimistic she can get a deal
Well, my colleague Ros Atkins is in Brussels.
He explains just how much people are talking about Brexit.
We knew this wasn't on the agenda formerly.
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 had got meeting the other
27 leaders and starting to develop those relationships which will be
crucial when the Brexit negotiations carry on.
Speaking to those leaders who met her for dinner last night,
the all emphasise 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 UK, so it's so far,
But of course they will be put under huge pressure once
It was one of the worst disasters in modern British history.
This morning a minute's silence was held in the village
of Aberfan at 9.15 - the exact moment 50 years ago
when 116 children and 28 adults were killed.
They died when an avalanche of coal waste - 150,000 tonnes of it -
slid down the hillside and engulfed the village primary school
Around half the children at the school were killed.
Sian Lloyd has spent the day in Aberfan and sent us this report.
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, silence fell.
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, like a thunder.
A hell of a noise, didn't know what it was
and we looked up to the window and we see, like,
I'd been pushed across the classroom to the back wall,
We were just waiting, wondering what had happened
to cause the devastation we were trapped in.
Where classrooms once stood, today the Prince of Wales planted a tree,
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
We never, ever spoke about it, to my mother and father,
Even the children, there were only a few of us
But it had been a disaster that was waiting to happen.
Coal waste had been dumped in huge tips on top of streams and
Local people were joined by miners in the search for survivors.
But as the hours passed, rescuers realised that
the 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
This is the first time he has returned to Aberfan
on the anniversary itself from Canada, where he emigrated
He would have been 60 this year, in August.
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.
That was the report on the Aberfan disaster which happened 50 years ago
today. 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 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 Troops are getting into position
now for mine clearance. This is absolutely crucial
for 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 latest war. Orla Guerin, BBC News,
north of Mosul. Stay with us on BBC
World News - still to come: The pride of the Russian Navy SEALs
down the English Channel on its way to Syria. The British say they are
watching them every step of the way -- sails down.
A historic moment that many of his victims have
The former dictator in the dock - older, slimmer, but as he sat
Dawn, and as the sun breaks through the piercing chill of night
on the plain outside Korem, it lights up a biblical famine -
The depressing conclusion - in Argentina today
it is actually cheaper to paper your walls with money.
We have had controversies in the past with Great Britain,
but as good friends we have always found it good and lasting solution.
Concorde bows out in style after almost three decades
in service - an aircraft that has installed its many admirers
for so long taxis home one last time.
Canada has walked out of talks to save a free trade deal
with the European Union after it was blocked by the Belgian
Commemorations have been held on the 50th anniversary of one
of the worst disasters in modern British history - when a village
in Wales was engulfed by coal waste, killing over 100 children.
A flotilla of Russian warships have passed
through the English channel today - on its way to Syria.
The vessels included the aircraft carrier -
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, the 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.
Let's take a look at some other stories now:
At least 53 people have died in a train crash in Cameroon.
The state rail company of Cameroon says a train has derailed
between the country's two main cities, Yaounde and Douala.
Witnesses say ten carriages overturned, trapping passengers
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 greater than 300 kilometres an hour.
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.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says two
of the Club's star players - striker Sergio Aguero
and defender Vincent Kompany - both "have a future".
Neither started the Champions League defeat against Barcelona
on Wednesday and Kompany wasn't even on the bench, leading
to reports they are not in the manager's plans.
Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero, their future at Manchester city...
Vincent Kompany was not fit, he was not perfectly fit, and that is why
we took that decision. Between them it would normally be Vincent Kompany
on the bench, but he was not fit. With respect to Sergio Aguero, it
was a tactical decision about the game.
Lauren Holiday, the US football star famous for helping her team win
the 2015 Women's World Cup, has had a brain tumour removed.
She was diagnosed just six weeks before she was due to give birth.
The two-time Olympic gold medallist decided to have her baby first
before surgery to take out the benign growth.
Her husband, NBA basketball star Drew Holiday, has taken indefinite
leave from the game to help care for her.
Her former USA team-mates were in action on Thursday night -
and took to social media to support her.
Morgan Brian posted this picture of them wearing wrist
bands labelled, "LH12," her initials and shirt number.
She also said, "Last night we played for you."
Bangladesh have moved to within 72 runs of England after two days
The visitors were bowled out for 293 in the morning,
Moeen Ali made a breakthrough just before lunch, taking two
Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal was 55 not out
as Bangladesh made 119-3 by tea - he eventually went for 78.
Bangladesh finished the day on 221 for five trailing
England by those 72 runs.
One baseball line for you - the Chicago Cubs are just one
win away from their first World Series appearance since 1945,
after beating the Dodgers 8-4 in Los Angeles on Thursday.
The win means the Cubs are 3-2 up in their seven-match
Obviously it feels good. I would much rather go home under those
circumstances than the other. You want to get it done as quickly as
possible so it will be a formidable event. Our guys will absolutely be
ready for the moment, I promise you that. It is great. The city of
Chicago will be buzzing right now. I expect it to sell out. It will be a
lot of fun. The NFL says it will
reopen its investigation into this man, New York Giants
kicker Josh Brown, after police documents
revealed the player admitted Brown was arrested last year but no
charges were brought. A separate NFL investigation
led to a one-game ban. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said
they were not given access to all the information at the time
but will now look at the case again. We take this issue incredibly
seriously. This is something we have been working on through policy
changes, to educating our players to make sure they understand how to
deal with issues with their families, give the resources to be
able to deal with this. But when it happens we are not going to tolerate
it. So we have some new information here. We will evaluate that in the
context of our policy, and we will take it from there.
She's a comic book super hero - who became a TV star
in the 1970s watched by millions here and around the world.
But now, in a story twist, 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 others - 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 at
With a new film about to be launched, UN officials
hope the hero will help to reach younger audiences around the world.
So Wonder Woman lives - do not doubt it.
Wonder Woman helps bring out the inner
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
Hundreds of UN staff have added their names
to an online 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
So what's been the reaction outside the UN?
I like what she stands for, I don't really
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
Wonder Woman raising eyebrows in New York. Now there is just time to
bring you these pictures... A Russian Soyuz spacecraft
has succesfully docked with the International Space
Station. The Soyuz craft, with two Russians
and one American on board, completed the docking
manoeuvre on Friday morning, after blasting off from
Kazakhstan two days earlier. The three men will spend five months
on the station before Don't they look very happy to be
there? Don't forget you can get in touch with me on Twitter. I am Alpa