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The headlines: The Turkish President attacks the Dutch as Nazis,
for blocking a campaign visit by the country's Foreign Minister.
The UN warns of the largest humanitarian crisis
20 million people face starvation in parts of Africa.
as his BJP party wins a landslide in key state elections.
And a record equalling 18th successive wins for England's rugby
team as they thrash Scotland to retain their Six Nations title.
An extraordinary diplomatic row between Turkey and the Netherlands
It all began when a minister in President Erdogan's government
was blocked from addressing a rally in Rotterdam.
That prompted Mr Erdogan to describe the Dutch government,
led by Mark Rutte, as "Nazi remnants".
A second Turkish minister has now been stopped
and in Ankara, the Dutch ambassador has been told he isn't welcome.
and today Recep Tayyip Erdogan doled it out.
After his Foreign Minister was blocked from landing
in the Netherlands, President Erdogan hit back
at the Dutch, his diplomacy typically undiplomatic.
TRANSLATION: They don't know anything about politics
They are Nazi remnants, they are fascists.
to rally Turkish voters in the Netherlands
before a referendum on boosting Mr Erdogan's powers.
But with the Dutch election next week,
the government there feared it could provoke tension
and feed the anti-immigrant Geert Wilders.
On the campaign trail, the Dutch Prime Minister
said he wouldn't give in Turkish blackmail.
he made clear that he threatened the Netherlands with sanctions,
and of course we cannot negotiate under such threats.
So then we decided, the Foreign Minister,
the Flemish Prime Minister and myself in a conference call,
that it was better for him not to come to the Netherlands.
His country having been occupied by the Nazis,
Mr Rutte reacted bluntly to the fascist comparison.
I understand they're angry, but this is of course way out.
Germany too was branded Nazis by Mr Erdogan
unprecedented language among Nato allies.
President Erdogan has an advantage with Europe,
Turkey the most active route for migrants,
and its role crucial to stemming the flow.
He's used it as a bargaining chip, but the EU is getting
increasingly frustrated with the Turkish strongman.
This is a classic Erdogan political tactic -
painting Turkey as the victim of Western oppression
and himself as the protector of national pride.
He thrives when he and his country are seen as the underdogs,
and this growing stand-off with Europe will rally
which he needs for a referendum victory.
So vintage Erdogan, pleasing his supporters,
horrifying his opponents, and reiterating the sense
that polarised Turkey is drifting ever further from Europe.
So why are Turkish officials taking these referendum rallies
Over 6.5 million Turks live in Europe.
Around 3.5 million of them live in Germany,
and around 500,000 live in the Netherlands.
says that in the most recent election,
over 2.8 million Turkish citizens
were eligible to vote at a Turkish Embassy abroad.
in winning President Erdogan the powers he seeks.
is President Erdogan being deliberately inflammatory?
A question I put to a Turkish academic based in Europe.
Oh, for sure, he is a master of provocation, both at home
and abroad, and this is pre-election mode in Turkey,
and also abroad as well, in a lot of the countries
where the Turkish officials are travelling to,
so it is a heightened mood of political polemic, if you will.
And Erdogan is quite expert in making sure that
these type of tensions do fit his political discourse and agenda,
You mentioned the election that present anyone
is holding next month - tell us about that election
There will be a referendum on the 16th of April
on a far-reaching constitutional change which, if accepted
by the electorate, would effectively replace Turkey's existing system
of parliamentary democracy with a strong executive
So a lot is at stake, it is a major turning point for Turkey.
Turkey has been governed with a parliamentary democracy
for many, many decades, and so this would be
So there's a lot on the line, and the government of
President Erdogan is campaigning heavily, of course aided
by the benefit of emergency laws that are in place at the moment,
and part of the opposition that is muted or being in prison.
Therefore, it is a very tense moment to go to the election.
And for more analysis on this diplomatic spat,
and what's behind it, you can go to our website.
At least 40 people are reported to have been killed
in twin bomb attacks in the heart of the Syrian capital Damascus.
The bombs targeted buses carrying Iraqi pilgrims
to the city's ancient cemetery, which houses Shia Muslim mausoleums.
Our correspondent Richard Conway is at the scene.
This is the largest attack to hit Damascus in some time.
A suicide bomber detonated his device in this commercial district
in the centre of Damascus, killing at least 40 people,
The target was Shia pilgrims visiting a nearby cemetery.
President Assad wants to present his country
is returning to normal, but as you can see
from the destruction, that's a long way off from happening.
It's the largest humanitarian crisis since the end
Now the United Nations is pleading for help to avoid catastrophe.
20 million people are facing starvation in four countries
including Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.
Our world affairs correspondent Richard Galpin has more.
For months now, it's been known that millions of people,
including this young baby in Yemen, have been starving.
She was just four months old when a BBC team met her in December.
Across Yemen, hundreds of thousands more children
And the threat of mass starvation is affecting three other countries.
This is a refugee camp in South Sudan,
which, like Yemen, has been torn apart by conflict.
Families forced to flee their homes and left with little to eat.
Already, a famine has been officially declared here,
with almost half the population in urgent need of help.
We stand at a critical point in our history.
Already, at the beginning of the year,
we are facing the largest humanitarian crisis
since the creation of the United Nations.
Now more than 20 million people across four countries
Without collective and coordinated global efforts,
Of the huge number of people the UN says are now in danger,
nearly 3 million in Somalia, and more than 14 million in Yemen.
The UN is predicting that, without serious help,
1.4 million people could die before the end of the year
They're calling for ?3.6 billion to tackle this crisis.
Aid agencies on the ground say at the moment they do not have
enough money to deal with the rising demand for help.
Apart from conflict, the other because of the crisis is drought.
In this hospital alone, almost 50 children have died in two months,
People have travelled almost two miles to get medical help. Most of
the cases, the death is caused by dehydration. We are doing
rehydration and giving antibiotics as well. While some basic aid is
reaching those in need, it's nowhere near enough, so it's possible famine
could be declared in all four countries - unprecedented in modern
times. Richard Galpin, BBC News. A look at some more
top stories this hour. An intruder carrying a backpack has
been arrested by US Secret Service agents as he entered the grounds
of the White House. The suspect gained entrance
on the south side, near a portico from which Presidents
often address the public. The backpack carried by the intruder
was screened and searched, Italian police and protesters
have clashed in the It's where thousands were
demonstrating against the leader of the anti-immigrant
Northern League party. Italian media says violence broke
out when a group of masked Huge rival rallies have
been taking place in The protests were for and against
the country's disgraced president. Park Geun-Hye is said
to be in a state of shock as her opponents press
for criminal charges. Despite Friday's court ruling
confirming her impeachment she remains inside the
presidential compound. A female judge here in the UK
is causing controversy, after warning women who get drunk
that they are putting themselves at risk of being
targeted by rapists. Her comments have been
described by campaigners as "outrageous" and "misguided".
Frankie McCamley reports. Jailed for six years
for what police described but, sentencing,
judge Lindsey Kushner used her final words before retiring
to issue a rape warning to women. She said girls are perfectly
entitled to drink themselves into the ground but should be aware
of potential defendants to rape gravitate towards girls
who have been drinking. If push comes to shove,
a girl who has been drunk is less likely to be believed than
one who is sober at the time. While many might see her comments
as useful advice, others believe
this is a backwards step. I'm very anxious that whatever
message she meant to send, it's very clear that what it
has sent is the message there is not much point
in reporting. Whatever amount of drink
you've had, do report - you will be treated
better than this suggests. this woman now helps
others through the ordeal. It makes all of us really
quite angry, and not just because they're arrogant,
factually incorrect comments, but it's one thing to go around
making these comments when you sit in a court room all day,
and you are engaging in one aspect of society without engaging
with the women Judge Kushner is not
the first to comment Other judges have faced
criticism in the past. Campaigners, though,
hope this will not stop other rape survivors from
coming forward in the future. Stay with us on BBC News,
still to come: Some flipping good news
from Florida, the sea turtle returning to the
ocean after an unhappy accident. The numbers of dead and wounded
defied belief, this is the worst terrorist atrocity on European soil
in modern times. In less than 24 hours, the Soviet
Union lost an elderly leader and replaced him with a dynamic figure
20 years his junior. We heard these gunshots from the gym, they came out
of a fire exit, we will all petrified. James Ellroy, aged 41,
sentenced to 99 years. He travelled from Memphis to Nashville in an
eight car convoy. What does it feel like to be married at last. It feels
fine, thank you. Is it going to change your life much? I don't know,
I've never been married before. This is BBC World News Today,
I'm Alpa Patel. The Turkish President
attacks the Dutch as Nazis for blocking a campaign visit
by the country's Foreign Minister. And the UN warns it's
the largest humanitarian crisis with urgent action needed to
counter famine in parts of Africa. The Indian Prime Minister
Narendra Modi and his BJP party are celebrating
after a landslide victory The state is the country's
most populated - and influential. especially after his blunder over
withdrawing high-value banknotes. And whose control over
India is now absolute. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has
just delivered a stunning victory for his party in the country's
political heartland, Uttar Pradesh, and at the BJP headquarters,
it's time to celebrate. The party now controls more than
half of India's state governments, leaving the opposition
trailing in the dust. The people of Uttar Pradesh
have put their faith TRANSLATION: His hard work
speaks for itself. He's always working for our
country's development. These might just be local elections,
but there's a reason why the BJP and its supporters
are so pleased with this victory. It means that Narendra Modi's
grip over India It means that he has
very few challengers looking ahead to the next
general elections in 2019. And most of all, it means
that he can take risky Late last year, Indians faced
massive cash shortages after Mr Modi's shock decision
to ban high-denomination banknotes. It effectively sucked out
more than 80% of the total currency in circulation,
creating hardship for many, But as these election results
have shown, it has had little impact
on the fortunes A giant green sea turtle has
been returned to the sea off the Florida Keys,
a month after becoming It's a triumph for workers
at a turtle hospital who've worked hard to get the creature -
who's at least 50 years old - Joy, as Jolly the female turtle
is released back to the wild Jolly was named after the wildlife
officers who helped rescue her from multiple crab trap
lines last month. Weighing in at 150 kilos,
she made a quick recovery from the partial amputation
of her right rear flipper. The nesting season in
Florida Keys starts in April. she can get out there in time
to date and hopefully lay some eggs. Breeding is all the more crucial
in view of the green sea turtles' listing as a threatened species
in the Atlantic Ocean. It's really important
to get a turtle this mature back out into the wild -
they are sexually mature, and sea turtles aren't reproductive
until they are 20 or 25 years old. Jolly is probably 50 plus years old,
so that's when we want to make sure she gets out so she keeps
making baby turtles. so well worth shelling out
for her treatment and care. Jolly looking in good health there!
Now the sport with Jessica, big day in rugby. Yes, huge day over in
England, and that is where we are going to start.
England have retained their Six Nations title
with an emphatic 61-21 win over Scotland at Twickenham.
The victory secures them the Calcutta Cup
and equals New Zealands record of 18 straight test wins.
It finished 61-21, Joe Wilson reports from Twickenham.
At the start of this game, we were expecting a tight match, even the
prospect of Scotland winning here for the first time since the 1980s.
They have risen to third in the rankings, but at half-time in this
match we knew the game was up. Scotland suffered from their own
lack of discipline, one man in the sin bin in the second minute of the
game, and they struggled with injuries. But above all that, there
was Jonathan Joseph for England, exploiting any gaps with his
skilful, powerful running, and when he is in full flow, it is a site to
match any Twickenham has seen in over a century. From that point on,
Scotland is never game up, they came back with tries in the second half,
but the margin of victory made it a record in the fixture that goes back
to the 1870s. Now, England have the Six Nations, but they are not done.
Another win in Ireland in a final game of the Six Nations sets a
record for consecutive test wins, but coach Eddie Jones, never to lose
with England, says his sights towards the World Cup in 2019. We
are only just beginning, is what he said at the conclusion of this game.
The boys, today, fantastic, did it in style, clinical, ruthless
performance. We asked the team to make a decision, and as a team we
took a step forward today, but all eyes are next week now, I suppose.
Six Nations away form with a bonus-point 40-18
France will host Wales in Paris next Saturday, and they must concentrate
on finishing in the top three for the first time since 2011.
has come to an end at the quarterfinal stage.
They were the first non-league side to reach the last eight
But their brave efforts weren't enough
against Premier League Arsenal at the Emirates.
They held off their illustrious opponents until almost half-time.
and the Gunners scored four more after the break,
to secure their place in the semifinals.
Earlier, Manchester City cruised passed Middlesbrough
David Silva scored after three minutes,
and Sergio Aguero sealed the victory in the second half.
Hull City boosted their chances of Premier League survival
Substitute Oumar Niasse scored twice
to help Hull take an important three points.
Swansea got a goal back but remain in 16th place.
Everton continued their push for a top-six place
Bournemouth finally have their first league win of 2017,
thanks to a hat trick from Joshua King.
The first Masters 1000 tournament of the year is under way
these are the most prestigious events on the tour.
is up against Canadian Vasek Pospisil in the second round.
He will avoid some of the top players until the latter stages of
the competition. I would say, you know, I have an
opportunity to do well, you know, the bottom half of the draw is
unbelievably strong, you know, the bottom quarter is probably one of
the toughest that you will ever see! You know, and I am playing well, I
feel fresh, I had to take a decent break after Melbourne and, yeah,
hopefully I can play some good stuff. It is a place I have
struggled in the past, my results have been inconsistent, hopefully I
can do a bit better this year. That is all
the sport for you, back to you, Al. The novels of Jane Austen
are read all over the world. The author died young
in her 40s, but until now, little has been known
about what ended her life. Tests carried out on Austen's
eyeglasses show the medicine she'd been taking could have contained
arsenic, which may have Ben Moore has this
exclusive report. For one of history's greatest
writers, just reading her own novels would have been very difficult
without these. Jane Austen's specs have been
at the British Library for 20 years, but only now can
they bring focus to her life. there were prescriptions
similar to what we have today. So what we did was have
somebody bring in a portable lensmeter so we could very,
very carefully have it examined. The first pair are low perception,
but her eyesight deteriorated. The final pair revealed
that she would have had great This could help reveal the mystery
of why she died so young. The possibility of her being
poisoned accidentally We know now that arsenic poisoning
can cause cataracts. Arsenic was often put into
medication for other types of illness, so potentially
for rheumatism, Using modern optometry,
we are able to see just what Jane Austen's eyesight
would have been like. I can only see my hand
when it's about there. So that's what she needed,
to correct her vision. The British Library wants
optometrists to get in touch and through the eyes of one
of our best-loved authors. During feeding time
at this Chinese zoo, one little panda just
can't find its snack. After a few prods with a stick,
and some heavy coaxing, the panda finally discovers it
and has a good old munch. Good evening. We had quite a bit of
sunshine in the north-west and the South and east today, where the
sunshine, it was lovely and warm. This sunshine El Arabi temperature
to spring up to 18