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This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK


The Iraqi military has gained control of the last road leading out


We've heard three car bombs going off in the distance,


we've also had a lot of incoming mortar fire, you can hear now


Turkey's President Erdogan demands international sanctions


against the Netherlands, calling it a banana republic,


The creator of the World Wide Web issues a warning about fake news


And, Tottenham Hotspur through to the English FA Cup semifinals.


Iraqi forces have made more gains in west Mosul,


the largest city still under the control of the


They claim to have cut the last road out of the city.


Government troops, backed by a US-led coalition,


recaptured the east of the city in late January, after more


Now they say a third of the west, which is almost completely


But around 600,000 civilians are still believed to be trapped inside.


Our Middle East Correspondent Orla Guerin and cameraman Nico Hameon


have been travelling with the Iraqi forces.


A warning, you may find parts of their report distressing.


Caught below, hundreds of thousands of civilians.


This is the place where IS proclaimed its caliphate.


Here it was born, and here Iraqi forces say it will die.


On the ground, they are advancing, but struggling to hold


Then, frantic gunfire towards a threat overhead.


An IS drone maybe carrying explosives,


As you can hear, there is a lot of gunfire in the area.


There are snipers in position on this street.


We have cover here, so we won't be moving from this position,


but within the last half an hour or so, we have heard three car bombs


We have also had a lot of incoming mortar fire.


You can hear now the sounds of battle.


The IS fighters that are in this area are putting


Troops using every weapon, even home-made rockets.


Then, the rush to retrieve a casualty.


We can't say how many have paid with their lives, Iraqi forces don't


But commanders say they have to defeat IS here or fight them


And as the fighting rages, more weary civilians leave


scarred neighbourhoods, where they have been caught


Few may have endured more than this man.


IS put an anti-aircraft gun near his house.


An air strike targeting the extremists brought


TRANSLATION: Three of my daughters are dead.


My daughters were under the concrete of the house.


They didn't let me see them before they were buried.


As well as losing his daughters and his home, he lost his leg.


He prays God will destroy IS, as they have destroyed Iraq.


Let's go to neighbouring Turkey, where President Erdogan has warned


the Netherlands it will pay the price after two of his


ministers were prevented from a rally in Rotterdam.


Mr Erdogan has again called the Dutch "Nazis",


and described the Netherlands as a "banana republic".


The Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has demanded an apology.


Not our usual image of the Netherlands.


This was the wound the dog left behind as riot police


used considerable force against Turkish demonstrators.


They were angered by the Dutch government's refusal


to allow their politicians to attend a campaign rally in support


He is counting on the backing of more than a million Turkish


citizens living in Europe to expand his powers back home


But his Minister for Families wasn't allowed to address them.


The second Turkish minister turned back by the Dutch government.


TRANSLATION: In Holland, Holland as a country that speaks


of freedom and democracy, we were faced with very


It is ugly of Europeans who talk about women's rights and tell us how


All this followed President Erdogan's far-stronger


language at a rally, denouncing the Dutch as "Nazi


Those words have infuriated several European governments,


including Germany's, mindful of the Nazi


occupation of Holland during the Second World War.


We are absolutely willing to deescalate.


Of course, these utterings of the President of


the Turkish Republic, they do not help, and they are


But this is also the collision of two electoral campaigns,


The Dutch go to the polls first, on Wednesday.


It's been a tense campaign, dominated by the anti-immigration


He blames the Prime Minister for allowing immigrants in,


It's unclear how the weekend violence and the extraordinary


diplomatic crisis with Turkey will influence Dutch voters, making


big choices against a background of rising populism across Europe.


Well, I've been speaking to a close ally of President Erdogan.


Egemen Bagis has also served as the Turkish Minister of EU Affairs.


He began by telling me why his country's government


The way members of the governing party are treated are inhumane,


It is against the EU and the Council of Europe and the United Nations.


What did you make of the language the President is using?


He has called the Dutch Nazi remnants.


Is it appropriate to be using that sort of language?


The language he uses is a reaction to the illogical actions


Is it appropriate, given Europe's painful past


That is not our mistake or our problem.


But Hitler was afraid of the Jews, he was afraid they were getting too


strong, and some people in Europe think 5 million Turks


is quite a lot for Europe and they are getting too strong.


Are you comparing the modern-day German Government and the Dutch


I am not comparing them to them, but they are reminding


of the illogical actions of mankind towards others.


They should respect that these people have the right to learn


from visiting ministers, politicians from both ends,


Nobody is forcing them to meet with these ministers,


but those who want to come and meet them and learn from them and ask


This is basic democratic right, basic freedom of speech,


The President has said that a price needs to be paid,


We have already announced that the ambassador who was away,


left Turkey a day before this crisis, will not be welcomed


We expect the Netherlands, a country with whom we have more


than 400 years of relations, to explain and apologise why


they acted in a furious way, because our minister was travelling


on a diplomatic passport, she the right to go to our


consulate, she was 30 metres away from our consulate general's


residence and she was not able to enter her own diplomatic property.


A close ally of President Erdogan there.


Let's take a look at some other stories for you this hour.


The former President of South Korea, Park Geun-hye, has adopted a defiant


attitude in her first statement since being removed from office


Following her departure from the Presidential palace,


Miss Park said the truth would eventually emerge


She may now face criminal prosecution.


A bus has veered into a crowd in Haiti, killing 34 people.


The incident happened in the town of Gonaives,


north of the capital, Port au Prince.


Officials say the bus first knocked over two pedestrians,


The driver then attempted to speed away from the scene,


ploughing into a group of street musicians.


South African police say a baby whose apparent abduction sparked


The baby was discovered by police early on Sunday morning


and is now being looked after by social services.


The police have arrested three people, including the baby's mother.


At least 48 people are reported to have been killed in Ethiopia


in a landslide at a huge rubbish dump outside the capital,


Dozens of homes have been buried under the rubble and there are fears


Desperate residents wait for news at this rubbish


dump on the outskirts of Ethiopia's capital.


A massive landslide swept through the site on Saturday,


Many of the victims were women and children, squatters


who scavenged for a living in the dump.


Many people are still missing, and today excavators sifted


through the rubbish, as authorities searched


TRANSLATION: I heard that eight children who were studying the holy


Koran were all buried somewhere in the middle of the rubble.


This landfill has been a dumping ground for the capital's garbage


There have been smaller landslides in the past,


Authorities warned the landfill was running out of room,


But dumping resumed after a new landfill


TRANSLATION: We told them not to dump on the top.


I think the decision by the city's officials to resume dumping


waste was the main reason for this accident.


I think around 150 people were here during the landslide.


Local authorities have vowed to relocate those who live here.


But for these families, action has come too late.


The creator of the World Wide Web has used a warning about fake news


and the abuse of data online. The numbers of dead and wounded


defied belief, this the worst terrorist atrocity on European soil


in modern times. In less than 24 hours the Soviet


Union lost an elderly Sikh leader and replaced him with a dynamic


figure 20 years his junior. With's we heard gunshots, they


started firing. We were all petrified.


Sentenced to 99 years, due for parole when he is 90, travelled to


Nashville State prison in an eight car convoy.


What is it feel like to be married at last? It feels fine, thank you.


Will it change your life? I don't know, I have never been married


before! The Iraqi military has gained


control of the last road leading out of the city of Mosul.


The Turkish president has called the Netherlands a banana republic and


demanded international sanctions in the worsening dramatic row between


the countries. A group of British MPs are warning


that the Government has not sufficiently planned


for what would happen if ministers can't reach a deal


with the European Union When Brexit is triggered,


ministers have two years The MPs say not enough work has been


done on what would happen For months she has vowed


to kick-start Brexit talks But some here in Parliament


are fighting to get safeguards written into law before


the negotiations begin. Today, the Brexit Secretary tried


to reassure MPs and peers that they would get a vote


on the Prime Minister's either House of Parliament


reversing the decision Peers have defeated the Government


twice, and Labour's standing firm. What we say to the Prime Minister,


and I wrote to her on Friday, reflect on what the House


of Lords has said. they have sent back


two important issues. This issue of the EU


nationals, reflect on it. Don't have this obsession


with getting Article 50 The two-line Brexit bill is still


making its way through Parliament. Last week, the House


of Lords made their changes. The Government will try to overturn


these in the Commons tomorrow. If they succeed, the Bill returns


to the Lords almost immediately, and if they give way,


the final stage of Royal Assent So, the Government has Parliamentary


hurdles to get over this week, but ministers seem confident that


Theresa May will be able to stick to her original plan,


formally telling the rest of the EU that the UK is ready to start


negotiating its exit. Attention is turning


to exactly what kind of deal, The Prime Minister has said publicly


that no deal for the UK is better than a bad deal,


but that would mean tariffs on exports, under


World Trade Organisation rules. My fear is that what this is really


about is us deliberately - not the Prime Minister, but others -


deliberately ensuring And no deal pretty soon,


and in that event, we jump off the cliff onto WTO tariffs,


and nobody in this country... The people of this


country don't have a say. Mr Davis admits the Government


is preparing a contingency plan in case there is no deal,


but he doesn't think There will be tough points


in this negotiation. But it's in everybody's interest


that we get a good outcome. Parliament's debate about the bill


isn't quite over, but after months of talking about the talk,


formal negotiations The creator of the World Wide Web


has expressed concern about the abuse of data online


and the spread of fake news. Tim Berners-Lee said


that he was increasingly worried about three trends which he says


must be tackled. First, he argues that many


people have lost control of their personal data,


as governments around the world He also says that misinformation can


travel easily around the web, pointing out that sites creating


fake news are "spreading And finally, he says that


as political advertising online has become an increasingly-sophisticated


industry, it needs to Dr Bernie Hogan is from


the Oxford Internet Institute. It's a really important series


of issues that are happening. With respect to the first one,


this is partially in reaction to a lot of concerns about data sharing


within government organisations, undermining personal


protection acts. And there is a lot that is being


done that we don't really know And so there is little


transparency and little A lot of it comes down to


the establishment of the source But a lot of these sites that


are "fake news" are really fly by night blogs that just popped up


one day and are gone the next. And they're not


really an established And so that's very


different from news that we see with bodies from established


series of professionals that abide by guidelines


and otherwise take their I think that this is something,


at least in the UK, where we should lean on Ofcom in order


to think about what is appropriate Although Ofcom doesn't


concern itself to the same extent with online


news organisations. Unfortunately, this


is a global phenomenon, and so this is not about something that


abides in Europe or in the UK or in the States, but these


servers could be anywhere. So we are somewhat at the mercy


of international online platforms, because they seem to have


much more control over the quality of this than other


international bodies. I mean,


we wouldn't really ask the UN A good day at the office the Spurs.


Tottenham fans will be happy, their team is true to the semifinals of


the FA Cup after a 6-0 victory over Millwall. Son scored a hat-trick.


But there were fears over Harry Kane, who limped off after seven


minutes. He may have injured the same ankle that kept him out for


five games earlier in the season. Spurs join Manchester city and


Arsenal in the last four. Chelsea or Manchester United will complete the


line-up, they play on Monday. It was important for us to play well


and score goals and show Now we need to prepare this week


for the Premier League game against Southampton,


but very pleased, very happy, Leicester City have confirmed


caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare will be in charge until the end


of the season. The Premier League champions sacked


Claudio Ranieri a fortnight ago Since then, Shakespeare has


led them to wins over Liverpool have strengthened their


grip on fourth place with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over


Burnley. They were far from their best and had to come from a goal


down. Ashley Barnes scored in the seventh minute, but Georginio


Wijnaldum equalised and Emory Chan claimed the three points with a


strike just after the hour. It is important because,


in the past, we have lost those We know it was not our best


game, but at this stage, It was all about winning


and to get three points. I thought overall we gave a good


account of ourselves. They have only been beaten


here once this season. The quality of the first


goal was fantastic. The second goal we were disappointed


in, but a lot of the game we gave The New Zealand head coach


Steve Hansen has told the BBC Eddie Jones has instilled a fresh


work ethic into England's Barcelona's hopes have taken a blow


in the Spanish league. They lost 2-1 two double TiVo. They missed the


services of their style striker Neymar. Real Madrid are currently


level with Real Betis, if they win, they will go top of the league.


Join a has been knocked out of the Indian Wells tennis by Caroline


Garcia. The match went the distance, the British player losing on a


tie-break in the third set. The Frenchwoman is 25th in the world.


Novak Djokovic plays later. The first Test match between New


Zealand and South Africa in an attempt was abandoned as a draw on


Sunday when rain washed out the final day's play. The second Test


match starts in Wellington on Thursday.


Tributes have been played to Joni Sledge, from the band Sister Sledge.


She was 60. Such a familiar sound, the band, made up of four sisters,


achieved fame in 1979 with their signature June. Other hits included


The Greatest Dancer. A statement from her family said Joni Sledge had


loved and embraced life. The main news, the Iraqi military


has reportedly cut the last road leading out of the city of Mosul


that is still held by Islamic State militants. The US envoy said Iraqi


soldiers had taken control of the soldiers had taken control of the


highway overnight. Pro-government forces have been gradually advancing


through the suburbs of Western Mosul. They say they now hold more


than a third of its neighbourhoods, at 600,000 civilians are still


believed to be trapped inside the West.


From me and the rest of the team, goodbye.


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