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This is BBC World News, broadcasting in the UK


I'm James Coomarasamy. The headlines.


Rescue workers in southern Colombia are searching through tonnes of mud


and debris for survivors of a huge landslide.


At least 200 people have been killed.


20 people are drugged and murdered at a Sufi shrine in Pakistan.


Theresa May tries to reassure the people of Gibraltar saying


Britain will work with the territory to get the best


And how one photographer has tried to change the way the world sees


babies and childbirth through her unique images.


Rescue teams in Colombia are trying to find more than 300 people


-- rescue teams in Colombia are continuing to search through tonnes


of Monday before anyone who survived devastating mudslides in the Amazon


basin. At least 200 people have been killed but with hundreds of others


injured or missing, the Colombian president says it is impossible to


know what the eventual death toll will be. The torrent of mud engulfed


the town of Mocoa, where rescue efforts are being hampered by bad


weather. Richard Lister reports. When the rolling wall


of water and debris rushed through here on Friday night,


it swept away houses, The painstaking search


for survivors is continuing. Rescue workers moving quietly


through flattened neighbourhoods hoping for signs of life


in the wreckage. With every hour that passes,


hopes of finding more Within hours of the deluge,


message boards went up listing Many of those unaccounted


for are children. "We are searching for a baby",


she says, "a little baby, "I hope somebody has her", he says,


"she's called Luisa". Closest to the river,


the streets are now boulder fields, full of people trying to retrieve


what they can of their lives. The shock of this disaster


is still sinking in. The rains that caused this flood


were unusually heavy, but deforestation upstream played


a part, too. This town of 40,000 people is still


without power or fresh water. The homeless need housing,


the infrastructure needs to be Deep in the Amazon Basin,


Mocoa was hard to reach before. Now, with roads and bridges washed


away, the challenge is even greater. Earlier, I spoke with


Dimitri O'Donnell, a journalist in Bogota who's following this


story, and who gave me this update. President sandals has returned to


Mocoa in the last couple of hours and released the latest official


figures from the grief stricken region, saying 207 people are now


confirmed dead. They have identified 85 bodies, 43 of whom are children.


There are still more than 300 people missing and 400 people are reported


injured. There's a big team of estate agencies in Mocoa right now


-- state agencies. 1200 at the last count including the army, police,


Navy, civil defence and the Red Cross and they are doing all they


can to coordinate their efforts. For example, the armies have been based


at different road junctions around Mocoa, trying to rebuild them as


quickly as they can to speed up the access of humanitarian supplies to


the region which was delayed in the early hours of the search and rescue


operation. It has been described as the worst that will disaster in


Colombia in decades, certainly the worst since 1994 and overnight, the


army and the air force took out 22 people, airlifting them to hospital,


13 of whom were children who were said to be in a very serious


condition and the operation are still ongoing today. Some individual


stories coming out from the region as well? That's right, as the rescue


operation continues, stories have been emerging of the desperate


lengths some survivors are going to to locate their loved ones. One of


them is a mother of three, Maria, and she has been beamed all over


Colombia, on TV, radio, people talking about her on Twitter. She


was not at home in her village on Mocoa on Friday night when the


avalanche of mud and water struck but her three daughters were. They


are aged four, 13 and 22 and the eldest was pregnant. Everything was


wiped away in the village, one of the five destroyed villages, and


Maria has not been able to find her three daughters since Friday night.


Images of her desperately searching through the rubble in muddy clothes


have been shown all over Colombia. They have really touched the hearts


of Colombians. She has been giving interviews, saying she's not going


to give up until she finds her girls. She says they were all she


had and they had big dreams and she is going to stay on site until she


locates them. That is just one story of the many people that are still


looking for loved ones in Mocoa this afternoon.


Police in Pakistan say at least 20 people have been killed


by the custodian of a Sufi shrine close to the Pakistani city of


The victims, who are said to have been his spiritual disciples,


include five members of the same family.


With the details, here's the BBC's Secunder Kermani in Islamabad.


A place of worship turns to a scene of horror.


Followers of a local saint were reportedly drugged,


20 bodies were brought to hospital late last night,


after four people managed to escape and raised the alarm.


The killer is believed to be this man, Abdul Waheed,


the custodian of the shrine, arrested by police along


TRANSLATION: The three accused, who are under arrest,


As they kept arriving, they were torturing


In Islamabad, mourners gathered to pay their respects at the home


of one of the victims, Asif Bid Ali.


The shrine where this attack happened was


The suspected killer was one of his followers.


TRANSLATION: Waheed used to take care of this shrine,


There had been reports that devotees at this shrine would be regularly


In Pakistan, some spiritual leaders have been known


to abuse their position but this mass killing has


Secunder Kermani, BBC News, Islamabad.


The Iraqi army is making progress in its fight against the so-called


Islamic State group in its one-time stronghold of Mosul.


As the battle continues in the residential parts of western


Mosul, one of the challenges is stopping the group's car bombs.


The BBC's defence correspondent Jonathan Beale sent this


They are just building barricades on these streets which have recently


been liberated from so-called Islamic State, to prevent car bombs.


There is one that didn't go off round the corner.


They managed to kill the driver before he detonated it.


This is just a few hundred yards from the front line.


We can occasionally hear gunfire from so-called Islamic State.


The streets are wide enough to drive armoured vehicles up,


trucks and the like, but when they get into the old city


itself, there are narrow alleyways where they won't be able to drive


armoured vehicles at all and the fighting


there is going to be much, much harder.


The Serbian Prime Minister, Aleksandar Vucic, is projected


to have won a clear victory in the country's


If early results and exit polls are confirmed,


Mr Vucic will have averted a second round of voting by


The post of president has been largely ceremonial,


but analysts believe it would become more influential under


Mr Vucic, who's been Prime Minister since 2014.


People in Ecuador are voting to chose a successor


to President Rafael Correa, who's leaving office


The left-wing candidate Lenin Moreno narrowly failed to win


outright in the first round, but his opponent Guillermo Lasso has


the backing of other opposition candidates.


Firefighters in Dubai battled for hours to contain a blaze


at a 60-storey tower that was under construction.


Roads in the area, which is popular with tourists, were closed.


The authorities say no-one was injured.


Several tall buildings in Dubai have caught fire in recent years,


leading to stricter safety regulations for new structures.


A Brazilian reconnaissance aircraft has joined the Uruguayan navy


and several merchant ships in the search for 22 missing sailors


The sailors were on board a South Korean cargo vessel


Two Filipino crew members have been rescued from a life raft.


The Prime Minister Theresa May has told the people


of Gibraltar that the UK would "never" allow it to slip


from British control against their will.


In a telephone call aimed at reassuring Gibraltar


about its future after Brexit, Mrs May said Britain


Here's our political correspondent Iain Watson.


Legend has it, when the Barbary apes leave Gibraltar,


Well, they are still here, but the 30,000 human residents


of the Rock who want to remain British are worried that the Spanish


government could soon have more say over their lives.


The EU has said that after Brexit, London will have


to talk directly to Spain about the territory's future.


A former Conservative leader said the UK's commitment to Gibraltar


would be no different than its commitment


Another woman Prime Minister sent a task force halfway


across the world to protect another small group of British


people against another Spanish-speaking country.


Four days after triggering the Brexit process, there is no


serious talk of conflict with a Nato ally.


In fact, Spain appears more interested in talking about trade


than seizing territory, perhaps raising questions


about Gibraltar's low tax regime and its policing


The BBC has been told that Gibraltar did ask Downing Street specifically


to mention its interests in a letter the Prime Minister sent


to the European Union to trigger the whole Brexit process.


Well, of course, we know that did not happen.


But today, Theresa May got on the telephone to the most senior


politician in Gibraltar and pledged her steadfast support,


not just for the Rock's sovereignty, but also for its economy.


And the Chief Minister of Gibraltar seemed reassured.


When the time comes, we will be making the right


decisions with the Prime Minister leading us in those negotiations,


which will be in the interests of the people of Gibraltar


But Labour say the Brexit process still poses


How will the deal that we come to with the European Union affect


So to what extent will they have access to the single market


and the customs union, because their economy


could be strangled if the negotiations go wrong.


This is just the start of the process of leaving


Downing Street has moved to defuse any row with Gibraltar,


but difficult negotiations with the European Union


Our correspondent Tom Burridge is in Gibraltar, and he gave


us his thoughts as to how people there are reacting to the debate.


People are worried here in Gibraltar.


I do not think Brexit really impacts the debate over


Britain and Spain will probably never agree on that.


What this claim by the European Union, that Spain can decide whether


or not a deal between Britain and the EU in a future will apply to


Gibraltar or not, the European Union seems to be suggesting that


Gibraltar is a bargaining chip in the wider Brexit negotiation and


that really puts in jeopardy the whole Gibraltar way of life, if you


like. The economy here, the relationship Gibraltar has enjoyed


as an overseas territory with the rest of the European Union, which


has been distinct from the rest of the UK. So as you say, nothing new,


in a sense, this argument, but what about the sabre rattling we have


heard from Lord Howe and the former leader of the Conservative Party?


Where people at that? I've covered Gibraltar for a few years. Basically


the rhetoric coming from Madrid and the threats, the criticism, the


claims of questioning Gibraltar's British sovereignty, are


predictable. People here are used at that. And they are also used to the


British government sticking up for them. The language, of course,


coming out of some British politicians today is probably a


notch up, but that is not you know, surprising, that kind of rhetoric. I


think what is interesting now is how much Gibraltar is a part of that


wider Brexit negotiation between Brussels and London. The border we


are on, there's spin traffic flowing out of Gibraltar into Spain freely


this evening. That is normally the case and that is all crucial for


Gibraltar's economy. It is one of the most affluent places, GDP per


capita, in the world. And if Gibraltar wants that to continue,


then it needs to have a favourable relationship with the European Union


wants Britain exits. And it's Spain has that leveraged and can say,


"Actually, we are not happy that the wider deal Britain has got applies


to Gibraltar", well, that makes things here very complicated and the


wider Brexit negotiation between Britain and the EU even harder.


Still to come: We'll have all the sports news for you -


including the highlights of this year's Oxford and


The accident that happened here was of the sort that can add was Prydie


is a meltdown. In this case, precautions worked but not quite


well enough to prevent some old fears about the safety features of


these stations from resurfacing. The Republic of Ireland has become


the first country in the world to ban smoking in workplaces, from


today, anyone lighting up inside will face a heavy fine. The


president was on his way out of the Washington Hilton Hotel where he had


been addressing a trade union conference. The small crowd outside


included his assailant. It has become a symbol of Paris, 100 years


ago, many Brazilians wished it had never been built. The Eiffel Tower's


birthday is being marked by a re-enactment of the first ascent by


Gustave Eiffel. This is BBC World News.


I'm James Coomarasamy. In Colombia, hundreds of rescue


workers and troops are continuing to dig for survivors in the torrent


of mud and water that's obliterated 20 people have been murdered and


others wounded at a Sufi shrine in Pakistan's Punjab province.


Russian police have arrested at least 40 protesters,


following another anti-corruption demonstration in Moscow.


The authorities say the latest protests were unsanctioned,


and that they had warned people to stay away.


More than 1,000 people were detained in Russia a week ago


after larger-scale protests across the country.


From Moscow, Sarah Rainsford reports.


The latest protest was small, but the police response was heavy.


Officers began making arrests as soon as the crowds moved down


Moscow's main street towards the Kremlin.


Others were detained near Red Square.


This was nothing like the scale of last weekend's mass


rallies that took place across Russia against corruption.


But the fact so many people were arrested,


at even a minor event, suggests concerns that


TRANSLATION: Roughly speaking, the scale


The issue is that people have questions and they are not


If there were any questions over the protests the other week,


whether it was related to Navalny and so on, now it is obvious


the problem has escalated, because there are so many


Police had issued warnings ahead of time that this rally was not


A criminal investigation has been opened, targeting


whoever posted information about the protest online.


If they are found, they face prosecution for inciting


Thousands of demonstrators have much to the streets of Budapest in


support of the US registered Central European University. It is


threatened by draft legislation which would ban institutions


registered outside the European Union from awarding Hungarian


diplomas. Roger Federer has beaten


Rafael Nadal in straight sets to claim his third Miami Masters


title and first since 2006. The Swiss was a 6-3, 6-4 winner,


and it's the third final this year where Federer has beaten


the Spaniard, having won the Australian Open


and Indian Wells Masters For Nadal it's also a fifth loss


in the final of this event, while the 35-year-old Federer,


who returned at the start of this year after a long-term injury


lay-off, will move to fourth when the latest


rankings are released. To the English Premier League


where Arsenal missed the chance to move to fifth after their 2-2


draw with Manchester A win would've taken Arsenal manager


Arsene Wenger's side, who are currently sixth,


ahead of Manchester United but a draw may have sufficed


in the end after Leroy Sane gave City the lead after


just four minutes. Theo Walcott equalised


in the 42nd minute before Sergio Aguero handed his side


a 2-1 half-time advantage. Shkodran Mustafi scored the only


goal of the second half but there was controversy late


on when Nacho Monreal appeared to handle the ball in the penalty


area which wasn't given. So Pep Guardiola's side remain


fourth in the table. Monreal said he touched the ball


with his hand, yeah? Yeah, but he said to me in England, that kind of


situation is normal. I said to the referee, what did I say? I said to


the referee, that's all. I said to the referee he saw what happened. At


Tottenham, I said before, I don't think I'm here to talk with the


referees, but given what Monreal said...


It was a game where we were not completely at our best


on the fluency and the technical front because we were under


pressure, but we showed strong mental resources and we refused


to lie down against a team who is always dangerous going forward.


At the end of the day we got a point that will help us,


even if mathematically it is not the best solution for both teams.


But for us it was important today as well.


The early kick-off was the relegation battle


between Swansea and Middlesbrough which ended in a 0-0 draw.


Boro desperately needed the win and they missed the best chance


of the game at the end through Rudi Gestede,


who put his header wide, meaning they remain in the relegation zone,


In Spain's Primera Division, Real Madrid are five points clear


In Spain's Primera Division, Real Madrid are two points clear


of Barcelona at the top after a 3-0 win over Alaves at the Bernabeu.


Barcelona are away to relegation threatened Granada and winning 2-1


with 14 minutes remaining. Elsewhere, Sevilla and Sporting


Gijon drew 0-0 and Valencia beat Oxford have won the 173rd Boat Race,


beating Cambridge by just over After defeat last year,


Oxford pulled away in the opening couple of minutes, and whilst


Cambridge never lost touch, It's Oxford's fourth win


in the last five years, Meanwhile, Cambridge


won the women's race, It was effectively over as a contest


after the very first stroke when Oxford's Rebecca Esseltein


got her oar stuck, and as she battled to regain control,


Cambridge sprinted off It's the first time since 2012


that the Light Blues have won the race, and comes a year


after they almost sank. And in the first women's


golf major of the year, the ANA Inspiration in California,


American Lexi Thompson will tee off in the coming


hour in her final round. Thompson won this event three years


ago and holds a two-stroke lead, with defending champion


Lydia Ko of New Zealand with It's often said that a picture


is worth a thousand words. And the Australian-born photographer


Anne Geddes has changed the way the world sees babies and childbirth


through her images. Her new book, Small World,


looks at her 30-year career. I'd worked with the same


props and styling person Dawn McGowan, my props person,


my partner in crime, we call each other,


because we've worked together for so long,


we kind of read each other's minds and know what we both


bring to a scenario. The peas that surround


the babies are real peas. You have taken a lot


of pictures of pregnant women. It is obviously the


beginning of the babies. My whole philosophy around my work


is the importance of babies, what they bring to families,


the miracle of conception I had two babies myself and I've


photographed a lot of pregnant women throughout my career and tried


to also portray with the newborns what it must be like in those


weeks before birth, how the babies are curled up


as they would have been. A lot of the pregnant images in this


new book, Small World, I really see the connection


with nature and pregnant women. And so I've styled a lot of these


women in line with elements of nature that bring forth


a new life. What I was trying to say to people


is it is around you all the time, it's in your backyard,


and we take so much My creative world is very much tied


up with nature itself. From someone who takes photographs


to an artist who made a famous painting based on a photograph and a


painting by Andy Warhol of Chairman Mao has been sold at auction in Hong


Kong. Based on a photo from the Little red book, it is among the


most famous images of the 20th century. It sold for just under 100


million Hong Kong dollars, about $12.7 million. The painting is in


the same style as Andy Warhol's pop Art portraits of Marilyn Monroe.


Now for something you don't see every day.


This a 44-metre high factory chimney in the city


Here, it's being moved from one site to another.


We've speeded up the process for you because the distance of 450


metres took the chimney on wheels four-and-a-half hours to complete.


The structure is seen as an icon of the city and is part


The company sees the chimney as an important industrial heritage site.


The top story, authorities in Colombia say 207 people are known to


have died in a city of Mocoa, with scores more still missing, many of


them children. Rescue teams are continuing to comb through tonnes of


mud and Abery in their search for survivors. The Colombian president


says it is impossible to know what the eventual death toll will be.


That's all for now. Thanks for watching us here on BBC world News.


Good evening. It has not been too bad a weekend for most


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