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This is BBC World News, broadcasting in the UK


Yes campaigners in Turkey celebrate as they claim


President Erdogan says changes to the constitution will now go ahead.


TRANSLATION: Today, a decision made by the Turkish public


This is not an ordinary decision, it is not an ordinary day.


Just over 51% of voters agreed to sweeping new powers


The main opposition party says it will challenge the result.


The Trump administration has restated its determination to take


action against North Korea after it carries out another missile test.


68 children are amongst the dead in Syria after Saturday's bomb


attack on buses carrying evacuees from besieged towns.


The Premier League title race takes a twist, I lost to Manchester United


cuts Chelsea's lead to just four points.


Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is claiming victory


in the controversial referendum on expanding his powers.


With almost all the votes counted, the Yes campaign has


maintained a slim lead, with 51.3% in favour.


But the opposition is disputing the result, complaining of massive


Supporters of President Erdogan have been celebrating on the streets


They believe he now has a mandate for the biggest political reform


The President himself called it a historic move that'll make


the country stronger, but acknowledged the split


TRANSLATION: Today is really important, because we will now start


to reconstruct Turkey from tomorrow. We do not need a necessary


discussions, unnecessary talks and whatever, because it will not help


or benefit our country. We just have to create projects, we just have to


respect what the Turkish public have decided today, voted for today, and


we just have to work harder, including our struggle against


terror. We have to be stronger. We just have to wipe terror out of


Turkey. But the two main opposition parties,


the pro-Kurdish HDP and the Republican People's Party,


or CHP, say they want a recount This is what the deputy


chairman of the CHP TRANSLATION: There are problems


in the way the votes have been cast. We think there are also


problems with the way We are just trying to control


the situation at the moment, because at the moment in Istanbul,


Ankara, Izmir, the No vote is ahead. They are manipulating this


and saying that the Yes vote In all of those big cities,


the No campaign is ahead, but the public is being told


that the Yes campaign is leading. They are preparing the way


to steal the vote. Mark Lowen is outside the ruling


party's headquarters. Quite euphoric celebrations among


the President's supporters. This gives him more powers than any other


Turkish president in modern history. Yes, they believe he has got the


mandate to do that now. You could see the jubilant supporters behind


me, streaming into the governing party headquarters, where the Prime


Minister spoke about an hour ago. He claimed victory, he said it was a


victory for all the citizens of this country, and the president spoke in


Istanbul. His initial speech was muted, it was an indoor speech, he


said that this was a vote that must be respected by Turkey's


international partners and allies, and then he went on the balcony and


spoke to his supporters, and he was in rousing mood, he spoke about


bringing back the death penalty, he said they could be a referendum on


capital punishment, which gets support among his supporters, horror


among his opponents. He was in campaign mood again. After a much


more muted initial response. Huge euphoria here, but the opposition


believes it is not over. They say there are massive irregularities in


the voting process, that 1.5 million votes that were invalid were given


to the yes side. Some of the election observers were blocked from


Pollock stations in the south-east. They say they will challenge the


result at the supreme election board. We are in an unprecedented


situation. This side of the country believe they have won resoundingly,


the other side says it will not accept the result. In terms of the


country's stability, this is the worst possible result. If you can


hear me, what are the next steps from here? The opposition Republican


Party, the pro-Kurdish party, and the leader of the no campaign said


they would challenge it to the Supreme Court. They would try to


file complaints. But it will be an uphill struggle, because the state


machinery is so completely overwhelmingly dominated by the


governing party, the media is 80 or 90% pro-government, so they are


disability pitch headlines claiming victory will stop --. The opposition


believes they still have mileage. Whether or not they can push it, we


will see. The question will be whether Erdogan will have


legitimacy. In the eyes of half of the country, the answer is no. But


for him, getting more than 50% was enough to shoot the biggest


political change in modern medical history.


I'm joined by Irem Koker from the BBC's Turkish Service.


We heard the president talking about this not being an ordinary decision,


not being an ordinary day. He went on to address crowds outside after


the formal press statement that he gave. Yes, he went back to his more


euphoric and tough stance when he was speaking to his supporters


outside his residence in Istanbul. He said, this marks the beginning of


a new chapter in the Turkish history. This referendum ended a 200


year debate about how the country should be governed. Also, he


promised he would be taking the death penalty issue back to the


agenda, which is another promise he made during the campaign. He is


going back to his business as usual, and he will be pushing his own


agenda afterwards. Reminders, the extent of the powers that this


result now gives him as president. As a president, after this


referendum, the office of Prime Minister will be abolished. The


Cabinet ministers will be picked by the president himself. He will be


appointing some key Government officials. Also, he will be able to


call early elections, which will result in the dissolution of the


parliament. He will be able to decide on the budget as well. And he


will be appointing the dippy president, and the law does not say


how many deputies will be there. It gives sweeping powers to the


president was Mac office. When you look at the result and how close it


was, it just gives a flavour of how divided Turkey is. That is correct.


We saw a similar Turkey map with the previous elections in the past. The


coastal areas, the people are more educated and have higher income,


they voted for no, and the heartland, where more Conservative


people live, voted for yes. But what is more interesting is that for the


first time Erdogan and his party lost Ankara and Istanbul, which is


significant. That affected the low margin between yes and no.


Furthermore, Turkey is highly polarised, we will see the leader of


the main opposition party talking about irregularities and how they


will react from this point on. We will see how's what he will say. We


have reports of protests in Istanbul and Ankara.


We will come back to that story later in the programme.


The Trump administration has reiterated its determination to take


action against North Korea amid rising tensions over


The US National Security Advisor General HR McMaster says


the President is working on a "range of options" with America's


North Korea's latest test resulted in what's thought to be


a medium-range missile, blowing up shortly after take-off.


It was launched from the east-coast port of Shinpo,


On his arrival in Seoul shortly afterwards, the US


Vice President Mike Pence described the test as a provocation


and told his hosts that America's commitment to South Korea had


This flower show, like almost everything else in North Korea,


This is the stand of National Defence...


And this display is in honour of their abiding


Is it a little strange to have rockets and missiles


There are reports that there was a missile test this morning.


And some suggestions that it failed, have you heard these reports?


We will win and we will have greater successes in the future.


There has so far been no mention of the missile on North Korean TV.


Every launch, failure or not, takes the military one


The timing of the latest missile test is significant,


coming just a few hours before the US Vice President Mike Pence


arrived in the South Korean capital, Seoul.


It's a message of defiance from here in Pyongyang.


Its quest to become a fully-fledged nuclear power continues.


At its big military parade yesterday, it put some of its newest


The decades of threats and sanctions against North Korea have clearly


Mr Pence's talks will focus on trying to find something that


will work, including military options, according to officials.


Our commitment to this historic alliance with the courageous people


of South Korea has never been stronger and with your help


and with God's help, freedom will ever prevail.


At Pyongyang Zoo today there was a relaxed holiday atmosphere.


The looming crisis seems far from anyone's mind.


North Korea appears confident that President Trump's threats will turn


out to be hollow and that he'll conclude, like others before him,


Pope Francis celebrate Easter with a mass in front of people in St


Peter's Square. Yes campaigners in Turkey celebrate


as they claim victory in the referendum. The president says


changes to the court situation will go ahead.


Just over 51% of the voters agreed to new powers for the president. The


main opposition party says it will challenge the result.


Let's stay with the top scoring -- story.


Baybars Orsek joins us from our studio in Istanbul.


When you look at the stats from the outcome of this vote and the


breakdown, what is your take on it? It is a narrow victory for the


campaign. It looks like he thought about the nature and the healthiness


of this referendum will be on the table for a while. It is one of the


most important referendums in the Turkish history, and we will see the


implications in the coming days. When you were assessing the claims


by politicians during the referendum campaign, what was your good


illusion? -- conclusion? We have been fact checking the statements of


politicians for the last three years, this cycle has been a similar


effort from our side. We have checked more than 100 statements in


the referendum topics in this Constitution, and what we saw was


nothing different than the previous election cycles will stop the


truthfulness of the statements were something between 25% and 30%. It is


weird when it comes to the importance of informing the public,


especially before this kind of important public vote. You look at


fact checking around the world, how does Turkey compare on that front?


We are a part of the international fact checking network, and on


Branagh organisation. What we see, there is some sort of similarity in


terms of the scores of politicians, especially during the election


cycles. This is one of the highly debated topics in the American


elections as well. It is not surprising that people are still


voting based on their ideological and party based affiliations,


greater than sticking to the truth. This is one of the main challenges


of fact checking organisations, we are trying to tackle it. In terms of


this particular campaign, the referendum result has given sweeping


new powers to the Turkish president. Are you satisfied that the claims


that were made during the campaign led to people making an informed


decision about what they were doing? Especially in this referendum, we


saw lots of references to the concept of truth and lying from


different political actors, including the president, the Prime


Minister and the Leader of the Opposition and other representatives


of both sides. The leaders try to convince the constituencies by


blaming the opponent parties as people who are not seeking the truth


and misinforming the public. This has been one of the decisive factors


in terms of making people's opinions.


More than 100 people, more than half of them children,


are now thought to have died in Saturday's suicide-bomb


A convoy of coaches packed with evacuees in a pre-arranged


exchange between the Syrian government and a number of rebel


groups was targeted with the car bomb on the outskirts of Aleppo.


This report from our diplomatic correspondent James Landale contains


They were heading for what they thought was safety,


thousands of civilians from government-held villages had


been under siege by rebel forces for two years.


Just a short bus ride from Aleppo and a better life.


A vehicle supposedly carrying food, packed instead with explosives.


Devastating the convoy, buses and cars.


A potato truck, as they were hungry, comes and offers for the kids


So the kids who were very hungry, some of them left the buses,


went to the truck, and as soon as they approached


That's where it emerged today that among the 126 dead were 68 children.


According to British-based activists who monitor the conflict.


Hundreds of others injured in the attack were rushed


It is still not clear who was responsible for the attack


although local Islamist rebel groups have denied any involvement.


The people travelling in these buses were part of a deal


between government and opposition forces to evacuate civilians


They were attacked as they waited for another convoy to go


in the south, evacuating civilians from rebel-held areas.


But an attack like this that left so many dead will raise doubts


about whether there will be more evacuation deals in the future.


The remaining survivors in the convoy continued


their journey to Aleppo in relative safety.


The United Nations condemned the attack and urged all sides


But there are already fears that civilians in rebel-held areas may


The English Premier League title race has taken another twist


after Manchester United beat league leaders Chelsea 2-0 at Old Trafford.


Marcus Rashford put the hosts ahead after seven minutes before


Ander Herrera doubled that lead just after half-time with a deflected


shot for his first league goal in 14 months, cutting Chelsea's lead


at the top to just four points, with six games remaining.


Liverpool have moved back up to third after beating


Roberto Firmino with his third goal in six games on the stroke


of half-time decided the outcome at the Hawthorns.


A match between French Ligue Un sides Bastia and Lyon was abandoned


after home fans invaded the pitch in Corsica.


Kick-off was delayed by 55 minutes as Bastia fans tried to attack


visiting Lyon players during their warm-up, and was then


Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel has won the Bahrain Grand Prix,


as Lewis Hamilton's hopes were hit by a penalty for gamesmanship.


The Brit was penalised five seconds for driving deliberately slowly


on pit entry and holding up Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.


He was unable to claw back the deficit.


Vettel's win giving him a seven-point lead over Hamilton


in the championship, while his Mercedes team


mate Valterri Bottas completed the podium.


Five-time world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan has said


he won't be bullied by World Snooker after winning his opening match


The 41-year-old started the afternoon session


He moved onto 7-5 with this break of 124, the highest


Wilson didn't make life easy for O'Sullivan, but he's safely


through to the second round, winning 10-7, although


he was visibly shaken when talking after the match


He has only replied to questions from the media by one or two word


answers. I phoned Barry up for weeks ago and


said, I have done with you and your board of people, I have a good


friend who said, just my lawyers deal with it. I would get involved,


I not being bullied I am not having people doing that to me ever again.


I am fortunate I have a good friend who has very good lawyers, and they


have got my back. I just want to play, I just want to have fun. I


like Barry, but I am not being intimidated or bullied anymore.


Pope Francis has celebrated Easter Mass in the Vatican.


He called on the world's leaders to find the courage to end


The Pope also delivered his traditional Urbi et Orbi message,


the blessing to Rome and the world, from St Peter's Basilica.


Rain didn't dampen the Easter message in Rome, where thousands


of pilgrims gathered to see Pope Francis celebrate Easter Mass


and lead the blessings in St Peter's Square in the Vatican.


Mass took place amidst tight security, a week after attacks


on two Coptic churches in Egypt left more than 40 people dead.


Pope Francis used his message to also condemn yesterday's bomb


attack on a crowded Syrian bus convoy that killed


TRANSLATION: May he sustain the efforts of all who are actively


engaged in bringing comfort and relief to the civil


population in Syria, prey to a war that continues to sow


horror and death, and yesterday the latest horrible attack


on refugees, which provoked many deaths and many wounded.


May he grant peace to the entire Middle East.


As the skies cleared, the Pope's message resonated


with the thousands who travelled from far and wide for


The Archbishop of Canterbury delivered his Easter message


He said today's terror, pain and despair should not


The Royal Family gathered at St George's Chapel in Windsor.


The Queen, who wore a spring-like shade of turquoise, was joined


by the Duke of Edinburgh and her children and


grandchildren for a traditional Easter Sunday service.


The referendum in Turkey. These are life pictures from Istanbul, where


crowds celebrating. Supporters of the result, those who voted yes to


giving the president sweeping new powers. According to the latest


figures, more than 51%, just over 51%, voting yes to the changes. The


main opposition parties say they will challenge the result, raising


doubts about 60% of the votes cast. More as we get it on BBC World News.


Expecting a bit more sunshine for Easter Monday. The is coming from


the north. Clear skies between the cloud. Unlike today. The thicker


cloud continues to move away through tonight. A bit of rain for East


Anglia and the south-east. It becomes dry, clear skies. The


temperatures could be low enough for a touch of Frost. High pressure to


the West will play a big part through this week. Low pressure to


the east, pulling in colder air. It leads to a cold start. Quite a bit


of sunshine around northern England, increasingly into Northern Ireland.


Sunny spells. Land, but showers pushing southwards. Sleek and hail


to lower levels. Northern England, the showers get going. We start with


cloud. Any rain will be light and patchy, most places will have a dry


day. More sunshine developing as we go through the day and into the


afternoon. Temperatures held back across the north-east. More sunshine


to the south West, lighter wind, it should feel pleasant. We finished


the evening with showers in northern England.


There could be an ice risk to go into Tuesday morning. You might


avoid a frost in East Anglia and the south-east. More trees, which could


shepherd in one or two isolated showers. The thickening cloud in the


Hebrides, but for most it will be dry and sunny. The temperatures


struggling after the cold start, but the sunshine should convert saved.


The weather fronts will skirt the North. High pressure dominates




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