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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