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As Iraqi forces close in on so called Islamic State
in the heart of Mosul - the militants launch
a counter attack, we report from the front line.
The fight here is at extremely close quarters.
This is the most forward position the Iraqi troops have.
Around 150 people are killed after an oil tanker
explodes in a huge fireball in Pakistan's Punjab province.
In Britain, 60 high-rise buildings fail safety tests carried out
We begin in the Iraqi city of Mosul and reports from there say
fighters from so called Islamic State have mounted
a counter attack in districts to the west of the Old City -
The army has told the BBC that British fighters
Earlier, the Iraqi military said it had captured
almost all of the area - our correspondent Orla Guerin,
and cameraman Nico Hameon, have sent us this report
But troops from Iraq's emergency response division
The target here - a hospital complex.
Getting a chance to see how the fight is being taken
Well, the fight here is at extremely close quarters,
this is the most forward position the Iraqi troops have.
They tell us that the nearest IS position is just 15 metres away,
and when they are firing here, the distance is so small
that sometimes they can see the faces of the IS militants.
The troops here, mostly young, determined to end a reign of terror.
"Daesh came and killed civilians," says Ali Mahdi,
"They destroyed life in the city, our duty is to bring
Here is the hospital building where commanders say about 200
foreign militants are holed up, including some Britons.
"That is what our intelligence tells us," says Colonel Falah al-Abdan,
"And also we heard them speaking on the radio -
we can tell their nationality from that."
Now their caliphate is turning to ash,
their positions being pounded from above
Part of the final push to eliminate an enemy
that once controlled a third of Iraq.
Years of conflict in Yemen have destroyed
The collapse of water and sanitation systems has left almost 15 million
people without access to basic health care.
As a result, easily treatable diseases such
as cholera are spreading at an unprecedented rate.
More than 200,000 people are believed to be infected,
and more than 1,300 people have already died - a quarter
Dr Richard Brennan is the World Health Organisation's Director
He joins us now live. Good to have you with us. Talk through the
particular challenges are facing in Yemen, giving the damage done to
infrastructure. The conflict has been going on for a
couple of years but that has been on the back of decades of
underdevelopment and political tensions. There has been intense
conflict over the last two years, divided government in Yemen so there
is a government based in the northern city, the southern city,
which has the backing of international communities, the
legitimate government. There are huge problems with access to people
in need because of conflict. There are major political cliches to get
access to people in need because of the divided political situation. As
you rightly say, a lack of support for the health system over the years
has really resulted in major deterioration in the infrastructure
any health service available so we estimate now that 14.8 million
people do not have access to basic health care. Along with that, health
care workers, among the best and brightest, have left the country or
not being paid and many have not been paid for eight months. So
defend very difficult to get these health care workers to come to the
facility. There has been a big international effort to address
these problems, massive cholera outbreak that you mention but the
hurdles are substantial indeed. You have dealt with other conflict
zones and trying to reach people in desperate need, how does the
situation compare with what you have seen elsewhere?
This is certainly amongst the toughest that I have been faced
with. There are more people in need of humanitarian assistance generally
in Yemen today there now are in any other country around the world. It
is a tough situation for the committee globally right now. The
WHO, we have great emergencies, major crisis and, normally would
with expect one of those every couple of years, we have seven
ongoing at the moment. Including Syria and a rock, Somalia, south
Sudan and so on. The Yemen situation which has been declared one of the
pre-famine situated globally right now is at least one of the top two
or three in terms of... Need and level of difficulty in which to
work. OK, Richard, many thanks for that.
Apologies for the glitches on the line but thank you for persisting.
At least 150 people have died after an oil tanker
caught fire in Pakistan, according to the authorities there.
More than 100 other people are in critical
The fire started after a tanker carrying 50,000 litres
of petrol overturned on the outskirts of Bahawalpur
Villagers rushed to collect the fuel and a dropped cigarette may have
Hundreds of local villagers flocked to the scene of the overturned
In this impoverished area, they collected fuel in buckets,
jerry cans, and even empty water bottles.
But moments later, grief and anguish -
thousands of litres of petrol went up in flames,
Early reports suggest the blaze began when someone lit a cigarette.
TRANSLATION: The oil tanker capsized, people
The local traffic police asked people to leave,
warning it may explode, then suddenly there was fire.
TRANSLATION: I had already taken some petrol, I was about to fill
another can but felt dizzy due to the fumes so decided not
Dozens of the injured had to be airlifted to hospital.
The nearest burns unit is around 100 miles away from the site.
Medical teams worked flat out to assist the injured
Some in Pakistan have blamed the victims for rushing
towards the scene of the accident, but in other quarters
there is a sense of anger that people here are not educated enough
about basic safety issues, and that poverty forces them
to risk their lives for a few litres of free petrol.
The tragedy casts a shadow over preparations for the Muslim
festival of Eid al-Fitr, due to take place here tomorrow.
Instead of celebrations, there'll be funerals.
Materials used in 60 high rise buildings in the UK have failed
safety tests done after a huge fire in West London which killed
Local authorities have been testing the external cladding used on some
So far, every single sample has failed the fire safety test.
Thousands of residents were evacuated from other
blocks in London - but some refused to leave,
Pendleton in Salford, the latest location where tower block cladding
is being removed, an unsettling sight for another group of residents
It has left us, as residents, very confused and very concerned about
Tonight the Government released new figures
showing the latest buildings to have tests on cladding.
They show a 100% failure rate on samples.
60 buildings have now failed those tests.
The buildings stretch across 25 local authorities.
Immediacy is to give advice to the residents, to
reassure the residents, and ensure those buildings that are high rise
buildings are as safe as they possibly can
The Government says it can test around 100 samples in any 24-hour
period, but at the moment it is only testing
eight or nine a day, so with
up to 600 tower blocks in need of testing, unless those samples
start arriving much more quickly, this is
Arnold has been a fire safety expert for 20 years.
He says cladding currently only has to withstand
flame tests from the front - he says this simply isn't enough.
Test everything, test every angle, then you will know
In Camden, entire families have today been hauling their
possessions away from four tower blocks as safety measures are being
We went with Maureen and 87-year-old father
unsure if they should leave their tower.
Maureen went in and filmed on her mobile phone,
Afterwards, she seemed satisfied with what was being
Tonight, residents in Camden who have moved out of their
tower blocks have been with Muslims celebrating
small moment of relaxation amid the uncertainties
Duncan Kennedy, BBC News, in north London.
Let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news.
At least seven people died when the world's second highest
cable car crashed in the tourist resort of Gulmarg in
Police say the cable that operates the six-seater cabins snapped
Hundreds were stranded in the dangling cabins
The Italian government has stepped in with $19 billion
The amount is three times higher than originally forecast.
$5 billion will go to bail out Banca Popolare di
Vicenza and Veneto Banca with the remainder set
The Prime Minister defended the use of public money to avoid
Hundreds of police have lined the streets of Istanbul to try
and stop the annual Gay Pride march from going ahead.
It's the third year in a row the march has been banned -
authorities say it's because of security concerns
More than 2,000 people in south west Spain have been
evacuated from the path of a huge forest fire.
The fire broke out in a pine forest near the city
It's being treated as a level one maximum threat,
Windy conditions are making it difficult to bring
Stay with us on BBC World News, coming up in sport...
The latest installment in Formula One's great rivalry -
championship leader Sebastian Vettel takes on Lewis Hamilton
We have a rightful claim in certain parts of this country. I take pride
in the words... He believes God told him to plead
guilty and that was the end of it. They have advised the government
that the increase in lung cancer is due to smoking tobacco.
Hello, this is a BBC World News today.
As Iraqi forces close in on so called Islamic State
in the heart of Mosul - the militants launch
And more than 150 people are killed - as an oil tanker
bursts into flames - in the Pakistani province of Punjab.
Lewis Hamilton called Sebastian Vettel's driving
"disgusting" after the two clashed in an incident packed
A remarkable race that featured three safety cars and several
crashes was won by Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.
Vettel was penalised for hitting Hamilton's Mercedes
as they prepared for a re-start following a safety car.
Hamilton was on course for victory with 19 laps to go in Baku,
but was forced to stop to replace the head rest on his car.
He ended up fifth, behind Vettel who's extended his championship lead
18-year-old Canadian Lance role came in third for Williams.
Germany and Chile are through to the semifinals
Germany beat Cameroon 3-1 in Sochi, and the moment of the game came when
the referee consulted the Video Assistant Referee
after this reckless high challenge by Ernest Mabouka on Emre Can.
But it was Sebastien Siani who was wrongly sent off in a case
It was only after Cameroon's players insisted the players review
the incident again that he sent off the right person.
Timo Werner scored twice in a dominant Germany performance.
Chile advanced after a 1-1 draw with Australia in Moscow.
James Troisi put the Socceroos on the front foot with a goal just
before the half time interval but Chile only needing a draw
to qualify for the last four levelled matters
through Martin Rodriguez giving them all they required to join
With a week to go until Wimbledon someone, who knows a thing
or two about winning it, Petra Kvitova, has won
just her second tournament back since returning from a knife attack
The Czech, who's a two time champion at the All-England Club,
defeated 21-year-old Australian Asheligh Barty, having
suffered the attack during a robbery at her home in December.
The 27-year-old's hand was damaged and was out of action until last
month's French Open, having been told she may not play again.
And after dropping the first set, came back to triumph 4-6 6-3 6-2.
I could not imagine a better comeback. I won a Trophy, about what
is why I was fighting to play tennis again. I was still able to have
great motivation to win titles for example here in Birmingham.
Roger Federer created history of his own by winning his ninth
The 18-time Grand Slam champion was a straight sets winner over
Germany's Alexander Zverev in less than an hour.
The 35-year-old top seed lost his first match
of the grass-court season last week in Stuttgart to Tommy Haas,
but was back on track at Halle - culminating in this 6-1,
6-3 victory over the home favourite Zverev.
Now to cricket, where South Africa beat Pakistan by three wickets
in their first match of the Women's World
Pakistan posted their highest ever World Cup score with opener
Nahida Khan making 79 as they finished on 206-8.
In response South Africa slumped from 113 for no loss to 177
for seven with number nine Shabnim Ismail striking consecutive
boundaries in the 49th over to secure a win.
Not so good for South Africa's men, though.
They've lost to England 2-1 in their best-of-three T20 series.
Chasing 182 to win, the Proteas came up 19 runs short.
The two sides will next contest a four-match Test series,
For the natives of Alaska, the challenge of climate change
means traditional reindeer hunting seasons are becoming shorter.
That means changes to farming techniques -
including larger herds to take advantage of the weather windows.
Our North America Correspondent James Cook has been
Reindeer meat is lean, tender, high in protein
In Finland as part of a cheese soup and in Alaska...
As ice cream. It is high in carbs and fat. You load up the fat bees
with lots of berries, different kind of berries and it is pretty tasty.
Traditionally this land was home to hunters of wild caribou.
But as temperatures rise, everything changes.
On the coast of Alaska, people are used to fending
for themselves, to surviving without outside help.
But even here, there is now a feeling that the rest of the world
should pay attention, because local problems
And while politicians wonder about those problems,
these people are finding that hunting is harder
The elders, they are watching climate change and versus
back in the day when they knew exactly when to go hunting and to do
Now they have to play with the weather.
The winters are colder and a little shorter
and spring is coming earlier
And so the reshaping of Alaska, with permafrost melting and glaciers
We have millions of hectares of the most productive
We can put reindeer on these ranch lands.
We need reindeer to feed people and so
I guess it is my job to take the magic out of Christmas.
Plans are now underway to fly thousands of reindeer to remote
Rump of Rudolph could yet become an Alaskan delicacy.
It took him six years from his small stage debut,
but tonight, Ed Sheeran will be the closing headliner
at the Glastonbury music festival, in the south west of England.
Last night the Foo Fighters finally had their chance to headline,
two years after an injury meant they were forced to pull
A lot of activity. Mind your head. A sense of what is going on.
This is the very end of a festival. Three days of music here, a wide
variety of acts, the consensus seems to be from most people here that it
has gone obituary well. A didactic -- energetic performances. A range
of acts across the whole site, ranging from people like grime
artists to an explosion of disco here on the main stage earlier where
Barry Gibb played BeeGees classics and now Rogers played some of the
greatest disco songs of the 70s and 80s. People are now waiting for the
closing headliner, Mr Ed Sheeran. Tens of thousands of people out
there waiting to see him. Along with the wonderful weather, Glastonbury
is usually the other M word, muddy. That has been very little. It has
meant that most people recorded as being a success. We are relying on
Ed Sheeran to finish that. Mentioning Ed Sheeran, he is very
much a mainstream musician, mainstream performer. Do you think
perhaps Glastonbury has lost some of the edginess, the types of site or
has that been very much stillbirth, still present?
I do not think so. Grime artist headlining, you see so much going
on. If you look at recent years, Metallica playing, Jay-Z a couple of
years ago. They do like to take something a bit risky and not
exactly out of the mainstream that the outer edges of that that
mainstream British music bands that might not want to go see. Look at
the line-up this year, Radiohead headlining, adored by their fans and
then Foo Fighters, a great rock band. I know we've got the biggest
orders from the UK at the moment, Ed Sheeran. He has been dominating the
singles charts, number one albums, extraordinary. I think the
combination of all those things across Glastonbury mean that people
do not feel it has lost its edginess because the kind of music they want,
they can always find. Just briefly, the crowds there
waiting in great anticipation. They want to be wild. Any surprises that
we might have from Ed Sheeran later? No, we are always waiting to find
out if people are going to have special guest coming in or anything
like that. Dunn has been playing his cards very close to his chest. The
kind of artist he is, he just likes to let his personality shine out. It
would not surprise me if we saw this kind of big celebrities from other
music artist coming out tonight because he's not really that kind of
artist, the people that are here wanted CB Ed Sheeran that they love
from his albums and this year when he has extremely success.
Have a great evening. I hope the weather holds out as well.
Don't forget you can get in touch with me and some
of the team on Twitter - I'm BenMBland.
This is BBC in world news today. Thank you for watching.