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Violent clashes between police
and Islamist demonstrators
in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad.
The Government calls
on the army to step in.
As Egypt buries victims
of Friday's mosque attack,
investigators say the attackers
were carrying the flag
of so called Islamic State.
Well-wishers and relatives are
coming and going, trying to offer
support and across the country,
Egyptians are struggling to come to
terms with this attack.
The row between Time Magazine
and President Trump -
was it going to name him "Person
of the Year" ?
And Hollywood star Emma Thompson
leads a march in support
of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe,
woman jailed in Iran.
We can all as human beings imagine
what it is like to be separated
from every loved one for no reason.
For no reason!
Hello and welcome
to World News Today.
We begin in Pakistan -
where the Government has called
on the army to restore order,
after large protests in Islamabad.
It's after scenes like this -
clashes between police and hardline
The protestors want a Government
minister to be sacked,
they accuse him of blasphemy.
Well the violence has
led to 200 people
being injured at this key highway -
called the Faizabad Interchange.
Security forces tried
to break up a sit-in there -
which has been going
on for several weeks.
The demonstrations have also
spread to other cities
including Lahore and Karachi.
poses a direct challenge
to the governing party -
the Pakistan Muslim League.
I've been getting the thoughts
of the BBC's South Asia Regional
Editor, Anbarasan Ethirajan.
The Government allowed nearly three
weeks before they sent in hundreds
of police officers to clear these
hundreds of protesters who are
blocking a key highway going into
the capital. People have been going
through huge traffic jams. They are
suffering a lot, and there is a lot
of criticism of the Government in
the last three weeks. When they
finally decided to act, the court
was acting them to act immediately,
to remove these protesters, it was a
little bit too late. The police had
to retreat, and now they are asking
for the military to help. Also, this
is now spreading to other cities.
Hundreds of people are protesting in
Karachi and in Lahore.
Tell us about
these protesters? What do they want?
The party was formed a you mugs ago.
It was a hardline Islamists party.
They started blocking this highway a
three weeks ago, saying that they
wanted the minister to be removed,
because he was responsible for
changes to the electoral vote, which
gave prominence, which said that the
last Prophet was Prophet Muhammad in
Islam, because they thought they
were trying to appease to the
minority. So, they are asking for
the sacking of the law minister, and
the Government waited for nearly
three weeks. What is important here
is that Pakistan is going into
election mode next year, and the
Pakistani Muslim League is already
lost its leader. It was disqualified
in July for failing to... So, the
party is going through a crisis, and
now you have this hardline Islamist
spreading to other parts of Karachi,
and that is what they didn't want,
but that is happening now.
The authorities in Egypt say gunmen
who attacked a mosque during Friday
prayers killing more than 300
people, were carrying
the flag of the so-called
Islamic State group.
Up to 30 men surrounded
the building, opening fire
on worshippers including children.
It happened in the town
of Beer Al-Abud in Northern Sinai.
Bir Al Abud.In response,
Egyptian forces have been
carrying out air strikes
on some militant targets.
Our Middle East correspondent
Orla Guerin reports from Cairo.
Egyptian warplanes take to the skies
to target militants in
The army says this is a mission
to avenge the martyrs.
There has been no claim
but according to officials the
attackers brandished flags of the
so-called Islamic State.
And here one of their
many victims in the
General Hospital in Ismailia.
He is 13.
He was shot twice in
the hand and in the leg.
He is not the only
victim in his family.
In the same ward, his
17-year-old cousin, also
shot twice, once in the back.
His mother is looking
to God to punish
those who brought such torment.
I hope their hearts will be burned
just like ours, the women have all
There are no men left,
they are all gone.
They are all gone.
Then she leaned in to whispered
she has been bereaved four
Losing her husband, her oldest son,
an uncle, and a cousin.
She did not want her son
to know the death toll.
In another ward, we found doctors
consoling another man
who was praying with his extended
family when the attackers struck.
He lost two of his brothers
and two of their children.
There was shooting
and people just started
running, he told us,
some jumped out the window,
God saved some of us,
but others lost their lives.
Among the visitors
today, a local leader
of the Coptic Church,
Christians are regular targets
in their places of worship.
Now Muslims have joined them.
More than 40 survivors of the attack
were brought to this hospital.
The death toll is
continuing to climb.
Five of those who came
here have already lost
Well-wishers and relatives
are coming and going to try and
offer support, and across the
country Egyptians are struggling to
come to terms with this attack.
There is a grief across the country
as the dead are laid to rest.
The village of Bir
al-Abed, the scene of
the attack, has lost
a quarter of its men.
Tonight, hundreds of
families are in mourning.
Earlier political analyst, Magdi
Abdelhadi joined me in the studio.
He told me the Egyptian
security forces have a lot
of work to do to improve.
It unprecedented, as was just said
in that report, judges have been
attacked before, and there are
police guards outside most churches
in the urban centres in Egypt, but
masks have never been the target of
attack. Whether this is the
beginning of a trend, that would be
extremely worrying, because the
countries through a stomach full of
mosques. No state can itself against
this type of terrorism. Some would
say that this is a failure of
intelligence, why couldn't they
register that this was somehow going
to happen? However, because it is
such a break from the pattern of
militancy in Egypt before, one could
argue that it was very difficult for
them to predict that this would
happen. Some suggest, that locals in
this particular village have felt
that there was something coming, and
they aborted it to police --
reported it to believe, but they
were ignored. It is the question is
whether the authorities have the
right approach, because it is
happening at regular intervals.
Immediately after, they launched air
raids, and their use heavy weaponry,
as many are asking, is this the
right approach? Is this the way to
fight this kind of militancy. You
really need insert. That debate is
happening in Egypt and outside. What
is missing in this debate, not so
much in Egypt, but on the
international scene, is the role of
the narrative, the ideology that
justify this kind of behaviour,
which is the right across the Muslim
world and in western capitals. What
tells young Muslims that it is
morally justifiable to kill innocent
people in Egypt, in London, in Iraq,
in the United States, it is that
narrative, a narrative of religious
supremacy, that if you do so, you
will somehow be rewarded by going to
heaven, to paradise. That's
narrative is challenged...
talked about that narrative, what do
you make of Egypt's response to the
militancy in the country. Do you
think it needs the help of the
course need any help it could get,
but Egypt's has a strong central
state relatively speaking, if you
compare it to Syria, or Iraq or
Libya. The leader has experience, he
has dealt with Islamic militancy,
before. But, because it is an
ongoing issue in Egypt, and across
the Muslim world, unless you act
league challenge and debunk and
deconstruct the religious narrative
that draws upon the text of Islam to
justify violence by killing innocent
people, Muslims or unbelievers, and
think you will be rewarding for
that, unless you challenge that's
narrative, I think we are going to
live with that problem. Time.
The actress, Emma Thompson,
has led a march in north London,
to support the British-Iranian woman
who's been jailed in Iran, accused
of trying to overthrow the state.
Those taking part have
signed a letter urging
Iran's Supreme Leader
to release her.
Alice Hutton reports.
favourite song, imprisoned in Iran
and unable to sing it
with her own young
daughter, 200 members
community in London came out
today to form a protest.
They were joined by local mum
and Oscar-winning actress
Emma Thompson, who braved pneumonia
to lend her voice to the protests.
This is our community and one
of her community has been imprisoned
without trial, has been separated
from her child more or less for
The situation is desperate.
I'm not supposed to be out at all,
but I said to my doctor, "Well,
I can't not come to speak,
because I am free."
Together, they marched to the nearby
Islamic Centre of England to
deliver a letter addressed
to the Supreme Leader of Iran,
calling for Nazanin's release.
Really pleased with that,
thank you to our Muslim
friends in the Islamic Centre.
One person who did
hear the voices was
She rang from prison
in Iran to thank them for
their support, especially
her husband, Richard.
Thank you so much.
I am so grateful.
I don't think I deserve
it, to be honest.
It is amazing.
Thank you for all your support.
Thank you everyone from the bottom
and top of my heart, I really
feel the love.
Nazanin can feel loved,
that is the most important
thing, that's what keeps us going.
With fresh charges and the new court
date next month, this is a time of
great anxiety for
the Ratcliffe family.
Today was all about local support
and showing that Nazanin
might have dual British-Iranian
citizenship, but it is this
that she calls home.
Let's take a look at some of
the other stories making the news:
The Libyan coast guard says more
than 30 migrants died
when their boat sank near Garabulli,
east of the capital, Tripoli.
They say they rescued about 60
people who were clinging
to the remains of the vessel.
Bangladesh says Rohingya Muslim
refugees who go back to Myanmar
will initially have to live
in temporary camps,
because most of their villages
have been burnt down.
The arrangement will cause concern
in the UN, which has already warned
of the dangers of returning
the Rohingya to
"confinement and ghettos".
Bangladesh's Foreign Minister says
aid agencies will be involved
in the repatriation process.
Stay with us on BBC
World News, still to come:
All the sport news -
including, Lionel Messi ends
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he extends his contract
He caught the imagination of the
world. The first of a new generation
of leaders. The prime there is
resigning before leaving number ten.
He told her cabinets, if they find
the old world.
Violent clashes in the Pakistan
capital. As Egypt buries victims of
Friday's mosque attack,
investigators say that the attackers
were carrying the flag of the
so-called Islamic State.
Time Magazine is disputing US
President Donald Trump's account
of how he rejected a request
for an interview and photo
shoot ahead of its Person
of the Year issue.
On Friday, Mr Trump tweeted that
Time had called to say
he was "probably" going to be named
Person of the Year.
He said 'probably was no good'
and that he 'took a pass.'
But Time later said the president
was incorrect about how
it makes its choice.
The magazine tweeted:
'TIME does not comment
on our choice until publication,
which is December 6.'
Jeff Mason is the White House
Correspondent for Reuters
and joins me now from Washington.
Thanks for being with us. What do
you make of this row, who do you
think is telling the truth? Well,
it's hard to weigh in on who is
telling the truth, particularly
because TIME has not given any of
the details. Adding we can look at
the way that Trump has treated, and
in this particular case, it seemed
that he was upset. They had not said
that he was definitely Person Of The
Year. This is a president who very
publicly does not like dealing with
light, and whether that be a slight
from a magazine, or a slight from a
world leader, if he feels it is
negative, he fights back. That is
what he has done here. Timer will
name their personal year on the 6th
of December, what does it mean...
There have been previous presidents
who have won it, what does it mean
to win its?
I think it is a high
honour, and is an important
designation, and there have been
world leaders, and important public
figures, who have got that over the
years. That said, it is just a
magazine. We not talking about the
Nobel peace prize. It's important,
but perhaps, the president is giving
a little bit more weight to it than
some others would. That said, he
does give a lot of weight to it. He
does like having the attention that
comes with something like a
designation of Person Of The Year.
If you feel that there is a question
about that, you will make those
Indeed, he did win
it last year. He was on the cover
last year. What did you make of it
I think he was very pleased.
He made a big deal of it then, I do
think he probably would have made a
big deal of it again, this year, if
it had happened again. I think it is
important to note that getting the
Person Of The Year it's not
necessarily a high honour. There are
people in that list to have become
part of that Liz -- not necessarily
for good reasons. That said, perhaps
being the most influence a person,
and there is no doubt that he has
been influential, both in the United
States and globally.
does like to paint himself as an
antiestablishment figure. Does this
have anything to do with a rejection
I don't know. That's a good
question. I think it is a piece of
two years and how he acts. I think
he uses Twitter to go after
organisations, to go after people,
to go after leaders. He had become,
because of his Twitter use, really
be most transparent resident of the
United States in modern history. We
always know what you're thinking, so
whether that is strategic, or
whether it is a venting process for
him. Sometimes I think it is a bit
of both, it is integral to his ears.
As a person and that a leader.
Mason, White House corresponded for
writers. Thank you.
Katherine Downes has all the sport.
On a busy day of football
in the English Premier League,
Chelsea came from a goal down
to take a point in the late
kick-off at Anfield.
It was a former Chelsea player who
opened the scoring for Liverpool -
Mohamed Salah with his 15th goal
for the Reds in just 20 games.
But the champions didn't let up -
Willian came off the bench
after scoring twice in midweek,
and equalised with just
over five minutes to go.
Unbelievable attitudes of both
sides, it was so intense.
After a week like this,
which we both had,
after the trips we had to do,
and the journey, so,
it was one of the better
draws I saw in my life.
We must be pleased, because we went
to the next round, in the Champions
League, and then, this was the third
game to play away, and we won
against West Brom, in the midweek,
and a good draw against Liverpool.
We have to continue in this way.
Manchester United are within five
points of neighbours City -
who didn't play on Saturday
but still lead the table.
Jose Mourinho's side have won every
home game this season.
It was a routine 1-0 victory today -
an unfortunate deflection off
Lewis Dunk that gave his goalkeeper
- Matthew Ryan - no chance...
Ashley Young happy to take
credit after drilling
the shot at the defender.
City have a Sunday
fixture at Huddersfield.
Elsewhere Tottenham were held
to a one all draw by managerless
West Bromwich Albion at Wembley.
Newcastle were beaten 3-0
at home by Watford..
There was a stoppage-time winner
for Crystal Palace against Stoke.
No goals between Swansea
Go to BBC.com/football for details.
And out the Ashes. England will
resume in just over two and a half
hours from now, with a lead of just
seven runs. Here is our sports
The first two days of
these Test match were pretty much
level pegging, you have to say that
Australia now have the edge at the
end of Day three. England are 33-2,
at the close, a lead of just seven
runs. They lost two wickets in a
torrid vinyl session. Alistair Cooke
and James Vince both out. Captain
Joe Root were stuck on the helmets,
frankly he is OK, but it was a
difficult closing hour. They had
started early on in the day well,
they took three early wickets. They
looked to be heading for a lead, but
then a brilliant innings from Steve
Smith, 141, not out, he guided
Australia with a little help from
Pat Cummins, who's scored an
important 42. Australia edging
ahead, thanks to a stunning
performance from Steve Smith. They
will now feel that they have the
advantage going into day for. If
they can get Joe Root's wicket
early, they have got a strong chance
of winning this Test match.
Finally Lewis Hamilton's hopes -
of ending the Formula One season
with a win have taken a blow.
He's been beaten -
by his Mercedes team-mate -
in qualifying for the
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Valtteri Bottas smashed the track
record at the Yas Marina circuit -
to claim the top spot on the grid
by more than one tenth of a second.
It's just felt really good in the
car, and the lap was really good, so
that was enough, so I'm really
I was up a tent and a half, and I'll
lost that in turn five or six. By
the way it as been an incredible
year. 'S great to see so many
British flag. I appreciate it.
And that's all the sport for now.
Australia has criticised a proposal
for trade after Brexit -
warning that it could limit
their access to the UK markets.
It's been suggested that Britain
and the EU should split existing
quotas on the amount of goods
from around the world
that can be imported
without incurring full tariffs.
How things are at the moment is
there are tariffs on imports coming
in from countries like
the US, India, Canada,
China, which are outside the EU.
The charge in effect is to stop
countries importing goods too
cheaply and harming manufacturing
and other industries for countries
within the EU.
Some goods, such as lamb
from New Zealand, gets a
slightly reduced rate, tariff rate
quotas which allows a certain amount
of particular goods to be
imported at a reduced rate.
The plan is for when we leave
the EU for that to
continue, but the quotas
will be divided.
With the example of lamb,
60% will go to other EU countries,
40% will come to the UK as it does
just now, we will carry on as
normal and everyone will be happy,
except they're not.
The countries importing
those goods say this is a
chance for us to import
more to the UK.
Should the market in the rest
of Europe fall away, it will be
affected for any reason, we are not
getting the flexibility and the room
to do that, we shouldn't
have to have this.
And plenty more Brexit.
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