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This is BBC World News Today.
I'm Duncan Golestani.
Our top stories: After three days
of haggling, the United Nations
finally agrees on a ceasefire
resolution for Syria.
The Security Council,
including Russia, backs
a call for a 30-day pause,
as the number of dead
from government strikes
on a rebel-held enclave tops 500.
We may not know the faces that we're
talking about. We may not know their
names, or these people, but they
know us. And we all failed them this
Two major US airlines,
Delta and United, become the latest
firms to cut ties with the powerful
National Rifle Association
in response to the Florida
China calls for the withdrawal
of the new US sanctions package
against North Korea,
described by President Trump
on Friday as the "largest ever".
discover a 2,000-year-old
burial site in Egypt.
We've found jewellery, amulets, part
of the finery... Furniture, pottery,
wooden coffins. It's only the
Hello, and welcome
to World News Today.
After days of delays,
the United Nations Security Council
has unanimously agreed
on a ceasefire in Syria.
The hope is the resolution
will allow some respite
for civilians in the rebel enclave
of eastern Ghouta,
who have been bombed
by Russian-backed Syrian forces.
The resolution calls
for the ceasefire to last 30 days
and begin without delay,
but we are already hearing
reports from activists that
jets are still overhead
and air-raids are continuing.
More than 500 people have been
killed in the last seven
days in Eastern Ghouta.
There is a desperate need
for humanitarian assistance.
Here's US Ambassador
to the UN, Nikki Haley.
The Syrian people should
not have to die waiting
for Russia to organise
their instructions from Moscow.
Or to discuss it with the Syrians.
And why did the council allow this?
There is no good reason we shouldn't
have done this Wednesday,
or Thursday, or Friday.
We may not know the faces that
we're talking about.
We may not know the names of these
people, but they know us.
And we all failed them this week.
Russia's ambassador to the UN,
Vasily Nebenzya, said the ceasefire
would achieve little
without concrete agreements
between parties at war.
This will in no way help to address
the pressing humanitarian situation
The demands of the
security Council must be underpinned
by concrete, on the ground
Let's go to Kuwait and talk
to Panos Moumtzis, the UN
Regional Humanitarian Coordinator
for the Syria Crisis.
Thank you for joining us. First of
all, your reaction to this
resolution being passed.
course we very much welcome the
anonymous decision of all 16 members
of the Security Council to pass the
resolution. It was long overdue.
It's really excellent to have it
now. What is really important is the
implementation of this reveller so,
resolution. Having all council
members on board is great, but how
will it translate? We very much want
to see an immediate effect where the
hostilities really do come to an
end, and for routes to open for us
to be able to bring in humanitarian
assistance, food, medical supplies,
and also to be able to evacuate the
people who need medical evacuation.
This is where the resolution really
will be fantastic to see it lamented
From your point of
view, what's the plan? How quickly
can you start getting aid into these
places once you know it is safe?
From our side, we're ready. We have
people on the ground, we are ready
to follow all the steps to bring it
whether it is. East Ghouta is about
a ten mile distance from Damascus.
It's not the distance, it's really
very much to have the access to be
able to see the hostilities subside,
to be able to safely go inside.
Eastern Ghouta is an area that has
had really no electricity, no water,
food is very low, health facilities
have been overstretched to the
maximum. Several of them were
destroyed, hospitals. People are in
desperate need. What needs to happen
now is to implement this resolution.
What is designed in paper needs to
be translated into action. It is not
just East Ghouta, it talks about the
totality of the Syrian territory. We
want to see the same cessation of
hostilities in Idlib and all areas,
for us to be able to reach all areas
where there are people who are
besieged or hard to reach. There are
2.9 million people who wore in the
card to reach areas. Really we want
to see a cessation of hostilities in
the totality of the country.
understand you want to read all
areas, but the situation on the
ground, as you know more than
anyone, is so complicated, so
confused, as our correspondent put
it, there is war is going on within
walls. How difficult is it then your
workers to get to these remote
places? -- wars going on within
It is a very complex
situation. There are multiple
actors, multiple groups, multiple
countries. We are driven by the
humanitarian imperative, as
impartial, neutral, independent
humanitarian organisations, our role
is to talk to everybody and reach
everybody, reach the civilians in
all of these locations and bring
assistance to walk these places. Of
course, well manoeuvring the
extremely complex situation on the
OK, Panos Moumzis, we'll
leave it there. Thank you very much
for joining us from Kuwait.
Thank you very much
for joining us from Kuwait.
US Airlines, Delta and United have
joined a growing list of companies
cutting ties with the National Rifle
The two airlines have ended
discounts for NRA members
following the Florida school
shooting last week.
Car rental firms, a computer
software company and a bank have
also responded to an online boycott
of businesses with links
to the pro-gun lobby group.
Let's cross live to David Willis,
who is in Washington for us. David,
this movement seems to be really
picking up momentum?
Duncan, yes. It started last
Thursday and it's been gathering
steam, picking up momentum ever
since. As the hashtag boycott NRA
has trended on Twitter. And the list
now includes banks and hotel chains,
car hire companies, an insurance
company, a household moving company,
a software company. The most recent
being Delta Airlines and United
Airlines, who, as well as severing
their marketing ties with the NRA,
they are also asking for their
company logos to be removed from the
NRA website. As well as the NRA
boycotts, there is also the
possibility of some sort of
financial squeeze being imposed on
the NRA's members, as the gun
manufacturers and the Bank of
America issued a statement saying,
we are joining other companies in
our industry to examine what we can
do to help end the tragedy of mass
shootings, and an immediate step we
are taking is to engage the limited
number of plants we have that
manufacture assault weapons for
non-military use. We didn't see this
sort of vault, if I can put it that
way, after the Sandy Hook massacre
just five years ago, Duncan -- this
sort of revolt.
How are the NRA
taking this? They don't take these
type of threats lying down, do they?
They don't. The NRA boasts about 5
million members, it has been heavily
supported over the last few days by
President Trump, of course. The NRA
has yet to comment on these
boycotts. But earlier in the week,
the organisation said that this was
the work of opportunists, as it put
it, who were using the Florida
tragedy basically to make Americans
less free. But this is the sort of
thing that must be troubling to the
NRA, particularly as it shows signs
of gathering momentum, of the back,
really, of these very voluble and
articulate students who survived
that killing in Florida last week.
David Willetts in Washington, thank
Nigerian parents who fear
their daughters have been abducted
by Boko Haram jihadists have
released a list of 105 names.
The militants attacked
a boarding school on Monday,
but until now it hadn't been clear
how many girls were missing.
Our correspondent in Lagos,
is following the story.
We know that Boko Haram attacked
this, suspected Boko Haram Allott
and attacked this town and entered
this school on Monday night. After
that point, things got very
confusing. On the one hand, the
authorities were saying that no
kidnapping were taking place. They
didn't admit until Wednesday that
some girls had been abducted. Even
since then, they've been very
confused in their account of the
numbers. At one point they said 51.
Yesterday it seems they are saying
84. Today, the parents who have come
together as a kind of advocacy
group, the parents of these missing
girls, they have put together their
own list and they say there is 105
girls and they have listed each of
their names. That's their definitive
idea of who is missing, and that's
the clearest line we've really had
on how many of these girls haven't
So, if they can't even
get the numbers right, I have two
was, how effective are the
authorities and the government in
looking for the girls -- I have to
Well, we heard from the
president last night, at least four
days after this happened. He said
earlier he had sent an investigative
team to go and find out what
happened in the town. Last night he
issued a statement that was intended
to reassure people. It said that
this is a national disaster and they
were taking it very seriously and
the army Warren pursued of the
girls, their wrist surveillance
aircraft monitoring the region 24/7.
Aside from that, no information on
where these girls are. Also, another
very conflicting and devastating
line during the week on Wednesday,
the State government claimed that
some of these girls had been
rescued. Then on Thursday they said
that that claim was false. Parents
of course were very angry. The
governor had addressed them in the
town. And after he said that this
rescue hadn't happened, they
attacked his convoy and pelted it
with stones. A lot of bad feeling
between the authorities and the
parents themselves. A lot of
confusion, and of course anger and
devastation. These 105 families that
are wondering whether girls are.
Stephanie Hegarty Lagos.
Let's take a look at some of
the other stories making the news.
The American billionaire
Warren Buffett says tax cuts
introduced by President Trump
boosted his company's earnings
by $29 billion last year.
Many Democrats had argued
that the tax package was a huge
and unaffordable giveaway
to the wealthy.
Mr Buffett, who is chairman
and chief executive
of Berkshire Hathaway,has long
argued for higher
taxes for the rich.
Rival demonstrations are taking
place in Italy, a week ahead
of the general election.
The anti-immigrant party is holding
a rally in the city of Milan,
while several thousand took part
in an anti-racism protest in Rome.
Security has been stepped
up across both cities.
Three days after an attack
on a South African police station,
officials say they have shot dead
seven of the suspects
in a gunfight at a church.
They say those killed had been
hiding there since carrying out
Wednesday's attack in the Eastern
The armed gang killed six people
and stole weapons and a police van.
Today, ten other
suspects were arrested.
Stay with us on BBC World News.
Still to come: In sport,
Scotland rejoices after beating
Rugby Six Nations champions England.
Prince Charles has chosen his bride.
The Prince proposed to Lady Diana
Spencer three weeks ago. She
accepted, she said, without
As revolutions go, this
had its fair share of bullets. The
name of the sanctuary itself
symbolising one of the cruellest
regimes in modern Asia.
first cloning has been produced of
an adult mammal. Scientists in
Scotland have produced a clone of a
sheep, called Dolly.
trying to come to grips with their
new freedom. There is joy and relief
today, but the scars are everywhere.
Zero for 20 years, have posts been
seen in such numbers, some of the
swarms have been ten miles long.
This is the last time the public
will have seen this Pope. Benedict
XVI world, in his own world is a
much words, be hidden from the world
for the rest of his life.
This is BBC World News Today.
The latest headlines:
The UN Security Council has
unanimously adopts a resolution
calling for a 30-day humanitarian
ceasefire in Syria.
And two major US airlines, Delta and
United, have become the latest firms
to cut ties with the powerful
National Rifle Association in
response to the Florida School
Hugh Woozencroft has all the sport.
In rugby union's Six Nations
Championship, Scotland pulled off
a shock to beat defending champions
England at Murrayfield.
Fly half Finn Russell put in a man
of the match performance
in the 25-13 victory,
which meant the Scots inflicted just
a second defeat for England in 26
Tests under head coach Eddie Jones.
It also saw the Scots lift
the historic Calcutta Cup
for the first time in ten years.
I was really surprised, we had a
game plan and we executed it really
well. If you look at that Tests that
we had, they've been outstanding. We
managed to get back on that type of
form, and it was awesome.
think Scotland can get back on track
with yellow it will definitely be
tough, but if we keep performances
like that, we have got a chance and
we can build on it next week.
Ireland stayed on course
for the Grand Slam after running
in five tries, in a thrilling
victory over Wales in Dublin.
The final score was 37-27,
as result that makes it three wins
from three for Ireland
in the tournament.
I think when we went ten points up
with less than five to go we sort of
felt, keep control of the ball, keep
control of the defence and the game
was over. As in France, we don't
like to do things easy. But again,
great character. Wales are great
outfit. And we look at this game
and, I think on one hand there are
some unbelievable positives, some on
attack and some the way we went
about playing. On the other hand, we
give up far too many points so
easily. I know that the coaches will
have a lot to look at. But at the
same time, I think if you'd asked
us, would you take a 5-point win
today, there would be no doubt that
we would have taken that.
Liverpool have moved up to second
place in the Permier League
after a 4-1 win over
West Ham on Saturday.
Egyptian Mohammed Salah
was on the scoresheet for the sixth
game in a row for Liverpool.
Emre Can, Roberto Firmino
and Sadio Mane were Liverpool's
other scorers to move them one point
above Manchester United
who play on Sunday.
It was an all-round performance,
we defended well and attack well and
counter pressing was outstanding.
It always helps us a lot,
because whatever the opponents
do, if they defended
whatever, David Moyes, fantastic
manager, he organises his teams
So they made a big step back
on track since he is there, and
we knew how difficult it would be.
West Bromwich Albion are now six
points adrift of second
from bottom Stoke,
who earlier drew at Leicester.
Swansea drop into the relegation
zone after losing 4-1 at Brighton.
Elsewhere Watford beat
Everton, while the matches
between Bournemouth and Newcastle,
and Burnley and Southampton
were both drawn.
Over to the Republic of Korea now,
where Ester Ledecka completed
an historic Olympic double
on Saturday romping to snowboarding
parallel giant slalom gold to add
to her shock super-G title
in alpine skiing.
The 22-year-old world champion
became the first woman to capture
gold medals in different sports,
at the same Winter Games
after beating German Selina Jorg
by almost half a second
in the Pyeongchang final.
Ledecka becomes just the third
Winter athlete to do a multi-sport
double at the same Olympics.
Norway secured a record 38th medal
at a Winter Olympics with bronze
in the inaugural alpine skiing mixed
team event as Switzerland took gold.
Norway passed the United States'
tally of 37 medals, won
at the 2010 Vancouver Games,
with victory over France
in the bronze-medal decider.
Switzerland beat Austria for gold
in the event which sees
four-strong teams compete
in head-to-head slalom races.
In the men's big air,
Canada's Sebastien Toutant won
gold, with United States'
Kyle Mack taking silver.
Great Britain's Billy Morgan,
at 28 the veteran of
the field, took bronze.
And that's all the sport for now.
China has asked the United States
to withdraw sanctions imposed
on Chinese firms and shipping that
Washington says are
trading with North Korea.
Beijing said it was responsible
for investigating and
punishing its own companies.
The United States said on Friday
it was imposing its largest package
of sanctions aimed at getting
North Korea to give up its nuclear
and missile programmes.
The new sanctions target
businesses and ships
from several countries -
Singapore and Panama.
But China's Foreign Ministry says
the government absolutely did not
allow any of its citizens
or companies to contravene UN
resolutions on North Korea.
And it adds: "China demands the US
ommediately stops such
mistaken actions to avoid
harming bilateral cooperation".
Let's speak now to
Oriana Skylar Mastro -
she's an Assistant Professor
of Security Studies
at Georgetown University
and Jeane Kirkpatrick Scholar
at the American
Thank you for joining us. So, is
China justified in being so angry,
do you think?
Well, I think China's
response is very predictable. They
are against any government is taking
actions that intervene in their
internal affairs, and they think
that this action meet this criteria.
They are generally against sanctions
in the North Korean nuclear case
because they think they won't work,
so they only look at the downside,
which is potentially destabilising
the North Korean regime.
opinion, have Chinese businesses,
individuals and entities been
complying with the existing
sanctions on North Korea?
don't have independent information
to be able to say whether the
Chinese have comply to the degree
that they are claiming that they
have. But the United States'
unilateral sanctions put China in a
very difficult position. Either they
are unwilling to comply, because 99%
of North Korean trade is with China,
or they don't have the capability to
do so. Either way, it doesn't make
China looks very good, which is why
we don't see a lot of the talk about
the Sangchan is an Chinese social
media sites, because this would be
an unpopular point to put to the
public. I think in general, there is
a lack of appreciation for how much
domestic political factors do impact
the Chinese regime, given the fact
it is an autocratic regime, but it
is very responsive, particularly
when it comes to the Chinese public,
Chinese companies and overseas,
there is an increased pressure on
the government to ensure that they
are protecting their citizens and
other countries aren't negatively
Of course, we have
had rounds of the rounds after
rounds of sanctions in order to make
North Korea comply with what it is
that the United States and South
Korea wants to achieve, but to no
avail. Do you think the latest
sanctions will do the trick?
don't think any amount of sanctions
will convince Kim Jong-un to give up
his weapons. But I think the United
states know that, it is symbolic.
President Trump mentioned phase two,
a second option, a military option,
suggests the seriousness. If I had
to choose between more aggressive
sanctions or a limited strike or
what is referred to as a bloody nose
option, I definitely would choose
Now, China is saying
that this will hurt China- US
relations. Do you think that's
China has always
corroborated with the United States
when and to the degree that it
benefits Chinese national interest
-- has always corroborated. They
have never done any thing more just
because the United States has asked
them to or for the sake of a
bilateral relationship. I understand
China saying that it will be
harmful, but in my view, the Chinese
are going to continue to cooperate
for it suits them and they won't
cooperate when it doesn't.
been keeping an eye on the Olympics
in Pyeongchang, I wonder's do you
think anything will come out of that
seeming slight thawing in relations
between the north and South?
always beneficial when we have a
reduction intentions and improved
inter-Korean relations, but it
doesn't change anything from the
perspective of the United States.
This administration has to decide
whether it is willing to live with a
nuclear North Korea and pursue a
containment option, or the United
States is not willing to live with
that and will pursue military
options. Either way, I don't think
that the handshaking and even the
drawing teams at the Olympics is
changing that more significant
calculus -- the joint teams.
you for joining us.
Thank you for
To Egypt now, where
archaeologists have discovered
a 2,000-year-old necropolis.
The site, just south of Cairo,
consists of dozens of burial shafts
dating from the late Pharaonic
period to the early Ptolomaic era.
The area is so large,
experts say it'll take five
years to fully excavate.
Egypt's Antiquities Minister
says he hopes the site
will help revive tourism,
which has been affected by unrest
in the country in recent years.
Today we found... You can see the
jars, more than 1000 amulet statues.
And we found jewellery amulet, part
of the funerary furniture. Pottery,
wooden coffins... It's only the
beginning. I think we need at least
five more missions to work. But we
are going to add very soon a new
archaeological attraction in Egypt.
Just time to take a look at some
pictures from a plus size model
competition in Thailand. The people
looking like they are having a lot
of fun. To take part in this beauty
pageant, you have to be at least 80
kilograms, and it's also open to
transgender participants. They are
judged and dance technique,
personality and confidence, and the
winner is crowned Miss Jumbo,
because it is an event to promote
elephant conservation. And that's
the way it's looking this hour.
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