welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is gavin grey. our top stories: pakistan's government calls on the army to restore order in the capital islamabad following violent clashes between police and islamist demonstrators. egypt struggles to come to terms with the scale of the carnage wrought by friday's mosque attack. pakistan's government has called on the army to restore order in the capital islamabad after violence broke out during protests by islamists. the demonstrators want a government minister, who they accuse of blasphemy, to be sacked. the violence in islamabad has reportedly led to several deaths
and around 200 people being injured at faiza bad interchange, a key highway in the city. the demonstrations have also spread to other cities, including the provincial capitals of lahore and karachi. the bbc‘s south asia regional editor anbarasan ethirajan is following the story. islamabad, pakistan's capital city, turned into a battle zone. police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the islamists but they came prepared and responded with stones and bricks. several police vans were on fire. —— several police vans were set on fire. many injured were taken to hospital. at one point the police had to
retreat as hundreds more demonstrated turned up unexpectedly. after failing to disperse the islamists, the government has asked the military to restore order in islamabad. the islamists have been blocking a key highway for weeks, demanding the sacking of a government minister who they accuse of blasphemy. the protesters are defiant. translation: we're protesting against the operation, the cruel action that the government is carrying out against the lawful demand being made about our holy prophet, being made by our religious scholars and our leaders in islamabad. we curse the government and our demand is that the operation should be stopped with immediate effect. as the protests spread, they present a direct challenge to the governing pakistan muslim league. they also illustrate the government's difficulty with in dealing with the popularity
of religious extremists in some sections of the society. anbarasan ethirajan, bbc news. authorities in egypt say the gunmen who attacked a mosque during friday prayers, killing more than 300 people, were carrying the flag of the so—called islamic state. up to 30 men surrounded the building and opened fire on worshippers, including children. it happened in the town of bir al—abed in northern sinai. in response, egyptian forces have been carrying out air strikes on some targets. it's the worst attack in the country in recent memory. 0ur middle east correspondent 0rla guerin reports. egyptian war planes take to the skies to target militants in northern sinai. the army says this is a mission to avenge the martyrs. there has been no claim of responsibility 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. suleiman is 13. he was shot twice, in the hand and in the leg. and 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. translation: i hope their hearts will be burned, just like ours. the women have all become widowed. there are no men left — they are all gone. they are all gone. then, she leaned in to whisper that she has been bereaved four times over, losing her husband, her oldest son, an uncle, and a cousin. she didn't 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 havejoined them. more than a0 survivors of the attack were brought to this hospital but the death toll is continuing to climb. five of those who came here have already lost their lives. 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. 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. 0rla guerin, bbc news. at least 31 migrants drowned off the coast of libya when their boat capsized on saturday morning. they were part of a group of over 200 people trying to make the illegal and perilous journey to southern europe. the vessel sank off the shores of garabulli, a coastal town, east of the libyan capital. the bbc‘s north africa correspondent rana jawad reports. for these survivors of the latest lot capsized off the libyan coast, the bodies they walked past could have been them. —— for these survivors of the latest boat capsize off the libyan coast, the bodies they walked past could have been them.
despite this, economic migrants, refugees and asylum seekers continue to risk their lives in the mediterranean in the hope of a better one in europe. there were two rubber dinghies packed with over 200 migrants that set off from libya's shores on saturday, and one of them sank. the dead included several children. translation: the coast guard went out to sea after hearing distress signals. and when they got there, they found a group of people hanging on the remainder of the dinghy. but the rest had died. they had spread out while the dinghy was sinking. about 60 people were rescued from this dinghy that had sunk, and the bodies of 31 others were picked up. these survivors are back in a lawless state with grim prospects. some could be involuntarily repatriated to countries they don't see a future in, but most end up being locked up in libya's overcrowded detention centres, overseen by unruly militias and exposed to a range of abuse.
others could even be passed on to human traffickers to attempt thejourney again. rana jawad, bbc news. a red warning of volcanic ash from mount agung in bali has been issued to the aviation industry. it warns of ash up to 22,000 feet in the immediate vicinity. a red code signals that eruption is under way with a significant emission of ash into the atmosphere. the warning does not cover bali's main airport, but some flights from the airport have been cancelled. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. reports from north—east nigeria say suspected islamist militants belonging to boko haram have taken control of an isolated town north—west of the regional capital, maiduguri. the reuters news agency say that people from the town of magumeri told them by telephone they had fled into a nearby forest. thousands of women have been taking to the streets around the world to mark the international day to end violence against women.
in france, president macron announced a number of measures to try and combat the problem. he called for the minimum age of consent for sex to be 15 — there is currently no such law in france. stay with us here on bbc news. still to come: a march in support of nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe, the british—iranian woman jailed in iran. the leader of the democratic unionist party has warned sinn fein that it needs to "get serious" if the devolution is to be restored in northern ireland. the power—sharing executive at stormont collapsed injanuary and now the dup's arlene foster has told her party conference that unless a deal is agreed soon, westminster would have to take over the running of the government. here's our ireland correspondent chris buckler. the democratic unionists are making the most of the influence they have a downing street.
—— they have at downing street. without a government at stormont, arlene foster is now no longer northern ireland's first minister, but her 10 mps make a formidable team, because the conservatives need their crucial votes in westminster. it is this party that stands in the heart of government, not in northern ireland, but across the united kingdom. but the dup desperately wants to be in power at stormont. and that's not possible because of the ongoing divisions between unionists and irish republicans. this was the party conference a year ago. arlene foster was riding high, but the last 12 months have been difficult. a scandal over a botched green energy scheme and deep differences with sinn fein over culture, identity, and brexit, have left stormont in months of limbo. they complain about brexit,
all the while refusing to form an executive or take their seats in parliament. and they go to conference and glory in the murder of the ira. applause yet, when you listen to sinn fein, they blame everyone else. now it's time sinn fein got serious. despite the flags, cheers, and shouts, this has felt a more muted party conference. and perhaps that reflects a deal with sinn fein is looking unlikely, and that the entire future of devolution in northern ireland is uncertain. chris buckler, bbc news, belfast. hondurans will cast their votes on sunday to decide who will be elected as the country's president for the next four years. current presidentjuan 0rlando hernandez is the first candidate in honduras's recent history to run for re—election, after a law prohibiting a president serving more than one term was controversially changed two years ago.
andrew plant reports. heavy security across honduras as the ballot boxes begin to arrive. people heading to the polling stations to pick their next president. soldiers overseeing an election date where one candidate has proved divisive. presidentjuan 0rlando hernandez has held the post since 2014 and is now favourite to re—election but his selection has been controversial. until recently, president could only serve one term, and till one year after he took office, the hunter and supreme court changed the rules. his main rival is tv anchorman turned politician salvador nasralla. he campaigned ha rd salvador nasralla. he campaigned hard against overturning the one term rule. nevertheless, opinion polls suggest juan
term rule. nevertheless, opinion polls suggestjuan 0rlando hernandez could be elected through second term. his stance on violent crime has been widely popular. last year he sent gang leaders to newly built prisons, part of a wider plan to ta ke prisons, part of a wider plan to take back control of honduras's jails ina take back control of honduras's jails in a country with one of the highest murder rates in the world. more than 6 million people are eligible to vote in a system which sees the winner decided afterjust a single round. enter appliance, sees the winner decided afterjust a single round. enterappliance, bbc news. —— and replant. pakistan's government calls on the army to step in following violent clashes between islamist protesters and police. let's get more on that story. we are joined by michael gugelmin with the asia programme deputy editor and senior associates of south asia at the woodrow wilson centre. thank you indeed forjoining us. we have seen the protests spread from islamabad
to lahore to karachi. where do you see this going? i think that now that the military has stepped in and has tried to disperse the protesters are think it isn't going to be as bad as it could have been. i think the military in pakistan is popular and inspires a lot of or these protesters will be willing to disperse if they know the military is going to be out there as opposed to the government, which as we saw earlier today when we have police out there, it wasn't able to do much ofa out there, it wasn't able to do much of a good job at all of getting the protesters to disperse. i would like to think and hope that in the coming days, you know, these are the protest are days, you know, these are the protest a re bro ken days, you know, these are the protest are broken up elsewhere in the country along with those in islamabad will end up petering out. at the damage is done, as you said, today many major cities in pakistan we re today many major cities in pakistan were hit by protests coming from hardliners with very dangerous views. to the protesters themselves
ina minute, views. to the protesters themselves in a minute, but if the government thinks of the army as its trump card, why did it take so long to play it? there are several factors. 0ne play it? there are several factors. one is that these protesters were out there because of very sensitive issues, religious issues, dealing with issues of blasphemy and things like that and pakistan of course is a very conservative and religious country, and i think that the government really would have preferred this issue would have gone away without it having to get involved. the other factor is this isa involved. the other factor is this is a government who is weak and vulnerable, it has been hampered by corruption allegations and didn't wa nt to corruption allegations and didn't want to be in a position out there and crackdown with the use of force against protesters, where there could be bloodshed. as it turns out thatis could be bloodshed. as it turns out that is what happened, the protest turned violent as it was the worst possible scenario to the pakistani government. who do you think will come out looking any good at this, the government may appear weak introducing the army, the army i
suppose is doing itsjob, or will the protesters think they have made their point? they occupied a major interchange, and no one could do anything about it. a lot of people cheering about those demands. the military has the upper hand at the end of the day. they have made the government look bad. the government was essentially looking like it was sitting on its hands for two weeks unable to deal with what was a small group of religious hardliners in islamabad. when it finally did come out and try to crack down today, it did not go well and the police had to retreat. it looks good. the government looks
bad. they look even more unpopular in the eyes of the pakistani public. that is to the benefit of the pakistani military. thank you very much. bangladesh is warning rohingya muslim refugees returning to myanmar that they'll have to live initially in temporary camps. it's because most of their villages have been burnt down. it is likely to cause concern in the un, which is already warning about the dangers of returning rohingyas to "confinement and ghettos. " nicola carroll reports. hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes in rakhine state. they accuse the myanmar military of carrying out mass killings, rape, and setting fire to homes. but the myanmar government denies the accusations. today, there are more than 600,000 refugees living in camps like this one. the governments of bangladesh
and myanmar now have an agreement for their return. translation: the returnees will be taken to their original lands or wherever they want to live. in primary stages, they will stay in temporary camps. the two sides have agreed to complete the repatriation process in a reasonable time. after a verification process, the displaced rohingya will be taken back. 0ur priority is to ensure their safe return to their homeland with honour. we are aiming for that. the arrangement will cause concern at the un, which has warned of the danger of returning rohingya facing confinement and ghettos. many of the issues that forced the region to flee the first place remain are addressed and some refugees say they do not want to return unless they get citizenship in myanmar. translation: i can't trust the myanmar government. if the international
community supports us, and if there are people to protect us, we will go. if they send us back without this guarantee, we will be persecuted again. rights groups say the idea that myanmar would allow them to return with open arms is wishful thinking. it is also not clear whether the myanmar military will agree to the latest deal. for now, these rohingya muslims continue to face an uncertain future. nicola carroll, bbc news. the actress, emma thompson, has led a march in north london to support the british—iranian woman nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe, who's beenjailed 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. # if you're happy and you know it clap your hands # nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe's favourite song, imprisoned in iran and unable to sing it with her own young daughter, 200 members of her community in west hampstead in london came out
today to form a mum's protest. they were joined by local mum and 0scar—winning actor 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 19 months. 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. they have kindly taken the letters for us. really pleased with that, thank you to our muslim friends in the islamic centre of england.
one person who did hear the voices was nazanin herself. she rang from prison in iran to thank them for their support, especially her husband, richard. i am so grateful for everyone. thank you so much. i am so grateful. i don't think i deserve him, to be honest. he has been 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 the love, that is the most important thing, that's what keeps us going. with fresh charges and a 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 community that she calls home. ‘leave no—one behind' is the theme for this year's un campaign to end
violence against women. thousands have been taking to the streets around the world to mark the international day. france have vowed to introduce new measures protecting women, while in italy hundreds took over the lower house of parliament to speak out. virginia langeberg has more: women united in istanbul. the women are openly denouncing the gender policies of the government, saying they will remain on the streets for as long as they can. around the world, antiviolence campaigners were making their voices heard. with marches on the streets of paris, in lisbon, to remember the 470 women who have died in portugal of domestic violence since 2003, and in
italian parliament, a historical first. 1300 female victims given the floor to speak uncensored. among them, a doctor attacked and draped bya them, a doctor attacked and draped by a patient. —— raped. them, a doctor attacked and draped bya patient. —— rapedlj them, a doctor attacked and draped by a patient. -- raped. i have come here today because i am alive. i wa nt to here today because i am alive. i want to state that i am not and did not feel ashamed. while i was being attacked, i thought about all women who suffer violence in italy and the world. her courage and that as many others welcomed by the speaker of the house. translation: others welcomed by the speaker of the house. translatiosz others welcomed by the speaker of the house. translation: it is no longer the time to stay quiet about it. silence kills. that is why today i want to give the floor to you. sentiment echoed in france with president emmanuel macron announcing a raft of new measures to try to combat the problem, including a minimum age of 15 to consent for sex. currently, the country has no
such law. translation: there is no room for complacency or excuses because it is our responsibility as a republic, and france should no longer be one of those countries with women living in fear. it was officially the official day for the elimination of violence against women. “— elimination of violence against women. —— international. today was their day, but they hope tomorrow their day, but they hope tomorrow the message carries through. bbc news. they were called the "dreadnoughts of the trenches," and changed the face of modern warfare. now, 100 years after the first tanks were deployed in the battle of combray in the first world war, members of the royal tank regiment have returned to the french town, to commemorate those who died. robert halljoined the crowds paying their respects. 0n the terraced lawn of the cambrai memorial, today's tank crews look back to a week which cemented the bonds of a new military family. in november 1917, the early tank men
clambered into over 400 lumbering machines, for the largest tank attack ever mounted. inside the metal hulls, crews were overcome by heat and exhaust fumes. many tanks broke down. 0ne battle—scarred veteran has been adopted by the french village where it fought. tank d51 — deborah to her crew — was abandoned and lost. until a local historian found her back in 1998 and began the task of preserving her. today, deborah is the centrepiece of a new museum, commemorating her part in the battle and the five crewmen she lost. it is simply a love story. it's a love story which has started when first i met a lady who let me know that she knows a place where a tank was buried. deborah's crew are buried nearby, lost on a day when tanks advanced further and faster than anyone imagined.
but the bravery and the crews and the sheer power of the tanks came to naught. the allies were once again driven back. cambrai, however, did mark the start of a change in the way wars were fought. the tank had proved its worth. a machine that is still evolving, still a terrifying presence. its birth came at a high cost. these ceremonies mark the passing of the tank men who still lie under the rolling farmland they crossed. robert hall, bbc news, on the battlefield of cambrai. let's ta ke let's take a look at some sport. cricket now. and australia are in control at the gabba in brisbane. at the lunch break, england have taken their second innings score to 119 forfive, a lead ofjust 93 over australia. aussie spinner, nathan lyons, struck twice, getting the wickets of mark stoneman and dawid malan.
skipper, jo root, was outjust before lunch for 51. the weather now with philip avery. hello once again. saturday was pretty much a cold day right across the british isles and before that, you have to thank a supply of cold north—westerly wind coming between an area of low pressure up towards the north—east, high pressure down towards the south—west. and on that run of north—westerlies, there were quite a few showers across northern and western parts. if you have some overnight, then ice could be a problem first thing on sunday, especially on untreated surfaces. here we are first thing on sunday morning. still that wind across the north—east of scotland, showers there. showers too coming through the north channel down across the irish sea into the north and west midlands thomas through the north—west of england. we will come back to those in a second. but further east or south, dry, fine, sunny, chilly to start off the new day, and perhaps a little
more in the way of cloud already at this stage across parts of the south—west and the far west of wales. cloudy right from the word go across northern ireland. this is all coming ahead of a set of weather fronts which make themselves known in northern ireland late on in the afternoon. the wind ahead of those fronts just beginning to come a bit more westerly and maybe not as cold as the north—westerly wind of saturday. but that the supply of showers i was talking about coming out of the irish sea could be a bother at burnley and at huddersfield. not such an issue down at southampton — gloriously clear here. kilmarnock, just the first signs of the cloud spilling in from northern ireland to temper the sunshine then rob you of it altogether as you get on through the afternoon. certainly by evening, wet and windy fair piling its way down and across the british isles. notice the number of isobars there, 40 mile gusts perhaps inland and on some of the western—facing hills, 30—40 millimetres of rain, but at least this is mild air. we have a spell of relatively mild conditions for the new week. but then it turns much colder and there will be a noticeable
biting wind coming in from the north. monday, a day of transition. it will take a while before we see the last of the overnight rain getting away from the south of england and wales. double—figure temperatures here. but slowly but surely, once all of the fronts have moved on through, that allows those isobars to bend back into a much more northerly direction and a long that, that is the highway for the cold air to percolate its way down from nearly the arctic across all parts of the british isles. i am showing you here the middle part of the week, cold air absolutely dominant. and that extends probably towards next weekend. this is bbc news, the headlines. the government in pakistan has called on the army to send troops to the capital islamabad after battles between police and islamist demonstrators. several deaths have been reported and nearly 200 people injured. protesters are demanding the sacking