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As Britain filed for divorce from the EU, European leaders have rejected British Prime Minister Theresa May's plan for parallel talks on withdrawing and forming a new relationship. The German chancellor Angela Merkel said the EU must first work out how to extricate Britain from commitments built up during forty-four years of membership.
(Photo: British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street before heading to the Houses of Parliament before launching the process for leaving the European Union. Credit: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
The elderly and injured, young children and rebel fighters with light weapons are being evacuated from the Syrian city of Homs. Most people will be taken to the city of Jarablus in northern Syria.
Also in the programme: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny sentenced to 15 days in prison; US-led anti-IS coalition continues investigation into civilian casualties in Iraqi city of Mosul.
(Photo: Evacuation continues in al-Waer, the last opposition-held district of Homs. Credit: BBC)
US-backed forces have paused their offensive against the so-called IS-stronghold of Raqqa to allow engineers to inspect the strategic Tabqa Dam. IS fighters claimed coalition air strikes had jammed the dam's gates, causing water levels to rise dangerously, potentially risking the lives of thousands of people.
Also in the programme: The civilian cost of the battle for Mosul; Thieves steal gold coin weighing 100 kilogrammes.
(Photo: Tabqa Dam near Raqqa. Credit: Reuters)
Carrie Lam, a long-time civil servant, vowed to heal divisions in Hong Kong but pro-democracy activists dismissed the election as a sham. Mrs Lam won more than half the votes of a specially-appointed committee of nearly 1,200 people, most of them loyal to the Chinese government.
Also in the programme: UN aid reaches western Yemen; and what's up with WhatsApp - should technology companies allow access to encrypted material in terrorism cases?
(Photo: Hong Kong's new Chief Executive Carrie Lam. Credit: AP)
Thousands of Russians have taken part in anti-corruption rallies across the country, in defiance of the authorities. The biggest protests were in Moscow, where activists say at least seven hundred people (including opposition leader Alexei Navalny) were detained. We hear from an opposition activist and our correspondent in Moscow.
Also on the programme: Who the House Freedom Caucus are and why they are crucial for President Donald Trump to pass legislation; and the first ever woman to manage an Italian men's football team.
(Image: Police officers detain Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. Credit: AFP / Evgeny Feldman for Alexei Navalny's campaign)
Residents of the Iraqi city of Mosul say recent air strikes have caused mass casualties. One woman told the BBC that nine members of her family have been killed in an operation carried out by US-led strikes.
Also on the programme: mass polio vaccination campaign in West and Central Africa; and part two of our investigation looking into the death of a British man in China.
(Picture civil protection rescue team clearing the debris of a destroyed house. Credit: AP Photo/Felipe Dana)