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BBC在线收听下载:联合国称也门面临百年来最严重的饥荒

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Hello, I'm Eileen McCue with the BBC News.

A BBC investigation has found evidence of more than 106 chemical weapons attacks in Syria since President Bashar al-Assad agreed to destroy his country's stockpile five years ago. Corroborating information from multiple impartial sources, investigation found that President al-Assad's forces were behind the majority of the strikes designed to flush out rebel fighters from their strongholds. The BBC's Rouville McCarthy says chlorine was used most of all.

Seventy nine of these attacks were chlorine attacks, which is very interesting because chlorine isn't a banned chemical. It wasn't declared and destroyed as a part of the disarmament that took place following 2013, but when it's used as a weapon, it is one hundred percent absolutely illegal. And seventy nine of the attacks that we saw did use chlorine.

The UN says the world should be ashamed that millions of people in Yemen are facing what could become the world's worst famine in a hundred years, as the civil war continues. UN officials are urging the Saudi-led coalition to halt airstrikes. Lisa Grande is the UN coordinator to Yemen.

There are eighteen million people in the country who we consider to be food insecure. Of the eighteen million, there are eight and a half million who every single day they wake up, they have no idea where their next meal will come from. We consider these people to be at grave risk of famine and starvation. If the war continues, we could be looking at twelve to thirteen million innocent civilians who are at risk of dying from the lack of food.
The German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to meet senior Party officials in Berlin this morning to discuss the heavy losses suffered by her Bavaria sister Party in Sunday's state election in Bavaria. The CSU lost its absolute majority, and Mrs. Merkel's national coalition partners, the Social Democrats, saw their vote halved. Jenny Hill reports.

It was a disastrous night for Angela Merkel's coalition partners. The beneficiaries: smaller parties like the far-right AFD which enters the regional parliament for the first time, and a revitalized Green Party which has emerged as the region's second strongest power. Mrs. Merkel will want an extensive post-mortem. The Bavaria reflects what's happening at national level, dwindling support for the traditional center-right and center-left. The SPD is in particular trouble and there's speculation its leaders might try to pull out of Mrs. Merkel fragile coalition government, which they blamed for its decline.

World news from the BBC.


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