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BBC News with Marion Marshall.

Thousands of Palestinian refugees have been forced to flee from their camps in Syria which have been hit by heavy fire from government forces, bombarding the port city of Latakia. Reports said dozens of others have been injured. The United Nations’ spokesman, Christopher Gunness, told the BBC that at least four Palestinians have been killed. He said his staff in the camp needed urgent humanitarian assistance for those remaining.

We have reports that more than half of the camp, the camp is home to 10,000 Palestinian refugees. More than half of them have fled. Some were told to leave by the Syrians, other simply fled. We have no idea where these people are. We have no idea what kind of medical attention they need which is why we are calling Syrian authorities to give us expeditious access we need to get in there to assess the need to see what people are suffering and we need thereafter to take urgently needed humanitarian supplies.

Turkey has warned Syria to end immediately and unconditionally the use of force against government demonstrators. The Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the continued attacks on civilians could not be excused. He said this was Ankara’s final word and that unless the violence ceased, Turkey would break off all dialogue.

The judge at the trial of the former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has ruled that future proceedings will not be televised. Judge Ahmed Rifaat said his decision was made in the public interest, but he did not elaborate. Mr. Mubarak who appeared in court in Cairo for second time is charged with ordering the death of hundreds of protestors in the uprising. The BBC’s Jeremy Bowen has more details.

The trail of the former President Mubarak and his two sons is a biggest test for the new Egyptian. Once again, the omens were not good with the trial judge struggling to bring order to what had become judicial chaos. The judge complained about noise been made by more than 100 lawyers, telling them to sit down and to show some respect. He has banned anymore TV coverage of the trial, and was seems to be in attempt to make less of circus. The pictures though have electrified millions in the Arab world, who thought they had never see one of the region’s strong men so humbled and humiliated.

The Internet giant Google has made it first significant move into hardware by announcing that is to buy American mobile phone maker, Motorola Mobility. Rory Cellan-Jones has the details.

Google’s Andriod operating system powers more smartphones than any other software. Now with the acquisition of Motorola, it will be able to make its own phones and tablet computers, just like its great rival Apple which has found that controlling everything from hardware to software to shops, it is the route to huge profit. But what maybe more important to Google is the 17,000 patents that the Motorola has accumulated over the years. With just about every major player in the industry suing each other at the moments, patents have become an import weapon in the battle for smartphone supremacy.

World News from the BBC.

The Netherlands has unfrozen 143 million dollars in seized Libyan assets and given the funds to the World Health Organization. The spokesman for the Dutch government said the funds will be used to provide medical and surgical equipments in areas held by rebel fighting Colonel Gaddafi’s forces.

Police in Nigeria have shot dead suspected suicide bomber as he drove the car packed with explosives into the police headquarters in the northeastern city of Maiduguri. They say the Islamist sect Boko Haram, which wants to establish an Islamic state in Nigeria, was behind the attack. Mary Harper reports.

The police said they found large quantities of gun powder and several cans of petrol in the vehicle, enough to cause massive explosion right at the heart of police operations in Maiduguri. They have blamed Boko Haram, a radical Islamist sect that has for the last two years carried out numerous attacks mainly in northern Nigeria. For its side, the army is investigating alleged abuse of civilians and unlawful killings by soldiers involved in what is proving to be a long and difficult fight against Boko Haram.

President Obama has set off a bus tour at mid western states to try to regain the political initiative after weeks of bad economic news and repeated attacks by Republican opponents. He is visiting Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa to spur his supporters in three states he took in the last presidential election, and can ill afford to lose next year.

Hundreds of Amazonian Indians in Bolivia have begun a long march in protest of construction of road through a pristine rainforest reserve. The activists say the highway found by Brazil would encourage illegal settlement and deforestation in the Isiboro Secure National Park, which is home to several isolated tribes. The protest is an embarrassment for Bolivia’s President Evo Morales, who is a prominent advocate of indigenous rights and the protection of what he calls Mother Earth.

BBC News.
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