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hello. you're watching "gmt" on bbc world news. our top stories. a deadline passes and ukraine's army is called upon to combat pro russian protestors in the east. militants strike again, this time storm a police building in militants strike again, this time storm a police building in another city in donetsk province. outside, the crowd converges on an ambulance where one
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reportedly wounded police officer is looked after inside. also a tale of discrepancies and lies. the prosecution challenges oscar pistorius calling his events leading to the death of his girlfriend unbelievable. the search for the missing malaysian flight goes underwater. an underwater robot scours the ocean. and talking about possible further sanctions now against russia. energy and mining could be on the table for sanctions. what would respond by the european union? ministers meet today. the question is can the eu show unity, determination and resolve? hello. it's midday here in london, 7:00 in washington, 2:00 in the
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afternoon in eastern ukraine where pro russian militants continue to occupy government buildings in defiance of a deadline to leave or face eviction by ukrainian forces, a deadline that's passed. latest focuses is on the area. pro-russian activists have stormed the police station there. the defiance of the deadline to get out could hardly be clearer. the acting president blames mow cow and says country is at war. he says the referendum could be the best answer to the mounting tension. nik has that report. >> storming a police station in donetsk, eastern ukraine, as the deadline passes from the new central authorities in kiev for protestors to end their occupation of government buildings. this looks like more evidence
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this remains a highly combustible battle of wills. crowds gather around the ambulance treating injured. now kiev launches the operation against the protestors as tensions escalate. authorities hinted at a possible referendum for the country. is that enough to lower the temperature and how russia responds? this is the most serious post cold war standoff between russia and west. in moscow, a warning to kiev in the west over taking action. >> translator: it is a very dangerous development. those encouraging the current authorities in kiev acting this way must be held fully accountable. >> at the united nations security council, representatives accused of stirring tensions in ukraine.
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the west denies they have had soldiers on the ground. >> it's hard to reconcile the behavior of the russian federation, propaganda of the russian federation, military actions of the russian federation which range from the massing of 40,000 troops on the border to the submersive activities inside ukraine. >> in lucksingburg, authorities gather tore discuss possible sanctions. >> appearances a further gross deliberate and premeditated violation of the independence and sovereignty of ukraine and it's also clearly a very dangerous thing to do. therefore there has to be a clear and united international response to that. >> so set for a new show down, sign says donetsk republic.
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pro-russian protestors seem to be standing their ground here amid new international concern over where the crisis is now heading. nik childs, bbc news. >> you've seen the pro russian activists are determined to stay put. they're holding fast in several cities. among them, our correspondent daniel is there. he gave us the latest. >> reporter: things are intense today. this is the day the deadline given by the ukrainian president for all activists to leave the police stations and government buildings expired. the barricades still very much in place here around the station. people have been hearing rumors personnel were approaching. we saw gunmen running up the the streets taking positions. they formed a human barricade on the streets to prevent any government forces coming down. everything relaxed. it turned out it was purely a
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rumor. you can see that expired here. a big sense of determination. people are determined they're going to hold positions until they get what they want. first of all, that's a federal constitution in ukraine that gives them more control over their own lives. they're much less governed by kiev. in the background, the lurking demand that some want to join the russian federation. >> daniel there. oscar pistorius is accused of inventing his testimony on the fourth day of his cross-examination. the south african athlete is on trial for the murder of his girlfriend, reeva steenkamp. the chief prosecutor nel told the court pistorius was changing his events to prove his case. now on the statements. our colleague is outside the
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court in pretoria following another intriguing morning of events with pistorius showing the strain again. >> reporter: yes, the court had to adjourn a couple of times david for oscar pistorius to recover composure because he became very emotional. just before the court arrived at lunch break, he became emotional again. this time prosecutor gerrie nel had none of it. he said you're becoming emotional again and batted it away as he did not believe for one sense pistorius was genuinely upset. of course the prosecution assertion is that oscar pistorius fire had the gun in a fit of rage during an argument with steenkamp. this changing gerrie nel accuses pistorius of, his defense has become evidence. pistorius seemed confused at some point saying he fired the
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gun involuntarily. at the same time saying he fired it because he thought there was an intruder. here's exchange between the two. >> the noise you heard that night. it's important. >> it was a significant noise i heard that night my ladlady. >> because there's not a single word of that door closing, shooting, in your bail at all. i understand that's the case my lady. >> but why? >> i'm not sure. >> it can't be. it's such an important, significant noise. it's not in your bail. >> i mentioned it to my legal team my lady. i don't know why it's not in my bail statement my lady. >> that's not all.
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it's even more devastating for you sir. that is that it's not in your plea explanation. >> i understand that my lady. >> but why? why would that not be there? >> i'm not sure. >> because you never said it sir. you invented it. >> reporter: all through the morning's proceedings, nel accused pistorius of embellishing evidence, inventing new bits of his statement to give to the court. he hasn't mentioned in previous statements for bail application and plea explanation accusing pistorius of tailoring. we've heard that word tailoring coming up a lot. you may know in the court there's a reconstruction of the toilet itself. there is the actual bathroom toilet door through which oscar pistorius fired and reeva steenkamp was behind. as well as a recreation of the space, the toilet.
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the police detective was asked by the prosecution to go into the toilet and actually see if it was possible to effectively sit on the toilet and open the toilet door at the same time. >> would you sit on the toilet? my lady, i just want to make a demonstration. it's not a joke or trying to be. >> i'm not really sure what you're demonstrating. >> if reeva was on the toilet, to close that door, she would get up and go out. can you close it from inside? if it's open like that. if you want to close it. you can stand inside, but you have to reach to get it. you're taller than she is. >> reporter: so all of these elements this morning, gerrie
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nel going hard on oscar pistorius on more details. nel undermines the bigger picture oscar pistorius' version maintains happened that night. he's reduced pistorius to an emotional state on a few occasions. at one point roux objected on nel keeping on asking about the actual shooting itself and what oscar pistorius had in his mind. the judge didn't see a repetition and the questioning was allowed to continue. gerrie nel saying very much it was crucial to the morning proceeding. we expect the court to reconvene after lunch for more of the same. david? >> thanks very much outside the court in pretoria. let's pick up on the situation in ukraine once again. eastern ukraine in particular. we can speak now to the secretary of the committee of foreign affairs in ukraine's
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parliament. she joins on the line from the area close to the city of donetsk. thanks for joining us. given what they have seen now, it is clear isn't it, that the deadline for getting pro russian activists out of government buildings has passed? there's no real suggestion they want to do that. does that make military action inevitable? >> hello everyone. the thing we've seen show us the inability of the military operation which should be considered as the resource to keep civilians safe on the ground as we are now reporting about the casualty. >> right the acting president has spoken about being at war with moscow. what is the evidence to suggest that any of these activists are
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supported by or coming from russia? >> we have different separatists. those who organize and control and so called special services from russia. those who actually operate on the ground and execute orders while mainly from the local acting under the control of russians. also those who make a crowd also taken from locals. we cannot say this is only russian presence. this is all controlled under the russian order. with russia and kiev, the russian provocation we have on board. >> right. the point of that is if you take on activists militarily, you are
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clearly, aren't you, provoking some sort of response? you expect, from russia? >> you know, we can prolong the negotiations. have you seen the negotiations over last 40 days? they're trying to enact new ordnance. should we continue where we see prolonging where days past on territory? we're trying to organize -- [ inaudible ] >> it sounds from what you're saying as if you'd be prepared to see this escalate in terms of military content. yet at the same time the prime minister in donetsk has the weekend. the president both pointed to the possibility of deinvolinvol
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power to a certain extend. is that now the route to take? >> the biggest problem is we cannot secure those who leave there. people are very much afraid of what's going on on their streets. kiev has to take actions to protect their security as long as we can. this is not only the region but also to show himself -- >> you keep talking about the russian involvement here. there's a very heavy and clear nationalist involvement as well isn't there? people in the downs, in the place like donetsk, so koz mo h cosmopolitan are per identified of russians? >> this is not the case.
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unlike crimea, they support ukrainians. they were treated very badly. this is the additional people waiting for russian provocation. they definitely can find someone on the propaganda by russia which is not actually the case in ukraine. not only russian speaking. they're using russian propaganda to find those who can theoretically support the separatist. >> we'll have to leave it there. thank you for joining us. thank you for watching here on bbc world news. a lot more still to come including two explosions, dozens onene ock. l beg wh respe. a d sti by twi tack. 'll being wh respble. [ male announcer ] love drama? don't be a yes man.
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authorities in nigeria say dozens have been killed by two bomb explosions on the outskirts of abuja. it happened at a bus station. one counted 20 bodies at one morgue alone. there's no group claiming responsibility. the group boko haram has targeted the capital before. we have the world service reporter in abuja. he joins us from the phone. we have pictures, but talk us what is thought to have happened. >> what happened early in the morning today, people were going to work at the bus stop here. the explosion took place and
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caused a lot of panic among residents and casualties. i can see at the scene about eight buses, six of them badly damaged. all glasses, front, back, sides were shattered. also three buses there include motorcycles indicating it's really horrific. really huge explosion that took place in the morning here. >> to the extent this is on a different scale for the sort of thing nigerians have seen before? >> well, this is not the first time this kind of explosion did happen. for example, last year a similar explosion occurred at a bus stop where people used to head to southern part of nigeria. in abuja, this is the most deadliest ever happened here because lots of people were
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trapped during the rush hour moving to work. it's one of the most busiest and where people use to stay because houses measure less compared to abuja. thousands if not millions are around this area. it's a big thing. >> clearly having a major impact on the way people see their safety and security as well. we tend to have an instant thought this is the work of boko haram. is that the thought of people locally? >> honestly this attack definitely will send a kind of mind of who's here thinking how they'll go to work. this is the popular bus stop and part people do come and go to work. so definitely this kind of bomb
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blast would definitely send mien minds of people around the place. it's a blow to security forces. they're making the fight against the terrorism in nigeria most northern part. >> we'll leave it there. thank you very much indeed. let's catch up on other news from around the world now. trial has begun in libya of the son of the deposed libyan leader. she's facing war crime. gaddafi's former chief is also accused. a utah woman is arrested after seven babies were found in card board boxes. she's the mother of all babies. she's charged with murder of them. tests are underway to determine
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how they died. a fire spread through the chile city leaving 12 people dead and hundreds of homes destroyed. large areas have been evacuated with fire crews trying to control the flames. the president has declared the city a disaster zone. light relief here. bubba watson has become the champion for the third time. he's just 20. he was trying to become the youngest ever winner. he faulted on the last nine holes. watson though took that coveted green jacket. a robot submarine is deployed for the first time in the search for the missing malaysian airliner in the indian ocean off the west coast of australia. the robot is called bluefin-21.
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each mission lasts 24 hours. 16 hours are spent on the ocean floor looking for possible debris. it's going to take the sub four hours to dive and resurface and four hours to download the data. we have more from perth. >> the search for mh flight 370 is entering a new phase. for the first time a robotic submarine will scour the ocean floor for wreckage. depths of 4,500 meters. it will be a slow and measured process. the experts have therefore determined the australian defense vessel ocean shield will cease searching with the towed pinger locater later today and deploy the autonomous underwater vehicle bluefin-21 as soon as
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possible. >> the deep sea sub, bluefin-21 is replacing the ping locater that detected four signals which were consist end with an aircraft's black box. it has been six days since the last of those acoustic pulses were recorded. the sea has fallen silent. the mission is now heading deeper into the indian ocean. this is day 38 of the exhaustive search for the plane that simply vanished. further possible clues have been found. the australian navy is investigating a slick of oil deted detected in the target zone. >> the oil is yet to be determined but the oil slick is approximately 5,500 meters downwind and down sea from the vicinity of the detections picked up by the towed pinger locater ocean shield.
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hello. welcome to "gmt" on bbc world news with me david. we cannot afford to ignore it but can afford the cost of tackling climate change. it's the latest united nations message on cut ago lines on fuels. massive reininvesting in renewable energy, is it realistic. contentious and out and
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doubt winner. back on a major test of the prime minister transforming the way it leads. >> big job. the prime minister is sodium to nominate top executives to the country's largest state run organizations. here's the problem. in the past, these top jobs are always considered jobs for boys. the new prime minister mists th -- minister insists this time things will be different. scientists from the united nations on climate change say catastrophic global warn are warming can be averted. it diverts hundreds of billions of into renewable energy and
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cutting energy waste. this conclusion is is the final component to overall research released in three parts in fact. the first part was published last september that said cause of global warming since the 1950s was 95% certain to be human activity. the second report last month climbed the impact of climate change been severe, irreversible with flooding and food shortages on the way. the latest report is making it clear the solution is triple or quadruple the use of renewable power. to discuss this further, charles, the cofounder of the sustainability advisor firm and claire, senior consultant in europe specializing in economic regulation. thanks for coming in and joining us. charles, can i start with you on the affordable of what are massive figures in financial
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terms to deal with a massive problem? >> david, what we're really talking about here is saving ourselves from ourselves. affordable in the context of human survival, it doesn't cost the earth to save ourselves. in fact talking about 2% of gdp annually that is minute. given the scale of the problem, this is the fifth assessment they have made. these are the world's best scientists. we cannot continue to ignore them. >> the language seems the to suggest we know there's a problem. we can't afford to do it. it's not going to hurt you as much as you think it will. >> indeed. they keep on saying it will hurt us. they don't realize the alternative is catastrophic. we are talking about human health and survivability. we're poisoning our atmosphere, our air, our water, our land, our food. >> right. >> for the future. >> i'm sure you wouldn't see
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yourself as a sentic necessarily. do you believe this can be done in a way that doesn't hurt economically? >> i don't think it can be done in a way that doesn't hurt on the current approach. if we're going to take the approach and say we're going to press like offshore. that's going to have enormous cost for energy. europe is expected 10% global export market. it's going to have prices going up for families. there's already enormous living standards on people in europe. >> you would say no we can't afford it. we have to but -- >> the question then becomes what are we getting for that high price? what are we getting in return? >> i think the process we're talking about here, all these policies, they were designed to work as part of an international agreement which failed at copen
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haguen summit. what we should be doing instead is looking at alternative approaches based around supporting new technologies and other measures like that which don't we lie on that international agreement. right now, if you look at the path of how much emissions we produce each unit of gdp in europe and the united states in 20 years you wouldn't be able to tell which countries -- >> would you accept the way we're going at the moment is going to hurt and cost. there should be better ways of doing it then. >> the way we have been going is the problem. we've been burning too much fossil fuels. 1.5 million every year. i used to work for bp. we can't continue burning at the rate people are per day. >> clean coal not good enough? >> coal is in last decade is major culprit.
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can i finish -- 14 gig ga tons. we've got up. we should be going down. >> would you accept the chinese approach to be workable and stick with it? >> chinese have a war on pollution. that's leadership. they've realized pollution is the biggest social unrest issue. we need to all declare a war on pollution. make the pollutant pay. means a meaning face on carbon. in this country it's too low. we have a capping on the carbon floor price. we don't need to cap the floor price. we need to connect revenues from making the pollutant pay and -- >> it's easy to talk about policies in vague turns. that was sustainable 10 to 15 years ago when policies were abstract ideas. the carbon floor price is not
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reducing emissions 1 grand. it's increases here in britain, reducing through the market in the rest of europe. it's meaning britain is taking on more of the burden of emissions and rest of europe,less. that policy is massively ineffective and condemned -- why reinforce it. >> show me a better way. >> i think we should look at what have we done in the past? we've needed new technological answers. we need a low carbon source of energy to compete with high carbon energy. we have done in the past -- so whole range of challenges we faced from new spending machine miss the revolution to space flights in the 20th century. all those problems the way we've addressed them, we said okay if you can meet clearly arctticulad goals we'll give you a price. it costs money but it costs less
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money than using a vast scale now. that along with -- that's a more practical solution than driving up expense investments. >> we've got to stop which is a real shame. thanks to both of you. there's one big debate still to be had. thank you very much. >> thank you. this has been a story covered exclusively on the bbc website. good place to go to. keep up with the debate. it moves fast as you can tell from our last few minutes. we can read the latest blog on this point. our correspondent there also a question and answer section exploring what we know and don't know about the change. that's bbc.com/news. let's go to aaron with the business. ukraine and sanctions on the agenda. >> possible further sanctions on the table. i'll explain.
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gentlemen, we like a good deb e debate. yes. the market slid on investors reacting to the escalating crisis between kiev and moscow. we know the european foreign ministers are meeting to discuss ukraine and the targeted economic sanctions against russia. certainly set to be on the agenda. at stake the civil war in ukraine and whether the european union can demonstrate, unity, determination and resolve up until now. the members of the russian political elite have had assets frozen and travel bans in place to restrict further movement. nou the u.s. is prepared to intensify sanctions and energy,back ienergy, banking and mining could be on the table. if eu agrees, there could be
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much more serious trade sanctions on russia. europe can squeeze the russian economy but only -- here's the trick -- only if it's willing to take economic damage itself. this will also prove i have to say a test for germany in the pivotal position in the eu. german businesses have been opposed to sanctions up until now. let's get more with the associate in the russian program. john, great to see you as always. americans have been quite clear with what they want to see perhaps on the table for discussion. not so, i have to say, for the europeans. why is that? why do we have this wishy washy attitude in europe? is it down to trade and money? >> those are the main reasons. u.s. has been on the lead from this. it has a trading relationship with russia as the eu have a significant relationship. they also have a degree of
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energy dependcy coming from russia. they don't want to disrupt relations if they can avoid it. they're getting to the point they're going to threaten to take measures. the list of fiofficials you referred to. bans, freezes. u.s. has gone around president putin. eu has taken lower level officials. i expect there's probably going to be higher level officials on the eu list. >> if eu did stand united -- that's a big if, but if it stood united could it have a serious effect, impact on the russian economy? >> it would take time and depend how it went about. the absolute nuclear option in economic terms is adopt iran's sanctions and for example freeze russian out of the banking system.
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i don't see any chance of that happening now. it would take an awful lot for the eu and u.s. to reach that point. eu will probably put restrictions on russian companies looking to invest a broad in european countries. it will probably seek to enforce some of its competition provisions, the competition law more rigorously than in the past. there's a trust case at the moment with the european commission. it would see more of those things happening. over time we could see significant reoration away from russian gas. that can't been done in 24 hours. >> no, it can't. we'll talk more to you later. appreciate your time. let's talk about this. hundreds of top jobs in the italian industry up for grabs. prime minister there he is
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there. he's going to appoint executives to major state owned companies including oil giants and defense groups. traditionally the three year posts were often seen as rewards for political friends but the prime minister hopes to usher in a new era of professionalism certainly for the italian industry. our correspondent allen in rome. good to have you swe. this is quite interesting. i'm always wondering, why does somebody at the top of government like a prime minister get to a point -- there's been a bit of shady discussions in the past over top positions. >> you're absolutely right. this process hasn't always enjoyed the best reputation. that's for sure. major handoutins of hundreds of jobs in most important companies. it's coming together the world
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of politics and businesses. always a danger political ex paid ent say will overcome political judgment. the friends of the prime minister's party may be rewarded, favors done for other parties, scope is there. the prime minister is supposed to be above that thing, all about a meritocracy and liberating the talent of leaders. he's brought in a head hunting organization for this round of recruitment. perhaps this is to make this less political, more professional, more transparent. we'll see what he comes up with. >> absolutely alan. he's insisted he's going to choose -- i'm assuming now along with the head hunters, right people for the right jobs. do we know any leak this is rome or italy about the names and what kind of people these are?
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>> well this process excites a huge amount of interest speculation as to who may get the very biggest jobs in this process. one of the prime minister's right hand men, one of his ministers saying he wouldn't tell us who the key appointments were even under torture. he said cultural change. he said the prime minister was keen to draw measure women into important positions. the feeling italy lags behind when it comes to getting women in the board room. when the prime minister appointed the cabinet minister several weeks ago made sure half were women. we'll wait and see. i don't think we're going to hear the details of this announcement until after the markets close. >> yeah. okay. we'll wait for that announcement indeed. alan, great as always a. talk to you soon. alan johnston live from rome. tweet me on twitter.
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i'll tweet you back. that is it with the business news. >> plenty of it. thank you very much. >> thanks. >> thanks for being with us on bbc world news. still to come, looks like a politician, sounds like a politici politician. he ain't a politician. india's location reaches full sway. we'll have the country's look a like cashing in on the campaign. trying to stay fit but miss real pleasure?
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hello i'm david. the top stories this hour. pro russian supporters ignore ukraine's deadline and storm of police headquarters in another city. in moscow, russian minister lavrov denies allegations russia has undercover agents in the
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region. also series of blasts out side the nigerian capital have killed more than 70 people according to the latest reports. now to india, more on that. four of nine phases in the month long election have been completed. campaign is in full swing in many parts of the country. it's a time some people with physical resemblance to politicians past and present get work and make a bit of money. we report from the state. >> he's busy canvassing on the streets. he's not standing as a candidate. instead he just happens to resemble at least in some people's eyes, mordi, the man
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who could be the next prime minister. that has made him a huge draw. this is the country where they're protesting election. he's helping his party, bjp to get votes. while modi has avoided television interviews, he doesn't have qualms. >> similarly i'm called to other restaurant openings and latest functions. they always want me to dress up like modi and come. >> modi has been the chief minister of the state over 12 years and enjoys a fan following here. if he goes onto become the next prime minister, it would mean more work for his look a like. for others that resemble less well known politicians 24they he to wait to get work. down in the southern indian state, the campaign is also in
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full swing. one of the state's most famous chief ministering is politician. despite dying in 1987 he's a huge name across the state. for 59-year-old ragan that means work campaigning for the party founded. he works in state shows. during elections attention shoots up. >> translator: since they look like ramachandran i'm political campaigning. this job caters to financial
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needs and election as well. >> for now he's enjoying the attention. once the election frenzy is over, he'll go back to his real full time job. he has a lingering hope that an election for the man he resembles may be the beginning of a new journey. bbc news. >> going to take center stage in a different way. london has been holding night for nights theater. the book included four a wards, best new musical. the a wards are named after the political giant. they featured benny anderson and abbah from 15 years of the musical "mamma mia." >> from the red carpet to prestigious theater a wards, many of the best known faces
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associated with faces on the british stage. >> even without stars like him, it's been a booming year for theater with ticket sales well over half a billion pounds up since last year. >> ladies and gentlemen, welcome to my tv show. >> one of the productions helped boost audience numbers, charlie and the chocolate factory. and the a ward show opened with a number from the stage adaptation of the world classic. ♪ thus it was another musical close to the comedy, book of mormon from the creators of south park that ended up being one of the big winners.
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♪ ♪ >> the winner is the book of mormon. >> it took four a wards in total including best new musical and best actor in a musical. >> it's one of those things you've never quite seen on stage in a musical. south park audiences get their feel. bobby lopez and park is brilliant. golden age music. it's joust a really good time. mormon is a really fun night. >> best actor went to rori for his performance in the theater performance. >> i was lucky to play this part in that theater with that company and director. anything more is is sort of a ludacris act. i feel reasonably guilty getting something like this when the whole experience of it was so pleasurable. i still have it.
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>> best actress won by manziel for her role. >> where have you been all my life? i'm so happy i'm beside myself. we did hundreds of performance of ghost. i miss it. i have post ghost blues. this has cheered me up to no end. thank you. >> he used to sing this. you did too. >> the night ended with benny from abbah introducing a special tribute. ♪ ♪ >> it was marking 15 years of the hit show "mamma mia." bbc news at the a wards. let me remind you of our top stories on bbc.
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