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hello. you're watching "gmt" on bbc world news. i'm tim wilcox. our top news. divers have entered the sunken ferry but still haven't found survivors. more anguish as the hull finally slips beneath the surface. pro russian activists refuse to leave government buildings in eastern ukraine despite the break through in the talks in geneva. they don't want to listen to instructions of people in geneva. they believe they're illegitimate. they say they'll only give ground here if people in
parliament in kiev actually resign. could this be home to alien life? a discovery shows it's the most earth-like planet so far. we are here with news of changes in france's economy. he plans to slash from pensions, health care and well fare. we have whether the deficit busting plan will work. hello. it is midday here in london, 2:00 in ukraine, 8:00 evening in south korea. bad weather continues to hamper rescue efforts following the sinking of a ferry with more than 250 mostly school children still missing. in the last hours, divers managed to enter the ferry.
month survivors were found. there's more anguish for families waiting as the hull finally slipped beneath the waves. in a further tragic development, the vice principal from which the students came has killed himself. >> reporter: consumed by grief, the families of the missing are losing hope. it's been more than two days since their loved ones disappeared. with a buddhist monk, some conduct a religious ceremony and pray by some miracle their relatives may be found alive. >> translator: it's heart break physician i think about how cold she must be in the water. i pray she's still alive. >> reporter: rescuers are hampered by difficult conditions. cranes have arrived to help with the operation. footage has emerged apparently from inside the ferry as it capsized. a loud speaker tells passengers
not to move. investigators say they now know that it was the third officer who was at the helm of the ferry as it sank, not the captain. he's been detained by police accused of abandoning ship. >> translator: i am really sorry. i am deeply ashamed. i cannot put it into words. >> reporter: as parents try to make sense of the past to days, their anger turned towards authoritie authorities and the way they handed the search. emotions are high all over the country. most of those on board the ferry were children from the same school. these high school students held a vigil in solidarity hoping, praying that more survivors will still be found alive.
bbc news. >> our correspondent joining us from south korea. divers managed to enter the vessel today. there's been a press conference. what have authorities said? >> reporter: that's right. a significant break through. two divers managed to get into the ferry. there are difficult and dangerous conditions. they got into the cargo restaurant or living quarters or one of the floors it's believed many of the missing students are trapped. that's a break through. families are following this closely. for days now they've been saying authorities need to do more. get divers into that ferry to see whether or not there are survivors. there may have been a pocket of air. rescuers say it's a slim possibility. they're pumping oxygen into the stricken ferry in case anybody
has survived. >> the hull has slipped beneath the waves. what depth are we talking about there? >> reporter: well we're talking about 30 meter there is the surface to the seabed. the weather conditions today have eased. i think that has improved the chances of getting down there. there's strong currents. i was speaking to a diver last night. he said the visibility if you put your hand in front of your face, you wouldn't be able to see it. down in the water there. that gives some idea how difficult, dangerous it is for divers trying to get into the ferry. the families of course want authorities to do more. they feel that as time goes on, we're in our third day now. the chances of finding anyone alive are steady diminishing. >> briefly another development regarding the captain who's
being investigated about all this. >> reporter: well that's right. it's been announced a short while ago that the courts have put out arrest warrant. he may well be facing prosecution along with some members of his crew. he's been under the spotlight. it turned out it was not at the helm of this ferry when it started sinking. >> thank you very much. hopes of an agreement in full party talks in geneva would pave the way out of ukraine suffered major setback. pro russian activists say they won't leave buildings they've occupied until they call the illegal government in kiev steps down. thursday's agreement insisted armed groups should leave places they've been occupying for a general amnesty. >> the hand shake, deal and a
lot of questions after a day of talks in geneva. an agreement that might ease tensions in a deeply troubled country. under the terms of the deal, all illegal military groups in ukraine are to disarm and withdraw from buildings they've seized. all protestors will be guilty of committing serious crimes. the whole thing is to be monstered by osce security operation. one party to the deal is voicing doubts. >> our purpose would be for mr. putin to follow through on what is a glimmer of hope m coming out of geneva talks. we're not going to count on it until we see it. >> in kiev, the ukrainian government met to discuss the agreements, one they endorsed all be it not with obvious enthusiasm. >> translator: following the
results of this meeting, we expect russia will immediately call off its sabotage and intelligence groups, stop sponsoring so called protestors armed with machine guns only the russian army has and stop supporting terrorist and separatists. >> reporter: all being well, this deal should soon see buildings like this in donetsk be vacated by current occupiers. they could see the suspension of sanctions aimed at russia. agreeing on a deal is one thing. make it work is another. bbc news. >> well we are outside that building in donetsk which is still occupied. >> reporter: the diplomats in geneva may not be happy to see going on here. these two men who are pro russian are actually reinforcing their barricades here in donetsk. they've got ties. they've got bits of old barbed
wire. they are making sure they may get this piece of wood. in fact, are they? yeah. this is meant to prevent a raid from the ukrainian government. they have put faith in diplomacy. that agreement reached in geneva said that these people have to give all this up, that everyone here in eastern ukraine has to vacate the building that they've occupied. come down here. let's look at the main entrance. it doesn't just apply to eastern ukraine. it also applies to pro european protestors in kiev as well. the problem is this, no one is preparing to give up any ground. these men are still guarding the main entrance. people are coming and going. they've got stocks of food inside. they've been saying on the loud speaker they don't want to listen to instructions to people in geneva.
they believe they're illegitimate. they say they will only give ground here if people in parliament in kiev actually resign. have a look there on the terrace. through there you'll see these people are preparing for a long same stay. whatever is said in geneva has time to filter down here to donetsk. >> let's go to donetsk live now with bbc david stern. has there been developments in the situation around that government building david, any negotiations? >> reporter: no, nothing at all. as you've been hearing from james down the street from here, there's no movement. in fact, a more of a digging in. this deal is barely a day older. it seems to run into difficulty. of course the pro russian activists saying the government in kiev is itself an armed military group and must vacate the buildings it has occupied. it should be said we're still early in this. as i say, it's only a day old.
it's not clear if this is political posturing or perhaps russia has not been able to bring the influence promised on these groups. it should also be said the western officials and ukrainian officials say that russia is s disgenerous saying they're carrying these operations out themselves. >> russian forces are still on the border. wh are ukrainian troops visible in donetsk? >> reporter: yes, they are. it's a stand off. ukrainian troops are pulled back after they had resistance in areas. it's still a tense situation. until the groups start to vacate the buildings, until there's vacating in perhaps in kiev as
well, then we will not see an end to the standoff. >> david stern in donetsk, thank you. an avalanche has killed 12 guides in the deadly disaster on the world 's highest peak. it happened in the area nicknamed popcorn field. all those involved had gone to the area to secure ropes for climbers along the route to the summit. let's get the latest from the reporter there live. the deadliest accident for several years. what more details emerged? >> reporter: yes, one of the deadliest avalanches and accidents that happened in mount everest region for the last couple of years. in 2006 also there was a similar accident when 12 died. the latest is confirming that 12
died up there. several others are injured and still missing. officers have stopped search and rescue operation for today because weather conditions have deteriorating. they're saying early in the morning, rescue and search operation will continue. >> okay. thank you very much indeed. stay with us here on bbc world news. still to come, tributes from around the world paid to the columbian writer who dies at the age of 87. [ hypnotist ] you are feeling satisfied
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described by many as the greatest spanish writer, the columbian prize winner has died. the columbian president says the country will observe three days of mourning. we report now from mexico. >> reporter: to many he was the greatest writer who lived. marquez who brought together imagimagic and reality succumbe health issues after he was diagnosed to cancer. he led tributes to the country's most beloved son. >> translator: as the
government, in homage to memory i've declared a state of mourning three days involving all public institutions to fly the national flag at half mass. we hope columbians will do the same in their own homes. >> he was a controversial figure. his friend slip to castro caused some to distance themselves from him at least politically. his initiates played a role in negotiations with rebel groups and government. on the streets of the capital, the loss was high. >> we have lost someone that wrote entering books. it will be hard to find another like him. >> translator: he leaves us with life. his physical death brings his life. he's left us his books. to read marquez is life.
>> i feel strange because he took us to unexpected places. he made you feel things you don't feel with other writers. >> reporter: it was his ability to make people feel things they didn't feel with other writes which made him and his novels so special and unique. >> reporter: his death will be keenly felt in native columbia and also mourned here in mexico, adopted home for man 40 years. here's an author that transended latin america and can be considered the finest latin writer. astronomers have discovered what they say is the most earth-like planet detected. they're calling it kepler 186f. it's about 10% bigger than earth. it may have liquid water, a key ingredient for life on its
surface. >> reporter: 500 light years from earth, a planet that might, just might, be able to sustain life. this is a computer simulation of kepler 186f. in truth it may not look anything like this. whatever its appearance, it's a big deal. >> we found super earths, planets bigger than our planet in a habitable zone. the temperature is just right for liquid water. this is the first time we've found a planet so close to earth's size. that means a lot. >> it's thought this could be called a gold locks planet. before we get too excited, a word of caution. >> this planet kepler 186f orbits the star cooler and
warmer than the sun. while it is the same size as earth and receives the same energy as earth, it orbits a different star. perhaps we have discovered an earth cousin. >> an earth cousin trillions of kilometers away. the truth is if kepler 186f is teaming with water and teaming with life, we'll probably never know. donna lawson, bbc news. >> sounds fascinating. >> let's talk to the space fizz cyst. it's the smallest planet outside earth we've been able to detect so far. the it's easier to find bigger ones like jupiter.
the main is size element. the other is it's in the habitable zone where there could be water on this planet. it's not too hot, not too cold for liquid water to exist. >> it's 500 light years away from us. >> would we ever get there? we hear people talking about the mission to mars. is this impossible? >> it took 70 years to reach outside the solar system with voyager. with current technology, no. with technology we're developing now, no. you never know what the rememal of science fiction turn out to be true. there are people thinking about. that i don't see us being able to go there and step foot there to see if there's life there. >> it seems extraordinary
there's been 1,000 planets discovered in the last year. will we get more information about kepler from this? >> there are techniques. small planets are quite hard for kepler to detect or get as much information as you want. we have a mission coming up soon called plato designed more for earth like planets. kepler was about finding the easiest to find planets, gas giants. so in the future, we'll know more about them and discover what their atmospheres are like. that will tell us whether that's likely to have life or not. that's the key thing. we don't know how hot this planet is. >> that would depend on radiation and things. thank you indeed for coming and joinings us on the program. christians around the world will be commemorating the
passion of christ today, good friday with church services or possessions. here in britain, the shield provides a backdrop for a different way of telling the story. it's part of the great passion that involves artist in the local community and unexpected venues. our correspondent has this. not what you'd normally find inside a shipping container. a band of future heads taking part in today's great passion. 12 shipping containers around the northeast, each turned to art work on the theme of the easter story. the topic for the future heads container, burdens. >> what we want to do is involve the community. we interviewed them on the topic of keeping secrets, being a sounding board for people's problems, that type of thing. we got anecdotes and stories
throughout the ages. >> what's the heaviest thing to lift? >> i think depression. >> we went in the studio in new castle and arranged a piece of music and fit them to it. tried really hard to sort of create an interesting sound skit for in here. it's a tin container. >> reporter: the 12 shipping containers have been transported to the same place, ben's park in south shields where today's one hour live tv program. they've been placed in the shape of the cross. >> we're out here. obviously this is an area with a strong shipping heritage and industrial heritage. it felt shipping containers were a good way to mark that. >> reporter: singing will play a large part.
♪ ♪ >> burkes opening and closing the show. >> what a way to remember easter and have families remember what easter is about. this is the way i was brought up to remember easter. to me it's about christ. i feel like sometimes easter gets lost with easter eggs and trying to celebrate this way. this is bringing it back to what easter is about. >> reporter: after today's performance, sites will be open for the rest of the weekend so public can see inside the containers. this easter will be different. bbc news. coming up in the next half hour here on "gmt." around the world, christians are marking holy week and run up to easter. we'll report on hardships faced by christians in syria. that's with our special
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hello and welcome to "gmt" on bbc world news. i'm tim wilcox. coming up this half hour, christians mark the start of holy week. we have a report on the christians living in the conflict in syria. denied a voice. why 10 million indians living overseas are unable to to take part in the world's biggest democratic election. also in the program, we take a look another business news. >> board mustang celebrates a new redesigned model, cut into piece, squeezed in a lift and reassembled. we're showing the car at the top
of the empire state building for the start of the new auto show. hello. welcome back. around the world, christians marking holy week as the run up to easter, one of the most important dates in their calendar. for christians in syria, it's also an anxious time as the country's war drags on into the fourth year. our chief correspondent reports from damascus. >> reporter: for syria's christians, the start of holy week is a time to hold fast to ritua rituals. this is a joyous occasion and saddest of times. memories to treasure for young and old.
after years of crisis, we hold the olive branch high, explains the patriarch. waving a symbol of peace. but there's no escaping reminders of war. a peace delegation takes up the front pews of the church. they've come from iron, pakistan, britain and australia. peace activists mcgwire is among them. >> the only way forward for syria for the northern islands is through dialogue, through negotiations. >> reporter: but there's no peace now, just daily violence. a mortgager round struck a christian school this week a few hundred meters from the church.
60 children and teachers were injured. 9-year-old waits for surgery on her leg. she tells me it's broken and burning. you're a brave girl, i say. >> yes, we are brave, but what does it mean? all the children were injured. a lot of blood spilled on the floor in our courtyard. our principal is in surgery now. a lot of teachers were injured. >> reporter: she and her class plai mates were in the schoolyard when a martyr landed. the army are on the edges of the city. >> in syria, attacks take place on a daily basis. some are indiscriminate. christians are not the only ones
suffering in this war. the pain over individual losses is deepened by anxiety over the fate of their entire community. >> this week st. paul's church in damascus was full of sorrow for the dutch priest murdered in the city. the towering figure who inspired syrians of all faiths by his courage and commitment to this country. another leader was kidnapped last year. two bishops are also in captivity. >> i'm afraid about the christian community. if the majority of christians had that possibility to get out of syria and to be else, they would leave, 90% i would say. on the other hand, other people made the decision to stay. >> for christians, holy week
marks the death and resurrection of jesus. now they also pray for the revival of their country and place within it. bbc news damascus. well let's talk now to john of aid to the church in need that helps christians around the world. when you think of syria and christianity in the middle east, why the persecution now? who is targeting christians? >> it's hard to say who is behind it. we can said there's al qaeda type movements who are determined it would seem to take out christianity from syria. don't forget syria is the place christians first got the name christian. it's a very important center. we ourselves have seen all sorts
of reports in which christians are targeted. i remember one instance where of course families were forced out of syria and we were told how they had been asked to leave. otherwise they will be killed like their christ. it's a really specific targeting. >> is this purely religious or is it also acquiring land these christians hold? >> it's both top. get to motives behind attacks is difficult. it's clear they seek to eliminate christians from places like this where al qaeda militants are so strong. yesterday we had a report from damascus saying, look, who is listening to us christians who are intimidated and being forced out? those were his words. very strong. >> a dutch priest was killed recently. others kidnapped as well. the population of christians is
just over a million. how many remain there now? what are you doing to try to support the christian groups now? >> well what we understand is at least a third of the christians have been displaced from homes or forced a broad. this creates a huge, huge humanitarian crisis. as a charity, we've been helping that priest you mentioned, getting aid to that country he was helping. those 80 or so family, people trapped in the city. we've also been helping with families forced from damascus. >> for those that remember what happened in the christian community there, pointing out syria itself, it doesn't appear christians have power aims. it's not as if they are trying to achieve any sort of position in society.
that makes them more essential perhaps in the peace process in the end. >> yes. we've had it explained again and again christians have a vital role. it's so important for christians and the community that christians are able to stay. they are the bridge, link between the communities all the time fragmenting. it's sad we're seeing christians gradually forced out. we just have to hope and pray. it's the right time to do it this holy week there will indeed be as asked. >> thank you very much indeed for coming in. there's a big debate in the island about how to protect childhood. politicians are campaigning for beauty contests to be banned all together. children under 10 are not allowed to wear makeup at dancing competitions. it's not going well with parents
as chris explains. >> reporter: dancing is a competition but also a show. at these champ -- champion ships, costumes are part. this year for the first time, children are banned from wearing makeup and false eyelashes. >> appropriate steps to pull irish dancing back to the skill level and not cosmetics. we felt there was too much emphasis on cosmetics rather than talent children have. >> the extent parents go to is obvious. some feel dressing up is important element. >> you don't see getting on
stage at the theater without the makeup on. you're getting in a role going up to perform and compete. it's all about the package we put together as a competitor to get up there. this is my costume. i'm on stage. i didn't see the point in banning the makeup no matter what the age. >> they don't want the contest to be about looks, particularly as there's been a fierce debate over child beauty contests this. time was hosting a competition a few months ago. the pageant was to be held in a hotel. it ended uptaking place in this pub. the american company that organizeed the pageant plans to hold others this year. there's opposition as well as the whole idea of beauty
contests for children. >> the government has been under pressure to ban the pageants all together. this senator has been leading that campaign. >> i would hope we are. as part of the research i was watching child beauty pageants. one mother said she blows kisses. what blows kissing means is come get me baby. this is a 2-year-old girl. there's a growing emphasis on protecting childhood and a difference in pageants and performing. some argue wigs and makeup is only there to add to the event. organizers are making efforts to show competitions are about ability rather than beauty. bbc news. >> along side me somebody in full makeup. i'm not sure you can do the leg kicks like that.
>> not the can can. we are talking about france. let's keep it within reason. new tough talking prime minister of france is brought in to reform the french economy. perhaps at the same time save his party. it's quite the challenge. unemployment in france is is over 11%, growth is stagnant and debt continues to rise. in fact last week french announced they're going to miss the deficit target pledged to europe again. the social democrat faces anger. >> they call manuel the french tony blair who tells his party they must change if they want to survive. he is serious about the business friendly policpolicy. can he sell it?
>> it's not a gift. it's a pain. it's extremely painful and difficult particularly now. he know what is he's doing. >> it helps that he was formally a doctor. while interior minister he had a reputation for delivers what a he promised. the president does not have the same reputation. >> in recent weeks, his approval rating has fallen to low of 18%. the rating of mr. vows is at 58%. it's as if in the eyes of the french the newly appointed prime minister is the minister of france. mr. vows has no experience of running the economy. he is winning applause. in berlin he announced cuts in government spending in three years and promised solutions to
soaring cost of french labor. >> it's been painful. a 21-year-old spain, 35 france, 35 germany. there's a gap. the question would be where do they go? >> those on the left say he shouldn't be cutting spending when growth is stagnant. the kind of reforms that could split the party. >> we are voting today on the confidence for each vote where we are not in agreement. we will vote again. >> so mr. vow will tread a delicate line. his first test comes in weeks when it goes to parliamentary vote of confidence. he may find he has less room for
maneuver than he hoped which might explain why he was a pointed. bbc news paris. now the u.s. car giant ford has unveiled the special edition mustang to celebrate 50 years of the iconic car at the start of the new york auto show. the 2015 mustang convertible is taken to new heights, literally, a thousand feet on top of the empire state building. they broke the car into five pieces taking it up in elevator and reassembling overnight. they're doing it as we speak. the question is why new york? the mustang was first shown at the world fair. the new model is on display until friday. mark fields, chief operating officer was in town for the show. we caught up with him.
ford has three factories in ukraine. she asked if the issues in russia are having impact? >> russia we view as an important market. potentially in the next number of years could be the largest in europe. we have three facilities there. we're watching the situation closely. >> has there been backlash when it comes to your brand? >> no. no actually when you look at business there, what's impacted more is just the general economic performance of the economy there. we've had to match our production to man. we've had to take production out. it's implementing our one ford plan, looking at business environment and reacting appropriately. we have not seen backlash against our business. >> where are the most ford jobs being added? >> when you look around the globe, we're adding 11,000 jobs around the world.
5,000 of those jobs are going to be here in the u.s. the remaining 6,000 -- >> other regions are growing. how do you decide where to allocate? >> when you look at our footprint around the world, the great news is ford business is growing around the world. when you look at market share and revenues last year, we were growing in every region of the word. clearly our whole approach as a company is make sure we with match capacity to command. we've done that here in the u.s. we are exactly on plan on our transformation in europe where we had to close facilities to match the demand to the production. we're starting to see the market come back. our share is growing which is good. i think we're satisfied where we are capacity there. most of our capacity growth these days is asia pacific building plans in china or india.
hello. welcome back to "gmt." our main stories. police have asked the court to issue an arrest warrant for the captain of the ferry that sank wednesday. 28 are confirmed dead. 260 remain missing. pro russian separatists show no sign of ending occupation of government buildings in ukraine despite the international deal to end the standoff.
while millions of people across india are in the process of electing their next government, those overseas are not able to vote. let's get more on this. >> indian clothes, jewelry and food. this looks like any ordinary indian market except this is not india. this is in london often called mini india. there are many such indias around the world. after all, 25 million people of indian origin are across the globe. of them, more than 10 million are passport holders which means technically they could vote in the keenly watched indian elections. however it's not that straight forward. in 2010 non resident indians have been able to list themselves on the border but need to be in india to cast ballots. there's no system of voting for them.
experts in india say this as well as concerns over potential fraud are the main reason. >> i think there should be a system through which indians will live elsewhere. students should have the right to be able to vote from a broad. >> my right i'm not using it. such an important right to vote which make a big difference in every single part is important. >> a group in india has been campaigning in london on this issue. one of the members went on hunger strike for three days earlier this year. others filed a petition to introduce absentee ballots. >> because we are non resident, we are not given importance. that's our main goal participate in the democratic process even if we are at the end of the day
holding indian passports. constitution gives us a right to vote. >> after several petitions were filed the indian commission is is exploring the possibility of absentee ballots. now all colors can be enjoyed across the world except the ability to vote. bbc news. in 1984 israel organized air lift of thousands of jews to the jewish homeland. now there are 130,000 of them in israel. one woman from that community is making a name for herself as a singer. she spoke to bbc in jerusalem. >> i'm from israel. i was born in israel. my parents came to israel from ethiopia. i was born in alba, a
settlement. my whole family is ethiopian. they speak the language. i didn't want to speak the language or hear the music because i was very confused at this time. i was like -- i said to my mom, don't talk to me that language. if you want to speak to me, do in hebrew. just when i grew up i started to listen to music again. i fell in love. so when i started to record my album, i really wanted that to be in it ch.
♪ ♪ >> when i was a child there was music at the synagogue in the holy place. at home i had ethiopian music. when i moved i discovered tv. i don't want to take responsibility of playing a role for anybody. i do the best i can for me. if people will get happy, it will make me happy. that's it. >>ester talking to bbc.
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