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hello. i'm geeta guru-murthy. the biggest city aleppo has been devastated by bombardment. >> these cities have been abandoned. you'll sometimes see children going through rub you shall. otherwise people have run for
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safety. disspare and anger following clashes last year. tornados have struck the southern united states killing 16 people. a war mentality ahead of a world cup and the crack down on guns and drones. hello. it is a bombing campaign that's been as ruthless as it's been destructive. a bbc team has seen the devastating attacks of bombardment first hand after gaining rare access of aleppo.
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syria's largest city has been the scene of the escalated fighting. it's divided between rebels and government. areas seen in purple are most hotly contested. since september, aleppo habitat center of an air war by the syrians and government. these are weapons here causing devastate. barrel bombs, crew devices, packed with explosives. they're literally tossed over the side of helicopters. they can destroy a quarter not just a specific target. an opposition group claims 700 civilians across a aleppo have been killed since february. >> reporter: in the last few minutes another barrel bomb perhaps two has been dropped on
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this neighborhood. you can see the incredible amounts of damage that's been done by months of bombardment. people have left the area. tens of thousands have thought to have fled over the last few months in the campaign. a relentless bombing by the government in which a what they call barrel bombs. packed with ex employees is, shards of metal, they're indiscriminate. most people that lived in the neighborhoods have fled. every now and again you see the person running down the road, sometimes small children going through rubbish. otherwise people have effectively run to the country side for safety. syrian government insists when it drops bombs it is attacking those who have chosen to try and take over the country, what they call terrorists.
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human rights organizations have said these devices are indiscriminate. they're dropped out of helicopters and no way of guaranteeing where they land. we spent the last few days in the city. the bombing campaign doesn't stop day or night. the truth is, there's nowhere in aleppo described as safe not the government side and certainly not opposition side. >> that special report there. the court and egyptian have recommended 700 people of the muslim brother hood be sent to death. the men were convicted over clashes when one policeman was killed and many others. the muslim brother hood was
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removed last july. let's go there. tell us what happened in court and reaction of families involved. >> reporter: actually the court session didn't take a couple of minutes to issue a hard verdict. we have spoken to legal experts that describe the verdict where 700 were sentenced to death as lacking acquired to issue such a harsh verdict described as the harshest in the modern tradition. the family was in a state of terrible shock. they couldn't believe all defendants have been sentenced to death. they denied all allegations that
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say that their people are members of the muslim brother hood. we have some of the defendants families just around me. they are denying all allegations that say the people accused, people prosecuted today are members or supporters of the muslim brother hood. i spoke to a lady saying she has three of her sons convicted today. she just wonders what have they done to be given such a harsh verdict. >> this is not the end of the legal line for them, is it? what is the likelihood of death sentences actually being carried out in the end? >> reporter: actually we have two cases. the first one 683 have been sentenced to death. this case will be referred to the grand muslim to ratify verdict from a religious point of view. we don't know if he'll approve this marsh verdict or not.
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his opinion is not binding. as for the second case in which 520 are prosecuted, 37 have been sentenced to death. the rest were 25 years in jail. in both cases, these are not final and can be appealed by the higher court. >> thanks very much indeed. president barack obama has said the u.s. will impose further sanctions on ukraine. the european union is expected to announce more asset freezes and bans. mr. obama said this is due to russia's failure to hold up the agreement on the crisis. >> we're going to move forward with an expanded list of companies affected by sanctions. they remain targeted.
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we will also focus on areas of high-tech defense exports to russia that we don't think are appropriate to be exporting in this kind of climate. the goal here is not to go after mr. putin personally. the goal is to change his calculus with respect to how the current actions he's engaging in in ukraine could have adverse effect on the economy over the long haul and encourage him to walk the walk and not just talk the talk when it comes to diplomatically resolving the crisis in ukraine. >> president barack obama speaking in a few hours. the pro russian mayor has been shot and seriously wounded.
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he was shot in the back during an attack from an unknown gunmen. he's being operated on fighting for his life. let's go to david stern in kiev for us at ukrainian capital. first of all the condition of the mayor and what's happened. what do you know? >> well as you've heard, this has happened in the last hour or so. it's breaking news or happening as we speak. we don't know the condition of the mayor. he is in critical condition. doctors are operating on him. it should be said that's an extremely important city, second largest in kiev -- i'm sorry, ukraine. mr. kenes was formally a pro yanukovych mayor. since yanukovych has been deposed, he has now come out on side of new government.
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this assassination attempt is very important indeed. there have been disturbances, unrest in the city up until now. it remains to be seen how the situation will affect there. >> there's a situation with monitors who have been held. what's the late oest on that? >> they are not necessarily osce monitors. they're military monitors. they describe themselves as diplomats in uniform. one has been released reportedly for health reasons. seven remain. also ukrainian officers are being held. five of them are not with the monitors as far as we know. there are a number of other hostages or people detained by the pro russian separatists in the east in this donetsk region.
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>> many thanks indeed. joining us live from kiev. at least 17 have been killed by a series of tornados in the american midwest. 11 deaths were in the suburbs of little rock in arkansas where the tornadoes reported to be a kilometer live. wendy reports. >> reporter: on the kansas, missouri border, the city lies in ruins. whole buildings are torn apart. the ground is covered. from the air it's easy to see the extent of the damage. roofs torn off homes, contents exposed. people are clearly determined to clean up the mess the twister left behind. it wasn't done yet. from oklahoma it headed to kansas. here too homes were damaged beyond repair. trees are ripped out by the
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roots. their dama they caused more damage as they fell. the massive tornado plowed through this community and left almost nothing behind. a desperate search and rescue operation is underway to track down anyone who may be injured or trap add. in nebraska, the sky looks me nising as the tail begins to form. the national weather service has warned severe storms are likely monday across arkansas and southern missouri. bbc news. >> we have news of potentially the biggest take over of a british company. aaron what is it? >> potential, we like that word. thanks very much. hello there. that's what america has sent out this morning.
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the u.s. drug giant said it approached the market for the second time in the cash payment to unlock the deal with the premium for shareholders. they've declined to engage in talks following the offer. if the deal goes through, it would mark the largest take over of the firm by a foreign company. there's potential this merger could turn hoss style. we'll discuss this situation. how would it evolve and what kind of price woulds astrasenca have talks? we'll have that. the wall and collapse of common communism. we have a special look at how the country has changed. we're starting in germany, the
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most visibly divided. it benefitted from trillions of investments in the west. some are critical of that reunification process. our special report throughout the rest of the day on that. seems there's a hole in the dunkin brands business and i don't mean doughnuts. the baskin robins ice cream outlets reported lower than normal sales growth. the group isn't down and out. it's just announced the deal]çó here in the uk to expand ice cream collaboration within the movie group. do investorsut for that sort of tactic? we'll find out. we have the big dunkin boss in the studio. he is not allowed to enter the building without bringing product. we've got totáhave props.
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>> i was going to make a request for my children. >> doughnuts? >> yeah. >> i'll see what we can do about that. >> my children and all their friends. >> you let your children eat doughnuts, shame on you. >> aaron, always a joy. thanks very much. stay with us here on bbc. much more to come. the latest on the malaysian flight that's missing. the australian prime minister says the search in the air is going to close down with the new phase expanding underwater. you're not just looking for a house. you're looking for a place for your life to happen.
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this is bbc world news. i'm geeta guru-murthy with the latest headlines. the government barrel bombs caused extensive damage in alep aleppo. the muslim brother hood
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members will be sentenced to death following clashes last year. >> more now on our top stories. the head of the task force on the syrian weapons says damascus holds arsenal in one spot. they're concerned by recent reports syrian forces have used gas as a weapon. for more, let's speak to jonathan marcus can. jonathan, first of all on the chemical weapons deadline. how concerned should people be? >> people are very concerned. the deadline is less important. clearly the hand over of syria's stocks of chemical weapons has gone better than many might have expected. it is important to see that process through. the difficulty of course is in the wake of that, we now have reports from a number of places
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of chlorine gas being used. that's an industrial weapon. there are legitimate reasons for syria to have chlorine in its position. if it uses it as a chemical weapon, that's a breach and should be sanctioned. the number of western governments take these reports of the use of chlorine with great seriousness. more efforts are underway to find out what went on. >> the film of these images is striking. more devastation coming out of syria. these barrel bombs, what do we know about how those are put together? what generally is used by all sides? >> as the name implies, they're a weapon manufactured by the syrian military themselves. it's a large metal drum fitted
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in the early stages with just a fuse that you would light. more recently they've been given impact fuses. they're simply rolled out the door of the helicopter. now in the early stages of the war, they were being used from lower altitudes. there was perhaps some degree of accuracy. the problem is the possession by the rebel forces forced helicopters up to a higher altitudes to relieve the barrel bombs. this turns totally into an indiscriminate weapons. their use has been monitored by the conflict, independent experts, human rights groups and so forth. there's a belief the weapons used in this way is a war crime. >> politics are to become
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immensely complicated on the question of intervention. weapons are used by the rebels also? >> weapons are used by the rebels at the extent they're too firing at civilian areas. there's no doubt about that. the overall balance is against the government in the use of these things. they are the only people with aircraft and helicopters. barrel bombs are one part of the arsenal by the syrian government. they're using standards munitions as well. >> is the government doing better than they were? >> the government is better on the ground if you put it like that in certain areas. the overall assessment from the military experts is nobody is in a position to win here. what the change on the ground mean is simply the conflict continues. it's elongated.
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it's going to go on much longer. of course the great sadness diplomatically, the whole effort to hold the fighting is drifting into the sand. there's no likelihood of a convincing plan to get a diplomat diplomatic settlement. the australian prime minister says the air operation from the missing malaysian airlines flight is called off. the underwater search is extended. it's been seven weeks since the plane disappeared with 239 on board. >> i am now required to say to you that it is highly unlikely at this stage that we will find any aircraft debris on the ocean surface. by this stage, 52 days into the search, most material would have become water logged and sank.
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>> tony abbott. with six weeks to go until the world cup, the brazilian authorities are struggling to tackle high levels of violent crime. a controversial program has led to accusations of police brutality. we have a warning this has disturbing images. >> reporter: rio elite military police trying to take control of the city or towns block by block. >> translator: we've had anonymous tip off, the commander told me. as they scour the area for suspects. until recently, these were no go zones run by gangs. gang members caught with guns d drugs is proof policy is necessary. in recent days, proof also that policy may be unraveling.
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violent crashes in the rio district as residents accuse police of shooting and killing an innocent man. this is the jungle, a network of the scene. this is the scene of last week's shooting. this is establishing a permanent police presence that's not welcomed. a sign there says death to police in recent months tension between them and police have come t to the surface. five are killed by police everyday in brazil. critics say the projects are undermined by heavy handed tactics. >> translator: many police have a war mentality.
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they don't understand their role should be to guarantee the lives and security of the population. they treat us like the enemy. >> reporter: brazil is one of the world 's most unequal and violent countries. the sheer number of guns results in attacks like this bike jacking. as the video runs on, the assail ant is shot by the off duty police officer. with barely a month to go before the world cup and a rail of thousands of visitors, the army is brought in to control rio's most no torous neighborhoods. not the image they would like the world to see. >> a reminder of our top story. bbc gained access to rebel parts
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first the cookie at check-in. then a little weekend to remember. join us for the celebration package. with sparkling wine, breakfast and a late checkout. doubletree by hilton. where the little things mean everything. i'm geeta guru-murthy with bbc world news. the bbc gains rare access to rebel held parts of the the city aleppo devastated by the government campaign of ariel bombardment. >> whole neighborhoods are abandon abandoned. you styles see people running down the road or children going through rubbish. otherwise people have run for safety. continuing situations in
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ukraine where the mayor has been shot and now in critical condition. despair and anger outside the courtroom in egypt where the judge recommends nearly 700 people are sentenced to death following clashes last year. as the numbers of people using e cigarettes travels in britain, we asked if the device helps stop the habit or leers others to try tobacco. it's a bombing campaign described as ruthless as it has been destructive. a bbc team has seen a first hand devastating effects of aerial bombardment on syrian civilians after getting rare access to
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aleppo. syria's largest city has been the scene of the most intense fighting this the conflicting. aleppo is divided between rebels and government areas. these parts here we've shown in purple are the most hotly contested. since september, aleppo has been at the receiving end of the indiscriminate and unlawful air war against civilians by the government. these helicopters are causing devastate with barrel m bbombs. they're tossed over helicopters. they're not guided. as you see here, they hit a large area not a target. 700 have been killed since
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february. we have more from aleppo. >> reporter: in the last few minutes another barrel bomb, perhaps two have been dropped on this neighborhood. you can see the incredible damage done by months of bombardment in syrian areas. many buildings are occupied. people have left the areas. tens of thousands are thought to have fled aleppo over the last few months in the campaign, relentless bombing by the government. these barrel bombs are oil drums packed with a explosives, dropped from helicopters, indiscriminate. most people that live in the areas have fled.$w wholeft neighborhoods are aba n abandon abandoned. every now and again you see someone running down the road, children going through rubbish. most have run for safety. the government insists it's
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targeting rebels who have chosen to take over the country, what they call terrorists. human rights organizations said these devices are indiscriminate, dropped out of helicopters to the ground and no way of guaranteeing where they land. we spent days inside the city. we're struck by the bombing campaign that doesn't stop day and night. the truth is that there's almost nowhere in aleppo that's described as safe on the government side or certainly not the opposition side. >> that special report from aleppo. now climbers are returning from mount everest base camp after sherpa guides cancelled this year's climbing session. the mission is in memory of 16 sherpas that died in the avalanche nine years ago. let's go to our reporter who is
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at the base camp. describe exactly where you are and what happened in avalanche. >> reporter: well, geeta lukla. you can hear the sound of the a helicopter bringing in trekkers. small aircraft fly in here. this is where people get in and get ready to start their trek to bias camp. we met climbers that described what happened. the avalanche struck early morning 18th of april. they described blocks of ice the size of houses and literally many of the sherpa guides were climbing that mountain preparing the route for this year's climbing season. this is normally when it starts. they were literally swept away by the wall of ice. after that, they describe the base camp as quite tense.
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sherpas were deciding whether or not to continue the climbing season. it seems unlikely anyone will be climbing mount everest this year. climbers who we met earlier today are quite disa pointed. they prepare a number of years and spend a lot of money. there's mixed reactions here. >> there's also a lot of upset between the pay level of sherpas compared compared to mountaineers. how does this affect the industry of climbing? >> reporter: as you pointed out, this is about how much the sherpas get paid. typically a sherpa guide gets paid $4,000 to $6,000 over the
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season. that's the average pay of a person here. even though it's a risky job, they do it because they feel the rest of the year their families can survive. as far as the government is concerned in nepal, they charge $60,000 per climer. every year there are 300 climbers are more. it's the difference between these two figures where the crisis is from. sherpas demand better pay, more compensation for family members that had someone lose their life. they're desperate for help. they want perhaps a job from the government. >> many thanks indeed. thank you the. in the last hour, we had reports the mayor of the town in eastern ukraine has been shot and seriously wounded. it's understood he was shot in the back during an attack by an
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unknown gunman. doctors say he's critically wounded and fighting for his life in the hospital. president barack obama says the united states will impose further sanctions on ukraine amid continuing tension in ukraine. mr. obama said the response is in the failure to uphold the agreement stemming with the ukraine crisis. >> we're going to move forward with the expanded list of companies that will be affected. they remain targeted. we will also focus on areas of high-tech, defense exports to russia, that we don't think are appropriate to be exporting in this kind of climate. the goal here is not to go after mr. putin personally. the goal is to change his k
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calculus with how his actions could have adverse effect. this is encourage him to walk the walk not just talk the talk when it comes to resolving the crisis in ukraine. >> president barack obama there. the eu is set to agree further targeted sanctions against russia. earlier, sarah in donetsk and eastern ukraine explains what's happening with negotiations to free the obse e observobserv observeers held by pro russian groups. >> one was released because he was suffering from diabetes. for medical reasonses he was released. five ukrainian military members are also held. the pro russian group has said
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they have no plans to release them. they describe them as prisoners. they said this is a war. they've talked about the men held by the ukrainian forces here, pro ukrainian forces as well. it doesn't look at the moment although negotiations are continuing, doesn't look like release is imminent. these are not the only people held captive by the group, the rebels strong hold. there are ukrainian journalists being held, the elected mayor of sloviansk is also a prisoner there. that's the situation there. that's despite the fact there's increasing pressure on russia in the form of sanctions. russia uses influence here in eastern ukraine for the pro russian rebels who scaled back activities here. in other news today, a bomb has killed three students at a religionous school in the
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pakistani city. attackers arrived and threw a grenade in the school while students were attending a class. it's reported they are between 8 and 12 years old. nuclear protestors have been blocking the main entrance. the government spokeman said they've agreed to halt the project. many refuse to leave without the official announcement. prosecutors in south korea investigating the ferry sinking have seized documents looking into how the captain and crew responded while the ferry was sinking. more than a hundred bodies have yet to be recovered after the tragedy two weeks ago. at least 17 have been killed by a series of tornados in the american midwest. 11 deaths were in the suburbs of little rock in arkansas where
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the tornado was a kilometer wide. >> on the kansas missouri border, the city in oklahoma state lies in ruins. whole buildings have been torn apart. the the ground is covered. from the air it's easy to see the extent of the damage. roofs torn off homes and contents exposed to elements. diggers are out already. people are clearly determined to clean up the mess that the twister left behind. it wasn't done yet. from oklahoma, the tornado headed from baxter springs, kansas. here too, homes and property were damaged beyond repair. power lines are down and trees ripped out by the roots. they caused more damage as they fell. the city of may flower, arkansas bore the brunt of a tornado that left almost nothing behind. a desperate search and rescue
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operation is underway to track down anyone who may be tracked. in nebraska, the sky looks me nasing. the damage they wreak on land is devastating. the national weather service warned severe thunderstorms and tornados are likely monday across southwest and central arkansas and southern missouri. bbc news. >> stay with us on bbc world news. much more to come. australia's prime minister says the underwater search for the missing malaysian airliner enters a new phase in a larger area. [ewh!] [baby crying] the great thing about a subaru is you don't have to put up with that new car smell for long. the versatile, 2015 subaru forester.
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syria. barrel bombs cause extensive damage. >> the pro kiev mayor of the eastern ukrainian city has been shot and critically wounded. now a court in the egyptian city has recommended that almost 700 people including followers of the band of muslim brother hood be sentenced to death following clash as last year. 683 men including the leader mohammed badie were convicted over clashes where one was killed and others wounded. a correspondent is outside the court in the city. >> reporter: there's a great deal of grief and anger here.
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they don't know which men, which husbands and fathers have now been condemned to be hanged. many told us their relatives are innocent. they had evidence they were elsewhere at the time the riots took place. they say the courts never heard that evidence. some collapsed when they heard the verdict. some women had to be carried away in shock. there's a security presence here. riot police were brought in. for the moment they're staying behind the barricades. a second verdict was released in the mass trial of almost 700 muslim brother hood supporters.
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the recommendation was death for to mohammed badie. >> the people of iraq are preparing to vote in parliamentary elections this week amid increasing violence. on sunday, a car obama care in the city killed at least nine people. voting will not take place in areas outside of government control. this is the country's first election since 2011. what are the main issues on the table? >>
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. >> a look ahead to the elections. some started today. the main is wednesday. we'll bring you full coverage from across the country. the australian prime minister tony abbott says the air operation to find debris from the missing malaysian airlines flight is called off. the underwater search is extended. it's more than seven weeks now since the plane disappeared with 239 on board.
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>> i am now required to say to you that it is highly unlikely at this stage that we will find any aircraft debris on the ocean surface. by this stage, 52 days into the search, most material would have become water logged and sank. >> tony abbott there. the clippers basketball team staged a silent protest sunday night. last week an audio recording was published in which sterling is heard making racist remarks to his girlfriend. the nba said the remarks are offensive and disturbing. the team took off their jerseys. the series is now overshadowed by the controversy surrounding the clippers own her.
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>> the investigation is ongoing. to your question, i say the core of the investigation is understanding whether the tape is authentic, interviewing mr. sterling, potentially the woman as well and understanding the content in which it was recorded. >> now new figures suggesting the number of people using electronic cigarettes has tripled in years. more than 2 million are using them in the uk. there are popular but controversial. the government wants to ban them in public spaces. there isn't enough evidence to show they are safe. we are finding out more about the research. >> reporter: they're not smoking. they're not alone. the figure shows the number of people using e-cigarettes is 2.1
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million in recent years. >> when smoking e cig, you get nothing else. >> despite enthusiasm here, more places are banning the e-cigarettes. the world health organization says there's not enough evidence to say they're safe or that they work. queen mary university in london, ian is having the levels of carbon monoxide in his body tested. she uses an e cigarette. it works by heating ligament liquid nicotine in the vapor that's inhaled. >> many are seeing the nicotine itself is a dangerous poison. if nicotine is taken without the accompanying t ining toxins woue
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same as drinking coffee. >> it contains no toxins or carbon monoxide. experts say e-cigarettes are safer than normal cigarettes. dot they work? west is one of the country's leading addiction experts. he issued 5,000 using patches, gum, e cigarettes and nothing. his results are published next month. >> we found those using e-cigarettes were 60% more likely still not to be smoking than those that used the license product or nothing at all. >> despite that evidence, serious concerns remain. does the market make them attractive to children. 12% of 14 to 16-year-olds had tried them in a study.
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>> if a child tries a conventional cigarette, there's a 50% chance they'll become users. if a child tries e-cigarettes, there's no evidence of progressive use. >> what if they are normalizing something that looks like smoking. newer devices look less like cigarettes. >> you've got to think, well okay it's not dangerous to be near someone who's using a electric cigarette. there's no evidence and little reason to believe it's going to renormalize smoking. so what's the problem? >> the problem in the end may simply be the word e cigarette, the vapor that looks like smoke, the sense they don't feel right. i understand people wanting
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to be conscious. if we fail to take this opportunity e-cigarettes are potentially providing, we are con de condemning people to death that would have otherwise lived. that's at stake. >> other concerns remain. some argue shakes spear is britain's graeatest report. now the play work is taken to every country on the planet. they are taking hamlet on tour. we watched them set off. cast aufg oning off on a two ye hamlet is going further than
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ever before. >> we're about to sail off to amsterdam. that's the beginning of the world tour of hamlet. by world, i mean world, every down country on the planet. >> reporter: they've lined up planes, trains, camels. shakespeare 450th birthday has been marked in london with readings and plays performed in unusual places. thanks to the idea by the director, the casting crew of hamlet is following in the wake of shakespeare touring actors through the centuries. >> in shakespeare time it went as far as denmark and nor way. there's a tradition of four in shakespeare. dominique's idea was take that one step furtherer and take it
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around the entire world. >> reporter: they expect to perform 300 times in 200 countries. pioneers for shakespeare's works across the globe. bbc news. >> thank you. you're watching geeta guru-murthy. see you tomorrow. i do a lot oresearch on angie's list before i do any projects on my home. i love my contractor, and i am so thankful to angie's list for bringing us together. find out why more than two million members count on angie's list. angie's list -- reviews you can trust.
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