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. hello. i'm geeta guru-murthy with bbc world news. our top stories. euing foreign ministers are be respected. some of the girls kidnapped from the school in nigeria appear on a video released by the militant group boko haram. it's the last day of voting in the world's biggest democracy. three key states india are voting. results are due friday. day 30 of the oscar pistorius murder trial begins in
south africa. hello. eu foreign ministers are meeting in brussels to discuss further sanctions against russia. pro russian separatists in ukraine have claimed an overwhelming victory in the self-rule referendum. russia says the result ares must be respected. within hours of the polls closing here in donetsk, organizers say 89% of voters chose self-rule. a similar vote with similar results was held in the neighbori neighbori
neighboring region. the president has called for participation in the region. >> translator: the implementation comes with rule in a civilized manner without outrage of violence or dialogue. represents of kiev, donetsk. >> that's lavrov there speaking at the eu meeting. the british foreign secretary hague condemned the referendum. >> these votes, attempts of referendum have zero credibility. in the eyes of the world they are illegal by anybody's standard. they don't meet anybody's standard of being properly con ducted in proper referendum or
election. the people organizing them didn't pretend to meet the standards. >> in moscow, it is said while putin called for the vote to be postponed it comes as surprise that russia expects the results. >> moscow takes a different view from william hague. we heard from sergei lavrov a few minutes ago actually quoting from a statement issued earlier today. a short statement issued by the kremlin basically saying the referendum in donetsk in eyes of moscow represented the will of the people there. moscow noted the high turnout in those votes and made it clear it would respect the votes. wi&=p. kremlin condemned what i described as attempts to sabotage the votes with the use of violence including the use of heavy weaponry against
civilians. those are words of kremlin. there was also a call for dialogue between kiev and donetsk and luhansk for the results of referendum and the organization in europe could be part of a dialogue. >> is moscow going to be worried if there are more sanctions from the eu? >> i don't think moscow will like the idea of more sanctions. will it be worried, i don't think so. so far the kremlin hasn't shown it's concerned about the sanctions from the eu or united states. certainly not concerned enough to make it change course on ukraine. >> steve rosenburg. india's five week election, longest in the country's history has ended the final day of po
pollipol polling. the scale of the vote is immense. 814 million are registered to vote in the world's largest democratic elections. that's 100 million more than the last in 2009. the party needs a minimum of 272 seats if it's going to form a majority government. today focuses on the fortunes of this man, opposition bjp leader narenda modi. he is the man many believe will now become india's next prime minister. voter turnout is expected to be high. as you see there's some security at the polling stations. that is because of the tension there. we are expecting the final results this friday. we should know the outcome of exit polls soon after voting finishes together at 12:30 "gmt," 6:30 local time.
>> reporter: there's a good early turnout at this polling station with temperatures projected to be in the 40s today. many have been coming here early to vote to beat the heat. now this is one of the most anticipated battles of the election here with varanasi. the front runner focus off against the common man party who's won support for his campaign against corruption. let's go inside to see how the voting is going. heavy security at all polling sfa stations. what happens once inside names are checked off and their fingers are marked to prevent fraud. this is how they cast their vote with this electronic voting machine. the man inside the booth is pressing a button to make his chose. this is how it's done across the
country. after five weeks of voting, nine rounds in all, longest elections in india's history, many indians will be relieved this process is almost at an end. in the last hour, the islamist militant group boko haram has released a video claiming the nigeria girls have been converted to islam. in the video the group claims to show 130 of the girls wearing full length and praying in an .z indisclosed rural location. let's get more from abuja. i gather you've not seen the video as yet. what do we know and how do we know it's genuine? >> no, i haven't seenç the vid yet. i've spoke ton someone that saw
the slid ovideo. he tells me the leader of boko haram is in the video saying he's ready to release the girls but on the condition all prisoners from the group are also released. the video shows over 100 girls saying they have converted to islam. three girls have spoke on in the video according to the person that told me. one of the girls looked terrified in the video. these are the details gather ed from the ten minute video that's just been released in the last one hour. >> do we know how this video has come to light? >> we don't know, but i mean the normal source we receive information like this and get the correspondent is the normal
route that he has seen the video. it looks authentic. it came through the route previous videos have come to him from the group. >> this demand for the release of prisoners, who are boko haram referring to precisely? >> there are a number of prisoners that have been arrested by the government known to be members of boko haram. some of them are on trial at the moment. the leader of the boko haram is referring to these prisoners. there are hundreds of people in custody that have not gone on trial which boko haram is alleging the government has arrested them on antiterrorism in nigeria. must be referring to many members that have been arrested by the government and trained to negotiate, maybe a prisoner.
there's over 200 girls abducted. >> you're told the government and state were told and were aware of the dvideo? >> the government has not reacted to this video. we will wait to get a reaction from the government before saying anything on whether the government is going to agree to release of prisoners. i think -- knowing the antiterrorism in nigeria, i think the government will say it's not in the process of negotiating with a terrorist group. we have to wait from reaction from the government to know what the government is going to do about the recent demand by boko haram. >> i know obviously this video has just now emerged. we have got pictures. we're going to show you now.
these are, we are told, over 100 girls who were abducted by boko haram, seen here wearing the full length. i gather three girls do speak in the video. i don't know if you can see these pictures. we're listening to some of the sound from this video. we believe the girls are reciting the first of the ka ran. over 200 girls were abducted almost four weeks ago from the school. the leader of the group also speaks in the video. these are apparently some of the girls. about half the girls that were taken. i didn't know whether you could see the output there. families are very keen to see
these pictures. i don't know if it's aired yet on television in nigeria or if there's been any family reaction. >> i think it has not yet been aired in nigeria. i think this is the first time it's been aired. i could not see but i could hear the sound. these girls are taught how to site the holy ka ran. i think that's what they've been trying to learn from just the sound you've just played now. i'm sure the families of these girls now will be trying. it's hopeful that at least the girls are alive and the families will be waiting and hoping they can be rescued. >> do we have anymore information as to where they are? we're showing the video. >> at the moment we don't have the information of where the girls are being held. i think it is an undisclosed
location. looks like the location is remote. even yesterday i think the governor said he had information of their whereabouts. he believes the girls are still held within the territory of nigeria and have not been taken to neighboring countries. according to him, the information is they are still in nigeria. i believe that. somewhere in nigeria. it could be in the forest where boko haram has camps there. the governor believes they are held in nigeria. >> many thanks for that. we're going to cross to john also in the area on the phone. what can you tell us about the release of this video? >> reporter: well it happened half an hour ago, 45 minutes
ago. it shows -- no doubt you've been describing to view ers what it shows. it seems to be genuine and follows the past boko haram pattern of videos and release. the interesting thing i think about it, it's -- i'm in the capital of the state where the school actually is. this is are almost like a kind of besieged town. boko haram has a lot of scope all around it in much of the state. so we haven't been able to see the video at all yet. >> just to let you know. we're just showing the video pictures now. >> you're better off than i am. the key thing in it is what boko
haram leader is saying is that these girls presumably all girls will not be released until all the prison pers held by the government forces have been released. although that sounds like a very hard and brutal line, you have to take it. i think this is the first step in a potential negotiation. i mean, they're not refusing, not threatening the girls. they're saying that they won't be released. if you remember just a few days ago they were talking about selling anymore into slavery. i suspect this is boko haram's response to the extreme pressure being placed now on the nigerian federal government by the international countries by international figures. the president of united states, the prime minister of britain and so on and so on. all demanding that nigeria
should do something about this. whether -- how long it would take to get through some sort of negotiation, get to the negotiation, i don't know. these things have happened in the past. >> if the girls are who they are reported to be, obviously the girl's families are relieved to see them alive. we don't know when this video was filmed of course. it's also true this is about over 100 girls. double that were originally taken. any information for that? >> well, i mean, i'm not really the person i suppose to ask about that. we'd need to talk to boko haram. it is about half the girls. we understand there's 130 shown in the video. we've been told of course by local officials here in borno state and as well as by government officials in abuja that the girls are likely to
have been broken up into small groups and he hidden in differe places. bringing them together or maybe this was early on, we can't know that. this is also an indication perhaps they've not been sold into slavery like the leader of boko haram was threatening recently. it supports the what the governor said to us yesterday. he doesn't believe they've been sent across the borders to chad. they're still here in nigeria. >> we saw the girls apparently citing the first lines from the karan all dressed in full length. have they all come from christian families originally? do we know that or not? >> it's curious how little detail we actually have.
my understanding of it is there are plenty muslim as well as christian girls kidnapped. an entire month later the government in abuja and nigeria simply hasn't been able to establish the most basic facts. i've spoken to the fathers of both christian and muslim girls. it's pretty clear they were a mixed bunch. if they're learning the first chapters of the karan we can take it that's part of the trñmkçó convert rather than us seeing pictures of muslim girls going through their prayers.zv9gz4lw1eûkiñrñy% john simpson, many thanks ind d
indeed. we'll update you on developments we get on that story on the abduction. there was a risk of further political turmoil in thailand as rival groups of demonstrators take to the streets of bangkok. they're discussing demand of opposition protestors to replace the government with a administration. nine members of the cabinet of yingluck resigned after she was found guilty of abuse of power. let's go now to bangkok. huge amounts of pressure now. update us now. >> everyone is watching what's happening in the senate today, the upper house of parliament. it's still functions. parliament of the lower house doesn't exist at the moment because the election is sabotaged. the upper house is still sitting. half the senate is repointed.
that means more than half in toe total are hostiles of the government. the protest movement we've seen in the last six months has moved main camp close to the parliament and demanding the senate take the remains of yingluck's government and appoint an interim neutral administration. that request although it doesn't appear to have ground in the constitution is taken reasonably seriously by the senate. the 18 members of the senate are discussing it at the time. they are warning the protest leaders they can't give them an answer today. everyone is watching to see if they make that move. if they do, there will be strong reaction from the red shirt side. >> many thanks indeed. stay with us here on bbc world news. much more to come. as we've been seeing, boko haram releases video showing girl
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luhan . this is bbc world news. i'm geeta guru-murthy with our top story this hour. the militant islamist group boko haram has just released a video claiming to show some of the girls kidnapped from their school in northern nigeria. the oscar pistorius murder trial has presumed in south africa. the athlete denies intentionally killing his girlfriend reeva steenkamp in february last year. our reporter is following the trial in pretoria and explained the prosecuting lawyer is calling a ballistic witness. >> he's asking him about the bullets pierced through the door killing reeva valentine's day
2013. at the point of contention after the first bullet hurt her hip, did she fall on the magazine rack in the toilet cubicle or not. i think what nel is trying the to do is create space. if reeva was hit on the right hip as she collapsed and as the witness is saying that she fell on that magazine rack. nel thinks that perhaps that would have created enough space for her to scream. that's what he's building up to. thomas, the ballistic expert we understand the witness will call a few more witnesses, psychologist and sound expert to defend oscar pistorius. he says of course it was a mistake when he shot and killed
his model girlfriend reeva steenkamp last year. the point behind this is to get a detailed account of whether reeva steenkamp was standing. >> out of four bullet, three hit her. one missed and ricochetted from the toilet cubicle wall and hit her in the back. as far as the defense is concerned, one of those bullets could not have hit her. her body was probably hit while she was falling. that's where we're in csi mode here. they're trying to prove this case beyond a reasonable doubt. that's what he had said earlier. the court is scheduled to this
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i'm geeta guru-murthy with bbc world news. our top story. boko haram releases a video showing some of the girls kidnapped from their school in northern nigeria. eu foreign ministers are in brussels to discuss eastern ukraine. russia says the referendums there must be respected. it's the last day of voting in the world 's biggest democracy. three key states in india are voting. national exit polls will be
released soon ahead of the results due friday. we meet the egyptian barber who used to go more than trim his customer's hair and beard. hello. welcome. in the last hour, the militant islamist group boko haram has released a video claiming to show the missing nigerian schoolgirls. these are the pictures. boko haram alleged the girls have converted to islam and won't be be released until the prisoners in nigeria are freed. the group claims to show the girls are numbered about 130 there. not the whole group that was abducted which was act 200 at
least. as you can see if girls are wearing a full length praying in an indisclosed location saying the first few lines from the karan. these are the pictures we have in. there are images of three girls speak. we're not yet showing those. there's also footage of the leader of the boko haram group also speaking within the video. these are the first images that have been released of the girls. it is almost four weeks since the girls were abducted. let's go live now to the correspondent. what do we know about the images? can we verify them at the moment or not? >> well at the moment we know that boko haram has released this video. the video is actually 27 minutes
long. the leader of the group took the first ten minutes speaking. the rest of the minutes after he finished his address he showed the girls. about 130 of them. now the details that we are getting is that some of the girls, over the 2 00 have converted to islam according to the video. i think presumably this number of girls converted to islam that we're showing. they're shown reciting the karan and raising their hands in prayer. three girls were shown. two said they were christians converted to islam. the third said she was already a é-z?mbó«uu.ñç group just released. the leader of boko haram said
those that have converted to islam, they have become sisters, members of the group. for the others that have been converted, he's saying they can only consider releasing them if the government of nigeria releases members of their group that are held in captivity at the moment in government hands. >> do we have any idea whether that sort of negotiation has been going on or will be possible? >> no. we have no idea there have been those kinds of negotiations. if you remember the government of nigeria set up a negotiation with boko haram. the report and work was finished without getting to core members of the group. the president of the group said clearly he's not in negotiation with boko haram.
boko haram according to him he is not able to get this in contact with leaders to enter negotiations. on this recent video, we have not had reaction from the government. the video was released in the last one hour. >> i don't know whether you've managed to see the pictures yourself yet, but we're showing them. have the families had the chance to see the video? is it seen on tv there? >> video has not been shown here in local television in nigeria. this would be good news to parents that at least some of the girls are shown live and that is the hope for families waiting now for almost four weeks, waiting to hear news of these abducted girls. you remember these girls where are abducted from their own school. 276 of them. this is the first time we're seeing their pictures, the
pictures that appeared in this video. >> i don't know whether you have seen the material and what the girls are supposed to be saying when they speak. i gather one of them at least is reciting from the karan. do we know if there's anything more spoken by the girls themselves on the video? >> well in the video, the girls that have spoken. the three of them have mentioned their names. they mentioned where they come from. they're calling on parents they understand what muslim is. they're calling on parents to also join to become muslims. this is according to what the girls have been speak in the video. >> and any political reaction at all yet on this? >> there has not been reaction.
this video is coming to light now. we had the release of the video q]ó3?ur reaction from government in nigeria. we'll wail wait to find out what the reaction is to the video released. >> is this something boko haram has done before? was this authenticated, the route this has been released is this is that a previously released route? >> boko haram has released videos a number of times. this appears to come from the same source. we confirmed previous videos. it was seen the content of this video is the same as the kind of things we're seeing in previous videos. we can can confirm this came from boko haram. the leader has spoken. from the content of the video, it does look like it's the same
american that has spoken in previous videos. the video came from the same source we knew, boko haram has been releasing videos in previous instances. >> thanks very much. we don't know when these pictures were taken. a little while ago i spoke to our world affairs editor john simpson for his thoughts. he's in the capital of the borno state. >> it seems to be genuine. it follows the past boko haram pattern of videos and releases. the interesting thing about it -- i'm in the capital where the school actually is. this is almost like a kind of besieged town. boko haram has a lot of scope all around it and in much of the
state. so we haven't been able to see the video at all here yet. >> we can see it. just to let you know. we're just showing -- >> you're better off than i am. >> yep. >> the key thing in it is what the boko haram leader is saying is that these girls presumably all girls will not be released until all prisoners held by the government forces have been released. although that sounds very, very hard and pretty kind of brutal of a line, you have to take it. this is the first step in i a potential negotiation. they're not refusing, not threatening the girls. they're just saying that they won't be released. if you remember, just a few days ago, they were talking about selling into slavery. this is very different. i suspect this is boko haram's
response to the extreme pressure being placed now on the nigerian federal government by the international countries by international figures. the president of the united states, prime minister of britain and so on and so on. all demanding that nigeria should do something about this. whether -- how long it would take to get through some sort of negotiation, get to the negotiation, i don't know. these things have happened in the past. >> if the girls are who they are reported to be, obviously the girl's families are going to be relieved to see them alive. we don't know when this video was fill med of course. this is over 100 girls apparently. double that were taken. any explanation for that? >> i'm not really the person i suppose to ask about that. we'd need to talk to boko haram.
it is about half the girls. as you say, we understand there's 130 shown in the video. we've been told of course by local officials here in borno state as well as by government officials in abuja that the girls are likely to have been broken up into smallish groups and hidden in different places. so bringing them together or maybe this was early on. we can't know that. it is also an indication perhaps that they've not been sold into slavery as the leader of boko haram was threatening recently. perhaps too it support what is the governor of borno state said to us yesterday that he doesn't think they've been sent across the borders into chad or cameroon. they're still here in nigeria. >> we saw the girls apparently
reciting the first few lines from the karan. all dressed in full length. have they all come from christian families originally? do we know that detail yet or not? >> it's curious how little detail we actually have. my understanding of it is that there are plenty of muslim girls as well as christian girls who were kidnapped. it's the curiosity an entire month later the government in abuja simply hasn't been able to establish the most basic facts. i've spoken to the fathers of both christian and muslim girls and it's pretty clear that they were a mixed bunch. if they're learning, the first
chapters of the karan, we can take it. that is part of the tuition process for convert rather than us seeking pictures of muslim girls going through their prayers. >> very few journalist in the capital of the state. these are the pictures that we have had in the newsroom in the last hour or so. we gathered there are about 136 to 138 faces that we can count in the shots we have been sent so far. there are about three girls who are speaking. one is fairly scared. we haven't yet broadcast the images. we are working on that and we will bring you more coverage as soon as we can. these are the first images in almost four weeks since the girls were taken. we are still working of course to authenticate these images.
we will keep you up on developments on that news. let's move to other news today. eu foreign ministers are meeting to discuss further sanctions against russia. pro russian separatists in ukraine have claimed overwhelming victory in the self-rule kremlin. within hours of the polls closing, organizers said 90% of voters chose self-rule. a similar vote with similar results was held in neighboring luhansk region. the russian foreign minister sergei lavrov says his country respects the vote and has called for pro russian activists in eastern ukraine. >> translator: we accept the will of the donetsk and luhansk region. we believe the implementation
comes and will be in a civilized manner without outbreak of violence or dialogue. the representatives of kiev, donetsk and luhansk. >> lavrov there. speaking at the heating, the british foreign minister william hague condemns the referendum. >> these attempts have zero credibility in the eyes of the word. they're illegal by anybody's standard. they don't meet a single standard of transparently being conducted in the public referend referendum. people organizing them didn't pretend to meet the standards. >> steve rosenburg says while president putin previously called for votes to be postpo d
postponed, russia has decided to respect the results. >> moscow takes a different view from william hague. we heard from lavrov a few minutes ago. he was quoting from a kremlin statement issued earlier today, a short statement issued by the kremlin basically saying the referendum in the eyes of moscow represented the will of the people there. moscow noted the high turnout in those votes and made it clear it would respect the votes. it also described attempts to sabotage the votes with the use of violence including the use of heavy weaponry against civilians. those are the words of the kremlin. there was also a call for dialogue between kiev and donetsk and luhansk to try to implement the results of the referendum and suggest that perhaps the osce, organization for security and corporation in
europe could be part of such a dialogue. >> is moscow going to be worried if there are more sanctions from the eu? >> i don't think moscow will like the idea of more sanctions. will it be worried? i don't think so. so far the kremlin hasn't shown that it's so concerned about the sanctions coming from the eu or the united states, certainly not concerned enough to make it change course on ukraine. >> steve rose opinionnburg in m many key states vote today. the scale of the vote is immense. here are numbers. 814 million voters are registered in the world's largest democratic election, 100 million more than the last election held in 2009.
the party needs a minimum 272 seats to form a government majority. today focus is on fortunes of one man, this man modi. she's standing in the city, the man many will believe will become india's next prime minister. the turnout is expected to be high. security at the polling stations have been pretty high. polling stations across the city. we'll get the final results friday of this week. we should know the outcome of exhibit polls after voting ends 12:30 "gmt," 6:00 p.m. local time. i asked earlier how local issues are influencing voters.("kw w1xs >> this is probably the most political city. people stand on street corners and discuss local and national
politics. they're very aware here. this is a part of india where the two main parties, congress and bjp have normally not swayed more about the regional parties. they're previously communists. it's a good place to look at the so called modi. people here at polling stations we've been to this morning for the first time are saying they want change and may vote for one of the national parties. even here, the ripples of the modi effects are being felt. >> the question of the place of religion and politics in india, a section of the country that's been keenly aired in the last view weeks and months, how much of that is something people are talking about or is it back to the economy and making living standards better? >> i think development is up herb moer
most in minds of india. i'm speaking to you from a polling booth at jewish school. there's no more jewish students. it's mostly muslim girls. parents have been voting during the course of the morning. many are worried about bjp if they come to power what it means to their state. many are voting here on the basis of religion and voting against mr. modi. when you scratch the surface, religion is never far a way. this country was born by religion when the partition took place between india, pakistan and bangladesh. what are voters worried about there if modi is declared new prime minister? results are due this week. >> i think what they fear is that india will move away from the path and become more hindu.
there's not been signs of that. in one stage he said rather than play a religious card he would prefer to lose the election. there are some muslims who may turn out to vote for mr. modi. many people here with the economy slowing down, jobs are an issue. they worry about their children's future. in rural india they worry about electricity and water. they want somebody to deliver a series of different things to em this. do stay with us on bbc world news. more to ria where anot. we fromur wee trs be pus m oua bu ide inizedtoria e anotl so wee of tthatscar pht frius m. r with easy step-bss idea, we have a personalized legal solution start your business today with legalzoom.
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kidnapped from their school in northern nigeria, so they claim. now the oscar pistorius murder trial has resumed in south africa. the olympic athlete denies intentionally killing his girlfriend reeva steenkamp in february last year. we are following the trial in pretoria. he explains the prosecutor nel has continued to call the defense. >> he has asked about bullets that pierced through the door killing steenkamp. the point on contention is after the first bullet hit her hip when she was collapsing, did she fall on the magazine rack in the toilet cubicle or not i think what nel is trying to do is create space if reeva was hit -- if reeva steenkamp was hit the right hip as she collapsed and
as she is saying that she fell on that magazine rack. nel thinks that perhaps that would have created enough space for her to scream. he hasn't said that but that's what he's building up to. thomas, ballistic expert still on the stand. we expect the defense will probably call a few more witnesses, psychologists and sound experts to try and defend oscar pistorius from his murder trial. he says of course it was a mistake when he shot and killed his model girlfriend last year. >> milton there in pretore yach -- in pretoria. we have obtained pictureses of the girls they say are the girls abducted four weeks ago. we have counted 13 girls shown
-- 138 girls shown in images. over 200 were abducted. they are reciting the first few lines from the karan. also in the video which we are not showing, three girls have spoken. one of them at least reciting the karan. we don't want to identify the girls in close up at the moment. we are working to bring you more of the video as soon as we can. the leader of boko haram is also also spoken in the tape that's been release through the news agency in the region. it's a 17 minute long video. the leader of boko haram is saying the girls will not be released until all the militants prisoners are freed from jails in nigeria. it's alleged the girls have converted to islam.
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