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hello. you're watching "gmt" on bbc world news. i'm lucy hockings. our top stories. growing international anger over the chaotic investigation of flights mh 17. dutch scientists have been given access to bodies of passengers. despite global pressure, experts have not been given access to the crash site. >> absolutely sham bollic situation. it does look more like a garden clean up than a forensic investigation. i'm clive in the negletherls
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where the relative temperaturesthemperaturehe -- relatives on board will gather information where of when the bodies will come home. we'll speak to our teams in gaza and israel for the latest. rockets coming in closer and closer all the time. this neighborhood is hit every few seconds. >> also on the program, we are joined for the business news. >> tes co loses the chief executive after three years. phillip quits after the group warns of challenging times ahead. we look at what's gone wrong during his short reign.
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it's midday here in long do 7:00 a.m. washington and 3:00 p.m. where dutch experts are granted access to bodies of those killed. the prime minister says he's willing to hand over control of the entire investigation to the netherlands. let's take you to the negle netherlands and join clive. >> i'm just outside the area behind a very rather non descript building. it's functional, practical and the place the government has chosen for the first time to bring together all relatives, immediate relatives of 192 dutch citizens who died on board that plane. potentially in the next couple of hours, there could be hundreds of people filing into that building. the purpose of the gathering is for them to speak to officials including the prime minister to
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get practical information on what is happening to their loved ones and on the investigation. and the news that dutch investigators that we've been hearing today, investigators have been given access to some of the bodies from the crash site. it's good news indeed. i suspect there are three main points families will be putting to authoritys here. the key questions will be when will will they get the bodies of their loved ones here to netherlands back on home soil? when will the officiinquiry int happened? what steps will be taken to bring to justice those responsible, held responsible for shooting down and killing of their loved ones. what about the bodies themselves? we know over the last few hours and day or so, some have been taken from the crash site, loaded to refrigerated carriages
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and on trains ready for transportation somewhere. we don't know exactly where. we may have more details for you. >> thanks clive. when we got here this morning to the plane crash site we counted 27 bodies. it was very hard on day four. they've been loaded onto the trucks and driven away literally a few minutes ago. we understand like the rest of the bodies, rebels say they have recovered more than 200 now. they have been taken to a local train station nearby where they are in refrigerated containers. now the dutch investigators have finally arrived, finally gained access to this train station. they have seen the bodies. we know that they have also spoken to the pro russian rebels and told them the absolute priority is to get trains moving
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and get the bodies transported. where they will go we don't know yet. we know the authorities in kiev want them to be moved to the city of kharkiv. we stopped on the way to the donetsk region. >> we came here because this is the city the ukrainian government wants to be the city for handling the after math of the plane crash. it's big enough, got the infrastructure and under full control of authorities in kiev. for days now, officials here have been saying they're ready to start receiving bodies of the victims. problem is, none have come. this takes about three hours to get to rebel held donetsk. there's been a lot of fighting in the area recently.
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we've got to go around that. so here we are deep in the rebel held territory and a the very field where the plane crashed. so personal belongings are still here, pieces of the plane scattered through the field. many of the bodies are now gone. they have found about over 200 bodies here, the rebels say. they have moved them to refrigerator trains. the big question now is where they're going to go. there are no investigators but there are volunteers mostly local miners still going through the fields looking for whatever
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they can find. guy came up to me, second man that came up with more documents and a wallet. credit cards. this is pretty awful. this is a dutch citizen. pretty awful. also shows how badly organized it is. miners were brought to comb the fields, find bodies and evidence they can get. they don't even know who to give this to. they're coming up giving this to us. these are are crucial pieces of evidence that should be part of investigation. yet no one is here to investigate.
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literally minutes ago we got news that dutch investigators have now arrived at the scene of the plane crash. they are somewhere here in the area. the area is huge. we haven't seen them yet. it's a bit of a positive development if we can talk about positive developments in this story at all. the concern is of course that over the last four days a lot of evidence has already been lost and as we see, there's also fighting breaking out in the city of donetsk. so that's important to remember that this is still a war zone. >> okay. there reporting live, thanks. >> well here of course in the netherlands they're mourning 192 lives. in the uk, ten britains died. 27 australians and in malaysia 44 people died on board mh 17. among those that died were six
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members of one family. john has been to meet the relatives left behind. >> as the sun sets and the daily fast comes to an end, one ext d extended family, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins have come together to mourn a terrible loss. on board flight mh 17 was this man, his wife, their daughter marcia and three sons. >> she's my only sister. she's the second child in the family, so we are very close. we will miss her badly. i can say it. we will miss her badly. >> the family were on the flight because they were returning to malaysia at the end of a three year posting with the shell oil
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company. this should have been a year of celebration. the two were due mark their 20th wedding anniversary. instead, the tragedy in ukraine has robbed 72-year-old dayang of a daughter and four grandchildren. >> my daughter was softly spoken, friendly and happy, she tells me. >> we want to find or try to find the body as fast as possible because that's what we want right now. we want to see them in one piece. >> their anguish is prolonged by politics and the tense diplomatic crisis. just one family amongst so many around the world desperate for the bodies of their families to
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come home. >> let's get the latest from moscow. the russian president vladimir putin has been speaking this mornings. has there been a softening of tone in his words bearing in mind there's so much pressure piled on by the international community? >> this from vladimir putin this morning. we can say it's more or less the repetition of what he used to say before, three days ago, and what was in the statement of the russian foreign ministry. what is important, that he didn't mention ukraine this time. blaming war and calling for all sides to give and provide access for international investigators. that could mean russia is trying to make efforts to at least bring bodies to some place where
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the international investigators could get access to them. >> well in not mentioning kra n ukraine, is he perhaps hinting rebels on the ground could have been responsible for what happen happened? >> by the fact the plane came down on their territory in their air space. previously during the week, russian foreign minister talked to mr. putin spoke to western leadership and said they called ukraine and rebels to give access to investigators. moscow is at least -- they do not reject the possibility that it was some sort of responsibility on the side of rebels. all they say for now is that they want the investigation. it should be open and
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transparent and international. >> well the british prime minister david cameron is speaking to parliament later today. the suggestion is he could be calling for more sanctions on the moscow regime. is that the kind of thing that people are worried about where you are? >> well, at least social media already a discussion. sanctions could follow after this disaster in ukrainian skies. as we know the united states introduced new set of sanctions against russian banks and emergency companies. so if this happened to russian companies from the european union, that would be very important. unlike the united states, europe is a major trading partner for russia. this definitely can affect not probably every single russian but it could be important for russian business. that is around social media.
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still we have to wait for the decision. this has been made solely by britain. this is decision of european union. >> okay. live in moscow, thanks. >> while some of the officials -- relatives of families of those that died will be questions in the conference behind me. they've started arriving. we saw the chief executive of the airlines arrived. he flew in from kuala lumpur. he's been talking to some of the crew there. he's going to be taking lots of questions certainly from some of the relatives of those who died. of course the central key question is when will they be able to get loved unwithes back home on soil that is dutch. we're back to you. clive in the netherlands
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there. we are keeping across every development in this story. we've got so much more for you on the website as well. you can see it there on your screen. what's really vital is the what we know page. we constantly update that with the latest developments on what has happened, what may have caused the crash, everything we're hearing from all over the world is put on the website. also interesting video, rebels released pictures of the crash site. find that on the website, bbc.com/news. let's bring you up to date with other news now. up to 50 people are reported to have died in heavy fighting around the main international airport in libya. battles between rival militia at the tripoli airport began a week ago. repairs will cost hundreds of millions of. they're going through one of the worst spells of violence since 2011. authorities in southern china say the typhoon rammasun has killed 18 on the island.
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this is the biggest typhoon to hit the area in 40 years. they've had winds of 200 kilometers per hour. all railways are open. the storm is diminishing and now moving on towards vietnam. the iea says iran has stopped enriching uranium. the u.s. will unblock $3 billion of frozen funds. iran insists it's enriching for power stations and medical purposes. do stay with us on "gmt." still to come, the latest from gaza. two weeks of conflict. the death toll has risen to more than 500.
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with our other top story. israeli air strikes and tank operations in gaza are continuing despite the united nations security council calling for immediate cease fire. palestinian medical officials say more than 30 members of two families have been killed. the palestinian death toll stands at more than 500. 20 israelis, 18 soldiers have died. 13 on sunday. that's been the bloodiest day of the conflict so far. let's take you to gaza city now. what's happening there at the moment? >> reporter: well, the heavy bombardment of the eastern neighborhoods of gaza city has been continuing behind me. we've heard heavy israeli artillery fire for the past few hours in the northeast and going south also to other neighborhoods. my colleague paul adams has been to the neighboring area and he says there was intermittent
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bombardment there. >> rockets are coming in closer and closer all the time. this neighborhood is being hit every few seconds. you can see damage on the road here. no people at all so where we were just now is literally around the corner there. there was an intense battle going on. it seems to have gone quiet. we can hear the drones overhead. we've got to be ready for the possibility shelling could start soon. in that direction, streets are desserted. the further you go this direction, you find people on the streets. in gaza city things are relatively safe. further here, that's the area heavily bombarded yesterday.
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that was evacuated yesterday. we're not sure the focus of israeli activity today just yet. this man doesn't want to be identified. he's got a piece of shrapnel. that's from artillery round or rocket coming in a lot in the past few minutes. so what that woman was saying is typical of the situation of an awful lot of people here in gaza at the moment. her home was in a dangerous area. she and her kids fled to a u.n. school. 80,000 are sheltering in the facility. she found at the school conditions were bad. she tried to go back home to pick up possessions and maybe food. she found it too dangerous to go back home. now she's on her way back to the u.n. school. people are going this way and that. for us, this dangerous area and
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people trying as best they can to survive. >> we've seen other fighting as well across the gaza strip. a lot of air strikes in gaza city. we had one quite close to the office, also the north and south. and close to the border in the north under the border. there was a cross border attack that militants carried out. we've also seen rocket fire from palestinian rocket groups in israel over the past couple of hours. the fighting continuing as diplomatic efforts start to intensify to try to bring cease fire deal together. we've got the u.n. secretary of state john kerry heading to cairo later. the u.n. inspector general expected as well. meeting with the leader of hamas that lives there in exile. lots of diplomacy going on.
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on the ground no sign the fighting is a baiting. >> thank you. rocket fire heading from gaza israel there. let's take you to chris morris there. what have you seen today? >> reporter: just a few minutes ago, the antimissile system was deployed to intercept a hamas rocket over head here. in the last few minutes we're told several rockets were fired and intercepted by this antimissile system. earlier this morning, one rocket landed in the greater area but caused no damage. hamas can pose a threat to israel. you can't compare the military capabilities of the two sides, but it is a threat. israel says it needs to take measures against it.
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the other thing that happened this morning another infiltration through one of the tunnels hamas built from northern gaza to israel. they emerge ed from the entrance of a tunnel near the israeli town. there was a fire fight there. israel says ten militants were killed. hamas is taking the fight to israel even though the overwhelming military force deployed against it is something it's no match for on an absolute basis. >> the diplomatic efforts today, john kerry and moon heading to cairo. does anyone talk about this trying to end things or is there belief that could work is this. >> reporter: well sure. will there's a knowledge that eventually there will be a cease fire. we've seen that before. the question is for both the political and military leadership is when did that point come. there's a meeting of the security cabinet last night.
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it seemed clear from that there would be several days of military operations. the israeli tend to listen when americans put pressure on them. we heard unguarded comments from the american secretary of state john kerry when he didn't realize the microphone was on yesterday describing the israeli bombardment yesterday as one [ bleep ] of a pinpoint operation. i'm sure tough words are said behind the scenes. on the other hand as always, united states is saying openly it supports israel's right to defend itself against the kind of rocket fire we've seen in the last half hour or so. >> chris morris in southern israel for us. plenty more on the gaza conflict on the website. looking through the site at the moment, we've got pictures front line at the hospital, various voices from gaza and israel. our team of correspondents
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in this half hour, we're going to bring the latest from eastern ukraine where fighting has fled between the separatists and troops in donetsk. >> there is fighting around the airport area and an attack of some kind on a building near the train station. that's behind me. >> the investigation into flight mh 17. i'm going to be joined by an expert that tells us the challenges ahead. also on the program, we're looking at sanctions against
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russia. is it likely to be stepped up? >> yes, you're right. all eyes on this now. making sure russia places part in full access to the crash sit site. welcome back to "gmt." our top story, the malaysian airlines crash in ukraine. prime minister said that he is willing to hand over control of the investigation to the netherlands. there's still growing anger at the inability of international experts to gain full access to the crash site controlled by the rebels. the security in the area is worsening. we've heard reports of heavy fighting. the bbc says civilians are trying to escape the clashes in
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and around the railway station. the leader of the separatists said ukrainian forces were trying to force their way into donetsk. we are there and we have this report. >> it's a period of quiet now. shelling is about to start again. what seems to be happening is fighting is going on around the airport area. there's been an attack of some kind near the building train station. that's just behind me. you can probably see golden domes right beside that is the train station. people here are panicking, afraid. we've been watching them run past all morning. the only traffic going that way is the green bus, which belongs to the rebels. we've seen vehicles coming past clearly sent up to carry wounded people back. a lot of people we've seen are elderly with a general state of confusion. i don't think these people expected fighting so close in
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the center of donetsk. it illustrates the difficulty of giving guarantees about anyone's safety. this is the capital of the region. today it's under fire. >> he's there in donetsk. one of the big questions asked at the moment is whether or not there will be further sanctions against russian say. we have more on that. >> absolutely. all eyes on europe because the ball is really much in europe's court now increasing the pressure on putin. the leaders of britain, france and germany are preparing to impose tougher sanctions on russia. international shock and anger has intensified over the shooting down of flight mh 17. last week the u.s. imposed the most serious sanctions to date against moscow. foreign ministers will meet to discuss what sanctions should be
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taken. stephanie discusses why she thinks new sanctions will be hard. >> it's harder than most know. they have a strong economic tie with them also strong energy vulnerability. france of course has the defense relationship with russia and going to be furnishing the warship by october to russia. that's not being talked about a lot publicly but definitely talked about many brussels. that's not on the negotiating table at the moment. they're training russian sailors right now. that's happening. obviously the country that most has the moral high ground and real influence and discussions will be the netherlands that lost 192 citizens in this crash. it will be interesting to see what position they take and what they want on it. what they really want to push for is access to the site for proper investigation to take place. >> a little earlier we spoke to
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the chief executive of the dutch firm and asked him about his reaction to the tragedy. >> it's an enormous tragedy. let me point out that two phillips employees were on that flight with their families on course to a vacation. i had a sad duty to inform our employees they had perished. my thoughts go out to them and to their surviving family members. it is an unacceptable tragedy caused by terrorist. i hope it will be deeply investigated. that's for governments to do, not for companies. we feel devastated about it. >> let's go to a big business story around the world. change at the top for the global giant. it's the second biggest retailer
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and said to replace the executive. phillip behind me worked there four decades. he said he and the board felt it was the moment for him to hand over. he'll be replaced by lewis. he says they were trapped between value offers by discount offers like aldi. good to have you on the program. let's start by asking you. he's been on the job three years. has he had a chance to do what needed to be done at tes ka over the last three years? >> three years is enough to get your feet under the table and start writing the wrongs in terms of underinvestment in uk stores. he inherited tricky international situations, most notably the expensive adventure in america in the shape of fresh
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and easy. three years is quite a long time. we have not seen benefits of him coming through in terms of increased like for like sales. larger investors were getting impatient. this is new blood without direct retail experience may be the best to take the company forward. i think strategies in terms of stores and private labels. something more decisive around pricing and promotions. discounters are run aning away the moment. >> i know discount stores are taking the market in the uk. is it that the next david lewis will look up pricing more than anything else. >> you have to look at value. price is only one part. bear in mind one of three. discounts are about low prices.
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that's a huge scale of efficiency. tesco is losing markets. those quality and service led parts of value also need attention as well. >> looking at the global picture. of course you mentioned tesco into america. do you think success lies in a more global outcome? >> they've got rid of america and pulled out of china and got rid of japanese business. we look at operations in central europe and asia. sadly from tesco's point of view they're getting hit by interthat shall markets into. asia remains profitable in growth. it's a smaller tesco. many are pulling out of global markets too. it's focussing resources on trying to turn around the uk business and put national on the
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back burner for the time being. >> thank you very much. let's take you to what the markets are doing. european markets. renewed fighting in don evening had a negative impact on investments. they don't like the level of political insecurity. london market down. unsurprisingly share prices are lower. it may be spurring investors on the price of tesco. for now, back to you. >> lovely to see you. thank you so much. stay with us on bbc world news. still to come, from a prison to party theme. we're going to bring you the history behind one of nigeria's most controversial landmarks. hey pal? you ready? can you pick me up at 6:30?
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i'm lucy hockings. thanks for being with us on "gmt." our top story this hour. dutch forensic experts are given access to bodies of some victims of malaysian airlines flight. there's growing international anger over the investigation. the australian prime minister has called it a shamble. let's bring you more now on the top story. the plane crash in ukraine. russian president vladimir putin said it's essential to give international experts complete security to conduct the investigation. as i mentioned there's growing anger. one of the things people are furious about is the alleged tampering of evidence by rebels at the site. we'll talk more about this at a moment. >> following the tragedy of the crash, the handling of the after math, america says the way in which the dead have been dealt
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with is grotesque. after days of obstruction, european monitors are now given access to the site. there's still no independent investigation into what happened. four days on, there is finally some sort of cord around the evidence. there's questions about whether evidence has been tampered with. 298 people were kill d when mh 17 came down. the bodies of some of those that died were loaded to refrigerated train carriages. monitors don't know where they were taken to. >> we had a look into the wagons. it was impossible to do an accurate count considering the circumstances. there seemed to be a tagging system. >> pro russian remember sells controlled where the jet landed say they'll hand over flight recorders. both sides in the civil conflict
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accused each other of shooting down the plane. david cameron spoke to vladimir putin and urged him to assure investigators are allowed full access to the site. the cooperation may be stepped up when the united nations security council meets later today. let's take you to speak to aviation safety investigator. thank you for being with us. we know the site has been tampered with. how much in terms of what is going on in eastern ukraine makes any investigation now almost irrelevant? >> if it's a service to air missile, it's brought the airplane down. tampering with the black boxes won't be terrible significant. if it was a structural failure of the airplane or onboard bomb that would be significant to us. if the political and intelligence forces are eltelli
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it's surface to air missile, we want to do that report. tampering with the black box won't affect the outcome. there will be physical evidence. >> what about the other evidence. bbc was begin footage of rebels going through people's luggage. now our correspondent was handed a wallet of a passenger on board. is that evidence also important? >> i'd normally look at the structural break up of an aircraft. we'd like to see how the bodies were preserved, how they were dressed. that can tell us various things. undoing somebody's a clothing to get to a wallet for perfectly innocent reason to identify them can tamper the evidence as to how the body was in a certain part of the airplane. it would tell us if they fell out of their seats or anything.
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>> anything done not photographed beforehand not coordinated with a location tag of where they fell, their identification can affect things. it's not so important if it's a missile strike. we need to get the autopsies done and get the bodies back to loved ones as soon as possible. >> hot temperatures there and rain falling as well. how does hah affect things as time goes on? >> the high temperature affects the body decomposition. we need to get them picked up and refrigerate add. they need to have the autopsies and identification done fairly quickly. rain falling can start to affect the chemical composition. you've got to look for rocketsi. however the wreckage is still there. we may be able to find physical parts of the missile in the wreckage. all hope is not lost confirming
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it's a missile from the standard civilian techniques. we'll see a what the military releases between them over the next few days to confirm a missile. >> you don't agree with experts saying even if the investigators are given access now, today, tomorrow, it may be too late? >> again it depends overall cause. if it's purely a missile bringing the plane down. if we thought it could be an inflight structural break up, any evidence lost on the on the job makes it more difficult. if we already know it's a missile, the conventional aircraft investigation techniques become redundant. we know the cause and look at how the aircraft broke up from there. we don't need to identify the cause if it's a missile. we need to go back to military
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agencies and look at air traffic control stains and see if we can see the missile at that stage and run a radar to identify the missile from there. >> it sounds mechanical and scientific as well. it must be a horrendous task for investigators. are they given the trainings to cope with the things they're seeing? >> yes. the special team that usually goes to civil aircraft sites and recovers the bodies and removes all the personal effects to deal with that side. then the psychological trauma counselling available for everyone that's worked on the investigation. troops are there from which ever side helping in the clean up, they may suffer from it. it seems you never forget. >> david, thank you for joining us. good to hear backup is given to teams on the ground. we'll keep across developments.
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100 years ago state of nigeria was founded when the british powers thought to expand the area they controlled. we went to visit the landmark where people reflect the country's history and celebrate as well the rich contemporary art scene. >> in the heart of the city, the street full of history. this was the first prison set up by british in 1872. colonialists wanted law and order to protect the british per merchants. british imported bricks from london and started again. it remained a prison until a independence. >> the prison doctor i in --
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doctor this the 1960s had the job of watching the grim executions. >> the band goes around the elbows and doesn't prevent from going down. in the end he's lifted onto this door. it's all traumatic. >> broad street prison was closed down in the 1970s. today freedom park is one of the few green spaces and home to the city's lively art scene. it's also where history is remembered. some prominent nigerians were incarcerated here. >> to get an idea of what prisons were like, they've recreated a floor plan of one of the cell blocks. you get an idea of how tiny the
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room was. one end to the other, just three steps. the architect behind the parks concept is proud of this coming together of history and arts. he notes today the sales are rarely empty. >> people have put themselves in cells working. we're all imprisoned by work these days. it's ironic. >> this is where the women's cells once stood. >> used to be a place of sorrow. with music we've been able to transform into a place of happiness. all kinds of people mingle. that's the beauty of this space. i hope it stays like this for a very long time. >> who would have thought a
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prison would one day be hosting such a party? who indeed? from the sounds of beats and music, this is a story from the iranian musician that left the country 14 years ago and followed his dream to the united states. he's made an album, first outside the country. what he's done is mixed arabian music with classical western. here's the story. >> i'm 34 years old and live in new york city. as i was growing up instead of having cars and balls and playing around with those things, i had instruments. i was breaking them and playing them. i have studied classical persian music and music of iranian nationals since three years old.
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i still think it's a privilege for me to grow up in that family and be the son of the great legend, my father. never thought difficult to come out of the shadow of the great father. it was great for me. i had the privilege to grow up in the house where the sounds were the conversation, always easy. i had different goals coming to united states to study. one of them was the music kal goal. i also wanted to have the opportunity to introduce the reality of my culture and country iran to the entire world. i wanted to be able to create a music that was new integration of eastern and western classical music with unity, love, peace. so it could introduce another side of iran to the entire
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world. persian classical music and indian music are known for improvisation. what i wanted to do with my recording was to create a ballad while i was a harmon. i try to keep the persian classic on music as well. my goal has been to create a universal music that can communicate with the listener without any work. what totally defines persian classical music in my opinion is the vocal. we have a unique technique of singing utilizing. this is like very open with no rhythm. we perform in persian classical
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music. i tried to take this element and develop it and make it more rhythm. >> wonderful music there. a quick reminder of our top story on "gmt." dutch forensic experts have been examining the bodies of some of the victims of the malaysian airlines crash. the biggest storage is the
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