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a killing? we hear from the officer's mother. i just hope god takes care of everybody involved. i know they're grieving like i'm grieving. north and south american leaders gather for a summit in panama. u.s./cuban relations are warming up, but will barack obama reach out to venezuela. >> also, politics between america and venezuela and the damaging effect it's having on the local population and the economy. and also in the program, jamie is here keeping a close watch on business. >> but stephen, not much business in watches. at least in macau, where the jewelry and watch fair there has been called off, because the chinese government's anti-corruption drive has made such a huge dent in its customer
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base. we'll explain more in half an hour. hour. a very warm welcome to "gmt." it's 12:00 noon here in london 7:00 a.m. in washington, d.c. and 4:00 in the afternoon in rawalpindi pakistan where prison officials have confirmed that they have freed the alleged mastermind of the 2008 mumbai terror attacks on bail. now, that will strain ties with india, which has already called the move an insult to the victims of both attacks. he is accused of being a military chief of the militant group that has been held responsible for an assault on mumbai which lasted for three days. and included a siege. now, we can join our correspondent who is in
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islamabad. we'll go first to pakistan to you, shima. explain to me the legal background which led to this release on bail. >> reporter: stephen this release is the latest development between the pakistani government and the pakistani court. he was granted bail back in december last year shortly after the peshawar attack, and that has caused great anger, both here in pakistan and in india, at a time when the country was saying it was -- was able to challenge -- that time and they detained -- under -- of public order -- lawyers say there was no legal basis behind his detention. and it looks like he was going to remain in jail for another
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few months. but now we're getting these latest developments that the man who was accused of the mumbai attacks, zaki rehman has been released. and we got in touch with the foreign minister to get a reaction, and got a very very brief reaction saying this was the court's decision. >> let's switch immediately to delhi and to you, sanjoy. what reaction from the indian government? >> reporter: well, the initial reaction, stephen, that we expect really quite upset by this development. india's home minister describing it both as an unfortunate and disappointing decision. even in the days leading up to today's development, india had made its position very clear, indeed made its position very clear all the way from december when bail was first granted, to mr. lakhvi basically describing it as a decision that will
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potentially damage relations between india and pakistan. also that it will undermine assurances that india continues to receive periodically from pakistan that it will do everything in its power to bring those india believes responsible for those attacks in 2008 to justice. this is a very sensitive issue here in india, not just with the government was also among ordinary indians. this was an attack that left a thick scar on india, an attack on india's capital, and many people believe that until now, pakistan is not really demonstrated it's motivated to do enough to keep people here or make people believe it will help secure justice for the victims of those attacks. >> a quick one for you, sanjoy then back to islamabad. but we're still trying to figure out exactly what mr. modi the relatively new prime minister of india wants out of relations with pakistan. it is going to be an attempt to warm things up or can we expect hostility? one would think this puts pressure on him to be really
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tough with the pakistanis. what do you expect to see? >> that's right, steven. a lot of pressure on him when something like this happens. and mr. modi has a reputation of being a hardline politician a right wing politician. his supporters will certainly expect him to talk and act tough. having said that he has attempted at times to demonstrate that he wants relations to move forward. he did invite the pakistani prime minister to his inauguration, an unprecedented step. he has since then indicated a couple of times that he does want to move forward with -- in relations with pakistan but certainly this kind of a development would put a lot of pressure on him. it's unlikely to make him soften his stance or even take any steps that could lead to some kind of presumption of dialogue. >> thanks. and shaima briefly back to you, obviously, you mentioned that there's a battle here or a difference between the government position and what the courts are doing. do you think there'll be an
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effort from the pakistani government that mr. lakhvi isn't on bail too long? >> absolutely. a few months ago, we were at opposite sides of the borders where there was an increase in the cross-border firing between india and pakistan and at that time we were saying that relations were tensing up. just last month, the indian foreign minister was here in pakistan and we're hearing about the beginning of talks about turnarounds, but really, zaki rehman lakhvi was on the tops of people's minds. this could have a backlash on already strained ties. so we'll have to wait to see what a pakistani government has to say, but it's a critical and sensitive position when it comes to this particular case. >> shaima and sanjoy thank you
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very much for joining me on "gmt." the united states right now is asking itself very tough questions about policing and race. the immediate cause, the continued fallout from the killing of an unarmed black man, walter scott, by a white police officer, michael slager in south carolina. a new video footage from slager's patrol car camera shows how the incident began. walter scott seen getting out of his car and running away after a routine traffic stop. slager has now been charged with murder and for the first time his mother has given a television interview. we'll hear that in just a moment. but first, the bbc's eileen mcpool on the new video. >> reporter: it's the footage that so shocked americans and put a police officer behind bars. [ gunfire ] 50-year-old walter scott was shot dead after being stopped, apparently, because his car's rear light was faulty. police have just released dash cam footage of the officer,
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michael slager talking to mr. scott. >> all right. be right back with you. >> later he gets out of the car and is told to sit back down. >> stay in the car! >> reporter: before he opens the door and runs off. his family says he was worried about being caught for outstanding child support payments, but later the officer said he was being threatened. the passerby whose mobile phone seems to disprove that is described by the scott family as a hero. >> after mr. scott went to the ground i approached to what happened the victim and the police officer over there, and then the backup came and they really you know. >> he said he thought his life was in danger because of what the footage showed. >> i say, you know i saw what happened with family members, is that what happened i would like
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to know the truth. >> reporter: officer michael slager has now been fired and charged with murder but a complaint was made against him in the past a claim of excessive use of a taser gun against a man in his home. a complaint the police now say they're looking into again. >> in my mind he's an officer, he can do whatever he wants, because he has that power. and i feel a lot of officers today. >> reporter: there many feel the only reason an officer was charged to what happened here with to walter scott where officers haven't been charged in so many similar cases across america is simply because of that mobile phone footage, and they feel there's nothing to stop it happening gepagain. but this area's senator has stabled a bill calling for all police officers in this state to wear body cameras. >> people are treated differently based on color. so once we recognize that we have to implement policies and procedures to ensure that there's transparency and
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accountability. body cameras go a long way to transparency which will ultimately result in justice being served so there's greater accountability. accountability. >> cameras, though, are no solution to the underlying racial tensions that keep being exposed here every time a black man is shot dead by a white officer. >> now, the officer at the center of this particular story is michael slager and his mother, karen shaw she spoke to abc news in the united states and she said she's trying not to think about whether she'll ever see her son free again. >> do you worry that you may never see your son free again at this point? >> i'm not going to worry. i'm not going to think about that right now.
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i just have to take one day at a time. what will happen will happen. and that's the way it will be. but i can only hope that it's not forever. i just have to let it be. and hope god takes care of everybody involved. not only my family but the scott family because i know they're grieving too, like i'm grieving. so i want them to know that. >> those are the words of karen sharp, the mother of officer michael slager. as the summit of the americas gets underway in panama tensions between the u.s. and venezuela remain high. it will be the first time that the two countries' leaders, obama and maduro have met since president obama signed an executive order, which called for economic sanctions against seven venezuelan officials last
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month. the sanctions, well they may be lifted but they may not. there are still real economic problems inside venezuela. and ian panel is in caracas and has witnessed them firsthand. >> if you want to know what the economic crisis in venezuela looks like this is pretty much it. hundreds of people have been gathering here over the last few hours in the pretty searing sun and what they're queueing up for is one of the products that you can't find or is very difficult to find now on the shelves of government supermarkets, even private supermarkets. so people come here they present their i.d. card and if it ends in one of two digits then they're given access to this. just one second if i can borrow that, it's powdered milk. should be something that's easy to find on the store shelves. was up until fairly recently but the collapse in oil prices economic mismanagement, and according to some people here, the actions of america and others means you can't find it on the shelves.
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the people who have organized are also organizing something else that's politically resident. here on the table, they're clkting signatures from ordinary people to be presented to president obama. and the idea is that this is calling for the order freezing the assets of seven venezuelan government officials and declaring venezuela as a national security threat to be repealed. and president maduro of venezuela, when he meets president obama, is hoping that he'll present this petition to him and call for a repeal of this specific order. so this is also politics and the relationship between america and venezuela. and you can see the damaging effect it's having on the local population and the economy. >> that's ian panel in caracas. and clearly relations between the united states and venezuela still in the deep freeze. not so when it comes to the and u.s. and cuba. the foreign ministers of those two countries have already met
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behind closed doors in panama and it was the highest level meeting between the two sides for over half a century. our correspondent, will grande, is in panama. he's following the summit which is about to get underway. will, let's talk u.s./cuba first. are we clear that there is going to be some sort of formal encounter between raul castro and barack obama? >> it's expected that there certainly will be, yes. on the sidelines of the summit the two presidents are due to meet. that will be an historic meeting. before fidel castro that a u.s. president has met a sitting cuban one. so obviously going to be a massive event in terms of the bilateral relationship, if and when they do sit down. but as you said in your introduction, the two foreign secretaries, as it were the
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secretary of state and the foreign minister of cuba have already met, which is already a very significant event, so while things are very complicated between the u.s. and venezuela, between venezuela's close ally allies cuba it looks like a new dawn is emerging. >> and i'm interested about the link between the two. obama has faced down his critics to build the bridges to havana. i wonder if there's any indication that he would like to begin the same sort of process with the socialist government in caracas. what's your view? >> well you met hugo chavez yourself and sat down with him at some length and you need to cast your mind back four years to remember that hugo chavez was the main progress protagonist about this meeting four years ago. no such case this time around where maduro has seemingly lost
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control of the economy, lost control perhaps to have the venezuelan people. would barack obama like to reestablish that relationship? it's a strange sort of two-pronged approach he's taking here. which is turning the page on the one hand with havana while raising the heat on the other with caracas. it's strange to see it work. and you have havana caught in the middle. it's trying to start things anew with washington, and at the same time remain allies to caracas. >> it's complicated latin american latin american diplomacy, but i thank you for joining us from panama as the summit is about to begin. now, do stay with us on bbc world news because still to come, the voice of cricket falls silent. tributes pour in for australian commentator and former test captain, rich cheie benaud who's died, age 84. we look back at a golden
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the australian cricketing great, richie benaud has died at the age of 84. he was one of australia's most successful test captains, and he became one of the world's most recognized cricket commentators. he worked for the bbc amongst otherses for decades and he was known as the voice of cricket. andy swiss looks back on a terrific career. >> welcome to highlighting of the first day's play, england and india. a marvelous day, weather wise. >> reporter: for many, he was the voice of cricket, as a presenter, but above all as a commentator, richie benaud had wit, wisdom, and a quite inimitable way with words.
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>> chasing, goes straight into a confectionary store. >> what a beauty. an absolute dazzler. >> reporter: but the commentator himself was once himself a hugely successful cricketer. >> if england regains though, they must get benaud once and for all. >> reporter: benaud made his debut for australia in 1952, and as he toured the world, he blossomed into one of its final talents. he took 248 test wickets, scored more than 2,000 runs and became a charismatic captain, guiding australia to three ashes triumphs. although he insisted leadership wasn't all about expertise. >> i think there are two aspects of it. it needs to be 90% luck and 10% skill. i give you a very strict warning, don't try it without the skill. >> reporter: after retiring as a
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player, benaud transferred his skills to the media with the same cool composure. >> hello, welcome to highlights and welcome to viewers in england, india, and this match is the second semi-final. >> reporter: his mellow, understated style turned into one of sports' most famous voices, capturing cricket's drama. >> he's done it! >> reporter: but also its humor. >> a streaker on the field. that's the first catch rodney mass has made today. >> reporter: richie benaud continued congressmen at a timing into his 80s. his popularity has enduring as his talent, a man who excelled with bat, ball, and microphone, cricket's ultimate all-rounder. >> a beautiful voice. now, one of britain's great sporting tradition takes place on saturday. the oxford and cambridge university boat race will be fought out on the river thames.
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and for the first time the women will be racing on the same day and the same course as the men. nina worhurst has this report. >> two teams of women, one thing on their mind. history will remember their race as the first to reach parity with the men, but for them, tomorrow is all about winning. >> it is absolutely great that women are recognized right away and whatever happens, i'll be proud of being part of that event, but i'm gunning for that victory and that's what matters to me. >> we know it's going to be exciting, for us it really is about the race. >> reporter: fighting talk would have caused a scandal in their first race. in 1927, their fight was to wear shorts instead of skirts and a straight race was considered too vulgar, so they raced separately. fast forward to the '60s and the shorts got shorter, but the race still held in henley.
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by the '90s, the girls were shouting as loud as the boys. >> now! right now! let's go! >> reporter: but rowing on the same course in the same race was still 20 years away. >> there was a huge difference in provision and budget, which looking back on it now, even at the time, we knew as sort of unaccountable and difficult. and you know, there wasn't much we could do about it. >> and it's money that's brought change, the race sponsors have funded world-class equipment and coaching of up to fife hours a day. however much training they put in, the race will still be 4.2 miles of agony. on a day like today, it's virtually impossible to imagine that this river could be crawled. but up towards that bend, if a
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wind from the west goes against the tide, it can become incredibly choppy. now, most competitions would then be canceled. but come what may, the boat race goes on. >> it can look lovely from one second to the next and be very changeable, especially with the bends as well. what are very nice conditions on the one side of the river, you'll turn around the bend and suddenly there'll be a huge wave or wind. >> the first lady's time race is based on grace. how graceful do you think you'll be? >> i would like to think we'll be very graceful. but the tideway conditions can be very unpredictable. and if it's windy or wavy, it can be a slug fest. it's not going to look pretty. >> reporter: when they take to the waters tomorrow, millions around the world will be watching. it will be their race. it's also one which represents the physical and social battles of the women who went before them.
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welcome to "gmt" on bbc world news. i'm stephen sackur. in this half hour a new perspective on the debate about our weight and our health. research suggests that the more you weigh, the lower your risk of getting dementia. a study of 2 million finds very thin folk more prone to dementia than those who are obese. what are the implications? well talk to the report's author. and jamie's here and he's going to be looking at a scandal that is tearing brazil's economy apart. >> yes, stephen. the petrobras scandal. it's not just the petrobras
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state-owned oil company that's under investigation, but some of the country's biggest construction companies as well. and that's a huge infrastructure project at risk. professors are taking to the streets today and on sunday we'll look at how the whole country is now affected. a very warm welcome back to "gmt." new research suggests that middle aged people who are underweight are more likely to develop dementia than those with a healthy body mass index than those who are obese. the findings would seem to contradict previous evidence. well, our health correspondent, sophie hutchinson, has more. >> exactly how dementia is triggered in the brain remains a mystery, but with levels soaring
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along with obesity, researchers wanted to clarify whether they were linked. the study examined the medical records of nearly 2 million people with an average age of 55 of up to two decades. they found those who were underweight were at the greatest risk, 39% more likely to be diagnosed with dementia than people with a healthy bmi. in contrast overweight people were 18% less likely to get dementia, and the risk fell slightly to 24%, for those with obesity. the findings contradict previous studies and have been described as interesting and provocative, but not the final word. >> dementia is really a product of a lifetime of environmental exposure to our genes and in most cases, the age is the biggest risk factor. we all think about things we should try to do to reduce our risk. and really the evidence so far suggests that trying to live a healthy lifestyle, trying to be active, good diet and exercise, not smoking, trying to stay healthy in other areas is
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probably the best we can do. >> but the researchers insist their study outstrip all others in terms of size and precision. they say there now needs to be a rethink of how to identify those at the highest risk of dementia. sophie hutchinson bbc news. >> let us explore this a little more with dr. kizelbash, he's the head who led the new study alongside with london school of hygiene and topical medicine and joins me now via skype. i want to be very clear about this. it does seem provocative, to say the least. are you suggesting that it is better to be overweight when it comes to thinking about the long-term health of your brain? >> what we wanted to do was to provide evidence so we did this study, because although it contradicts what's been done before, if you look at that
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evidence, it's actually quite mixed. some of it is suggesting that obesity produces an sbrooes risk, but actually, those studies were not very precise. there were studies that showed no increase in risk. so although we're contradicting some of the previous studies, we're not contradicting others. so as is being said the amount of evidence that we've been able to bring to bear is ten times as much as is implicit in all of the other previous studies. so it's a new finding. it needs to be looked at and we say that no one study is definitive and we need to take all the evidence into account so we're suggesting that we look further, we do other studies, because, clearly, this is a big problem for both obesity epidemic and dementia epidemic. >> indeed. both very important. now, don't blind me with science, but try and explain in
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the simplest possible terms, scientifically why it could be that very skinny people see the brains of dmenchs in a worse way than those who are sort of acceptable or indeed overweight body mass index. >> i can only speculate, because the -- because there are no really good mechanisms that have been established. so some of the potential or reasons are frailty, weight loss may have an effect. there may be other diseases that we've not been able to control for in these analyses. as well as genetic factors and also dietary factors. for example, there is some evidence that people who are deficient in vitamin "e" and vitamin "d," may have an increased risk of dementia. these are some of the factors that can come to play.
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and we hope in our study these findings will propel those activities in terms of further investigation. >> well, we look forward to reading about further investigation but for now, thanks for joining us on "gmt". >> thank you very much. now, jamie is here with all the business news and jamie, i think you're starting off with an interesting story about watches. >> about watches, yes, and the effects of watches on corruption or how they might be involved in it. next month's macau european asian, watch, jewelry, and antique coin show promises to be a luxurious retail extravaganza. mainland chinese customers out to spend some of their still-growing wealth. well the show has been unexpectedly canceled. the organizers blame the chinese government's crackdown on corruption. we'll look at specific reasons in just a second. but also luxury businesses which for the last 15 years, have seen china as an
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unstoppable market are having to rethink their strategies. one example, sothebies saw a more than 20% year on year drop sales, an auction in hong kong that featured about 1,300 fewer than last year. was the cancellation of this a surprise to you? >> it was a surprise yeah. i don't think anyone expected the slowdown in the demand for swiss luxury watches in china to be quite so pronounced. if you look at the demand from swiss watches from the chinese market over the last 15 years, the overall worldwide demand has doubled while that in china is up 3,000%. that only started to slow down in 2013. it's gone from being a blip on the radar to being the third largest world market for swiss watches. >> it seems as though the communist party is not allowing their party officials to go to
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casinos. it's a blow for macau as well. rather than necessarily the actual demand drying it up there's a barrier put across these customers coming to these kind of events. >> even before we saw the results of the chinese government anti-graph measures we've seen a slight change in trend for demand with less con speck wous wealth. customers looking at products, not being quite so flashy or ostentatious. it's something that we've noticed over the last couple of careers. careers. >> you would imagine that the market corrupts watches or jewelry, this has been taken out, but may go beyond that. just ordinary spending. actually being hit because of these, the clampdown on corruption. >> it could well be. i mean we're seeing to the chinese consumer has learned a lot in the last ten years about
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how to get the best deal. fewer mainland chinese shoppers are crossing the border into hong kong, which has had a very big effect on the hong kong watch trade, which is -- and that's the world's biggest market for swiss watches. but the chinese consumers are also traveling more. they're buying more when they're abroad in cities like london. they're realizing they can get a better deal elsewhere. >> thanks very much indeed. >> while we're on the subject of watches, the apple watch goes on display, that's it there. it's in the u.s. and eight other locations around the world. paris, london tokyo as well. it's going to be available for online orders. it's not actually going to ship until april the 24th. buyers can have watches sent directly to their homes or pick them up at a store. the watch allows the users to send e-mails, make phone calls, but has to be paired with an
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iphone. and there's apple's archrival, samsung, for four years, has been the world's top phone maker, took the crown from apple in 2011. but now it is struggling to stay at the top of a very, very competitive market. it's a big day for the south korean electronics giant and all about these things here, called the galaxy s6 and s6 edge. they go on sale today in 20 countries, including the u.s. and here in the uk as well. they've received some good reviews from critics so far. especially the s6 edge. it's got a different screen, it curves down on both sides. some say it's the best phone the company has ever made. are they going to be a hit? the experts say they could be the best-selling galaxy phones ever. they could have sales of about 50 million this year. but they're going to have to catch up with apple, which sold 74 million last three months of last year.
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that's driven by demand for the iphone 6s with their bigger screens. apple may even have overtaken samsung as the top smartphone maker during that last quarter. in china, samsung's fallen behind both apple and also the local rival. we don't see a bit much outside of china, that's xiaomi which has pushed it down into first place. the pressure has taken its toll on profits. samsung, the mobile division profits fell 40% last year. now, on to brazil because somebody's going to see protests across the country against the president. protesters insist that the president must have known about a huge corruption scandal. but this scandal has spilled out beyond the oil firm taints politicians and businesses. in return even closing key infrastructure projects. this is a financial, a political, and an economic scandal.
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i told the crisis has hit one critical road program. >> a typical day in saw polo a city of 5 million cars. they're everywhere. especially in the rush hour causing miles of gridlock. part of the problem is lack of growth. passing through have to use the city's main revenues. >> sao paolo's solution is a beltway, a 170-kilometer ring around the city which would help keep lorries out. but now this is under a serious threat. >> this massive road project, the biggest in brazil is supposed to be the answer to sao paolo's traffic problems but there's hard any anyone working here and construction has slowed down so much that the state government is now considering reopening the bidding process all over again. the firm that's supposed to build this part is one of many
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in brazil investigated in a large-scale corruption scandal, that is athletic the country's economy. the scandal has its roots in petrobras, brazil's giant oil company. the firm is accused of allegedly paying bribes for exchanging contracts, the same one building roads and bridges and olympic venues. with petrobras contracts frozen and some top executives in jail the whole sector is in crisis. two firms have already filed for bankruptcy. the company behind sao paolo's beltway denies any wrongdoing and says it is committed to finishing the road but authorities fear this project might not go anywhere soon. the worst possible scenario would be a delay in the project, because it would deny 20 million people in saopaolo a road.
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>> reporter: one recent study says the fallout of the petrobras scandal could have a devastating impact in brazil. >> the investment of petrobras represents something like 2% of brazilian gdp. so that represents something like 100 billion eyes and would represent the loss of a million and 200,000 working posts. >> reporter: the wheels of the brazilian economy are already moving slowly this year with a crisis in construction the countries have seen themselves stuck for quite some time. >> and that's the business news. david, back to you. >> jawmie, thank you very much, indeed. stay with us on bbc news because still to come the voice of cricket falls silent. richie benaud dies age 84. we'll be live at lord's cricket ground here in london.
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welcome back to "gmt." i'm stephen sackur. the top stories this hour. as president obama arrived in panama for the summit of the americas, it's being reported that the u.s. is considering removing cuba from its official list of state sponsors of terrorism. police in south carolina release their video of the incident which led to the killing of an unarmed black man by a white charleston police officer. now, we just need to bring you some breaking news which is coming from the world health organization. they give regular updates on the status of the ebola outbreak in west africa. and just looking at news agency reports, they are now declaring
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that ebola still constitutes a public health emergency of international concern. so that's sort of the bad news. there are still cases being contracted, they say, but they also point out that real progress has been made in overcoming the disease, particularly in liberia and sierra leone. so the crisis by no means, over they're saying but real progress being made. and that is the latest update coming from the world health organization. now, let's get more on the legacy of the australian cricketing great, richie benaud. he's died at the age of 84 from skin cancer. he was one of australia's most successful test captains. he became one of the world's most recognized cricket commentators. he was called by many the voice of cricket. so let's go to the home of cricket, lord's cricket ground in london where i'm joined by the english cricket board chief
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executive officer, tom harrison. tom, try to explain to me what was this massive appeal of richie benaud which reached even far beyond the cricketing community. what was it that he had? >> yeah hi. yeah, it's a very sad day for international cricket today. richie really epitomized everything that was good about cricket. he as a player he was obviously a very successful player. he was the first person to get 200 wicketts and 2,000 runs. he was an unbeaten test captain. and obviously, post his playing careering with his broadcast career was even more successful. he was a voice and a personality that inspired millions around the world to love the game of cricket, to grow up and to grow up with the game and take par int in it. he's a colossal loss to international cricket. >> indeed. and talk about his style a little bit he was very laconic,
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wasn't he? he didn't waste word. >> he was a master of the english language. he was a man who knew when to say something and when the picture was enough to to say something. he was the master of the pregnant pause for a sec, and he was a man whose language colored our living rooms through the late '60s, when he gave up playing right the way through to the last time we saw him in england was the legendary series in 2005. the asher series when obviously, that was a fitting end to richie's days in the commentary box near the uk. >> there you are at lords, where obviously england and australia do battle and we hate each other when it comes to cricket field, yet the english, day loved richie benaud. >> for a passionate australian supporter as well as, obviously, a highly successful cricketer himself, richie was loved by fans over here and that's because he had a very
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progressive view on cricket, on the positive force it could have in people lives. he was a guy that really epitomized everything good about our game. i think think why all over the world, there are many many conversations about how people remember him, a catchphrase or a chance meeting, i was lucky enough to meet him on a couple of occasions. and those are treasured personal memories for me. >> very briefly, you talked about the modernization of the game, which richie benaud was involved in. do you think honestly towards the end of his life he loved cricket as much as today as he did when he was a young man playing the game? >> i absolutely believe that stephen. i think, ultimately he was a man who understood that in a modern cobntext, you have to progress and develop to remain elephant. richie was as much an object of progression as he was as
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understanding the relevance and heritage of the game. he was absolutely an innovator. >> tom harrison thank you very much for your thoughts on the late richie benaud. thank you very much, indeed. 30 years ago, the british pop duo wham! became the first western band to play in china. 12,000 people showed up for their concert in beijing for a rare glimpse of western culture. communist china. a famous chinese singer was at that concert and here she thinks back. ♪ wake me up before you go, go ♪ ♪ don't leave me hanging ♪ ♪ you can go ♪ >> translator: i first heard of wham! when i was asked to cover their songs back in 1985, just before the concert.
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i was sitting in the audience at the beijing concert. it was a very memorable night. a whole new experience for us. and i remember everyone was a little stunned. the chinese were all wondering why they were dancing like that. a break dancer came down from the stage and joined the crowd and people were like, why, is he here? the police were trying to contain the crowd, telling them not to stand up. the chinese audience were pretty well behaved, but the foreigners in the audience were going crazy. they were all dancing. the speakers were so loud. boom, boom, boom. our chinese concerts were never that loud. my heart was jumping out of my chest. they were playing guitar, george was constantly walking across the stage, interacting with the audience, singing with them.
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it was nothing that we've experienced before. it was so exciting, but somewhat confusing, because we had never seen anything like this. i'd never heard of them before. i wondered why they spelled it w-h-a-m with an exclamation mark. i thought it was funny. i later realized that it meant bomb, like this. i recorded five songs altogether. it wasn't easy, because fast-paced songs back then were a rarity. >> the police were on hand in case of trouble -- >> translator: these songs were later included in the souvenir cassette given to wham!'s concertgoers. i met the band backstage afterwards. they gave me a signed photo. i remember george michael. he had blond hair and he was wearing a flowery shirt and hat. he was very handsome, very cool.
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>> then china was just going through a reform. we had just opened to the outside world. we all dressed somewhat conservatively most in blue and grey. we were all very curious about western music and western culture, but we had very little access. wham! was the first western band to come to china. ♪ wake me up before you go go ♪ ♪ >> and just to say, nobody ever remembers, but there wasn't just george michael, there was also andrew ridgely in wham!. a big shout-out to him. and before we go a quick reminder of our top stories. prison officials in pakistan confirm they have freed the alleged mastermind of the 2008 mumbai terror attacks on bail. that's going to strain ties with india, which has already called t an insult to the victims of the attacks. zakiur rehman lakhvi is accused of being a chief of the military
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