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>> and now, "bbc world news." >> the search for survivors of the stricken cruise liner enters a fourth day. hopes of finding anyone diminish. teams use explosives to enter submerged parts of the ship. the number missing is now put at 29. >> hello and welcome to. i am george alagiah, with a world of news and opinion. also in program -- an extremist muslim preacher wins his appeal against deportation from britain to georgia on terror charges. the old order challenged and the new middle east in the making. we will be asking an israeli minister what it means for his
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country. it is midday in london, 7:00 a.m. in washington, and 1:00 p.m. in italy, where the captain of the stricken cruise liner is due to face magistrates. even as divers carry out the search for survivors, 29 people are still missing. the focus has shifted to what caused the terrible accident. there's a growing body of evidence and conjectured shared by the costa cruises owners that the captain is to blame. >> the rescue teams adopted a new strategy today. navy divers approached the costa concordia and prepared to blast holes into the best will in a last desperate search for survivors. the controlled explosions open new routes into the cruise liner, which is stranded. the local coast guard says there
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is a glimmer of hope that people may have survived in air pockets inside the ship. the missing are thought to include four crewmembers, as well as passengers from america, germany, france, and italy. these pictures recently released show the danger confronting the divers, who have edged their way into the wreck. it is slow and difficult work. there are no fears about a possible environmental disaster. booms have been placed around the ship in case oil trips into the pristine waters off the italian coast. on shore, local people are worried. >> [speaking foreign language] >> we are concerned about this. not only the people from here, but people from the whole area are worried about it. >> these pictures from a helicopter on friday night were taken during the rescue operation. the video was shot using an
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infrared camera. it shows passengers moving one by one down a rope. the central question remains unanswered for now. how did the costa concordia come to capsize? >> now to some of the other stories making headlines around the world. a radical muslim preacher can not be deported from britain to jordan. the european court of human rights has ruled radical cleric radical cleric abu qatada -- ruled radical cleric abu qatada would face torture. here is our home affairs correspondent. >> he has been dubbed a truly dangerous individual with the links to the leadership of the qaeda. accused of preaching holy war
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and instructing followers to become martyrs. >> i would describe him as an individual that poses a significant threat to the united kingdom. i base that on a number of reasons, not just material, but in the public domain about his contacts, his influence, his views, his motivations. >> abu qatada came to the uk as an asylum seeker in the early 1990's and began holding prayer meetings on the site of what is now a youth center in central london. >> this is the neighborhood where abu qatada used to preach. in the late 1990's, he gave a speech of the rise in the killing of jews, including jewish children, and said americans should be attacked no matter where they were. abu qatada is seen as having links to a global network of extremists. in his native jordan, he was convicted of his involvement in
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two terrorist plots. it was claimed that evidence against him had been obtained by torture. this is why the european court has ruled today that he cannot be sent back. in 2001, abu qatada's speeches were found in a flat used by the ringleader of the 9/11 plot. one month after the attacks in america, he praised the leader of al-qaeda, osama bin laden. >> bin laden, that is the image of a muslim man that defends his nation against its enemies. he should be supported by every muslim. >> a couple of months later, he went into hiding -- the start of what would become a 10-year battle with the british authorities. in october of 2002, he was found and detained as a risk to national security. in december of 2004, his detention was ruled unlawful and he was released on bail to the
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following august, he was re- arrested and moves began to deport him. in february of 2007, the first of a series of appeals culminating in today's decision in europe. abu qatada has been awaiting this decision in prison. the latest stage in a legal marathon to decide his future. >> mubarak has been wheeled into a courtroom in cairo as his defense team begins to make its case. the former egyptian president is charged with accepting bribes, financial corruption, and abusing authority, and charges of killing unarmed protesters during the country's uprising. the emergence of fake and poor quality anti-malaria drugs in africa are threatening efforts to control the disease. scientists say counterfeit medicine on sale in many african countries can harm nations and
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promote drug resistance. they said some of the fake tablets originated in china. city dwellers in china are outnumbering people in rural areas for the first time. the shift comes as workers are drawn to jobs in factories in coastal industrial zones. the country's national bureau of statistics says 51% o's 1.3 billion people are living in urban areas. our correspondent is in beijing. >> more people now live in cities and towns in china than in the country. this is all part of the largest wave of migration in history. 30 years ago, china undertook economic reform, which propelled millions into the city in search of work and opportunities. many found jobs in factories, which formed the backbone of china's remarkable economic growth. china is now the world's second- largest economy. last year, more than 20 million people moved into the cities.
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the rapid urbanization is said to continue. according to analysts, by 2030, almost three-quarters of china's population will live in its cities. >> china's economy is slowing down. jamie is here with the business news. everyone expects china's economy to keep growing faster and faster. >> within limits, of course. if the chinese economy grows too fast, one gets inflation and bubbles. that's what people are worried about, especially the chinese government. the chinese government has put in mechanisms to slow that down. the property market has shown real signs of developing a bubble. the question is whether or not the growth is slowing too fast. a lot of contradictory terms. anyway, if the growth comes up too quickly, everything goes
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into reverse. there are one or two signs. behind these figures, there may be signs that it is starting to slow down -- that the growth is starting to slow down too quickly. >> 8.9% masks a lot of other things better going on in the economy. several other indicators show things faster than that. >> we do have to watch these figures very carefully. it is very difficult to know how it will pan out in future. we cannot say we're in a safety zone at the moment. >> there has been a huge argument about the new constitution arrangement, but there are also business implications. >> the reforms the prime minister has brought forward have been the idea of
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restructuring the european central bank. also, the judiciary. the worry is -- is a possibility we can even get legal action from the european commission. the worry is that this is anti- democratic. the hon carian point of view, -- the hungarian point of view, they desperately need money from the european union because of the state of their budgets at the moment. they're asking for money. when the european commission tries to say you cannot do this, the hungarians have to jump to it. >> the money that they need from the imf really gives the international community, if we can put it in those terms, a tool with which to put pressure on them. the imf said last week from washington that they will not do anything without eu approval. the hon gary and government -- the hungarian government has to
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convince the eu and somehow win back its credibility within the eu. >> it does seem as though some sort of resolution will be found. >> thank you very much for the update. >> thank you. the five remaining contenders from the republicans to face president obama have squared off in south carolina. there were repeated attacks on the favorite, mitt romney, who has the trees in iowa and new hampshire. he still holds a healthy lead in the polls. from washington, here is steve kingstone. >> then there were five. mitt romney wins again on saturday and the republican race will be all but over. his rivals attacked him here on
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deficit reform. >> mitt romney's plan is not bold. we have deficits now in social security and medicare. he wants to say we will not touch anyone now. >> and on his reluctance to release tax returns. >> we need for you to release your income taxes, so people of this country can see how you make your money. i think that's a fair thing. >> the fiercest exchanges were over the messaging work in south carolina. >> a group of corporate raiders, more ruthless than wall street. >> there has been brought to a television advertisement attacking the favorites and a swift counterpunch targeting mitt romney's rivals. >> increasing spending and debt by $3 trillion. >> these ads were made by super pacs, well funded groups that remain outside the official
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campaign structure. on stage, mitt romney was challenged to reign in the super pac that has helped him. >> it would be nice if he exercised leadership. >> if we are talking about super pac ads that are inaccurate, mr. speaker, you have a super pac ad that a tax me. it is probably the biggest hoax since bigfoot. >> it was bruising stuff and it will only intensify between now and saturday. for many of these candidates, south carolina is a do-or-die moment. bbc news, washington. >> still to come on gmt -- virtually looking at your profile. a new exhibit allows people to see themselves in 3-d. >> the murder of an indian student in britain last month
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has left many of his colleagues were in for their safety. he was shot while walking with friends in the north of england. our correspondent went to his home town to see what impact the murders had on those planning to study abroad. >> [speaking foreign language] >> i'm looking forward to going to university later this month. >> after his friend and neighbor were killed, his parents did not want him to go. >> [speaking foreign language] >> my parents are very worried. they say, "don't go." i have convinced them that london is safer than manchester. >> students relaxing in a college campus. anuj was born and raised in this city. it's known as a center of economic excellence. despite the quality of the
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universities here, hundreds go overseas for further education. many of them intend to study abroad, especially in places like britain and the u.s. they are upset about what happened to anuj bidve, but they see it as a tragic exception. suchy of the country's -- murders happen everywhere. >> basically, in england, you do not expect those types of things to happen. they're very good. they're very friendly. >> neighbors gathered to pay their respects. his parents took out a hefty loan to help fulfil his dreams. many of these people have made similar sacrifices. the hope their children come back safe and well.
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>> this is gmt from "bbc world news." i am george alagiah. the headlines -- rescuers blast holes in the capsized italian cruise ship as they continue to search for survivors. the european court of human rights has ruled that radical cleric abu qatada cannot be deported to jordan. the speaker of the iranian parliament has repeated the accusation that israel was behind the assassination of a nuclear scientist last week. he said several suspects have been arrested and promised iran would respond to the killing and what he called a non-terrorist matter. fears of tension between iran and israel could blow into a major conflict are far and wide.
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joining me now is the israeli deputy foreign minister. thank you for being with us on gmt. the assassination of the scientist last week -- britain has condemned the killing of civilians. america has denied any involvement in this. israel, as far as i know, has said nothing. the >> we do not make comments about events that happen in faraway places. i can say that the eye physicians are completely baseless. >> you are commenting on this. you are denying israeli involvement. >> i do not want to make any comment. it takes the attention away from what the iranians are doing illegally to acquire nuclear capabilities, which is in defiance to the entire
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international -- >> we will get to that. america and britain have a policy of not commenting on what ever their secret services are doing. on this occasion, they have decided to issue a denial. you have the same policy. >> our policy is to not make any reference to such issues. we stand by the policy. nothing should be read into it. >> you said you do not like to comment on what's happening in faraway places. the fact of the matter is, it's not a very far away place as far as israel is concerned. would you accept that a campaign of assassinations -- whoever is behind this is not good for the region's? it could heat things up. >> george, it's important to concentrate on the importance here. what is unacceptable is a
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nuclear iran. iran is not necessarily an israeli enemy. it is an enemy to the entire region and the entire international community. no one can tolerate a nuclear iran, which can control oil prices, oil flow, with impunity actually, to engage in terrorist activities, as they have been doing in latin america, africa, and the middle east. the danger in iran is this marriage of terrorists and radical regime with nuclear capabilities. >> many people agree with you and many disagree with you. some would say is linked to hamas and hezbollah. >> not only the middle east, but globally. >> and a lot of people would agree with their support for an organization like hamas in the
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palestinian territories. what i'm asking is, would you accept a campaign of assassinations? this is the fourth death we have seen of iranian scientists, of someone involved in the nuclear program could would you accept that has the potential to heat things up -- program. would you accept that has the potential to keep things up to the point where things could go wrong? >> iran, by its doing, is heating up tensions, not only in the mideast, but beyond. iran is behind all the education, whether it was in bahrain, sudan, saudi arabia, or 1lebanon. hamas does not represent
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palestinian issues. it represents iranian issues. >> i hope you will get to the palestinian question in a moment. plenty of people say is supports syria. you did not mention syria in your list. do you want to see president assad toppled? >> again, it's a little bit uncomfortable for me to talk about other leaders in the region. >> to talk about them all the time. you talked about iran. >> we certainly see president assad continuing to butcher his own people. this is something the international community has to do something about. >> what can israel do about this? >> unfortunately, we cannot do too much. if we say anything, it may be misconstrued or used against anyone. >> here you are with a platform. tell me whether or not you see president assad as president of
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syria? >> israel's interest is to have the people of the middle east achieve their goals. they deserve democracy. they deserve respect, dignity, human rights, and civil rights. we understand it will be a very long and treacherous road ahead. >> but you want to see assad go? beassad's departure would good for the syrians. i believe it would also be good for the region. assad is the main backer of iran. without syria, which is the gateway to the middle east, iran's position would be compromised. >> you said democracy in the east would be good for the region. it could also mean that there's greater pressure on israel for doing something about palestine. the palestinian people are also
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looking for their democracy. it does not necessarily mean it will be more comfortable for israel. >> there's nothing more that we would wish to see than democratic neighbors, including the palestinians. as long as we have hamas fighting, so long as there is no human rights -- as today there were some human rights organizations in gaza, and against the murdering or torturing of some shiites by gaza.nis in they have a lot to do. change, i would say, the mentality and the culture. we need to see a culture of democracy and freedom, and not hatred and totalitarianism. >> we'll have to cut it short there. thank you very much. visitors to london's science museum have been invited to have
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their faces scant in -- faces scanned in 3-d. >> a very public experiment is underway at the science museum. behind the glass curtain is a team of experts in machines. they asking visitors of the museum to step inside and have their faces scanned in glorious 3-d. >> he uses some software modification to produce a 3-d image. any visitors will be able to look at themselves from behind view.ear, or a worm's eye >> this is the first time in my life i've come face-to-face with myself in 3-d. there are all sorts of strange angles. that's what the scientists will
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be doing. it will take this data from the science museum and hopefully build up the biggest survey yet of faces in 3-d. >> the more faces they scan, the better we can understand, and it can mean better possibilities for reconstructive surgery. >> it's very strange to be able to see half your face. it is kind of like an outer body experience in a very strange way. >> if the 3-d image is not weak enough, you can also print your face in zebra or crocodile just for fun. >> you are watching "bbc world news." there is plenty more to come.
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