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this is bbc america. live from london, bbc world news. hello. i'm geeta guru-murthy with bbc world news. u.s. and britain counter terrorism to rescue 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by militan militants. pro russian fighters are allegedly killed mid warnings of chaos and civil war. a china attack raises questions about terrorism. 20 years since britain was
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reconnected to continental europe since the ice age. bring back our girls is the slogan of a huge online campaign to find more than 200 teens kidnapped from their remote boarding school in nigeria. now it seems it may be getting results including offers of help from britain and europe. the group boko haram admitted abducting the girls. the nigerian government that
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they want to overthrow. many of the boko haram attacks are carried out in schools or remote areas kidnapping or killing students. >> reporter: a provocative video designed to cause anger and discuss, the leader of boko haram admits for the first time his fighters kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls. >> translator: i will sell the women in the market. they should not have been in school in the first place. >> boko haram means western education is forbidden. the video prompted this reaction from the white house. >> we view what happened there as an outrage and terrible tragedy. the president has been briefed several times and national security team continues to monitor the situation there regularly. the state department is in touch with the nigerian government about what we might do to help
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free these young women. >> for three weeks there's been no word. three weeks of agony for the families who have protested and we want for their loss. their heart ache has resinated with ten temperatures of thousands around the world. some have take ton social media in solidarity with the families. including hillary clinton who tweeted access to education is a basic right and unconsciousable reason to target innocent girls. we must stand up to terrorism. #bringbackourgirls. the country is a day away from hosting the world economic forum on africa. it's likely international attention will continue to focus on the missing schoolgirls. bbc news. >> the bbc housing service is in abuja and joins me now.
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we've had reports of another incident haven't we? >> yes, there's another report of an incident today in the suburb of abuja. the incident is city gunmen bust into the school and took away the school bus. school authorities have confi confirmed to us and police have confirmed the school bus at the international school has been taken away. we are not very sure. the school denied any child has been abducted. eyewitnesses say children have been taken away. the school and police are denying child has been abducted. parents have been called to come and collect children. officials at the school says she has gone around the school and confirmed all children are there. police tell us the incident took place after children disembarked from the bus. >> this is going to add to the
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terrible alarm, the original abduction of 200 girls has already caused. >> indeed. i think this is only going to increase the concern of parents and people in nigeria about the present situation of insecurity in the country coming on the eve of the economy in africa take place in abuja. remember this is the same area where there have been two bomb attacks, bomb blasts, that killed 100 people in the last three weeks. >> i see the nigerian finance minister has given an interview saying the government has been following every lead using aerial surveys and all things at its disposal. it's obviously taken three weeks for the international community to signal it's great alarm.
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why so long? >> well i think it's taken so long because the government has not come out to address the nation on the situation happening. the international community itself has not done anything until now. i think is because of the outrage expressed by nigerians, protests taking place in various places in nigeria and various cities across the world. the hashtag has increased pressure on the government and community to do something about the missing 200 girls. that's why we have reactions now from u.s. and uk saying they're offering help to release the 200 girls. >> the president has invited the whole world, anyone who has technology to help us.
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this is three weeks on. >> it is three weeks on. i think there has been -- i think this is why the government of nigeria has been under heavy criticism in and outside the country. it's taken weeks for the president to come out and address the nation. when he came out, all he told the nation they're still checking. he said aircraft and helicopters are searching a wide area in nigeria. there was an effort to locate the children where they have been held. >> many thanks. the ukrainian interior minister claims more than 30 pro russian fighters have been killed in the government assault on the strong hold. four government troops died in the fighting. the airport seems to have reopened for domestic flights. we asked our reporter what's going on where she is.
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>> reporter: we've been hearing from the interior minister comments he posted on his facebook page talking about fighting around sloviansk. he said in fighting ukrainian troops lost four people killed on the ukrainian military side. he said 20 injured in the fighting yesterday. heavy clashes around sloviansk, the pro russian strong hold city of course. he's claiming up to 30 were killed on the other side. that's not confirmed by the fighters inside sloviansk itself. they did talk of loss of life today as well. heavy fighting around there. the interior minister claiming again these are not just local people. he was saying on facebook they're meeting russians, people from crimea and also czechs there yesterday. it's what the interior ministry and government in kiev has been saying all along, this was not a lo local rebellion but something
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now involving from outside ukraine or certainly outside this region of eastern ukraine. in terms of the airports, we understand internal flights in ukraine coming to donetsk and leaving donetsk do appear to be operating again. international flights we understand are still cancelled for now. slightly fluent situation around the airport. there's a lot of concern in the run up to victory day celebrations may 9th and may 11th which is when the referendum is due to be held in donetsk and neighboring regions. referendum on independence for regions. both of those dates are potential flash points. authorities are concerned to stabilize the situation as far as possible before the dates. >> sarah in donetsk there. in vienna, foreign ministers are meeting to discuss the crisis. we're expecting to hear from lavrov within this hour.
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before they started their meeting, the british secretary hague said he hoped the talks would achieve progress. >> if we could find diplomatic way forward to reduce tensions, all would do so. that would require stronger russian commitment. last time three weeks ago they came to geneva and did nothing to implement the agreements made. so if there is a further diplomatic effort of deescalations, this time everybody must be committed to doing what they say they're going to do including russia. reports from southern china say there's another attack on travelers at a main line station. police in the city say six were injured by several attackers yielding knives. we are in beijing with the latest. >> reporter: this was the second attack at the railway station
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within a week. according to one account, two men were sitting on the ground for two hours this. came from a shopkeeper. around 11:00 local time, they stood up, said something out loud and started slashes passengers. according to authorities one of the men fled. reports say he's now been detained. another attacker was shot at the scene. he's been detained as well. there are reports saying perhaps there were as many as four attackers. >> has anyone come forward to accept blame for this for the separatis separatists? >> china hasn't revealed details on identities of the attackers. it has blamed terrorists as beijing puts it for the previous two attacks. there was an attack last week in which one died. dozens were injured. they were stabbed by attackers.
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seriously for china, there was a ho r horrendous attack in march where 30 were killed. many saw that as an incident that led to change in china that violence from the rest of far western region is beginning to spread across the country. the united nations secretary general has arrived in sudan planning to meet the president to direct talks with the global leader even though he launched a defensive against the rebel towns. we have the special representative. i asked him about the peace talks today. well the secretary general arrived the this morning.
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he'll be spending the day i understand. he's having high level talks as we speak. i think he wants to lend his voice and his support to the efforts to find peace and certainly stop the fighting. we've all been calling for a month of tranquility. may is a crucial month here. people need to get out and plant crops. they need to tend to livestock. if they can do that, that will go a long way to help them fend for themselves. if they can't, by the end of the year, we're forecasting 6 million people who will either be forced from their homes, 'linternally, s refuge in neighboring countries or in need of emergency aid. this situation now is very grave. the secretary general has to lend his support to other high
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level visits we've had over the past few days. >> can you give usç an idea of what sort of practical proposals he's coming in with, what he can do to try and sway the government and how they proceed from now? >> i haven't been with him. i show the humanitarian consequences of fighting taking place, the conflict and demonstrating the gravity of situation for people of south sudan and illustrating to him. youth were telling me just the other day they want peace. they want the violence to stop. they want to get on with their lives. they don't want to be pulled into this vicious cycle of hatred and bitterness which is prevalent at the moment. neighbors of the athlete
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oscar pistorius have been giving evidence on the 27th day of his trial for murder. the athlete's defense team has called several witnesses to challenge the state's claim he deliberately killed his girlfriend reeva steenkamp. a couple who lived close to pistorius claims to have heard bangs and a man crying in contrast to neighbors who heard a woman scream. here's what one neighbor said. >> i said physically there's a difference between one crying hthere's crying that's intentional when you physically need help. jaerñiñzi person desperate for help. also we felt probably it was
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intentional. >> was it loud? > >> very loud. >> i asked if it was a low tone or high tone. >> very high pitch voice. >> did you know it was? >> at that moment when i spoke, i said could be one of my neighbors. i was not sure where it was coming from. >> that's earlier in the courts. stay with us on bbc news. much more to come. in over a month the world cup is due to kick off in this stadium. the fans are certainly ready. as for the stands, might be a bit of a stretch.
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schoolgirls. it's offering help to try and rescue them. 30 pro russia insurgents are said to have been culled during the strong hold in eastern ukraine. aaron is here talking coke, the legal kind. >> of course. coca-cola, the power of social media. thanks geeta i think. hello there. coca-cola plans to remove a controversial ingredient from some of its brands ft it follows an online petition set up by a teen from mississippi. the substance bbo, vegetable oil, will be cut from fruit and sports drinks such as fanta and power aid. it will be replaced by a stabilizer. the element is used in flame retardants. we're going to have more on what
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this means for the drink giant throughout the rest of the day. this is called the biggest missed opportunity in the decade. women that wear modest clothing by choice or religious restrictions had limited options available. that's rapidly changing. one estimate says 11% of the world's population are muslims. we're talking 800 million. with more women going to work and owning money, they're designing their own choice. in the modest dressing space, they're starting fashion lines to give women the chance to express individuality in their clothing choices. we'll have more coming up. tweet me. i'll tweet you back. @bbc aaron. you did send a tweet ten minutes ago. >> i sent one a while ago. >> we're going. football's world cup kicks
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off in brazil in a little over five weeks. there's still serious concerns over whether many of the stadiums will be finished in time. >> roads going nowhere, unfinished stands and an awful lot of construction work still to do. half of brazil's 12 world cup stadiums missed the deadline to be ready. at one point, it was said brazil needed a kick at the back side. the governing body of world football and the game's spiritual home was tested. there was a total of seven deaths at world cup stadiums including where england plays their opening game. brazil says critics even cloenlists. >> it's not a good idea to hold sporting events in the world to a small group of rich countries.
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that doesn't reflects the world anymore in the 21st century. >> there's a different message coming from the streets. >> the world cup and money spent is deep division in brazilian society. many consider themselves football fans. many are deeply unhappy about the money spent on the tournament. we've had regular protests. that basically means there will not be a world cup. >> government is determined minority protests will not disrupt the tournament. one reason for public anger is long line of promised infrastructure projects going nowhere. abandoned schemes across brazil meant to be a wider world cup vision. >> a totally wasted opportunity for brazilians to materially improve the lives of people in cities. we haven't used the world cup as an opportunity to do that.
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brazil has lost the world cup. >> the scale of what remains is clear inside the opening stadium. construction workers test pitch as colleagues work around the clock on the unfinished stands. the mission accomplished banner is premature. as usual, it will go down to the wire. bbc news. now it's the longest undersea tunnel in the world. the tunnel connecting britain and france is celebrating the 20th birthday. the transport correspondent reports. >> it was a real moment in time. breaking through national barriers, it was a day it was reconnected with continental europe for the first time since the ice age. here is that tunnel today. it's actually the service tunnel that runs between the two rail lines either side of this wall
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here. it meant for the first time in thousands of years you could walk to france. >> just 30 miles to go, it's been voted one of the seven wonders of the modern world. they dug out enough to build 13 stadiums. engines didn't know for certain the two ends would meet up until they knocked through the first hole. it's an extraordinary achievement that's become everyday. >> it's comfortable. you're in your own car. i wouldn't travel any other way. >> it's all right when it works. simple. over the last ten trips i had, it was four delays. >> around 400 trains now disappear down here everyday. this is what it's like for the driver. the view is not great. there is plenty of storage in
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i'm geeta guru-murthy with bbc world news. our top stories. nigeria considers international offers of help to locate and rescue 200 schoolgirls kidnapped be by militants. the government minister insisting the president is taking action. >> he's invited the whole world, anyone who has technology, the type of things to help us to get the girls back. six people are injured in a knife attack(çm in 8nchina. the latest in the series raising new questions about terrorism.
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coca-cola is to remove a controversial ingredient linked to flame retardants from drinks following an online petition. also coming up, we report from the sahara on the perils facing thousands of west african migrants desperate for a better life in europe. bring back our girls. that is the slogan of a huge online campaign to find more than 200 teenagers who were kidnapped from their remote boarding school in nigeria. it seems it may be getting results including offers of help from britain and the u.s. the militant group boko haram
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admitted abducting the girls. it means western education is forbidden. the group founded in 2002 plans to overthrow the government and create an islamic state. since 2009 they've waged a campaign of gun attacks and bombs and abductions. many attacks are carried out in schools kidnapping or killing the students. >> reporter: a provocative video designed to cause anger and disgust, the leader of boko haram admits for the first time his fighters kidnapped over 200 schoolgir schoolgirls. i will sell the women in the market, he says. he also says they should not have been in school in the first place. boko haram means western education is forbidden. the video prompted this reaction from the white house. >> we view what has happened th
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an outrage and terrible tragedy. the president has been briefed several times. his national security team monitors the situation. the state department has been in touch with the nigerian government about what we might do to support efforts to find and free these young women. >> for three weeks there has been no word. three weeks of agony for the families who have protested and we want for their loss. their heart ache has resinated with tens of thousands around the world. some have take ton social media in solidarity with the families including hillary clinton who tweeted access to education is a basic right an unconsciousable reason to target innocent girls. #bring back our girls. the grief seen has dominated the headlines. the country is a day away from
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hosting the world economic forum on africa. it's likely international attention will continue to focus on the missing schoolgirls. bbc news. >> a little while ago the nigerian finance minister has been defending the government 's actions. >> for the past three weeks the government has been following up every lead using aerial surveys, all the things as disposal. the problem was we never communicated it well. there was people felt nothing was happening. he explained that last night. i think now we're on the move. he's invited the whole world. anyone with technology, type of things to help us to get the girls back. >> that's the nigerian finance minister. the ukrainian interior minister claims 30 pro russian
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fighters have been killed during the government assault on a rebel strong hold. four government troop members died in fighting around the city of sloviansk. meanwhile the airport in the nearby city of donetsk appears to have reopened for domestic flights. our correspond end there was asked what is going on in donetsk. >> reporter: we've been hearing from the interior minister, comments on his facebook page talking about fighting. he said in the fighting ukrainian troops lost four people, four killed on the ukrainian military side. he's saying 20 people injured in the fight yesterday. heavy clashes around sloviansk, the pro russian rebel strong hold city of course. he's claiming up to 30 people were killed on the other side. that's not been confirmed by the fighters inside sloviansk itself. they did talk of lots of death yesterday as well. heavy fighting around there. the interior minister claiming
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again these are not just local people. he was saying on facebook they're meeting russians, people from crimea, and also said they were czechs involved in the fight. it's what the interior ministry and government in kiev has been saying all along, not a local rebellion but something that is now involving people from outside ukraine or eastern ukraine. in terms of the airport, we understand internal flights from ukraine coming in to donetsk and leaving donetsk appear to be operating again. international flights are still cancelled now. a fluent situation around the airport. there's a lot of concern in the run up to victory celebration may 9th and may 11th when the referendum is due to be held many the donetsk region and neighbor aing regions. referendum on independence for
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regions. both of those dates are potential flash points. authorities are concerned to try and stabilize the situation as far as possible before the dates. meanwhile in vienna, foreign ministers are meeting to discuss the crisis. still waiting to hear from lavrov any moment. the british foreign secretary william hague said he hopes the talks would after achieve some progress. >> if we can find a diplomatic way forward that reduces tensions we must always try to do so. that would require stronger russian commitment. last time three weeks ago they came to geneva and then did nothing to implement the agreements that had been made. so if there is a further diplomatic effort of deescalation, this time everybody must be committed to doing what they say they're going to do including russia. >> lavrov is also at the
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meeting. this is the scene at the news conference in vienna we are expecting to begin in the next few minutes. stay with us. we'll be going across to vienna as soon as that starts. reports from china is say there's been another attack on travelers at a main line station a. local media are reporting six have been wounded by attacks. >> this was the second attack at a railway station within a week. according to one account, two men were sitting on the ground for two hours. this came from a shopkeeper. around 11:00 local time, they stood up, said something out loud, and they start slashes passengers. according to authorities, one of those men fled. reports say he's now been detained. another of the attacker was shot
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at scene. he's been detained as well. there are completing reports saying perhaps there was as many as four attackers. we haven't got clarity on that yet. >> has anyone come forward to accept blame for this, china blaming separatists? >> china hasn't revealed details on identities. it has blamed separatist temperatures or terrorists as beijing puts it for the previous two attacks. there was an attack last week in which one died. dozens were injured, stabbed by attackers. there was a horrendous attack in march where almost 30 were killed. many saw that as a real incident that led to change in china that violence from the rest of far western region is beginning to spread across the country.
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>> just to let you know the news agency is reporting police in china do believe a single person was responsible for that knife attack and that he has been shot and wounded by police. we will confirm as soon as we can. stay with us here on bbc world news. much more to come. oscar pistorius introduced his girlfriend as his fiance a week before he shot her, that's according to a neighbor testifying in the defense. ♪ find yourself.
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this is bbc world news. i'm geeta guru-murthy with the latest headlines. offers from help to locate and rescue 200 schoolgirl abducted by militants.
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china says a single man is responsible for a knife attack where six were injured. he's said to be shots and wounded. back to our top story this hour. of course the ongoing search for 200 girls abducted in nigeria. we are now in abuja. if i could quickly start on comments we've had in the last hour by the finance minister. she's saying all available technology will now be used. this international focus and the focus from the government is three weeks on from the abduction. >> indeed. i think it's coming three weeks after the abduction. the president of nigeria beforè the comment by the finance minister also said that they have used helicopters and air crafts. it was land around nigeria. they were not able to locate
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where over 200 girls, missing children have been located at the moment. i think at the moment i think it's this good news coming to nigeria that they're saying they're going to help nigeria and locate the whereabouts of these girls. >> forum is due to be held there tomorrow. is that the reason for this sudden focus of what's going on in nigeria? we've had news of another incident today. >> there's news of another incident. i think what has happened over the past week there's been outrage by nigerians and parents of the girls. i think that's why we're seeing results we're seeing now. the recent incident we heard this morning is close to the city here in nigeria that was attacked by three gunmen. they busted into the school 8:00 a.m. in the morning and took a
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bus. the principal interviewed by bbc who looked shaken said there wasn't any child abduct ed from the school. the bus was empty. police were there. we've heard the school is swarmed with security officials. parents are called to take children from the school. >> many thanks indeed. neighbors of the athlete oscar pistorius are giving evidence on the 27th day of his trial of murder. the defense team called several witnesses to challenge the state's claim he deliberately killed his girlfriend reeva steenkamp. he believed he was shooting an intruder. our correspondent is following the case in pretoria. milton? >> reporter: yes, geeta. this morning we heard from two neighbors of oscar pistorius. the first witness to take the
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stand described they woke up in the middle of the night from hearing a gunshot which was heard by his wife. he didn't hear the zízñshot. he woke up. then he said while he was up, he heard a man crying. this is how he described ñrit. >> what i said physically there's a different between one crying because just sad and normal crying weeping normally. but also there's this crying when intentional when you physically need help. so the cry that we heard in the hours of the morning the person was desperate for help. we felt it was probably intentional. >> was it loud? >> very loud my lady. very loud. >> i asked you about -- you say the man's voice -- low pitch -- low tone or high tone?
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>> very high pitch voice. >> did you know it was? >> at that a moment when i spoke to my wife, i said could be one of my neighbors. i wasn't sure where it was coming from. >> reporter: and that is how he described how they woke up that morning to the sounds of a man crying in the high pitched voice. then he calls the security. then he goes to mr. pistorius' house. this is how he describes the scene when he arrives. >> i saw oscar kneeling next to the lady who was just lying down there. there was just blood all over. he was just crying at that point in time. the gentleman that i saw -- there's one gentleman which i
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saw inside oscar's house. he was asking to help him. >> is that the gentleman in the house? >> basically he was asking to help him. i could see the situation was dense. i couldn't take watching what i saw at that point in time. it was quite difficult to see. when i stood a distance from the main entrance door, i could see he was talking to this gentleman to say please, please help. it was quite a difficult moment. >> reporter: and that's how the neighbor described the scene that day. his wife took to the stand.
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she also said her part. she never left her bedroom. another witness came. she spent a very brief period. she was also a neighbor. she heard a man crying. the court has been adjourned until thursday. tomorrow is a bank holiday. south africa goes to the poll. there won't be court tomorrow. >> thank you. the world's largest soft drink producer, coca-cola has removed controversial ingredient from products this year. bbo is vegetable oil used in flavoring of drinks including fanta and powerade. coca-cola said all ingredients
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meet requirements. we have been finding out more. how much of any of these drinks -- not coke but drinks like fanta would you have to drink to be worried? >> it's not clear. this is a commercial decision by coca-cola. there was one case in america of a patient who had been drinking up to four liters a day over weeks and months. >> two big bottles. >> yes. every day, large amounts. he ran into trouble. he started having neurological problems, nerve problems, eyelid droop, weak muscles. doctors looked at his blood profile and he seemed to have too much of this element. >> so it's being removed. there's a problem in the european union any way.
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what is the coca-cola company doing? >> in the eu they're telling do not put this in drinks. in the u.s., they say you can put it in but set limits on how much. many say this is a safe product. >> has research been done on smaller amounts of use? >> yes. it's been in drinks for years. lots of us drink these drinks. >> talk about the chemical from the products last year. >> they promised to remove it from everything. it's more of a commercial thing. >> because it's so damaging? >> exactly. >> and why is it taking coca-cola this long in order to act? we've known about this a while. >> i guess you'd have to talk to coca-cola about that. they insist it's safe to be in there. they are now listening to consumers. >> quickly, if anyone is worried what symptoms would they look
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for? >> if you're drinking any four liters of drink, i'd be more concerned about the sugar in the drinks than the bvo. >> thanks very much. thailand's constitutional court will rule out wednesday whether to dismiss the country's prime minister for abuse of power. the court is hearing from her. the hearing is part of a wider political battle between the prime minister and opponents that want to force her from office. a small plane has crash into a house in the u.s. state of colorado setting the plane and house on fire. despite the severity of the crash as you can see here, the pilot walked away without harm at all. authorities say amazingly no one was at home at the time. the plane is almost upside down. most you can see through the
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second story roofer of the house. extraordinary. now every year tens of thousands of west african migrants hoping for a better life start the journey across the sahara to the coast of africa. many begin their journey in niger one of the poorest countries. a dangerous route takes them through the nigerian sea. some die of thirst along the way. our correspondent travelled to meet those preparing to undertake the journey towards europe. >> this is what the promise of a better life starts. ancient and secretive. the gate way to the sahara and home to smugglers of all kinds. behind these closed doors lies brutal reality.
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this is nothing like expected. she left nigeria with big dreams. instead she's sending herself desperate to reach europe. >> i'm not happy. we can't survive. nowhere to go. no job. >> you thought this was the only solution for you to make money? >> yeah. >> what would you like to do in europe? >> i want to be a nurse. >> money is what they hope to find in europe. it's what they need now at the bank to cash whatever they have left for help their family may have sent. in the migration business, people are just another commodity. this man is smuggling 300 people a month. >> translator: we charge you
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$500 for the ride all the way to libya. you need to count another $300 so we can bribe the police at all check points. we can give them credit. that means they'll end up paying double on arrival. >> this is it. the long road through the sahara begins. this track will soon disappear into the heavy sand dunes. this is probably the most extreme journey that african migrants will ever undertake. you either make it or don't. there's no going back. sun is punishing, deadly. west african migrants have told us about being kidnapped by militia men, sold to police and thrown in jail six months. they were beaten, starved, deported and left with nothing. they are now going home.
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>> they will not see their parents again. one was beside me telling me my brother telling me at the end i'm sorry i will not see my mom again. i said don't cry. you'll make it. >> the rest involved in this journey north are no deterrent. thousands try to transit here each year without jobs, without prospects. nothing will stop this. just before we go to bring you weather news with a slightly surreal flavor. residents on the west coast of she ran ka wake up to find it is raining fish. the fish were lifted from a nearby river and carried today
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