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this is bbc america, and now live from london, "bbc world news." >> hello. i'm geeta guru-murthy with "bbc world news." our top stories. al shabab gunmen kill 36 maybe christian workers. the leaders of hong kong's occupy movement says they'll call on student protesters to retreat from the streets. reports that a wife of the islamic state leader abu bakr al baghdadi has been arrested at a border crossing with syria.
>> take him out. >> you want us to kill the leader of north korea. >> yes. >> what? >> and north korea is accused of a cyber attack on one of the world's biggest film companies in protest at a plot line in its latest movie. the president is due to address the kenyan nation after an attack by the somali militant group in which they shot and killed at least 36 quarry workers in the north of the country. the incident, which is the third attack to have taken in the last three weeks, happened near the border with somalia. reports say the attackers came at night, spraying bullets. tom, just tell us more details
of this attack, first of all. >> reporter: well, details paint a picture of brutality. we've seen images from the scene and they show bodies lined up. they're too graphic to show. and they are similar to the images actually after the bus attack in the same region, right up near the border between kenya and somalia just ten days ago. in last night's attack, dozens of militants stormed this quarry. we believe they only targeted non-muslims and people, as you say, were shot in the head at point-blank range in what is clearly a very brutal attack. >> these are pictures from last week, just to clarify, because we can't show the current pictures that we've got in at the moment. just tell us about this separation also of muslims and non-muslims and what we're expecting to hear from the president today. >> well, just in about half an hour, we expect the kenyan president to address the nation.
i think it will hear an unco uncompromisingly tough line. of course there will be more questions asked. there will be more questions about the presence of kenyan troops in somalia. several thousand kenyan troops as part of an african mission fighting al shabaab. al shabaab is trying to paint this in terms of being directly linked to the presence of kenyan troops in somalia. and therefore, you know, the pressure will be more on the kenyan authorities now to defend their policy. kenyan troops, remember, went into somalia in 2011. there were attacks in the mandera region and in northern kenya linked to al shabaab in the run-up to deployment of kenyan troops, but the recent attacks, there was westgate just over a year ago, the shopping mall here in nairobi, more than
60 people were killed then. al shabaab claimed that attack. these two latest attacks, and the third late last night in another town near to the border with somalia, all these attacks have increased the sort of deadly nature of al shabaab's attacks, and therefore there will be more questions about whether the presence of kenyan troops in somalia is a good idea and whether ultimately it is making the internal security here in kenya worse. >> tom burrige, many thanks there in nairobi. officials in lebanon say a wife of the leader of the so-called islamic state abu bakr al baghdadi and one of their sons have been arrested by the lebanese army at a border crossing with syria. they said they were held several days ago whilst crossing into lebanon with forged papers. earlier i asked our correspondent in beirut jim muir whether the reports were credible. >> reporter: well, we believe the reports to be true. army sources are confirming it kind of off the record. in other words, they have
probably leaked it. it's been bouncing around for some time. the army certainly hasn't denied it. it's obviously being discreet about what is a very, very delicate affair. why should they arrest a mrs. baghdadi and their son. for one thing, they were apparently trying to cross into the country from syria, probably at an illegal crossing, but also with forged papers, according to the accounts that we're getting. and also mr. baghdadi himself is obviously a wanted man. he has an international reward of $10 million hanging over his head. so anybody associated with him would be regarded as fair game, at least for detention and questioning, if not for actually being brought to trial or charged with something. so a very delicate affair. and let me explain where i am here. behind me you'll see some at the present times. this is the very heart of beirut. this is a protest set up by relatives of lebanese army soldiers who have been abducted by i.s., the islamic state, and
the other al qaeda-related group. these are protesting. they're sitting in, these people, relatives of the army soldiers being held hostage, whose lives are being threatened if the lebanese government doesn't release islamist prisoners from its jails. this shows the kind of complex drama into which she and her son may indeed have fallen unwitingly. they could be seen as a very valuable prize to be holding in this kind of hostage negotiation that's going on, and in a very tense way, because three of these soldiers have been put to death by their captors here in beirut. >> jim muir there. the leaders of hong kong's occupy protest movement have said they will surrender to the police and have been camping at the highest profile locations. the announcement follows a series of violent clashes. the protests first began in
december, centered on the admiralty area. as well as over in the mong kok commercial district. the demands were for more say in how hong kong chooses its leaders, with some leaders accusing beijing of going back on its promises for more democracy. at first, the demonstrations were peaceful. but, scuffles broke out as court bailiffs were ordered to clear last week. on monday, 40 people were arrested and many more injured as police use pepper spray, batons, and water cannon at the admiralty site. three student leaders have gone on hunger strike, but the heads of the occupy movement have called for a different approach. in the past two weeks, the police have cracked down hard on protesters in the occupy sites. our young people have used their bodies to sustain the blows of police batons. their blood and broken bones
have brought us the deepest sorrow. respect the students and citizens' determination to fight for democracy. but we are furious at the government's heartless indifference. a government to used police batons to maintain its authority is a government that is beyond reason. for the sake of the occupy safety, for the sake of our original intention of love and peace, as we prepare to surrender, we urge the students to retreat. to put down deep roots in the community and transform the movement. >> well, the occupy movement is just one of the groups taking part in the hong kong umbrella protest, with many students also camped out. their leaders have not yet responded to the call for them to retreat, but a little before the occupy group made its statement to the press, one of the student leaders confirmed that he would be continuing the
hunger strike. which he and two colleagues started on monday morning. >> translator: we admit it could be difficult to escalate our action. so as well as suffering from being hit by batons and tear gas, we want to use our bodies to get the public's attention on this democracy issue. we're not sure if the hunger strike will put pressure on the government, but we hope when the public realizes what's going on, they'll ask themselves what they can do next. >> john sudworth is in hong kong. i asked him whether this announcement will influence the student protesters and will it will be seen as a failure, this retreat by occupy. >> reporter: well, i think the first thing to say is that the occupy movement are, of course, just one part of the wider protest movement that has gathered momentum. his announcement that he is stepping back is only one part of it. he's obviously calling on the students to follow suit.
but at the moment, there's no signs from the student leaders that they are ready to do that. in fact, one of the more prominent student leaders, joshua wong, has just begun a hunger strike. they've been speaking in the past few days about escalating the process. but i think in the wider picture, benny tie's announcement today, although they're presenting a statement of strength, a statement of consolidating what they have already gained, there is a larger reality, and that is that after two months of sustained, prolonged, long drawn out protests, night after night, occupying streets, blocking roads, occupying buildings, those sporadic outbursts of violence, they have nothing at all to show for it. and public support, which was always divided in the city anyway, is waning. so perhaps, you know, you're right, there will be some who see this not as a statement of
strength, but an admission of weakness. >> john sudworth there in hong kong. let's catch up with aaron here. you're looking at russian pipelines. very political. >> kind of a big u-turn. let me explain. good to see you. the russian president vladimir putin has announced that russia is scrapping plans for a new gas pipeline to supply southern europe, bypassing ukraine. that was the whole idea. putin has said that the $40 billion south stream gas pipeline project is being ditched due to the eu's reluctance to support it. well, the south stream pipeline planned to supply 63 billion cubic meters of natural gas here. hello. e kwif la certainly cementing it would have. russia's role as the region's dominant supplier. but it came under increasing fire this year. the crisis, of course, over ukraine led to brussels freezing
its approval process and the pipeline also hit trouble over weak european gas demand. also those energy prices. that was the planned route right there. president putin has now proposed building a new pipeline through turkey instead, offering turkey gas at a discounted rate, so we're certainly beginning to keep across that story for you. how about this? currently mumbai, tokyo, and los angeles are the most attractive cities to set up a business, but it will be a very different story in three years time. according to a report by the property services firm, according to the report, and this may surprise you, top three places to set up business in 2017 will be that one right there, shanghai, that one there mumbai, and tianjin, i think, in northern china. the telephone, the television, the internet, what else? the jet engine. there's a big list. but all british inventions that
have changed the world. new research warns that the uk is in danger of losing its inventive streak unless more is done to foster future inventive thinkers. the great british invention report reveals a widespread crisis of confidence in britain's inventive future. coming up on "gmt," we'll look at what needs to be done to foster that inventive thinking. we've also got a british inventor in the house when we talk to her on "gmt." she's only 19 years old. there you go. follow me on twitter. i'll tweet you right back. you can get me @bbcaaron. that's with it the business. >> is the past behind us? >> your kids -- >> they're fine, they're little. >> you start with them? they could invent something and you could put your feet up the rest of your life. >> that's a great idea, aaron. thank you. do stay with us here on "bbc world news." much more to come. protests over the 43 missing mexican students become violent, with calls for the president to resign.
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this is "bbc world news." i'm geeta guru-murthy with the latest top stories for you. somali islamist militants have shot dead at least 36 people at a quarry in northeastern kenya. three founders of the hong kong protest movement say they will surrender to police, but it's unclear if two student groups are prepared to give in. protesters in mexico city have clashed with the police as they march to the presidential palace on the anniversary of president pena nieto's anniversary. our mexico correspondent will grant reports. just to warn you, there is some flash photography.
>> reporter: this was not how the president envisioned the anniversary of his second year in office. rather than being an opportunity for self-congratulations, his opponents turned out to demonstrate their anger at his presidency. protesters took to the streets of mexico city once again to call for him to step down. along the main avenues of the capital, the anger bubbled over. with a message from the families of the 43 missing students, simply one of frustration of sadness. >> translator: we are going to keep looking for them. we are going to find them, because it's been more than two months and we don't know anything about our children. >> reporter: this is without doubt mr. pena nieto's greatest political crisis to date. his ratings are the lowest of
his presidency. despite the scenes of violence across the country, the president insisted the lessons of iguala had been learned. >> translator: with what's happened in iguala, there is clearly a before and after. it's clear it has exposed the vulnerability of municipal governments, and the weaknesses of organized crime, which is greater than in the past. >> reporter: to that end, he has introduced a ten-point plan to reform the police and justice system which was presented to congress for debate. the plan includes a proposal to completely remove 1,800 municipal police forces and pass their control to state level police. it was the local police force in iguala who abducted the 43 students and allegedly handed them over to drug gang members. still, the reforms will not placate these protesters.
they will settle for nothing less than the president's resignation, something which is highly unlikely. there will be many more violent scenes to come in president pena nieto's third year in office. will grant, bbc news, mexico city. the british government is spending around $30 million to help lebanon defend its board foreign ministers the militants of the so-called islamic state. the money will go to training the soldiers who man them. first, a brief takeover of the town by arsal by i.s. militants earlier this year. paul wood reports from lebanon's border with syria. >> reporter: could lebanon be the so-called islamic state's next target? many lebanese fear it might be. the country is only 50 kilometers wide. flying over, you can see how a strike by the jihadis could cut this territory in half. so the lebanese are trying to strengthen their border. that's being done with british
assistance. >> isil would love to score a symbolic victory here in lebanon. it would signal a level of ambition and a level of effect that would be both magnetic to people who might want to fight with them, but would also frighten their opponents, and we have a real interest in denying them that ability. >> reporter: this was one such symbolic victory for the jihadis. islamic state and another group briefly took over the border town of arsal. hundreds of fighters emerge from refugee camps around the town. others came from syria. the lebanese army is in a struggle to control the dirt roads and tracks that lead into the country. a large force of jihadis tried to come this way, heading for
two christian villages. this is where they were stopped. the tenth fortified base built with help from the uk. the british taxpayer has supplied most of the protective equipment here, from the helmets and flap jackets, to the blast walls and tower. the mountains are lebanon's border with syria. it's a border that's scarily been defined, let alone controlled for most of lebanon's history. heavily fortified posts like this one are an attempt to do just that. many lebanese believe the effort is vital, if the violence of syria's civil war is to be prevented from coming here. >> deep inside, deep inside, every single lebanese knows what would be the cost into giving their ears to external
interference, to external appeals that would throw them again into the volcano of the syria war. they don't want it. >> reporter: the soldiers at this post say they're attacked most nights. they're ready. and having proper defenses certainly helps morale. the jihadis try to terrify their enemies. lebanese commanders say there will be no rapid collapse of the armed forces here, as there was in iraq. paul wood, bbc news. in other news today, president obama has promised to tackle what he's described as the simmering distrust between the police and many black communities in the u.s. he's asking congress for $260 million. some of which will be spent on providing cameras to be worn by officers whilst on patrol. it comes after a decision not to charge a police officer with the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in ferguson, missouri.
a new scientific study suggests that hiv is evolving to become weaker and less infectious. researchers at the university of oxford have been studying hundreds of women. the teen found that hiv is now replicating more slowly, and taking longer to cause full blown aids in people. but they have warned that even a weakened version of the virus is still dangerous and should be eradicated. the fbi has warned american businesses that hackers are using malicious software to launch destructive cyber attacks. it comes after one attack against sony pictures, which saw five unreleased films published online. suspicious has fallen on north korea, which is said to be angry about a new comic film about a plot to kill its leader kim jong un. stephen evans is in seoul, and we asked him whether there's been any reaction from the north. >> reporter: the comic came out some weeks ago before sony was
actually hacked. let me read you some of the comment. it was pretty vicious stuff from pyongyang. we can never forgive their explicit terrorist provocative deed, producing a film whereby they publicly mirrored the aspiration to assassinate our highest political leader. so there's genuine anger from pyongyang, and clearly what some would perceive as a failure of sense of humor. the film, as you detected from those clips, is a romp. it's an out-and-out comedy. but clearly they don't see the funny side in pyongyang. whether or not they're behind the cyber attacks. some people in south korea are saying the style of the attacks mirrors attacks on south korean television stations and atms here. but we don't know who did it. that's the truth of it. it's simply at the moment a matter of pointing fingers and
trying to detect fingerprints. >> and i gather the north korean ambassador to the u.n. was simply saying just wait and see, when asked if his country was guilty. do we know whether north korea has the technical ability to do this sort of hacking? >> reporter: we do. it's a bizarre situation, but north koreans don't have access to the internet, but they do have computers, and they have very sophisticated computer engineers. they have their own intranet within the country. and they have very skillful technical designers of code writers and programmers there. nobody doubts the ability. you can't quite pinpoint where these things come from, though. if you talk to security experts, they say well, maybe in a few months, we'll know what route around the planet this thing
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hello, i'm geeta guru-murthy with "bbc world news." our top stories. al shabaab gunmen kill 36 mainly christian workers at a quarry near the north kenyan town of mandera. the leaders of hong kong's occupy movement say they'll turn themselves in and have this message for those who remain on the streets. >> we urge the students to retreat, to put down deep roots in the community and transform the movement to extend the
spirit of the umbrella movement. >> take him out. >> you want us to kill the leader of north korea? >> what? >> north korea is accused of a cyber attack on one of the world's biggest film companies in protest at a plot line in its latest movie. and she's up against the stars of brazil 2014, but could this wonder girl be fifa's girl of the year? she joins me live. hello, and welcome. the kenyan president is to address the nation shortly following an attack by the somalia militant group al shabaab, in which they shot and killed at least 36 quarry workers in the north of the country. the incident, which is the third attack to have taken place in
the last few weeks, took place in mandera county near the board we are somalia. in a statement, the group said it was punishing kenya for sending troops to somalia to fight islamist rebels there. tom burridge has more from nairobi. >> reporter: we've seen images from the scene and we've seen bodies lined up, they're too graphic to show, and they are similar to the images actually after the bus attack in the same region right up near the border between kenya and somalia, just ten days ago. in last night's attack, dozens of militants stormed this quarry. we believe they only targeted non-muslims and people were shot in the head at point-blank range in what is clearly a very brutal attack. >> yes. these are pictures from last week, just to clarify, because we can't show the current pictures that we've got in at the moment. just tell us about this
separation of muslims and non-muslims and what we're expected to hear from the president today. >> we expect the kenyan president to address the nation. i think we'll hear an uncompromisingly tough line from the kenyan government, once again, against al shabaab. but of course, there will be more questions asked. there will be more questions asked about the presence of kenyan troops in somalia. al shabaab has clearly in a statement they've released online trying to paint this in terms of being directly linked to the presence of kenyan troops in somalia. and therefore, you know, the pressure will be more on the kenyan authorities now to defend their policy. kenyan troops went into somalia
in 2011. a link to al shabab, but of course the recent attacks, there was westgate just over a year ago, and the shopping mall here in nairobi, more than 60 people were killed then. and these two latest attacks, and a third late last night in another town near to the board we are somalia, all these attacks have increased the sort of deadly nature of al shabaab's attacks, and therefore there will be more questions about whether the present of kenyan troops in somalia is a good idea, and whether ultimately it is making the internal security here in kenya worse. >> tom burridge. as we have been saying there, the president's speech is going to be due in about 30 minutes time. we will be bringing you that live here on "bbc world news" from 12 gmt. the fbi has warned american businesses that hackers are
using malicious software to launch destructive cyber attacks. the warning comes after one attack against sony pictures, which saw five unreleased films published online. suspicions form on north korea, which is said to be angry about a new comic film about a plot to kill its leader kim jong un. >> nice! is that real? >> it was a gift from my grandfather to stalin. >> in my country, it's pronounced stallone. >> the interview pokes fun at kim jong un, and the secluded nuclear nation is apparently extremely offended by the plot line. >> take him out. >> you want us to kill the leader of north korea? >> yes. >> what? >> they're very, very angry and have written a letter to ban ki-moon to tell him how angry they are. and a conspiracy worthy of its own film script, it's cost sony
dear. the studio is still reeling from a cyber attack that shut down its computer system and leaked some of its latest releases weeks early. brad pitt's second world war blockbuster "fury" is among the films released early. >> if you think it can't get worse, it can and it will. >> reporter: and could cost sony millions in lost revenue. a hard knock life indeed. the musical "annie" has also been pirated by hackers. but sony hasn't confirmed the speculation that north korea could be behind it. >> we don't really have much of a clue, to be honest, as to the sophistication of the malware out of north korea, but that's the thing with the internet. in a way, we're all on equal footing. there really aren't any superpowers anymore. anybody can attack anyone. >> please remember kim jong un is a master manipulator. >> reporter: some argue the north korean leader needs little help parodying himself.
the country is no stranger to criticizing the west. whether pyongyang is behind the hacking or not, it's already given the film it dislikes more publicity than money could buy. alistair leithead, bbc news in hollywood. now, the leaders of hong kong's occupy protest movement have said they will surf render to the police and they've called on the students who have been camping at some of the territory's highest profile locations to retreat. the announcement follows a series of violent clashes between police and demonstrators. the protests first began in september, centered on the admiralty area, which are close to the government offices. as well as over in the mong kok commercial district just over there. some protest leaders accusing bay squieijing of going back on promises for more democracy. for quite some time, the demonstrations have been peaceful. but there have been scuffles more recently as court bailiffs were ordered to kill the
mong kok cap just last week. on monday, 40 people were arrested and many more injured as police used pepper spray, batons and water cannon at the admiralty site. three student leaders have now gone on hunger strike, but the heads of the occupy movement, which is separate, have called for a different approach. >> our young people have used their bodies to withstand the blows of police batons. their blood and broken bones have brought us the deepest sorrow. respect the students and citizens' determination to fight for democracy, but we are furious at the government's heartless indifference. a government that uses police batons to maintain its authority is a government beyond reason. for the sake of our original intention of love and peace, as
we prepare to surrender. we urge the students to retreat. to put down deep roots in the community and transform the movement to extend the spirit of the umbrella movement. >> the occupy movement is just one of the groups taking part in these umbrella protests. many students are also camped out, and their leaders haven't yet responded to that call to retreat. but a little before the occupy group made its statements to the press, one of the student leaders joshua wong confirmed that he would be continuing the hunger strike, which he and two colleagues started on monday evening. >> translator: we admit that it could be difficult in the future to escalate our action, so as well as suffering from being hit by batons and tear gassed, we want to use our bodies to get the public's attention on this democracy issue. we're not sure if the hunger strike will put pressure on the government, but we hope that when the public realizes that it's going on, they'll ask themselves what they can do
next. >> in the short term, it seems that none of the student protesters camped out at admiralty have left. this was the scene there earlier. today it's worth noting that yesterday hong kong's high court granted a provisional injunction against the protesters. earlier, i spoke to the bbc's china service. he explained how much support these two protest groups now have. >> when you see them announce that they will surrender to the police, and joshua wong's continued hunger strike, division amongst themselves. the protest starting in september initiated by occupy central with peace and love. and then students get involved. and then they become the key part of the protest movement. i think there is kind of division, and now they will see what's next.
so i think the move. is losing steam and what's next, for these two groups, really struck me with at the moment. >> occupy said in that press conference a short time ago that to surrender is not to fail, but beijing must be seeing this as a victory. >> of course. beijing is very firm on this ground. and so far, we haven't seen the movement gain anything yet. and that's why -- i mean, the students have been frustrated. over the weekend, starting to blockade the government office buildings, but to no avail. and now they want to up the game. but i think the central government in beijing will be very firm about their stance. and even the chief executive in hong kong reaffirmed that everything they need to do is follow the basic law and the decision by the national people's congress decision. >> it's very interesting, just to look at this protest compared with other global protests that we have seen in recent years. why has this gone in this direction? is it to do with the firmness and the authority of beijing?
is it to do with the character? what is it? >> it is quite interesting, because when everything happened during the digital media and the social era, it would be the second arab spring. different names. either umbrella movement. whatever. but so far, i think two sides are correct. first of all, a very tight, great control of the movement on ground from the beijing government through the representatives in hong kong. they're very firm. and also hong kong as a city is kind of a law-abiding city. it's a very tiny area. from the very beginning, no matter what, the occupy central movement, we are occupy but it's with peace and love. very law-abiding. all kinds of issues coupled
together. i think so far, has not spilled over across the territory into the mainland china. very much contained within the tiny area in hong kong. the growing row between china and the uk over plans by a group of british parliamentarians. today, the chinese foreign ministry said it would not allow any foreign countries to interfere in its internal affairs. >> translator: the people from the british parliament's foreign affairs committee do not want to go to hong kong for a normal friendly visit, but to carry out a so-called investigation on chinese territory. we do not need any foreign lawmakers to carry out probes. i hope they can clearly see this basic reality. let's move on. the captain of the costa concordia cruise ship is giving his first testimony about the ship wreck off an italian island that killed 32 people in 2012.
frances francesca has arrived. the disgraced former captain has long said he looked forward to his day in court to vindicate himself. he's being tried alone after five other defendants reached plea bargains. if convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison. do stay with us on "bbc world news." much more to come. a tale of two marios. we'll reveal why the footballer could be in trouble because of what he said about the computer game character. e thought it migt be a little more tense. you miss the drama? yeah. [ technician ] ask him whatever you want. okay. ♪ do you think my sister's prettier than me? ♪ [ laughs ] [ male announcer ] research, price, find. only cars.com helps you
and the three founders of hong kong's occupy central movement say they will surrender to police but it's not clear if the two main student groups are yet prepared to give in. a new tv phone-in program focusing on sex and sexual health has been launched in pakistan. the channel called health tv aims to dispel some of the myths and taboos surrounding sex in this deeply conservative country. but as the bbc found out during a visit to htv studios in karachi, some of the doctors seem to be shedding more heat than light on this rather touchy subject. >> five, four, three, two, one. >> translator: going on air to take live calls on the tricky subject of sexual health. htv is breaking new ground by
allowing people to open up and share their worries with a doctor on the show. >> reporter: on the program, they've been getting all kinds of calls. one caller wanted to know if masturbation is a disease. another caller asked if he and his wife needed to orgasm together in order to conceive. these are shocking questions to be asked on live television, sure. but these are also questions people are desperate to find correct medical answers to. most of the time, that's what they get. but not always. a hesitant female caller asks the doctor what can she do to stop herself from self-gratification. >> translator: pray five times a day, refrain from pornography and read spiritual literature comes the advice. after the show, we challenged the doctor to explain some of his controversial advice. if somebody's calling the program, they are calling a
doctor. why do you have to mention religion? >> because in our setup, being muslim, everything is in islam. everything is in islam. >> reporter: sexual health remains a deeply misunderstood subject in this conservative society. myths and misconceptions prevail, even among doctors. >> there may be a reason that you may find doctors were judgmental, in their own background. i think what is important, the praying important is very important, that sometimes is lacking among the doctors. >> reporter: some activists are trying to change that by raising awareness among parents and teachers. in a country where islam dominates every aspect of life, a cautious, nuanced approach. >> lack of information is the major issue. relationship issues. there are issues, which is related to the unsafe practices.
there are issues related to the communication. >> sexual health remains a provocative subject here in pakistan. fear of a religious backlash prevents an open and sensible discussion. but steps are being taken to raise awareness. for some, that scene is a silver lining on the horizon. bbc news, karachi. and now, a tale of two marios. one is the computer game character super mario. the other is the footballer mario balotelli. he's found himself having to apologize after claims he was being racist. the row centers around a post on his instagram account, why he showed a picture of his namesake comparing his athletic and coin collecting abilities to black and jewish people. it's landed him in hot water with both his club, liverpool, and the game's governing body in england, the football association.
balotelli has since deleted the post and said he was just trying to be anti-racist with humor. nick marshall mccormack has been following it all. balotelli has defended himself, i think even saying his mother is jewish. >> that's right. i think a lot of people -- the comment i'm reading is "silly mario." he gets himself in trouble a lot with the authorities. he is an outspoken character, and liverpool have tried to say that there was no malice intended in mario's post on instagram, which he reposted from someone else. he has put the apology out today, as you mentioned here. i've got it here. i can read it for you. i apologize if i've offended anyone. the post was meant to be anti-racist with humohumor. i understand that out of context, may have the opposite effect. not all mexicans have mustaches. not all black people jump higher. not all jewish people love money. he used a cartoon, done by someone else, because it has super mario. he thought it was funny, not
offensive. again, he is sorry. but the f.a. is in a position to take action. you would expect they would give mario balotelli a notice today to explain himself. they have come down very hard on racism, anti-semitism. they are trying to clear up the image of their footballers, and mario balotelli really isn't helping this situation. you might remember he's been in trouble a lot recently. brendan rodgers had to give him a stern warning after he swapped shirts with pepe when they were playing real madrid at halftime. and also he got involved with a bit of a row with a woman, a general member of the public, a bit of a yelling match in the street. interesting to hear comments from arson wenger, the arsenal coach. he told the bbc, you cannot control a player 24 hours a day. they have to be responsible enough and educated to control what they say.
>> obviously it is very difficult and there's lots of arguments about what footballers do and say the whole time. but for those who know him, do they believe that this was just an accident, or do they not believe that? >> yeah, i think the liverpool players are remaining quite silent today on social media, which is often they do come out and voice their opinion. liverpool going out of their way to show that there was no malice intended. mario balotelli is a bit of a happy go lucky character. he does like to come out of his shell and show his opinion. and tweets quite a lot to his thousands and thousands of followers. they will say that mario was only doing this in jest, and obviously with a jewish mother, he wasn't meaning any intention to cause hurt towards jewish people. but in the light of that, the f.a. will still want an explanation. you can't just go out and say things like that on social media because you are in the public spectrum, and players will have to learn this because we just
spoke to a media trainer before who looks after sportsmen and women and he says the onus is on the players, because outside of working hours, they have to take responsibility for their comments. they can't be posting things that will offend the general public at all. >> okay. nick, thanks very much indeed. staying on football, on the sporting side of the game, and amazing goals. football's world governing body fifa has selected three goals of the year and people can now vote for what they consider the best. the contenders are robin van persie with his diving world cup header for the netherlands. also on the list, colombia's rodriguez for his chest turn volley against uruguay. and then there's this.
>> well, i am told that that is an amazing goal. it looks pretty good from here. and it was scored by the ireland international stephanie rich. she joins us from france, where amongst other things, a professional contract. thank you for joining us. how do you feel to be put forward like this? >> thanks very much for having me. it's been great. i think obviously it's a great honor to be named in the top ten, first of all, and it's been great for me so far. so i'm just hoping that people will get back on and vote again and maybe i can go home a winner. that would be great. >> you've managed to turn around and hit a volley and control the whole thing. was that just lucky or was this a move that you've practiced before and you've repeated since? >> it's definitely something that i try every now and again. i work on my technique as much as i can. it's something that is a big
part of my game. i managed to recreate the goal on french tv last week as well two or three times. just happy that was caught on video and that people are getting to see it. >> and you managed to get a professional contract out of this. you're going to be going to the awards ceremony, i guess, with some pretty big star players. >> yeah. i played in the league three years ago, and we got to play psg, who are obviously a big french club. and at that time, i was offered a couple of contracts. obviously the goal then did help to raise my profile at the time, but it's -- i'd like to think it's not just my goal that's got me here. >> i'm sure it's not. how much are you looking forward to that awards ceremony? what would it mean to you to actually mean? >> it would mean the world to me. i think everyone who knows me knows how much i love football. it's been a big surprise for me to be recognized by fifa, such a
prestigious award. i just hope the people continue to vote. >> would you be the first female winner of this, do you know? >> yeah, the first female winner. it would be great. >> we are completely unbiassed, but i think you have lots of votes coming your direction. grch congratulations. we are back very soon. thanks for watching. give you 37-thousand to replace it. "depreciation" they claim. "how can my car depreciate before it's first oil change?" you ask. maybe the better question is, why do you have that insurance company? with liberty mutual new car replacement, we'll replace the full value of your car. see car insurance in a whole new light. liberty mutual insurance.
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